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Technical Program Committee

Technical Program Committee (TPC)

 Name  Organization  City  Country Bio
Haik Biglari
Control Systems
Fairchild Controls Corporation Washington D.C. USA Show
Dr.Haik Biglari, P.E., holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Alabama at Huntsville (UAH), an M.S. in electrical engineering from Columbia University, and a B.S. with Highest Honors from the City University of New York. He is is a Registered Professional Engineer in the states of Colorado and Alabama.  He has over 25 years of experience in aerospace, specializing in control systems. Currently, he is the Senior Director of Electronics Systems and Controls at Fairchild Controls Corporation. Previously, he was with the Boeing Company and Sverdrup, and served as an adjunct professor at UAH.
Paul Cotae
University of DC Washington D.C. USA Show
Dr. Paul Cotae, Associate Professor at University District of Columbia, A brief summary of Dr. Cotae’s professional work is provided here –  Paul is the current Chair of the Washington DC IEEE Chapter and was honored at the 2011 GLOBECOM conference (Houston, TX) as Chair of the DC Communications Society, voted the COMSOC Chapter of the year.  Research Interests: My research is in the area of wireless mobile communication systems including B3G, CDMA/TDMA and 4G communication technologies, performance analysis, systems design, physical layer capability, the design of advanced communication algorithms, and recommendations for standards in B3G digital wireless communication systems.  He has published 22 journal papers, 88 conference papers and 4 books.
Fabio Crescimbini
Power Electronics
Università degli Studi RomaTre Rome Italy Show
Dr. Fabio Crescimbini – Professor –  received the degree in electrical engineering and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Rome “La Sapienza,” Rome, Italy, in 1982 and 1987, respectively. From 1989 to 1998, he was with the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Rome “La Sapienza,” being there in charge as Director of the Electrical Machines and Drives Laboratory. In 1998, he joined the University Roma Tre, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, where he currently is Full Professor of electrical machines and drives. Since 2006, he serves as Head of Department. His research interests include newly conceived permanent-magnet machines and power converter topologies for unconventional applications such as electric vehicle motor drives and renewable energy generating systems. Prof. Crescimbini is an active member of the IEEE. From 2001 to 2004, he served as a member of the Executive Board of the IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS). In the 2000, he served as Co-chairman of the IEEE-IAS “World Conference on Industrial Applications of Electric Energy,” and in 2010, he served as Co-chairman of the 2010 International Conference on Electrical Machines. He was a recipient of IEEE-IAS Electrical Machines Committee awards, such as Third Prize Paper in the 2000 and First Prize Paper in the 2004.
Mehrdad Ehsani
Sustainability Energy Engineering
Texas A&M University College Station, Texas USA Show
Dr. Mehrdad Ehsani, professor of sustainable energy engineering at Texas A&M University.  He is the holder of Robert M. Kennedy Endowed Professorship as well as other professorships, at Texas A&M University, University of Hong Kong, and other universities.  He has won numerous US and international honors and awards, is listed in Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in Finance and Business, Who’s Who in South and Southwest, Who’s Who in America, International Who’s Who of Professionals, and Who’s Who in the 21st Century.  He is the Distinguished Lecturer of several professional societies.  He is the co-author of 16 books, over 350 publications, over 20 patents, and has given numerous invited talks around world on energy systems and social aspects of technology, over the past three decades.  He is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of Society of Automotive Engineers, SAE, an IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, Vehicular Technology Society, Industry Applications Society, and Power Engineering Society Distinguished Lecturer. In 2001 he received the IEEE-VTS Avant Garde Award for “Contributions to the theory and design of hybrid electric vehicles.” 
Bernhard ErnstWind Power/PV SMA Solar Technology AG Niestetal Germany Show
Dr. Bernhard Ernst –  Dr. Bernhard Ernst is director of the department Grid Integration at SMA Solar Technology AG, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of PV power inverter.  Prior to this he was manager of the Front Office System Planning at Amprion GmbH (formerly RWE TSO), one of the four German transmission system operators. He holds a degree of electrical engineering of the University of Kassel, Germany. In 2003 he finished his Ph.D. (Dr. Ing.) on the topic of wind power forecasting at the “Institut für Solare Energieversorgungs-technik” (ISET) in Kassel. In 2004 he started his career at RWE TSO with main focus on wind power integration and congestion management. Dr. Ernst has published several papers about grid integration of renewable energy source and forecasting systems on international conferences and workshops.
