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IEEE PES President & Virginia Tech Professor Saifur Rahman discussed Critical Infrastructure Protection at AEP Transmission’s New Albany, Ohio headquarters. This was our most popular event so far in 2018, with roughly 45 attending the session.  Dr. Rahman’s presentation file can be found at:  http://www.saifurrahman.org/presentations/



Critical Infrastructure Protection:  Addressing the Underlying Interdependencies

As part of the IEEE Power & Energy Society Distinguished Lecturer Program, come hear current PES President and Virginia Tech Professor Saifur Rahman discuss Critical Infrastructure Protection of the nation’s power grid. 1.0 hour of CPD credit will be provided to attendees.


This lecture will highlight the issue of critical infrastructures from a national perspective, understand their underlying interdependencies and how these can be addressed. It will examine the mutual dependencies of various critical national infrastructures and show how the infrastructure outage in one sector can propagate into other infrastructures and have debilitating effects on the national economy. In this respect, the lecture will touch on electric power generation and transmission, natural gas, telecommunication and transportation and highlight their inter-linkages for to the reliable operation of the overall national infrastructure. It will highlight how a failure in one sector can contribute to the vulnerabilities in others.  The crucial role played by the electric power transmission grid in maintaining the nation’s infrastructure will be addressed. In this context the issue of resilience will be presented and the value of resilient design will be discussed.


Saifur Rahman of Virginia Tech and IEEE PES

Critical Infrastructure Protection

Critical infrastructure protection as it pertains to the nation’s power grid


Professor Saifur Rahman is the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute at Virginia Tech, USA where he is the Joseph R. Loring professor of electrical and computer engineering. He also directs the Center for Energy and the Global Environment He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE Millennium Medal winner. He is the president of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) for 2018 and 2019. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Electrification Magazine and the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. In 2006 he served on the IEEE Board of Directors as the vice president for publications. He is a distinguished lecturer for the IEEE Power & Energy Society and has lectured on renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, electric power system operation and planning, etc. in over 30 countries. He served as the chair of the US National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering from 2010 to 2013. He has conducted several energy efficiency related projects for Duke Energy, Tokyo Electric Power Company, the US Department of Defense, the State of Virginia and the US Department of Energy.