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In Memoriam – Lisien León

In memory of Lisien Leon, (1995-2023),an amazing woman, volunteer, professional and friend, a warm and gentle soul. We are always missing you. Your will stay in our hearts, forever.

We are sad to share that Lisien León, Chair of IEEE PES Women in Power (WiP) has passed away.

Lisien was a much-loved member of the Peru Section and the Latin American region. The PES community sends its condolences to her parents, family, and friends.


 

Lisien Leon (1995-2023)x had a BSc in electrical engineering from the “National University of Engineering-Universidad Nacional de Ingeniera” in Peru. She was working in the Business Development area to introduce green mobility and other solutions made to measure that include smart, energy-efficient equipment powered by carbon-free energy. She was the current Chair of Women in Power 2022–2023. She was an active IEEE volunteer since 2016 and had held leadership positions such as Chair WiE and Secretary PES at her university. She was recognized as the outstanding volunteer in 2017 by the Perú Section. Then she became a professional. She was Chair Membership Development and Secretary PES for the IEEE Peru Section where she always stood out for being an outstanding volunteer. During this time, she mainly organized educational activities according to WiP objectives and to promote gender equality. She was a speaker at different kinds of events, such as “Reunión Nacional de Ramas Estudiantiles-National Meeting of Student Branches Peru” and participated in webinars and meetings to explain the mission and vision of WIE to new students and encourage them to open a WIE in their respective universities. She was interested in energy solutions friendly to the environment for consumers and wanted to work on the 7th Sustainable Development Goal: Affordable and Clean Energy with IEEE SIGHT.

Lisien leonLisien was an inspiring volunteer inside IEEE, WIE, PES and Women in Power. She participated as a speaker in many activities throughout her IEEE volunteering, which she wanted to highlight the women’s roles in engineering. Inside Women in Power she was R9 Representative (2020) and Vice Chair (2021). She was the youngest chair selected of Women in Power (2022-2023) and promoter of many initiatives. Lisien was the founder of the WIP Mentoring Program in R9 in 2020 and participated in the organization of the fist and second version of the program. She continued to promote Women in Power Day, for which the fourth version was held in R9 in 2021 and the first version worldwide was commemorated in 2022. She coordinated the first Women in Power Global Summit in 2021 with a worldwide audience.

In memory of Lisien Leon, (1995-2023),an amazing woman, volunteer, professional and friend, a warm and gentle soul. We are always missing you. You will stay in our hearts, forever.


 

So there are some activities descriptions where she participated as a volunteer and leader and some awards:

  • PES R9 Chapter Leaders Meeting in CONCAPAN, where she was speaker and shared all the work done with Women in Power and invited the assistant chairs to involve it in those activities. The CONCAPAN was held 8th to 11th November (2022).
  • (Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería) Inspirate Girl Interview 2020. She gave an inspirational interview telling her story as an Engineer and volunteer.
  • Workshop Women in Power Perú (2018). In join with a some companies and organizations she help in the staff team to held this wokrshop. The picture shows one of the activities with a pre-university audience.
  • Recipient of Outstanding Volunteer Award of Peru Section (2017) for their contributions in their Student Branch, leadership and inspirational work.
  • Recipient of scholarship to attend the IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Expo 2019, Baltimore, USA.
  • Founder of the WIP Mentoring Program in Region 9, the main objective of the program is to inspire the mentees through the personal experiences of the Mentors and give them tools to their new professional lives, the program is offered to students of last years and recent graduates.
  • Promoter of Women in Power Day. She promoted the fourth version of WIP Day in R9 (2021) and the first worldwide version (2022).
  • General Chair of the first Women in Power Global Summit in 2021

 

We collected some photos of Lisien participating in the event:

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Women in Power Forum of 2022 4th International Conference on Smart Power & Internet Energy Systems has been successfully held!

Women in Power Forum (WIP) of 2022 4th International Conference on Smart Power & Internet Energy Systems (SPIES2022) has been successfully held on December 10th, 2022!

The forum was sponsored by IEEE PES Beijing Chapter and IEEE PES China Chapter Council WIP, co-sponsored by IEEE PELS China Council WIE and China Power Supply Society Women Scientists Working Committee. With the topic of “Facing the Challenges of Novel Power Systems-Inspiring More Female Engineers”, a group of outstanding female researchers and technicians in the electrical industry gathered online. These experts presented their frontier research on the modern power system and shared their rich experience in facing difficulties and opportunities in the industry. During the forum, the participating experts collided with ideas and exchanged experiences from the perspective of female researchers or technicians, demonstrating the extraordinary creativity of female workers in scientific research and engineering projects.

