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(6/20/2022) Professor Mi will deliver Invited Tutorial at the IEEE 23rd Workshop on Control and Modeling for Power Electronics​ (ICOMPEL 2022), June 20-23, 2022, Tel-Aviv, Israel. Conference link: 

(06/13/2022) Prof. Mi will be an invited session speaker at the Advanced Automotive Battery Conference Europe, June 13-15, 2022, Mainz, Germany. Visit the AABC Conference Website.

(05/14/2022) Prof. Mi will deliver a Keynote at the Keynote, IEEE IAS Global Conference on Emerging Technologies (GlobConET), May 20-23, 2022, Hybrid-Virtual Conference, India.

(3/26/2022) Professor Mi will deliver a keynote speech at the 4th Asia Energy and Electrical Engineering Symposium (AEEES 2022) during March 25-28, 2022 in Chengdu, China. Conference link: The conference program can be downloaded here.

(3/11/2022) Used EV Batteries Could Get a Second Life in Clean Energy,

(03/10/2022) Prof. Mi will deliver the AWJ Lecture on March 10, at 3pm followed by a reception at the Tula Community Center – See Post and announcement.

(03/02/2022) Professor Mi is ranked #577 in the United States among Top Scientists for 2022 and #1249 in the world – Link: 

Check out the scopus page and google scholar pages. 

(03/02/2022) California is testing reuse systems to head off anticipated flood of retired electric car batteries – Link:

(02/15/2022) Used EV Batteries Could Be Solution to Surging Electricity Demand. SDSU News – Link:

(01/27/2022) Prof. Chris Mi is the recipient of the 2022 Albert W. Johnson Research Lectureship, SDSU’s highest research honor. His lecture, “Wireless Power Transfer – from Science Fiction to Reality,” is scheduled for 3-6 p.m on March 10 at the Tula Community Center. (

(01/14/2022) Prof. Mi will deliver a Keynote at the 2022 International Conference on Sustainable Power and Energy (ICSPE 2022), January 14-16, Dali, China, and Virtual-Hybrid Conference. Listen to the talk here.

(12/08/2021) Prof. Mi will deliver a Keynote, 2021 11th International Conference on Power and Energy Systems, (ICPES 2021), December 18-20, 2021, virtually. Visit the website or review the program book. Listen to the talk here.

(12/13/2021) Prof. Mi and Kevin Wood of Mechanical Engineering were featured in SDSU  Research Highlights 2021.  Read the Highlights Magazine 2020-21 (

(11/03/2021) Prof. Mi and Kevin Wood of Mechanical Engineering were featured in a Wired Article.  Read the WIRED article: These Batteries Can’t Power a Car—but They Can Light Up a City | WIRED.

(12/06/2021) Prof. Mi will deliver an in-person talk at the Advanced Automotive Battery Conference on Dec 6, 2021, in San Diego. Visit the AABC Conference Website.

(10/10/2021) Michigan plans to build the country’s first wireless EV charging road
–  Will it work? Read the article from where Prof. Mi was interviewed.

(8/30/2021) Prof. Mi delivered a talk on second-life batteries at the annual ACT Expo in Long Beach, CA on August 30, 2021, the first in-person conference since the pandemic started in March 2020. Visit the ACTEXPO Website.

(7/30/2021) Celebrating the publication of the Proceedings of the IEEE, Special Issue on Electric and Hybrid Vehicles. Read the Editorial and the sample paper.
Attend the Webinar at 12:00 – 1:00 pm (ET) on July 30, 2021.
Register at Download Webinar Flyer.

(06/26/2021) Dr. Chris Mi will deliver a keynote speech for the International Conference on Wireless Power Transfer (ICWPT) during the World Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS) on June 25 – 28, 2021 in Nanjing, China. Listen to the talk here.

