Below are the candidates for IEEE Division VII Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect, 2023; Delegate/Director, 2024-2025

Division VII: Power and Energy Society

The sequence of candidates was determined by lottery and indicates no preference.

  • Lalit K. Goel (Nominated by IEEE Division VII)
  • Christopher E. Root (Nominated by IEEE Division VII)

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Lalit K. Goel

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Lalit K. Goel
(Nominated by IEEE Division VII)
Professor & Director
Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore

Lalit Goel is a Fellow of the IEEE and has received 20 teaching awards. He obtained BTech Degree in Electrical Engineering from National Institute of Technology Warangal, India in 1983, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1988 and 1991 respectively. He joined the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at the Nanyang Technological University Singapore in 1991 where he is presently Professor of Power Engineering, Director of Renaissance Engineering Programme, and Director of India Connect Office. He previously served as Head of Power Engineering, Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid, Director of Undergraduate Education (Projects) in the President's Office, and Director, Office of Global Education & Mobility. He was Editor for the International Journal of Electric Power Systems Research from 2002 until 2019. He has published 190 international journal and conference papers in power system reliability, cost/benefit assessment, power markets and renewables.


As a volunteer with IEEE and PES for more than 30 years, I have served in various capacities, including Singapore Section Chair and Regional Representative for Asia-Pacific Region 10. I shall make efforts to bring value of IEEE to industry, encourage STEM careers, support lifelong learning, improve gender diversity, and promote collaborative innovation. I shall endeavor to bring value to both younger and experienced engineers at the technical and educational levels for a sustainable future for the Society.

I will also make efforts to increase networking opportunities for members at IEEE events, and ensure financial transparency to maximize member benefits while keeping budgets in check. I will help build close relationships with IEEE sister Societies, develop good relations with other professional associations, and build global outreach for the benefit of IEEE members. It would be a great honor and privilege to use my experience and knowledge to represent PES interests for this IEEE Board of Directors position, in the hope that I can help make IEEE and PES more relevant and useful to members.


IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

Major Contributions:

1.       PES Governing Board Member Region 10 Representative 2011-2016
2.       Chaired/co-chaired several PES conferences in Singapore since 1995
3.       Only person from Region 10 to win PES Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award
4.       Chairman of IEEE Singapore Section in 2007-2008

IEEE Positions/Contributions:

  • Honorary Chair IEEE TENCON 2016 Singapore
  • General Chair IEEE TENCON 2009 Singapore
  • Member IEEE Region 10 Awards & Recognitions Committee 2015

Power & Energy Society (PES):

  • Member Industry Technical Support Leadership Committee 2021-2022
  • Member Leadership in Power Award Committee 2019-2022
  • Member Outstanding Student Scholarship Selection Committee 2020-2022
  • Region 10 Representative 2011-2016
  • Member Joint Medal of Excellence Award Committee Institution of Engineers Singapore/IEEE 2008-2015
  • Member IEEE PES Roy Billinton Power System Reliability Award Committee 2009-2014
  • Member Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award Committee 2010-2017
  • Editorial Board Member Power & Energy Magazine 2011-2017
  • Long Range Planning Committee Member 2007-2011 and 2016
  • Nominations & Appointments Committee 2006-2007, 2010 and 2014
  • Chapters Representative Region 10 South, 2005-2010


  • PES Singapore Chapter Outstanding Engineer Award 2000
  • PES Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award 2009
  • IEEE Singapore Section Outstanding Volunteer award 2013
  • PES Distinguished Lecturer


  • Singapore Section: Chairman 2007-2008; Deputy Chair 2005-2006; Committee Member 2003-2004
  • PES Chapter Singapore: Chairman 2002-2003; Deputy Chair 2000-2001; Committee Member, 2004-2006, 1998-1999; Treasurer 1996-1997

PES Conferences:

  • Advisor IEEE PES ISGT Asia Conference 2018 Singapore
  • Chairman International Conference on Probabilistic Methods Applied to Power Systems (PMAPS) 2010 Singapore (PES Technical Co-sponsor)
  • Chairman 2004 International Conference on Power System Technology (Powercon) Singapore
  • Chairman International Power Engineering Conference (IPEC) 2005 and 2007 Singapore (PES Technical Co-sponsor)
  • Vice-Chairman Winter Meeting 2000 Singapore
  • Chairman 1998 International Conference on Energy Management & Power Delivery (EMPD) Singapore
  • Publications Chair 1995 EMPD Singapore
  • Secretary IPEC 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2003, Singapore
  • Co-Chair Asian Conference on Energy, Power and Transportation Electrification (ACEPT) 2016-2018 (3 societies technically co-sponsored)

Christopher E. Root

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Christopher E. Root, PE
(Nominated by IEEE Division VII)

Chief Operating Officer (Retired)
Vermont Electric Power Company
Quechee, Vermont, USA


Mr. Root is currently an Executive Advisor at Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO). He recently retired as the Chief Operating Officer at VELCO after 8 years. He was a Sr. VP at National Grid USA for 17 years in the areas of Operations, Asset Management and Engineering before joining VELCO. He is currently the President of the US National Committee of CIGRE (USNC). He holds a B.S.E.E in Power Systems from Northeastern University, a M.S.E.E in Power Systems from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and attended the Management Development Program at the Harvard Business School. He is a registered professional engineer in two states in the US and member of Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi. He was on the North American Transmission Forum Board of Directors and 2021 recipient of Atwood Associate Award (USNC). He has contributed to numerous papers, participated in many conferences, and given keynote addresses worldwide.




If elected, I will do my best to represent the practicing engineers, as well as the important academic community which supports, researches, and trains our industry. The IEEE mission to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity is something I take very seriously and would support all efforts to further this mission. I have significant experience in leading large organizations, and I support financial stability. It is my opinion that the IEEE Board’s responsibility is to its members who elect them and the Institute's chapters and societies, along with its responsibility to publish new technical information, train our new and developing engineers and be the voice of our technical members.

In many ways, the IEEE Board must also lead change to keep the Institute healthy and to change with overall technical, societal, and generational demands. I have the time, experience, sincere interest, and commitment in running for this important position to represent Division VII members on the IEEE Board of Directors. I ask for your consideration and vote.


IEEE Accomplishments and Activities


Mr. Root has been active in the Governing Board of PES for 10 years (2006-2017). He has been the Board Secretary, Treasurer, and a Governing Board Member at Large. He chaired the Governing Board Finance Committee for four years of financial growth.  He was a long term member of an Editorial Board of the Power and Energy Magazine. He has been on the Long Range Planning Committee (LRP) of the Governing Board since 2006 and was the Chairman of the PES Leadership in Power Award Committee. He has been the Chair of the Scholarship Plus Committee.

Mr. Root is a member of the PES Industry Technical Support Leadership Committee (ITSLC), the IEEE Energy Policy Committee, and the PES Industry Advisory Committee.

Mr. Root was instrumental in re-invigorating the dormant Boston PES Chapter in 2007. He organized the first PES Chapter in the state of Vermont in 2014. He was awarded the 2009 Outstanding Engineering Award by the Boston Chapter of the Power and Energy Society. He was the Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee for the PES ESMO Conference and Exposition in Providence, Rhode Island in 2011.