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Deepakraj M Divan
Job title: 
; Director, Intelligent Power Infrastructure Consortium; Director, Georgia Tech Center for Distributed Energy; John E. Pippin Chair Professor; Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar
Technical Interest Groups: Electrical Energy
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Deepak Divan obtained his bachelors of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, in Kanpur in 1975, and his master's. and PhD degrees from the University of Calgary, in Calgary, Canada in 1979 and 1983 respectively.

From 1985-95, he was a professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He was also Associate Director of the Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium, the first university-industry consortium on campus that he helped to grow to include over 60 industrial sponsors.

In 1995, he started Soft Switching Technologies and as President, CEO and Chairman of the Board, he was responsible for raising venture capital funding from leading investors including GE Capital and JP Morgan Partners, for developing a line of power line disturbance monitoring and mitigation products to help factories avoid costly unscheduled downtime, and for positioning the company as a leader in this emerging market. From 2003-2004, he served as Chairman and Chief Technology Officer for the company, successfully transitioning company operations to an experienced management team.

He joined Georgia Tech in 2004 to create a strong program in the application of power electronics and related technologies to power systems and demanding defense and industrial applications. He holds 32 patents, has published approximately 200 technical papers, including over 12 prize papers, and has given many invited presentations at technical and business oriented meetings.

He is the director of Intelligent Power Infrastructure Consortium (IPIC), a university-industry-utility consortium that has been formed to provide a focal point for the academic teaching and research program in advanced power technologies at Georgia Tech. IPIC provides a mechanism to foster and accelerate the development and adoption of early-stage pre-competitive high-risk and high-impact technologies in power applications.

Research interests: 
  • Distributed intelligent sensor and power converter networks
  • Improving power grid utilization
  • Architecture of ultra-reliable power systems
  • Grid connection of renewable energy sources
  • Industrial and utility applications of power electronics
  • Fellow of the IEEE
  • IEEE Industry Applications Society Distinguished Lecturer for 2004 and 2005
  • Best paper prize for the IEEE Trans. Industry Applications for 1989
  • Winner of over 12 prize papers at various technical conferences
  • IEEE William E. Newell Award for 2006

R. Kandula, A. Prasai, H. Chen, R. Mayor, T. Heidel, C. Schauder and D. Divan; "Design Considerations and Experimental Results for a 12.4 kV 3 Phase 1 MVA Power Router," IEEE 2015 ECCE Conf Rec, pp 5000-5007.

R. Moghe, A. Iyer, F. Lambert and D. Divan; "A Low-Cost Electric Field Energy Harvester for a MV/HV Asset"; IEEE Trans Ind Appl, v51n2 Sept 2014

A. Paquette and D. Divan, "Virtual Impedance Current Limiting for Inverters in Microgrids with Synchronous Generators", IEEE Trans Ind Appl, v51n2, Aug 2014

 "Power Electronics at the Grid Edge," IEEE Power Electronics Magazine, December 2014, pp16-22.

D. Divan and F. Kreikebaum, "Organic (but not green)", IEEE Spectrum, Volume 46, Issue 11, Nov. 2009, pps. 48 - 53

A. Prasai, Jung-Sik Yim, D. Divan, A. Bendre, Seung-Ki Sul, "A New Architecture for Offshore Wind Farms", IEEE Trans. on Power Electronics, vol. 23, iss. 3, pp. 1198-1204, May 2008

Jyoti Sastry and Deepak Divan, "Thin AC Converters – A New Approach to Making Grid Assets Smart and Controllable", IEEE PESC Conf Rec, June 2008. pp.1695-1701

Divan, D.; Brumsickle, W.; Schneider, R.; Kranz, B.; Gascoigne, R.; Bradshaw, D.; Ingram, M.; Grant, I.; "A distributed static series compensator system for realizing active power flow control on existing power lines", Power Systems Conference and Exposition, 2004. IEEE PES 10-13 Oct. 2004 Page(s):654 - 661 vol.2

D. Divan, G. Luckjiff, W. Brumsickle, J. Freeborg and A. Bhadkamkar, "A Grid Information Resource for Nationwide Real-Time Power Monitoring", IEEE Trans Ind Appl, Mar-Apr 2004, to be published, also in IEEE-IAS Conference Rec. 2002

Divan, D.; Luckjiff, G.A.; Brumsickle, W.E.; Freeborg, J.; Bhadkamkar, A.; "A grid information resource for nationwide real-time power monitoring", IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, Volume 40, Issue 2, March-April 2004 Page(s):699 – 705

Brumsickle, Schneider, Luckjiff, Divan and McGranaghan; "Dynamic Sag Correctors: Cost-Effective Industrial Power Line Conditioning", IEEE-IAS Conf 1999, also IEEE-IAS Trans Jan 2001; 213 citations; also US patent 5,099,410, commercialized by Soft Switching Technologies.

Chandorkar, Divan and Adapa; "Control of Parallel Connected Inverters in Standalone AC Supply Systems", IEEE-IAS Trans Jan 1993; 852 citations; also US patent 5,596,492. First paper to show autonomous control of inverters in microgrids.

Kheraluwala, Gascoigne, Divan and Bauman; "Performance Characterization of a High Power Dual Active Bridge DC/DC Converter", IEEE-IAS Conf 1991; IEEE-IAS Trans Nov 1992; 510 citations. Commercialized.

DeDoncker, Kheraluwala and Divan; "A Three Phase Soft-Switched High Power Density DC/DC Converter for High Power Applications", IEEE-IAS Conf 1990; also IEEE IAS Trans. Jan 1991; 804 citations; also US patent – 5,027,264, earliest papers and patent to show the DAB converter. Commercialized.

D. M. Divan, "The Resonant DC Link Converter – A New Concept in Static Power Conversion", IEEE-IAS Conf Rec1986; also IEEE IAS Trans. Mar 1989; 619 citations, also US patent – 4,730,242 filed 1986; awarded best Transactions paper prize for 1989, first paper and patent to embody soft switching principles in dc/ac inverters. Commercialized.

Last revised November 4, 2016