A Digital-Controlled SiC-Based Solid State Circuit Breaker with Soft-Start Function for DC Microgrids

Z. John Shen

Illinois institute of technology

 received the B.S. degree from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1987, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY,USA, in 1991 and 1994, respectively, all in electrical engineering. He held a variety of positions from 1994 to 1999, including a Senior Principal Staff Scientist with Motorola, Schaumburg, IL, USA. He was a Faculty Member with the University of Michigan–Dearborn, Dearborn, MI, USA, from 1999 to 2004, and the University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA, from 2004 to 2012.He joined the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, USA, in 2013, as the Grainger Chair Professor in Electrical and Power Engineering. He has held a courtesy professorship with Hunan University, Changsha, China, since 2007, and Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, since 2013. He has authored over 160 journal and conference articles, and holds 15 issued and several pending U.S. patents in his research areas. His current research interests include power electronics, power semiconductor devices and ICs, automotive electronics, renewable and alternative energy systems, and electronics manufacturing.Dr. Shen was a recipient of the 2012 IEEE Region 3 Outstanding EngineerAward, the 2003 NSF CAREER Award, the 2006 IEEE Transaction PaperAward from the IEEE Society of Power Electronics, the 2003 IEEE BestAutomotive Electronics Paper Award from the IEEE Society of VehicularTechnology, and the 1996 Motorola Science and Technology Award. He hasbeen an Active Volunteer in the IEEE Power Electronics Society, served asthe Vice President of Products from 2009 to 2012.


  1. yuanfeng zhou (Illinois institute of technology)
  2. Yanjun Feng (Illinois institute of technology)
  3. Tianjiao Liu (Illinois institute of technology)
  4. Z. John Shen (Illinois institute of technology)

Topic Area

Track 3 Topics: Distributed generation power electronics and electric power quality


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