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18 December 2023
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Smart Grid as a Tool to Facilitate Climate Sustainability
Invited talk, Saudi Arabia Smart Grid Conference, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

This talk presents the smart gird ecosystem whose core is the Smart Building, many of which when combined forms a Smart Campus. A collection of smart campuses leads into a Smart City. A collection of interconnected smart cities forms a Smart Grid. A smart grid facilitates the integration of renewables into the grid by managing both supply and demand.

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16 December 2023
Tunisia

Role of the Smart Grid and Microgrid in Decarbonization
Keynote Speech, IREC, Tunisia

With the focus on environmental sustainability and energy security, power system planners are looking at renewable energy as agents of decarbonization to help with climate sustainability. But such generation sources have their own challenges – primarily intermittency.  It is expected that the smart grid – due to its inherent communication, sensing and control capabilities – will have the ability to manage the load, storage and generation assets (including renewables) in the power grid to enable a large-scale integration of distributed generation.

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10 December 2023
Kerala, India

IEEE’s Role in Climate Change Mitigation & Resilience
Invited Talk, IEEE Kerala Section 40th Anniversary Celebration, Trivandrum, India

This lecture explains what is carbonization, addresses its causes and impacts. It then offers technological solutions to reduce CO2 emissions from the electric power sector which is responsible over 30% of global Carbon emissions. In order to address the reduction of carbon emissions from the electric power sector, a collaborative approach between the industrialized nation states and emerging economies is necessary. This will involve a portfolio of solutions with low-carbon generation from wind, solar, hydro and nuclear, storage, cross-border power transfer and advanced technology focusing on energy efficiency.

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08 December 2023
Dubai, UAE

IEEE’s Role in Climate Change Mitigation & Resilience
Keynote Speech, IEEE Green-Tech, Sustainability & Net Zero Policies and Practices Symposium, Dubai, UAE

This lecture explains what is carbonization, addresses its causes and impacts. It then offers technological solutions to reduce CO2 emissions from the electric power sector which is responsible over 30% of global Carbon emissions. In order to address the reduction of carbon emissions from the electric power sector, a collaborative approach between the industrialized nation states and emerging economies is necessary. This will involve a portfolio of solutions with low-carbon generation from wind, solar, hydro and nuclear, storage, cross-border power transfer and advanced technology focusing on energy efficiency.

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05 December 2023
Dubai, UAE

Technology in the Electric Power Sector for Climate Change Mitigation
Invited Talk, Energy Transition Opportunities Session, Rotary International, Dubai, UAE

A rising level of greenhouse gas emissions, its effect on life and property, food production and human productivity on the planet are raising alarm bells in the civil society, among policy makers and industry leaders. At the same time, there is a lack of agreement between industrialized nations and emerging economies about the approach to global decarbonization efforts in the electric power, transportation, ICT, buildings, agriculture and the manufacturing sectors.

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03 December 2023
Dubai, UAE

Promoting Clean-Tech Solutions for Climate Sustainability
Invited Talk, CleanTech Connect Program, Dubai Electricity & Water Authority

A rising level of greenhouse gas emissions, its effect on life and property, food production and human productivity on the planet are raising alarm bells in the civil society, among policy makers and industry leaders. At the same time, there is a lack of agreement between industrialized nations and emerging economies about the approach to global decarbonization efforts in the electric power, transportation, ICT, buildings, agriculture and the manufacturing sectors.

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29 November 2023
Abu Dhabi, UAE

Energy Transition with Cross-Border Power Transfer
Invited Talk, EEI-GCCIA COP28 Transmission Summit, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Cross-border power transmission provides the opportunity to move low-carbon electricity from high supply area to areas where electricity production is limited, or it is carbon-intensive. This presentation highlights the opportunities and challenges in cross-border power transfer.

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21 November 2023
Online IEEE Forum

Meet the 2023 IEEE President & CEO
Invited Talk, Online Forum on IEEE VOLT

The 2023 IEEE President is introduced to the members of the IEEE Volunteers in Training Forum as a part of the President’s outreach to IEEE volunteers globally. The talk focuses on the activities of the organization followed by its climate change program.

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13 November 2023
Baltimore, USA

Advancing Climate Sustainability Solutions and The Role of IEEE
Keynote Speech, IEEE Future Networks World Forum, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

A rising level of greenhouse gas emissions, its effect on life and property, food production and human productivity on the planet are raising alarm bells in the civil society, among policy makers and industry leaders. At the same time, there is a lack of agreement between industrialized nations and emerging economies about the approach to global decarbonization efforts in the electric power, transportation, ICT, buildings, agriculture and the manufacturing sectors.

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06 November 2023
Shenzhen, China

Role of IEEE Standards and Awareness Building in Climate Change Mitigation
IEEE SA 50th Anniversary Event, Shenzhen, China

As the world’s largest organization of technical professionals, IEEE has both the opportunity and the responsibility to assist in organizing the response of engineers, scientists, and technical professionals to address the causes, mitigate the impact, and adapt to climate change. IEEE has significant ongoing, relevant efforts and expertise that can be brought to bear on this issue. Standards is one of the five core areas of focus for IEEE.

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02 November 2023
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Introduction to IEEE and Climate Change Initiatives
Invited Talk, CMU Executive Forum, Chiang Mai, Thailand

A rising level of greenhouse gas emissions, its effect on life and property, food production and human productivity on the planet are raising alarm bells in the civil society, among policy makers and industry leaders. At the same time, there is a lack of agreement between industrialized nations and emerging economies about the approach to global decarbonization efforts in the electric power, transportation, ICT, buildings, agriculture and the manufacturing sectors.

