Speaker (IEEE Smart Village)
Frank Lambert is a Principal Research Engineer and the Associate Director of the National Electric Energy Testing,
Research and Applications Center (NEETRAC) at Georgia Tech. He has more than 43 years of experience in
transmission / distribution system design, construction, operation, maintenance, automation,
and R&D and is responsible for interfacing with NEETRAC’s members to develop and
conduct research projects dealing with transmission and distribution issues.
Frank was part of NEETRAC’s management team at its launch in 1996. Previously, he was Distribution
Manager at Georgia Power Company responsible for AM/FM/GIS, Distribution Automation,
and Construction Management Systems. During his career with Georgia Power, he served as a field Distribution Engineer,
field Transmission Engineer, Research Engineer, Network Underground Test Supervisor, Research Manager,
and Manager of Network Underground. Frank received his BEE and MSEE degrees from
the Georgia Institute of Technology and is a registered Professional Engineer in Georgia.
Frank has served on the PES Governing Board as VP of Chapters since 2014, where he is responsible for providing support to 244 local PES Chapters and 240 PES Student Branch Chapters in Regions 1 thru 10. During this time, 21 new PES Chapters and 107 new PES Student Branch Chapters have been initiated. Prior to his present PES duties, he served as Region 1-7 Representative on the Governing Board from 2010 – 2013 and Region 3 Representative from 2007 – 2009. Frank was Chair of the Atlanta PES Chapter when it was named Outstanding Chapter of the Year in 1994.
Also, Frank has also been actively involved in PES Technical Activities since 1982, serving on a variety of Working Groups in both the Distribution Subcommittee and Switchgear Committee. He was most recently Vice Chair of the WG for C37.302-2015 and a member of the WGs for IEEE 1695-2016 and C37.41-2016. He is also actively participating in the Scholarship+ and Smart Village Programs.
Lambert has been named president-elect for the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES). His appointment to this role is effective on January 1, 2018, and he will serve in this capacity through 2019. Lambert will then serve as the IEEE PES president in 2020-2021 and as its past president in 2022-2023.
Dr. Guadalupe G. Gonzalez
Speaker (IEEE PES Women in Power - WiP)
Guadalupe G. Gonzalez (GSM’06, M’11, SM’13) was born in Panama City, Panama. She holds a BSc.
in Electromechanical Engineering from the Technological University of Panama (UTP). On 2011
she received her PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University, USA.
Since 2011, she is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering at UTP and
is Co-Director of the Advance Energy Technologies and Sustainability Program. Dr. Gonzalez is member
of the Panamanian Association for the Advancement of Science (APANAC), Sigma Xi The Research Society and
IEEE Societies such as PES, IAS, PELS, Magnetics and Education. In 2014 she was member
of the Board of Directors of the Panamanian WIE Affinity Group and currently she is the Chair of PES Panama Chapter.
Her areas of interest include: energy planning, sustainable engineering, electromagnetic theory,
design and control of electric machines and drives, renewable energy systems and power electronics.
Speaker (IEEE Young Professionals)
Rafal Sliz is an Academy of Finland Research Fellow and industry consultant, working in the field of nanotechnology. For the past 10 years, Rafal's work has been focusing on developing and improving practical applications of technologies incorporating photovoltaics and flexible electronics, ranging from medical wearable devices to IoT. Due to the timeliness of these topics, Rafal's R&D work took him to the USA, UK and Canada, before returning to Finland, providing him experience on the international arena.
This year Rafal is a candidate for the IEEE Region 8 Director position. He has been a dedicated IEEE member and volunteer for more than 11 years, having held numerous positions at Section, Region, and global level. His hard work and dedication earned him several awards and recognitions. Rafal's efforts in IEEE have centered around increasing volunteer diversity and accelerating internal processes, which in turn led to new programs and initiatives being implemented in a more timely and effective manner. Due to the positions he has held, he has substantial experience in addressing members' needs, and tackling membership satisfaction and retention rates. For more information visit www.sliz.online.
Dr. Shaikh Fattah
Speaker (IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee - HAC)
Shaikh Fattah received the Ph.D. degree in ECE from Concordia University, Canada in 2008. He was a visiting Postdoctoral Fellow and later visiting Research Associate in the Department of EE at Princeton University, New Jersey, USA. He received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from BUET, Dhaka, Bangladesh, where he is currently serving as a Professor in the Department of EEE. He is also serving as Director of Institute of Nuclear Power Engineering at BUET.
He was the winner of Concordia University's the 2009 Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Prize in Engineering and Natural Sciences and was selected as one of the Great Grads of Concordia University in 2008-2009. During his Ph.D. program, he has received numerous awards, such as Concordia University Graduate Fellowship, Power Corporation of Canada Graduate Fellowship, a New Millennium Graduate Scholarship, Hydro Quebec Awards, International Tuition-fee Remission Award, and Doctoral Teaching Assistantship. He is a recipient of the Dr. Rashid Gold Medal for the best academic performance in M.Sc. He is the recipient of URSI Canadian Young Scientist Award 2007 and Bangladesh Academy Science-TWAS Young Scientists Prize 2014. He was the first prize winner in the SYTACOM Research Workshop in 2008. Recently, his papers received Best Paper Award in BE track of IEEE TENCON 2017, Malaysia and in BSP track of IEEE WIECON-ECE 2016, India and the Best Interactive Poster Session Award in ICIEV 2014. Many projects and theses under his supervision have been awarded prizes in Concordia University and BUET. He was a recipient of NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2008.
