Praveen Jain is a trailblazer in the field of power electronics and one of the most prolific inventors in the art of processing electrical energy through electronics for the efficient generation, transmission, and utilization of electric power. He has made numerous original, high impact contributions in high-frequency power conversion technology that have led to its use in telecommunications, space, computer design, induction melting and renewable energy industries. Currently, Jain is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Director of Centre for Energy and Power Electronics Research at Queen’s University.
Over the last 43 years, he has made sustained contributions to the theory and practice of power electronics. He is the named inventor of more than 100 patents and the founder of two successful companies: CHiL Semiconductor, in the area of digital power controller (acquired by International Rectifier), and SPARQ Systems (TSXV: SPRQ), in the area of photovoltaic microinverters and energy storage.
In addition to being a world-authority in his field, Jain is also an exceptional teacher who has mentored over 100 research trainees. For his ground-breaking research work, Praveen Jain has been recognized with numerous awards and honours including the 2023 Killam Prize in Engineering.