Keynote Speakers

Bimal Bose held the Condra Chair of Excellence (Endowed Chair Professor) in Power Electronics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, since 1987, where he was responsible for teaching and the research program in power electronics and motor drives. Concurrently, he was the Distinguished Scientist (1989-2000) and the Chief Scientist (1987-1989) of EPRI-Power Electronics Applications Center, Knoxville, TN. Prior to this, he was a Research Engineer in the General Electric Corporate Research and Development (now GE Global Research Center), Schenectady, NY, for 11 years (1976-1987), an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY for five years (1971-1976), and a faculty member at Bengal Engineering and Science University (BESU)(formerly Bengal Engineering College), India for 11 years (1960-1971). He is specialized in power electronics and motor drives area, and has given extensive contributions in power converters, PWM techniques, electric/hybrid vehicle drives, microprocessor/DSP control, system simulation, renewable energy systems, and  application of artificial intelligence techniques (expert system, fuzzy logic and neural network) in power electronics and drives systems. He served as a visiting professor in Federal University of Mato Grosso Sul (1989), Brazil; Aalborg University (1997), Denmark; Padova University (2003), Italy; Sevilla University (2008), Spain; and European Ph.D. School (2010), Italy. He has been power electronics consultant in a large number of industries. Dr. Bose has authored and co-authored more than 250 papers and holds 21 U.S. patents. He has authored/edited seven books in power electronics: Power Electronics and Motor Drives – Advances and Trends(Elsevier/Academic Press, 2006), Modern Power Electronics and AC Drives(Prentice-Hall, 2001), Power Electronics and AC Drives (Prentice-Hall, 1986), Power Electronics and Variable Frequency Drives (Wiley/IEEE Press, 1997), Modern Power Electronics (IEEE Press, 1992), Microcomputer Control of Power Electronics and Drives (IEEE Press, 1987), and Adjustable Speed AC Drive Systems (IEEE Press, 1981). The books have been translated in several foreign languages.  “Dr. Bimal K. Bose: A Reference for Generations – globally promoted power electronics, not only by his research publications and books, but also through his endless tutorial presentations, invited seminars, IEEE Distinguished Lectures and keynote addresses throughout the world” – comments IEEE IES Magazine Editor (June 2009).   The IEEE IE Society Magazine (June 2009) honored him by publishing a “Special Issue Honoring Dr. Bimal Bose and Celebrating His Contributions in Power Electronics” with his photo on front cover.

Dr. Bose has served the IEEE in various capacities, including Member of the IEEE Awards Board, Member of the IEEE Medal in Power Engineering Committee, Chairman of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES) Power Electronics Council, Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, IEEE IECON Power Electronics Chairman, Chairman of the IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) Industrial Power Converter Committee, IAS Member of the Neural Network Council, Vice-Chair of the IEEE Medals Council, Vice-Chair of the IAS Distinguished Lecture Program,  Member of IEEE-USA Energy Policy Committee, Member of the IEEE Fellow Committee, Member of IEEE Lamme Medal Committee, Member of the Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the IEEE, and Member of IEEE Spectrum Advisory Board. He was the Guest Editor of the Proceedings of the IEEE (Special Issue of Power Electronics and Motion Control, August 1994), and Special Section Editor of IEEE Transactions of Industrial Electronics (Neural Network Applications in Power Electronics and Motor Drives, February 2006). Dr. Bose has B.E. degree in 1956 from BESU, India, M.S. degree in 1960 from University of Wisconsin, Madison,, and D. Phil degree in 1966 from Calcutta University.

Awards:

  • Honorary D.Sc. from President of India (for IIEST) (2013)
  • IEEE PELS Newell Award (2005)
  • IEEE Millennium Medal (2000)
  • IEEE Meritorious Achievement Award (1997)
  • IEEE Lamme Medal (1996)
  • IEEE IES Eugene Mittelmann Award (1994)
  • IEEE Region 3 Outstanding Engineer Award (1994)
  • IEEE IAS Outstanding Achievement Award (1993)

Miroslav M. Begovic, he received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and joined the faculty at Georgia Tech in 1989.

