IEEE Western Australia IES Chapter 2021 Annual Event

Muhammad Hayat, Newsletter Editor for IEEE Western Australia Section

IEEE Western Australia Industrial Electronics Society (IES) Chapter organized their Annual Technical Seminar, Networking, and Award Event on 31st March 2021. The event was organized at the Pan Pacific Hotel, Perth, Australia, and was well attended by IEEE members with 40 registrations. One of the guest speakers of the event was Prof. Peter Klinken (Chief Scientist of Western Australia) who gave an interesting presentation on major challenges and opportunities for Western Australia in the rapidly evolving 3rd and 4th industrial revolutions. The other guest speakers were Dr. Martina Calais (Murdoch University) and David Edwards (Horizon Power) who gave a joint presentation on a collaborative research project between Murdoch University and Horizon Power on the integration of distributed energy resources in a remote town of Western Australia, and more specifically the hosting capacity of rooftop photovoltaic systems in the network of this town.

Before these talks, two IES leaders, Prof. Yousef Ibrahim (IES Vice-President for Membership), and Prof. Roberto Oboe (IES Vice-President for Technical Activities) joined the event online from Melbourne and Italy and gave impressive presentations on the activities of IES. The Western Australia Chapter also presented their 2020 awards to Stuart Ashley Bird (Best Undergraduate Award), Dr. Hasanain Al-Hilfi (Outstanding Young Researcher Award), and A/Prof. Farhad Shahnia (Outstanding Engineer Award). This annual event was a great success, with the guest speakers’ interesting presentations, recognition of members’ achievements through awards, and continued by a networking opportunity and a social dinner.