Bimal K. Bose


Bimal K. Bose
Bimal K. Bose
Associated organizations
Bengal Engineering College (now Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), General Electric (GE), University of Tennessee
Fields of study
Power electronics
IEEE Power Electronics Society's William W. Newell Award, IEEE Lamme Medal, IEEE-Industrial Electronics Society Eugene Mittelmann Award for life-time achievement in Power Electronics, IEEE Region 3 Outstanding Engineer Award, IEEE-Industry Applications Society Outstanding Achievement Award, Elected Member of US National Academy of Engineering, IEEE Millennium Medal, IEEE Meritorious Achievement Award in Continuing Education, Calcutta University Mouat Gold Medal, IIEST Alumni Association Lifetime Achievement Award


Dr. Bimal K. Bose (Life Fellow, IEEE) is professor emeritus at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he held the endowed Condra Chair of Excellence in Power Electronics from 1987 to 2003. There he was responsible for organizing teaching and research in power electronics and motor drives. Concurrently, he held the positions of Distinguished Scientist (1989-2000) and Chief Scientist (1987-89) of the EPRI-Power Electronics Applications Center in Knoxville.

Prior to this, Bose was a research engineer in General Electric's Corporate Research and Development laboratories in Schenectady (now GE Global Research Center), New York (1976-87); Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY (1971-1976), and faculty member of Bengal Engineering College (now Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology [IIEST] (1960-71).

Dr. Bose is recognized as a world-renowned authority and pioneer for his extensive research contributions in power electronics and motor drives that include power converters, PWM techniques, microcomputer/DSP control, electric/hybrid vehicle drives, renewable energy systems, and artificial intelligence (expert system, fuzzy logic and neural network) applications in power electronics and motor drives. He has been a power electronics consultant in a large number agencies/industries, i.e., National Science Foundation, Electric Power Research Institute, USDA, Research Triangle Institute, GE-CRD, Bendix Corporation, Fuji Electric, Ansaldo, General Dynamics, Lutron Electronics, PCI Ozone Corporation, American Superconductors, Emerson Electric, Kolmorgen Corporation, Delco Remy, etc. He is the inventor of transistor ac switch which is so commonly used in matrix converters.

He is an Honorary Professor of Shanghai University (1991), China University of Mining and Technology (1996), Xi'an Mining Institute, where he is also Honorary Director of the Electrical Engineering Institute (1998); Guest Professor at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (2002); and Senior Adviser to the Beijing Power Electronics Research and Development Center (1990). He was also Visiting Professor in Aalborg University, Denmark (1997); University of Padova, Italy (2003); China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing (2005); Federal University of Mato Grosso Sul, Brazil (2006); University of Seville, Spain (2009); the European PhD School on Power Electronics, Italy (2010); and National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan (2012).

He has authored more than 250 technical papers and holds 21 U.S. patents. He has written or edited nine books in power electronics: Power Electronics in Renewable Energy Systems and Smart Grid (2019), Advances and Trends in Power Electronics and Motor Drives edition-1 (2006) and edition-2 (2021), Modern Power Electronics and AC Drives (2001), Power Electronics and Variable Frequency Drives (1997), Modern Power Electronics (1992), Microcomputer Control of Power Electronics and Drives (1987), Power Electronics and AC Drives (1986), and Adjustable Speed AC Drive Systems (1981). He was the guest editor of the Proceedings of the IEEE's “Special Issues on Power Electronics and Motion Control” (August 1994) and Special Issue on Power Electronics in Smart Grid and Renewable Energy Systems (November 2017).

He was a member of the editorial board of the Proceedings of the IEEE from 1995 to 2006. He has served as Distinguished Lecturer of both the Industry Applications (IA) and Industrial Electronics (IE) Societies of the IEEE, and has served the IEEE in many other positions. He has given invited presentations, keynote addresses, and advanced tutorials extensively throughout the world.

Dr. Bose is a recipient of a number of awards and honors. In 2014, the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society introduced the annual Dr. Bimal Bose Energy Systems Award, funded by the IEEE Foundation and IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, to a young researcher making outstanding contributions to the field of Industrial Electronics as applied to Power Electronics and Energy Systems. In 2013, President Pranab Mukherjee of India conferred upon him Bengal Engineering and Science University's Doctor of Science degree Honoris Causa. Earlier awards include IIEST's Distinguished Alumnus Award (2006); the IEEE Power Electronics Society's William W. Newell Award (2005); IEEE Millennium Medal (2000), IEEE Meritorious Achievement Award in Continuing Education (1997), IEEE Lamme Medal (1996), IEEE-Industrial Electronics Society Eugene Mittelmann Award for lifetime achievement in the area of Motor Drives (1994), IEEE Region 3 Outstanding Engineer Award (1994), IEEE Industry Applications Society Outstanding Achievement Award (1993), IEEE Life Fellow (1996), Calcutta University's Mouat Gold Medal (1970) and Premchand Roychand  Scholarship (1968), General Electric Company's Silver Patent Medal (1986), and General Electric's Publication Award (1985.)

In philanthropic activities, Dr. Bose contributed $100,000 to IEEE Thomas Alva Edison Society as Heritage Circle Member. He also funded the Bimal Bose Award for the Institute of Electrical and Telecommunications Engineers (IETE) in India since 1986. Given annually for an original, outstanding contribution in the field of power electronics, the award consists of 30,000 rupees, a Medal, a citation, and a travel subsidy up to 5,000 rupees. The recipient is also invited to deliver a paper at one of the IETE's centers. He also donated a seminar hall, open stage, and 47 annual student scholarships to his village school Bhita Mahendra Public Institution, Burdwan, West Bengal, India.

Further Reading

Bimal K. Bose, My Life in Power Electronics

IEEE Bimal Bose Award for Industrial Electronics Applications in Energy Systems.