Begovic’s research interests lie in wide area monitoring, protection and emergency control using smart grid apparatus; sustainable and resilient energy infrastructures; and managing large assets in energy infrastructure. He has participated in several collaborative research projects for the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy, resulting in more than $10 million of funding in collaborative research over the last five years.

Begovic is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) Power and Energy (PES), Computer, and Circuits and Systems Societies. In 2011 he was elected president of PES. He is also a Fellow of IEEE, an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer and a member of Sigma Xi, Eta Kappa Nu, Phi Kappa Phi and Tau Beta Pi.

Begovic has published approximately 200 journal and conference papers and has presented nearly 100 keynote speeches, invited talks and presentations. Dr. Begovic consults with industry in the areas of wide area protection and distribution system operation, especially photovoltaic systems. Recently, he has appointed as the head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University.

Mladen Kezunovic is a Professor at Texas A&M University where he has been employed since 1986. Dr. Kezunovic serves several leading roles at the university: Director, Smart Grid Center; Site Director, NSF Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSerc); Director, Power Systems Control and Protection Lab. He also acts as the Principal Consultant, as well as President and CEO of XpertPowerTM Associates, which has been providing consulting, product development and training services for utility industry for the last 23 years.

He worked for Westinghouse Electric in the U.S.A. as a Systems Engineer on developing the first all-digital substation during 1979-1980 and for Energoinvest Company in Europe as the Technical Lead for substation automation development during 1980-86.  He spent nine months as a consultant for EdF’s Research Centre in Clamart, France in 1999/2000 and was a Visiting Professor at the University of Hong Kong in fall of 2009. He also served as a consultant to over 50 utilities and vendors worldwide. He served two terms (2009-2013) as the Director on the Board of Directors of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) representing research organizations and universities, and served as a member of the Testing and Certification Committee of SGIP and Member of the SGIP Membership and Marketing Committee. His research interests are protection and control of power systems, as well as smart grids.

Dr. Kezunovic was a Principal Investigator on over 100 R&D projects, published more than 450 papers and gave over 100 invited lectures, short courses and seminars around the world. He is an IEEE Fellow and Distinguished Speaker, CIGRE Fellow, and registered Professional Engineer in Texas. He is the recipient of the Inaugural 2011 IEEE Educational Activities Board Standards Education Award “for educating students and engineers about the importance and benefits of interoperability standards”.

George W. Arnold, from 2009 to 2013, Dr. Arnold was the federal government’s National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), responsible for leading the development of standards underpinning the Smart Grid in the U.S. He returned to the private sector in June 2014 and is presently CEO of Tercio Solutions LLC, a high-tech software company specializing in dynamic scheduling and optimization of industrial operations.

Dr. Arnold previously served as a Vice-President at Bell Laboratories where he directed the company’s global standards efforts and management of intellectual property.  Prior to this role, Dr. Arnold had a wide range of technical and managerial assignments at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, and AT&T in research and development, product management, quality management and process re-engineering.

Dr. Arnold also served as Chairman of the Board of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), a private, non-profit organization that coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. He also served as Vice-President-Policy for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and President of the IEEE Standards Association.

Dr. Arnold received a Doctor of Engineering Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Columbia University in 1978.  He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Mariusz Malinowski (S’99–M’03–SM’08-F’13) received the Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering (with awards) from the Institute of Control and Industrial Electronics, Warsaw University of Technology (WUT), Warsaw, Poland, in 2001 and 2012, respectively. He was a Visiting Scholar with Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark; the University of Nevada, Reno; the Technical University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany; and the ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He was also a Visiting Professor with the Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, Valparaíso, Chile; the University of Cergy-Pontoise, Cergy-Pontoise, France; and the École Nationale Supérieure d’Électronique, d’Électrotechnique, d’Informatique, d’Hydraulique, et des Télécommunications–Laplace, Toulouse, France. He is currently with the Institute of Control and Industrial Electronics, WUT. He has co-authored more than 130 technical papers and 6 books. He is also the holder of two implemented patents. His current research activities include the control and the modulation of grid-side converters, multilevel converters, smart grids, and power-generation systems based on renewable energies.

