IEEE Smart Grid Education Committee: A Year in Review
By Salam Bani-Ahmed
The smart grid concept is now rapidly progressing into an inevitable transformation of the legacy infrastructure. With that transformation, the IEEE Smart Grid Education Committee plays the role of creating and generating content on various SG domains, following the fast pace of technology development, and nourishing the resource center with informative content that helps the smart grid community, and other affiliated domain experts to stay up-to-date on the state of the art of SG research and development.
In 2018, the Education Committee maintained the growth momentum of the preceding years. We continuously strive to enrich IEEE SG contents with educational material to assist students, industry professionals, and experts with their venture to undertake SG as their main professional focus. The committee plays a partial role in Identifying new channels to recruit researchers and industry professionals to join SG research and development efforts by create a brainstorming environment for young professionals to preserve the current advanced state of IEEE SG community, and to encourage new ideas to reforms and additions to adopt and adapt to future SG development process.
In coordination with other IEEE SG committees, we expanded the horizon of the educational material to ensure an appropriate links across SG domains. All forms of content are peer reviewed by domain experts and affiliated professionals. The review process is continuously improved to efficiently incorporate ideas from different perspective to match the diversity of the audience.
We are proud to exceed our goals in webinars, tutorials, and interviews for this year, and to provided education credits for engineers to maintain meet their licensing requirements. We have successfully created 23 webinars with over 10,000 registrants and 882 downloads from the IEEE Smart Grid Resource Center. We also created 5 tutorials with 743 registrants for the live event, and 196 purchases from the IEEE Smart Resource Center. All content presented is carefully reviewed by the committee and the presenters gladly considered the committee input towards a high-quality content. Moving forward, the plan is to market this educational content for chapter and section meetings to help meet the educational requirements. In addition, the goal is to facilitate discussion and foster an environment of community around smart grid related topics.
I would like to thank all committee members and reviewers for their hard work. I would also like to thank my predecessor Steve Collier for his service as committee chair, and for his endless support serving as a committee member. A special shout-out goes to our program manager Phyllis Caputo for her outstanding effort in making things happen.
We are looking forward to another successful year. We welcome everyone’s support and encourage our professionals to submit their applications to enrich our content on various SG domains. Thank you and happy new year.
Abedalsalam Bani-Ahmed (M’11) was born in Sakib, Jordan in 1984. He received a B.Sc degree (2007) in Engineering Technology from Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan, a M.Sc degree in Computer Engineering (2011) from Jordan University of Science & Technology, Irbid, Jordan, and a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering (2017) from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, specializing in the cyber-physical integration in decentralized smart microgrid control systems. He has worked as research assistant at the Center for Sustainable Electrical Energy Systems (UW-Milwaukee) from 2012 to 2017, and a Power Systems Engineer at Eaton Corporation in 2017.
Currently, Dr. Bani-Ahmed is a Lead Engineer of Power Systems Cyber-Security at Eaton Corporation, Corporate Research and Technology. His research interests include Smart Grids, Microgrids and DERMS, IIoT communications infrastructure, protocols, cyber-security, and standards, and has published numerous technical journal and conference papers, and white papers on related topics. In addition, he is active with IEEE Smart Grid R&D (operations & education committees) and IEEE Smart Cities (R&D, Education, and Publication committees). He also serves as a reviewer to multiple IEEE PES and IAS transactions, and various international Smart Grid related journals.
Dr. Bani-Ahmed is an active member in the following societies: IEEE Member, IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES), IEEE Computer Society (CS), IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS), IEEE Young Professionals & IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc).