Prof. Dr.–Ing. Volker Staudt

Professor for Power Systems Technology and Power Mechatronics

Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB)
Faculty for Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
Power Systems Technology and Power Mechatronics
Universitätsstraße 150
44801 Bochum


Research and Industrial Experience

Since 2009Associate Professor at the Ruhr-University Bochum
2000Habilitation at the RUB, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology. Appointment as Privatdozent. Topic of the habilitation thesis: A contribution to power concepts and compensation methods for multiconductor systems. Field of teaching: Electrical power engineering and power electronics
since 1999Akademischer Rat and Oberrat at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of the RUB
1993–1999Senior engineer at the Chair of Electric Power Generation and Application at RUB, Prof. Depenbrock. Subsequent Chair of Electrical Power Engineering and Power Electronics, Prof. Steimel
1993Doctorate at the RUB, Faculty of Electrical Engineering. Topic of the dissertation: Relationships between the saturation behavior and the stator flux linkages of rotating field machines
1988–1993Research associate at the Chair for Generation and Application of Electrical Energy at the RUB, Prof. Depenbrock
1987–1988Basic military service in the Bundeswehr of the BRD
1982–1987Diploma program in electrical engineering at the Ruhr University Bochum


Prof. Jian Sun

Professor and Director, Center for Future Energy Systems (CFES)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 Eighth Street
Troy, NY
USA 12180


Research and Industrial Experience

Sun received his Dr.-Ing. degree from the University of Paderborn, Germany. Before joining the faculty at Rensselaer in 2002, he was a Principal Engineer at the Advanced Technology Center of Rockwell Collins where he worked for five years. Prior to that, he was a Post-Doc Fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology from 1996 to 1997.

He is currently a Professor of the ECSE Department and Director of the Center for Future Energy Systems (CFES) funded by New York State government. Sun’s research is in the general area of power electronics, with an emphasis on modeling and control as well as applications in aerospace, IT, and power systems. His recent research focus has been on power electronics for renewable energy, high-voltage dc (HVDC) transmission and other power system applications. He is credited with developing the small-signal sequence impedance theory and solving real-world stability problems in renewable energy, HVDC transmission, and data center power systems based on his theory.

His theory has also served as the basis for new grid codes and industry standards for power electronics in power systems. He collaborates with industry internationally in these areas. As Director of CFES, Sun is responsible for all major missions of the Center, comprising of research, education, technology development, outreach, as well as collaborations with industry and other institutions. The Center supports half a dozen research and administrative staff members and works with faculty across Rensselaer on a broad scope of basic and applied research related to energy, ranging from advanced materials and devices for energy storage and energy efficiency, to renewable energy, and to power systems.

Sun is a Fellow of IEEE and is active in the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS). He was the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Power Electronics Letters from 2008 to 2014 and served in numerous other editorial boards and conference committees. He is currently the Treasurer and a Distinguished Lecture of PELS. He also received several awards from the IEEE Power Electronics Society, including the Modeling and Control Technical Achievements Award (2013) and the R. David Middlebrook Achievement Award (2017). He has more than 200 publications and holds 11 US patents and 1 European patent.