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Keynotes Announced for Virtual SusTech 2020

Friday, April 10th, 2020


The SusTech 2020 Committee is pleased to announce the keynotes for the Virtual Conference, being held on April 24-25, 2020.

Friday, April 24
8:00-9:00 AM Dong Tan, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Power Electronics, Smart Grid and Grid Modernization
12:20-1:00 PM Glenn Roquemore
Lessons learned from the July 2019 Ridgecrest, CA earthquakes, changes how we determine seismic risk in buildings
Saturday, April 25
8:00-8:40 AM Kay Das
Challenges of the Connected Vehicle Revolution
12:20-1:00 PM Seth Potter, SDP Space Systems
Orbit Options for Near-Term Space Solar Power

For Keynote details click on the topic links or visit the SusTech 2020 Speakers page, or download the Keynote Speaker program.


Dr. Dong Tan is Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems Distinguished Engineer and Power Products Manager. He earned his Ph.D. degree from Caltech and is IEEE Fellow (since 2007).

Well-recognized as an authority in near adiabatic power conversion and energy systems, he has pioneered many breakthrough innovations with high-impact industry firsts and record performances. His technologies have attracted significant customer funding and led to four product lines for the company and with hundreds of designs and thousands of delivered flight hardware that “significantly enhancing national security.”

He has given more than 50 keynotes and invited talks. He serves frequently on national and international funding, review, award, and prestigious position selection committees.


Dr. Glenn R. Roquemore received his PhD in Geophysics (1980) from the University of Nevada, Reno, Mackay School of Mines. His research has focused on the study of active faulting, nationally and internationally, but largely along the Eastern California Shear Zone particularly in Indian Wells Valley and the Coso Range, California. Following his work at the University of Nevada, he joined the Earth and Planetary Sciences Division, Naval weapons Center, China lake, California.  His primary research focused on earthquake and volcanic hazards along the Pacific Rim. Dr. Roquemore served a President of Irvine Valley College, California for 18 years and is now President Emeritus. Currently, Dr. Roquemore serves as Chancellor of California Southern University.


Kay Das was GPS Program Manager from 2007 to 2013 for LinQuest Corporation in Los Angeles where he additionally led new business development thrusts in the commercial and automotive safety markets. He has previously held responsibilities as R&D Director for STMicroelectronics’ Asia Pacific region in Singapore. He is a past winner of a Singapore Government National Award for “The Initiation and Expansion of High-value R&D and Promotion of Partnerships”. He has managed the development of several silicon-based systems with over 40 years industry experience and built engineering teams from scratch in the US, Singapore, China, and Great Britain. He has overseen the development of over eighty patents.


Seth Potter has been a leader in spaced based solar power for more than 20 years. He is also a major force behind the Los Angeles Chapter of Oasis,


SusTech 2020 Going Virtual

Monday, March 23rd, 2020


After careful consideration of the COVID-19 situation, it is now clear and we have decided, we must go virtual for the SusTech 2020 Conference.

While countries, states, and counties are working to control the outbreak and keep communities healthy and thriving, with the recent official classification of COVID-19 as a pandemic by WHO, international, national and local travel and gathering restrictions and the unknown future prognosis of COVID-19 has made travel and planning difficult.

Authors of Papers:

It has become clear that we cannot hold a live SusTech conference in April. We have received many requests from authors for online presentations. Therefore, SusTech 2020 will become a virtual conference held over two days – Friday & Saturday April 24-25th 2020. We feel this is the best decision based on the current situation. After all we are the Sustainable conference!

Related Events:

  • The SusTech Student Poster Contest will be held virtually on Thursday April 23 starting at 5:00 pm and ending by 9:00 pm. The poster presenters will have the opportunity to present their poster within a ten (10) minutes period and up to five (5) additional minutes for QA. All sessions will be recorded for judges to review.

Paper presentations:

Our Technical Program Committee will be exploring the best technology option for authors for delivering their conference paper presentations in timeslots that are least inconvenient for our international authors.

ALL paper presentations will be by prerecorded Voice over PPT with online (live) Q&A. We will announce how to upload these recordings. Recordings will need to be uploaded by April 20. If you want a template you can download one here: SusTech2020 PPT Template

Each time-slot for paper presentations will be 20 minutes max. We strongly recommend that authors create their recorded presentations for 12-15 minutes. There will be an up-to 5-minute live Q&A session after each paper presentation. If you have questions regarding how to record your presentation, comments and/or concerns please email the Technical Program Chair at

Virtual Program Schedule:

We have scheduled all the papers into sessions a single-track for this online event. The schedule of the sessions for paper presentations has been posted on the website at

Please note that it is imperative to confirm your spot in the program that you have completed these steps: a) filing your copyright; b) naming the presenter and submitting your final manuscript (at this point by email) if the reviews had requested revisions; and c) registering to attend. Early registration runs until April 15. At that time we will publish the final schedule based on which papers have a registered presenter.

