Leopoldo G. Franquelo (M’84–SM’96–F’05) was born in Málaga, Spain. He received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Universidad de Sevilla, Seville, Spain in 1977 and 1980 respectively. In 1978 he joined the Universidad de Sevilla as Research Assistant, being Associated Professor in 1982 and Professor since 1986. Since 1998 till 2005 has been Director of the Electronics Engineering Department. Currently is Responsible for the PhD Courses in the Department. His technical interests have started in 1978 with Microprocessor Industrial Electronics Applications, evolving to Electronics Power Applications and in the 90's to Application Specific ICs design for the control of Power Converters. His current research interest lies on modulation techniques for multilevel inverters and its application to power electronic systems for renewable energy systems. He is leading a large research and teaching team in Spain. In the last five years his group activity can be summarized as: 40 Publications in International Journals, 165 in International Conferences, several book chapters, 10 Patents, advisor for 10 PhD dissertations and 96 R&D projects. His research team has been awarded with the “Excellence Status” by the Regional Government. He is IEEE member since 1984, Senior Member since 1996 and Fellow since 2005. He has been Vice-president of the Industrial Electronics Society Spanish Chapter (2002-2003), Member at large of the Industrial Electronics Society AdCom (2002-2003), Vice-President for Conferences (2004 - 2007), President Elect of the IES (2008 – 2009), President of the IES (2009 – 2011) and Past-President of the IES since 2012. Currently is a Distinguished Lecturer since 2006, Associated Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics since 2007. He was a co-recipient of the 2008 Best Paper Award of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine.
Jose I. Leon (S'04, M'07) was born in Cádiz, Spain, in 1976. He received the B.S. and M.S. and PhD degrees in telecommunications engineering from the University of Seville (US), Seville, Spain, in 1999, 2001 and 2006 respectively. In 2002, he joined the Power Electronics Group, US, working in R&D projects. Currently, he is an Associate Professor with the Department of Electronic Engineering, US. His research interests include electronic power systems, modeling, modulation and control of power electronics converters and industrial drives. He has authored and co-authored more than 50 refereed journal and conference papers and one book chapter. He was a co-recipient of the 2008 Best Paper Award of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine.