Alan Mantooth is a Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Arkansas and holder of the 21st Century Research Leadership Chair. Dr. Mantooth has 21 years of academic experience in addition to 8 years in industry. He has served in several leadership positions in both industry and academe, and currently serves as Executive Director for the NSF Research Center on GRid-connected Advanced Power Electronic Systems (GRAPES), the DoE Cybersecurity Center on Secure, Evolvable Energy Delivery Systems (SEEDS), and as Deputy Director for the NSF Engineering Research Center for Power Optimization of Electro-Thermal Systems (POETS). Since its inception in 2005 he has served as the Executive Director of the National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transportation (NCREPT) and overseen its research and building program, which includes a 12,000 sq. ft., 6 MVA/15 kV test facility. Dr. Mantooth has published over 350 refereed articles and three books on modeling, design automation, power and analog circuit design and electronic packaging. He is an IEEE Fellow, has served on the IEEE PELS Advisory Committee since 2004, was PELS President for 2017-18, and is currently Immediate Past-President.