We are proud to announce that Dr. Mahdi Pourakbari-Kasmaei will be speaking at NSYP19.

Dr. Mahdi Pourakbari-Kasmaei (S’10–M’15) received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering, power systems, from the Universidad Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Ilha Solteira, Brazil in 2015. He was a postdoctoral fellow at UNESP and also a visiting researcher at Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain, for about 15 months.

He has been a project executive of three practical projects, PI of three academic projects, and also a consultant in an electric power distribution company.

Currently, he is a researcher with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation, Aalto University, Finland. He is also the Chairman of IEEE PES/IES Finland IE13/PE31/A34/PEL35 Joint Chapter. His research interests include power systems planning, operations, economics, and environmental issues.

Dr. Mahdi Pourakbari-Kasmaei will be giving a talk called “Electric Vehicles— Benefits and Challenges”. Statistics show that the number of electric vehicles (EVs) is increasing exponentially. This is a very positive move and beneficial action toward mitigating the carbon emission, and from this standpoint, it enhances the social welfare.

However, to satisfy the charging demands of electric vehicles, fast and ultra-fast charging points should be deployed in distribution level of power system. How strong is our conventional power system to withstand such changes? How to deal with the probable bottlenecks of the system?

In this speech, we particularly answer the aforementioned question and cover the existing and upcoming challenges and benefits of EVs.