David Gao*
Power Engineering
University of Denver Denver, Colorado USA Show
Dr. David Gao – Associate Professor (DU).  Dr. Gao has conducted extensive research in areas of power and energy systems including renewable energies, distributed generation, smart grid, power delivery, power electronics application, power system protection, power system restructuring, and hybrid electric vehicles. He has published more than 120 technical papers in international journals and conferences. He has co-authored a book entitled “Modern Hybrid Electric Vehicles,” published by John Wiley & Sons. He received the Best Paper Award in the Complex Systems Track at the 2002 Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), Jan. 2002. Since June 2003, Dr. Gao has been a Senior Member of the IEEE. Dr. Gao holds a Ph.D. degree in Electric Power Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA. Dr. Gao currently serves as an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy and he has been an active reviewer of leading journals and conferences such as IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid and many more. Dr. Gao has been active in various technical committees of IEEE societies and conference organizing committees. He served as General Chair to host 2012 IEEE Symposium on Power Electronics and Machines in Wind Applications (PEMWA) in Denver, Colorado, USA. He was a Technical Co-chair for IEEE Vehicular Power and Propulsion Conference, held in Dearborn, Michigan, USA, September 7-11, 2009.
Om Malik
Power Engineering
University of Calgary Calgary, Alberta Canada Show
Dr. Om Malik – Professor Emeritus University of Calgary  Professor Om P. Malik has done pioneering work in the development of adaptive and artificial intelligence based controllers for application in electric power systems over the past thirty years. After extensive testing in the laboratory and in actual power systems, these controllers are now employed on large generating units.  Professor Malik has also done extensive work in the area of power system protection, particularly digital and artificial intelligence based protection schemes. He has published over 550 papers including almost 300 papers in international Journals.  Professor Malik graduated in 1952 from Delhi, India. After working for nine years in electric utilities he returned to academia and obtained a Master’s Degree from Roorkee University, India in 1962, a Ph.D. from London University and a DIC from the Imperial College, London in 1965.  He was teaching and doing research in Canada from 1966 to 1997 and continues to do research as Professor Emeritus at the University of Calgary, Canada. Professor Malik is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, Canadian Academy of Engineering, Institution of Electrical Engineers, World Innovation Foundation and a Life Fellow of IEEE.
Eduard Muljadi*
Wind Power
National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) Golden, Colorado USA Show
Dr. Eduard Muljadi – Ed was on the Faculty of Electrical Engineering Department at the California State University—Fresno from 1988–1992. Ed joined the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in 1992. He is a member of the Transmission Grid Integration Group at NREL. His research projects are in the fields of electric machines, power electronics, and power systems with emphasis on renewable energy applications. He has been involved with many different projects for industry and utilities, including variable speed wind turbine development, electric machine design and optimization, isolated operations (battery charging, self-excitation, and water pumping), and wind power plant design (collector system equivalent), operation, dynamic model development, and system integration. He has written numerous publications (papers, reports, book chapters, IEEE, and IEA standard/recommended practice), and was the recipient of an IEEE-Prize paper. He holds two patents in renewable energy power conversion for a variable speed wind turbine generator and a peak power tracker for photovoltaic applications.  Ed is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Sigma Xi, and a Fellow of the IEEE. He is involved in various committees of the IEEE Industry Application Society and IEEE Power and Energy Society, and he is currently an editor of the Transactions of Energy Conversion of the IEEE-PES.
