Mehdi Ferdowsi received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He joined the faculty of the Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2004. He is currently on leave from the university and a program director as the National Science Foundation. His research interests are in the areas of power electronics, energy storage, smart grid, vehicular technology, and wide bandgap devices. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS.
Keynote Speech: DC Distribution Systems – from Classic to Modern
Abstract: This talk examines the past, present and future dc distribution systems which have a wide range of applications in data centers, telecommunication systems, commercial buildings, residential homes, space crafts, and electric vehicles. The advantages and disadvantages of a dc distribution system are compared against their ac counterpart. Also, different dc distribution architectures and bus structures are presented. DC distribution systems are discussed from the cost, reliability, efficiency, and safety standpoints.