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Adam A. Filios

Adam A. Filios received the B.Sc. degree in Physics from the University of Athens, Greece, in 1991, and the M.S.E and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, in 1994 and 1999 respectively. He served as a tenure-track assistant professor of engineering at Johnson C. Smith University in North Carolina for two academic years (1998 – 2000), where he taught engineering courses and conducted research in optoelectronic devices.

In 2000 he joined Corning's Photonics Research and Test Center in Somerset NJ, as a senior research scientist, and worked in the research and development of novel nanoscale optoelectronic devices, optical communication systems and optical fibers. From 2002 to 2006 he was a senior researcher with Nanodynamics Inc., in New York, where he worked on wide-bandgap materials, silicon photonics, and nanoscale integrated systems.

In 2006, he joined Farmingdale State College as a tenure-track assistant professor. Currently he is an associate professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Director of the Solar Energy Center. His research interests include nanoscale optoelectronic devices, silicon photonics, photovoltaics, and fiber optic communications.

He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and former member of the American Physical Society (APS), the Optical Society of America (OSA), and the Materials Research Society (MRS).

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Bahar Zoghi

Bahar Zoghi is an assistant professor in the department of Architectural and Construction Management Engineering Technology at Farmingdale State college of SUNY since 2008. She currently is the leader of wind energy research at Renewable Energy and Sustainable Center.

Bahar completed her Ph.D. at Graduate Center of City University of New York, master degree from City College of City University of New York and her bachelor from Polytechnic University of Tehran in civil engineering. Prior to joining Farmingdale she was a research at International Center for Environmental resources and development at City College of New York. She is a professional engineer with more than 9 years experience in private sector.

Her research interests lie in the area of sustainable Environment, ranging from renewable energy, green building and water efficiency. She has advanced expertise in green building arena. In addition to being a LEED accredited professional, she holds building and envelope certification from the building Performance Institute.

Bahar is the author of numerous papers, and served over several workshops and conferences. She has been the advisor of the International Honor Society Epsilon Pi Tau profession in technology since 2008 and the President of the Women in Technology division of The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) for the year 2012-2013. She has received excellent award for her service to Women in Technology division of ATMAE nationwide.

Her passion is to increase number of females in engineering field; she is a member of the Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) roundtable at Farmingdale State College (FSC) and has been the chair of high school and middle school student’s presentation and judging for STEM Diversity summit for the past three years. She enjoys teaching and doing research, bringing real life problems in the classroom.

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Jeff Hung

Dr. Jeff Hung obtained his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Stony Brook University. He also holds a M.S degree in Mechanical Engineering and a B.S degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology. He has over 10 years of research experience in fuel cell technology and holds two patents in this field. In addition, Dr. Hung is an expert in product design, prototype development, CAD/CAM, and CNC machining. He has published over 10 journal and conference publications. Currently, Dr. Hung is an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering Technology department at Farmingdale State College. He is also an active team member in the Smart Gird project at the college which he is the team leader for the solar thermal systems training workforce.

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Jonathan Lane

Jonathan Lane is the founder and CEO of Quad State Solar, Inc. (QSS) A highly respected member of the Long Island/New York City solar community, Jonathan is also a founding member of the Long Island Solar Energy Industries Association (LISEIA), as well as the Lead Solar Instructor at Farmingdale State College. Additionally, he holds NABCEB certifications for PV Installation and PV Technical sales, as well as an IREC ISPQ accreditation as a Certified PV Instructor.

Prior to establishing QSS, Jonathan charted a thirty year career as an independent technologist, consulting to financial firms on Wall Street while designing and building their trading floors and the data centers that support them. A self made entrepreneur, Jonathan’s passion for solar energy (an interest fueled by personal solar projects) led him to the decision to open his own solar energy installation firm.

Since opening the doors at QSS, Jonathan’s business has grown with the solar industry, and he has sold, designed, and installed hundreds of residential and commercial solar systems, ranging from six panel systems on a New York City brownstone, to 100kW solar systems spanning across warehouses and shopping centers. Quad State Solar, Inc. currently operates in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Building on a strong past with solid fundamentals, QSS is poised and ready to continue its growth and success, and break new ground as the solar energy industry continues to mature and evolve in the future.

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Jerry Flaherty

Bachelor of Science, SUNY Empire College, Science, Mathematics and Technology Concentration - Electric and Electronic Technology

New York State Education Department – Albany, NY

  • Licensed Private School Full Teacher

International Association of Electrical Inspectors – Richardson, TX

  • Certified Electrical Inspector – One & Two Family Dwellings, General & Plan Review

North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners – Clifton Park, NY

  • Certified Solar Photovoltaic Installer

SunPower Corporation - San Jose, CA

  • Certified Associate & Advanced Photovoltaic Designer

OSHA Training Institute - Lakewood, CO

  • OSHA Trainer – Construction Industry

Urban Green Council – New York, NY

  • Fundamentals of Building Green + Electrical Systems

Suffolk County Department of Consumer Affairs – Hauppauge, NY

  • Licensed Master Electrician (Retired)

