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WiP Founder – Dr. Shay Bahramirad

Vice President
Engineering and Smart Grid
ComEd (Oakbrook Terrace, IL)

Dr. Shay Bahramirad, IEEE VP New Initiatives, the VP of Engineering and Smart Grid, serves as a strategic business leader in Commonwealth Edison, the electric Utility in Illinois, working on the transformation to the 21st century power grid and the new energy economy. Her major responsibilities include leading Smart Grid organization across ComEd to develop the vision, business models, and investment strategy of the grid of the future initiatives such as merging technologies, microgrids and smart city deployments as well as leading the design and architecture of distribution system planning and DER interconnection. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, teaching Microgrids, Elements of Sustainable Energy, and Smart Grid.

Dr. Bahramirad holds multiple advanced degrees, including a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She is the Chair of the board of IEEE PES Women in Power, Editorial Board Member of Electricity Journal, Editor in Chief of P1854 Smart Distribution Application Guide.


Dr. Ruomei LI

WiP PES Chair

Dr. Ruomei LI reveived her Ph.D. from University of Bath, UK, in 2000; M.E. from CEPRI in 1989; and B.E. from Hefei University of Technology, China, in 1982. During 1994~1995, Ruomei studied in UMIST, UK, upon Lee Kai Hueng Fellowship Foundation. She started her career of electrical engineering from the center of AnHui electric power dispatching (1982-1986). She has been doing research and project management in China electric power research institute (1989~1994, 2000~2004), engaged in long-term planning, system simulation and analysis, operation control and power electronics. Since 2004, she has served as deputy secretary-general, secretary-general (2004~2013) of the Chinese Society of Electrical Engineering (CSEE). During her term, she has specially promoted and enhanced international communication and cooperation.

Dr. Ruomei LI is now on the Board of Supervisors of CWAST (China Women’s Association for Science and Technology), Steering Committee of CHINA IGBT Technology Innovation and Industry Alliance.


Sainab Taiwo Ninalowo

Former WiP PES Chair

sainab-ninalowo-photoSainab Ninalowo is an Engineer in the Capacity Planning group at ComEd. ComEd is an energy delivery subsidiary of Exelon Corporation and one of the largest utilities in the United States, providing service to approximately 3.8 million customers across northern Illinois. Prior to this, she was in the Smart Grid and Technology group which was charged with developing and implementing innovative technologies and business models for advancing the electric grid. Sainab also drives innovation and collaboration at ComEd as ComEd’s regional innovation ambassador, and sits on the new idea review board.

Sainab was the FY16 VP of Outreach for the Society of Women Engineers- Chicago Regional Section, where she oversaw the high school, elementary, scholarship, and collegiate outreach programs. Sainab graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Bradley University in 2012, and she is currently pursuing an MBA degree in Finance from DePaul University in Chicago. Sainab loves outdoor activities such as hiking, camping and photographing the life around her.


Darcy Lenden Immerman

Senior Vice President

daDarcy Immerman is Senior Vice President, Resiliency for AECOM (NYSE: ACM), a $18 billion, Fortune 500,  global provider of professional technical and management support services. In this position, Ms. Immerman collaborates with clients to develop resilience plans and implement strategies that protect even the most vulnerable in our population from man-made and climate-related threats by integrating climate adaptation with cyber security, capital asset management and economic development.

Darcy has recently been executive sponsor for a number of post-Superstorm Sandy projects including the Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency Project (BIG U 2), the Meadowlands and New Jersey Transit Grid Distributed Generation. She works with cities, municipalities and utilities to become more resilient, recover from shocks and stresses and manage risk.

Her previous position at AECOM was overseeing energy and power services and policies for U.S. government projects globally.  With more than 12 years of experience at AECOM and nearly 30 years of experience managing an energy services business, Ms. Immerman has been program executive for more than $1 billion in infrastructure improvement projects. Ms. Immerman is married to Dr. Stephen D. Immerman, the President of the Montserrat College of Art and they reside in Salem, MA.


Jackie M. Peer

SEL University

Jackie M. Peer earned a BSEE from Washington State University and currently serves at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories as the director of SEL University.