Prof. Malinowski is an active member of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES) and the IEEE Poland Section (PS), where he is currently IES VP for Workshops Activities and VP of PS IEEE. He is also an Associate Editor for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS, IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS and the Past Editor in Chief for the IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine (2010-2012). He was the recipient of the Siemens Prize (2002 and 2007), the WUT President Prize (2001, 2005, 2007,2009, 2011 and 2013), a paper award at the Industrial Electronics Conference 2000 and European Power Electronics–Power Electronics and Motion Control 2004, the Polish Minister of Science and Higher Education Awards (2003 and 2008) and the Prime Minister of Poland award for habilitation in 2013. His industry application received many awards and medals, e.g., the Innovation Exhibition in Geneva (2006) and the Exhibition in Brussels “Eureco” (2006). He received IEEE IES David Irwin Early Career Award for “Outstanding research and development of modulation and control for industrial electronics converters” in 2011.

Leopoldo G. Franquelo, Was born in Málaga, Spain. He received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Universidad de Sevilla, Seville, Spain in 1977 and 1980 respectively. In 1978 he joined the Universidad de Sevilla as Research Assistant, becoming Associated Professor in 1982 and Professor since 1986. From 1998 to 2005 was Director of the Electronics Engineering Department. His technical interests started in 1978 with Microprocessor Industrial Electronics Applications, evolving to Electronics Power Applications and in the 90’s to Application Specific ICs design for the control of Power Converters. His current research interest lies on modulation techniques for multilevel inverters and its application to power electronic systems for renewable energy systems.

He is leading a large research and teaching team in Spain that has been awarded with the “Excellence Status” by the Andalusian Government. His activity can be summarized as: 65 Publications in prestigious International Journals, including the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics and the Proceedings of the IEEE, 180 publications in Conferences, 12 Patents, and 78 R&D projects. He is the recipient of several awards: the 2008 IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine Best paper award and the 2012 IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics best paper award. He is also the recipient of the 2009 Andalusian R&D Award, the 2012 IEEE-IES Eugene Mittelmann achievement award and the University of Sevilla 2013 FAMA award.

He is IEEE member since 1984, Senior Member since 1996 and Fellow since 2005. He has been Vice-president of the Industrial Electronics Society Spanish Chapter (2002-2003), Member at large of the Industrial Electronics Society AdCom (2002-2003), and Vice president for Conferences of the Industrial Electronics Society (2004-2007), President Elect of the Industrial Electronics Society (2008-2009) and he is currently serving in the same society as Distinguished Lecturer (2006), Associated Editor of the Transactions on Industrial Electronics (2007-), Senior AdCom Member (2008) and President (2010- 2011). He is currently IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics Co-Editor in Chief.

Kaushik Rajashekara obtained his PhD (1984) degrees in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Science.  In 1989, he joined Delphi division of General Motors Corporation in Indianapolis, IN, USA as a staff project engineer.  In Delphi and General Motors, he held various lead technical and managerial positions, and managed a team responsible for developing electric machines, controllers, and power electronics systems for electric, hybrid, and fuel cell vehicle systems, and in 2000, he was promoted to Technical Fellow and Chief Scientist for Advanced Propulsion Systems.  In 2006, he joined Rolls-Royce Corporation as a Chief Technologist and was a Rolls-Royce Fellow for More Electric Aircraft architectures and power conversion/control technologies for gas turbines in aero, marine, defense, and energy applications.  Since August 2012, he is a Distinguished Professor and Endowed Chair in Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas. He also holds honorary Qiushi Chair Professor in Zhejiang University, China.