Dr. Fattah has published more than 180 international journal and conference papers. His research interests include the areas of biomedical engineering, power and energy, signal processing, biometric, multimedia communication, robotics and artificial intelligence. He served as technical chair, organizing chair, session chair, technical program committee members of different national and international conferences. He was the General Chair of 5th IEEE R10 HTC, Technical Program Chair of IEEE WIECON-ECE 2016 and 2017, MediTec 2016, IEEE ICIVPR 20017, ICAEE 2017, and ICREST 2018. He was awarded the Best Organizer Award 2011 from the Department of EEE, BUET. He delivered Keynote Talks at 7th ICGIP 2015 in Singapore, IWCI 2016, Dhaka, IEMIS 2018, Kolkata, India, I2CT 2018, Pune, India, Invited Talks at IEEE Region 10 Meeting, Malaysia, IEEE, TENCON 2017, Malaysia, IEEE IECBES 2016, Malaysia, IEEE R10 Technical Seminar 2016, Thailand, IEEE WIECON-ECE 2016, India, IEEE R10 HTC 2015, Philippines, and IEEE R10 SYWC 2015, Sri Lanka. He was RESMIQ Invited Researcher at Concordia Univerasity during July-Aug. 2014, and offered Visiting Lecture at NUPT, Nanjing, China in July 2015 and Visiting Lecture in the Dept. of EEE, Univ of Saskatchewan, Canada in July 2016. He is the reviewer of different international and IEEE journals. He was the Editor (2013-2014) and now Member of Editorial Board of Journal of Electrical Engineering, Institute of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB). He is a TC member of Asia Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association. He is Associate Editor of two reputed international journals: IEEE Access and Circuits, Systems and Signal Processing (Springer) and Editor of IEEE Power and Energy Society Enewsupdates.
Dr. Fattah has been contributing in several important research, projects and testing services in BUET. Some recent notable projects where he was involved are SCADA projects (installing, testing & commissioning of SCADA System in some power network in Bangladesh) and Power Plant Simulator projects (consultancy and training services). Currently he is the Coordinator of EEE-BRTC, BUET. Because of his initiation, BUET Robotics society was recently launched where there are more than 500 members. He served as Chief Faculty Advisor for several years in International Robotic Challenge (IRC). He is the member from Department of EEE in the Executive Committee that working for the establishment of BUET Robotic Center.
Dr. Fattah has been extensively involved with several projects related to humanitarian technology with sustainable development. He is the team lead in the project demystifying nuclear power (Source: IEEE Foundation). Humanitarian projects where he is currently involved are: Deep Lip Reading Using Spatio-temporal Image, Text to Braille Scanner: Low Power Refreshable Display, and Low Power: Very Large Audio Spectrum Viewer. During the last five years several quality humanitarian projects have been completed: Service to Autistic Children (Canvas-Live), Braille Printing Machine, Smart Rescue Robot, Aerial Landmine Detection, R3Diver, Health Monitoring Systems: Stetho-phone, Wrist-PPG-Card, Eye Vision Tester, Brain-Drive, Smart-Hat, Auto Injection, hearing Aids, Low-cost Spirometer, Smart Wheelchair, Robotic Arm: Risk prevention, Anti-Theft Sensor, Cyber-Vigilance System- Signal jammer, Vein Biometric by CNN, Touch Screen Writing Converter, and Smart Village. He is the main initiator of the International Humanitarian Technology Project Competition (IHTPC2017) which was organized in parallel to 5th IEEE R10-HTC 2017 with 100 participants and 4 0 project from 4 countrie.
Dr. Fattah was the Chair of IEEE Bangladesh Section during 2015-16 and now serving as Nominations and Appointments Chair (2017-18). Previously he served as Vice-Chair and Secretary of the section. He is the Chair (2017-18) of IEEE EMBS Bangladesh Chapter and Founder Chair of IEEE RAS Bangladesh Chapter and IEEE SSIT Bangladesh Chapter. He is the founder Vice-Chair of IEEE IAS Bangladesh Chapter and IEEE SPS Bangladesh Chapter.
Dr. Fattah is the recipient of most prestigious 2016 IEEE MGA Achievement Award, 2017 IEEE R10 Humanitarian Technology Activity (HTA) Outstanding Volunteer Award and for his leadership Bangladesh Section received 2016 IEEE R10 HTA Outstanding Activities Award. He served as a member of three committees of IEEE Region 10 (Asia Pacific) in 2016 and 2017, and now also serving in three committees (Newsletter, Conferences & Technical Seminar, Humanitarian Technology). He worked as a member of Continuing Education Committee of IEEE Educational Activity Board (EAB) in 2017, Educational subcommittee of IEEE SIGHT in 2016. He has been serving as member of Long Range Planning Committee of IEEE PES and Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Technology Committee of IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT). He is Education Chair of IEEE Humanitarian Activity Committee (HAC). He is the Senior Member of IEEE and Fellow of IEB.
Anis Ben Arfi
Speaker (IEEE Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology - SIGHT)
Anis Ben Arfi is a graduate student and member of the iRadio Lab team at the Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary. Anis holds a number of leadership positions in his University. He is currently the Vice-Chair of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society MTT-S Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology. Anis is an IEEE VOLT program 2017 graduate, and a winner of the 2017 IEEE MGA YP Achievement Award.