We were very honored to have 3 outstanding professionals in the electrical field to deliver the opening remarks, which encouraged all participants to take part in each part of the forum actively. They are Prof. Ruomei Li, the former Chair of IEEE PES WIP, Prof. Hua Geng, the General Chair of SPIES 2022, IEEE Fellow, and Professor of Tsinghua University, and Prof. Zhaohong Bie, the General Co-Chair of SPIES 2022, Chair of IEEE PES China Chapter Council, Vice Chair of IEEE PES WIP, IEEE Fellow, and Vice President of Xi’an Jiaotong University.

At the very first, Prof. Ruomei Li talked about the pressure of achieving the zero-carbon goal in China and described the efforts that need to be made by female scientific researchers under the rapid development of electrical technology. Prof. Hua Geng highly praised the contributions of female scientists to the electrical field and called on more people to help the career development of female scientists. Besides, he provided sincere suggestions on how to support the career development of female scientists. Prof. Zhaohong Bie spoke highly of the resilience of female scientists in life and work, appreciated female scientists for their great contributions to the electrical field, and encouraged everyone to devote themselves to the construction of modern power systems and create a better future.


The Opening of SPIES2022WIP Forum

The WIP forum was hosted by Assoc. Prof. Tong Wang from North China Electric Power University and Prof. Hong Li from Beijing Jiaotong University. In the forum, many keynote speakers shared their frontier research, including the Chief Engineer of the DC Technology Center of State Grid Co., Ltd., Prof. Lingling Xu; the Director of the Academic Affairs Office of North China Electric Power University, Prof. Chongru Liu; the Director and Secretary of the Party Branch of the Institute of New Electrical Materials in State Grid Corporation of China, Prof. Yu Han; the Director of the Electrical Department of the School of Electrical and Automation Engineering in Hefei University of Technology, Prof. Mingyao Ma; the Chief Engineer and National Registered Consultant of the Institute of New Energy and Statistics in State Grid Energy Research Institute, Prof. Caixia Wang; and the Research Assistant of Department of Electrical Engineering and Applied Electronics Technology in Tsinghua University, Dr. Xiaoqian Li. All opening remark speakers, keynote speakers and special guest Prof. Xiaohui Qu from the School of Electrical Engineering of Southeast University participated in the panel discussion and the university-enterprise joint session.


Prof. Ruomei Li and Prof. Zhaohong Bie shared thoughts during the panel discussion

For the topic “Bottlenecks Problem of Female Engineers’ Careers”, Prof. Ruomei Li believes that one of the secrets for women to overcome all difficulties and bottlenecks is tolerance. With regard to this issue, Prof. Zhaohong Bie also pointed out that women have advantages such as resilience, good communication, gentleness and tolerance, and noted the importance of teamwork for women’s career development. Maximizing the advantages and making full use of teamwork can help women break through their career bottlenecks. Regarding the topic of “career development of female scientists”, Prof. Lingling Xu said that she does not think there is any difference between women and men in the pursuit of career development. As women, we don’t need to deliberately emphasize our female identity, and we only need to complete every task seriously in our work. Keep working with enthusiasm, we can ensure the rapid development of our career. About the topic of “Current Situation and Development of Low-Proportion Women at Senior Levels in Domestic Societies “, Prof. Chongru Liu said that part of the reason for the “distribution of scissors” is due to women’s self-selection. Facing scientific research work, gender differences impact little, and even women also have certain advantages in some aspects. Regarding the topic of “Obstacles of Communication and Implementation Between Female Teachers and Enterprises”, Prof. Xiaohui Qu shared her experience in cooperation with the business community, pointing out that fully considering the needs of enterprises when communicating with enterprises can effectively promote school-enterprise cooperation.


Prof. Zhaohong Bie presented Excellent Women Award to Prof. Ruomei Li

At the end of the forum, Prof. Zhaohong Bie presented two special awards to the outstanding female scientists who participated in the forum. The Excellent Women Award was awarded to Prof. Ruomei Li, the former chairman of IEEE PES WIP, to appreciate Prof. Li for her long-term encouragement, support and love for female engineers. The Women Scientists Forum Excellent Paper Award was awarded to Miss. Ye Zhang from Liaoning Electric Power Trading Center Co., Ltd., Miss. Wenting Wang from Harbin Institute of Technology, and Miss. Su Yu from China Electric Power Research Institute in recognition of three outstanding conference papers published at the conference.