Prof. Rajashekara has published more than 120 papers in international journals and conferences, and has over 35 patents on power electronics & drives, electric/hybrid vehicle propulsion, fuel cell power conversion systems, and more electric aircraft.  He has given more than 100 invited presentations (in over 40 countries) in international conferences and universities.  He has co-authored one IEEE Press book on sensorless control of ac motor drives and contributed individual chapters to five published books.

Prof. Rajashekara was elected as Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for contributions to electric power conversion systems in transportation (2012) and as Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (2012).  He is the recepient of the IEEE Richard Harold Kaufmann award (2013) for outstanding contributions to the advancement of electrical systems in transportation; IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) Outstanding Achievement Award for outstanding contribution for the application of electricity to industry (2009), and IEEE IAS Gerald Kliman award (2006) for contributions to the advancement of power conversion technologies through innovations and their applications to industry.  He is a Fellow of IEEE (1999) and a Fellow of SAE International (2006) for contributions to the advancement of power conversion and propulsion systems.

John D. McDonald, P.E., is Director, Technical Strategy and Policy Development for GE Energy Management’s Digital Energy business.  John has 40 years of experience in the electric utility industry. John joined GE in 2008 as General Manager, Marketing for GE Energy’s Transmission and Distribution (now Digital Energy) business. In 2010, John accepted his current role of Director, Technical Strategy and Policy Development where he is responsible for setting and driving the vision that integrates GE’s standards participation, and Digital Energy’s industry organization participation, thought leadership activities, regulatory/policy participation, education programs, and product/systems development into comprehensive solutions for customers.

He is a sought-after industry leader, technical expert, educator, and speaker.  In his 28 years of Working Group and Subcommittee leadership with the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Substations Committee, John led seven Working Groups and Task Forces who published Standards/Tutorials in the areas of distribution SCADA, master/remote terminal unit (RTU) and RTU/IED communications protocols. John was elected to the Board of Governors of the IEEE-SA (Standards Association) for 2010-2011, focusing on long term IEEE Smart Grid standards strategy. John was elected to Chair the NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Governing Board for 2010-2012. John is presently Chairman of the Board for SGIP 2.0, Inc., and the member-funded non-profit organization.

John is Past President of the IEEE PES, Chair of the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) Board, member of the IEEE PES Region 3 Scholarship Committee, the VP for Technical Activities for the US National Committee (USNC) of CIGRE, and the Past Chair of the IEEE PES Substations Committee. He was the IEEE Division VII Director in 2008-2009. John is a member of the Advisory Committee for the annual DistribuTECH Conference, Vice Chair of the Texas A&M University Smart Grid Center Advisory Board, and member of the Purdue University Office of Global Affairs Strategic Advisory Council. John received the 2009 Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award from Purdue University.

John teaches a Smart Grid course at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Smart Grid course for GE, and substation automation, distribution SCADA and communications courses for various IEEE PES local chapters as an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer. John has published 80 papers and articles in the areas of SCADA, SCADA/EMS, SCADA/DMS and communications, and is a registered Professional Engineer (Electrical) in California and Georgia.

John received his B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. (Power Engineering) degrees from Purdue University, and an M.B.A. (Finance) degree from the University of California-Berkeley. John is a member of Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical Engineering Honorary) and Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honorary), a Fellow of IEEE, and was awarded the IEEE Millennium Medal in 2000, the IEEE PES Excellence in Power Distribution Engineering Award in 2002, and the IEEE PES Substations Committee Distinguished Service Award in 2003.

John co-authored the book “Automating a Distribution Cooperative from A to Z: A Primer on Employing Technology for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Cooperative Research Network” in 1999. John was Editor of the Substations Chapter, and a co-author, for the book The Electric Power Engineering Handbook, co-sponsored by the IEEE PES and published by the CRC Press in 2000. John is Editor-in-Chief for the book Electric Power Substations Engineering, Third Edition, published by Taylor & Francis/CRC Press in 2012. John co-authored the book Power System SCADA and Smart Grids, published by Taylor & Francis/CRC Press in 2015.

