IEEE Green Energy and Smart Systems Conference
Long Beach, CA


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Electric Vehicle Charging System and Infrastructure

Speaker: Ching-Yen Chung

The concept of the Electric Vehicle (EV) can be traced back more than 100 years ago. Inevitably, the EV will become mainstream transportation soon as governments around the world have issued gas car bans over the coming years or decades. When it comes to EVs, the charging issue is one of the common reasons the consumers feel uncomfortable, which is getting relieved with the EV charging stations becoming commonplace. The modern EV charging technology involves the lower level, covering the charging protocols, power electronics, and battery management, and the higher level—so-called Smart Charging System. Today’s talk first comes with a brief history of EVs, then comes the charging technologies on EV and EV charging stations. Last but not least, the Smart Charging System will be addressed.

Speaker Bio:

Ching-Yen Chung: Dr. Ching-Yen Chung received his Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2014, specializing in Smart Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Infrastructure. He worked as a Postdoctoral Scholar/Staff Researcher in Smart Grid Energy Research Center (SMERC) at UCLA from 2014 to 2020. Meanwhile, he cofounded MOEV Inc, a Smart EV charging solution company, with his advisor and served in the Hardware Lead role. In 2020, Dr. Chung joined the EV Industry when it became more prospective and promising as governments had issued gas car bans over the coming years or decades. He played various roles as Mechanical Engineer at Atlis Motor Vehicles, Control Systems Engineer at INDI EV, and Charging System Engineer at Canoo. His pioneering work at UCLA, allowing an EV charger to charge multiple EVs simultaneously, successfully solved the problems of the lack of infrastructure investment and underutilization of the chargers. His industrial experiences covered the charging protocols, power electronics, and battery management on EVs and EV charging stations. There are three patents in data analysis/predictions on energy management and EV charging attributed under Dr. Chung’s name.

The Climate Resilient Grid

Speaker: Erik Takayesu

Climate change is already impacting the electric system in various ways. In California, we are in the driest period in the last 1200 years, leading to more significant wildfires. As we look forward into the future, grid and community resiliency will be further impacted by increasing temperatures, sea level rise, droughts, wildfires, and more precipitation that requires future adaption and mitigation strategies. This presentation will cover what SCE has been doing in recent years to mitigate the impact of wildfires, and as we look into the future, will discuss the grid technology and architectural changes needed to modernize and build a more resilient system while enabling decarbonization.

Speaker Bio:

Erik Takayesu, PE

Senior Vice President, Asset Strategy & Planning

Southern California Edison

Erik Takayesu is senior vice president of the Asset Strategy & Planning at Southern California Edison. He leads the company’s business and asset management strategy, electric system planning, technology demonstration and development, and wildfire safety. Since joining SCE in 1991, he led a number of organizations responsible for grid operations, the construction and maintenance of some of SCE’s largest projects, grid modernization, and distributed resource integration to enable the clean energy transition for the 21st century.  

Takayesu serves on the boards of directors for several organizations, including the College of Engineering for California State University, Long Beach and Pomona, the North American Transmission Forum, the Western Energy Institute and Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics. He’s also on the Executive Advisory Council to the IEEE Power and Engineering Society.

Takayesu earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at California State University, Long Beach, and a master’s degree in organizational leadership at Gonzaga University. He is also a licensed professional engineer in the state of California.

Port of Los Angeles Resiliency in Capital Improvement Projects

Speaker: Adrienne Fedrick Newbold

The Port of Los Angeles continues to develop and adapt capital improvement projects to remain resilient to Sea Level Rise. As global sea levels continue to rise, shoreline assets become more vulnerable to increase in the frequency and magnitude of coastal flood events. Sea level rise is a significant risk that can have a long-term impact on business operations as well as international cargo; therefore, the Port is taking a proactive approach to address the risk when investing in new infrastructure to avoid costly future improvements. The presentation provides project examples and methodology taken to implement adaptation strategies to maintain resilience at the nation’s leading seaport. Resiliency strategies include updating governmental policies, implementing initiatives including regional and global collaboration, monitoring, and infrastructure development.

The basis for the resiliency implementation is The Port of Los Angeles Sea Level Rise Adaptation Study, which evaluated Port assets including Cargo wharves and miscellaneous operations, critical facilities, transportation (rail/roads), community assets, and natural habitats. The Port of Los Angeles study included the development of sea level rise maps showing exposure for years 2030, 2050, and 2100, a vulnerability assessment, and development of adaptation strategies.

Speaker Bio:

Adrienne Fedrick Newbold, PE, PMP, ICC, MASCE

Harbor Engineer, Port of Los Angeles, 425 S. Palos Verdes St, San Pedro, CA 90731; PH (310) 732-3642; email:

Mrs. Newbold, P.E., PMP, ICC, has over 18 years of experience with the Port of Los Angeles specializing in the planning, design, construction, and operation of container terminals, transportation networks, and waterfront development. She oversees the Structural and Specifications sections of the Engineering Division responsible for over $250 million of Capital Development. Mrs. Newbold is the program manager for the Port of Los Angeles Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan which assessed the vulnerability, adaptive capacity, and developed resiliency strategies for all port assets.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Loyola Marymount University, a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from UCLA, and a Project Management Certificate from UCLA. She is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer, Project Management Professional, and ICC California Building Plans Examiner. Mrs. Newbold was awarded the ASCE LA Outstanding Civil Engineer.

Mrs. Newbold is past Board Chair for the COPRI Technical Group, an active member of ASCE, Women In Transportation, Women’s International Shipping and Trade Association, Loyola Marymount Council for Industrial Partners, and the International Association of Ports and Harbors Risk and Resiliency Committee.

The Electric Conversion of Commercial Truck

Speaker: Michael Li

Many states and nations have set targets and goals to phase out the sale of internal combustion cars. By 2035 100% of new cars and light trucks sold in California will be zero-emission vehicles. While everyone knows the whole automotive industry is making a turn, challenges also unveiled. Recently, the supply of EVs and the price of EVs are the two major issues received most complains. To fill in the gap of technology transition in automotive industry, especially in medium and heavy duty trucks, Evolectric brought a creative and highly efficient solution that converts existing trucks to electric powered through modularized platform. Today’s presentation will introduce the electric powertrain platform of Evolectric and the conversion process.

Speaker Bio:

Michael Li: Michael is a subject matter expert with over 15 years of experience in the field of vehicle electrical architecture design, model-based design, vehicle controls programming, firmware support, powertrain control and calibration and prototype/R&D systems. He most recently worked with INDI EV in an EE Architect leadership position. Previously, he worked at Phoenix Motorcars and was a key stakeholder in helping them integrate their first direct drive powertrain system. Michael is responsible for driving Evolectric’s vehicle and battery controls and electrical integration strategies. He has a Master’s of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering along with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Electric Engineering.