Dr. Madhav Manjrekar

Dr. Madhav Manjrekar


Dr. Madhav Manjrekar, Senior Member of IEEE, is an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte.  He also serves as an Assistant Director of the Energy Production & Infrastructure Center (EPIC), a research center founded by industry champions such as Duke Energy, EPRI, and Westinghouse at the university.

Named as an e4 Carolinas Emerging Leader in Energy in 2015, Dr. Manjrekar has led technology and innovation teams in the areas of energy and power systems for more than 15 years.  Prior to joining academia in 2012, he worked as the Vice President of Global Research and Innovation at Vestas (the wind turbine company), and previously has held various leadership and management positions at Siemens, Eaton and ABB.

Besides his academic obligations, Madhav Manjrekar works as a Principal Member of a consulting and holding company Vaidyut LLC (vaidyut means provider of electricity in Sanskrit) and serves as an Executive Director of a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit corporation called The Nacre Foundation. The Nacre Foundation (Nacre = mother of pearl) is focused on development and dissemination of open source, interoperable, and secure power conversion and control platforms.

Dr. Manjrekar holds 10 US and international patents, has published over 60 journal and conference papers and has received multiple IEEE prize paper awards. He has also served on various task forces, including High Mega-Watt Leadership Team of National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Smart Grid Task Force of North American Electric Reliability Corporation, IEEE Standard P2030, and on review panels for ARPA-E, US Department of Energy, and the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Manjrekar’s advisees include more than 15 masters and doctoral degree recipients and candidates. His teaching repertoire consists of classes on Logic Systems, Electromagnetic Fields, Electric Machines, and Utility Applications of Power Electronics. Dr. Manjrekar’s research interests are in applications of power electronics in utility power systems and variable speed motor drives, interfaces for renewable power generation and energy storage, smart grids, and cyber vulnerability of electric infrastructure.

Dr. Madhav Manjrekar received his B.E. degree from Government College of Engineering, Pune, India, his M.Tech. from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, M.S. from Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, and Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, in 1993, 1995, 1997, and 1999 respectively.