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31 October 2023
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Technologist’s Role in Addressing Climate Sustainability
Keynote Speech, IEEE TENCON 2023 Conference, Chiang Mai, Thailand

A rising level of greenhouse gas emissions, its effect on life and property, food production and human productivity on the planet are raising alarm bells in the civil society, among policy makers and industry leaders. At the same time, there is a lack of agreement between industrialized nations and emerging economies about the approach to global decarbonization efforts in the electric power, transportation, ICT, buildings, agriculture and the manufacturing sectors.

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29 October 2023
Bandung, Indonesia

The Role of the Technologist in Promoting Clean-tech Solutions for Climate Sustainability
Invited Talk, Institute of Technology Bandung, Bandung, Indonesia

A rising level of greenhouse gas emissions, its effect on life and property, food production and human productivity on the planet are raising alarm bells in the civil society, among policy makers and industry leaders. At the same time, there is a lack of agreement between industrialized nations and emerging economies about the approach to global decarbonization efforts in the electric power, transportation, ICT, buildings, agriculture and the manufacturing sectors.

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27 October 2023
Jakarta, Indonesia

Promoting Clean-tech Solutions for Climate Sustainability Challenges and Opportunities
Invited Talk, Jakarta Forum, Indonesia

A rising level of greenhouse gas emissions, its effect on life and property, food production and human productivity on the planet are raising alarm bells in the civil society, among policy makers and industry leaders. At the same time, there is a lack of agreement between industrialized nations and emerging economies about the approach to global decarbonization efforts in the electric power, transportation, ICT, buildings, agriculture and the manufacturing sectors.

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27 October 2023
Jakarta, Indonesia

The Role of the Technologist is Promoting Clean-tech Solutions for Climate Sustainability
TVRI Program, Jakarta Forum, Indonesia

A rising level of greenhouse gas emissions, its effect on life and property, food production and human productivity on the planet are raising alarm bells in the civil society, among policy makers and industry leaders.  At the same time, there is a lack of agreement between industrialized nations and emerging economies about the approach to global decarbonization efforts in the electric power, transportation, ICT, buildings, agriculture and the manufacturing sectors.

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23 October 2023
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Introduction to IEEE and Climate Change Initiatives
Invited Talk, UTAR, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Presentation at the University Tunku Abdul Rahman in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia introducing IEEE to the administration and faculty and students of this university. This talk highlights IEEE’s climate change program.

 

Saifur Rahman, PhD
Joseph Loring Professor & Director
Advanced Research Institute
Virginia Tech, USA
2023 IEEE President & CEO

20 October 2023
Xiamen, China

Decarbonization and the Role of the Electric Power Supply Industry
Keynote Speech, 24th CEPSI Conference

There is an unprecedented level of awareness of climate change and the role of decarbonization in enabling environmental sustainability moving forward. In particular, there has been a major focus placed on the carbon produced through electricity generation, as it is responsible for roughly 30% of emissions globally. While industrialized nations are slowly moving away from fossil-fuel based electricity, emerging economies are still heavily reliant on fossil fuels which are the most readily available electricity generation sources for them.

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16 October 2023
Rajkot, India

IEEE’s Role in Climate Change Mitigation and Resilience
Keynote Speech, IEEE R10 Humanitarian Technology Conference

This lecture explains what is carbonization, addresses its causes and impacts. It then offers technological solutions to reduce CO2 emissions from the electric power sector which is responsible over 30% of global Carbon emissions. In order to address the reduction of carbon emissions from the electric power sector, a collaborative approach between the industrialized nation states and emerging economies is necessary. This will involve a portfolio of solutions with low-carbon generation from wind, solar, hydro and nuclear, storage, cross-border power transfer and advanced technology focusing on energy efficiency.

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15 October 2023
IEEE

IEEE’s Role in Promoting Clean-tech Solutions for Climate Sustainability
Keynote Speech, IEEE PES HAC Congress

This lecture explains what is carbonization, addresses its causes and impacts. It then offers technological solutions to reduce CO2 emissions from the electric power sector which is responsible over 30% of global Carbon emissions. In order to address the reduction of carbon emissions from the electric power sector, a collaborative approach between the industrialized nation states and emerging economies is necessary. This will involve a portfolio of solutions with low-carbon generation from wind, solar, hydro and nuclear, storage, cross-border power transfer and advanced technology focusing on energy efficiency.

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27 September 2023
Beijing, China

Cross-Border Power Transmission Opportunities and Challenges
Keynote Speech, Advanced Power Transmission Forum, Global Energy Interconnection Conference

Cross-border power transmission provides the opportunity to move low-carbon electricity from high supply area to areas where electricity production is limited, or it is carbon-intensive. This presentation highlights the opportunities and challenges in cross-border power transfer. Some case-specific examples form North America, Europe, Middle-East, Africa and Asia are provided.

