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.
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.
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.
Women in power and energy research in Denmark
On the afternoon of May 31st, the ‘‘Women in Power: Females in Research’’ event was successfully held at the Center for Electric Power and Energy (CEE), Department of Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark (DTU). The purpose was to initiate a new subgroup under the IEEE PES Women in Power (WiP) committee for all female power and energy researchers in Denmark, in order to encourage young female researchers in electrical engineering to be more confident, by sharing their personal experiences and talking to role models….
PES Kerala Chapter’s Update: WOW 2.0, Orion 2.0 and Other Events
IEEE PES Kerala Chapter (PES-KC) together with the Women in Power (WiP) community successfully organized the second session of Women of Wisdom (WOW 2.0) on 16th May 2021. The Guest Speaker for the session was Ms. Latha Chembrakalam, Vice-President, Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Ltd. She shared her experiences on the ‘Women in Technology and Leadership’. She shared some important aspects of her career, such as overcoming obstacles, work-life integration, and time management. Following the session, there was an interactive Q/A session.Read More >>
PES-HAC Update: A Memoriam Meeting was Organized in Remembrance of Frank C. Lambert
IEEE Power and Energy Society Humanitarian Activity Committee (PES-HAC), in remembrance of our beloved IEEE PES President (2020-21) Frank C. Lambert, organized a Memoriam Meeting on 14 August Saturday.Read More >>
Jiawei Wang is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark. She received her Ph.D. and M.Sc. from Technical University of Denmark, in 2020 and 2016, respectively.
She received her B.Eng from Northeastern University, Shenyang, China in 2014. She had her exchange study at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden as the Erasmus+ program awardee, and the University of New South Wales in Australia as the Otto Moensted Foundation awardee.
Her research interests include multi-energy systems, energy system resilience, power system operation and big data. She has worked on 5 international research projects and published more than 15 research papers, including an IEEE PES General Meeting best paper.
She is an active IEEE PES, IEEE PES Women in Power, and IEEE young professional member. She was the awardee of the Villum Fonden International Postdoc program in Denmark, which aims to support the advancement of talented postdoc women in research careers.
IEEE PES Women in Power, Denmark section, News report
On the afternoon of May 31st, the ‘‘Women in Power: Females in Research’’ event was successfully held at the Center for Electric Power and Energy (CEE), Department of Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark (DTU). The purpose was to initiate a new subgroup under the IEEE PES Women in Power (WiP) committee for all female power and energy researchers in Denmark, in order to encourage young female researchers in electrical engineering to be more confident, by sharing their personal experiences and talking to role models. If you want to support or join the new subgroup in Denmark under the IEEE PES WiP committee, you are welcome to contact Jiawei Wang, [email protected]
The event was initiated by several PhDs and Postdoctoral researchers from CEE. Other than the initiators, several other CEE employees participated, including the Communications Officer Rikke Høm Jensen from the department. Senior researcher Yi Zong from CEE gave a presentation. Due to the Covid-19 limitations, the event was a hybrid of online and physical.
The initiators firstly gave a short introduction, where they discussed their motivations for starting the IEEE WiP subgroup. These include bringing awareness to the challenges of being a woman in the research field of power and energy, as well as offering a platform for sharing personal experiences. In addition, the initiators would like to address some specific questions related to diversity, such as: why are there few female professors in the field in Denmark? what is keeping female power and energy researchers back from a career in academia?
Many of the participants experience that they are less risk-taking and confident at the beginning of their career than their male colleagues. They also feel stressed and peer-pressured by male colleagues who do not show when they are insecure. Many of the women lack perspectives and guidance from female role models.
After the introduction, Senior Researcher Yi Zong gave a presentation entitled ‘’Female in Research – My experience at CEE/DTU’’.
In her presentation, Yi Zong introduced her experiences in academia, since she joined CEE in 2007 as a postdoctoral researcher. She has been involved in 10+ research projects including Horizon 2020, Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program (EUDP), Innovation Fund Denmark (IFD) and Sino-Danish projects. Apart from her research, she is also in charge of project management, teaching two bachelor and master courses, coordinating a DANIDA (Danish International Development Agency) course, and supervising PhD and master students. She received many awards, such as Best Paper Award, Outstanding reviewer, and CEE Award, which she sees as the outcomes of her hardworking attitude and fruitful results.
Yi Zong also shared her experience as a female in a male dominated working environment. Her best advice to young female researchers is to enhance their professional knowledge and expertise and to be optimistic. As she sees, fewer females in the research area indicates more opportunities for women. In her experience, self-confidence will naturally grow when facing difficulties and challenges, such as managing multiple tasks of teaching, research and supervising. Lastly, she shared her experience on balancing family and work. Yi Zong stressed that her success was partly due to her husband’s strong support.
After the presentation, the event participants had the opportunity to ask questions and had a short discussion. Among others, the discussion focused on how to stay confident in a male -dominated working place, and how to address biases. After this event, other discussions followed among the participants, where they shared how they relate to Yi Zong’s experience, whether they agree or not with her analysis and what they want to take from it and to apply to their own careers.
