Ira J. Pitel received the B.S. degree from Rutgers The State University of New Jersey, the M.S. degree from Bucknell University, and the Ph.D. Degree from Carnegie-Mellon University. From 1973 to 1976, he worked for GTE Sylvania researching high-frequency ballasting techniques for gaseous discharge lighting. He joined Bell Laboratories in 1978 and Exxon Enterprises in 1979. At Exxon, he was involved in high-power converter structures for ac motor drives and controlled lighting. In 1981, he founded Magna-Power Electronics.
Ira holds 28 patents in the field of power electronics and is co-recipient of the 1995 Society Prize Paper Award of the Industry Applications Society. He was honored as the Rutgers Outstanding Engineering Alumnus in 2000. He received the 2008 Gerald Kliman Innovator Award. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and has served in many IEEE capacities including Society President of the Industry Applications Society. He is a member of the Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi.
Adam Pitel received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Bucknell University. He received the M.Eng degree from Princeton University where he researched rapid charge/discharge lithium-ion batteries and high-power rapid charger technologies. He has served as a chair for the Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) and as a member of the Raritan Township Green Team.
Adam joined Magna-Power Electronics as Director of Business Development where he led sales and marketing for the company. Today, he oversees sales, product marketing and support, while helping to guide new product development and company operations.
Grant Pitel received the B.S. degree from Cornell University at Ithaca, NY, in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, where he concentrated on digital signal processing. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a research focus on digital control in power electronics and life-cycle behavior of lithium ion batteries. Before joining Magna-Power Electronics, Grant was a Senior Engineer at PC Krause and Associates and attended a three month internship at Google’s Platforms Division in Mountain View, CA.
He was a finalist in the 2002 Cornell Big Red Venture Business Idea Competition, received the IEEE IAS Myron Zucker Student design award in 2003, was a 2004 Energy Star Efficiency Challenge winner, and received the 2005 Grainger Outstanding Power Engineer award. He has written 5 first author publications and serves as a volunteer to the IEEE Power Electronics Society. Grant joined Magna-Power as Director of Engineering where he developed next-generation products. Today, he oversees engineering activities, new product development and internal company technologies.
Michael Williams received the B.S degree and M.S degree in Electrical Engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Since 2005, his interest has been in Sales Management driving customer and application development in the Industrial, Commercial, and Automotive market places. He has extensive experience in passive components, high power semi-conductor switching components, and as a hobby UAS and FPV systems. He joined Magna-Power Electronics is the Director of Sales with responsibility for North America.
Berjot graduated from Sainte Trinité Electrical School of Port au Prince, Haiti in 1987. From 1988 to 2004 he worked as the Vice Principal of Jean Narcisse College in Port au Prince, Haiti. In addition, he developed and supervised the installation of several off-grid power systems for residential homes in Haiti. He moved to the United States in June 2004 and joined Magna-Power Electronics in 2005. Starting as an electromechanical assembler at Magna-Power, he became an expert in Magna-Power's manufacturing processes, critical to the on-going quality improvement. Berjot became the Production Manager of Assembly in 2013, responsible for overseeing production, scheduling and fulfilling the company's dedication to quality.
Jim Williams joined the Magna-Power team 2013 bringing over 35 years of experience as a machining specialist. Jim received his Journeyman Certification in 1984 then his Master Tool and Die title four years later. Throughout his career, he has been a teacher, a business owner and now uses his skills to enhance high quality machined parts produced at Magna-Power. Jim has been instrumental in the expansion of Magna-Power's machining departments and continued vertical integration.
Manish Mistry received Bachelor of Engineering degree in Power Electronics from Saurashtra University, India. Before moving to United States of America in 2001, he worked for a UPS manufacturer in India. Manish joined Magna Power Electronics in 2001 and has successfully led several departments within Magna-Power, including establishing quality control programs throughout the company.
Manish serves as production manager overseeing Printed Circuit Board and Sub-Assembly departments, while establishing processes and documentation for continuous quality improvement.
Michelle Frost has over 30 years experience at various internal positions in the electronics manufacturing industry. Michelle joined Magna-Power Electronics in 1996; her strong attention to detail has facilitated company growth. Michelle's responsibilities include accounting and overseeing human resources. She received the A.S. degree from Morris County Community College.
Michael Hittner joined Magna-Power Electronics as Director of Purchasing. His responsibilities include vendor and materials management. Prior to joining Magna-Power Electronics, he acquired more than 25 years experience in purchasing, production planning, and sales. He's held a variety of supply chain positions in the telecommunications and biotechnology industries, including positions at Cisco, GE Healthcare, and numerous start-up ventures. Michael received the A.S. degree from Raritan Valley Community College.
Zuzana Wood received her M.Sc. Engineering degree (Dip-Ing.) from the Czech Technical University Prague, Czech Republic. She also graduated in Business Administration for Foreign Trade and Economy at the Bavarian Academy for International Trade, Munich , Germany.
Since 1992 she has acquired wide experience in the marketing and sales of high-tech products. She joined Magna-Power Electronics GmbH, Ottobrunn, Germany as Managing Director.
Wolfgang Winter received the M.Sc. degree in Geophysics 1984 from the University of Cologne, Germany, and the Ph. D. Degree in Science in 1996. From 1984 to 2006 he worked for Rohde & Schwarz as Managing Director in different international business units. He joined emv GmbH in 2007, a German system integrator for EMC and power electronic applications.
Wolfgang is an IEEE member and has chaired several scientific sessions on power switching induced disturbances in renewable energy applications and has published technical papers in this field. Since 1986 he has been involved in DC power applications. He has technical systems experience as well as a long track record in international marketing and sales. He joined Magna-Power Electronics GmbH, Ottobrunn, Germany as Managing Director.
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Bob Collins has extensive experience spanning 8 years working at the Ministry of Defence on high energy pulsed power systems and 27 years of working in the field of programmable power supplies. In the later, he sold in the UK & EMEA territories, where he successfully established distribution networks for various North American companies. Bob joined Magna-Power Electronics Limited in Reading, United Kingdom as Managing Director. He has specialist knowledge of high and low voltage DC power supplies, AC sources, and electronic loads.
In his rare spare time, he really enjoys playing golf trying to get his handicap down from 12, which he has been stuck on for the past 5 years.