KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

 Noel N. Schulz

 WSU School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture.
 Washington State University, USA

Noel N. Schulz is Washington State University’s First Lady and the Edmund O. Schweitzer Chair in Power Apparatus and Systems in the WSU School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture. Prior to arriving at WSU in summer of 2016, she served as Associate Dean for research and graduate programs in the College of Engineering at Kansas State University. She also directed the KSU Engineering Experimental Station and the Electrical Power Affiliates Program and was the Paslay Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. A nationally recognized expert in power systems engineering, Dr. Schulz is also dedicated to recruiting and retaining women in the field of engineering and mentoring female engineering faculty. She has initiated faculty networks for women at three universities. Dr. Schulz has more than 26 years of teaching experience at Kansas State, Michigan Technological University, Mississippi State University, University of North Dakota, and Virginia Tech. She has taught courses in power systems, energy conversion, application of computer programs to power engineering, application of intelligent systems to engineering problems, fundamentals of electrical circuits, renewable and distributed generation, and smart grid technologies. She has graduated 45 master’s students and 13 doctoral students. Dr. Schulz’s research has focused on power systems modeling and analysis, smart grid applications, microgrids, renewable energy, and shipboard power systems. The research has been funded by multiple national agencies—including the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Departments of Defense, Energy, and Homeland Security—and private power equipment companies. She has published 175 papers and two book chapters. During her career, Dr. Schulz has brought in more than $40 million in external research funding through individual and collaborative projects, including a National Science Foundation CAREER award. Dr. Schulz is the recipient of the 2016 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow, the 2014 IEEE Education Society Hewlett-Packard Harriet B. Rigas Award for outstanding contributions in advancing recruitment and retention of women in IEEE and the engineering professions, and the 2014 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Fellow.  Dr. Schulz was IEEE PES President in 2012-2013 and spent 12 years on the IEEE PES Governing Board.

 Chanan Singh
 Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Texas A&M University, USA

Chanan Singh is a Regents Professor and Irma Runyon Chair Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA. He served as the Department Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering Texas A&M from 1997 to 2005 and then as an Interim Head from 2012 to 2015. He also served as Program Director at the National Science Foundation of USA and a Guest Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. His research and consulting interests are in the foundational developments and applications of probabilistic methods for planning and operation of electric power grid. He has authored/co-authored around 400 technical papers and four books and has contributed to several books. He has consulted with many major corporations and given short courses nationally and internationally. Dr. Singh was elected a Fellow of the IEEE for “Contributions to Theory and Applications of Quantitative Reliability Methods in Electric Power Systems” in 1991. He is 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 for life long achievements. In 2010, he was the inaugural recipient of the IEEE-PES Roy Billinton Power System Reliability Award. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for “advancement of theory, practice, and education in electric power system reliability”.

 Tarlochan Singh Sidhu

 Dean and Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
 Ontario Tech University, CANADA

Tarlochan S. Sidhu received a B.E (Hons.) degree from Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala, India and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. He has worked for the Regional Computer Center, Chandigarh, India, Punjab State Electricity Board, India and Bell-Northern Research Ltd., Ottawa, ON, Canada. From July 1990 to June 2002, he was with the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, where he served as Professor and Graduate Chairman of the Department. From 2002-2011, he was Professor and Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada. He also held the NSERC/Hydro One Networks Senior Industrial Research Chair in Power Systems Engineering. Effective January 2012, Dr. Sidhu joined the University of Ontario Institute Of Technology, Canada as the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.He has published more than 300 papers in refereed journals and conferences, has delivered many invited talks, short courses, tutorials around the world and has regularly provided consulting to power industries in Canada and abroad. Dr. Sidhu is a well-known international expert in the area of smart grid, substation automation and protection, and micro grids. He has supervised the work to completion of 25 Ph.D., 30 Master’s and 14 post-doctoral fellows.Dr. Sidhu has provided technical leadership as Chair or Member of working groups or sub-committees for international professional organizations such as IEEE Power System Relaying Committee(PSRC) and CIGRE (France). He has been involved in development of international standards and guides in the general area of smart grid and specifically in substation automation. A number of these works have won awards from these organizations and he was given the Distinguished Service Award of IEEE PSRC in 2011. Dr. Sidhu is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Emerging Electric Power Systems published by De Gruyter(Germany). He has served as Editor, IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery (2001-2012), Member of Editorial Board, Electric Power Components and Systems (published by Taylor and Francis), Member of Editorial Board, Electric Power Systems Research (published by Elsevier) and as Member of Editorial Board, IEEE Power Engineering Letters. Dr. Sidhu is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (India), a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (U.K), a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (USA) and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He is also a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario and a Chartered Engineer in the U.K.

 Anurag K. Srivastava

 School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
 Washington State University, USA

Anurag K. Srivastava is an Associate Professor of Electric Power Engineering at Washington State University and the director of the Smart Grid Demonstration and Research Investigation Lab (SGDRIL) within the Energy System Innovation Center (ESIC). He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2005. In past years, he has worked in different capacities at the PEAK RC, Réseau de transport d´électricité in France; RWTH Aachen University in Germany; Idaho National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Lab, PJM Interconnection, Schweitzer Engineering Lab (SEL), GE Grid Solutions, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Mississippi State University in USA; Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in India; as well as at Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand. His research interest includes data driven algorithms for power system operation and control including resiliency analysis. Dr. Srivastava research efforts secured him more than $50M high impact projects resulting in development of tools installed at the utility control center supported by US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, Siemens Corporate Research, Electric Power Research Institute, Schweitzer Engineering Lab, Power System Engineering Research Center, Office of Naval Research and several National Labs. He is a senior member of the IEEE, vice-chair of the IEEE Power & Energy Society’s (PES) PEEC committee, co-chair of the microgrid working group, secretary of power system operation SC, vice-chair of PES voltage stability working group, chair of PES synchro-phasors applications working group, past-chair of the IEEE PES career promotion subcommittee, past-chair of the IEEE PES student activities committee, and past vice-chair of the IEEE synchro-phasor conformity assessment program. He organized NSF sponsored Data analytics workshop for the power grid resiliency in 2018, Siemens sponsored data analytics in the smart grid workshop in 2017, North American Power Symposium in 2014, and IEEE sponsored workshop on Testing and validation of synchro-phasor devices and applications in 2012. Dr. Srivastava is an editor of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, IET Generation, Transmission and Distribution and Elsevier Sustainable Computing. He is an IEEE distinguished lecturer and has delivered 30+ keynotes/ tutorial in more than 15 countries. He is author of more than 300 technical publications including a book on power system security and 3 patents.