Pankaj Sen
Power Systems
Colorado School of Mines Golden, Colorado USA Show
Dr. Pankaj K (PK) Sen, Colorado School of Mines Professor of Engineering, recently has more than 44 years of combined teaching, research, and consulting engineering experience and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Colorado. Prior to joining Colorado School of Mines in 2000, he taught for 21 years at the University of Colorado.  His industrial experience includes power plants and substation engineering design, system and feasibility studies, protection and relaying, and various other aspects of power systems engineering applications. He has published more than 140 technical papers and articles (including IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, Power Systems, Industrial Electronics, international Journal of Energy Systems, IAS Magazine, etc.) on a variety of subjects related to power systems engineering, protection/relaying, electric machines and renewable energy, energy policy, power quality and arc flash and safety. 
Les Shephard
Sustainability Energy Engineering
University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, Texas USA Show
Dr. Les Shephard – Director of the Institute for Conventional, Alternative and Renewable Energy (I-CARE) at UTSA –  Les Shephard joined the University of Texas – San Antonio as the Robert F. McDermott Distinguished Chair in Engineering and Director for the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute. The Institute is actively involved in fundamental and applied energy research, technology demonstrations, systems analyses and addressing various dimensions of the energy-water nexus in Texas and across the nation.  Previously, Dr. Shephard served as the Vice President of the Energy, Security and Defense Technologies Division at Sandia National Laboratories where he was engaged in pursuing technology solutions that contributed to U. S. economic prosperity and to global stability in regions of high strategic importance to the United States.
Siddharth Suryanarayanan
Colorado State University Ft. Collins, Colorado USA Show
Dr. Sid Suryanarayanan – Dr. Sid Suryanarayanan is an assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins, where performs sponsored research and teaches in the area of modern electric power systems with special focus on the design, operation, and economics of finite-inertia power systems and integration of renewable energy to electric grids. Sid also serves as the site director of the Center for Research and Education in Wind (CREW) at CSU. He is a senior member of the IEEE (2010) and is the recipient of the IEEE Power & Energy T. Burke Hayes Faculty Recognition Award (2009, and 2012).
Pierre Tiako
Green IT
Langston University Langston, OK USA Show
Dr. Pierre Tiako – Director, Center for Information Technology Research and Associate Professor Langston University.   Dr. Pierre Tiako has published over forty scholarly papers two books. He has Co-edited four proceedings volumes and has served as program chair for several international conferences and workshops. Dr. Tiako’s research interests are to distributed Software Development Software Process Models and Global Environment for Network Innovations. Dr. Tiako received a PhD. in Software Engineering.
Gregory Wilson
PhotoVoltaics (PV)
National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) Golden, Colorado USA Show
Dr. Gregory M. Wilson has been named director of the National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), effective Nov. 28. Wilson brings 17 years of experience in silicon research and in photovoltaic leadership to the NCPV from his work at MEMC in St. Louis, where he evaluated emerging photovoltaic technologies and helped spearhead MEMC’s acquisition of SunEdison. He most recently served as director of Corporate Business Development and External Technology Development for MEMC.
Salman Mohagheghi**
Power Systems, Control, Cybersecurity
Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO  USA Show
Dr. Salman Mohagheghi – Dr. Mohagheghi received the B.Eng. from University of Tehran, Iran, M.Sc. from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran and PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA all in Electrical Engineering in 1998, 2001 and 2006 respectively. He joined Colorado School of Mines in January 2011 to pursue research and teaching interests in various areas of power electrical engineering. Prior to joining School of Mines, he was a Senior R&D Engineer at ABB Corporate Research Center, Raleigh, NC, USA from 2007 to 2010 where his focus was on design and implementation of solutions for advanced distribution automation systems and distributed energy management. Before that, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Power System Control and Automation Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology from 2006 to 2007 where he was involved in developing solutions for energy management and situational awareness in electric transmission networks. Dr. Mohagheghi is a member of the IEC TC-57 WG-17 on Communications Systems for Distributed Energy Resources. He is also involved in multiple IEEE PES task forces, namely on cyber-security, Microgrid control and computational intelligence. He is the recipient of the 2008 Best Reviewer Award from the Industrial Automation and Controls Committee, IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS).

* Co-Chairs
**Publications Chair

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