Technical Program Committee 2017
- Nazrul Islam
- Eberhard Waffenschmidt
- Adam Filios
- Qinghai Gao
- Mihaela Radu
- Alex Doboli
- Yue Zhao
- Ronald Pirich
- Tom McGovern
Dr. M. Nazrul Islam is a Professor at SUNY – Farmingdale, where he is also serving as the Chairman of the Security Systems and Law Enforcement Technology Department. He has been in the academia since 1991 and worked at several renowned institutions, including Old Dominion University, University of South Alabama, University of West Florida, and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology.
Dr. Islam earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 1991 and 1994, respectively.
He then earned the Doctor of Engineering degree (equivalent to Ph.D.) from Muroran
Institute of Technology, Japan in 1999.
His research interests include optical communication, wireless communication, digital image processing, security technologies and solid state devices. He has received a patent on Optical Pattern Recognition. He has published more than 150 publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings. He has successfully completed several research projects sponsored by different federal and private institutions, including US Army, National Science Foundation, and Department of Energy. He is serving as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Optics and Laser Technology, and also an Editor of the Journal of Mathematical Problems in Engineering. He has also been actively serving as the Reviewer of numerous journals and Member of the Program Committee of several international conferences. He has been serving as the Publication Chair for several international conferences, including Long Island Systems, Applications and Technology (LISAT), International Energy and Sustainability Conference (IESC), and Signal Processing in Medicine and Biology (SPMB).
He is a Senior Member of IEEE and a Senior Member of SPIE (Society of Optical Engineers). He served the IEEE Long Island Section as the Chair in 2015 and several other roles as well as the Chair of the Photonics Society and Membership Development Society. Dr. Islam also served as the Chair of the IEEE Bangladesh Section in 2003-2004 and Vice Chair in 2002.
He studied electrical engineering at the Technical University (RWTH) in Aachen, where he received his PhD degree. Between 1995 and 2011 he was employed at Philips Research. Since 2011 he is Professor for electrical power grids at the Cologne University of Applied Science. Furthermore, he is chairman of the Solargenergie Förderverein Deutschland e.V. (SFV, German Association for the Promotion of Solar Power). His special interest is in identifying and removing obstacles on the way to a 100% use of Renewable Energy
Adam A. Filios is an Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Department at Farmingdale State College. Prior to joining Farmingdale in 2006, he worked at NanoDynamics, Inc from 2002-2006 as a senior research engineer investigating wide-bandgap materials for power electronics, silicon photonics, and nanoscale integrated systems. From 2000 to 2002 he worked at Corning, Inc. as a senior research scientist with the Photonics Research and Test Center. He was intimately involved with Corning's research and development of novel nanoscale optoelectronic devices, optical communication systems and optical fibers. Prior to joining Corning, he had served as an 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 collaborating with the nanoelectronics group at the University of North Carolina. He holds PhD and MSE degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a B.Sc. degree in Physics from the University of Athens, Greece.
Dr. John Gao is a Professor in the Department of Security Systems & Law Enforcement
Technology at Farmingdale State College. With extensive research experience in biometric
recognition and computer security, he has published numerous journal articles and
He received his PhD in Computer Science from CUNY Graduate Center in 2007. He started teaching full-time in university since 1992 and had taught courses in various subjects for 15 years before joining Farmingdale in September 2009. Since 2001 he held positions in IT, financial, and manufacturing industries as Software Developer, Network Engineer, and Information Security Specialist in the NYC Tri-state areas.
Dr. Mihaela Radu received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca in 2000 and the M. Eng. degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Before joining State University of New York-Farmingdale, Dr. Radu was a faculty member at the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology,In and R@D engineer for the Institute of Scientific Research for Automation and Telecommunications, Bucharest. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology, Farmingdale State College. Over the past fifteen years she taught several undergraduate and graduate courses such as Electrical Circuits, Electronic Device Modeling, Digital Design, Design of Fault Tolerant Systems, Testing of Digital Systems, etc. Her current research interest includes Reliability and Fault Tolerance of Electronic Systems, Programmable Logic Devices and new educational methods emphasizing active learning and project-based-learning. She has over sixty five publications in peer reviewed conference and journals and she was PI, Co-PI or member of several research grants, sponsored by the EU Tempus Program, NSF, academia and industry. She is member of IEEE and Chair of Women in Engineering Affinity Group for IEEE Long Island section. She is research associate with the Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center at Farmingdale State College.
Alex Doboli joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Stony Brook University in Fall 2000, where he is now a Professor. Dr. Doboli's research is in Cyber-Physical and embedded systems, smart power grid, Computer-Aided Design (CAD) of analog and mixed-domain systems and networks of systems, and methodologies for design innovation and data-intensive design. He has published over 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, and has advised 14 Ph.D. thesis. He co-authored with Dr. E. Currie the textbook ''Introduction to Mixed-Signal, Embedded Design'', Springer, 2010.
