STPEC 2023


Young Professional

Dr. Vinod Khadkikar, Professor in the EECS Department at Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Brief Description : Dr. Khadkikar is an IEEE Fellow and a Professor in the EECS Department at Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Industry Applications Society.

He received his M. Tech. degree in Power Electronics, Electrical Machines and Drives from the Indian Institute of Technology (IITD), New Delhi, India, in 2002 and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS), Montréal, Canada, in 2008. From April 2010 to December 2010, he was a Visiting Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA. From December 2008 to March 2010, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada.He has contributed around 75 IEEE Transactions papers, and has been instrumental in attracting several external and internal research funds/grants as PI/Co-PI with a total amount of 28 million US$. He was ranked 142 among more than 100,000 researchers in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the list of world’s top 2% of career-long scientists as of September 2022 released by Stanford University.

He is Co-EiC of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics and an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications and IET Power Electronics Journal. He was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics from 2015 to 2023.

Dr. Khadkikar’s research interests include applications of Power Electronics in Distribution Systems and Renewable Energy Resources, Power Quality Enhancement, Active Power Filters, Solid State Transformers, Microgrids, CubeSats and Electric Vehicles.


Dr. Arun Kumar Verma IIT Jammu

Brief Description : Dr. Verma earned his master’s and Ph.D. from I.I.T. Delhi, New Delhi, India. He was a Postdoctoral research fellow (PDF) at the energy research institute (ERI@N), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore, during 2015-2016. Before joining NTU Singapore, he worked as a visiting graduate researcher (VGR) at the smart grid energy research center (SMERC), University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), California, USA, during 2014-2015. He won the prestigious BASE fellowship for advanced solar energy research in 2014. He has been conferred with the prestigious POSOCO Power System Research Award 2016. he is an assistant editor of the smart grid journal and a member of the editorial board for EPE Journal. He has been invited by Defense University College Ethiopia and Metal Engineering Corporation Ethiopia as an instructor for M.Tech program in Renewable Energy Engineering from 7th May 2016 to 27th May 2016. To name a few. He is holding/completed DST research funding of 6 cr., including Mission Innovation (MI), SPARC, ECR, SERD, and CRG. He is also the mentor director for a startup Rishi Agastaya Technologies Pvt. Ltd.  Dr. Verma has guided 5 Ph.D. and 11 MTech theses. 10 Ph.D. candidates are currently working under him.

Singapore Institute of Technology, Singapore

Biography : Dr Sivaneasan received the B.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in 2007 and 2012 respectively. In 2011, he joined the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, as a Research Engineer and subsequently as a Research Fellow until 2015. He then joined Nanyang Polytechnic as a Lecturer in 2015. In 2019, he joined Singapore Institute of Technology as an Assistant Professor and subsequently promoted to an Associate Professor in 2023. He is registered as Chartered Engineer with UK Engineering Council.

Dr Sivaneasan conducted research and development in the areas of power engineering in particular microgrids and smart grid technologies. He has published more than 30 technical papers. He also co-authored a scholarly book chapter on Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) for a book titled “Energy Storage for

Smart Grids: Planning and Operation for Renewable and Variable Energy Resources (VERs)”. In addition, he also won the “Best Innovation in Renewable Energy” award at National Instruments ASEAN Graphical System Design Achievement Awards for his work on a functional smart grid prototype. His work on IIoT based electrical asset management system at a local shipyard won the Best Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference in Power Engineering Applications (ICPEA 2022).

Currently, Dr Sivaneasan is actively involved in applied research projects with strategic industry partners to help the organizations implement new technologies that help improve productivity and work efficiency while ensuring a sustainable operation. His current research focuses on advanced metering infrastructure, condition monitoring system, renewable energy technologies, electric vehicles, energy storage systems, building energy management systems, demand response and smart grids. Till date, Dr Sivaneasan has gathered more than ten years of lecturing, tutoring and laboratory supervision experience in numerous electrical engineering modules. He is also a recognized Associate Adult Educator under the Institute for Adult Education.
He has taught various industry relevant Continuing Education and Training (CET) programs for working adults and foreign participants.