IEEE Transportation Electrification Community Prize Ph.D. Thesis Challenge


IEEE Transportation Electrification Community 2022 IEEE TEC Prize Ph.D. Thesis Talk
3 Min Ph.D. Challenge

The IEEE Transportation Electrification Community invites Ph.D. graduates to submit for the IEEE TEC Prize Ph.D. Thesis Talk. The competition is to provide an international platform for all Ph.D. researchers in the field of Transportation Electrification to present their project — both in academia and industry.

This award recognizes not just quality research, but an engaging presentation understandable for people not versed in the researcher’s narrow specialty.

Who is Eligible?

  • Ph.D. graduates who defended their Ph.D. or doctoral certificate or have a proof of a final thesis between May 1, 2021-August 31, 2022 have defended their Ph.D. recently.
  • Graduates from any location area are welcome.
  • Participants should show their Ph.D. certificate or a proof of thesis defense between May 1, 2021-August 31, 2022.
  • Current IEEE TEC Members.

The Ph.D. thesis should be in the field of interest of the IEEE Transportation Electrification Community. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Electric vehicles
  • Charger, conductive and wireless
  • Power electronic devices (Si and wide bandgap) and applications for electric transportation
  • Electric rail, Electric rolling stock
  • Power train for electric mobility
  • Electric machines for electric mobility
  • Packaging, integration, and advanced manufacturing for electric mobility
  • Transportation systems
  • EMI and EMC for electric transportation
  • Renewable and alternative energy for vehicle
  • Smart grids and micro-grids for transportation, and vehicle to grid
  • Electrical energy storage for vehicle
  • Security and Information Technology for vehicle, and smart mobility
  • Electric aircraft, electric vessel
  • Light rail, trams, catenary
  • Wireless power transfer (WPT) for mobility

Important dates

  • Submission platform opens: September 1, 2022
  • Submission Deadline Extended: December 16, 2022
  • Announcement of results: December 2022
  • Award ceremony or TEC conference: 2023 Virtual

Submission Details

IEEE TEC solicits nominations for this award: Only electronic submission as indicated on TEC website is accepted. The submission must include the following information to identify the participant. The submission must include the following information to identify the participant.

  • Full Name
  • University/Institute of your Ph.D. study
  • IEEE Membership Number
  • Date of Graduation or date of defense
  • Proof of Ph.D. degree or Defense (eg certificate, letter)
  • Thesis Title
  • Brief abstract (< 300 words)
  • Keywords (3-5)

The submission must be in English; however, a non-English certificate may come with a certified translation document. Please note: the video is limited to 3 minutes. It can be uploaded to the system or a link provided.

Nominations should comply with IEEE Policies and restrictions on awards. Incidents of misconduct including, but not limited to, violations of IEEE’s publication policies, will be strongly considered by the awards committee and may be grounds for denial of an award or leadership position.

Judging Criteria

The application material will be considered by the awards committee and the eligibility requirements will be checked. The evaluation of the short clips will be based on the following criteria and weights:

Each criterion is rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with:
1. Not satisfactory 2. Satisfactory 3. Good 4. Very good 5. Excellent



The winner will receive a certificate and a premium of US$500. A ceremony will be organized, either online or at a TEC-sponsored Conference. A total of five awards will be presented.

Guidelines for the Video

  • The video must first start with an introduction with the title of the thesis, name of participant, supervisor’s name, and name of the institution.
  • The presentation must be in English.
  • Pure voice-over PowerPoint presentation is not suggested.
  • Subtitles may be useful for some complicated technical jargon.
  • The video resolution should be high, of 1080p, or above. (MP4 format is preferred)

Intellectual Property and Copyright

  • No copyright issues involved with your presentation.
  • Participants must ensure that the intellectual property (IP) has been protected before their submission.
  • Consult your supervisor or project sponsor to clear any copyright /IP issues.
  • The copyright of video submitted to the IEEE will be rested with IEEE.

How to Submit

The video should be submitted to IEEE OpenWater platform. The participant should have an IEEE account. The IEEE TEC 3-minPh.D. Talk Submission Portal is located in

Questions: If you have questions, please contact the IEEE Transportation Electrification Community at [email protected]

Appendix: Tips to prepare your video submission

The content of your video:

Introduction: Besides the basic participant information, the introduction must be attractive and spell out the key issues you like to present and the impact of your research.

Main content: The content is your work done. You may present with your methodology, solution, important outcome with suitable animation, image/video recording, etc.

Conclusion: Your Ph.D. work is summarized here with the impact to the field and the society.


  • Clearly to deliver your points.
  • Use layman language and avoid too many complicated technical jargon.
  • Remember, you are presenting to individuals who are not in your specialty.
  • Subtitles may be useful for some complicated technical jargon.
  • Do not use too many slides or PowerPoint (one or two slides OK, but only as a side prop).

Video Editing and animation:

  • Photo or movie maker from Window
  • Solidworks
  • Pencil
  • Synfig Studios
  • Stykz
  • Blender
  • Daze