Maria Ines  Valla Author of Evaluating Organization Development
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Maria Ines Valla

Full Professor (UNLP) and Principal Researcher of the National research Council (CONICET)
National University of La Plata Argentina

She Full Professor engaged in teaching and research on power converters and ac motor drives. She is an IEEE Fellow and member of the Buenos Aires Academy of Engineering in Argentina. She is Member of the IEEE Fellow committee, Co-Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics and Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society

Biography

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
•2011 Award for the Scientific, Technological or Artistic Achievements given by the National University of La Plata.
•2011 Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Industrial Electronics society.
•2010 IEEE Fellow.
•2007 Member of the Buenos Aires Academy of Engineering.
•2003 IEEE Educational Activities Board Section Professional Development Award, given by the IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) to recognize the Argentina Section "for remarkable contributions in continuous education activities, with sustained growth in number, variety and geographical coverage, for the benefit of the technical community". Vice-Chair of the section in 2001-2002.
•2002 PES Chapter Outstanding Engineer Award. Given by the IEEE Power Engineering Society for "Outstanding contributions in the development of graduate studies in Electrical Engineering and her leadership in IEEE activities". December 2002.
•2001 TECHINT Award for teaching projects.
•2000 IEEE Third Millennium Medal This award honors IEEE members for their outstanding contributions in their respective areas of activity. Nominated by IEEE Argentina Section.
•1999 Outstanding Chapter Award of the IEEE Control System Society. As the chair person of the Argentina Chapter, for the excellent lecture program and membership development.
•1999 Myron Zucker IEEE Industry Applications Student Design Award, Second prize, as the Academic sponsor of the paper “Space Vector Modulator for Power Inverters”, authored by Mauricio Tonelli. The IEEE Industry Applications Society offers this award to undergraduate students and their academic sponsors for design projects within the scope of the Society. October 1999.
•1980 Premio Juan Sábato, This award is given every year by the School of Engineering of the National University of La Plata to the best graduation in Electronics Engineering.

FULL TIME POSITIONS
•Since 1998: Head of the “Power Electronics Group” at the Industrial Electronics, Control and Instrumentation Laboratory (LEICI), Electrical Engineering Department, UNLP.
•Since 1992: Full Time Professor of the National University of La Plata (UNLP), Argentina.
•Since 1985: Member of the National Research Council (CONICET), Argentina. Since 2008 Principal Researcher; 2000-2007 Independent Researcher, 1991-1999: Associate Researcher, 1985-1991: Assistant Researcher.

SCIENTIFIC EVALUATION
Committee Membership
•Member of the Technical Advisor Comittee for the selection of the winners of “Premio Bernardo Houssay” given by the Ministry of Scince and Technology to over standing scientific and technological achievements -2011, in the area of Engineering, Architecture and Informatics. This award is given every year to the best scientific achievements in different disciplines and 2 categories: Young researcher and Scientific Trajectory.
•Head of the Engineering Board of the National Research Council (2005 and 2010).
•Member of the Engineering Board of the National Research Council (2004-2005 and 2009-2010).
•Member of the Technical Advisor Comittee for the selection of the winners of “Premio Bernardo Houssay de la SeCTIP a la investigación científico tecnológica -2004”, in the area of Engineering and Agricultural Sciences. This award is given every year to the best scientific production in different disciplines and 3 categories: Young researcher, Consolidated Researcher and Scientific Trajectory.
•Member of the Technical Advisor Committee of the Science Board of the National University of La Plata (1998-2000).(Evaluation of research Projects and research fellowships).
•Member of the Fellowship Committee of the National Research Council (1999-2000).(Evaluation of graduate studies and post-doc fellowships).
Evaluation of research projects:
•Research Projects of the National Agency for the Promotion of Science and Technology (ANPCyT), in the Area of Electronics, Communication and Computer Science. Since 1997.
•Research Projects different National Universities Since 1998.

EVALUATION OF PHD AND MASTER THESIS:
•Phd Thesis of Alejandro Garces Ruiz, Department of Electrical Power Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, August 2012.
•Phd Thesis of Gustavo Ignacio Carugati, National University of Mar del Plata, Julyl 2012
•Phd Thesis of Gustavo REVEL, National University of the South, Argentina, March 2010
•Phd Thesis of Dag A.H. SAMUELSEN, Narvik University College, Norwegian Univ. of Sc &Tech, June 2009.
•Phd Thesis of B. Venkatesa PERUMAL, Dept. of Electrical Eng., Indian Institute of Technology, March 2007.
• Phd Thesis of Claudio BUSADA, National University of the South, Argentina, July 2004.
•PhD Thesis of Hugo Nepali ARCOS MARTINEZ, National Univesity of San Juan, Argentina, December 2003.
•PhD Thesis of Gonzalo CASARAVILLA, Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay, August 2003.
•Phd Thesis of Diego Marcelo ALONSO, National University of the South, Argentina, May 2002.
•PhD Thesis of Hernán Emilio Tacca, National University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 1998.
•Master Thesis of Eduardo G. Suárez, National University of the South, Argentina, June 1998.

