Bentsman named chair of IEEE committee
Joseph Bentsman has been appointed as the Chair of the Technical Committee on Power Generation of the IEEE Control Systems Society by its Board of Governors.
According to Bentsman, the committee encompasses nuclear, fossil, and renewable energy generation, as well as energy utilization. It counts in its ranks about 120 leading researchers in the area from around the world, representing industry (including GE, Emerson, General Atomics, Alstom, Southern Company, UTRC, and others), government labs (including Sandia, NASA Aims, EUratom-Italy, ITER, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, French Atomic Energy Commission CEA laboratory, and others), and universities (including KTH, MIT, UC Berkeley, Purdue, Lehigh, Tsinghua, Aaborg, Cornell, Delft, Tokyo Tech, and others).
The committee promotes research interactions among energy/power engineers/scientists and control theorists through special sessions, workshops, courses at international conferences, special journal issues, and dissemination of relevant information (upcoming conferences and events, funding opportunities, job opportunities, etc.) and educational materials. The committee meetings are typically held at the IEEE Control and Decision Conference and American Control Conference.
“It is a truly exciting time to be in the energy generation—in the midst of a political storm and a technological transition on a global scale,” Bentsman said. “However, according to the just published U.S. Energy Information Administration forecast coal would still remain the king for a time-being. Nevertheless, to satisfy the increasing world energy demand, while staving off potentially catastrophic consequences of global warming, beyond 2017 the relation between renewables, fossils, and nuclear needs to change dramatically and new clean fossil-based energy generation technologies, like chemical looping, need to come on board. Utilization of all of these energy sources relies on active control. This tells that there is a lot of exciting modeling and control research to be done in the area."