Frede Blaabjerg (S’86–M’88–SM’97–F’03) was with ABB-Scandia, Randers, Denmark, from 1987 to 1988. From 1988 to 1992, he was a Ph.D. Student with Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark. He became an Assistant Professor in 1992, an Associate Professor in 1996, and a Full Professor of power electronics and drives in 1998. His current research interests include power electronics and its applications such as in wind turbines, PV systems, reliability, harmonics and adjustable speed drives.

He has received 15 IEEE Prize Paper Awards, the IEEE PELS Distinguished Service Award in 2009, the EPE-PEMC Council Award in 2010, the IEEE William E. Newell Power Electronics Award 2014 and the Villum Kann Rasmussen Research Award 2014. He was an Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS from 2006 to 2012. He has been Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Power Electronics Society from 2005 to 2007 and for the IEEE Industry Applications Society from 2010 to 2011. He is nominated in 2014 by Thomson Reuters to be between the most 250 cited researchers in Engineering in the world.

Chanan Singh is currently Regents Professor and Irma Runyon Chair Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. He is also a Guest Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. His research and consulting interests are in the application of probabilistic methods to power systems. He has authored/co-authored numerous papers and three books and has contributed to several books. He has consulted with many major corporations and given short courses nationally and internationally. Dr. Singh is a Fellow of IEEE and the recipient of the 1998 Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award given by the IEEE Power Engineering Society. For his research contributions, he was awarded a D.Sc. degree by the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, in 1997. In 2008, he was recognized with the Merit Award by the PMAPS International Society. In 2010, he was the inaugural recipient of the IEEE-PES Roy Billinton Power System Reliability Award.

Carlo Cecati is a Full Professor of Converters, Electrical Machines and Drives at University of L’Aquila, Italy. He is a Fellow of IEEE and the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Trans. on Industrial Electronics, after serving as Co-Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editor since 2004. He also served as an Editor of IEEE/ASME Trans. On Mechatronics (2006-2008) and a Guest Editor of several special sections of IEEE Trans. on Industrial Electronics and IEEE Trans. on Industrial Informatics. His research interests fall into the area of renewable energies and energy saving, in particular, the application of power electronics to renewable energy, distributed generation, smart grids and electrical drives, with emphasis on control, modulation techniques, fault diagnosis, microprocessor applications and industrial networks. In these fields, he published more than 130 papers in the most prestigious international journals and conference proceedings. He was a recipient of the Best Paper Awards of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics and IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine. He has been an Invited Speaker and a Tutorial Speaker at several universities and conferences in USA, Canada, U.K., Korea, Denmark, Qatar, China, Poland, Angola, Italy. He has been an evaluator of research projects for several national and international institutions including the European Community and Qatar National Research Foundation and an evaluator for numerous international universities in promotions to assistant/associate/full professors and in electrical degree course accreditation. Dr Cecati co-founded DigiPower Ltd in 2007, being C.E.O. until 2012 and now is Principal Scientist and Technical Director.

Osama A. Mohammed is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and is the Director of the Energy Systems Research Laboratory at Florida International University, Miami, Florida. He received his Master and Doctoral degrees in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1981 and 1983, respectively. He has performed research on various topics in power and energy systems in addition to computational electromagnetics and design optimization in electric machines, electric drive systems and other low frequency environments. He performed multiple research projects for several Federal agencies since 1990’s dealing with; power system analysis, physics based modeling, electromagnetic signature, sensorless control, electric machinery, high frequency switching, electromagnetic Interference and ship power systems modeling and analysis. Professor Mohammed has currently active research programs in a number of these areas funded by DoD, the US Department of Energy and several industries.

Professor Mohammed is a world renowned leader in electrical energy systems and computational electromagnetics. He has published more than 400 articles in refereed journals and other IEEE refereed International conference records. He also authored a book and several book chapters. Professor Mohammed is an elected Fellow of IEEE and is an elected Fellow of the Applied Computational Electromagnetic Society. Professor Mohammed is the recipient of the prestigious IEEE Power and Energy Society Cyril Veinott electromechanical energy conversion award and the 2012 outstanding research award from Florida International University.

