Dr. Manias received the B.Eng., M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, in 1975, 1980, and 1984 respectively. In 1975 he joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) where he was responsible for the design of radio and television automation systems. In 1980 he joined Northern Telecom of Canada where he was responsible for the design of power supplies, battery chargers for telecommunication applications and other power electronics conversion topologies. In 1989 Dr. Manias joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and today he is holding the position of a full professor and director of the electrical machines and power electronics laboratory where he is teaching and contacting research in the area of Power Electronics and Motor Drive Systems. He is the author of more than 80 IEEE and IEE publications (at least 3000 citations) in Power Electronics and Motor Drive Systems. Dr. Manias is an IEEE Fellow and the Chapter Chairman of IEEE Greece section of the societies IAS-PELS-IES. Dr. Manias is a Registered Professional Engineer in Canada and Europe. His research interests include Power Electronics conversion topologies, Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) and motor drive systems. In the last 10 years his research cooperation with companies and organizations include research activities such as RAYCAP ( High voltage generator for testing photovoltaic installations), Attikes diadromes (power quality and recommendations), COSMOTE ( power quality and recommendations), Greek National Utility Company ( EMI measurements in substations near schools), ANCO ( Design of an Active filter), Greek Ministry of Development ( Design and construction of an zero emission electric vehicle), Greek Ministry of Development ( Power quality measurements and recommendations for the Greek grid), Germanos (Design and implementation of a battery charger for telecommunications systems).