(05/06/2021)  IEEE Wireless Power Week which colocates two conferences: Wireless Power Transfer Conference (WPTC 201 sponsored by IEEE METT Society) and Workshop on Wireless Power (WoW); will be virtual and free to attend. Click the links below for
Conference Program
Free registration

(3/18/2021) Designing a Rideshare for the Sky :
SDSU engineer Chris Mi will work with UC San Diego on a NASA-funded project to bring futuristic electric air taxis closer to reality.
By Padma Nagappan

(12/2020) The IEEE Workshop on Wireless Power Transfer (WoW 2021 and IEEE Wireless Power Week (WPW 2021 will be held in San Diego on Jun 1-4, 2021. Dr. Chris Mi is the General Chair. Dr. Junfei Xie (Secretary), Ke Huang (Local Arrangement Chair), and Chris Paolini (Webmaster are involved in organizing the conference.

(11/2020) Dr. Chris Mi delivered a keynote speech virtually for the  IEEE Workshop on Wireless Power in Seoul, Korea, Nov 15 – 19, 2020.

(11/2020) Dr. Chris Mi delivered a keynote speech virtually for the   IEEE  ECCE Asia, Nov 29 – Dec 2, 2020, in Nanjing, China.

(12/10/2020) The quest for Nikola Tesla’s wireless power technology  – View the youtube video interview.

(09/2020) Dr. Mi received $2.83M California Energy Commission (CEC) Award on “Validating Capability of Second-life Batteries to Cost-Effectively Integrate Solar Power for Small-Medium Commercial Building Applications”. The grant is for $2.83 million from the CEC over 3 years. Dr. Chris Mi, ECE, is the PI on the project and other co-PIs include Dr. Kevin Wood of ME and Dr. Sridhar Seshagiri of ECE. The University of California San Diego (PI: Dr. Patrick Mercier), and the University of California Riverside (PI: Dr. Nanpeng Yu) are collaborators on the project. The project seeks to develop and integrate commercial-scale PV systems with reliable and cost-effective, repurposed electric vehicle (EV) batteries. The goal is to ensure that second-life EV batteries will last for a minimum of 10 years as part of a grid storage application with a degradation rate of 3% or less annually. This will result in greater reliability of electricity and lower costs to ratepayers. The objectives of this proposal are to 1) create a second life ‘battery genome’ through Lab-scale analysis (including operando studies) in order to improve battery management systems 2) design and build two pilot test facilities at Chula Vista’s Veterans Park and the SDSU Children’s Center 3) develop battery management system technologies, algorithms, and operation strategies which increase efficiency and 4) demonstrate that the second life EV battery can operate reliably, supports grid needs and reduce the total ownership cost.

(11/2019) Prof. Chris Mi is the winner of the 2019 IEEE Power Electronics Emerging Technology Award. This is to acknowledge him “for contribution to wireless power transfer technologies”

Congratulations to Fei Lu and Hua Zhang won the Prize Letter Award for 2018 in IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics: Fei Lu, Hua Zhang, and Chris Mi, “A Two-Plate Capacitive Wireless Power Transfer System for Electric Vehicle Charging Applications,” IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 964-969, Feb. 2018.

Dr. Mi organized an industry session on high-power dynamic wireless charging of electric vehicles at the IEEE Energy Conversion Conference and Expo (ECCE-Asia), May 27-30, 2019, Busan, Korea. Ten speakers presented their latest technology representing from HIOKI E.E. Corporation, Green Power Co, University of Auckland, University of Tokyo, Chongqing University, ZoneCharge, Toyota, and KAIST.

Dr. Chris Mi delivered a tutorial on wireless power transfer at the IEEE Energy Conversion Conference and Expo (ECCE-Asia), May 27-30, 2019, Busan, Korea.

Dr. Chris Mi delivered a keynote speech at the CPES Power Electronics Conference, Sponsored by CPES Industry Consortium, April 14-16, 2019, Blacksburg, Virginia Tech, VA.

New Book: Zhang, and Chris Mi, Automotive Transmission Systems, Wiley, is now available in Chinese.

Dr.Mi delivered a tutorial and organized a special session on wireless charging at the 2nd IEEE Power Electronics and Applications Conference (PEAC), Nov. 4-8, 2018, Shenzhen, China.