UNIVERSITY GOVERNMENT
•Head of the School of Graduate Studies, Engineering Faculty National University of La Plata. 2/2003-4/2004
•Coordinator of the Electronics Area of the Electric Engineering Department of the School of Engineering (UNLP). Since 1999.
•Member of the Administrative Committee of the Electric Engineering Department of the School of Engineering (UNLP). 1993 – 1994.
•Member of the Administrative Committee of the Electric Engineering Department of the School of Engineering (UNLP). 1984 – 1985.

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY AFFILIATIONS
IEEE (S 1979 - M 1980 - SM 1997 – F 2010)
Offices held
•Industrial Electronics Society Vp for Membership Activities, 2010-2012.
•Coordinator for region 9 of the Industrial Electronics Society 2004-2009.
•Vice-President of the Argentina Section 2001-2002
•Chair of the Student Activities Committee of the Industrial Electronics Society 2000-2003.
•Student Branch Counselor at Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina. 1995-2001.
•Chairman of the Joint chapter of the Control Systems, Industrial Electronics, Industry Applications and Robotics & Automation of the Argentina Section. 1997-1999.
•Vice-Chairman of the Joint chapter of the Control Systems, Industrial Electronics and Robotics & Automation of the Argentine Section. 1992 1996.

Committee Membership
•Member of IEEE Fellow Committee. Since 2012
•Life Member of Administrative Committee of the Industrial Electronics Society. Since 2010.
•Member of IEEE Ethics & Member Conduct Committee. 2006 2008.
•Senior Member of Administrative Committee of the Industrial Electronics Society. 2005-2009.
•Elected Member of Administrative Committee of the Industrial Electronics Society. 2001-2004.
•Member of the Industrial Drives Committee of the Industry Applications Society. Since 1996.
•Member of the International Affairs Committee of the Control Systems Society. Since 2000.
•Member of the Women in Control Committee of the Control Systems Society. Since 2000.

SCIENTIFIC and/or TECHNICAL EDITORIAL ACTIVITIES
•Co-Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transaction on Industrial Electronics since 2013
•Associate Editor of the IEEE Transaction on Industrial Electronics since 2007
•Associate Editor of the Revista Iberoamericana de Automación e Informática Industrial (RIAI) since 2007

Reviewer of Journals
•IEEE Transaction on Industrial Electronics
•IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications
•IEEE Transaction on Control System Technology
•Latin American Applied Research
•IEEE Transaction on Energy Conversion
•International Journal of Electronics
•Mechatronics, Elsevier
•IEEE Transaction on Power  Electronics
•Revista Iberoamericana de Automática e Informática Industrial
•Electric Power System Research, Elsevier
•International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems, Elsevier

CONFERENCE ORGANIZATION
•Technical Programm Co-Chair of the IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE'15), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,  June 2015
•Co-Chair of the Technical Track Power Electronics & Energy Conversion, IEEE 39th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON'13), Viena, Austria, November 10-13th, 2013.
•Co-Chair for Special Sessions of the IEEE International Conference on Industrial technology (ICIT'13) Cape Town, South Africa, February 2013.
•Co-Chair for Special Sessions of the IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE'12), Hangzhuo, China May 28-31, 2012.
•Co-Chair for Special Sessions of the IEEE International Conference on Industrial technology (ICIT'12) Athens Greece, March 2012.
•Co-Chair for Special Sessions IEEE 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON'11), Melbourne, Australia, November 7-10th, 2011.
•Co-Chair for Special Sessions IEEE 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON'10), Glendale USA, November 7-10th, 2010.
•Co-Chair for Special Sessions of the IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE'10), Bari, Italy, July 4-7 2010.
•Co-Chair for Special Sessions of the IEEE International Conference on Industrial technology (ICIT'10) Viña del Mar Chile, March 2010.
•Co-Chair for Special Sessions of the IEEE International Conference on Industrial technology (ICIT'09), Gippsland Australia, 10-13 February 2009.
•Co-Chair for Special Sessions of the IEEE International Conference on Industrial Electronics (IECON'08), Orlando USA, November 10-13, 2008.
•Honorary Chair, of the XXI Congreso Argentino de Control Automático (AADECA'2008), Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA, September 1-3, 2008.
•Co-Chair for Special Sessions of the IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE'08), Cambridge, UK, June 30-July 2, 2008.
•Co-Chair for Special Sessions of the IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE'07), Vigo SPAIN, June 4-7, 2007.
•General Chair, of the XX Congreso Argentino de Control Automático (AADECA'2006), Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA, September 1-3, 2006.
•Co-Chair of the Student Forum of the IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE'03), Rio de Janeiro, BRASIL, June 9-11, 2003.
•Co-Chair of the International Publicity Committee, 28th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society  (IECON'02), Sevilla Spain, November 2002.
•General Chair, of the  XVII Congreso Argentino de Control Automático (AADECA'2000), Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA, September 11-13, 2000.
•General Chair, of the  XVI Congreso Argentino de Control Automático (AADECA'98), Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA, August 17-21, 1998.
•Member of the International Program Committee, of several international Conferences.

Education

    power converters - multilevel converters - power quality - electric drives

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Power Electronics

Books

Featured Title
 Featured Title - Multilevel Converters for Industrial Applications - 1st Edition book cover