Prof. Giuseppe Buja is the 2024 IEEE Technical Field Award recipient of the Richard Harold Kaufman Award for outstanding contributions in industrial systems. The award comes with the following citation: “For fundamental Contributions to Modulation and Control of Industrial Drives.”
The Richard Harold Kaufman Award is presented to an individual or a team for outstanding contributions in industrial systems engineering. In the evaluation process, the following criteria are considered: exceptional contributions to design or application of systems technology, application of systems technology, apparatus, devices or materials for plant power distribution, drive systems, process control or other utilization systems, and the quality of the nomination.
Giuseppe Buja, Professor, Universities of Trieste and Padova, Italy
Prof. Giuseppe Buja (Life Fellow, IEEE) received the “Laurea” (Hons.) degree in power electronics engineering from the University of Padova, Padova, Italy, in 1970. He has been a Full Professor first at the University of Trieste, Italy, and then at the University of Padova. Currently (after retirement), he is a senior researcher at the University of Padova. Prof. Buja has carried out an extensive research work in the field of power and industrial electronics, originating the modulating-wave distortion and the optimum modulation for pulse-width modulation inverters, pioneering the introduction of digital signal processing in the control systems of power electronics converters, advancing the control of electric drives, especially the brushless DC drives, and developing the formal design of the wireless charging systems for electric vehicles. His current research interests are grid-integration of renewable energies. Prof. Buja was the recipient of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society Eugene Mittelmann Achievement Award “in recognition of his outstanding technical contributions to the field of industrial electronics,” and the 2016 Best Paper Award from the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics. He served IEEE in several capacities, including as General Chairman of the 20th Annual Conference of the IES in 1994, an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics and a Co-founder of the IEEE International Symposium on Diagnostics for Electric Machines, Power Electronics and Drives (SDEMPED). He is currently a Member of the Editorial Board of the Chinese Journal of Electrical Engineering, and a Life Senior Member of the Administrative Committee of the IES.