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27 September 2023
Beijing, China

The Design, Development and Use of the Smart Grid
Invited Talk, Beijing Jiao Tong University, China

A smart grid is a modern electric system. It has its own architecture, communications, sensors, automation, computing hardware and software to improve the efficiency, reliability, flexibility and security of the electric power supply system. In particular, the smart grid, when fully deployed, will facilitate the

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26 September 2023
Beijing, China

Addressing Climate Change and Energy Transition
Keynote Speech at the Academician Forum, Global Energy Interconnection Conference

There is an unprecedented level of awareness of climate change and the role of decarbonization in enabling environmental sustainability moving forward. In particular, there has been a major focus placed on the carbon produced through electricity generation, as it is responsible for roughly 30% of emissions globally. While industrialized nations are slowly moving away from fossil-fuel based electricity, emerging economies are still heavily reliant on fossil fuels which are the most readily available electricity generation sources for them.

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24 September 2023
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Role of IEEE in Climate Actions for Green Energy
Invited Talk, Military Institute of Science & Technology Dhaka, Bangladesh

This lecture explains what is carbonization, addresses its causes and impacts. It then offers technological solutions to reduce CO2 emissions from the electric power sector which is responsible over 30% of global Carbon emissions. In order to address the reduction of carbon emissions from the electric power sector, a collaborative approach between the industrialized nation states and emerging economies is necessary. This will involve a portfolio of solutions with low-carbon generation from wind, solar, hydro and nuclear, storage, cross-border power transfer and advanced technology focusing on energy efficiency.

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23 September 2023
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Smart Bangladesh with a Sustainable Climate
Invited Talk, IEEE Bangladesh Section, Institution of Engineers

There is an unprecedented level of awareness of climate change and the role of decarbonization in enabling environmental sustainability moving forward. In particular, there has been a major focus placed on the carbon produced through electricity generation, as it is responsible for roughly 30% of emissions globally. While industrialized nations are slowly moving away from fossil-fuel based electricity, emerging economies are still heavily reliant on fossil fuels which are the most readily available electricity generation sources for them.

23 September 2023
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Climate Change and Net-zero Transition: A Roadmap for Industrializing Countries
Address at Preserve Planet Earth Climate Change Conference, IUB, Dhaka, Bangladesh

This lecture explains what is carbonization, addresses its causes and impacts.  It then offers technological solutions to reduce CO2 emissions from the electric power sector which is responsible over 25% of global Carbon emissions.

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19 September 2023
UN78 General Assembly

Addressing all Encompassing Aspects of Climate Change
Address at 2023 Science Summit at United Nations (UN) 78 General Assembly

Today the world faces its largest modern-day threat—climate change.
IEEE recognizes this global crisis and we are committed to helping combat and mitigate the effects of climate change through pragmatic and accessible technical solutions and providing engineers and technologists with a neutral space for discussion and action.

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07 September 2023
Glasgow

Decarbonization Opportunities in the Electric Power Sector to Address Climate Change
Invited Talk, IEEE UK & Ireland Section

There is an unprecedented level of awareness of climate change and the role of decarbonization in enabling environmental sustainability moving forward. In particular, there has been a major focus placed on the carbon produced through electricity generation, as it is responsible for roughly 30% of emissions globally. While industrialized nations are slowly moving away from fossil-fuel based electricity, emerging economies are still heavily reliant on fossil fuels which are the most readily available electricity generation sources for them.

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03 September 2023
Berlin

Smart Buildings with IoT Sensors for Cimate Sustainability
Keynote Speech, IEEE 13th ICCE-Berlin

Internet of Things (IoT) deployments offer a much higher value proposition if these can function in the context of smart buildings. Such advanced information and communication technology (ICT) applications in commercial buildings, schools, libraries, shopping centers, etc. offer low cost but highly effective monitoring and control opportunities. 

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24 August 2023
Cairo, Egypt

Promoting Cleantech Solutions for Climate Sustainability
Talk, IEEE Convene

This presentation highlights IEEE’s program on climate sustainability and how the program is structured. It outlines the way IEEE is engaged both inside and outside the organization to promote clean-tech solutions to address climate sustainability. It suggests how IEEE volunteers can engage in climate sustainability work in their local sections, chapters and regions

Saifur Rahman, PhD
Joseph Loring Professor & Director
Advanced Research Institute
Virginia Tech, USA
2023 IEEE President & CEO

24 August 2023
Cairo, Egypt

Role of the Smart Grid in Facilitating the Integration of Renewables
Keynote Speech, IEEE North Africa Student and YP Congress, Cairo Egypt

With the focus on environmental sustainability and energy security, power system planners are looking at renewable energy as supplements and alternatives. But such generation sources have their own challenges – primarily intermittency. It is expected that the smart grid – due to its inherent communication, sensing and control capabilities – will have the ability to manage the load, storage and generation assets (including renewables) in the power grid to enable a large-scale integration of distributed generation.

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27 July 2023
Shanghai, China

IoT Sensor Integration in Smart Buildings for Climate Sustainability
Keynote Speech, IEEE IESES Conference, Shanghai Jiaotong University

Internet of Things (IoT) deployments offer a much higher value proposition if these can function in the context of smart buildings. Such advanced information and communication technology (ICT) applications in commercial buildings, schools, libraries, shopping centers, etc. offer low cost but highly effective monitoring and control opportunities. Sensors deployed in key locations can monitor the building environment in real-time, collect information for intelligent decision making, and facilitate various services.

