Bimal Kumar Bose

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Bimal Kumar Bose
বিমল কুমার বসু
Dr. Bimal Bose in 2009 taken by IEEE
Bimal Kumar Bose in 2008
NationalityNaturalized U. S. Citizen
Alma materBengal Engineering College, Calcutta University (B.E.)[1]
University of Wisconsin, Madison (M.S.)
Rajabazar Science College (Ph.D.)
Known forPioneer in Power Electronics, Global promotion of Power Electronics
AwardsNAE Member,
IEEE Newell Award,
IEEE Millennium Medal,
IEEE Meritorious Award,
IEEE Lamme Medal,
Eugene Mittelmann Award,
IEEE IAS Outstanding Achievement Award,
IEEE Region 3 Outstanding Engineer Award,
IEEE Life Fellow
Scientific career
FieldsPower Electronics, Motor Drives electrical engineering, artificial intelligence
InstitutionsUniversity of Tennessee

Bimal Kumar Bose (Bengali: বিমল কুমার বসু; born 1932), also known as B. K. Bose, is an electrical engineer, artificial intelligence researcher, scientist, educator, and currently a professor emeritus of power electronics in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Bose was born in Calcutta (now Kolkata), India. Bose received his B.E. degree (1956) from Bengal Engineering College under University of Calcutta, (Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur (IIEST Shibpur)), M.S. degree (1960) from University of Wisconsin, Madison, and PhD degree (1966) from University of Calcutta. Bose started his career in India in 1960 and emigrated to USA in 1971 to join Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY as faculty member (1971–1976), then to GE Corporate Research and Development in (now GE Global Research Center) Schenectady, NY as research engineer (1976–1987), and then he joined the University of Tennessee as a Chaired Professor (1987–2003). Concurrently, he was the Distinguished Scientist (1989–2000) and the Chief Scientist (1987–1989) of EPRI-Power Electronics Applications Center.[2]

Bose held the Condra Chair of Excellence in Power Electronics[2] at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Bose organized its power electronics teaching and research program for 15 years. He is recognized as world-renowned authority and pioneer in power electronics for his many contributions that include high frequency link power conversion, advanced control techniques by microcomputers, fuzzy logic and neural networks, transistor ac power switch for matrix converters, adaptive hysteresis-band current control, etc. He also pioneered power electronics applications in environmental protection that help solving climate change problems. He was a Visiting Professor in Aalborg University, Denmark (1997), University of Padova, Italy (2003), Federal University of Mato Grosso Sul, Brazil (2006), Savilla University, Spain (2008), and European PhD School on Power Electronics, Italy (2010). He was a consultant in large number of agencies/industries, i.e., National Science Foundation, Electric Power Research Institute, USDA, Research Triangle Institute, GE-CRD, Bendix Corporation, Fuji Electric, Ansaldo, General Dynamics, Lutron Electronics, PCI Ozone Corporation, American Superconductors, Emerson Electric, Kolmorgen Corporation, Delco Remy, etc.

Bose is an innovator, educator, and mentor to many members of the industry all over the world. He has been a reference for many engineers and scientists working in the area of power electronics and motor drives.[3][4][5]

Bose has contributed to the global promotion of power electronics by his books, publications, patents, tutorials, invited seminars and keynote speeches around the world. In an article "Eleven Years in Corporate Environment" he writes: "Research ideas do not necessarily come within the 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. work day office. The thoughts linger most of the time beyond the office hours, and often new ideas come when I am taking bath, walking alone in the evening, or even in the midnight when I suddenly wake up with the flash of new idea. There is no difference between scientific research and transcendental meditation.[6]". Bose is a powerful presence in the world of power electronics. Dr. Bimal Bose received the Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, on 19 January 2013.[7]

The IEEE Industrial Electronics Society Magazine published a special issue (June 2009) "Honoring Dr. Bimal Bose and Celebrating His Contributions in Power Electronics."

The IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES) established the annual Dr. Bimal Bose Energy systems Award from 2014 which was funded by IES and IEEE Foundation.[8]

Dr. Paul Johnson, President of Colorado School of Mines, gave an eloquent introduction of Dr. Bose while he was delivering the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society Distinguished Lecture (23 November 2015) in the Denver Chapter with the following quotation[9][10]

"Coming from a remote village of Bangladesh (then part of India) and being born into a large poor family, it was my dream to see the whole world with my own eyes and make important contributions to the world. I had to overcome mountainous hurdles, step by step, to fulfill the ambitious goals in life and reach where I am today. Although my goals are yet unfulfilled, I often feel that I am the happiest person on earth. Achieving the goals of life requires persistent ambition, courage, and hard work, but when you reach the top of the Himalayan mountain, the mind remains filled with perennial pleasures. My advice to young engineers: have a dream in life and try to realize that dream with hard work. Have a long-term ambition and short-term career goals, with the fire always burning in your mind".

Bose established the foundation of University of Tennessee Power Electronics Program and built it to the center-point of the world. Dean of Engineering Wayne Davis comments, "He strengthened the program and paved the way for landing the National Science Foundation-backed CURENT program. His efforts have helped both our college and the world at large".[11]

I have helped pioneer the advancement of artificial intelligence applications in power electronics and motor drives. In any technology advancement, our goal should be its application solely for the benefit of mankind”. “A truly successful person should have a blend of professional expertise and human qualities”, comments Bose".[11]

He is married to Arati Bose and they have two children: daughter Papia Ferguson and son Amit Bose


Bose is the sole author/editor of seven books in power electronics some of which have been translated into several foreign languages, and some of which are widely used as texts throughout the world. His book "Power Electronics and AC Drives"(1986) is the first English language text book in power electronics and motor drives area.

