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John E. Pippin Chair Professor
Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar
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Director, Georgia Tech Center for Distributed Energy
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Dr. Deepak Divan is Professor, John E Pippin Chair, GRA Eminent Scholar, and Director of the Center for Distributed Energy at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. His field of research is in the areas of power electronics, power systems, smart grids, and distributed control of power systems. He works closely with utilities, industry and is actively involved in research, teaching, entrepreneurship and starting new ventures.

Dr. Divan also serves as Founder and Chief Scientist at Varentec, in Santa Clara, CA, and was President and CTO from 2011-14, leading the company as it developed its suite of innovative distributed real-time grid control technologies. Varentec is funded by leading green-tech Venture Capital firm Khosla Ventures and renowned investor Bill Gates.

Dr. Divan is an elected Member of the US National Academy of Engineering, member of the National Academies Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, a Fellow of the IEEE, past President of the IEEE Power Electronics Society, and is a recipient of the IEEE William E Newell Field Medal. He has 40 years of academic and industrial experience, 65 issued and pending patents, and over 400 refereed publications. He has founded or seeded several new ventures including Soft Switching Technologies, Innovolt, Varentec and Smart Wires, which together have raised >$160M in venture funding. He received his B. Tech from IIT Kanpur, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Calgary, Canada.

  • Distributed intelligent sensor and power converter networks
  • Improving power grid utilization
  • Architecture of ultra-reliable power systems
  • Grid connection of renewable energy sources
  • Industrial and utility applications of power electronics
Distinctions & Awards
  • National Academy of Engineering, 2015
  • John E. Pippin Chair
  • GRA Eminent Scholar
  • Director of Georgia Tech Center for Distributed Energy
  • IEEE William E. Newell Field Medal, 2006
  • President of the IEEE Power Electronics Society, 2009 and 2010
  • IEEE Fellow, 1998