Chief Scientist & Vice-Chair of the State Key Lab. of PV Science & Technology, Trina Solar
Pierre J. Verlinden is Vice-President and Chief Scientist at Trina Solar since 2012. He is also Vice-Chair of the State Key Laboratory of PV Science and Technology, Vice Director of the Jiangsu Province Enterprise Engineering Technology Center and Adjunct Professor at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou.
Dr. Verlinden holds a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium, where he started his career in academia, teaching semiconductor physics, integrated circuit and PV technology. He has been working in the field of photovoltaics for more than 35 years and has published over 170 technical papers and contributed to a number of books. Before joining Trina Solar, Dr. Verlinden served as the head of R&D department in several other PV companies in USA and Australia, including in SunPower, USA, where he was one of the original employees from 1991 and worked for 11 years as Director of Research and Development, in Origin Energy, Australia, where he was Manager PV Technology and Operations, in Solar Systems and Amrock, Australia, where he was Principal Scientist.