A group photograph during the event is shown below.
Erika Meyers, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities
Bridget Malinowki, AECOM
Dr. Dana Al-Qadi, AECOM
This session featured a conversation with national thought leaders on how innovative ideas both in technology and policy can be leveraged to scale transportation electrification efforts and meet carbon reduction goals that are being set throughout the nation. Topics included Public EV charging networks in communities, importance of data in optimizing infrastructure implementation and innovative electrification and transportation concepts that can significantly reduce emissions and have long-term transformative impacts on communities.
IEEE PES WiP Chinese Committee Organizes Fundraising Activities, Show Love To the People in Disaster Areas
Since July 17, 2021, heavy rainfall continues in many parts of Henan Province, Zhengzhou and 10 other cities suffered heavy floods, the disaster touched the hearts of all Chinese people. Residential, power supply, transportation, medical care, school education, and the supply of daily necessities are all in difficulty, and the consequences of the disaster are still spreading.
In the midst of this devastation, led by Chair Ruomei Li, with the help of Tencent’s public welfare platform, the Nanyang Charity Federation of Henan province helped raise funds to help the affected families in Zhengzhou, Henan province. The donation activity received a rapid response, from 8 a.m. on July 23, 2021 to 23 p.m. the event ended, a total of 147 people donated, a total of 16,793.51 yuan. The main participants are electric power scientists, most of whom are women.
The WIP Committee arranged an online meeting on 25th July 2021. It was attended by the WIP Leadership Advisory Committee representative and the WIP Committee members from different countries and regions of the world. The meeting was moderated by Dr. Ruomei Li, Chair of the PES WIP.
Dr. Ruomei Li made the opening remarks. She introduced the three main items of the meeting —to make some announcements of new structure, to look at the next activities and the future work on media working group or TV.
Romero Julia, emphasized the importance of ideas for innovative concepts. She also suggested to focus on regional focus, like specific areas that are of interest for women or on the young professional health. She expressed her willingness to facilitate to realize the good ideas of the members of WIP through funding ways etc. She encouraged to increase the student membership proportion especially in Region 1-7 comparing with the optimistic situation in Region 8-10.
Gen Li, the Vice Chair of Young professional, proposed to organize more virtual activities through collaboration between WIP members.
Lisiien Leon, Vice Chair of PES WIP, reported the activity progress of workshop and technical visit, and she suggested to set up outstanding volunteer award.
AdithyaRajeev, the web media leader, hoped to receive help from all the regional representatives. She planed firstly to find some core social media like WhatsApp or telegram group for immediate communication between WIP media group volunteers.
Jelena Ponocko, representative of UK and Ireland, reported the recent event of women in engineering in this region.
StajiWilso, Chair of Membership and representative of Chapter of India, said she is planning a virtual conference in India in September with support of PES Council chair of India, hopefully to give guidance to region 1-7 on membership development.
AJ KumarMachani, Vice Chair of PES WIP, reported the progress in the membership development and marketing, and the development of website with the situation of the pandemic.
Other attendees also shared their experience or made remarks on future planning.
The PES WIP Committee organized an online meeting on 1st July 2021. The meeting was attended by the WIP Leadership Advisory Committee representative and the WIP Committee members from different countries and regions of the world. Dr. Ruomei Li, chair of PES WIP moderated the meeting.
Dr. Ruomei LI welcomed everybody and delivered the opening speech first. She then introduced the next speakers to the attendees.
Shay Bahramirad, Founder of WIP, then give an excellent report. She explained that the mission of WIP was to create local and global communities to support the advancement of diversity and inclusion in energy sector and diversity of thoughts, gender and geography at the same time. The women in engineering platform at the IEEE level will highlight female leaders and they get the support and the visibility to be successful in the area. And she spoke highly of the women in power conference in India, China and Romanian.
AJ Kumar, vice chair of PES WIP, give a report of WIP monthly work. She shared the progress of WIP community in the context of the global pandemic. Now, the vaccination program is going on and the economy is opening and we are back to normal but there are still risks. The team will need to move forward with other protocols to develop its website to give better visibility to our members.
Ying Wang, WIP Secretary, assistant to the Secretary assistant shared the latest WIP membership information and a WIP newsletter. The total number of WIP membership increased from 388 to 700 and straight in May 2021.She also shared the monthly increase for all regions, the gender distribution and the level distribution of WIP membership. And then Dr. Ruomei Li analyzed the situation and reason of the change of the number of members.
Celia Shahnaz from Region 10 then described the WIP sessions in PES GM 2021. She introduced the participants, especially women, at the Energy Research and Innovation Summit in June. She said that female participants has shown interest in power and energy, so this is important to keep these members in power and energy society. She said that a lot of collaboration has been within women in engineering , and will do more with the student community. And she invited everyone to join those events.
Two chapter representatives gave brief presentations on their relevant situations.
During the conference, Dr. Ruomei Li made some announcements. The first one is, the nomination of volunteer positions is open to all of WIP members. The second one is, each volunteer position requires a two-year term. The third one is an award should be set up within WIP Committee.