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WiPDA 2021 Workshop

The 8th Workshop on Wide Bandgap Power Devices and Applications

A mid a still fluid situation, the organizing committee for the 8th Annual IEEE / PMSA Workshop on Wide Bandgap Power Devices and Applications (WiPDA) remains cautiously optimistic that the conference will be permitted to be held as an in-person event at the Sonesta Redondo Beach & Marina, Redondo Beach, California, November 7 – 9, 2021.

Regardless of format, the workshop will provide engineers and scientists with opportunities to share their expertise in wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductor technology. WiPDA 2021 will feature carefully selected tutorials as well as keynote sessions from industry leaders, panel sessions, technical sessions, and a poster session that cover four technical tracks: Silicon Carbide (SiC) power devices, SiC applications, Gallium Nitride (GaN) power devices, GaN applications, and new this year, Gallium Nitride (GaN) RF devices and applications and International Technology Roadmap for Wide Bandgap Power Semiconductors) (ITRW) sessions.  Topics in emerging WBG materials will also be solicited. 

Keynote Sessions:
The committee is thrilled to be able to offer participants the opportunity to attend keynote sessions featuring industry leaders discussing the latest developments in wide bandgap technology and applications.  The speakers include:

Full bios for keynote speakers can be found at

There will be many opportunities to network with leading WBG specialists in industry, academia and national laboratories, especially at the Industry and Sponsors Exhibition, which occurs simultaneously with the workshop. 

The workshop is sponsored by the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS), the Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA), and the IEEE Electron Devices Society (EDS).  The General Chair is Sameh Khalil, Senior Principal Engineer, GaN Device Reliability and Product Engineering Management at Infineon Technologies.  He is supported by Vice Chair Helen Li, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, FAMU-FSU college of Engineering
Key Dates:

  • June 1, 2021:             Two-page abstract submission deadline.
  • July 15, 2021:            Notification of the acceptance.
  • August 25, 2021:       Submission to mentor
  • September 7, 2021:   Final paper submission deadline for workshop proceedings.

Call for Abstracts:
The abstract submission portal will open mid spring to accept authors' manuscripts.  Researchers are encouraged to submit their latest findings on the design and fabrication of WBG power devices, their insertion in power electronics circuits/systems, and on technology of SiC, GaN, their reliability and other emerging, high performance WBG power semiconductors. 
Authors and speakers are encouraged to submit their latest research findings in this WiPDA world-renown symposium. For abstract proposals, the technical topics of interest include:

  • Heteroepitaxial & Bulk Materials Growth
  • Gate Dielectrics & Surface Passivation
  • Device Structures & Fabrication Techniques
  • Device Characterization & Modeling
  • Very-High Efficiency or Compact Converters
  • Safe Operating Areas of Wide Bandgap Devices, Including Short Circuit, Spike, &Transient Tolerance
  • Harsh Environment (High Temperature) Operation & Reliability
  • Packaging Power Modules & ICs
  • Hard-Switched & Soft-Switched Application Analysis
  • Gate Drive & Other Auxiliary Circuits
  • High-Performance Passive Components
  • Applications in Renewable Energy & Energy Storage, Transportation, Industrial Drives, & Grid Power Systems
  • Wide Band Gap System Design Philosophies & Strategies
  • Radio Frequency (RF) GaN (NEW)
  • Technology Roadmap of Wide Bandgap Including Devices, Applications and Packaging (NEW)

The committee is deeply appreciative of our sponsors and valued audience members during these uncertain times.  Continue to stay safe and well and we look forward to seeing everyone in Redondo Beach in November 2021! 

Please subscribe to stay informed of the latest news and receive deadline reminders for WiPDA 2021. Also, join the WiPDA group on LinkedIn.

Stay safe!

Provided by Renee Yawger
WiPDA 2021 Publicity Chair


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