Eminent Speakers

Eminent Speakers

Speakers play an important role in disseminating the latest trends and latest technologies related to technology development. Keeping in line with the IEEE policy of providing an opportunity to researchers, academicians and industry professionals for listening to knowledgeable speakers having vast experience in their area of expertise, we at PIICON 2018 have lined up some of the best speakers in power and energy sector.


Mr. Sanjeev Mehra

Mr. Sanjeev Mehra

Managing Director – Tata Power Trading Company Ltd.


BIOGRAPHY

Mr. Sanjeev Mehra is the Managing Director at Tata Power Trading Company Ltd. and has been leading the company since September 2011. Mr. Mehra has vast experience of the power sector, spanning more than 35 years, in generation, transmission and power trading. He had been the Chairman on the Boards of Walwhan Wind RJ Limited, WalwhanUrjaAnjar Limited and Solarsys Renewable Energy Private Limited. He also had been a Director on the Board of Powerlinks Transmission Ltd. (A Joint Venture between the Tata Power Company Limited and Power Grid Corporation of India Limited). He is a Chairman on Board of Dugar Hydro Power Ltd (A Joint Venture between the Tata Power Company Limited and Statkraft of Norway). Mr. Mehra is a part of IIT Kanpur Advisory Committee of the Energy Analytics Lab (EAL). He is regularly invited by Government of Norway to Embassy/Norway as Indian Power Sector Expert. He is sought after Speaker/Panelist in various National and International Conferences/Workshops like Integrated Research and Action for Development (IRADe) /USAID, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Administrative Staff College of India (ASCII), Indian Energy Exchange Limited (IEX), Power Exchange India Limited (PXIL), IIT Kanpur, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Haryana Central University etc. Mr. Mehra holds a degree in B.Tech. (Electrical Engineering) and P.G. Diploma in Business Administration. He started his career in NTPC as an Executive Trainee in the Electrical Design Department. Thereafter, he joined the Commercial department of Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. When trading of power was conceived and PTC India Limited was formed, Mr. Mehra joined PTC India Ltd, where he was part of the core team responsible for its conception and development. He has taken various challenges in his previous assignments and worked in the areas of fixation of transmission tariff, entering into bulk power transmission agreement/PPAs with SEBs; Electrical design of Thermal Power Plants. He has been a key figure in shaping power trading in India. He has also studied the Turkish and Georgian market for a Tata Power Hydro project in Georgia. He advises Tata Power in its various power market related issues both for national and international ventures. He was also instrumenting in starting the first cross-border merchant power sale between Bhutan and India. He is also actively involved in policy advocacy on Power Market aspect. He was also a participant at Tata Group Strategic Leadership Seminar, apex training programme, conducted by Harvard Business School.


Mr. Sanjeev Mehra

Prof. DwarkadasPralhaddas Kothari

Former Director, IIT Delhi


TITLE

Energy & Environmental Problems Facing the Third World and Their Probable Solutions using Soft Computing Techniques for Sustainable Development

BIOGRAPHY

Prof. D. P. Kothari obtained his BE (Electrical) in 1967, ME (Power Systems) in 1969 and Ph.D. in 1975 from BITS, Pilani, Rajasthan. From 1969 to 1977, he was involved in teaching and development of several courses at BITS Pilani. Earlier Dr. Kothari served as Vice Chancellor, VIT, Vellore, Director in-charge and Deputy Director (Administration) as well as Head in the Centre of Energy Studies at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and as Principal, VRCE, Nagpur. He was visiting professor at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, during 1982-83 and 1989, for two years. He was also NSF Fellow at Perdue University, USA in 1992. He also taught at Melbourne University Australia for one semester in 1989.

Prof. Kothari, who is a recipient of the most Active Researcher Award, has published and presented 812 research papers in various national as well as international journals, conferences, guided 50 Ph.D scholars and 68 M. Tech students, and authored 50 books in various areas.
Prof. Kothari is a Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering (FNAE), Fellow of Indian National Academy of Science (FNASc), Fellow of Institution of Engineers (FIE), Fellow IEEE, Hon. Fellow ISTE and Fellow IETE. His many awards include the National Khosla Award for Lifetime Achievements in Engineering (2005) from IIT, Roorkee, UGC National Swami PranavandanaSaraswati Award (2005), Lifetime Achievement Award (2009) by the World Management Congress, New Delhi, Excellent Academic Award at IIT Guwahati by NPSC-2014 and ‘Living Legend’ Award in Chennai Conference 2016. He has received 6 Life Time Achievement awards by various agencies, in last two months. Currently Prof. Kothari is with Wainganga College of Engineering & Management, Nagpur serving as Director Research .He is also chairman board of governors of THDC Institute of Hydropower Engineering and Technology, Tehri