The convening of this forum will encourage young female scientists to move forward bravely and provide young female scientists with opportunities for academic growth and scientific research projects. This forum also described a clearer and clearer direction for future female scientists, and paved the way for more and more women to join the electrical industry in the future. It is a forum of great development and guidance.

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PANEL DISCUSSION: INNOVATION Sustainable Power for Industry 4.0 and Agriculture 2025

WIE ILS 2022, Kerala, India

Date and Time: 30 July 2022, 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm (IST) Venue: Hotel Udaya Samudra, Trivandrum, Kerala Panelists:Dr. Ajith Gopi – Chair, IEEE PES Kerala Section, India Dr. Tina Chou -MD, Intergrid Ltd, Taiwan Er. Sini John -Asst. Executive Engineer, Kerala State Electricity Board, India Moderator: Dr. Bijuna Kunju – Past Chair, IEEE PES, Kerala Section. Detail Report: A panel discussion on ‘Sustainable Power or Industry 4.0 and Agriculture 2025’ was organized by R10 WiP along with WiP, IEEE PES Kerala Section during Women in Engineering International Leadership Summit(WIE ILS 2022, Kerala)on 30th July 2022, 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm(IST) at Hotel Udaya Samudra, Trivandrum, Kerala. The eminent panelists were Dr. Ajith Gopi, Dr. Tina Chou, Er. Sini John and the moderator was Dr(Prof).Bijuna Kunju who has many years of expertise in the above mentioned fields. She is the present Chair of IA/IE/PEL joint chapter of IEEE Kerala section and the Program Chair of WiE ILS2022. The panel discussion started at 1.00 pm. R10 WiP Coordinator, Prof. Sunitha Beevi.K welcomed the gathering and introduced the panelist . Dr. Ajith Gopi, Chair, IEEE PES Kerala Section , talked about the importance of following sustainable development goals and its importance in eradicating poverty. He mentioned that the most challenging thing while integrating the power systems in a country is the cost of establishment and materials for the same. He also emphasised on the importance of new technology like smartgrids and forecasting renewable energy with weather.

Mrs. Sini John, Engineer at Kerala State Electricity Board(KSEB), informed us about KSEB’s efforts in ensuring sustainable power and energy sources even in the remote areas of Kerala. She gave us information on the KSEB project of national-level innovation policy on e-mobility pointing to the establishment of electric vehicle charging stations across Kerala. Dr. Tina Chou, representing IEEE PES Women in Power, Thaiwan, ideated about their technology in common use like solar power, wind, tidal, geothermal and ocean power that fosters sustainability. She explained how smartgrid system, automotive and energy control systems ensures not just sustainable but also protective schemes at a large scale. Audience found the panel discussion very informative and interesting. A memento was awarded to the panelists for the participation with WiE ILS Kerala and the discussion ended sharp at 1:30 pm.

A few photos of the same are attached below:


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WiP Panel Session in PES GM 2022

IEEE PES General Meeting was a huge success! Women in Power organised two panels, one networking event and had an active booth during the conference.

Our first panel, moderated by WiP former Chair, Ruomei Li, discussed Energy Efficiency and Demand-Side Management: An Innovative Way to Reduce CO2 Emissions. We could hear about this timely topic from experts in the area, both in industry and academia:

  • John McDonald, General Electric
  • Denise Munoz, ComEd
  • Celia Shahnaz, BUET
  • Johanna Mathieu, University of Michigan

Our second panel, the social session chaired by Jelena Ponocko, aimed to Explore and Encourage Women’s Unique Innovative Abilities to Achieve Diversification, with esteemed speakers who shared their views on the importance of policy, challenges of energy poverty and ways to thrive as a female engineer:

  • Guadalupe Gonzales, National Secretariat of Energy, UTP
  • Mercy Chelangat, Regis University
  • Mazana Armstrong, High Power Lab at Powertech Labs Inc.
  • Dipti Srinivasan, National University of Singapore

The Women in Power Reception was very well attended, with a special address from IEEE PES President Jessica Bian, who recognised contributions to Women in Power initiative of many colleagues in the audience.

Finally, at our WiP booth you could meet our representatives Alexander Anderson (PNNL), Jelena Ponocko (The University of Manchester) and Hui Zhang (Oswego University) and find out more about our activities and membership application.

We are looking forward to seeing you next year in Orlando, Florida!

Editor: Jelena Ponocko

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Women in Powering a Sustainable Future——IEEE PES Day 2022 China WIP & Wuhan Chapter

On April 30,2022, under the guidance of IEEE PES China Committee (PES China Chapter Council, PCCC), the theme activities of IEEE PES Day 2022 China Committee of Female Engineers (China WIP) and Wuhan Branch (Wuhan Chapter) forum, and the Promotion meeting of Women in future sustainable development were held online and participated by 558 scholars. The event was guided by IEEE PES China Chapter Council, and co-hosted by IEEE PES China WIP, IEEE PES Wuhan Chapter, Huazhong University of Science and Technology and Wuhan University of Technology; the conference was co-chaired by IEEE PES China WIP Chairman Professor Wang Xiaoru, Dr. Chen Xia, Secretary of IEEE PES Wuhan Branch, and Dr. Hou Hui, representative of IEEE PES Day 2022 Wuhan Chapter.

This event focuses on the development of women in science and technology, to unite and help more women in science and technology to participate in China WIP, and to unite and work together to create a sustainable future. Encourage and discover more female talents, and help them increase their influence in the industry to gain more opportunities for growth. The event calls for more participation in the future of sustainable development of women, women whose innovation, vitality, creativity and sustainable development ideas are providing “her power” to promote sustainable development in the future.

Professor Wang Xiaoru, Chair of IEEE PES WIP China, presided over the opening of the meeting and introduced the participants and the schedule of the event.

IEEE PES President, IEEE Fellow Professor Zhou Xiaoxin, IEEE PES WIP Chairman Ms. Lisien Leon, Chairman of IEEE PES China Chapter Council Professor Bie Zhaohong have given keynote speeches online, presenting high appreciations on IEEE PES Day 2022 China WIP & Wuhan Chapter’s women-themed event, and insights were focused on the theme of the conference, “Women’s Driving Role in the Sustainable Development of the Future (Women in Powering a Sustainable Future).”

Then, Dr. Hou Hui, Ambassador of IEEE PES Day 2022 Wuhan Chapter, presided over the keynote speech of the conference, introduced the guest information in detail, and thanked all the guests for their support and participation.

Professor Celia Shahnaz, Chairman-Elect of IEEE WIE (Women in Engineering), shared the keynote report on “Research and Innovation for Women Empowerment and meet UN Sustainable Development Goals”, introducing key factors in the future trend of IEEE PES, explaining the impact of COVID-19, Artificial Intelligence, AI) and other technologies on IEEE PES and the role of women in promoting its development.

Professor Dong Jing, IEEE Asia Pacific executive committee, IEEE SPS Membership Development Director, made speech on “Waking up WIE leaders for sustainable development “, and introduced the model of IEEE WIE leadership, example once outstanding leaders, reflect the characteristics and quality of outstanding leaders, called on the leaders to lead an example, actively play a leading role.

Ms. Zhang Xiaofeng, Chair of IEEE PES China Smart Village Committee, delivered a keynote report on “Renewable Energy and Future Grid”, explaining the goal of “carbon neutral” of globalization, and the innovative development and challenges of clean smart grid in the future.

Professor Zhu Lingyu, IEEE PES Day 2022 China Representative, shared “New Power System and the New Era of WIP” report, introduced the PES Day activities related characteristics and new power system, the new era of WIP outlook, finally shared the PES Day activities in China.

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Dipti Srinivasan

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Dipti Srinivasan is a Professor in the Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, where she also heads the Centre for Green Energy Management & Smart Grid (GEMS). Her recent research projects are in the broad areas of optimization and control, wind and solar power prediction, electricity price prediction, deep learning, and development of multi-agent systems for system operation and control. She has secured over S$20 Million in external funding for research projects in these areas. Her current research focuses on the development of novel computational intelligence-based models and methodologies to aid the integration of the new Smart Grid technologies into the existing infrastructure so that power grid can effectively utilize pervasive renewable energy generation and demand-side management programs, while accommodating stochastic load demand. She has authored more than 400 publications which have been highly cited.

Dipti is a Fellow of IEEE, and was awarded the IEEE PES Outstanding Engineer award in 2010. She is currently serving as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, IEEE Transaction on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, and IEEE Computational Intelligence magazine.

At the ECE department of National University of Singapore, she has been teaching courses in the areas of Sustainable Energy systems, Smart Grid, and computational intelligence methods. She was the winner of NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Award in year 2007, 2008 and 2009, and was placed on the Honours list in 2010. She is the recipient of Engineering Educator Award from the Faculty of Engineering, NUS in 2011 and 2012.

