Can Combating Climate Change Result in Renaissance of Electric Power Engineering?


The Montreal Chapter of the IEEE Power and Energy society, in collaboration with Montreal IEEE IAS, IES, and PELS societies, cordially invites you to attend the following seminar given by Dr. Ned Mohan Life Fellow-IEEE, Member National Academy of Engineering USA.  

Coffee and light snacks will be served during the networking from 9:30 AM to 10:00 AM

This presentation will discuss the educational needs of electric power systems today. With climate change upon us, of our own making, how we produce, transmit, and consume electricity must undergo a radical change.  This presentation will contend that this climate-crisis is a great opportunity for us, leading to the renaissance of electric power engineering. 

In doing so, we need to take a holistic connotation of “power systems” that recognizes that power electronics, electric drives, economics, public policy, etc. will all play crucial roles in the next-generation power systems. In addition to relevant research, therefore, a large number of courses, that are synergistic, are needed.

This presentation will argue the following:

1) We should teach a university-wide climate-change related course on power/energy to the freshman that we could also teach to high school students,

2) To juniors and seniors, we should offer only a very few carefully-designed courses to train them broadly, and

3) At the graduate level, we should be open to allow our graduates to take a few online courses for credits from outside of their home institutions because no university has neither the required faculty nor the critical mass of students to teach certain courses.

Besides, this presentation will highlight some of the research being conducted at the University of Minnesota and its practical relevance.

  Date and Time




  • 1100 rue Notre-Dame O,
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • Canada H3C 1K3
  • Building: Building A
  • Room Number: A-1160

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  • Starts 13 June 2019 10:57 AM
  • Ends 21 June 2019 10:00 AM
  • All times are America/Montreal
  • No Admission Charge
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Can Combating Climate Change Result in Renaissance of Electric Power Engineering?


Dr. Ned Mohan: Ned Mohan (LF-IEEE) joined the University of Minnesota in 1975, where he is Oscar A. Schott Professor of Power Electronic Systems and Morse-Alumni Distinguished Professor. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur in 1967. His PhD in Electrical Engineering and Master’s in Nuclear Engineering are from UW-Madison. He has written five textbooks; altogether, they have been translated into nine languages.  He has graduated 46 PhDs. His area of research is in power electronics applied to power systems and he holds several patents.

Ned Mohan received the H.T. Morse Distinguished Teaching Award for undergraduate education from the University of Minnesota in 2007. He has received 2008 IEEE-PES Outstanding Educator Award, 2010 IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2010 UWIG Achievement Award from Utility Wind Integration Group, 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT-Kharagpur (India), and 2012 IEEE Power & Energy Society Ramakumar Family Renewable Energy Excellence Award.  In 2013, he received the Innovative Program Award from the ECE Department Heads Association made up of over 250 U.S. universities. In 2014, he received the Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award from the University of Minnesota and the IEEE Nari Hingorani FACTS Award from the IEEE Power & Energy Society.

He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.