Yue Zhao is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and an affiliated faculty member of Applied Maths and Statistics at Stony Brook University. He received the B.E. degree in Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 2006, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles in 2007 and 2011, respectively. His current research interests include smart grid, renewable energy integration, statistical signal processing, optimization, and game theory.
Dr. Ronald Pirich has over thirty nine years of experience in systems engineering, technical integration and associated research & development for enabling electromagnetic, energy, optical, electro-optical and photonic technologies including nanofabrication and characterization of nano and microstructures, novel coatings and materials, advanced fiber optics and computational electromagnetics. Since retiring, after thirty five years, from Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in 2012, where he held the distinguished title of Technical Fellow and also served as a Mentor to several Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems College Interns and MIT and City University of New York graduate student Masters and PhD theses, Dr. Pirich was invited to become a member of Gilman Industries Board of Directors. Gilman Industries is developing novel technologies for producing fuel grade hydrogen for a wide array of energy applications. Dr. Pirich has also remained an active participant in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Coalition program. Dr. Pirich continues to support the U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command and SAE International in the development of standards documents for advanced Fiber Optic Sensors for Aerospace Applications, including space applications. He is a holder of eleven patents / and several patents pending and author of over 200 technical papers and presentations. Dr. Pirich is also an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at the Graduate School of the City University of New York (CUNY) and an Adjunct Professor of Physics at St. Joseph's College of New York and Farmingdale State College State College. Dr. Pirich was elected a Fellow of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) in 2015 and continues to serve as the Co-Chair of the SPIE Astronomical Optics: Design, Manufacture and Test of Space and Ground Systems, and also as Chair of the Technical Program Committee for the IEEE Long Island Systems, Applications and Technology (LISAT) Conference. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE. Dr. Pirich was given the SAE International Recognition Award for his contributions to fiber optics and applied photonics in 2012, was recipient of the prestigious 2008 Sixty Over Sixty Award for his lifetime contributions to education and science on Long Island, the Best Paper for the 2010 NSBE Aerospace Systems Conference and the 2010 IEEE Region 1 Award for Technical Innovation.
Throughout his professional career spanning almost three decades, Tom has pioneered new advances in the energy and water quality field. He has designed many first-ever technological advances to handle difficult engineering challenges. His insights, understanding and common sense bring solutions to multifaceted and convoluted problems. As Founder of Geatain Engineering, Tom is responsible for the long term planning, direction and strategic vision of the firm. Emphasizing remarkable customer service, Tom listens empathically to clients' specific needs and establishes trusting, lasting relationships for decades. He is readily accessible to clients and accountable to providing results-driven, market-savvy results.
Tom has unsurpassed experience in commercial building energy savings. Tom served on the task force for the largest industrial trade association east of the Mississippi River which was charged to lower electrical consumption in an industrial park by 15%. Tom was trusted by the New York City Mayor's Office to present their Local Law 87 presentation to New York City building owners and managers. He has regularly presented key changes to the New York State Energy Code and New York City Energy Code to leading design professionals. He has over ten year's experience in teaching a variety of subjects, including auditing, commissioning, green buildings and engineering. Tom has used these skills to develop a truly unique niche in the commercial building energy savings field which includes unsurpassed client satisfaction, trusted relationships with market leaders, advising legislative and policy leaders, adjusting corporate operations to ever changing market conditions, speaking on conference panels, writing newspaper articles, innovating patent-pending technologies, mentoring young professionals, organizing energy conservation panels, developing pilot television shows, blogging through several channels, teaching a variety of seasoned design professionals and college students and speaking on the national "Green Leader" radio show.
Tom has developed a unique, whole building approach to commercial building energy conservation, which covers every square foot of building space. Tom pays close attention to the unique attributes of every building, understanding how and why each piece of equipment operates as it does. He has developed a unique system to align building use to specific energy saving measures and developed several proprietary ventilation practices. Geatain is working on a project to convert a warehouse to a netzero building, which will create more energy than it uses. Tom identified an incentive to save a New York City landmark over $1.3 million in construction costs. Tom has discovered several proprietary measures to lower energy costs with a return on investment less than one year. Tom is evaluating heat reclamation from ovens and dish drying equipment for a Bronx wholesale bakery. He evaluated a previous warehouse lighting design and not only doubled the project incentive value, but also increased energy savings by more than 50%. Tom consulted with a large NYC hospital focusing on computer loads to reduce costs over $125,000/year. He consulted with a national bakery who were moving into a new space and identified over $75,000/year savings in voltage, thermal storage and heat reclamation savings. Through his second look program, Tom found an additional $250,000/year savings after an initial audit revealed just $200,000/year in department store savings (total of $450,000/year savings). For another second look program, Tom saved a local school district $50,000/year after they signed a 20 year ESCO contract. Tom is working with a few real estate managers to track energy savings across portfolios of dozens of properties.