Mr. Sanjeev Mehra

Prof. Bhim Singh

Dean Academics, IIT Delhi


TITLE

Power Quality Improvements in Solar PV Grid Interfaced Systems

BIOGRAPHY

Prof. Bhim Singh received his B.E. (Electrical) from the University of Roorkee, India, in 1977, his M.Tech. (Power Apparatus & Systems) and Ph.D. from the IIT Delhi, India, in 1979 and 1983, respectively. In 1983, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Roorkee (Now IIT Roorkee), as a Lecturer. In 1990, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Delhi, India, as an Assistant Professor, where he has become an Associate Professor in 1994 and a Professor in 1997. He has been ABB Chair Professor from 2007 to 2012. He has also been CEA Chair Professor from 2012 to 2017. He has been HOD of Electrical Engineering at IIT Delhi from 2014 to 2016. Since, 2016, he is the Dean, Academics at IIT Delhi. He is JC Bose Fellow of DST, GOI since 2015. Prof. Singh has guided 74 Ph.D. dissertations, and 166 M.E./M.Tech./M.S.(R) thesis. He has been filed 36 patents. He has executed more than 80 sponsored and consultancy projects. He has co-authored a text book on power quality: Power Quality Problems and Mitigation Techniques published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. 2015. He is a fellow and life member of many national and international technical societies. He is a recipient of Khosla National Research Award of IIT Roorkee (2013), Shri Om Prakash Bhasin Award (2014), IEEE PES NariHingorani Custom Power Award (2017), Faculty Research Award as a Most Outstanding Researcher (2018) and many more.


Mr. Sanjeev Mehra

Prof. Suresh Chandra Srivastava

Professor, Departmentof Electrical Engineering, IIT Kanpur


TITLE

Transforming Electricity Sector through Smart Grid Technology: Few Challenges and Status in India

BIOGRAPHY

Prof. Srivastava received B.Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1976 from Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, and Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. He worked at Engineers India Limited New Delhi, a consultancy organization, during Nov.1976-Nov.1988 in its Project Engineering and Engineering Technology Development divisions. Since November 1988, he is a faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering at IIT Kanpur, where he became ‘Professor’ in Dec. 1995. He also served as Head of Electrical Engineering Department during Jan. 2000 to Dec. 2002, Dean of Research and Development during Jan. 2005 to Jan. 2008, and Deputy Director during Sep. 2011 to Sep. 2014 at IIT Kanpur. During August 2008-July 2009, he was as a ‘Visiting Research Professor’ in the ECE Department at Mississippi State University, USA and also as a Faculty member at Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand during 1996-97. He held ‘P.K. Kelkar Chair Professor’ position, and now holding ‘Ministry of Labour and Employment Chair Professor’ position at IIT Kanpur. He has supervised 27 Ph.D. and 62 Master’s Thesis in the Power Systems area. He has published about 300 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings. His research interests include Power System Stability and Security Analysis, Synchrophasor Applications, Power System Restructuring and AC/DC Microgrid. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), Institution of Engineers (India) & IETE (India), and senior member of the IEEE. He has been serving in the governing council/Board of CPRI, INAE and also member of several expert/advisory committees formed by DST, SERB, Ministry of Power, PGCIL, UPERC and CERC.


Mr. Sanjeev Mehra

Dr. V. K.Sood

Associate Professor, Department of Electrical,Computer and Software Engineering, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada


TITLE

HVDC Transmission – Past, Present and Future.

BIOGRAPHY

Vijay Kumar Sood, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer and Software Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, and a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)-Ontario Power Generation (OPG) Co-Chair in Innovative Design Engineering. In this role, he is responsible for elevating the design engineering level of UOIT’s Electrical Engineering students’ in their final year Capstone Projects. While all eyes are on the evolution of smart grid technology, Dr. Sood’s research agenda focuses on the integration of renewable energy and automation into an advanced smart grid power system which will have implications for the batteries of electric vehicles and other energy storage devices.

He has been transforming the global electrical power landscape for nearly 40 years. In 1976, he joined IREQ, Hydro Québec, where he spearheaded the development of high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission systems. The earliest three-terminal, 2000 megawatt (MW) link was capable of sending power from James Bay, Québec to Boston, Massachusetts, making it the world’s longest and most powerful HVDC transmission line. Since then he has authored two books based on HVDC technology which have served as a pinnacle moment in his esteemed career. During his last 13 years in industry, he concurrently served as a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Concordia University in Montréal before joining UOIT in 2007. For his key contributions, Dr. Sood has been appointed a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the Canadian Academy of Engineers. He is also a registered professional engineer in Ontario.

Born in India and raised in Kenya, Dr. Sood’s keen interest in high power applications stems from his appreciation for the value of electricity in creating jobs and contributing to societal growth. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Nairobi University in Kenya in 1967, earned his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Strathclyde University in Scotland in 1969, and received his Doctorate in Power Electronics from Bradford University in England in 1977.


Mr. Sanjeev Mehra

Dr. C. C. Reddy

Associate Professor – Department of Electrical Engineering Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar


TITLE

Charges in Solid Dielectrics – Influence on Electric Fields

BIOGRAPHY

After his ME & PhD from Indian Institute of Science, Dr. Reddy has joined, J-Power Systems Corporation, Hitachi, Japan, and served as a Senior R&D Engineer in its Ultra High Voltage (UHV) research lab (one of the world’s few UHV Laboratories) for about four years. Dr. Reddy had participated in academic-industry collaborative research in Japan with several universities of Japan (Toyohashi University; Waseda University; Tokyo City University; Numazu Institute of Technology, etc.). He had also participated in the deliberations of technical standards committee on Space Charge Measurements in dielectric materials. Dr. Reddy has published papers in reputed journals and conferences (IEEE/IET/IEEJ), in the fields of Nano-dielectrics, Power Cables (HVDC/AC), Power Transformers, Bushings; Mechanism of Breakdown, Space Charges and Conduction in dielectric materials. He had also co-authored a book with Prof. Ramu (retired) of IISc after his Doctoral Degree. Currently he is working as an Associate Professor in the Electrical Department, IIT Ropar, since 2011.