Chief Electrical Inspector – 7 years in Nassau and Suffolk counties

Electrical Inspector -12 years inspecting residential, commercial, industrial and solar photovoltaic electrical systems

Course Instructor - 10 years teaching design, and installation of solar photovoltaic systems

Seminar Leader - 9 years in National Electrical Code and NYS building codes

OSHA Trainer - 6 years conducting seminars on OSHA standards, health and safety issues, lockout-tagout, and Electrical Safety in the Workplace (NFPA 70E)

Engineer - 14 years as a control system design engineer

Master Electrician - 24 years experience in the electrical industry

  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  • International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI)
  • New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA)
  • Long Island Solar Energy Industries Association (LISEIA)
  • Nassau Electrical League (NEL)
  • Suffolk County Electrical Contractors Association (SCECA)

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Kamal Shahrabi

Dr. Kamal Shahrabi received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ, in 1983, the M.E. Degree in Electrical Engineering from City College in New York, New York, NY, in 1985 and M. Phil. and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from City University Of New York, New York, NY, in 1992. Kamal Shahrabi is a Dean of School of Engineering Technologies and Professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology. He has been a professor in the Technology Department at Kean University of New Jersey since 1986-2007 and has been a Chairperson of the department since September 1998-2007. Dr. Shahrabi has published several papers in various areas of Communication, Robot Tracking in Space, Wireless Communication, Impact of Globalization of Advanced Telecommunication Technologies in Developing Countries, and High Speed Optical Satellite Communication and Femtosecond Pulse Shaping. Dr. Shahrabi has several years of experience in the areas of digital signal processing, space tracking, communication and satellite control systems while doing research at City University of New York for NASA.

In addition, he has worked as a Visiting Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department with Institut Teknologi Tun Hussein Onn, Parit Raja, Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia and he developed an engineering curriculum with DSP specialization for the institute (ITHO) during his stay.

His research interests are in the fields of Digital Signal Processing Algorithms, Spread Spectrum, nanotechnology, and Wireless Communication Systems.

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Marjaneh Issapour

She is a graduate of Columbia University with the Master Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. She is a full time faculty at the department of Electrical /Computer Engineering Technology and an active member of the Solar Energy Center at the college. Currently she serves as the Program Director of Renewable Sustainable Energy Center at Farmingdale State college.

Marj holds the Professional Engineering License in New York state. She is also a Cisco certified (CCNA). Her area of research is Renewable and Alternative energy sources. She has been employed by AT& T Information Systems, Siemens Data Switching and NEC. She has received the prestige’s Chancellor’s Award for excellence in faculty service in 2007. She has also been a recipient of Rene Chasmen Affirmative action Award. She is a motivational speaker for women in Science and Engineering.

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Mohamad Zoghi

Mohamad Zoghi started his career as a product manager in the petrochemical industry, where he worked for two years. During his graduate studies, Mohamad had been involved in teaching and research. His main area of research was application of finite element (FE) modeling in biomechanics. In his thesis he performed accident reconstruction of lift truck operators. He then developed a human head FE model to evaluate head injury risks under different accident scenarios.

After graduation, he joined industry and worked in the semi-conductor industry in Silicon Valley, for three years at Xilinx, Inc. On 2009, he returned to City College of New York (CCNY) to join Mechanical Engineering Department as a lecturer. He has been working in the Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology of Farmingdale State College (FSC) - SUNY since September 2010.

Mohamad has been involved with the Smart Gird project since January 2011. Smart Gird project is a joint project between FSC, Stony Brook University (SBU) and Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), which is funded by the Department of Energy (DOE). He is the leader for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) Station and Training task of the Smart Grid project. For the training portion of this task, he has offered four workshops entitled Introduction to Hybrid Technology.

Mohamad has been teaching a wide range of courses including hands-on and theory courses. Examples include Manufacturing Process (Machine Shop, elementary and advanced CNC programming), Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Combustion Engine Theory, Industrial Hygiene, Tooling for Composites Materials and Electrical Principles. His area of research is biomechanics and energy storage. He has over 10 peer reviewed journal and conference publications.

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Nazrul Islam

M. Nazrul Islam is an Assistant Professor at SUNY – Farmingdale. He also worked at Old Dominion University, University of South Alabama, University of West Florida, and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. He published more than 130 publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings. His research interests include optical communication, wireless communication, digital image processing and solid state devices. He is a Senior Member of SPIE and a Senior Member of IEEE.

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Tom Lane

Tom has been in solar contracting since 1977, as documented by the US Department of Energy pamphlet HCP/1566 3-01, issued in 1978. His company, ECS, specializes in solar pool heating, solar hot water, and solar electric systems for remote and grid-connected systems. Tom Lane was an editorial advisor and feature writer for Solar Engineering and Contracting magazine, Solar Today, and Home Power Magazine. He helped create the seminars on solar water heating at Solar Energy International in Carbodale, CO. He conducted seminars on solar water heating in conjunction with Dr. Eric Farber and the University of Florida’s Solar Energy Department, training international students in solar technology. Tom supervised the field training, sponsored by the United Nations. Tom has a Bachelor of Forestry degree from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Education from the University of Florida. From 1969-71 he served as a light weapons expert in the US Army Tropic Lightening Infantry Division. He received awards and recognition for conducting solar seminars for the National Solar Energy Industry Association, American Solar Energy Society, The Florida Solar Energy Center, the Florida and California Solar Energy Association, the National Spa and Pool Institute, and many solar manufacturers. Tom helped develop the course and select test questions, to obtain the solar contractor license for Florida.