  1. Power Electronics in Renewable Energy Systems and Smart Grid (Wiley/IEEE Press, 2019)
  2. Power Electronics and Motor Drives-Advances and Trends (Elsevier/Academic Press, 2006)
  3. Modern Power Electronics and AC Drives (Prentice-Hall, 2001)
  4. Power Electronics and AC Drives (Prentice-Hall, 1986)
  5. Power Electronics and Variable Frequency Drives (Wiley/IEEE Press, 1997)
  6. Modern Power Electronics (IEEE Press, 1992)
  7. Microcomputer Control of Power Electronics and Drives (IEEE Press, 1987)
  8. Adjustable Speed AC Drive Systems (IEEE Press, 1981)

Selected publications[edit]

  • 1976. "A frequency step up cycloconverter using power transistors in inverse series mode", Int’l. Jour. of Electronics, vol.41: 573–587.
  • 1977. "High frequency link power conversion", IEEE Trans. Ind. Appl., vol.13: 387–393.
  • 1988. "A high- performance inverter-fed drive system of an interior permanent magnet synchronous machine", vol.24: 987–999.
  • 1990. "An adaptive hysteresis band current control technique of a voltage-fed PWM inverter for machine drive system", IEEE Trans. Ind. Electron., vol.37: 402–408.
  • 2007. "Neural network applications in power electronics and motor drives", IEEE Trans. Ind. Electron, vol. 54: 14–33.
  • 2009. "The Past, Present and Future of Power Electronics", IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine: 1–5.
  • 2009. "Power Electronics and Motor Drives" –Recent Progress and Perspective", IEEE Trans. On Industrial Electronics, vol. 56: 581–588.
  • 2013. "Global energy scenario and impact of power electronics in 21st century", IEEE Trans. Ind. Electron, vol. 60: 2638–2651.
  • 2015. "Doing Research in Power Electronics", IEEE IES Magazine, vol. 9, 6–17.

Awards and honors[edit]

Awards received by Bose include, among many others:

  • Elected member of National Academy of Engineering (2017)[12]
  • IEEE Power Electronics Society William W. Newell Award (2005)[2][13]
  • IEEE Millennium Medal (2000)[14]
  • IEEE Meritorious Achievement Award in Continuing Education (1997)[15]
  • IEEE Fellow (1989) and Life Fellow (1996)
  • IEEE Lamme Medal (1996)[16]
  • IEEE Industrial Electronics Society Dr. Eugene Mittelmann Award (1994)[17]
  • IEEE Region 3 Outstanding Engineer Award (1994)[18]
  • IEEE Industry Applications Society Outstanding Achievement Award (1993)[19]
  • Shanghai University, China, Honorary Professor (1991)
  • China University of Mining and Technology, Honorary Professor (1996)
  • Xi’an Mining Institute, China, Honorary Professor and Honorary Director of EE Inst.(1998)
  • Huazhong Univ. of Science and Tech. Guest Professor (2003)
  • Bengal Engineering and Science University, India, Distinguished Alumnus Award (2006)
  • Calcutta University Mouat Gold Medal and Premchand Roychand Scholar (1970)
  • IEEE IES Magazine Special Issue (June 2009) "Honoring Dr. Bimal Bose and Celebrating His Contributions in Power Electronics" (with front cover photo)[2]
  • Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the President of India in the Annual Convocation of Bengal Engineering and Science University (BESU) (January 2013)[7]
  • IEEE IES introduced the annual Dr. Bimal Bose Energy Systems Award[8] (2014 – present)


  1. ^ "Bengal Engineering College Alumni Association". Archived from the original on 2 May 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Dr. Bimal K. Bose". The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Archived from the original on 13 March 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012.
  3. ^ Liserre, Marco (2009). "Dr. Bimal K. Bose: A reference for generations [Editor's Column]". IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine. 3 (2): 2–5. doi:10.1109/mie.2009.932579.
  4. ^ "Bimal K. Bose, "Power Electronics"". Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  5. ^ Franquelo, Leopoldo; Nagy, Istvan; Wen, Changyun (2009). "Honoring Dr. Bimal K. Bose [Tributes]". IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine. 3 (2): 12–14. doi:10.1109/mie.2009.932710.
  6. ^ Bose, B.K. (June 2006). "Eleven Years in Corporate Environment". IES Newsletter.
  7. ^ a b "In recognition of his outstanding contribution in Engineering and his dedicated service to the nation.""Honorary Doctor of Science". Archived from the original on 12 February 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Dr. Bimal Bose Energy Systems Award". Archived from the original on 2 May 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  9. ^ Retrieved 28 December 2015. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ "Bimal K.Bose". Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  11. ^ a b "National Academy of Engineering Adds Pioneering UT Professor as Member". 17 February 2017. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  12. ^ "Member of National Academy of Engineering".
  13. ^ "William E. Newell Award". Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  14. ^ "IEEE Millennium Medal Recipients". IEEE. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  15. ^ "IEEE Meritorious Achievement Award in Continuing Education Recipients". Retrieved 14 June 2012.[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ "IEEE Lamme Medal Recipients" (PDF). Retrieved 14 June 2012.[permanent dead link]
  17. ^ "Dr. Eugene Mittelmann Achievement Award". Archived from the original on 9 March 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  18. ^ "IEEE Region 3 Outstanding Engineer Award Recipients". Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  19. ^ "IEEE IAS Outstanding Award Recipients". Retrieved 14 June 2012.