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14 July 2023
Bangalore, India

Smart Grid as an Intelligent CPS: Its Impact on Climate Change Mitigation
Plenary Keynote Speech, Bangalore, India

There is an unprecedented level of awareness of climate change and the role of decarbonization in enabling environmental sustainability moving forward. In particular, there has been a major focus placed on building operations which is a major source of CO2 emissions. In order to address this issue, the building needs to be looked at as a resource to fight climate change, not just a consumer of energy to run its operations.

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12 July 2023
Mumbai, India

Net-zero Transition to Address Climate Change
Invited Talk, NMIMS, Mumbai, India

There is an unprecedented level of awareness of climate change and the role of decarbonization in enabling environmental sustainability moving forward. In particular, there has been a major focus placed on the carbon produced through electricity generation, as it is responsible for roughly 30% of emissions globally.

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12 July 2023
Mumbai, India

Net-zero Transition to Address Climate Change
Invited Talk, IIT-Bombay, Mumbai, India

There is an unprecedented level of awareness of climate change and the role of decarbonization in enabling environmental sustainability moving forward. In particular, there has been a major focus placed on the carbon produced through electricity generation, as it is responsible for roughly 30% of emissions globally.

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03 July 2023
Hong Kong

Decarbonization Opportunities in the Electric Power Sector to Address Climate Change
Keynote Speech, ICEE Conference, Hong Kong

There is an unprecedented level of awareness of climate change and the role of decarbonization in enabling environmental sustainability moving forward. In particular, there has been a major focus placed on the carbon produced through electricity generation, as it is responsible for roughly 30% of emissions globally. While industrialized nations are slowly moving away from fossil-fuel based electricity, emerging economies are still heavily reliant on fossil fuels which are the most readily available electricity generation sources for them.

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24 June 2023
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Climate Change and Net-Zero Transition: A Roadmap for Industrializing Countries
Keynote Speech, IEEE Bangladesh Section Technical Experts Forum, Institute of Engineers, Dhaka, Bangladesh

There is an unprecedented level of awareness of climate change and the role of decarbonization in enabling environmental sustainability moving forward. In particular, there has been a major focus placed on the carbon produced through electricity generation, as it is responsible for roughly 30% of emissions globally. While industrialized nations are slowly moving away from fossil-fuel based electricity, emerging economies are still heavily reliant on fossil fuels which are the most readily available electricity generation sources for them.

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10 June 2023
Region 10

Technologists’ Role in Addressing Climate Sustainability
Invited Talk, IEEE Region 10

There is an unprecedented level of awareness of climate change and the role of decarbonization in enabling environmental sustainability moving forward. In particular, there has been a major focus placed on the carbon produced through electricity generation, as it is responsible for roughly 30% of emissions globally.

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12 May 2023
Macao

Technologists’ Role in Addressing Climate Sustainability
Public Lecture, University of Macao

There is an unprecedented level of awareness of climate change and the role of decarbonization in enabling environmental sustainability moving forward.  In particular, there has been a major focus placed on the carbon produced through electricity generation, as it is responsible for roughly 30% of emissions globally.  While industrialized nations are slowly moving away from fossil-fuel based electricity, emerging economies are still heavily reliant on fossil fuels which are the most readily available electricity generation sources for them.

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11 May 2023
Macao

Role of the Smart Grid in Facilitating the Integration of Renewables
Invited Talk, Macau University of Science & Technology

With the focus on environmental sustainability and energy security, power system planners are looking at renewable energy as supplements and alternatives. But such generation sources have their own challenges – primarily intermittency.  It is expected that the smart grid – due to its inherent communication, sensing and control capabilities – will have the ability to manage the load, storage and generation assets (including renewables) in the power grid to enable a large-scale integration of distributed generation. In a smart grid, information about the state of the grid and its components can be exchanged quickly over long distances and complex networks.

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24 April 2023
USA

Technologists’ Role in Addressing Climate Sustainability
Keynote Speech, IEEE SIGHT day

There is an unprecedented level of awareness of climate change and the role of decarbonization in enabling environmental sustainability moving forward.  In particular, there has been a major focus placed on the carbon produced through electricity generation, as it is responsible for roughly 30% of emissions globally.  While industrialized nations are slowly moving away from fossil-fuel based electricity, emerging economies are still heavily reliant on fossil fuels which are the most readily available electricity generation sources for them. 

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20 April 2023
Portland, OR

Climate Change and Sustainability
Invited Talk, 10th IEEE Conference on Technologiesfor Sustainability

A rising level of greenhouse gas emissions, its effect on life and property, food production and human productivity on the planet are raising alarm bells in the civil society, among policy makers and industry leaders.  At the same time, there is a lack of agreement between industrialized nations and emerging economies about the approach to global decarbonization efforts in the electric power, transportation, ICT, buildings, agriculture and the manufacturing sectors. The presentation proposes a portfolio of solutions with low-carbon generation which can be equally attractive to both groups of the countries. 

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02 March 2023
Singapore

Role of the Smart Grid in Facilitating the Integration of Renewables
Invited Talk, National University of Singapore

With the focus on environmental sustainability and energy security, power system planners are looking at renewable energy as supplements and alternatives. But such generation sources have their own challenges – primarily intermittency.  It is expected that the smart grid – due to its inherent communication, sensing and control capabilities – will have the ability to manage the load, storage and generation assets (including renewables) in the power grid to enable a large-scale integration of distributed generation.

