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Hanh-Phuc Le

Associate Professor, ECE

Integrated Power Electronics circuits and systems, with emphasis on miniaturized power conversions, power supply on chip (PwrSoC), large conversion ratios, smart power delivery and control for high performance IT systems, data centers, telecommunication systems, robots, automotive, mobile, wearable, and IoT applications.

The integrated Power Electronics and Energy-Efficient Systems (iPower3Es) Lab at UC San Diego, led by Prof. Hanh-Phuc Le, focuses on research at the boundary between and deep into the two areas: integrated circuits and power electronics. The group’s goal is to create miniaturized/integrated circuit designs and power management systems that achieve optimal trade-offs among size, performance, and efficiency. Applications of interest include various electronic devices and systems from low power to high power, smartphones to data centers and telecommunication systems, battery-powered components to renewable- and grid-power devices, and from stationary systems to robots, automotive devices, and aircraft.

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Hanh-Phuc Le received his B.S. degree from Hanoi University of Science and Technology in Vietnam (2003), M.S. from KAIST, Korea (2006), and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley (2013), all in Electrical Engineering. In 2012, he co-founded and served as the CTO at Lion Semiconductor until October 2015. The company was acquired by Cirrus Logic in 2021. Previously, Dr. Le also held R&D and consulting positions at Oracle, Intel, Rambus, JDA Tech in Korea, and the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) in Vietnam. He was with the University of Colorado Boulder from 2016 to 2019. In September 2019, he joined the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego as an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Dr. Le received a 2021 NSF CAREER Award, a 2012-2013 IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society Pre-doctoral Achievement Award, and the UC Berkeley's 2013 Sevin Rosen Funds Award for Innovation. He authored three book chapters, over 60 journal and conference papers including a Best Paper Award, and is an inventor with 21 U.S. patents (19 granted and 2 pending). He serves as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics (JESTPE), a member of the Steering Committee of the International Workshop on Power Supply On Chip (PwrSoC) and a Vice Chair of the Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE). In 2019 to 2023, he served as the Chair of the IEEE Power Electronics Society Technical Committee on Power Components, Integration, and Power ICs (IEEE PELS TC2).

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