The Global Energy Prize laureate in the New Ways of Energy Applications category: for outstanding contributions to transportation electrification and energy efficiency technologies while reducing power generation emissions
Distinguished Professor of Engineering, University of Houston
Dr. Kaushik Rajashekara received his BE, ME, and PhD from Indian Institute of Science. He joined Delphi division of General Motors Corporation in Indianapolis, IN, USA as a staff project engineer in 1989. In Delphi and General Motors, he held various lead technical and managerial positions, and was a Technical Fellow and the Chief Scientist for developing electric machines, controllers, and power electronics systems for electric, hybrid, and fuel cell vehicle systems.
In 2006, he joined Rolls-Royce Corporation as a Chief Technologist for More Electric Architectures and power conversion/control technologies for Electric, More Electric, and Hybrid Electric Aircrafts. In August 2012, he joined as a Distinguished Professor of Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Since September 2016, he is a Distinguished Professor of Engineering in University of Houston. Prof. Rajashekara was elected as a Member of the US National Academy of Engineering in 2012, Indian National Academy of Engineering in 2013, and Chinese National Academy of Engineering in 2021 for his contributions to electric power conversion systems in transportation.
He is a recipient of 2021 IEEE Medal on Environmental and Safety Technologies, and 2013 Richard Kaufmann award, and several other awards.
He has published over 250 papers in international journals and conferences, has 37 U.S. and 15 foreign patents; and has written one book, and contributed individual chapters to 8 books. His research interests are in the area of power/energy conversion, Transportation Electrification, Renewable Energy and Grid integration, and Subsea Electrification