Mehrdad Ehsani has a gift for helping students see electrical engineering as a living art, rather than as a collection of calculations, rules and equations. He established the first motor drive and power electronics program in Texas at Texas A&M University in 1981. The program now enrolls more than 100 undergraduate students annually. The co-author of four books, including the IEEE Guide for Self-Commutated Converters, Dr. Ehsani is a professor of electrical engineering and director of the Advanced Vehicle Systems Research Program at Texas A&M. An IEEE and Dow Chemical Faculty Fellow, his honors include the Halliburton Professorship and Dresser Industries Professorship. Dr. Ehsani has served the IEEE in many capacities, including as chair of the IEEE Power Electronics Educational Affairs Committee. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas.
Born in Palermo 11.06.1945) Degree in Electrical Engineering (1969) Assistant Professor (1969) at Polytechnic University of Turin (PdT) Associate Professor (1980) at PdT Full Professor (since 1986) at PdT President of the Board of Electrical Engineering (CCLIE) at PdT (1996-2002) National Coordinator of the Italian Presidents of CCLIE (1996-2000) Coordinator of the Power System Unit (since 1980) at PdT National President of the Italian Power System Group GUSEE (1996-2002) Member of the Scientific Committee of GUSEE (since 1996) Deputy Dean of the 1st Engineering Faculty at PdT (since 2004) Member of the Board of Directors at PdT (since 2002) President of the AEIT (Federation of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Associations), Section of Torino (since 2006) Member IEEE, AEIT, CIGRE, HKN Member of various academic leading boards (Ph.D. Board for Electrical Engineering, Dept. of Electrica Engineering Board, ...) at PdT Coordinator of the International Activities of the 1st Engineering Faculty at PdT Participant and Coordinator of several national and international research projects Organizer and Coordinator of several National and International Meetings and Conferences Registered Engineer, with various professional records in the design and direction of the power system (since 1972)
Exploration of clean energy technologies to support conservation strategies through green energy systems has gained global recognition as a means to a sustainable future in recent years. Director of UOIT’s Energy Safety and Control Lab, Hossam A. Gaber, PhD, specializes in smart energy grid engineering with an emphasis on safety and control engineering in clean energy technology. A Professor, cross-appointed in the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Dr. Gaber’s research focuses on the critical need to design and implement intelligent safety and control systems to enable high performance and reliable energy supply grids. Author of more than 210 publications including books, chapters and papers specializing in safety and control engineering for smart energy grid and interconnected micro energy grids, Dr. Gaber is a distinguished global energy systems researcher. He is leading plasma-based clean fusion energy research with national and international teams including Carleton University in Ottawa, and universities in China and Japan. Previously, Dr. Gaber was appointed a tenured Associate Professor in the Division of Industrial Innovation Services at Okayama University in Japan, and he served as a Research Associate with the Tokyo Institute of Technology, the Japan Chemical Innovative Institute, and the Egypt National Research Center, spanning a decade. He has led several large-scale national and international projects in Japan, the Middle East, and Canada. Inspired by some of academia’s most brilliant minds to strengthen his theoretical foundation and follow a research path, Dr. Gaber completed his Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering and Automatic Control at Alexandria University in Egypt in 1988, and completed Master’s degree courses in this area before earning his Doctorate in Safety Engineering from the Division of Industrial Innovation Sciences at Okayama University in Japan in 2001. Dr. Gaber is a Fellow and Founding President of Canada’s Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, and Safety Professionals Society (RAMSP). He is also a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his contributions which include: Founding Chair of its SMC Hiroshima Chapter; Founding Chapter Chair of its Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society, Toronto Section; and Technical Committee Founder and Chair of Intelligent Green Production Systems
Mr C. I. Chuks-Ezike is a PhD candidate of Environmental Crime Law at the Robert Gordon University. He is just at the writing up stage of his doctorate with a few months to go on completion. He was called to the Nigerian Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Nigerian Supreme Court in November 2013 upon a successful program at the Nigerian Law School where he graduated with a Second Class Upper. Mr Chuks-Ezike has since engaged in scholarly writings of articles and journals for local and international conferences, some of which he has delivered orally as papers or posters. He is also serving as an editorial board member of reputed Journals.
Anthony Bridgwater is Professor of Chemicalengineering at Aston University in Birmingham UK. He has worked at Aston University for most of his professional career and is currently director of the European Bioenergy Research Institute. He has a world-wide research portfolio focussing on fast pyrolysis as a key technology in thermal biomass conversion for power, heat, biofuels and biorefineries. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and a Fellow of the Institute of Energy. He was technical Director of the UK Flagship SUPERGEN Bioenergy programmes for 8½ years until the end of 2011. In addition he has led and coordinated nine major EC research and development projects in bioenergy and has an active current involvement in six further research and development projects. He has attracted funding from national research funding councils in Canada, Holland, Norway and the USA. He has been responsible for raising over £28 million during his research career. He formed and led the IEA Bioenergy Pyrolysis Task – PyNe from 1994 to 2008 with parallel European networks on pyrolysis, gasification and combustion which included the EC sponsored ThermoNet and ThermalNet networks.
