In 2014, the IEEE European Public Policy Initiative created two working groups on Energy and ICT. The Energy Working Group is comprised of 1​2​ leading electrical engineers from all walks of life, including academia and industry. The group meets virtually on a monthly basis and in person several times a year to develop technical policy statements and other documents (e.g., white papers, responses to consultations, etc.) on a wide range of issues with the aim of informing policy makers at the technical level on key topics in the energy realm.

Through this Working Group, European IEEE members are able to participate in peer-selected volunteer groups that develop public policy position statements and may engage in or organize policy-related events.

IEEE EPPC Working Group on Energy

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Jef Beerten Jef Beerten

Jef Beerten received the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium, in 2008 and 2013, respectively. In 2011, he was a visiting researcher at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden, for three months. From April 2014 until March 2015, he was a visiting postdoctoral researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway. Currently, he is an assistant professor with KU Leuven and EnergyVille. His research interests include future power system dynamics, modeling, and control. Dr. Beerten is an active member of both the IEEE and CIGRE. Dr. Beerten was the first winner of the ABB Research Award in Honor of Hubertus von Gruenberg in 2016 and received the KBVE/SRBE Robert Sinave Award and the Prix Paul Caseau from the Institut de France - EDF Foundation for his Ph.D. thesis on modeling and control of DC grids.

Matthias Berger Matthias Berger

Matthias Berger received his Dipl.-Ing. degree in electrical engineering from the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg in 2006. He joined the High Voltage Laboratory of ETH Zurich (2006 – 2011) where his PhD was dedicated to modelling and optimization of multiple energy carrier systems and integration of distributed energy resources. Matthias has studied history and philosophy of knowledge (2008 – 2011) at the Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences of ETH Zurich. A PostDoc stay in Singapore (2011-2013) gave the connection to the ETH Department of Architecture. Currently Matthias is Senior Research Assistant with the Competence Center for Thermal Energy Storage at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.

Practical experiences include working as a project coordinator and scientific advisor at the Singapore-ETH Centre (2013 – ongoing), a senior project coordinator in Austria with the IIASA (2017), a project coordinator for Seed Sustainability in Zurich (2007 – 2008), and R&D engineer at EADS Space Transportation in Bremen and EADS Astrium in Friedrichshafen (2005 – 2006). His research focus is an interdisciplinary approach towards energy and sustainability.

Tomislav Capuder Tomislav Capuder

Tomislav Capuder, PhD, works as assistant professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing University of Zagreb. During 2012 and 2013 he spent time as a visiting researcher at the University of Manchester working on Multi Energy Systems planning and modelling. He received his PhD thesis in 2014 on the topic “Market and Environment Driven Optimization of Flexible Distributed Multi-Generation” and was awarded Silver Josip Lončar Plaque for the best doctorate thesis and outstanding research achievements of the Faculty of electrical engineering and computing. The Faculty awarded him with the Science award for best young academic in 2014, while Croatian Academy of Engineering awarded him in 2015 with the Vera Johanides Award for Best Young Researcher in Croatia.

His areas of expertise include: energy systems planning and modelling, integrated infrastructures, distributed energy systems, energy markets, environmental issues in power system. Tomislav Capuder has published over 50 journal and international conference papers and has participated in over 100 industry sponsored projects related to various topics of power system planning and operation. He was the national coordinator for EU funded project Building Green Skills and a researcher in 4 other international project (FlexChEV, FENISG, uGRIP, IRES-8). He is currently the principal investigator of the nationally funded project SUCCESS and bigEVdata as well as coordinator of WP5 in Interreg Danube project Smart Buildings – Smart Grids – Smart Cities (3Smart).

He is involved in a number of professional and volunteering activities; currently he is chair of IEEE Croatian Power and Energy Chapter and a member of Croatian CIGRE, CIRED and SDEWES. He is a member of international CIRED and CIGRE work groups on distribution network resilience and challenges of integrating storage technologies. As IEEE volunteer, he has been organizing and giving lectures on different topics of education and engineering since 2007, for which he received IEEE Outstanding Chapter Award as the best IEEE Chapter in the world.

Antonio J. Marques Cardoso Antonio J. Marques Cardoso

Antonio J. Marques Cardoso (S’89, A’95, SM’99) received the Dipl. Eng., Dr. Eng., and Habilitation degrees from the University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal, in 1985, 1995, and 2008, respectively, all in Electrical Engineering. From 1985 until 2011 he was with the University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal, where he was Director of the Electrical Machines Laboratory. Since 2011 he has been with the University of Beira Interior (UBI), Covilhã, Portugal, where he is a Full Professor at the Department of Electromechanical Engineering and Director of CISE - Electromechatronic Systems Research Centre.

He was Vice-Rector of UBI (2013-2014). His current research interests are in fault diagnosis and fault tolerance in electrical machines, power electronics, and drives. He is the author of a book entitled "Fault Diagnosis in Three-Phase Induction Motors" (Coimbra, Portugal: Coimbra Editora, 1991) (in Portuguese), and more than 350 papers published in technical journals and conference proceedings. He serves as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics, and for the Springer International Journal of Systems Assurance Engineering and Management.

