2016 PowerAfrica Conference Speakers

 

Thomas  Appelt
President, Corning International
Bai K Blyden
Senior Engineer, Southern Nuclear Services
Douglas Gorham Ed.D.
Managing Director, Educational Activities, IEEE
Dr. Lawrence E. Jones
Vice President of International Programs, Edison Electric Institute (EEI)
Bruce H. Krogh
Director, Carnegie Mellon University, Rwanda
Dr. Rakesh Kumar
Founder & President, TCX Technology Connexions
Dr. L.R. Linares
PhD, CIV, P.Eng, University of British Columbia
Henry Louie
IEEE SV Excom, Prof. Seattle University/Copperbelt University
Likonge Makai
Founder, Lichi Community Solutions Ltd
James A. Momoh
Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Howard University
Sonile Katungula Musonda
Lecturer of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering, Copperbelt University
Jorry M. Mwenechanya
Professor/Former Dean of Engineering, University of Zambia
Dr. Slobodan Petrovic
Professor of Electrical and Renewable Energy Engineering, Oregon Institute of Technology
Owen Silavwe
Managing Director, CEC Plc
Ken Stauffer
Co-Founder & CEO, Technology Assurance Labs
Steve  Szablya
President Kilowatts for Humanity KWH), Seattle University
Gertjan van Stam

Daniel Wessner
IEEE Education Chair, Prof. Regis University
Michael Wilson
IEEE Staff, SV Program Manager

SPEAKER PROFILES

Thomas  Appelt

President, Corning International Emerging Markets
Thomas Applet was appointed president, Corning International Emerging Markets in July 2013. In this role, Applet is responsible for Corning’s business operations, strategy and business development, and entity management in India, Latin America, Southeast Asia, Russian and portions of Western Europe. Prior to his current position, Appelt served as vice president and global business director, Environmental Technologies for three years.

Thomas Appelt joined Corning GmbH in February 1990 as sales manager, Industrial and Specialty Products Group.  He moved to the United States in October 1993 as sales and marketing manager, Diesel Products, Environmental Products Division. From April 1997 to December 1998, Appelt was product line manger for Worldwide Automotive Substrates. He became business marketing manager, Specialty Ceramics, Environmental Products division in January, 1999 and was appointed business marketing director, Mobile Emissions Products in November 1999. In April 2001, Appelt was appointed director, Automotive Substrates, Environmental Technologies. Effective March 2003, Appelt was appointed president, Corning Frequency Control Europe. In this role, he assumed regional leadership for all business operations in Europe. In January 2005, Appelt was appointed general manager, Corning Shanghai Company, Ltd., responsible for Environmental Technologies manufacturing and commercial operations within Chia. In July 2005, he was elected vice president and general manager, Corning Automotive Technologies. In July 2009, he was appointed vice president and general manager, Corning Life Sciences.

Prior to joining Corning, Appelt spent eight years in various sales, marketing, and application engineering positions within two German companies. Appelt holds a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Siegen in Ger- many and has successfully completed The General Manager Program (TGMP) at Harvard Business School.
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Bai K Blyden

Senior Engineer, Southern Nuclear Services
Bai K Blyden currently serves as a Senior Engineer with Southern Nuclear services under the Calculations Design Basis Validation Program for Configuration Management on the 2 x 940 MW Plant Hatch Nuclear plant. Over his career he has contributed his expertise to over forty major and minor power plant projects and their associated interconnections. Mr. Blyden earned an MS.EE from Moscow Energetics Institute in Power Systems, Generation and Industrial Distribu- tion Systems. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and serves as Chair of the IEEE PES International Practices subcom- mittee for Africa.
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Douglas Gorham Ed.D.