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13 February 2023
Cairo, Egypt

Clean Tech Solutions for Climate Change
Invited Talk, IEEE TEMS Egypt Chapter, Cairo, Egypt

A rising level of greenhouse gas emissions, its effect on life and property, food production and human productivity on the planet are raising alarm bells in the civil society, among policy makers and industry leaders.  At the same time, there is a tension between industrialized nations and emerging economies about the approach to global decarbonization efforts in the electric power, transportation, ICT, buildings, agriculture and the manufacturing sectors.

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04 January 2023
Las Vegas, USA

Climate Change: IEEE’s Role in Bringing Technology to Meet the Challenge
Keynote Speech, IEEE Rising Stars, Las Vegas

A rising level of greenhouse gas emissions, its effect on life and property, food production and human productivity on the planet are raising alarm bells in the civil society, among policy makers and industry leaders.  At the same time, there is a tension between industrialized nations and emerging economies about the approach to global decarbonization efforts in the electric power, transportation, ICT, buildings, agriculture and the manufacturing sectors. This presentation addresses the causes and effects of carbonization and mitigation opportunities.

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28 December 2022
AUST Dhaka, Bangladesh

The Climate Change Challenge: IEEE’s Role in Bringing Technology to Meet the Challenge
IEEE PES Distinguished Lecture, AUST, Dhaka, Bangladesh

A rising level of greenhouse gas emissions, its effect on life and property, food production and human productivity on the planet are raising alarm bells in the civil society, among policy makers and industry leaders.  At the same time, there is a tension between industrialized nations and emerging economies about the approach to global decarbonization efforts in the electric power, transportation, ICT, buildings, agriculture and the manufacturing sectors. This presentation addresses the causes and effects of carbonization and mitigation opportunities.

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22 December 2022
BUET Dhaka, Bangladesh

The Climate Change and the Decarbonization Challenge The Role Smart Grid Can Play in Bangladesh
JRC Memorial Lecture, Buet, Dhaka, Bangladesh

This lecture addresses what is climate change, what is causing it and how it is impacting the daily lives of citizens around the world. It discusses how decarbonization can help mitigate the effects of climate change with renewable energy and smart grid providing a path to the solution in Bangladesh. Some of the emerging and latest technologies being deployed for Smart Grid will be highlighted.

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18 December 2022
Bangladesh

How Can a Smart Grid Help to Integrate Diverse Sources of Generation and Storage
Keynote Speech, IEEE ICCIT Conference, Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh

With the focus on environmental sustainability and energy security, power system planners are looking at renewable energy and storage as supplements and alternatives. But such generation sources have their own challenges – primarily intermittency.  It is expected that the smart grid – due to its inherent communication, sensing and control capabilities – will have the ability to manage the load, storage and generation assets (including renewables) in the power grid to enable a large-scale integration of distributed generation.

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17 December 2022
Delhi, India

Role of the Smart Grid in Facilitating the Integration of Renewables
Distinguished Lecture, IEEE PES Chapter, Delhi, India

With the focus on environmental sustainability and energy security, power system planners are looking at renewable energy as supplements and alternatives. But such generation sources have their own challenges – primarily intermittency. It is expected that the smart grid – due to its inherent communication, sensing and control capabilities – will have the ability to manage the load, storage and generation assets (including renewables) in the power grid to enable a large-scale integration of distributed generation.

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15 December 2022
Pune, India

Role of the Smart Grid in Facilitating the Integration of Renewables
Distinguished Lecture, IEEE PES/IAS Chapter, Pune, India

With the focus on environmental sustainability and energy security, power system planners are looking at renewable energy as supplements and alternatives. But such generation sources have their own challenges – primarily intermittency. It is expected that the smart grid – due to its inherent communication, sensing and control capabilities – will have the ability to manage the load, storage and generation assets (including renewables) in the power grid to enable a large-scale integration of distributed generation.

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12 December 2022
Bangalore, India

Role of the Smart Grid in Facilitating the Integration of Renewables
Distinguished Lecture, IEEE PES Chapter, Bangalore, India

With the focus on environmental sustainability and energy security, power system planners are looking at renewable energy as supplements and alternatives. But such generation sources have their own challenges – primarily intermittency.  It is expected that the smart grid – due to its inherent communication, sensing and control capabilities – will have the ability to manage the load, storage and generation assets (including renewables) in the power grid to enable a large-scale integration of distributed generation.

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10 December 2022
Kolkata, India

The Existential Threat of Climate Change: How Should We Respond?
Keynote Speech, IEEE CalCon

This lecture will address what is climate change, what is causing it and how it is impacting the daily lives of citizens around the world. In the context the author will the issue of greenhouse gas emissions and how it can be reduced to help mitigate the effect of climate change.
There has been a major focus placed on the carbon produced through electricity generation, as it is responsible for roughly 30% of emissions globally, When focusing on the energy sector alone, it is apparent that nation states are coalescing into two groups when targeting carbon reductions:

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10 December 2022
Kolkata, India

Advancing Technology Solutions to Climate Change
DLP Lecture, IEEE PES Kolkata Chapter

China, US, India, Japan and Russia are the top five countries in terms of electricity generation capacity. Between them they had a total capacity of 3,650 million kW in 2016. In terms of fuel sources for electricity coal, natural gas, hydro, nuclear, renewables and oil provided 38.3%, 22.9%, 16.3%, 10.2%, 9% and 3.3% respectively in 2017. This means almost two-thirds of the global electricity production came from fossil fuels in that year. This is reflected in about 10 billion tons of CO2 from electricity generation or about a third of the global production.

