Speakers

Frank Lambert, IEEE PES Vice-President for Chapters

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Frank C. Lambert (S’70-M’73-SM’87) serves as the Associate Director of the National Electric Energy Testing Research and Applications Center (NEETRAC) at Georgia Tech (Atlanta). He is responsible for interfacing with NEETRAC’s members to develop and conduct research projects dealing with transmission and distribution issues. Mr. Lambert previously worked at Georgia Power Company for 22 years in transmission / distribution system design, construction, operation, maintenance and automation. He participates in the IEEE PES Switchgear Committee and Distribution Subcommittee and is serving as the Vice President for Chapters for PES. Mr. Lambert holds a Bachelors and M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

 

 


Meliha B. Selak

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Meliha B. Selak is a Power System Protection & Control Planning Specialist Engineer, who is recently retired from BC Hydro – one of the largest Utilities in North America. She has an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Sarajevo and has over 35 years of experience in various aspects of power systems engineering including power system protection, research & development (R&D), project management and consulting on international projects; creation of computer programs for power system modeling validation and design of special protection schemes and power system emergency controls; assessment of interconnection requirements of numerous distributed and transmission connected Independent Power Producers (IPP). Prior to joining BC Hydro in 2000, she worked as a research engineer in the Power System Group at the University of British Columbia on Real-Time Power System Simulator (EMTP) and Energoinvest Corporation from Sarajevo. She has written numerous technical reports and papers on the power system subjects and she is also a paper reviewer. She has been invited keynote speaker and panelist at numerous technical conferences and symposiums. Meliha is a distinguished lecturer of IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer Program (DLP) and a registered professional engineer in the Province of British Columbia, Canada. Also, she was a member of the Power System Relay Committee (PSRC), working on IEEE guide for “Protective Relaying of Utility-Consumer Interconnections”. Meliha is a member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) and she was serving on the PES Governing Board as the Vice President for Chapters for 5 years. Currently she is PES Long Range Planning (LRP) committees’ member. Meliha received numerous awards for her service to British Columbia’s Power and Energy community through her leadership role in IEEE Vancouver Section. She is a recipient of the 2010 IEEE Canada Award in recognition of dedicated and distinguished service to the profession”; and 2012 IEEE PES Vancouver Outstanding Engineer Award for “Contribution to the Engineering Profession at Local and Global level”.


Azah Mohamed

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Prof. Dr. Azah Mohamed obtained her BSc (Hons) Electronic and Electrical Engineering from King’s College, University of London in 1978, MSc and PhD in Electrical Power Engineering from University of Malaya in 1988 and 1995, respectively. She joined UKM as a tutor in 1985 and became a lecturer at the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Systems Engineering in 1988. Prior to the academic post in UKM she was with Jabatan Telekom Malaysia for five years (1981-1985). She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1996 and a full Professor in 2004. She has been actively involved with IEEE in which she was the Secretary of IEEE Power Engineering Society Malaysia Chapter (2001), Vice-Chair PES Malaysia Chapter (2002- 2003), Committee Member IEEE Malaysia Section (2001-2002), and organizing committee member of four IEEE Malaysia Section Dinners. She held the Publicity and Publication portfolio for the Section in 2001 until 2003 and responsible for the publication of the newsletter and the Malaysia Section Website. She was the Chair of PES Malaysia Chapter for 2004-2005


Mohd Zainal Abidin Ab Kadir

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Prof. Ir. Dr. Mohd Zainal received his B.Eng. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Universiti Putra Malaysia and Ph.D. degree in High Voltage Engineering from the University of Manchester, U.K in 2001 and 2006, respectively. Currently, he is the Deputy Dean (Research & Innovation) and Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia. He is also the Director at the Centre for Electromagnetic and Lightning Protection Research (CELP), Universiti Putra Malaysia. He is a member of IET, IEM, CIGRE and a Senior Member of IEEE. He is the recipient of the Vice Chancellor Fellowship Award (Young Scientist) 2011, Young Scientist Network (YSN-ASM) 2012, Top Research Scientist Malaysia (TRSM) 2014, Anugerah Tokoh Jasa Gemilang 2015 (contributions to the school’s development activities), Tokoh Anak Muda Kelantan (Akademik) 2015 and the nominee for 2015 APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE Prize). On a high note, Professor Zainal is recently selected and listed as the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Distinguished Lecturer.


Zuhaina Zakaria

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Assoc. Prof. Zuhaina Zakaria received B.Eng Degree in Electrical Engineering from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 1989, MSc Degree from Napier University, Edinburgh, UK in 1997 and PhD in Power System from University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK in 2005. She is an associate professor in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, (UiTM). She is also a senior member of IEEE and the current chair for IEEE Malaysia Section. Dr. Zuhaina joined IEEE since 1999 and has served as an office-bearer in IEEE Malaysia Section as follows: Exco-Member (Student Activities) in year 2000/2001, 2005/2006, 2007/2008, Treasurer in year 2008-2009, Secretary in year 2010, 2012-2013 and Student Counselor, IEEE UiTM Student Branch n year 2005-2007. In IEEE Power and Engineering (PES) Malaysia Chapter, she was appointed as committee member, treasurer from 2005-2007, Vice chair from 2013-2014 and finally the current chair for PES Malaysia. Dr. Zuhaina has also been appointed as the Chapter Representative for R10 PES. She is also the founder for IEEE Malaysia Section-Women in Engineering Affinity Group which was formed in July 2007. She received recognition of IEEE Malaysia Section Outstanding Volunteer Award for 2010.


Ali Askar Sher Mohamad

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Dato’ Ir. Dr Ali Askar Sher Mohamad graduated with a BSc (Electrical Engineering) from Purdue University, West Lafayette, and a Masters in Power Engineering from UNSW, Sydney. He completed his PhD at UNITEN on the technical impact of connecting large scale solar PV plants to the utility network. He has served the Malaysian power utility TNB in various engineering and management positions. He taught at UNITEN from 2009 to 2011, teaching renewable energy and power systems subjects, while acting as a consultant to carry out Power System Studies for Grid connection and Feasibility Studies for various renewable energy plants. During this time, he was also appointed as the Technical Advisor to the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water on RE grid connection issues and related legislation. In November 2011, he was appointed the first Chief Operating Officer of the newly set up Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) Malaysia. On 31st March 2016 he ended his service as COO of SEDA and is presently the MD of Sher Engineering & Consultancy Sdn Bhd, an engineering consultancy practice focusing on renewable energy projects, especially Grid connection. Dato’ Ir. Dr Ali is a Council Member of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM), member of the Publication committee of the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) and panel member of the Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC).


Danijel Topić

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Danijel Topić serves as the assistant professor at Department for Power Engineering of Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Information Technology in Osijek, Croatia. He graduated in October 2008 and obtained degree of Master of Electrical Engineer, study programme in Power Systems Engineering. He received his doctorate in April 2014. PhD thesis: Enhanced simulation prediction model for wind power plant power generation. Since December 1st 2008 he has been employed as a research assistant at the Department for Power System Engineering at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Osijek. His research areas include power generation system, reliability, renewable energy sources and energy efficiency. He was research expert at several national and international scientific projects (IPA UNIREG IMPULSE in the area of the RES, Bilateral project of Croatia and Serbia in the area of RES, Regphosys IPA Croatia – Hungary). Since February 2015, he serves as an IEEE Power and Energy Society Student Chapters Coordinator. As author/co-author he published 3 books and more than 20 scientific papers.