Professor SAIFUR RAHMAN Professor Saifur Rahman is the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute (www.ari.vt.edu) at Virginia Tech, USA where he is the Joseph R. Loring professor of electrical and computer engineering. He also directs the Center for Energy and the Global Environment (www.ceage.vt.edu). He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE Millennium Medal winner. He is the president of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) for 2018 and 2019. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Electrification Magazine and the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. He has published over 140 journal papers and has made over four hundred conference and invited presentations. In 2006 he served on the IEEE Board of Directors as the vice president for publications. He is a distinguished lecturer for the IEEE Power & Energy Society and has lectured on renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, electric power system operation and planning, etc. in over 30 countries. He is the founder of BEM Controls, LLC, a Virginia (USA)-based software company providing building energy management solutions. He served as the chair of the US National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering from 2010 to 2013. He has conducted several energy efficiency related projects for Duke Energy, Tokyo Electric Power Company, the US Department of Defense, the State of Virginia and the US Department of Energy.
Professor YONGHUA SONGProfessor Yonghua Song has been serving as the ninth Rector of the University of Macau since January 9, 2018. Professor Song has held a number of leadership positions at British and Chinese universities and has rich experience in higher education management at a senior level. He has been actively promoting internationalization and institutional cooperation and is particularly familiar with the development and operational models of higher education institutions in Europe, the United States and Asia.
Professor Song received his B.Eng. and Ph.D. from Chengdu University of Science and Technology (now Sichuan University) and the China Electric Power Research Institute in 1984 and 1989 respectively. In 2002, he was awarded DSc by Brunel University for his outstanding contributions to power system research and knowledge. In 2014, he was awarded Honorary DEng by Bath University. From 1991 to 1996, he held various teaching and research positions at Bristol University, Bath University and John Moores University in the UK. In 1997, Professor Song was appointed Professor of Power Systems at Brunel University, making him the youngest engineering professor in the UK at the time. He was also the Royal Academy of Engineering/Nuclear Electric/Siemens Chair of Power Systems. In 2004, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and was also appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Graduate Studies at Brunel University. He was the first-ever Chinese scholar who assumed a senior management position of higher education in the UK. In 2007, he took up a Pro-Vice Chancellorship and Professorship of Electrical Engineering at the University of Liverpool, holding the Executive President position at Xi’an Jiaotong – Liverpool University in Suzhou, China.
In 2009, Professor Song was invited to return to China as a Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering of Tsinghua University and was appointed Assistant President in the same year. He was also the Director of Chinese National Office of the Recruitment Program of Global Experts. From November 2012 to December 2017, Professor Song served as Executive Vice President of Zhejiang University, the Founding Dean of International Campus and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Higher Education of Zhejiang University. He played an active role in promoting globalization, planning of university development and facilitating the recruitment of top young talents at Zhejiang University. Professor Song is also serving as the Vice President of the Chinese Society of Educational Development Strategy (CSEDS) and the Chairman of the International Education Committee, where he focuses on promoting and formulating education development strategies, education planning, as well as conducting research and giving advice on major policy-making.
Professor Song has long been engaged in electrical power system research. He enjoys an international reputation in areas such as energy, information and control engineering. His research and expertise have promoted the development of the electric power industry. Professor Song was elected a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK) in 2004, and an IEEE fellow in 2007. He is also a fellow of International Euro-Asia Academy of Sciences, IET Fellow, Vice President of Chinese Society for Electrical Engineering (CSEE), Vice President of Chinese Electrotechnical Society, and an expert in the World Bank Energy Program for Romania Power and for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) aided project for Chinese Power Industry Reform. Professor Song also has an early connection with Macao as he has been appointed as Advisor of Science and Technology Committee of the Macao SAR Government since 2002.
TONY WOODTony Wood has led the Grattan Institute’s Energy Program since mid-2011. Since then he and his team have delivered sixteen major reports on energy and climate change and he has developed a strong profile with governments and industry and is a regular contributor in major media on key energy issues. From 2009 until mid-2014, he also had a role as Program Director of Clean Energy Projects at the Clinton Foundation, advising governments in the Asia-Pacific region on effective deployment of large-scale, low-emission energy technologies such as solar and CCS.
Prior to these roles, he spent 14 years working at Origin Energy in senior executive roles covering retail and LPG line management and corporate affairs. In 2008, he was seconded to provide an industry perspective to the first Garnaut review. In January 2018 Tony was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his significant service to conservation and the environment, particularly in the areas of energy policy, climate change and sustainability.
Professor FELIX WUFelix Wu is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) and the University of Hong Kong (HKU). He joined the faculty in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UCB in 1974, where he was promoted to Full Professor in 1982, and served at HKU as Pro Vice Chancellor (Vice President, 1997-2000), Philip Wong Wilson Wong Professor of Electrical Engineering (2001-11) and Distinguished Visiting Professor in Clean Energy and Environment (2011-14). He is a Fellow of IEEE for “contributions to the development of theory and computation methods for power system planning and operation”.
He was the TEPCO Chair of “Frontier Technology for the Future Electric Energy System” in 1991 and held visiting professorship at Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH-Zurich), University of Tokyo, University of Cassino (Italy), Tsinghua University and many other universities. He served as a consultant to a number of industry and government agencies including Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Electric Power Research Institute (USA), Chinese Electric Power Research Institute, ABB-Systems Control, Starcraft Norway, Iberdrola Spain, Executive Council of Abu Dhabi, Asian Development Bank, etc. He served on the Smart Grid Advisory Panel of CLP Power (2011-14) and the Committee of Experts of China Southern Grid (2011-17). Professor Wu also served as a Board Member of Shantou University (2000-03), Trustee of Croucher Foundation (2003-10), and Advisor to the President of Tianjin University (2015-18).
Professor Wu received his BS degree from National Taiwan University, MSc degree from University of Pittsburgh and PhD degree from University of California, Berkeley.
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