International Honor for AAU Energy Professor · 17. December 2012

Energy Professor Marco Liserre has received the international engineering group IEEE's highest recognition for his contribution to the improvement of renewable energy production. More than 100 frequently cited scientific articles and numerous excellent research results in renewable energy systems connected to the grid are among the reasons for the prestigious title of IEEE Fellow.

Marco Liserre is now an IEEE Fellow- It’s an honor to be named IEEE Fellow at the age of 38, but it’s also a great responsibility to the IEEE and my peers who have found me worthy of such a prestigious recognition. When I began doing research and became active in the international environment of electrical and electronics engineers, who for the most part are organized in IEEE, I could not even dream of achieving such a prestigious honor, says Marco Liserre, Professor of Power Electronics.

But the honor is well deserved, says Professor Frede Blaabjerg, Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University. He too is an IEEE Fellow and nominated Marco Liserre.

- It is quite unique that Marco became an IEEE Fellow at such a young age; typically you are 10 or 20 years older. Less than one percent of recipients achieve this honor at such an early age, but I'm not surprised. From the start, his ability as a researcher and his organizational talents were obvious, and his great research results show that he has made use of his talents. I am delighted that he is being named IEEE fellow, says Frede Blaabjerg.

IEEE has 385,000 members from 160 countries, but only a very few receive the title of IEEE Fellow. The title is only granted to persons who have made an extraordinary contribution in their field, and Italian born Marco Liserre has done that. The importance of his research in power electronics is evident by, among other things, his more than 100 frequently cited scientific articles as well as his book "Grid Converters for Photovoltaics and Wind Power Systems" which currently has a major impact on research on the integration of renewable energy in the grid. The book is in fact the first book that completely describes the full range of possibilities when, for example, solar cells provide power on the grid.

Marco Liserre has deliberately not "only" been engaged in research in its field.

- To find inspiration, I have also always tried to be involved with areas other than those I research in. The most prominent is establishing the scientific journal, Industrial Electronics Magazine, and I am pleased to see that my approach has been recognized – and even much earlier than I expected – and I hope I can live up to the high expectations of me that come with this honor, says Marco Liserre.

Frede Blaabjerg has no doubt that Liserre will live up to expectations.

- Just look at the work with the journal which really has been very successful. The journal has quickly achieved great credibility, and in the course of a few years it has become a major recognition to publish scientific articles in the journal that are then frequently cited. I am confident that Marco will continue his good work, says Frede Blaabjerg.
Marco Liserre is currently affiliated with the Center of Reliable Power Electronics (CORPE) at the Department of Energy Technology, which is supported by sources such as the Danish Council for Strategic Research and the Obel Family Foundation.

Only five other researchers associated with AAU can claim the title of IEEE Fellow. These are Frede Blaabjerg, Professor, Department of Energy Technology; Remus Teodorescu, Professor, Department of Energy Technology; Ramjee Prasad, Professor and Director of Aalborg University's Center for TeleInfrastructure; Jørgen Bach Andersen, Professor Emeritus, Department of Electronic Systems; and Christian S. Jensen, Professor, Department of Computer Science.

Further information and contact:

• More information on IEEE’s Fellow Program.
• Professor Marco Liserre, 51 42 15 14
• Professor Frede Blaabjerg, 21 29 24 54

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