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CWIEME Global Awards 2017 - Judges

Meet the judges of the CWIEME Global Awards 2017

Dan M. Ionel 

CWIEME judge“CWIEME, which has long established a worldwide framework for exhibiting the latest technological developments, is taking a next step in supporting the industrial and professional community by acknowledging most outstanding achievements through its new Global Awards”

Dan M. Ionel is Professor of Electrical Engineering and the L. Stanley Pigman Chair in Power at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. Previously, he worked in industry, most recently as Chief Engineer with Regal Beloit Corp and before that as Chief Scientist with Vestas Wind Turbines. Concurrently, he held academic appointments as Visiting and Research Professor with University of Wisconsin and Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.

Dr. Ionel has more than 25 years of engineering experience and has designed electric machines and drives with power ratings between 0.002 and 10,000hp. He holds more than 30 patents and has published more than 150 journal and conference papers, including three winners of IEEE best paper awards. Dr. Ionel is an IEEE Fellow, the Past Chair of the IEEE Power and Energy Society Electric Motor Subcommittee, and the General Chair of the 2017 anniversary edition of the IEEE IEMDC, the International Conference on Electric Machines and Drives.

Dr Ivana Mladenovic

Ivana Mladenovic CWIEME judge“In a time of increasing automation, digitalization and the demand for constant improvements for products and processes, innovation is key to keeping one step ahead of the competition. The best of these innovating businesses will be promoted with in these awards, creating a sense of motivation across industry.

In the words of Werner Von Siemens: 'It is not important to run your head through the brick wall, but to find the door with your eyes/Es kommt nicht darauf an, mit dem Kopf durch die Wand zu rennen, sondern mit den Augen die Tür zu finden'”

Dr. Ivana Mladenovic completed her undergraduate degree in Industrial Electrical Power Engineering at the University of Nis in Serbia in 2005 and was awarded a scholarship for young researchers by the Serbian Ministry of Science and Technological Development the following year.

In 2007 she joined the Institute of Electrical Power Systems at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany, where she worked on an international project on the artificial ageing of power cables, particularly the estimation of remaining service lifetime as part of her Ph.D. In 2012 her work was honored with the John Neal Award from EEIM.

After receiving her PhD in 2013, she worked primarily in the field of power grids and the integration of renewable energy systems. Since 2015 she has been working on power and energy technologies at Siemens Corporate Technology’s Research and Technology Center, Switching and Power Grids group. She is the member of VDE and IEEE and member of IEEE PES (Power and Energy Society) board – German Chapter.

Preston Reine 

Preston Reine “This industry has never seen so many rapid developments in such a short amount of time. For this reason, it is more important than ever to recognize the great minds that continue to push for advancement in electrical engineering and more efficient designs.”

Preston is a group manager and senior research analyst in the IHS Markit Manufacturing Technology team.  His areas of expertise include motors and motor-driven systems such as pump, fan and compressor applications. Since 2012, Preston has contributed to the broadening of IHS Markit coverage into intricate motor and motor system applications. Additionally, Preston engages with other IHS Markit economic groups in order to bring to our customers a deeper understanding of the crucial trends occurring in a wide array of verticals that shape the global environment.

Preston has done extensive research on the end-equipment markets and is highly skilled in advanced research methods, statistical interpretation, and public speaking.  While conducting his research he has been successful in forming several new working relationships with major suppliers and trade associations in these new areas of study for HIS Markit. He will take that level of expertise and bring a new and interesting approach to this report.

Preston holds a BBS in Finance from Saint Edward’s University and currently works in the Austin, TX office.  

Dr Konstantinos Laskaris

Tesla CWIEME Judge“The role of electrification of major industries is gradually becoming more significant as far as the environment is concerned. The electrification effort involves the continuous evolution of electrical machine and transformer technology. The CWIEME Global Awards provides a great new way to recognize brilliant engineers and encourage them to use their passion towards the independency from fossil fuels.”

Dr Konstantinos Laskaris was born in Athens, Greece in 1978. He received his diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technological University of Athens (NTUA), Greece, in 2002, his master’s degree in Signal Processing from the Imperial College London, UK, in 2002, and his PhD in Electric Motor geometry optimization for variable speed drives from the NTUA, Greece in 2011.

Since 2012, Dr Konstantinos Laskaris is the Chief Motor Designer at Tesla, Inc, located in the Silicon Valley, California, where he leads the team of motor design engineers. His research interests include parametric design and loss modelling of synchronous and asynchronous machines using finite element analysis, as well as development of multi-objective optimization methods using supercomputers.

Dr Konstantinos Laskaris has also worked in education, as a laboratory partner in NTUA, teaching the science of electric machines and has been co-founder of the Prometheus team in NTUA, which participates in fuel economy contests and holds the Panhellenic fuel consumption record today. 

Erika Wilson 

Erika Wilson CWIEME awards judgeErika Wilson is Managing Director of Leeds based transformer manufacturer Wilson Power Solutions.

With a wealth of experience in both power engineering and business development, Erika is a regular speaker at leading industry events including Emex, Sustainability Live, CWIEME and the Energy Event.

Having joined the family company straight after school, Erika started her career on the shop floor tasked with overhauling transformers and manufacturing battery tripping units. During her apprenticeship Erika studied electrical & electronic engineering and later gained a qualification in business and finance. She progressed with positions in marketing and sales and was head of business development when her father handed over the reins in 2008.

Erika has played an integral part in the development of Wilson Power Solutions pioneering super low loss amorphous transformer range and is passionate about helping to reduce unnecessary wastage in power distribution networks.

Benjamin (Ben) Ehmcke

Ben CWIEME Berlin Awards 2017 "CWIEME's Global Awards are an ideal way to recognize those companies and individuals that think out-of-the-box and bring those ideas to the industry."

Benjamin (Ben) Ehmcke is president of Ehmcke Consulting LLC and Managing Editor and owner of The Impact Paper.  After completing a tour of nine years as Director of Strategic Sourcing for a major power distribution manufacturer Ben started his consulting firm and tied to it The Impact Paper, a subscription based website providing the latest information on all segments of the global energy industry with a concentration on transformers and their components.

Ben is a member of the IEEE.  He has served as an expert witness in global cases involving GOES and consults with groups such as Chase and American Metal market.

His clients include GOES manufacturers, transformer companies and component suppliers.  Ben is currently working with several companies in their efforts against duties and tariffs on imported GOES and transformer cores.  He also provides consulting services to various companies within energy sector.

Dr. Yves Burkhardt

YVES CWIEME Judge"Technological progress is always based on personal commitment. Therefore it is important, via programmes such as CWIEME Global Awards, that in a fast changing technological environment we honor exceptional contributions to industry”

Dr. Yves Burkhardt started in 2011 at Siemens AG Corporate Technology. Now he works for Valeo Siemens eAutomotive Germany GmbH in the field of the development of electric motors and integrated drivetrain systems. He is responsible for the electrical, mechanical and thermal engineering and simulation of electric motors.



Dr Rolf Winter

Dr Winter CWIEME Berlin“As the world is increasingly electrified, it is important that electric machines and transformers become even more efficient and compact. Both demands are closely linked and any improvement should receive proper attention. The CWIEME Award follows this task.”

Rolf Winter studied physics and holds a PhD in Electronics. After six years in Industry, he joined ZVEI in 2001 as a technical expert and starts 2009 to built-up the “Platform Supplier Industry” which in 2011 became a new ZVEI Division called Electrical Winding & Insulation Systems. In 2017 he took over the Transformer& Power Supply Division additionally.