  Jignesh Solanki

  Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
  West Virginia University, USA

Dr. J Solanki completed his Ph.D. from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Mississippi State University, USA in 2006. He worked as a Senior Power Systems Engineer III for several years at Open Systems International (OSI) Minneapolis, MN, USA where he designed, developed and implemented several modules in Distribution Management System (DMS), Energy Management System (EMS) and Generation Management System. He is presently working as a Research Assistant Professor at West Virginia University (WVU) where his responsibilities are research, teaching, and  service. He has received over $700K grant from several US public and private funding agencies including  Department of Energy, Department of Defense – Army Research Laboratory, National Science Foundation, Milsoft  Utility Solutions Inc. and American Electric Power. He advised several Masters and PhD students and published  more than fifty peer reviewed journal and conference research papers. He also was a faculty advisor of 4-year  EcoCAR competition amongst 15 different US universities with more than 70 students participating from WVU each  year and brought WVU standing from just participating to 2nd place in May 2018. Dr. Solanki has contributed to the  development of MS Energy System program in the college of engineering at WVU and currently serving as a  committee member of MS Energy System program at the college level. He is also serving as a member of the  faculty council executive committee at the college level which makes recommendations to the Dean on matters  affecting more than one department relating to the faculty and the College. Dr. Solanki has organized the North  American Power Symposium 2017 where more than 300 attendees from 200 organizations and 15 different  countries participated and presented about 250 full papers (now available in IEEE Explore) with exposition of  research and education laboratory from RTDS, Opal-RT, Lucas-Nulle, FESTO, and EDIBON. He  served at IEEE  Power and Energy Society’s PEEC student activities subcommittee and organized student poster competition,  provided student housing to participants, and arranged industry and academic panels for several years. He has  also  served as a panelist, session chairs and judges in several national and international conferences. Also, he is  actively contributing as a reviewer to the National Science Foundation’s ECCS programs and Department of Energy grid programs on multi-million dollar proposals. He has served as a reviewer to several conference proceedings as well as several journals and transactions articles. He has received Multi-Agent working group award from IEEE PES power system analysis, computing, and economics committee in 2008. Also, received national recognition for student technical program for IEEE PES T&D conference committee in 2012 and for serving as a chairman of student activities subcommittee of IEEE PES PEEC in 2018.  Because of his contribution to teaching and advising, departmental promotion and tenure committee nominated him for a college-wide teaching award.

 Mohan Kolhe

 Faculty of Engineering and Science
 University of Agder, Norway

Professor (Dr) Mohan Kolhe is with the University of Agder (Norway) as full professor in electrical power engineering with focus in smart grid and renewable energy in the Faculty of Engineering and Science. He has also received the offer of Hafslund Professorship in Smart Grid from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He has more than three decades’ academic experience at international level on electrical and renewable energy systems. He is a leading renewable energy technologist and has previously held academic positions at the world’s prestigious universities e.g. University College London (UK / Australia), University of Dundee (UK); University of Jyvaskyla (Finland); Hydrogen Research Institute, QC (Canada); etc. He was also a member of the Government of South Australia’s Renewable Energy Board (2009- 2011) and worked on developing renewable energy policies. He was also leading the EU FP7 Smart Grid-ICT project ‘Scalable Energy Management Infrastructure for Household’ as Technical Manager (2014-2017). His academic work ranges within the smart grid area considering grid integration of renewable energy systems, home energy management system, demand side management and energy efficiency, as well as power system dynamics with renewable energy systems, energy storage. He is also working on energy transitions through hydrogen as an energy carrier and demonstrated the integrated renewable energy systems for hydrogen production. He is also working on energy policies, techno-economics and business models of energy systems, and education for sustainable development. He has widespread teaching track record in renewable and electrical energy systems engineering as well as in energy economics. He has been successful in winning the competitive research funding from the prestigious research councils (e.g. Norwegian Research Council, EU, EPSRC, BBSRC, NRP, etc.) for his work on sustainable energy systems. He has published extensively in the energy systems engineering. He has been invited by many international organizations for delivering expert lectures / courses / key note addresses / workshops. He has also been member of many academic promotional committees, as well as expert member of many international research councils.

 Sarika Khushalani Solanki

 Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
 West Virginia University, USA

Sarika Khushalani Solanki received Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS, USA in 2006. She is currently an Associate Professor in Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. Prior to that, she worked for Open Systems International Inc, Minneapolis, MN as a Senior Engineer. Her research interests are smart grid, power distribution systems, computer applications in power systems analysis and power systems control. She has been a panelist for National Science Foundation and Department of Energy and has organized panels and made presentations at leading international conferences. She is a senior member of Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers where she holds the positions of editor Transactions in Smart Grid, past-chair Career Promotion and Workforce Development subcommittee, chair-Distribution Systems Analysis subcommittee and member of Society of Women Engineers. She is Honda Fellowship and NSF CAREER award recipient.