Ilhami Colak

Ilhami Colak was born in 1962 in Turkey. He received his diploma in electrical engineering from Gazi University, Turkey, in 1985. Then, he did his MSc degree in electrical engineering in the field of Speed Control of Wound Rotor Induction Machines Using Semiconductor Devices at Gazi University in 1991. After that, he received his MPhil degree from Birmingham University in England by preparing a thesis on High Frequency Resonant DC Link Inverters in 1991. He received his PhD degree from Aston University in England on Mixed Frequency Testing of Induction Machines Using Inverters in 1994. He became an Assistant Professor, an Associate Professor, and a full Professor in 1995, 1999 and 2005, respectively. He has published more than 225 papers on different subjects, including electrical machines, drive systems, machine learning, reactive power compensation, inverters, converters, artificial neural networks, distance learning, automation, renewable energy sources and smart grids. More than 86 of his papers have been cited in the SCI database of Thomson Reuters. His papers have received more than 445 citations. He has supervised 19 MSc students and 13 PhD students. He is a member of IEEE, IES, IAS, PELS and PES. He is also a member of the PEMC Council. He has organized 54 international conferences and workshops. In the last ten years, he has concentrated his studies on renewable energy and smart grids by publishing papers, journals (, and organizing international IEEE sponsored conferences ( He is also the editor-in-chief of International Engineering Technologies ( and one of the editors of the Journal of Power Electronics ( He has 1 international and 3 national patents. He also spent around 3 years at the European Commission Research Centre (JRC) as an expert in the field of smart grids in the Netherlands. He is currently holding the positions of vice-rector and dean of the Engineering and Architecture Faculty of Nisantasi University.