In the midst of the continuing COVID-19 situation, while everyone is locked down in their houses the IEEE AIUB Student Branch successfully organized the extremely enlightening distinguished lecture session titled “New Energy Technologies: Research and Innovation in Power and Energy” using the ZOOM Meeting platform on 29th July 2021. The focus of this lecture session was on the intersection of technological innovations, developmental objectives, and rising environmental concerns.

The session was inaugurated by Prof. Dr. ABM Siddique HossainDean, Faculty of Engineering, AIUB; Advisor, IEEE AIUB Student Branch; who welcomed the respected Speaker of the session Prof. Syed Islam to the event. Prof. Hossain talked about the rapid technological changes in recent years and discussed the bad effects of coal in the atmosphere. He said that all the Engineers and Engineering students have a big role in this sector and as IEEE gives all the engineering students a platform for technological innovation and research, they have a big role to serve. The event was hosted by Dr. Mohammad Hasan ImamCounselor, IEEE AIUB Student Branch; Advisor, IEEE EMBS AIUB SB Chapter; Senior Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering, AIUB. Dr. Imam  introduced the prestigious IEEE AIUB Student branch in short to the honorable speaker Prof. Syed Islam, Ph.D.; FIEEE, FIET, FIEAust, Eng Exec, CPEng, NPER, APEC Engineer, IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer, Dean, School of Science, Engineering and Information Technology, Federation University Australia.

The session was started with the opening remarks from Prof. Syed Islam. The honorable speaker started the session by showing his gratitude towards the IEEE AIUB Student Branch and the participants. The speaker started his presentation by showing the changes in the power grid. With examples, he briefly outlined the transition to the smart grid. Later, Prof. Islam talked about new energy, changing consumer preferences, policy, and regulatory forces, as well as data. Next, the speaker demonstrated smart homes, solar rooftops, control communication, and an advanced smart meter experiment to regulate transformer usage and assist with smart tariffs. He also mentioned Tesla’s 100 days initiative, which includes a 100 MWh battery system. He also discussed the influence on ADMD and the efficiency of vehicle-to-grid (V2G). Finally, Prof. Islam concluded his speech by showing the IEC68150- communication in the digital substation.

Afterward, there was an interactive question-and-answer session, during which the speaker effectively addressed all of the questions. Later, Prof. Dr. Md. Abdur RahmanAssociate Dean, Faculty of Engineering, AIUB; Advisor, IEEE AIUB Student Branch; took the platform and presented the token of appreciation to the honorable speaker. And then he gave the concluding speech where he appreciated the initiative taken by the student branch to organize this distinguished lecture session and thanked the honorable speaker.

The session was graced by the presence of Prof. Dr. Mohammad Abdul MannanAdvisor, IEEE AIUB SB, Director, Faculty of Engineering, AIUB, Mr. Nafiz Ahmed ChisyAssociate Professor and Head-in-Charge (EEE), Faculty of Engineering, AIUB, Mr. Md. Saniat Rahman Zishan, Advisor, IEEE AIUB Student Branch, Associate Professor and Head (CoE), Faculty of Engineering, AIUB, Mr. Chowdhury Akram HossainAdvisor, IEEE AIUB SB, Sr. Asst. Professor, Faculty of Engineering, AIUBMr Kawshik ShikderMotivator, IEEE AIUB SB, Asst. Professor, Faculty of Engineering, AIUB, and other faculty members and students from different universities along with executive branch members and volunteers.