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Johanna Mathieu

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Johanna Mathieu is an associate professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Prior to joining Michigan, she was a postdoctoral researcher at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. She received her PhD and MS from the University of California at Berkeley and her SB in Ocean Engineering from MIT in 2004. She is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, the Ernest and Bettine Kuh Distinguished Faculty Award, and the UM Henry Russel Award. Her research focuses on ways to reduce the environmental impact, cost, and inefficiency of electric power systems via new operational and control strategies. She is particularly interested in developing new methods to actively engage distributed flexible resources such as energy storage, electric loads, and distributed renewable resources in power system operation, which are especially important in power systems with high penetrations of intermittent renewable energy resources such as wind and solar.
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Tina Chou

Dr. Yi-Ting (Tina) Chou received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering at National Cheng Kung University in 2006 and achieved M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering at National Taiwan University in 2008 and 2012, respectively. Her specialized areas of expertise include smart grids, wide-area measurement systems, power restoration, high voltage apparatus fault diagnosis, and artificial intelligence applications to enhance the safety and resilience of power systems. She worked with the Green Electric Energy Research Center at Electrical Engineering Department, National Taiwan University and devoted to multiple national research projects in the power sector. She has been teaching university courses regarding smart grids and renewable energy and has contributed to talent cultivation programs to inspire younger generations to become active in the Taiwan power and energy industry. Dr. Chou is currently the managing director at InterGrid Ltd. and has been working on solutions in the field of energy management, power system simulation, monitoring, control, and protection with renewable energy interconnection. She is an active member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society, Young Professionals, and Women in Engineering since 2012. She serves as the vice-chairman of the Member Services Committee of Taiwan Power and Energy Engineering Association. Dr. Chou is the representative of IEEE Women in Power in Taiwan and is enthusiastic about helping professional women with career paths, leadership, networking, and education.

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Hui Zhang

Dr. Hui Zhang

Dr. Hui Zhang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the State University of New York at Oswego. She obtained her Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 2007, and M.S. and B.S. degree from Zhejiang University in China. She has contributed to the research in wide bandgap semiconductor technology, renewable energy conversion, electric vehicles, LED lighting, etc.

Prior to her current position, Dr. Zhang was a chief electrical engineer in Eaton Course-Hinds and has led the redesign of their flagship products and LED driver development. She worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 2005 to 2009. Dr. Zhang has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and US and international patents. She has also led many projects sponsored by various federal, state, and industry funding agencies including NSF and DOE. She is an IEEE Senior Member and advising a local IEEE Student Branch.

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Olga Anderson

Olga Anderson is Past Chair of IEEE Smart Village Education (a priority initiative of the IEEE Foundation). She has 30 years of experience as a humanitarian engineer, educator, and linguist, with a series of high-profile projects worldwide.

Olga received Master’s degrees in Education and Philology from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (Kiev, Ukraine) and Mechanical Engineering from St. Martin’s University (Olympia, WA, USA).

After graduation, she helped coordinate an international disaster relief project serving thousands of victims and families affected by the Chernobyl accident. Subsequently, she moved to the United States and worked with a series of NGOs serving disadvantaged youth and adults throughout New York City. During this period, her work and impact were recognized by a wide range of philanthropic programs and government officials. She continued to work in the STEM education sector for another 15 years, founding a series of training centers serving disadvantaged children and refugees from SE Asia and Latin America.

In 2015, she joined IEEE Smart Village and has served in a number of leadership roles for advancing IEEE’s signature program of “Advancing Technology for the Benefit of Humanity.” The IEEE Smart Village program serves as the IEEE member-driven seed fund for launching holistically sustainable entrepreneurs providing electricity, education, and economic empowerment to the poorest communities of Africa, India, and SE Asia.

From January 2017 to June 2020, she chaired the Education Committee of IEEE Smart Village and oversaw eight Working Groups, developing programs and education materials covering a spectrum of topics from women’s empowerment to microgrid design to sustainable agriculture. In 2018, Olga’s committee was awarded $500,000 USD by the IEEE Power & Energy Society board to fund nine education and women’s empowerment projects in Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda, India, Papua New Guinea, and Galapagos Islands (Ecuador).

Olga is a charter member of the Silicon Valley Smart Village Rotary e-club and has worked with Rotary service clubs on numerous projects worldwide to provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) facilities, along with literacy, numeracy, entrepreneurship, and women’s empowerment training.

Olga has been awarded numerous recognitions during her academic career and subsequently as a humanitarian educator and engineer. Most recently, she was awarded the “Outstanding IEEE member who promoted Global Humanitarian Projects or Activities” by IEEE Region 6.

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