From 1977 to 1986, Tom Lane worked for US Solar Corp, Solar Energy Products, Inc., Morningstar Corp., and Pulstar Corp., training contractors in the field and in seminars on commercial and residential solar hot water systems. He was also involved in setting up and monitoring system tests for these manufacturers. He lived in Florida for six years and in California for three years during this period. He helped install the first radiant floor system ever installed using active solar collectors, for Shell Oil in 1980 in California. During that time he spent three years on the road conducting seminars and training sessions in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Costa Rica, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Mexico, Michigan, Nevada, North and South Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and the New England States.

Hopefully, these “lessons learned” will help a new generation of solar contractors learn from past mistakes and successes. Since the end of the tax credit in 1986, the author has received the following awards or positions:

    • 1987 - 1988: Solar Hot Water Contractor of the Year (US Solar Corporation in Hampton, FL)
    • 1989: University of Arizona award for solar well pumping in the Dominican Republic
    • 1993 - 2003: Chosen to assist in developing the test and books for the Florida Solar Contractors’ License for the solar electric, solar hot water and pool heating
    • 1996 and 2000: National Model Solar Pool Contractor of the Year (Aquatherm Ind.)
    • 1995,1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002: Solar Electric Project of the Year (Florida Solar Energy Industry Association) and Special Solar Project of the year for 2000
    • 1999: Hutton Award - Solar Electric Contractor for the Year
    • 1999 - 2000: Thermal Conversion Technology Solar Contractor of the Year
    • 2000: Certified by the Florida Solar Energy Center to install electric grid connected systems
    • 2001: Helped certify, install, and test the first BP solar powered gasoline station in Florida
    • 2001 and 2002: Installed the first Shell Solar EarthSafe Systems in Florida
    • 1993 - 2004: On the board of directors of the Florida Solar Energy Industry Association and head of the Technical Committee.
    • 2002 - 2005: Vice President FLASEIA
    • 2002 Winner Grand Solar Aurora Award at the Southeastern Home Builders Convention
    • 2003 Chosen Subject Matter Expert for the National Solar Electric Exam (NABCEP)
    • 2003 Member of the National Solar Thermal Board and Technical Committee
    • 2005 Honored by the International Solar Energy Society for over 25 years of service
    • 2006 Wrote the Study Guide for NACEP Solar Thermal Exam
    • 2007 Chosen by European Solar Thermal Federation as an expert on the American industry
    • 2008 Winner Grand Solar Aurora Award at Southeastern Home Builders Conference
    • 2009 SRCC Technical Committee on glass
    • 2010 Winner Grand Solar Aurora Award at Southeastern Home Builders Conference

Thomas H. Lane of ECS Solar Energy Systems located in Gainesville Florida, and Freeman Ford of FAFCO based in Chico, California, were named as the 2006 inductees to the Solar Hall of Fame. The Solar Hall of Fame is an international award that was created by an Act of Congress sponsored by the Honorable John R. Foley, Esquire during the 1976 Bicentennial of the United States of America in Washington DC. This award has been given to 45 international men and women from various countries throughout the world since 1976. The first inductees in 1976 were Dr. Charles Abbot, Dr. Erich A. Farber, Dr. John Yellott and Dr. Harry E. Thomason. A trophy is given to each year’s recipient that has a glowing red, orange and yellow sun rising out of a four sided monument that is reminiscent of the pyramid atop the Washington Monument in Washington DC. An international trademark was obtained for the Solar Hall of Fame for “Promoting excellence in the field of solar energy utilization through public testimonials and tribute to outstanding contributors in the field of solar energy.” A unique trophy symbol; the solar Hall of Fame trademark/slogan is “Solar Hall of Fame 1976 to Today”. Each inductee receives trophy inscribed with the Latin/Spanish “El Sol” and the Greek “Helios” above the inscription “Solar Hall of Fame”. Each individual given the award has their name inscribed under the year they were inducted on a brass plaque on one of the four sides of the pyramid. All previous inductees also have their names inscribed on brass plaques under the year they were inducted on one of the four sides of the pyramid. Dr. Erich Farber, the last remaining member or the initial inductees, gave out this year’s trophies on December 21st, 2006.

October 2008, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) awarded the ISPQ Independent Master Training Certification to Thomas H. Lane of ECS Solar Energy Systems and located in Gainesville, Florida. This is the first ISPQ Independent Master Trainer Certification issued and directed specifically to solar thermal design, installation, and service with a specialization in domestic solar hot water and pool heating systems. The ECS Solar Academy the Advanced Solar Contractor Training, located in Gainesville, Florida, provides not only classroom experience, but is combined with what is best termed as on-the-job internship. The Interstate Renewable Energy Council,

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