Please check the SusTech website for additional posts on the program.


Having spent the past year preparing for the show with our technical planning committee, speakers, exhibitors, and event partners, we’re genuinely upset and disappointed not to be able to host a face-to-face conference but having a virtual conference is best for all. We want to thank all our customers and partners for their support, open discussions and encouragement. As everyone has been reminding us, great things happen when the community, government and industry comes together and connects at SusTech.


SusTech 2020 Automated Vehicle Workshop

Thursday, February 6th, 2020


The Automated Vehicle Workshop is a hands-on complement to SusTech that details applying open-source software and hardware to building your very own automated vehicle. The focus is on automating micromobility, providing SOV (single-occupancy vehicle) urban transportation that matches automotive performance, but using 45 times less energy.  This one-day event features background on the opportunity and technologies, followed by hands-on experiments.

Date: April 25, 2020, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

NEW TENTATIVE Date: August 1, 2020, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The Automated Vehicle Workshop is included with Full SusTech conference registration and is also available as a stand-alone registration.

Transportation is a major challenge for energy sustainability. However, two-thirds of the 3T vehicle miles Americans travel annually are urban, typically at speeds of 60 km/h or less. Automated micromobility could handle many of these trips. An electric bike can provide the same service while using 45 times less energy. The Elcano Project is an open-source hardware and software effort to prototype an autonomous covered tricycle controlled by Arduinos. Participation in the project has been limited by the need to obtain and modify a vehicle. This workshop introduces an interface kit that runs the Elcano software on the open-source CARLA driving simulator.

This is a hands-on workshop:

  • Introduction to Arduino programming in C++
  • Automotive architecture, CAN bus and automation
  • Architecture of the Elcano system
  • Introduction to the Carla simulator
  • Participants modify code and observe the effects in simulation
  • Selected modified code is then run on a physical autonomous vehicle


View complete details about the workshop here.

Standalone Registration Rates:
IEEE Member: $150
Non-Member: $200
Student: $65

Standalone Registration:

Download Workshop Flyer (PDF)

SusTech 2020 Sustainability Forum

Thursday, February 6th, 2020


NEW TENTATIVE Date: July 31, 2020, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

The Sustainability Forum is a unique conference track at SusTech 2020 that focuses on the aspirations and goals of industry practitioners and technical professionals.  This one-day event features a unique blend of experts in leadership, institutions, and technology.  The Sustainability Forum is the first day of SusTech 2020, April 23.  It will feature industry experts giving talks on Autonomous Vehicles, Power Electronics and the Smart Grid, Nuclear Power, Space Based Solar Power, and Climate Change. There will be a panel on “The New Norm? Drought and Water Supply Resiliency for California” and another discussing “Challenges for Sustainability Programs at SoCal Universities”.

Each session is designed for innovators, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs who face the challenges of excelling in a dynamic and constantly changing technical world of sustainability.

The Forum is available as a one-day stand-alone registration. Lunch is included, and a separate ticket to the evening banquet can be purchased.  The banquet talk will be about a sustainable company, Farmwise.

The Sustainability Forum and Banquet are included with a full conference registration.

View the complete Forum agenda here.

To register see the Registration page for information on SusTech and Sustainability Forum registration options.


SusTech 2018 Poster Contest Winners

Thursday, December 13th, 2018


SusTech 2018 is pleased to announce the winners of the Student Poster Contest held on Nov. 11.
Our thanks to all who entered and attended to preset their posters.

First Place Winner

Raksha N Raghavan, Rakeshkumar V Mahto, Computer Engineering Program, California State University, Fullerton, CA USA, for Enhanced Power Emittance of Reconfigured Solar Cells Through Predetermined Shading Patterns

Second Place Winner

Julia Burmistrova, University of California, Merced CA USA, for Local and Sustainable Energy Production and Waste Treatment Using Co-digestion of Organic Solid Waste and Wastewater Solids in Yosemite National Park, USA

Third Place Winner

Alden Caterio, Benjamin Flint, Serena Castillo, Steven Dobbs, Kevin R. Anderson and Zhen Yu, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA USA, for Power Management System Design for In-Flight Power Generation and Storage in UAVs

Prize Presentations

SusTech 2018 Early Registration Extended

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018


Early registration for SusTech 2018 has been extended to September 22.

SusTech 2018 will feature:

  • Over 55 paper presentations
  • Invited speakers
  • Keynotes and panels
  • Student Poster Contest (Sunday)
  • Haynes Power Plant Long Beach Tours (included with conference registration)
  • Hands-on Workshop: IoT of Facility Electrical Devices for Sustainability by Schneider Electric (Monday)
  • IEEE Smart Grid Standards Update Workshop (Sunday)


Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Technology: Differences, Challenges and Opportunities
Mark Werwath, Northwestern University




SusTech 2017 Student Poster Contest Winners

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017


SusTech 2017 is pleased to announce the winners of the Student Poster Contest, held on Nov. 12.
Our thanks to all who entered and attended to preset their posters.