Professor Mohammed has lectured extensively with invited and plenary talks at major research and industrial organizations worldwide. He serves as editor of several IEEE Transactions including the IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion, the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, COMPEL and the IEEE Power Engineering Letters. Professor Mohammed served as the International Steering Committee Chair for the IEEE International Electric Machines and Drives Conference (IEMDC) and the IEEE Biannual Conference on Electromagnetic Field Computation (CEFC). Professor Mohammed was the General Chair of the 2009 IEEE IEMDC conference held in Miami Florida, May 3-6 2009 and was the Editorial Board Chairman for the IEEE CEFC2010 held in Chicago, IL USA, May 9-12, 2010. Professor Mohammed was also the general chair of the IEEE CEFC 2006 held in Miami, Florida, April 30 – May 3, 2006. He was also general chair of the 19th annual Conference of the Applied Computational Electromagnetic Society ACES-2006 held in Miami, Florida March 14-17, 2006. He was the General Chairman of the 1993 COMPUMAG International Conference and was also the General Chairman of the 1996 IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Systems Applications to Power Systems (ISAP’96) Dr. Mohammed has chaired the Electric Machinery Committee for IEEE PES was the Vice Chair and Technical Committee Program Chair for the IEEE PES Electric Machinery Committee for a number of years. He was a member of the IEEE/Power Engineering Society Governing Board (1992-1996). He also serves as chairman, officer or as an active member on several IEEE PES committees, sub-committees and technical working groups.

