Keynote Sessions

Dan Kinzer – Navitas Semiconductor  
Jim Witham – GaN Systems
Thomas Schafbauer – Infineon Technologies

John Palmour – Wolfspeed

Dr. John W. Palmour is the Chief Technology Officer for Wolfspeed, a Cree company.  He focuses on SiC power devices, GaN microwave device, and WBG materials development for Wolfspeed.  He was one of the co-founders of Cree in 1987, and served on the Board of Directors for the company from 1995 to 2010.  Dr. Palmour has been a leader in SiC and GaN device development for the last 32 years, and has demonstrated numerous firsts in these technology areas.  He has been responsible for the development of high voltage, 4H-SiC power transistors and diodes, as well as high frequency GaN HEMTs and MMICs.  During his career, he has authored or co-authored more than 380 publications and is a co-inventor on 75 U.S. patents.  Dr. Palmour received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, in 1982 and 1988, respectively, where his major was in Materials Science and Engineering.  Dr. Palmour became a Fellow of the IEEE in 2013.

Alex Lidow –  EPC

Alex Lidow is CEO and co-founder of Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC).   Since 1977 Dr. Lidow has been dedicated to making power conversion more efficient upon the belief that this will reduce the harm to our environment and increase the global standard of living.

Dr. Lidow served as CEO of International Rectifier for 12 years prior to founding EPC in 2007.

Dr. Lidow holds many patents in power semiconductor technology, including basic patents in power MOSFETs as well as in GaN transistors and integrated circuits.  He has authored numerous peer reviewed publications on related subjects, and co-authored the first textbook on GaN transistors, “GaN Transistors for Efficient Power Conversion”, now in its third edition published by John Wiley and Sons.

Dr. Lidow earned his Bachelor of Science from Caltech in 1975, and his PhD from Stanford in 1977.



W.T. Ng – University of Toronto