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09 December 2022
Kharagpur, India

How Can a Smart Power Grid Help to Integrate Diverse Sources of Generation and Storage
Keynote Speech, First IES Online Conference (ONCON), Kharagpur, India

With the focus on environmental sustainability and energy security, power system planners are looking at renewable energy and storage as supplements and alternatives. But such generation sources have their own challenges – primarily intermittency.  It is expected that the smart grid – due to its inherent communication, sensing and control capabilities – will have the ability to manage the load, storage and generation assets (including renewables) in the power grid to enable a large-scale integration of distributed generation.

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08 December 2022
Global Summit

The Climate Change Challenge: IEEE’s Role in Bringing Technology to Meet the Challenge
Keynote Speech, HAC Global Summit Lecture

A rising level of greenhouse gas emissions, its effect on life and property, food production and human productivity on the planet are raising alarm bells in the civil society, among policy makers and industry leaders. At the same time, there is a tension between industrialized nations and emerging economies about the approach to global decarbonization efforts in the electric power, transportation, ICT, buildings, agriculture and the manufacturing sectors.

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08 December 2022
Beijing, China

Engineering Education and Research in the Age of Smart Grid and the Evolving Power System
Invited Talk, 3rd International Forum on Engineering Education, Beijing, China

Prof. Saifur Rahman
2022 IEEE President-elect
Director, Virginia Tech Adv

26 November 2022
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Causes and Effects of Carbonization on the Climate: Decarbonization Opportunities in the Electric Power Sector
Keynote Speech, IEEE ICEPE Conference, Dhaka, Bangladesh

A rising level of greenhouse gas emissions, its effect on life and property, food production and human productivity on the planet are raising alarm bells in the civil society, among policy makers and industry leaders. At the same time, there is a tension between industrialized nations and emerging economies about the approach to global decarbonization efforts in the electric power, transportation, ICT, buildings, agriculture and the manufacturing sectors.

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10 November 2022
COP27, Egypt

The global engineering view: Delivering an equitable, sustainable and low carbon resilient world
Thematic Talk at the United Nations COP27 Conference Side Event, Egypt.

The talk focuses on ” Developing scientific tools to model and better understand the impacts of climate change on reliability and resilience of the electric power grid – both distributed and synchronized.”

10 November 2022
COP27, Egypt

Educating the Energy Education Workforce in STEM Skills
Invited Talk at the Energy Transition Network Education launch event of the International Renewable Energy Agency at the United Nations COP27 Conference, Egypt.

This talk focuses on “What STEM education opportunities IEEE offers for pre-university students and teachers across the globe. It highlights IEEE’s TryEngineering program and the Volunteer STEM portal.” 

10 November 2022
Hong Kong

A Portfolio of Technology Solutions to Achieve Global Decarbonization
Keynote speech at the IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, Hong Kong.

This talk focuses on a better understanding of carbonization, impacts of rapid carbonization and a portfolio of technology solutions to achieve global decarbonization.

05 November 2022
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Fourth Industrial Revolution and Climate Change
Keynote Speech, International Conference on 4IE for Emerging Future (4IREF), Dhaka, Bangladesh

Climate change and its effect is upon us as we enter the fourth industry revolution (4IR) in automating manufacturing and industrial processes using smart technologies. As such, 4IR should be designed and deployed in a sustainable manner that will minimize byproducts and processes contributing to global warming and climate change.

IEEE is playing a central role in responding to the challenges of climate change by mobilizing its vast knowhow and knowledge base in its technical societies such as artificial intelligence, computing, electronics, robotics, energy, sensors and telecommunications that are the building blocks of the 4IR.

02 November 2022
Singapore

Challenges and Opportunities of Decarbonization in the
Global Electric Power Sector
Keynote Speech, 2022 PES ISGT Conference, Singapore

China, US, India, Japan and Russia are the top five countries in terms of electricity generation capacity. Between them they had a total capacity of 3,650 million kW in 2016. In terms of fuel sources for electricity coal, natural gas, hydro, nuclear, renewables and oil provided 38.3%, 22.9%, 16.3%, 10.2%, 9% and 3.3% respectively in 2017. This means almost two-thirds of the global electricity production came from fossil fuels in that year. This is reflected in about 10 billion tons of CO2 from electricity generation or about a third of the global production.  However, this mix is expected to change significantly in the next 10 years.

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26 October 2022
Malaysia

Role of the Smart Grid in Facilitating the Integration of Renewables
Keynote Speech, GECOST, Curtin University, Malaysia

With the focus on environmental sustainability and energy security, power system planners are looking at renewable energy as supplements and alternatives. But such generation sources have their own challenges – primarily intermittency.  It is expected that the smart grid – due to its inherent communication, sensing and control capabilities – will have the ability to manage the load, storage and generation assets (including renewables) in the power grid to enable a large-scale integration of distributed generation.  

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12 October 2022
Mumbai, India

Role of the Smart Grid in Facilitating the Integration of Renewables
DLP Talk, IEEE Bombay Section, PES Chapter, Mumbai, India

With the focus on environmental sustainability and energy security, power system planners are looking at renewable energy as supplements and alternatives. But such generation sources have their own challenges – primarily intermittency.  It is expected that the smart grid – due to its inherent communication, sensing and control capabilities – will have the ability to manage the load, storage and generation assets (including renewables) in the power grid to enable a large-scale integration of distributed generation.

