Keynote Speakers & Plenary Speakers
Prof. Saad Mekhilef
University of Malaya, Malaysia
Saad Mekhilef received the B. Eng. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Setif, in 1995, and Master of Engineering science and PhD from University of Malaya in 1998 and 2003 respectively. He is currently professor at Department of Electrical Engineering; University of Malaya. Prof. Saad is the author and co-author of more than 250 publications in international journals and proceedings. He is actively involved in industrial consultancy, for major corporations in the power electronics projects. His research interest includes power conversion techniques, control of power converters, renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Prof. Chan Siew Hwa
Nanyang Technology University, Singapore
Dr. Chan joined NTU as a Lecturer in 1991 after obtaining his PhD and subsequently working as a postdoctoral researcher at Imperial College London. He is now a Full Professor in the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE). He is concurrently holding 2 appointments as the Co-Director of the Energy Research Institute at NTU (ERI@N), and the Deputy Director of Maritime Institute at NTU (MI@NTU). He is also a Non-Executive Director of Maz Energy Pte Ltd, where he provides technical advices to the Board since 2004. Funded by Royal Armament Research and Development Establishment (RARDE, UK), Dr. Chan’s PhD and post-doctoral research was inclined to Heavy-Duty Internal Combustion Engines for military application. He then extended his research interest to Fuel Cell and Fuel Reforming since 1997. He is the Organizer and Program Chair of the 1st World Hydrogen Technologies Convention (WHTC), Singapore and an active promoter and advocate of Hydrogen Economy in Singapore. From April 2006 till March 2008, he held a joint appointment with A*Star as Programme Director of SERC Fuel Cell Programme. Under this appointment, he led a team of more than 100 researchers from 4 A*Star research institutes working closely with industries on fuel cells. His research has gained him a number of international recognition. In 2000, he received the prestigious George-Stephenson Award from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK (IMechE, UK) for his research in Automotive Engineering. This award is to memorize Sir George Stephenson (1781 – 1848), the Father of Railways, who built the first public railway line in the world using steam locomotives. In 2007, he received the Scientific Achievement Award in the field of Hydrogen Treatment of Materials and the Great Activities in the World Hydrogen Movement, awarded by International Association for Hydrogen Energy, USA (IAHE, USA). He was the only reviewer, outside of UK, invited by UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) to comment on the UK National Fuel Cells Roadmap. He is the editorial board member of “Fuel Cells – from fundamentals to systems” and also “Journal of Power Technologies”. Dr. Chan is also a member of Management Board of Energy Studies Institute as well as a member of Advisory Board of Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies. He has published 190 refereed journal papers with total citations of more than 6000 and h-index of 41. He owns a number of patents in fuel cells and hydrogen technology. He is the recipient of “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014” Award by Thomson Reuters. His research achievements are also matched with his competency in teaching. In 2000, Dr. Chan received the Teacher-of-the-Year Award, NTU; the year he taught Thermodynamics.
Prof. Ir. Dr. Masjuki Bin Haji Hassan
University of Malaya, Malaysia
Professor Ir. Dr. Masjuki Hj. Hassan obtained his B.Sc.(Hons), MechEng from Leeds University, U.K. in 1977. He obtained his M.Sc. in Tribology and Ph.D. from the same university in 1978 and 1982 respectively. Later on, he was appointed as a lecturer in 1983 at University of Malaya. He is currently appointed as a Senior Professor in Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Malaya and currently is also Visiting Professor at King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Administratively, he was appointed as acting Dean, Deputy Dean, and Head of Mechanical Engineering Department. He also sat on many committees at International, National, and University level. He also served as Senate Member of University of Malaya and was Secretary of Council of National Professors - Engineering, Technology and Built Environment Cluster until 31st March 2016. Currently, he is appointed as Chairman of Council of National Professors - University of Malaya Chapter from 1st June 2016 to 31st May 2018. He is the founding President of Malaysian Tribology Society (MyTRIBOS) starting from 2007 to 2017. Currently, he is one of the Vice - Presidents of International Tribology Council (ITC), UK. He is also the Head of the Centre for Energy Sciences and Research Fellow at Center of Malay Excellence Study, University of Malaya. He received many awards for his outstanding academic achievement and also member of many International and National professional organizations. He is collaborating with many International and National research organizations and Universities. He has successfully supervised many local and foreign Master and PhD students. He is a CEng(UK), MSAE(USA), PEng/Ir(Malaysia) and FIMechE(UK).
