Scholar of the Week

Rolando Burgos

photo of Scholar of the Week Rolando BurgosThe Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Rolando Burgos, an associate professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, for his work leading the high-power efforts in the Center for Power Electronics (CPES). High-power efforts at CPES focus on three major topics: developing new modular, multi-level power converters for both AC and DC power distribution systems; investigating new dynamic interaction aspects triggered by the control system of grid-connected power converters; and the exploration of DC distributed systems for both low and medium voltage.

Burgos started his career at Virginia Tech in 2002 as a postdoctoral fellow with CPES. He became a research scientist in 2003 and a research assistant professor in 2005. During this period he was primarily involved in the development and synthesis of high power density power electronics converters and distribution systems. After a stint at ABB Corporate Research in Raleigh, North Carolina, and an adjunct professorship at North Carolina State University, Burgos returned to Virginia Tech.

His research interests include multi-phase multi-level modular power conversion, grid power electronics applications, high power density power converters, the stability of AC and DC power electronics systems, hierarchical modeling, and control theory and applications. He has co-directed and participated in more than 30 sponsored research projects in this area, and co-authored over 160 peer-reviewed technical publications. He has received three prize paper awards.

He is a member of the IEEE and Power Electronics Society, currently serving as associate editor of Transactions on Power Electronics, associate editor of Power Electronics Letters, and secretary of the Committee on Modeling, Control, and Simulation. Burgos served as general chair of the Third IEEE Workshop on Wide Bandgap Power Devices and Applications hosted by CPES at Virginia Tech in November of 2015.

Burgos attended the University of Concepcion in Chile, earning his B.S. in Electronics Engineering in 1995 and a Professional Engineering Certificate in Electronics Engineering in 1997, graduating with honors. At the same institution he earned his M.S. in 1999 and Ph.D. in 2002.

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