Managing Director, Educational Activities, IEEE
Douglas Gorham is a Senior Member of IEEE and served as the Managing Director of the Educational Activities De- partment for nearly 10 years where he was responsible for the department’s products and services in continuing ed- ucation, pre-university education, university education, standards education, EAB Awards and IEEE-HKN. He served as the staff lead in organizing several conferences involving engineering educators, industry, government and pre-univer- sity educators. He is the creator of IEEE’s Teacher In-Service Program and co-creator of TryEngineering.org. He served as the professional lead in the formation of two accrediting bodies: one in Peru and the second in the Caribbean.
Prior to his tenure at IEEE Doug served as a high school educator for 26 years including twelve years as a high school principal. He earned his Ed.D from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an M.S.Ed from Northern Illinois University and his undergraduate degree from Elmhurst College.
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Dr. Lawrence E. Jones

Vice President of International Programs, Edison Electric Institute (EEI)
Dr. Lawrence E. Jones is the Vice President of International Programs at Edison Electric Institute (EEI). Lawrence is a member of numerous U.S. and international industry advisory committees, and serves as Co-Chair of the 21st Century Power Partnership Leadership Forum, as a member on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee, and as a member of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Smart Grid Advisory Committee. Born and raised in Monrovia, Liberia, Lawrence lived in Sweden for more than a decade, where he received his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and his Ph.D. in Power Systems Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
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Bruce H. Krogh

Director, Carnegie Mellon University, Rwanda
Bruce H. Krogh is director of Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda (CMU-R), the Kigali-based location of Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering, which offers CMU’s master’s programs in information technology (MSIT) and electrical and computer engineering (MSECE). Dr. Krogh was a systems engineer with the Energy Systems Division of Westinghouse Electric Corporation before joining Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1983, where he is currently professor of electrical and computer engineering. He moved to Rwanda to become founding director of CMU-R in 2012. Throughout his career, Professor Krogh’s research has concerned the theory
and application of computer control systems in a number of areas. His current research interests include methods for leveraging ICT to develop new operating and business strategies for the emerging electrical power systems in Africa.

He has served as an editor for several journals and conference proceedings, and was founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology. He received the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the
U.S. National Science Foundation and the Senior U.S. Scientist Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany. He is a Distinguished Member the IEEE Control Systems Society and a Fellow of IEEE.
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Dr. Rakesh Kumar

Founder & President, TCX Technology Connexions
Dr. Rakesh Kumar is a 42-year microelectronics industry veteran. He has worked in technical and managerial roles  at Motorola, Unisys, and Cadence Design. Dr. Kumar has successfully started and managed two start-up companies,
and has consulted with over 20 emerging companies. He has authored the book “Fabless Semiconductor Implemen- tation”, published by McGraw Hill. Currently he is also focused on encouraging and enabling the expanding interest among young professionals to become entrepreneurs. He serves as a Business and Technology Advisor at University of California, San Diego’s Entrepreneurship Center. Dr. Kumar has developed and teaches a very popular “Successful Entrepreneurship” course for undergraduate engineers. He is an IEEE Life Fellow, is a long time IEEE volunteer and has held many key leadership positions.
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Dr. L.R. Linares

PhD, CIV, P.Eng, University of British Columbia
L.R. Linares A Canadian engineer born in South America, Luis Linares has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, for the past sixteen years where is a tenured faculty member. He has served as Associate Head of this department (2005-2010).

Dr. Linares is a winner of the highly coveted Killam Teaching Prize (among the highest recognitions that a Canadian university teacher can aspire to). He has been former chair of the Killam Teaching Prize Committee for Applied Science at UBC; and the architect of the “Millennium” curriculum for electrical engineering at UBC (chair of the Millennium Curriculum Task Force); he has also drafted the ‘project-centered’ new curriculum for electrical engineering at UBC.

He is known in one hundred and twenty two countries, where over twenty thousand engineering students and professors follow his YouTube channel. His Channel has over four hundred of his video tutorials and lectures and is visited at a rate of several thousands a day. His activity in the field of educational video/ movies goes back several de- cades. In the eighties, he was among the very first proponents of what is now labeled as “flipped-classroom”, this was well before this style of teaching had a name. In most recent years he has been including more and more technology in his teaching style and is a passionate speaker for novel approaches to teaching in the engineering field.