Prof. Dr. Zainal Salam
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia
Prof. Dr. Zainal Salam obtained his B.Sc (Electronics Engineering), M.E.E (Electrical Engineering) and Ph.D (Power Electronics), from the California State University (Chico, California), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM, Kuala Lumpur) and University of Birmingham (UK), in 1985, 1989 and 1997, respectively. He has been a lecturer for 30 years and is now the Professor in Power Electronics and Renewable Energy at the Centre of Electrical Energy Systems, Faculty of Electrical Engineering UTM. Prof. Zainal was the Dean of Research for Energy Research Alliance- overseeing and managing energy related research work in the University. He has authored and co-authored over 200 papers (with more than 2,000 citation) in various technical journals and conference proceedings. Since 2011, he has been the Editor of IEEE Transaction on Sustainable Energy and a member of Editorial Board for the Scientific World Journal (Hindawi Publishing Corporation). He represents the country as the expert for the International Energy Agency (IEA) PV Power Systems Task 13 Working Group, which focus on the reliability and performance of PV power system. Prof. Zainal is the Vice-Chair IEEE Power Electronics, Industrial Electronics and Industry Application Joint Chapter, Malaysia Section (2011-2013, 2016). He is involved in over 30 projects and consulting works on power converters, solar energy and machine control. His main research interests include all areas of design, instrumentation and control of power electronics renewable energy systems.
Prof. Dr T.M. Indra Mahlia
Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN), Malaysia
Professor Mahlia obtained B. Eng in Mechanical Engineering from Syiah Kuala University, Banda Aceh, Indonesia. He pursued M.Eng.Sc and PhD at the University of Malaya and graduated in 1997 and 2003 respectively. His academic life began in June 2001 as he was appointed as a lecturer at the same department. In December 2006, he was promoted as Senior Lecturer, and as Associate Professor in November 2007. He obtained his full professor in May 2009. He moved to Universiti Tenaga Nasional in August 2012. His publications include more than 300 journal articles, proceedings and also research reports. His research experience in the field of energy, environment and thermodynamics for more than 20 years. He also involved as a researcher in RM 15 million (4.2 US$ Millions) project funded by government and I supervised 61 postgraduate students.
Prof.Chul H. Jo
Inha University, South Korea
Professor Jo, Chul Hee has finished his Mater degree at Stevens Institute of Technology, USA in 1985 and Ph.D in Ocean Engineering at Texas A&M University in 1991. After working for Intec Engineering, Houston USA and Hyundai Heavy Industries, Korea from 1992 to 1997, he has joined to Inha University in Korea. His main research area is tidal current energy and he has been involved in many government advisory bodies and committees in ocean energy policy, development planning and research since 1998. Being the first author in ocean energy text book written in Korea, he has published more than 2000 journal and conference papers with more than 80 patents registered and pending in tidal current energy field. Prof. Jo has been conducted numerous government and industry projects developing tidal current generation system. He is currently the director of the Ocean Energy and Environmental Research Center and the vice president for KSNRE (Korean Society for New and Renewable Energy) and the Executive committee member for AWTEC (Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference).
Prof. Dr. Hazlie Mokhlis
University of Malaya, Malaysia
Prof. Ir. Dr. Hazlie Mokhlis received the B.Eng. and M.Eng.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Malaya, Malaysia. He obtained his Ph.D from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. He is currently a Professor and Head of Electrical Department, University of Malaya. He is also the head of Power and Energy System Research Laboratory. He is the author and co-author of more than 150 publications in international journals and proceedings (100 ISI journal papers) with more than 800 citations, with 17 H-index, 21 PhD and M.Eng.Sc students have graduated under his supervision. He actively involves as reviewer for major journals in the area of power and energy. Besides involve with research, he is also active in the development of Malaysian Standard as a member of Working Group in Development of Malaysian's Power System Analysis and Studies (WG6) and Expert Representative in IEC for project TC 8/PT 62786. Currently he is Executive Committee for IEEE Power Energy Society Malaysia Chapter. His research interest includes fault location, network reconfiguration, islanding operation, islanding detection, and renewable energy.
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