Associate Department Head and Professor of Electrical Engineering David Perreault is the recipient of the 2015 IEEE Power Electronics Society R. David Middlebrook Award, the IEEE announced yesterday at its annual Energy Conversion Congress and Expo (ECCE) in Montreal.
Perreault is best known for his work on the development of power converters operating at high frequencies, and for improving efficiency and performance in the areas of renewable energy, lighting, communications, computation, and transportation. He receives the award in recognition of his work on the design, analysis, and construction of high performance power electronics circuits.
The award, created in 2011, honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the technical field of power electronics. It is named for R. David Middlebrook, a professor of electrical engineering at the California Institute of Technology who is regarded as a founder of the field of power electronics.
“David Middlebrook was a pioneer, and a truly original thinker,” Perreault says. “I am honored to receive this award, and to be counted among the impressive group of past recipients.”
Perreault’s research focuses on design, manufacturing, and control techniques for power electronic systems and components. Perreault leads the MIT Power Electronics Research Group, which works to develop power conversion technology and use it to make systems more efficient and functional, including through addressing the challenges of evolving technology, such as miniaturization, cost, and performance.
He is a frequent consultant to industry and the cofounder of ETA Devices, an MIT spinout aimed at improving the efficiency of mobile smartphones and power amplifiers in cellular base stations.
He received a BS from Boston University in 1989, an SM from MIT in 1991, and a PhD from MIT in 1997. He joined the MIT faculty in 2001, where he is a member of the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) and the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL). Perreault is a Fellow of the IEEE and the recipient of many awards, including seven IEEE Prize Papers.