Dr. Lin Zhang holds a Bachelor in economics and a Bachelor in mechanical engineering from Peking University, a MSc in management and economics and a Ph.D. in economics from ETH Zurich. Subsequently he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Center of Economic Research at ETH Zurich. He was also a researcher associated with the Energy Science Center, Simulation Lab, and the Competence Center for Research in Energy, Society, and Transition in Switzerland. With a focus on energy and environmental economics, his research aims to develop improved quantitative modeling approaches for the design, evaluation, and upgrade of sustainable energy policies at local, regional, and global levels. His work employs applied economic modeling framework to explore the interaction among the economy, energy, and the environment. He also develops econometric models to study energy demand and efficiency, as well as dynamic general equilibrium models for the integration of technology details with macroeconomic models. Zhang’s work has been extensively presented in international conferences and published in leading peer-reviewed international journals in energy economics. In addition, his findings have been well received by Swiss Federal Office of Energy. He serves as the reviewer for the 21st Spring Meeting of Young Economists (2016) and many international journals. He was on the board of local organizing committee for the 22nd Annual meeting of European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (2016), Conference on Sustainable Resource Use and Economic Dynamics (2012, 2014), and the organizer for the institutional network meeting for China at EAERE (2016).
Eugene Stephane Mananga is a Faculty Member in the Physics and Chemistry Doctorate Program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is an Assistant Professor of Physics and Nuclear Medicine at BCC of CUNY, and an Adjunct Professor of Applied Physics at New York University. Eugene completed his PhD in Physics from the Graduate Center of the University of New York, and holds 6 additional graduate degrees and training from various institutions including Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and City College of New York. Eugene did his postdoctoral studies in the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory of USA, Harvard Medical School, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Prior to joining Harvard - MGH, Eugene Mananga was an “Ingenieur de Recherche” in the French Atomic Energy Commission and Alternative Energies (CEA-SACLAY).
Prof. Oleg Figovsky is the founder and R&D the Polymate Ltd. - International Nanotechnology Research Centre where he is working on research in nanostructured corrosion-resistant composite materials and protective coatings based on a polymer and silicate matrix. He is a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Head of the UNESCO Chair "Green Chemistry". For his inventions in nanotechnologies he was awarded gold and silver medals at IENA-98 and Gold Angel Prize at the Genius 2006 exhibition.
Majid Ghassemi is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering Department at the K. N. Toosi University of Technology in Tehran, Iran. He has over 20 years of academic and industrial experience and served as the President of the K. N. Toosi University of Technology from 2010 through 2013. Professor Ghassemi has also served in several public and private boards and panels and supervised several undergraduate, masters and PhD students, published several books and many journal and conference papers. He is currently Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Board member for many international journals. He also serves as member in several international conferences. Professor Ghassemi received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University in 1993.
Dr. Muhammad Usman, Former Director General of Agricultural Research System, Government of Pakistan who retired from service after a spotless career of about 35 years with senior level experience on research and development of agricultural industry with regard to food Chemistry, food science and Nutrition, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture of oil seed, cereal, fruits, vegetable and other cash crops. Mr. Usman is basically an agricultural scientist with specialization of agricultural and food chemistry working as plant breeder with regard to the yield and quality of various agricultural crops as well as nutrition. Mr. Usman has also worked on Biosciences of lipid’s, food legumes crops and Bio-energy. Being a scientist, Mr. Usman has released several oil seeds varieties, presented and published research papers on various oil seeds, and renewable energy in different conferences like Geneva. Mr. Usman established “Prominent Agro Based Industries SDN BHD” in Malaysia aims to work on integrated agricultural project like livestock and dairy development, renewable energy etc.
Per Ribbing completed his Master’s Degree in Engineering Physics at Linköping University, Sweden in 1989. He later entered into the area of Sustainable Development after a close encounter with oil wars. He was the Energy Advisor for the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation 1997-98 and worked with energy matters at the Nordic Eclolabel 2004-2010. He also runs his owned company; Perpetuum Energy & Environment where he is a Public Speaker, Consultant and Educator. At present he is a PhD student at Uppsala University writing his thesis on Climate Change Leadership: the case for electrification. He has arranged monthly speaker pubs (ENVIRONMENTALE) for the NGO Swedish Engineers for Sustainable Development since 1996.
Green Energy, Renewable Energy
Matthew Williams is Founder, Director, and Chief Technology Officer of Faraday Grid Ltd. He is a Systems architect, mechatronic engineer, design leader and facilitator. He is the author of Faraday Grid’s technology patents. In fulfilling Faraday’s ambition to unlock sustainable prosperity through electricity, he provides a conduit of understanding between complex interdependent dynamic systems and the world; managing strategic direction and technology development. Previously, he led a systems engineering company and was responsible for technical, client, and project management of multi-million dollar projects in Australia, China, and the US, delivering mission-critical logistics, automation, business and safety systems across the power and process sectors. Using the company’s proprietary Design by Rationalised Constraints methodology, He and Faraday Grid are designing the energy ecosystem of the future.
Smart Grid, Green Energy, Green Economy