Dr. Linares had been a consultant for SGS, principal investigator of projects for l’Electricite de France, as well as for Mitsubishi, and a sub-contractor for Microsoft, among others. What brought him back from industry to academia is his sincere belief that “training the next generation of engineers, so they rescue the planet and re-inject hope for the future in the new waves of people” is our most sacred duty.
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Henry Louie

IEEE SV Excom, Prof. Seattle University/Copperbelt University
Dr. Henry Louie is Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Seattle University where he researches electrification in the context of less economically-developed countries. Dr. Louie is on the Governing Board of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES), where he has served as Vice President of Membership & Image and as Member-at-Large. Henry is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Seattle University, and co-founder of KiloWatts for Humanity, a non-profit organization seeking to bring electricity to the energy impoverished. He is the recipient of a 2015 / 2016 Fulbright Scholarship to the Copperbelt University in Kitwe, Zambia.
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Likonge Makai

Founder, Lichi Community Solutions Ltd
Likonge Makai works for Konkola Copper Mines plc (KCM), Zambia’s biggest copper producer, as Sectional Engineer Projects – Electrical. In 2014, she received her Master’s in Energy Systems in Nepal at Kathmandu University. Her motivation for Masters came as a result of high electricity consumption by mining activities leading to low access of electricity for the household sector. Her research interests include effective, affordable and efficient energy to allow even the poorest people in remote rural areas Zambia to have access to clean and sustainable energy development  in order reduce poverty and increase energy mix. As founder of Lichi Community Solutions Ltd., a non-profit organization, she is currently working with rural communities that do not have grid power, helping them gain access to electricity. She has been working with Kilowatts for Humanity and IEEE Smart Village to install a community solar kiosk in Filibaba, Zambia and her business plan was recently approved for IEEE Smart Village support.
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James A. Momoh

Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Howard University
James A. Momoh is a professor and former chair (1990-2000) of the Department of Electrical Engineering as well  as the founder and director of the Center for Energy Systems and Controls at Howard University, Washington, D.C. Additionally, he served as the program director of the Electrical and Communication Systems division at the National Science Foundation (2001-2004), where he was responsible for the development of the interdisciplinary program, Electric Power Network Efficiency and Security. He was also a principal consultant at Bonneville Power Administration, Portland, OR, as well as the affiliate staff scientist at Pacific Northwest Laboratory, Seattle, WA. Dr. Momoh has authored Electric Power System Applications of Optimization, best seller book on Optimization and co-authored several others including Smart Grid: Fundamentals and Application, Electric Systems, Dynamics and Stability with
Artificial Intelligence Applications (Marcel Dekker, Inc.) etc. He is an associate editor of the journals ‘Power Letters’ and ‘Electric Machines and Power Systems’.

Dr. Momoh is the Founder and Leader of US-Africa collaboration, widely known as International Conference for Power Systems Operation and Planning (ICPSOP), in research between US-Africa professors in energy and power sustainability. He has developed several partnerships with government agencies and national laboratories. His pioneering work in the areas of optimal power flow, computational intelligence with application to power systems, micro grid and smart grid has led to the development of production grid software in use currently by the power industry. Dr. Momoh’s proven research success has demonstrated commitment to educational research in the engineering education both in the US and Africa.

Dr. Momoh received the B.S.E.E. degree (1975) with honors from Howard University, Washington, D.C.; the M.S.E.E. degree (1976) in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA; the M.S.E.E. degree (1980) in systems engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; and the Ph.D. degree (1983) in electrical engineering from Howard University, Washington, D.C. In addition, he received an M.A. degree (1991) in theology from the School of Divinity at Howard University, Washington, D.C. He is a recipient of the 1987 National Science Foundation U.S. White House Presidential Investigator Award. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a member of the National Academy of Engineering (Nigeria), and also holds membership in numerous other professional and honor societies.
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Sonile Katungula Musonda