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11 October 2022
China

Role of Energy Storage and Hydrogen in Decarbonization
CSEE JPES Forum, China

This presentation starts with the role H2 and Storage in decarbonization. It starts with the causes of greenhouse gas emissions,and addresses different storage technologies – pumped storage, compressed air, battery, supercapacitors, superconducting magnetic energy storage, thermal energy storage, gravity energy storage, flywheel. Then the technology of H2 for storing energy is discussed with examples of different types of H2 productions like using high pressure steam to break down CH4 into H2 and CO2. Also Electrolysis. Where H2 can be stored and how to distribute it.

 

09 September 2022
Virginia, USA

A Portfolio of Technology Solutions to Achieve Global Decarbonization

AABEA Thematic Lecture

There is an unprecedented level of awareness of climate change and the role of decarbonization in enabling environmental sustainability moving forward.
In particular, there has been a major focus placed on the carbon produced through electricity generation, as it is responsible for roughly 30% of emissions globally, When focusing on the energy sector alone, it is apparent that nation states are coalescing into two groups when targeting carbon reductions:

  • Industrialized nation states, which have been responsible for the vast majority of the total CO2 emissions thus far.
  • Emerging economies, which are less responsible for past carbon emissions.
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02 July 2022
Khulna, Bangladesh

Role of the Smart Grid in Facilitating the Integration of Renewables
Keynote Speech, International Conference on STEM for the 4th Industrial Revolution

With the focus on environmental sustainability and energy security, power system planners are looking at renewable energy as supplements and alternatives. But such generation sources have their own challenges – primarily intermittency.  It is expected that the smart grid – due to its inherent communication, sensing and control capabilities – will have the ability to manage the load, storage and generation assets (including renewables) in the power grid to enable a large-scale integration of distributed generation.  

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29 June 2022
Seoul, Korea

Global Electric Power Sector: Working Towards a Net-Zero Carbon Future
Keynote Speech, ICEE 2022

In terms of fuel sources for electricity coal, natural gas, hydro, nuclear, renewables and oil provided 38.3%, 22.9%, 16.3%, 10.2%, 9% and 3.3% respectively in 2017. This means almost two-thirds of the global electricity production came from fossil fuels in that year. This is reflected in about 10 billion tons of CO2 from electricity generation or about a third of the global production.  However, this mix is expected to change significantly in the next 10 years.

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29 June 2022
Western Saudi Arabia

Electric Power Sector’s Contribution to Climate Change: A Changing Footprint
IEEE PES DLP Speaker

In 2020 the global total installed capacity for electricity generation was 7,860 GW.  Following is the breakdown by fuel sources of electricity in that year: coal (27.4%), natural gas (23.5%), hydro (17.2%), nuclear (5.1%), oil (5.1%), wind (9.2%), solar PV (9.5%) and other renewables (3.0%).  This means 56% of global electricity generation capacity came from fossil fuels in 2020. However, this mix is expected to change significantly by the of this decade. By 2030 the total global installed power generation capacity is expected to rise to 10,350 GW. Following is the breakdown by fuel sources of electricity in that year: coal (20.8%), natural gas (22.2%), hydro (15.4%), nuclear (4.3%), oil (3.4%), wind (12.5%), solar PV (18.4%) and other renewables (2.9%). This means 46.4% of global electricity generation capacity will come from fossil fuels in 2030.  This is a 10 point drop in 10 years.

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27 May 2022
Jaipur, India

Energy Efficiency in Smart Buildings through IoT Sensor Integration
Keynote Speech, Malaviya National Institute of Technology

Internet of Things (IoT) deployments offer a much higher value proposition if these can function in the context of smart buildings. Such advanced information and communication technology (ICT) applications in commercial buildings, schools, libraries, shopping centers, etc. offer low cost but highly effective monitoring and control opportunities.  Sensors deployed in key locations can monitor the building environment in real-time, collect information for intelligent decision making, and facilitate various services. An IoT sensor platform has been developed that provides a unified communication platform which can integrate information from disparate sources and provide one control hierarchy.

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04 April 2022
Paris, France

Global Electric Power Sector: Engaging with Environmental Issues
Invited Talk, French National Academy of Technology

China, US, India, Japan and Russia are the top five countries in terms of electricity generation capacity. Between them they had a total capacity of 3,650 million kW in 2016. In terms of fuel sources for electricity coal, natural gas, hydro, nuclear, renewables and oil provided 38.3%, 22.9%, 16.3%, 10.2%, 9% and 3.3% respectively in 2017. This means almost two-thirds of the global electricity production came from fossil fuels in that year. This is reflected in about 10 billion tons of CO2 from electricity generation or about a third of the global production.

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07 April 2022
Delft, Netherlands

Role of the Smart Grid in Facilitating the Integration of Renewables
Invited Talk, Technical University, Delft, Netherlands

With the focus on environmental sustainability and energy security, power system planners are looking at renewable energy as supplements and alternatives. But such generation sources have their own challenges – primarily intermittency.  It is expected that the smart grid – due to its inherent communication, sensing and control capabilities – will have the ability to manage the load, storage and generation assets (including renewables) in the power grid to enable a large-scale integration of distributed generation. In a smart grid, information about the state of the grid and its components can be exchanged quickly over long distances and complex networks.