In 1996, Peer joined SEL as an application engineer and since then has held a variety of positions, including R&D management of distribution engineering for relays and controls, time and communications products, and LAN products. She has led technical marketing functions, served as regional sales and service director for the West region of the U.S., and as the director of SEL’s Modern Solutions Power Systems Conference.

Peer is a senior member of IEEE and the Society of Women Engineers, and a member of IEEE PES (Power Engineering Society), IEEE Women in Engineering (WiE), IEEE Women in Power (WiP), and the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). She has written several papers covering workforce-related issues in the electric power industry and has presented at numerous industry events and conferences on this topic and on education and training within the industry.

An advocate for ensuring a well-educated industry workforce, Peer is involved at the national and regional levels with the IEEE Scholarship Plus Initiative™ whose purpose is increasing the supply of well-qualified, entry-level engineers to the power and energy industry. In addition, she serves on the Executive Board and Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lewis Clark Valley, serving over 5,000 area youth.

In 2014, Peer received The Manufacturing Institute’s Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Award, which recognizes women in those four disciplines who have made significant achievements in manufacturing.

Dr. Jessica Bian

Vice President
Grid Services
Grid-X Partners

Dr. Jessica Bian is a visionary leader and architect. She has spearheaded electric industry’s reliability metrics and grid risk assessment. Currently she is the Vice President of Grid Services at Grid-X Partners.  Before that, she was with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington, DC. Previously, she was the Director of Performance Analysis at North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) in Atlanta, Georgia. Under her leadership, a total of 18 industry-wide reliability indicators were established to determine grid reliability, adequacy, and associated risks.  She is widely recognized as a pioneer and trusted world leader in the field.

Before joining NERC, Dr. Bian was with PJM, ERCOT and Westinghouse Electric.  She earned her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Tulane University and published over 70 articles. She volunteers at the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES); was the Society Secretary from 2016 to 2019.  She is the PES President-Elect for 2020-2021.


Dr. Lina Li

Associate Professor
Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics
Harvard University

Na Li is a Thomas D. Cabot associate professor in Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University.  She received her Bachelor degree in Mathematics from Zhejiang University in 2007 and Ph.D. degree in Control and Dynamical systems from California Institute of Technology in 2013.

She was a postdoctoral associate of the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems at Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2013-2014. She has joined Harvard University since 2014. Her research lies in distributed optimization and control of cyber-physical networked systems. She received NSF career award (2016) and AFSOR Young Investigator Award (2017), Harvard Climate Change Solution Fund, Harvard PSE Accelerator Award, 2011 CDC Best Student Paper Award finalist (as a student author) and 2018 CCTA best student paper award finalist (as an adviser).


Michelle M. Blaise

Senior Vice President
Technical Services
ComEd (Oakbrook Terrace, IL)

Michelle Blaise, senior vice president of Technical Services, is responsible for Engineering, Project Management and Smart Grid & Technology for ComEd. Prior to her role as senior vice president of Technical Services, Blaise served as vice president of Engineering and Project Management and oversaw maintenance, reliability, and capacity planning. She was Dalso responsible for planning and execution of transmission and substation projects as well as execution of Energy Infrastructure Modernization (EIMA) program.

Blaise has held a variety of positions with increasing responsibilities in customer operations, strategic planning, distribution operations and engineering including manager of Construction and Maintenance, Manager of Strategic Planning, and Manager of Business Planning. Blaise serves as a member of the board of directors for the Women’s Business Development Center and on the board of trustees of the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Blaise holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and a Master’s in Business Administration from DePaul University.


Dr. Sarah Rönnberg

Assistant Professor
Luleå University of Technology
Skellefteå, Sweden

Processed with VSCO with kk1 presetDr. Sarah Rönnberg is an Assistant Professor with Luleå University of Technology, Skellefteå, Sweden, from where she has contributed to research in power quality and is a leading researcher on the emerging field of supraharmonics. She is secretary of CIGRE working groups C4.24 and C4/C6.29, and is an active member of several other CIGRE and IEEE working groups. She received a Ph.D. in Electric Power Engineering from Luleå University of Technology in 2013.

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