Ram Adapa

Electric Power Research Institute

Palo Alto, California

Technical Executive in the Power Delivery and Utilization Sector

About Dr. Adapa

Ram Adapa (S’82-M’85-SM’90-F’12) received the B.S. degree from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India, the M.S. degree from IIT Kanpur, India, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Waterloo, ON, Canada, all in electrical engineering.

He is a Technical Executive in the transmission and substations area with the Power Delivery and Utilization Sector.

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His research activities focus on high voltage direct current (HVdc) transmission, flexible ac transmission systems, fault current limiters, dynamic circuit ratings to increase transmission capacity, and transmission system reliability performance metrics.

He joined EPRI in 1989 as a Project Manager in the Power System Planning and Operations program. Later, he became Product Line Leader for Transmission, Substations, and Grid Operations, where he developed the research portfolio and business execution plans for the grid operations and planning areas, a portfolio that focused on the needs of a deregulated utility environment.

Some of the tools in this portfolio included market restructuring, transmission pricing, ancillary services, and security tools to maintain the reliability of the grid.

Before joining EPRI, he was with the Systems Engineering Department, Cooper Power Systems as a Staff Engineer.

He has been honored several times by the IEEE for his outstanding contributions to the profession. He has authored or co-authored over 125 technical papers and is an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. He is an Individual Member of CIGRE, a Technical Advisor of IEC TC115-HVdc Transmission Standards Development, and a Registered Professional Engineer.

Sandra Biedron

University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Research Professor

About Dr. Biedron

Sandra G. Biedron (M'96, SM'03) received her Ph.D. in Accelerator Physics from Lund University, Sweden in 2001. In 2018 she received the IEEE NPSS Award on Particle Accelerator Science and Technology. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the SPIE and a Senior Member of the IEEE and the Optical Society of America.

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Sandra G. Biedron is a Research Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of New Mexico (UNM). Since 2002, she has served as the Managing Member of a research and development company Element Aero and since 2016, the Managing Member of a data and physical security firm. She holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the Lund University in Sweden. She leads many research projects and recently served as Deputy Lead Engineer for the Integration and Test of an Innovative Naval Prototype through a Boeing contract. Formerly she was the Department of Defense project office director and a physicist at Argonne National Laboratory and was an associate director of the Argonne Accelerator Institute. Dr. Biedron served as a technical and management consultant on the successful FERMI free-electron laser project at Sincrotrone Trieste (Italy). Her interests are many and include particle accelerator systems, laser systems, the use of artificial intelligence in controls, modelling, and prediction of complex systems, sensors and detectors, and applications of these technologies in science, security and defense. She recently served as a co-leader of the security and defense portion of the Accelerators for America’s Future publication sponsored by the Department of Energy, the follow-on support information for a report requested by the Senate, and a subsequent DOE report on high power lasers. She also has served on a National Academies committee and report. Dr. Biedron is an active member of several professional societies. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), a Senior Member of the Optical Society of America (OSA), a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Fellow of the SPIE, and a member of the Italian Optical Society (SIOF). She has served on a variety of international program and organizing committees and has organized a number of conferences, workshops, and plenary sessions. She serves as a reviewer for several journals and is on the Editorial Board for the American Physical Society’s Physical Review Accelerators and Beams and IEEE’s Access. She recently served as a Senior Guest Editor of IEEE’s Transactions on Nuclear Science and as an Associate Editor of IEEE Photonics. She serves as a technical reviewer on projects worldwide. Dr. Biedron has myriad archival and conference papers and technical documents, holds a U.S. patent, has an international patent pending, and holds an international trademark. Further, she served on a NATO panel for sensors and electronics. In 2010 she was presented a Letter of Commendation by the Chief of Naval Research for her technical efforts and in 2013 she was honored with the George T. Abell Outstanding Mid-Career Faculty Award for the College of Engineering at Colorado State University. In 2018, she received the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society’s Particle Accelerator Science and Technology award. In her civic time she, among other things, curates historical items once belonging to or associated to Enrico Fermi.

Kevin Bowyer

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, Indiana

Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering

About Dr. Bowyer

Kevin Bowyer (S’77-M’80-SM’92-F’98) received the Ph.D. degree in computer science from Duke University, Durham, NC, USA.

He is currently Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, USA.

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His research interests are in the general areas of computer vision, pattern recognition, data mining and biometrics. He has contributed intellectual and technical support for a number of government-sponsored “challenge programs” in biometrics, including the Face Recognition Grand Challenge, the Iris Challenge Evaluation, the Face Recognition Vendor Test and the Multiple Biometrics Grand Challenge. He has also been active in data mining research, especially the development of classifier ensemble techniques for problems that exhibit “extreme” characteristics, such as a high imbalance between classes, unusually large training data, or noise in the class labels.

Dr. Bowyer is an IAPR Fellow.

Babu Chalamala

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Manager of the Energy Storage Systems Department

About Dr. Chalamala

Babu Chalamala (S’96–M’96–SM’00–F’14) is Manager of the Energy Storage Systems Department at Sandia National Laboratories.

Prior to joining Sandia in August 2015, he was a Corporate Fellow at SunEdison (formerly MEMC Electronic Materials) for five years, where he led R&D and product development in grid scale energy storage.

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Before that, he founded two startup companies commercializing large format lithium batteries and digital x-ray sources. Earlier, as a research staff member at Motorola, Research Triangle Institute, and Texas Instruments, he made contribution to the development of materials and device technologies for flat panel displays, vacuum microelectronics, and flexible electronics. He received his B.Tech degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Sri Venkateswara University and his PhD degree in Physics from the University of North Texas. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and Academy of Sciences St Louis, a Life Member of the Electrochemical Society, and a Member of the Materials Research Society. As chair of the IEEE Photonics Society Technical Committee on Displays, he was instrumental in launching the IEEE/OSA Journal of Display Technology. He has been an active member of the Materials Research Society for twenty years and served as General Chair of the 2006 MRS Fall Meeting. He was a guest editor of the MRS Bulletin, Proceedings of the IEEE, and the IEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, and served on the editorial boards of the Proceedings of the IEEE and IEEE Access. He is the recipient of the 2015 James Eads Award of the Academy of Sciences St Louis.

John W. Evans


Washington, DC

Program Executive

About Dr. Evans

Dr. John W. Evans is currently a Program Executive at NASA HQ, Office of Safety and Mission Assurance in Washington, DC, where he is leading agency policy development and research programs for Reliability and Maintainability and managing the NASA Electronic Parts and Packaging Program.

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Dr. Evans’ current research initiatives are promoting the application of Model Based Systems Engineering to the assurance disciplines, across the NASA Centers, as well as fostering the development of advanced Reliability and Maintainability methods. He has been a consultant in systems and reliability engineering to major companies worldwide, having worked throughout Asia and Europe.

Dr. Evans holds the Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and has authored many technical publications and 3 books. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD.