Prof. Rik W. De Doncker Direktor, E.ON Energy Research Center – RWTH Aachen University Research Interest: DC-to-DC converters for DC Collector Fields in Off-shore Windfarms, High-Power DC-DC Converters for Medium Voltage Power Distribution, High-speed Medium Voltage Generator Systems, Si-Si Bonding and power Flip-Chip Bonding for High Power Semiconductor Devices, Gate Driver Integration for High Power Semiconductor Devices, Soft-Switching Converters for Medium Power Applications (ARCP), High-power Electrochemical Energy Storage Systems (with Prof. D.U. Sauer) , Hybrid Medium Voltage Switches and Circuit Breakers Modular Integrated Converters for PV Applications, Electrical Propulsion Systems for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles, High-speed Drives for Household Appliances, Fans, Compressors, Characterization of New Power Semiconductor Devices, Contactless Energy Transfer Systems for Robots, Machine tool Applications and Battery systems. High-temperature Power Electronics. Short Biography: Rik W. De Doncker, IEEE Fellow, received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the KULeuven. In 1987, he was appointed Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he lectured and conducted research on high-performance induction motor drives and soft-switching converters. In 1988, he was a General Electric Company Fellow in the microelectronic center, IMEC, Leuven, Belgium. He joined the General Electric Company Corporate Research and Development Center, Schenectady, NY, in the same year. He led research on drives and high-power soft-switching converters, ranging from 100 kW to 4 MW, for aerospace, industrial, and traction applications. In November 1994, he joined Silicon Power Corporation (formerly GE-SPCO) as Vice President, Technology. Since October 1996, he has been a professor at Aachen University of Technology, Aachen, Germany, where he leads the Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives (ISEA). In Oct. 2006 he was appointed director of the E.ON Energy Research Center at RWTH Aachen University, where he also leads the Institute for Power Generation and Storage Systems. He is director of the RWTH CAMPUS Cluster Sustainable Energy and leads the Research CAMPUS “Forschungscampus Flexible Electrical Networks”.