Lecturer of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering, Copperbelt University
Sonile Katungula Musonda is a lecturer of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering at the Copperbelt University (CBU) with twelve years experience in teaching at undergraduate level, and an extensive knowledge in Digital Communication concepts, design and configuration of Computer networks. Research areas include the following: Use of Renewable Energy in Mobile Communication Networks in Zambia, Achieving Universal access to Communication services by means of Optical Communication on the last Mile and Digital Migration – Transmission options for Zambia. Sonile is also a registered Engineer and member of the Engineering Institution of Zambia. Major accomplishments in her career are:

  • Heading the Electrical Engineering department under School of Engineering at CBU and encouraging innovative- ness among members of staff and students, which has contributed to the institution winning awards at both trade and engineering fairs for innovative projects done in the department.
  • Promoting and Supporting Skills Training through the Educational Partnership for Africa (EPA) where I am representing the School of Engineering for CBU
  • Councilor for the Standards Council at Zambia Bureau of Standard and chaired the Marketing and Public Relations Committee upon its inception as a committee of the standards council.
  • Volunteer at Zambia Consumers Association (ZACA) and served as technical committee member in charge of En- ergy and Information and Communications Technology Affairs. Actively participated and represented ZACA in the Energy programmes for Restructuring the Electricity Market in Zambia and Issues and options for Rural Electrification in Zambia which were facilitated by the Ministry of Energy.

 

Sonile holds a Master of Science in Communications Technology and Policy from University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland (2004) and a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical/ Electronics Engineering from the Copperbelt University in Kitwe, Zambia (2001).
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Jorry M. Mwenechanya

Professor/Former Dean of Engineering, University of Zambia
Prof Mwenechanya previously lectured in electrical engineering at the University of Zambia where he also served as Dean of the School of Engineering and Deputy Vice Chancellor. For about twenty years he has been an independent consultant in energy and related areas. Professor Mwenechanya focuses on policy, regulation and institutional frame-works. His recent preoccupation has been the training of African energy regulators especially in new and emerging areas of importance like Renewable Energy integration. Professor Mwenechanya has served on the Boards of the major energy institutions and companies in Zambia. These include chairmanship of the Energy Regulation Board and the Rural Electrification Authority. On the Board of ZESCO Limited, he was Chairman of the Technical Committee, and on the privately-owned Zambian Energy Corporation, he was an independent director. A Past President of the Engineering Institution of Zambia, Professor Mwenechanya holds PhD and Master’s degrees from the University of Manchester, Institute of Science and Technology, United Kingdom, and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Zambia
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Dr. Slobodan Petrovic

Professor of Electrical and Renewable Energy Engineering, Oregon Institute of Technology
Dr. Slobodan Petrovic is a Professor of Electrical and Renewable Energy Engineering at Oregon Institute of Technology. Dr. Petrovic has over 30 years of experience in various areas of science and technology and has published,
presented and patented over 80 works in these fields. His current interest is in nanotechnology materials for energy storage devices, MEMS fuel cells, dye-sensitized solar cells, investigation of carrier lifetime in solar cells, portable fuel cells, battery charging techniques, hydrogen production and storage, silicon-based anodes for Li Ion batteries, Li air cells, water purification methods, remote sensing for smart grid, and low-cost technology for developing countries.

Prior to his academic career, Dr. Petrovic was a Vice President of Engineering for a stationary power fuel cell company, a Director of Systems Integration for a portable fuel cell company, and a Member of the Technical Staff for Motorola, Inc. He received his B.Sc. from the University of Belgrade in his native Serbia and his Ph.D. from the Technical University of Dresden in Germany. Dr. Petrovic is also Founder and President of a non-profit organization, Solar Hope, dedicated to helping developing countries through use of renewable energy.
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Owen Silavwe

Managing Director, CEC Plc
Owen Silavwe has been Managing Director of CEC Plc since August 2014, when he also took up the appointment to the Board, having served as the Company’s Managing Director – Operations since the earlier part of 2013. Prior to his current role, Owen served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Company from March 2012. Owen has previously held the position of Commercial Director responsible for business development and other commercial aspects of the Company. Having served in various positions within CEC, Owen rose through the ranks to his current position and
has over 19 years in the industry. He has made significant contribution to the business transformation at CEC. Owen holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Zambia, an MSc in Power Engineering from Chalmers University in Sweden and an MBA from IMD in Switzerland”.
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Ken Stauffer