First Place Winner

Daniella Saetta and Arsh Padda, Arizona State University, for Urine the cloud: Real-time sensing of non-water urinal for urine diversion systems and water conservation

Second Place Winner

Saleh R. Mousa Louisiana State University; Ragab Mousa; and Sherif Ishak University of Alabama in Huntsville, for Providing More Sustainable Semi Actuated Intersrections Through The Development Of An Eco-Driving Application For Connected And Autonomous Vehicles

Third Place Winner

Chao Wang, Peng Hao, Guoyuan Wu, and Matthew Barth, University of California at Riverside, for Developing an Eco-Cooperative Real-time Taxi Allocation System


Announcing SusTech 2017 Workshops

Monday, September 18th, 2017


The SusTech 2017 organizing committee is pleased to announce that two worshsops will be presented at this year’s conference:

  • Mobile Microgrid Training Platform Workshop
  • Makers & Sustainability – Learn the basics of using maker platforms (e.g. Arduino) and tools to create proof of concept solutions to sustainability problems.

Mobile Microgrid

The Laboratory for Energy And Power Solutions (LEAPS) at Arizona State University (ASU) has created workforce development programs to train a new wave of engineers, technicians, and managers needed for the microgrid industry. Hands-on technician training is delivered on-site at ASU and through an extension service using the Mobile Microgrid Training Platform. This platform offers a plug-and-play environment for education with various microgrid configurations to be wired and tested including a generator, solar PV, battery storage, inverters, grid connection, and a microgrid controller. This course will offer PDH credits for those interested.

Makers & Sustainability

In this workshop, receive hands on experience with the Arduino 101, sensors, and Bluetooth LE. Learn the basics of using maker platforms and tools to create proof of concept solutions to sustainability problems. The course will first cover the basics of the popular Arduino environment and its use for simplified embedded programming. Then using a gas sensor, it will explore the integrated features of the Arduino 101 microcontroller, including data collection, on-board computation, and connectivity.

See the workshops page for full details.


Announcing SusTech 2017 Keynote Speakers

Saturday, September 16th, 2017


The SusTech 2017 organizing committee is pleased to announce the lineup of keynote speakers.

Monday’s Opening Keynote will be “Earth Observation” with Lauryn Gutowski, Project Manager, at EOS Data Analytics, Inc. Earth Observing System (EOS) has created a cloud-based platform and analytics tool from which images and analyses of satellite and other earth observation data from satellite, aerial sensors, and drones are derived in real time for application in business, science, and public policy.

Monday’s Lunch Keynote is “Energy Infrastructure of the Future”, with Joshua D. Rhodes, Webber Energy Group and the Energy Institute at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr Rhodes, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Fellow, in the Webber Energy Group of the Energy Institute at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr Rhodes is lead author of the recent article “Are Solar and Wind Really Killing Coal, Nuclear and Grid Reliability?


Sustainability Industry Forum & Moderator

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

November 12 – 14, 2017, Phoenix, Arizona
Registration Now Open

We are pleased to announce that Mark Goldstein will moderate the “Sustainability Industry Forum” at SusTech 2017 on Tuesday November 14th. He is also going to speak on the topic of “Global Future of Water”.

Mark Goldstein is President of International Research Center and a technophile and technology visionary, activist, advisor, and entrepreneur with extensive experience and connections throughout myriad technology sectors.



Forum participants include:

Bill Bader, CEO of iNEMI who will be speaking on the topic iNEMI 2017 Sustainable Electronics Roadmap. iNEMI is the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative, which is a leading electronics organization that drives collaborative R&D projects that are executed by the iNEMI membership.

Emma Stewart, Chief Business Development Officer of Impact Infrastructure who will be speaking on the topic “The “Holy Grail”: Automating the business case for greener, healthier buildings & sites”.  Impact Infrastructure automates and democratizes triple-bottom-line cost-benefit analyses in order to cost-justify greener buildings and infrastructure.

Emma is a Board Director of the U.S. Green Building Council, the group behind LEED ratings for buildings, the elected Chair of U.S. Green Building Council’s Advisory Council, and sits on the Global Advisory Council to the World Resources Institute.


Other panelists will include:

Todd Brady, Intel; Guru Madhavan, National Academies of Sciences, and Chris Link, NXP.


To register visit the SusTech registration webpage.

SusTech is an IEEE Region 6 conference hosted by IEEE Phoenix section, and is co-sponsored by the IEEE Phoenix and Oregon Sections, IEEE Region 6 and IEEE-USA. With technical sponsorship by the IEEE SSIT (Society for Social Implications of Technology), IEEE CES (Consumer Electronics Society) and the IEEE Environmental Engineering Initiative.