Ilhami Colak was born in 1962 in Turkey. He received his diploma in Electrical Engineering from Gazi University, Turkey in 1985. Then he did his MSc in Electrical Engineering in the field of Speed Control of Wound Rotor Induction Machines Using Semiconductor Devices at Gazi University in 1991. After that he did his MPhil at Birmingham University in England by preparing a thesis on High Frequency Resonant DC Link Inverters in 1991. Finally he did his PhD at Aston University in England on Mixed Frequency Testing of Induction Machines Using Inverters in 1994. He became an assistant professor, an associate professor and a full professor in 1995, 199 and 2005 respectively.
He has published more than 180 papers in different subjects including electrical machines, drive systems, machine learning, reactive power compensation, inverter, converter, artificial neural networks, and distance learning automation and alternating energy sources. More than 70 of his papers have been cited in SCI. His papers have received more than 280 citations. He supervised 19 MSc students and 12 PhD students. He is member of IEEE, IES, IAS, PELS and PES. Last ten years, he has been concentrated his studies on renewable energy and smart grids by publishing papers, journals (www.ijre.org) and organizing international IEEE sponsored conferences (www.icrera.org). He also spent around 3 years at European Commission Research Centre (JRC) in Netherlands. He is currently holding positions of Vice Rector and Dean of Engineering and Architecture Faculty of Istanbul Gelisim University.
Suleiman Sharkh is Professor of Power Electronics, Machines and Drives and Head of the Electro-Mechanical Engineering Research Group. He is also the Managing Director of HiT Systems Ltd, and a visiting Professor at Beijing Jiaotong University. His research interest includes high performance electrical machines and power electronics, for demanding applications including exhaust energy recovery, submersible pumps, marine propulsions, cryogooler, electric vehicles and microgrids. Professor Sharkh was the winner of the DTI Faraday SPARKS award in 2002 and the Engineer Innovation and Technology Award in 2008. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a member of the IET and a Chartered Engineer.
Tapas Kumar Mallick is a Chair in Clean Technologies in the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI), University of Exeter, UK. He leads the Clean Technology Group within ESI and experts in applied solar technologies. Prior to joining the University of Exeter, he was at Heriot-Watt University where he led the “Applied Solar Energy Research” and also the “Concentrating Solar Energy” group within the Scottish Institute for Solar Energy Research – SISER (http://siser.eps.hw.ac.uk/). He has secured research funding (>£4m) as PI and Co-PI of various national, European, International and Industrial funders. Prof. Mallick is leading the UK-India project “Development and Integration of Biomass and Concentrating Photovoltaic System for Rural and Urban Energy Bridge: BioCPV” (http://biocpv.ex.ac.uk) jointly funded by Indian and UK government agencies. In addition, he leads the low and medium temperature “Thermal Energy Storage” activity of the newly funded EPSRC-DST project RESCUES (EP/K03619X/1). He has published over 130 research articles and holds two patents on solar technology. In addition to board members of numerous national/international conferences/seminars, Prof. Mallick is in the Editorial board of Advances of Solar Thermal Technology Journal. In 2013, Prof. Mallick’s group was awarded for “Outstanding Impact award in Sustainable Future” at the University of Exeter. Prof. Mallick successfully supervised five PhD candidates to completion and currently primary supervisor of fifteen PhD students.
Daniel Aklil is the CEO of the Pure Energy® Centre in the UK and an expert in renewable, energy storage, green fuels and smart management systems. Dr. Aklil has led the company to design, develop, manufacture, install and commission several world renown renewable smart management hydrogen systems including the Hydrogen Office (H2Office), the H2SEED in the Western Isles, the Yorkshire Forward Hydrogen Mini Grid, Lews Castle College Hydrogen system, the Sunderland Race Track Hydrogen System, the African World’s First Wind hydrogen installation in Morroco and then the Mauritanian one, the Rio De Janeiro Hydrogen System, South Africa and Austria Hydrogen Energy storage system and Uk/Germany World first hydrogen  Heating Boiler System. He has also project managed endless number of feasibility studies on hydrogen, smart systems, renewable and energy storage for SEGEC, HIE, CNES, SIC, YF, etc as well as feasibilities on Renewable Ammonia. Dr. Aklil was the Chairman of the Hypothesis 2013 Conference and Exhibition held in Edinburgh. He is the author and co-author of over 30 publications, two hydrogen book chapter with over 15 years engineering experience in energy technologies and is an Expert for the EU commission on renewable, hydrogen and energy storage technologies. Past roles for Dr. Aklil are: Director SHFCA, Board Member Fuel Cell Europe, Chair Sustainable Transport Asia, Board Member Nordsesil, Director Sohy Ltd, Director pureShetland, Director SiGen, Board Member NAHA, Member Mexican Hydrogen Association, Member of FREDS Group, Chairman IET North Network, Vice Chairman IET North Network, Chair of the Research Student Association, Head of Aberdeen Motor Club.
Babak Fahimi is a professor of electrical engineering and the founding director of the renewable energy and vehicular technology research center at the University of Texas at Dallas.  He received his PhD in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University in 1999. His areas of interest include numerical modeling of electromechanical converters, design and control of power electronic circuits and energy management systems. He holds 11 US patents and has seven more pending. Dr. Fahimi has co-authored over 275 scientific articles in his field of endeavor and four of his former PhD graduates holds the rank of associate and assistant professor. Dr. Fahimi has been the recipient of the Richard M. Bass young Power Electronics investigator award from the power electronics society of the IEEE, the young investigator award from the office of naval research, the Ralph Teetor award from the society of automotive engineers, and the Fulbright scholarship from the department of state. He is a fellow of IEEE for his contributions to” analysis and modeling of adjustable AC motor drives”. Dr. Fahimi has been the chairman of the IEEE Industrial electronics committee on power electronics and electric machinery. He has been the general chairman of the IEEE Applied Power Electronics and Expo, IEEE Industrial Electronics Conference, and IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion. His industrial experience includes being a research scientist at the ElectroStandards Laboratories (1999-2002) and the VP of engineering at EF technology LLC.(2006-2008). Dr. Fahimi is a distinguished speaker of the IEEE vehicular technology society and a frequent plenary /keynote speaker at major conference across the globe