Co-Founder & CEO, Technology Assurance Labs
Ken Stauffer has spent 30+ years in the telecommunications industry. In 1986 he received his MSEE and began his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories. Ken left AT&T Labs in 2000 to become part of a $480M equity based start-up, called EPIK Communications, a wholesale carriers’ carrier based in Orlando, Florida. He designed EPIK’s advanced services strategy, created both the Product Innovation Group and EPIK Labs, and implemented a suite of “enlightened” IP
and Ethernet products. He later served as EPIK’s Senior Vice President of Operations and Chief Technology Officer. In 2003, Ken continued as an entrepreneur and formed Technology Assurance Labs to provide consulting, design, and testing services to venture capital groups, network equipment manufacturers, and service providers. Technology Assurance Labs started developing products in 2010 and in 2011 received venture capital funding to develop RFID
products used in the rail industry and wireless sensor products for the propane and natural gas industry. Ken was born and raised in Tanzania.
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Steve  Szablya

President Kilowatts for Humanity KWH), Seattle University
Steve Szablya received the B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from Washington State University and is a li- censed Professional Engineer in the State of Washington. He is an adjunct professor for the Seattle University  Electrical and Computer Engineering Department serving as a faculty advisor for senior design projects. Over the years the projects have related to appropriate technology including micro-hydro, wind, solar and human powered generation. He has co-authored a number of papers on the topic with Dr. Henry Louie. In 2014, Steve’s student team won the NCEES Grand Prize Award for the engineering combined wind – solar microgrid at a small school in rural Kenya. Prior to working at Seattle University he and his wife Kristy did humanitarian work in Africa, including opening
a medical clinic with a standalone solar power system and a small school in rural Kenya. He served as an engineer in Louisiana on the Hurricane Katrina recovery effort. He is member of IEEE Smart Village as well as President of KWH.
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Gertjan van Stam

Professional with broad exposure within many contexts, cultures, leadership, and innovation systems. Global experience in infrastructure, Information and Communications Technologies, engineering, social ecosystems, and sustainable progress. Personal strengths include strong analytical and holistic conceptualization skills, linked with results focus and hands on action, sustained through collaboration. Strong developed interpersonal skills and broad networking experience. Lived in urban and rural areas, in Belgium, India, Netherlands, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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Daniel Wessner

IEEE Education Chair, Prof. Regis University
Dr. Dan Wessner is Professor of Politics and chairs the History and Politics Department at Regis University, Denver, Colorado. He also directs the university’s undergraduate and graduate programming in Development Practice. He works extensively among international nonprofits committed to just and sustainable development. He has served in community-based development in eight countries, and connects this work to ongoing research of international education, social capital, and post-war empowerment. He also collaborates among more than sixty international nonprofits at a path-breaking consortium of global development enterprises headquartered in Denver – The Posner Center for International Development. His degrees are in international studies, law, theology, and history. He serves on the boards of The Posner Center, International Development Enterprises (iDE), the Center for Teaching International Relations, and is Chair of the Education Committee for IEEE Smart Village.

 

 

The major goal of education development for Smart Village is a unique Community Based Online model which engages the community in developing the curriculum over a broad base of needs, not just technical training; this model is deemed an essential pillar for successful sustainable development. Dr. Wessner is a pioneer in this field and is helping Smart Village build broad partnerships through engaging members of the Posner Center in a holistic approach “beyond the Lightbulb.”

Michael Wilson

IEEE Staff, SV Program Manager
Michael Wilson began volunteering with IEEE Smart Village in 2013. Since becoming senior program manager for IEEE Smart Village in December 2014, he has worked to advance IEEE Smart Village by providing overall coordination and management of the program and ensuring that key goals are met toward the mission to bring renewable energy and technology to improve the lives of people in remote energy-impoverished communities in a sustainable way.
IEEE Smart Village has achieved considerable success—five international partners engaged and about 15,000 people served in 31 off-grid villages where people typically live on less than $2 per day.
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