Tensymp 2020


Nirmal Nair, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Electrical, Computer and Software Engineering,
The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Chair, IEEE Region 10 Professional Activities Committee

Short Bio:

Nirmal-Kumar C. Nair (S’89–M’04–SM’10) received his B.E. in electrical engineering from Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara, India and M.E. (Gold Medal) in electrical engineering with high voltage engineering specialization from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, USA. He has held several professional, teaching and research positions in India, USA and New Zealand (NZ). His current research interests involves power systems analysis & operation, protective relaying, automation & optimization in the context of smart grid, electricity markets and integration of DG/renewable sources into bulk power system. He has special ongoing interest in voltage collapse, blackouts, resilience and special protection schemes. To date he has contributed to about 260+ refereed conference and journal papers and has been actively offering his services by reviewing and serving as editor for several reputed journals and conferences. He is passionate about life-long-learning, energy policy, innovation and media outreach.
Nirmal is past Vice-Chair & Chair (2007-08 & 2009-10), UoA SB Chair (2006-10) and currently Student Activities Chair (2011- ) and PES/PELS Chapter Chair (2011-14) for IEEE NZ North Section. In IEEE PES he served Chair of Life Long Learning Subcommittee (2012-14), Chair Constitution and Bylaws Standing Committee in Governing Board Plus (2011-16) and member PES Nominations and Appointments Committee (2011-13). He also actively contributes to several working group and task forces within IEEE PES. In IEEE PES he has held various leadership positions and was nominated for elected positions of Candidate IEEE Division VII (Power &Energy) Director Elect 2017 and Candidate IEEE PES Treasurer (2018-19). He was the General Organizing Chair for IEEE PES 2012 POWERCON, IEEE PES ISGT-ASIA 2017, 2017 CIGRE AUCKLAND and 2018 AUPEC all held in Auckland. He currently serves as PES Distinguished Lecturer Program Coordinator (2018- ) and Chair of Education for PES Long-Range Planning Member (2018- ) that has recently delivered PES University.
For IEEE R10, he served as NZ Council Chair (2016-18), member of Awards & Recognition Committee (2015) and Education Committee (2016-19) and currently serves as Chair for Professional Activities Committee (2019-). Recently, he led the bid for New Zealand North section to host IEEE R10 TECNON 2021. He is an Executive CIGRE New Zealand Committee since 2008, elected Secretary (2014-17), Member for CIGRE B5 (Protection and Automation) from NZ (2010-18) and currently serving as Strategic Advisory Member for CIGRE-B5 (2019-). He was conferred as a CIGRE Distinguished Member in 2018. Thus, he has engaged deeply and won several awards and recognition from these 2 global organizations, IEEE PES and CIGRE, that are responsible for developing and initiating global IEEE and IEC standards in Power systems, which is his area of technical interests.


Students to Young Professionals – Effectively adapting to the transition: Volunteer’s Journey through IEEE : My Professional ‘Home’


Through the personal and professional journey experiences that the presenter has gained through IEEE, this presentation will highlight some of the opportunities, challenges, contributions and recognitions during his journey so far. The focus of this presentation will be to help the transition phase of a young IEEE engineering member’s career from developing towards more technical and professional contributions in their careers and illustrate what opportunities are out there, through IEEE, to make this happen. The presenter has been actively supporting Student/Young Professional/Women-in-Engineering activities of R10 since him being main New Zealand North Section Member Coordinator of the 2011 R10 Student/WIE/GOLD Congress held 7-10 July, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand.
Versions of this talk has been presented, in-person, during ANZCON 2017 held in Sydney on 10th August, alongside IEEE Section Congress held there and more recently during ANZCON 2019 held in Christchurch on 6th July. The feedback received by the presenter during these previous sessions and experience sharing has been very positive. He is looking forward to how this can be adapted for a fully-online session during 2020 as the world is still undergoing the ravages of the COVID-19 Pandemic. During this period of global lock-down, he will also share his recent experiences of facilitating white-paper contributions through IEEE and pod-cast discussions through CIGRE for power system response globally and in his resident country New Zealand.