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IEEE-PES Young Professionals Committee

John Hofman

John Hofman

Chair

John Hofman is a Substation & Distribution Engineer in Transmission & Distribution Services at Burns & McDonnell in Vancouver, WA. John received his BSEE in 2015 from Washington State University-Vancouver.

Aaron St. Leger

Aaron St. Leger

Past Chair

Dr. St. Leger is a civilian professor in the EE&CS Department. His expertise is in electric power systems. His research interests include power system modeling, computation, operation, and control. Recently his research has focused on faster than real time computation via analog techniques and power transmission line modeling.
​Aaron served as the chair for IEEE PES Young Professionals Committee during 2016-2017.

Sayonsom Chanda

Sayonsom Chanda

Vice-Chair

Sayonsom Chanda is an Engineer-in-Training and Research Engineer at Idaho National Laboratory. He received his Masters in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University. He is into complex network analysis, resilient system design, machine learning, smart home, artificial intelligence, and iOS app development.

Hussain Mahdi

Hussain Mahdi

Academic Laison

Hussain Mahdi is from Malaysia Section, a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the Electronic Department, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). He joined IEEE almost 6 years ago and since then. He was the social activity Chair 2012, vice chair 2013 and the chair of IEEE UKM Student Branch 2014. He  was IEEE Malaysia Section Student Representative 2015, IEEE Region 10 Asia Pacific Students Activities Committee 2015, IEEEXtreme 9.0 Ambassador 2015, IEEE Day Ambassador 2015, IEEE madC ambassador coordinator of Region 10 2016, IEEEXtreme PA Lead, Region 10 and ambassador coordinator 2016.

Erick Chinchilla Vargas

Erick Chinchilla Vargas

Events Coordinator

Erick Chinchilla Vargas (M, 2007) was born in San José, Costa Rica on November 3, 1980. He is a graduate of Autotrónica at the National Institute of Learning (INA), an Electrical Engineer with an emphasis on automatic control, University of Costa Rica and Master in Project Management at UCI. He currently works as a professor and coordinator of Electrical Engineering at the University of Costa Rica, Guanacaste He has held various positions within the IEEE as student branch president, S-SAC, YP chair and student branch counselor.

Simay Akar

Simay Akar

Industry Laison

Sımay Akar is an active IEEE volunteer since 2007 and has been serving several volunteer membership and leadership positions. She is graduated from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. Simay is currently working in the solar industry in Suzhou, China- as Overseas Marketing Manager of Suzhou Talesun Solar Technologies Co., Ltd. is a photovoltaic manufacturer with an annual capacity of 3 GW cells and 5 GW modules in China and Thailand. She is responsible for Americas, MEA, Australia and Japan regional marketing activities.

Usman Munawar

Usman Munawar

Communication Coordinator

Gold medalist, for serving humanity(awarded by the University of Lahore) Gold medalist, for serving humanity(awarded by COMSATS University for Science and Technology). Usman has been serving IEEE Young Professionals for lastGold medalist, for serving humanity(awarded by the University of Lahore) Gold medalist, for serving humanity(awarded by COMSATS University for Science and Technology). Usman has been serving IEEE Young Professionals for last 5 years at the local and international levels. 5 years at the local and international levels.

Thiago Alencar

Thiago Alencar

Membership Development Coordinator
Thiago Ribeiro de Alencar is from Santos, Brazil. He attended UFABC (Federal University of ABC) in Sao Paulo, where he graduated Ph.D. in energy (2017), M.Sc. degree in energy (2012), B.S. degree in management engineering (2017), B.S. degree in aerospace engineering (2011) and B.S. degree in science and technology (2009). His main research interests include optimization of hydropower plant operation and water transfer between rivers with genetic algorithm and ant colony system.
Currently, he is the PES YP committee membership development coordinator, PES Day chair 2018, IEEE Brazil Council membership development officer and treasurer at IEEE YP South Brazil affinity group. He received the 2017 IEEE MGA Young Professionals Achievement Award and 2015 IEEE Theodore W. Hissey Award.   He was the R9 PES YP representative (2014-2017). Also, he was chairman of the PES South Brazil Section chapter for 2 years (2011-2012). In 2014, he was chairman of the PES student chapter at Monash University, Australia. He founded two PES student chapters in Brazil and Australia.
Bala Kotharu

Bala Kotharu

Webmaster

Bala is currently working for Black & Veatch (Global Leader in EPC services for Energy, Water and Telecom) as an Electrical EngineerBala graduated from Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell with a Masters Degree in Power & Energy Engineering and Bachelors’ from JNTU, India with specialization in Power & Energy Engineering. Bala has been with the electric utility industry for over 4 years and an active member of IEEE for over 9 years. His interests are Lightning Protection, Grounding analysis, Substation Design, System Studies, Optimization techniques and applications in renewable energy forecasting.


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For more information on the “PES Young Professionals” program contact John Hofman at: jhhofman@burnsmcd.com