Fei Gao Fei Gao

Dr. Fei Gao is currently a full professor at the School of Energy and Computer science of the University of Technology of Belfort-Montbeliard (UTBM), Belfort, France. He was an associate professor at the same institution between 2011 and 2017, and was a member of French National University Council (CNU) between 2016 and 2017. He received respectively from UTBM the Master's degree in electrical and control system engineering in 2007, and the PhD degree in renewable energy with distinguished Youth Doctor Award in 2010. His main research fields include fuel cells and their applications in transportation, multi-physical modeling and real time simulation systems. He is the holder of the French research expertise bonus (PEDR) by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, the fellow of IET and the senior member of IEEE. He is the head of the energy production division at the School of Energy and Computer science of UTBM, and the chair of fuel cell system architecture optimization research axis of the national Fuel Cell Research Lab (FR CNRS) in France. He is also an adjunct professor at the Northwestern Polytechnical University and the Southwest Jiaotong University in China. He is the Editor-in-Chief (2019-2021) of IEEE Industrial Electronics Technology News (ITeN), and an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics (TIE), IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications (TIA), IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification (TTE) and editor of the IEEE Transportation Electrification Newsletter and the Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development. He is nominated in 2017 as Conferences/Workshops Committee Chair of IEEE Transportation Electrification Community. He is elected respectively in 2013 as Secretary, in 2016 as Vice-Chair and in 2018 as Chair of the Technical Committee on Transportation Electrification (TCTE) of IEEE Industry Electronic Society (IES). He serves also as technical track chair and member of organizing committee in many IEEE international conferences (IECON, ITEC, APEC, ISIE, ICIT, etc.).

Jesper Jerlang Jesper Jerlang

Jesper Jerlang is Standardization manager at Danfoss Drives A/S. His responsibilities include strategic management of Danfoss Drives’ standardization activities and Public/Industry Affairs with global coordination, participation in European industry organizations and advocacy towards regulation related to energy efficiency, ecodesign and circular economy. Furthermore, Jesper Jerlang is chairman of Danfoss Drives’ Product Compliance Board and member of Danfoss Drives’ business development team.

Jesper Jerlang has long time experience with standardization and public affairs from his position as Director Standardization in Danish Standards Association, the Danish national standardization organization and member of ISO, IEC, CEN, CENELEC and ETSI. Jesper Jerlang has been member of the board of ISO, CEN and CENELEC and member of the technical board of IEC. He has been very active in linking the European and international standardization to policy and regulation at both national and European level.

Jesper Jerlang also has experience as consultant in Ramboll and as teacher at three Danish universities.

Jesper Jerlang holds a Master’s in Environmental planning (Cand.techn.soc.) from Roskilde University and an Executive MBA from Copenhagen Business School.

Jesper is Danish citizen, married and has two grown-up children.

Nuno Marinho Nuno Marinho

Nuno Marinho received his M.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP), Portugal in 2014 and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from CentraleSupélec, France. Currently, he is a Researcher at EDF R&D in its Economic and Technical Analysis of Energy Systems department leading research on economics and regulation of power systems.

His research interests include decision-making in power system operation and planning involving modelling, optimization and economics of energy systems.

Antonello Monti Antonello Monti

Antonello Monti received his M.Sc degree (summa cum laude) and his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Italy in 1989 and 1994 respectively. He started his career in Ansaldo Industria and then moved in 1995 to Politecnico di Milano as Assistant Professor. In 2000 he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of South Carolina (USA) as Associate and then Full Professor. Since 2008 he is the director of the Institute for Automation of Complex Power System within the E.ON Energy Research Center at RWTH Aachen University. Dr. Monti is author or co-author of more than 300 peer-reviewed papers published in international Journals and in the proceedings of International conferences. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, Associate Editor of the IEEE System Journal, Associate Editor of IEEE Electrification Magazine, Member of the Editorial Board of the Elsevier Journal SEGAN and member of the founding board of the Springer Journal “Energy Informatics”. Dr. Monti is the recipient of the 2017 IEEE Innovation in Societal Infrastructure Award.

Josef Shaoul Josef Shaoul

Josef Shaoul is Engineering Manager for Fenix Consulting Delft in The Netherlands, where he has been working for more than 20 years. Previously, he was Sen. Software Eng. at Resources Engineering Systems in Cambridge, MA, USA, developing the Fracpro system. Josef is involved in performing fracture engineering and reservoir engineering studies around the world. He holds S.B. and S.M. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Josef has co-authored more than 35 SPE papers, including four peer reviewed publications. He has been an SPE member since 1996.

Giovanni Spagnuolo Giovanni Spagnuolo

Giovanni Spagnuolo received a M.Sc. degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Salerno (Italy) in 1993 and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University "Federico II" of Naples in 1998. Since May 2016 he has been a Full Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Salerno. Since 1 January 2016 he has been an IEEE Fellow “for contributions to control of photovoltaic systems.” He was in the 2015 Thomson Reuters list of Most Influential Minds, and from 2012 to 2014 he chaired the Technical Committee on Renewable Energy Systems of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society.

Since January 2011 he has been serving as a member of the Steering Committee and editor for the topic “PV system control,” of the IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics. Since January 2007 he has been serving as Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics. He is the principal investigator of some industrial research projects and, for his university, of some FP7 and H2020 projects focused on photovoltaic systems, sustainable mobility, and storage systems. He is a co-author of five international patents, two books, and more than 60 papers published in international journals.

Constantine (Costas) Vournas Constantine (Costas) Vournas

Constantine (Costas) Vournas received the Diploma of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in 1975, the M.Sc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada in 1978, and the NTUA Doctor of Engineering degree in 1986. He is currently Professor in the Electrical Energy Systems Laboratory of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of NTUA. He has published more than 150 papers in International Journals and Conferences and has co-authored the book “Voltage Stability of Electric Power Systems”. His research interests are in the area of power system dynamics, stability and control and include voltage stability and security analysis, wind generator integration in power systems, novel control applications in the distribution and transmission grid, as well as the effect of deregulation on power system operation and control. He is Fellow of IEEE since 2005, member of CIGRE and the Technical Chamber of Greece, Editor of Electric Power System Research International Journal. He is Chair of the IEEE/PES Power Tech Steering Committee, was Region 8 Representative on the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Governing Board and in 2019-20 will serve as Chair of the PES Power Systems Dynamic Performance Committee.


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