R10TALK – Risks and Opportunities
IEEE R10 Webinar Series – “IEEE R10TALK” is pleased to invite you for the session on “Risks and Opportunities” by Prof. Chandima Gomes on 22nd of May 2021 from 11.00 AM to 12.30 PM (GMT+5.30)
IEEE R10TALK is a joint endeavor of IEEE R10 Industry Relations Committee, R10 Professional Activities Committee, R10 Young Professionals Committee, R10 Women in Engineering Committee and R10 Student Activities Committee focusing on enhancing the awareness on trending topics to the community.
Topic: ‘Risks and Opportunities’
Date: Saturday, 22 May 2021
Time: 11.00 AM to 12.30 PM (GMT + 5.30)
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Guest Speaker: Prof. Chandima Gomes Professor of High Voltage Engineering, Chair, ESKOM Power Plant Engineering Institute-HVAC
The guest speaker Chandima Gomes is a Professor of High Voltage Engineering, the Chair, ESKOM Power Plant Engineering Institute-HVAC and The Director – Centre of Excellence on High Voltage Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. He is a Chartered Engineer registered in UK, a Professional Physicist in South Africa .
Chandima’s research involvements span over a large spectrum of themes .His main research interests at present are energy storage (battery storage and hydrogen), optimization of hybrid energy systems, lightning protection and electrical safety of energy systems, especially related to transportation.
He is also a stakeholder of seven IP rights. He has won 13 awards and honors at both national and international levels. Chandima obtained a First Class Degree in Physics from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka in 1993. He has done research for his PhD (1999) and postdoctoral research on lightning protection and high voltage engineering at Uppsala University, Sweden.
Abstract – Risk and Opportunities
“A person who takes calculated risks will find thousands of opportunities”.
This popular quotation is valid for all times provided that the word “calculated” is properly defined for a given space-time frame. In the last year, global-scale Covid-19 lockdown made many amendments to both opportunities and risks in the engineering spheres. Even the Demarcations of the term “engineering” have now become blurred, and in some scenarios have completely disappeared. Thus, whether it is a professional career or a business venture, one who seeks opportunities in previously well-defined fields, such as electrical engineering, finds that her chances become slim with time. Now the question is whether it is advisable for a country to adopt policies on long-term infrastructure development based on the short-term technological gains of one mode of vehicles? On a different note, this uncertainty of scenarios opens doors to another domain; development of intelligent algorithms for predicting the direction of technology advancement in the future.
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