By Dr. Azrul Mohd Ariffin (Universiti Tenaga Nasional)

Participants of IPE knowledge sharing session

On Wednesday 26th June 2019, IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society (DEIS) Malaysia Chapter, in collaboration with the Institute of Power Engineering UNITEN and the Malaysian High Voltage Network (MyHVnet) had organized a half-day seminar entitled “Electrifying the Future: An Industry-Academic Knowledge Sharing Session”. This programme aimed to gather industry professionals and experts, as well as prominent researchers and academicians in the field of electrical engineering, to discuss the future of the electricity industry.

Two distinguished speakers were invited to present their lecture at this seminar. The first speaker was Ir Dr Mohd Fadzil Mohd Siam, the Chief Strategy Officer of TNB Research Sdn Bhd. His lecture entitled “Reimagining Grid of the Future – Our Roles and Perspective” focuses on the changing energy industry landscape in Malaysia, and TNB’s roles to support the Malaysia Electricity Supply Industry through its ‘Reimagining TNB’ strategic initiatives. The second lecture was given by Professor Paul Lewin, Head of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton. His presentation entitled “Future Electricity Networks – Ensuring Reliable Electrical Transmission and Distribution” discusses the evolution of UK transmission networks and the challenges in ensuring the delivery of a reliable and sustainable electricity network.

Around 30 participants from various universities and industries attended the seminar. Throughout this programme, valuable experiences were exchanged and fruitful discussions were made between the industry and academia within the electrical engineering domain. The committee members of the IEEE DEIS Malaysia Chapter would like to express their sincere thanks to the Institute of Power Engineering UNITEN and the Malaysian High Voltage Network (MyHVnet) for their commitment and support in making this seminar a success.