2021 IEEE PES Student Faculty Industry Panel Session

Wednesday, July 28 11:30 – 12:30 Eastern Time 




Dr. Alex Flueck joined the faculty of Illinois Institute of Technology in 1996. He currently serves as Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering with a focus on power system operations, planning, reliability and stability, as well as hands-on engineering design. Dr. Flueck's research group has completed several transformational projects, including the following funded by the US Department of Energy: 1) A High Fidelity Faster than Real-Time Simulator for Predicting Power System Dynamics Behavior, 2) Protection and Dynamic Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis of Cascading Failures, and 3) A Tool Suite For Improving Grid Performance and Reliability of Combined Transmission-Distribution with High Solar Penetration. Dr. Flueck is a member of the Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research, a member of the Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation, and a senior member of the IEEE. He attended his first IEEE PES meeting, as an undergraduate student from Cornell University, in 1990 (Atlanta, Winter Meeting). He is excited to serve as moderator for the Student Industry/Faculty Panel Session.




Eyad H. Abed has been on the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park since 1983, where he is a Professor. He is also affiliated with the Institute for Systems Research and the Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Scientific Computation Program at the same university. His administrative posts include serving as Director of the Institute for Systems Research at the University of Maryland during 2002-2009 and, during 2014-2018, as Program Director in the Energy, Power, Control and Networks Program within the ECCS Division at NSF (where he currently serves as an Expert). He received the S.B. degree from MIT in 1979, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 1981 and 1982, respectively, from U.C. Berkeley, all in Electrical Engineering. Dr. Abed’s research interests include system and control theory, electric power systems, networks and aerospace systems. Dr. Abed is a Fellow of the IEEE and a recipient of several awards, including the Presidential Young Investigator Award from NSF, a Senior Fulbright Scholar Award, the Alan Berman Research Publication Award, the O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award, and several awards and recognitions from the University of Maryland for his teaching, research and service. He serves on several editorial boards. He is on the Local Organizing Committee of the 2021 IEEE Power Engineering Society General Meeting. He also served as Vice President for Financial Activities of the IEEE Control Systems Society during 2007-2009.


Shay Bahramirad is the Vice President of Climate and Resilience at Quanta Technology. She is responsible for assisting cities and utilities with climate change risk assessments for their assets, operations, and services and for developing mitigation strategies and investment strategies for adapting to climate change.

Dr. Bahramirad has held several positions in the Energy Sector, including Vice President of Engineering and Smart Grid at ComEd: the electric utility in Illinois. In these roles, she has overseen and/or executed “grid of the future” visions, technical roadmaps, analytical frameworks, and investment strategies of distribution system and communication network; Fiber of over $4B. She has also been responsible for system reliability, DER integration, grid strategy and analytics, standards, maintenance inspection, emerging technologies, STEM programming, and reimagining the power grid to mitigate and adapt to climate change. She has also developed talent strategies, industry engagement plans, and advocacy programs to support business objectives. She has been the expert witness and testified on several state and federal regulatory proceedings around microgrids, energy storage, investment strategies, and Distributed generation interconnection; 1547.

Dr. Bahramirad is an editorial board member of the Electricity Journal, US CIGRE Executive member, an adjunct professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and the IEEE/PES Vice President of New Initiatives and Outreach, overseeing the organization’s engagement with policymakers globally around technical issues, investment strategies, emerging technologies, and developing plans for the next generation of frameworks including smart cities, and clean energy and running the philanthropy activities of IEEE/PES; Smart Village. She is the contributor to the United Nations SG7, Affordable and Clean Energy.


Barbara Tyran is General Chair of the IEEE Power & Energy Society 2021 General Meeting Local Organizing Committee, anticipated to host over 2000 delegates from around the world in July 2021. She also serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Council on Energy & the Environment (WCEE). She brings outstanding federal / state government relations experience, following two decades as Director, Washington & State Relations, in EPRI’s Washington DC office. She was the principal liaison between EPRI executive management, and Congress, the Administration, the national trade associations, state legislators / regulators, and the Washington policy community. Her background includes federal advocacy for utilities and management consulting for public / private / non-profit sector clients, with engagements involving strategic planning, policy analysis, marketing, external relations and communications, and financial / economic analysis. In recognition of her technical expertise and knowledge, she was appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Energy and Energy Services, advising the Secretary and USTR on international trade matters. She was elected and re-elected as Chair. She holds a BA degree with Honors from Stanford University and an MBA from Yale University.


Hao Zhu is currently an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at The University of Texas at Austin. She received the B.S. degree from Tsinghua University in 2006, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota in 2009 and 2012, all in electrical engineering. From 2012 to 2017, she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate and then an Assistant Professor of ECE at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focus is on developing innovative algorithmic solutions for problems related to learning and optimization for future energy systems. Her current interests include physics-aware and risk-aware learning for power systems, and the design of energy management system to account for the cyber-physical coupling. She is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award and the faculty advisor for three Best Student Papers awarded at the North American Power Symposium. She is currently a member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Long Range Planning (LRP) Committee.