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21March 2022
USA

Smart Energy Efficiency in Smart Cities
Invited Talk, IEEE Smart Cities Week 2022

A smart city relies on widely distributed smart devices to monitor the urban environment in real-time, collects information for intelligent decision making, and facilitates various services to improve the quality of urban living. The distributed network of intelligent sensor nodes, as well as data centers/clouds where sensor data are stored and shared, constitutes a smart city infrastructure. Participatory sensing plays an indispensable role in emerging initiatives of a smart city, which retrieves sensor data from groups of people or communities. The proliferation of personal mobile devices and development of online social networks make participatory sensing viable at a large scale but introduce many open problems at the same time.

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19 March 2022
India

Role of the Smart Grid in Facilitating the Integration of Renewables
Invited Talk, Shri D.M. Tagare Memorial Lecture, IEEE PES/IAS Chapter, Pune Section, India

With the focus on environmental sustainability and energy security, power system planners are looking at renewable energy as supplements and alternatives. But such generation sources have their own challenges – primarily intermittency.  It is expected that the smart grid – due to its inherent communication, sensing and control capabilities – will have the ability to manage the load, storage and generation assets (including renewables) in the power grid to enable a large-scale integration of distributed generation. In a smart grid, information about the state of the grid and its components can be exchanged quickly over long distances and complex networks.

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17 March 2022
South Africa

4th Industrial Revolution Innovations in Energy Internet
Invited Talk, SENTECH Research and Innovation Collaboration, South Africa

17 March 2022
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Role of the Smart Grid in Facilitating the Integration of Renewables into the Power Grid
Keynote Speech at the ASEAN Electrotechnical Symposium & EXhibition

With the focus on environmental sustainability and energy security, power system planners are looking at renewable energy as supplements and alternatives. But such generation sources have their own challenges – primarily intermittency.  It is expected that the smart grid – due to its inherent communication, sensing and control capabilities – will have the ability to manage the load, storage and generation assets (including renewables) in the power grid to enable a large-scale integration of distributed generation.

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04 March 2022
Aligarh, India

Improving Academy-Industry Collaboration in Engineering
Invited Talk, World Engineering Day,  Aligarh Muslim University

All developed countries in the east and west have strong higher education programs, which are well-designed to match industry requirements. At the same time, they have programs that support global collaboration which helps with skills sharing as needed. For example, the US National Science Foundation has the GOALI (Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry) program which supports industry participation in academic research. In the 70’s the US ran the Research Applied to National Needs (RANN) program which brought academia and industry together to meet the nation’s high-tech manpower challenges. Simultaneously US, EU and UK run the US-India, US-China, EU-China, UK-India joint research programs which require industry academy collaboration on both sides.

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02 March 2022
India

Evolving Architecture of the 21st Century Grid With Two-Way Power Flows
Plenary Panel, India Smart Utility Week (ISUW 2022), India

25 February 2022
Beijing, China

4th Industrial Revolution as a Vehicle for Enhanced Industry-Academy Collaboration,
Invited Talk at the College of Engineering, Peking University

China is a good example of how the country’s economic engine is driven by a high-tech manpower which is jointly developed by academia and industry. All developed countries in the east and west have strong higher education programs, which are well-designed to match industry requirements. At the same time, they have programs that support global collaboration which helps with skills sharing as needed. For example, the US National Science Foundation has the GOALI (Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry) program which supports industry participation in academic research. In the 70’s the US ran the Research Applied to National Needs (RANN) program which brought academia and industry together to meet the nation’s high-tech manpower challenges. Simultaneously US, EU and UK run the US-India, US-China, EU-China, UK-India joint research programs which require industry academia collaboration on both sides. China supports collaboration between the Chinese and overseas academia through the China National Key R&D International Fund. 

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24 February 2022
Sydney, Australia

The Global Electric Power Sector: Engaging with Environmental Issues
Keynote Speech, IEEE IAS/IES/PELS NSW Australia Chapters, Sydney, Australia

China, US, India, Japan and Russia are the top five countries in terms of electricity generation capacity. Between them they had a total capacity of 3,650 million kW in 2016. In terms of fuel sources for electricity coal, natural gas, hydro, nuclear, renewables and oil provided 38.3%, 22.9%, 16.3%, 10.2%, 9% and 3.3% respectively in 2017. This means almost two-thirds of the global electricity production came from fossil fuels in that year. This is reflected in about 10 billion tons of CO2 from electricity generation or about a third of the global production. 

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11 February 2022
Delhi, India

The Global Electric Power Sector: Engaging with Environmental Issues
Keynote Speech, DELCON 2022, IEEE Delhi Section Delhi, India

China, US, India, Japan and Russia are the top five countries in terms of electricity generation capacity. Between them they had a total capacity of 3,650 million kW in 2016. In terms of fuel sources for electricity coal, natural gas, hydro, nuclear, renewables and oil provided 38.3%, 22.9%, 16.3%, 10.2%, 9% and 3.3% respectively in 2017. This means almost two-thirds of the global electricity production came from fossil fuels in that year. This is reflected in about 10 billion tons of CO2 from electricity generation or about a third of the global production. 

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03 February 2022
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Preparing Engineering Students to be a Part of the Global Technical Workforce Education and Training Needs
Keynote Speech at City University Webinar, Dhaka, Bangladesh

There are two elements to this discussion.  A bulk of engineering graduates go to work right after graduation. Only a small fraction goes to graduate school. And this is true across the world. When I say ‘engineering’ I include computer scientists also.

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