Prof. Mi delivered a panel at the Electric Vehicle Symposium EVS31 on Oct 3, 2018.

Prof. Mi delivered a plenary speech at the SAE New Energy Vehicle Forum, Sept 11, 2018.

New Book: Chun T. Rim and Chris Mi, Wireless Power Transfer – for Electric Vehicle and Other Applications, Wiley, is now available.

Dr. Fei Lu is now an Assistant Professor at Drexel University. Congrats!

Dr. Tianzhe Kan is now with ANSYS. Congrats!

Dr. Mi delivered a tutorial on wireless power transfer at WiPDA-Aisa.

Dr. Bing Xia is now with Tesla. Congrats!

Mr. Walid Elzaghir defended his doctoral thesis on April 10, 2018. Congrats!

Prof. Chris Mi is an invited panelist at the Conference Electric Roads and Vehicles on Feb 25, 2018, in Park City.

Prof. Mi is a plenary speaker at the SAE Hybrid Symposium on Feb 20, 2018, in Missin Valley San Diego.

Chris Mi was named SAE Fellow on November 1, 2017. Link here.

Chris Mi was named a Fullbright Specialist.

Fei Lu, Hua Zhang, Heath Hofmann, and Chris Mi Won the 2016 IEEE Power Electronics Transactions Second Place Paper Award.

Fei Lu and Hua Zhang Won the Student Demo Award at ECCE 2017.

Fei Lu, Hua Zhang, Heath Hofmann, and Chris Mi Won the 2015 IEEE Power Electronics Transactions Prize Letter Award.

Prof. Chris Mi Is the General Co-Chair of the 2017 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference – Asia-Pacific.

Prof. Chris Mi to Co-Chair the IEEE Workshop on Wireless Power (WoW) 2015, 2016, and 2017: Link Here

Chris Mi is the Technical Program Chair of the 2014 IEEE International Electric Vehicle Conference.

Chris Mi on CBS News Talking about EV wireless Charging, Listen here and here; and see the 2015 Competition details here.

GATE Center will offer 3-day training on the electric motor design on April 18-19, $199/person for two days. Paid GATE Industry partners will receive one free registration

Professor Chris Mi was elevated to IEEE Fellow. Read the full story

The GATE award Professor Mi received from DoE is featured in UM Record update. Read the full story

US Department of Energy Awards Will Promote Electric Vehicles in 24 States and Train a Workforce for Advanced Vehicle Development. The University of Michigan-Dearborn GATE Center for Electric Drive Transportation is one of seven recipients. Read the full story here.

DOE Announces $2.4 Billion in Grants to Accelerate the Manufacturing and Deployment of the Next Generation of U.S. Batteries, Electric Vehicles, and PHEVs. The University of Michigan-Dearborn is part of this historic effort.
See full story here.

The University of Michigan-Dearborn receives $2.3 million from Chrysler to work on the Ram Truck PHEV program. Read the full story “Plugged In”, the news story from the Report.

U-M to receive funds to prepare the workforce for green technology. Read the full story here.

Quick Links:

Chris Mi to Chair the Fifth IEEE International Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference

The 2013 International Future Energy Challenge (General Chair)

The International Symposium on Wireless Power Transmission Key Technology co-located with the 15th Annual Meeting of China Science and Technology Association (General Co-Chair)

Chris Mi on CBS News Talking about EV wireless Charging, Listen here and here; and see the 2015 Competition details here.

Download the Call for Papers for the Special Issue on Wireless Power Transfer by IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, Click here for CFP.

The Special Issue by JESTPE has been published, click here for the contents.

The Special by TPEL is closed, Click here for more information.

Visit the website of WoW Workshop on Wireless Power Transfer:

Visit the website of the International Electric Vehicle Conference:

Learn about plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and the International Future Energy Challenge

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Dr. Chris Mi – Hybrid & Plug-In Electric Vehicle Systems on

International Future Energy Challenge (IFEC): A New Challenge Awaits  –  2013 interview with General Chair Prof. Chris Mi and others Video on

Interview with Topic Chair Chris Mi at International Future Energy Challenge video on

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