Keynote Speakers

Prof. Sukumar Brahma, IEEE Fellow
Clemson University, USA

Sukumar Brahma received his Bachelor of Engineering from Gujarat University in 1989, Master of Technology from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1997, and PhD in from Clemson University in 2003; all in Electrical Engineering. He joined Clemson university as the Dominion Energy Distinguished Professor of Power Engineering in August 2018. He also serves as the director of the industry-funded Clemson University Electric Power Research Association (CUEPRA). Before joining Clemson he was William Kersting Endowed Chair Professor at New Mexico State University, USA. Dr. Brahma has chaired IEEE Power and Energy Society's Power and Energy Education Committee, Life Long Learning Subcommittee and Distribution System Analysis Subcommittee. He is a member of the Power System Relaying and Control Committee (PSRCC), where he has been contributing to and leading working groups that produce reports, guides and standards in the area of power system protection. He has been an editor for IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, and served as Guest Editor-in-Chief for the Special Issue on Frontiers of Power System Protection for the journal. His research, widely published and funded by the National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy, utilities, and other government agencies has focused on different aspects of power system modeling, analysis, and protection. Fundamentally, it spans across diverse areas of electrical engineering and computer science, integrating signal processing, machine learning, control and communication to holistically approach the emerging problems in the power and energy domain. Current research, funded by the US Department of Energy, investigates and addresses protection and fault location issues in integration of renewables with power systems and develops new paradigms in protection of smart grid, at both transmission and distribution levels.

Dr. Brahma is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE. He was elected IEEE Fellow "for contributions to power system protection with distributed and renewable generation”.

Prof. Weerakorn Ongsakul
IEEE PES Thailand Chapter
Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand

Prof. Dr. Weerakorn Ongsakul, CFA, ERP obtained B.Eng. (Electrical Eng.) in 1988 from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand; M.S. and Ph.D. (Electrical Eng.) from Texas A&M University, USA in 1991 and 1994, respectively. He is currently a Full Professor of Energy, Dept of Energy, Environment and Climate Change Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). He served as a Dean of School of Environment, Resources and Development, AIT from September 2009 to June 2013.  His research encompasses the areas of Intelligent System Applications to Energy Systems, Power System Restructuring and Deregulation, and Energy Risk & Financial Risk Management. He has conducted national and international sponsored projects with a combined funding of US$30 million. Based on his research work, he has published more than 250 international refereed journal articles and conference proceedings papers. He is currently serving as Executive Director of Bangchak Innitiative and Innovation Center@AIT (BIIC@AIT), Secretary General of the Greater Mekong Subregion Academic and Research Network (GMSARN), Editor-in-Chief of GMSARN International Journal (Indexed by SCOPUS). He co-authored one book entitled Artificial Intelligence in Power System Optimization, CRC Press/Taylor & Francis in March 2013. He also received a number of national & international awards and recognitions which include amongst others, the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand (Fifth Class) in 2008, the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant (Fifth Class) in 2010, and the Royal Decoration on Companion (Seventh Class) of the Most Admirable Order of the Direkgunakorn bestowed by H.M. the King of Thailand in 2011, and Outstanding Engineer Award (OEA) 2019, IEEE PES Thailand Chapter, IEEE Power and Energy Society, USA. In addition, he has been a CFA Charterholder since Sept 2017and Certified Energy Risk Professional since March 2019.

Prof. Zhen Yang
Tsinghua University, China

Dr. Zhen Yang is an associate professor at Department of Energy and Power Engineering, Tsinghua University. He received his B.E. and Ph.D. degrees in Power Engineering and Engineering Thermophysics from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 2002 and 2007, respectively. He was a post doctor at School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA during 2008-2010. He joined Tsinghua University in 2010. His research interest includes Thermophysical properties of fluids, Thermal Energy Storage, Solar Thermal Power System, Boiling & Condensation, Flow and Heat Transfer in Porous Materials. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in leading international journals, including Applied Energy, Energy Conversion and Management, Energy, etc. He was the Keynote Speakers at 2012 Annual Conference of Heat and Mass Transfer of China Society of Engineering Thermophysics, the 6th International conference on cooling and heating technologies (2012), the 12th Asia Thermophysical Properties Conference (2019), Heat and Mass Transfer Academic Conference of China Society of Engineering Thermophysics (2019), International Conference and Expo on Nanotechnology & Nanomaterials (2019). He served as the Session Chairs of the 16th International Heat Transfer Conference (2018) and 12th Asia Thermophysical Properties Conference (2019). He served as the Technical Member of the 5th International Conference on Renewable Energy Technologies (2019) and the Scientific Committee Member of the 7th International Symposium on Micro and Nano Technology (2019), the 4th IEEE International Conference on Green Energy and Applications (2020), 2020 International Conference on Energy, Material Science and Environment Engineering, and the 6th International Conference on Renewable Energy Technologies (2020).

Prof. Danny Sutanto,
University of Wollongong, Australia

Danny Sutanto received his B.Eng. and Ph.D. from the University of Western Australia in 1978 and 1981 respectively. Following his graduation he joined GEC Projects, Australia as a Power System Analyst. In 1982 he joined the School of Electrical Engineering at the University of New South Wales. In 1996 he joined the Hong Kong Polytechnic University as a Professor in Electrical Engineering. In 2006, he joined the School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Wollongong as the Professor of Power Engineering.
His main areas of research are power system analysis, power system economics, voltage stability, harmonics, power electronics and computer aided education. He has published numerous papers in the areas of electromagnetic transient analysis, power system analysis, voltage instability, design of harmonic filters, FACTS, Battery Energy Storage Systems, computer aided teaching systems, power system expansion planning, electrical machines and power electronics, in total over 170 papers.
He was awarded the N. Svennson's Award for Teaching Excellence in the Faculty of Engineering in 1994. In 2000, he was awarded the HK Polytechnic University President's Award for Outstanding Performance in Teaching. He has extensive consultancy experience both in Australia and Hong Kong covering areas such as power system planning, fault analysis and harmonic filter design. While at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, he received grants from the RGC, Learning and Teaching Development Committee (LTDC), British Council, various research studentship and grants from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University totalling more than HK$15 million. He was appointed as the Regional Representative of the Power Engineering Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Electronic) for Region 10, Asia -Pacific from 2001-2004. He has been invited to be the members of International Advisory Board for several international conferences. He is also a member of the International Editorial Advisory panel of the International Journal "Electric Power Systems Research".