Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kai Strunz
Technical University of Berlin, Germany


Professor Kai Strunz graduated with the Dr.-Ing. degree with summa cum laude from Saarland University, Germany, in 2001. From 1995 to 1997, he pursued research at Brunel University in London. From 1997 to 2002, Dr. Strunz worked at the Division Recherche et Développement of Electricité de France (EDF) in the Paris area. From 2002 to 2007, he was tenure-track Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. Since September 2007, he has been Professor and holder of the chair of Sustainable Electric Networks and Sources of Energy (SENSE) at Technische Universität Berlin.

Dr. Strunz is recipient of the IEEE PES Prize Paper Award 2015 and the IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics First Prize Paper Award 2015. He received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award of the USA in 2003. Kai Strunz received the Outstanding Teaching Award of the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington in 2004.

Professor Strunz was General and Technical Program Chair of the conference IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) Europe 2012. He is Chairman of the IEEE PES (Power & Energy Society) Subcommittee on Distributed Energy Resources and Past Chairman of the IEEE Subcommittee on Research in Power & Energy Education. Dr. Strunz is editor of the open access IET Engineering Journal launched in 2013. He co-manages the operation of the Power-Globe email forum. He acted as a Review Editor for the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) from 2009 to 2011.

 

 

Prof. Dr. MOHAN KOLHE
University of Agder, Norway

Professor (Dr) Mohan Kolhe is with the University of Agder (Norway) as full professor in electrical power engineering with focus in smart grid and renewable energy in the Faculty of Engineering and Science. He has also received the offer of full professorship in smart grid from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He has more than twenty-five years’ academic experience at international level on electrical and renewable energy systems. He is a leading renewable energy technologist and has previously held academic positions at the world's prestigious universities e.g. University College London (UK / Australia), University of Dundee (UK); University of Jyvaskyla (Finland); Hydrogen Research Institute, QC (Canada); etc.

He was also a member of the Government of South Australia’s Renewable Energy Board (2009-2011) and worked on developing renewable energy policies.

Presently he is also leading the EU FP7 Smart Grid-ICT project ‘Scalable Energy Management Infrastructure for Household’ as Technical Manager. This project is in collaboration with 12 EU partners from 4 EU countries.

His academic work ranges from the smart grid, grid integration of renewable energy systems, home energy management system, integrated renewable energy systems for hydrogen production, techno-economics of energy systems, solar and wind energy engineering, development of business models for distributed generation etc. He also did extensive teaching in renewable and electrical energy systems engineering as well as in energy economics.

He has been successful in winning competitive research funding from the prestigious research councils (e.g. EU, EPSRC, BBSRC, NRP, etc.) for his work on sustainable energy systems. He has published extensively in the energy systems engineering. He has been invited by many international organizations for delivering expert lectures / courses / key note addresses / workshops. He has also been member of many academic promotional committees.

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Prof. Masayuki Morimoto
Tokai University, Japan


Masayuki Morimoto was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1952. He received his BSc, MSc and PhD degree in electrical engineering from Keio University, Japan in 1975, 1977 and 1990 respectively. He worked at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. from 1977 to 2005. Since 2005, He has been a Professor at the Department of electrical and electronics engineering, Tokai University. His research interests are in the areas of power electronics and its applications, electric machines and drives, and vehicle application. He is a Fellow of IEEJ, member of IEEE and several academic societies. He is the single author of 10 technical books in Japanese and the coauthor/editor of more than 10 technical books in Japanese.