Dr Yam Prasad SIWAKOTI (Nepal)

Yam worked for many years in the area of renewable energy and sustainable power generation. His objective is to build scientific partnerships between Nepal and Germany to share both education and research findings, experiences and ideas.

PhD in Power Electronics

Current position: Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Research focus: power electronics for sustainable energy and transportation

After finishing his PhD in Electronic Engineering from Macquarie University in Sydney, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark (2014-2016). He was also a visiting scientist at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Freiburg, Germany (2017-2018).

Currently he is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, University of Technology Sydney, Australia. He serves as an Associate Editor of three major journals of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE): IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, and IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics and the IET Power Electronics. He is also a peer review college member of Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC), United Kingdom.

2022 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

CV as submitted for the Green Talents award  (2016):

Aalborg University, Denmark

Research focus: application of power electronics for renewable and sustainable power generation and management

Power electronics are key drivers in the development of sustainable energy, which has experienced significant change in the past few decades. Dr Siwakoti plans to become more involved in power electronics research, particularly in sustainable power generation and conversion. His focus will be on energy conversion, energy efficiency, storage and development of sustainable solutions based on renewable energy sources. Dr Siwakoti will also try to investigate new circuit topologies and control methods that help to push power conversion efficiency and power density to new heights.

Dr Siwakoti received his B.Tech degree in electrical engineering from National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur, India (2005), his ME degree in electrical power engineering (magna-cum laude) from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and Kathmandu University (2010) and his PhD from Macquarie University, Australia (2014). Since November 2014, Dr Siwakoti has been working as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Energy Technology at Aalborg University in Denmark. The work that Dr Siwakoti is currently involved in is broadly related to enabling technology needed for sustainable energy development for the future. As a world leader in renewable energy development, he thinks that Germany is the right place to intensify his research.

Dr Siwakoti has published more than 40 research papers in revered journals and conference proceedings in the area of power electronics. In addition, he has contributed three book chapters concerning power electronics and renewable power applications. His research interests include modelling and designing high power density converters; investigating new power converter topology with higher efficiency, reliability and power density; and applying new wide band gap semiconductor devices (GaN/SiC) for VHF power converters and wireless power transfer.

Dr Siwakoti is an associate editor for IET Power Electronics, and he was a guest associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics’ special issue, ‘Impedance Source Converter Topologies and Applications’. He is also a frequent reviewer in various IEEE conferences and journals. In 2015, he was awarded as an outstanding reviewer for his work at the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics.

The jury was particularly impressed by the wide range of Dr Siwakoti’s practical experience and believes that through Green Talents, he will get a chance to extend work in cooperation and collaboration with researchers and scientists from other disciplines in order to achieve his professional goals.