Dr. R. K. Pandey
Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pandey, Professor and presently Head Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi (https://www.iitbhu.ac.in/dept/eee/people/rkpandeyeee ) has been Director General, National Power Training Institute (NPTI) from July 2016 to Aug 2020 on deputation to Ministry of Power, Govt. of India (http://www.npti.gov.in). Prof. Pandey received Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1992. He is professionally active Senior Member of IEEE having Membership of Power and Energy Society (PES), Smart Grid Community (SGC), Education, Blockchain IEEE Computer Society Special Technical Community, Communication Society and contributing in Power and Energy Systems globally in various capacities as Member of Editorial Board of reputed Transactions/Reviewer/Advisor in advance areas of Power Systems. He is Vice Chairman of Renewable Energy Society of India (RESI) and also Advisory Board Member & Fellow of RESI. He has a long working experience in the field of High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Transmission Technology and Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS) Devices Control, Intelligent Power Control and evolving Ancillary Services in Power Sector along with Operation of Power System in Open Access since last 40 years plus. He is Principal Investigator of Project "Stabilization of AC/DC Network with Unified Power Flow Controller" under Research Scheme on Power, Ministry of Power, Govt. of India and also Principal Investigator of Smart Grid Project (involving BESCOM & IIT (BHU), Varanasi) namely “Design and Development of a Smart Energy Grid Architecture with Energy Storage” funded by DST, Govt. of India which has been implemented under his leadership at Chandapura Division, Bengaluru, Karnataka. He has also established an unique Laboratory " Development of Electropulsing Facility for Synthesis of Bulk Nanostructured Materials" with funding from BRNS jointly with Dr. R. Manna in the Dept of Metallurgical Engineering, IIT (BHU), Varanasi. He is a Member of India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) and associated with WG1 (Grid modernization and smart cities) and WG4 (Policy, Regulations and Business Models). He has been Member of Core Committee of International Solar Alliance, 100% Clean Energy City of Varanasi from MNRE. At present, he is an Expert Member of European Commission H2020, Innovation and Network Executive Agency & Expert Group for Mission Innovation Challenge-Off Grid Access to Electricity of DST and Chairman of SERD committee DST and MNRE. He visited various countries like USA, UK, China, Canada, Hong Kong etc. in connection with different projects/conferences/invited talk etc. He has published more than 145 peer reviewed papers in both national, international journals & conferences of repute. In the year 2016, he initiated the establishment of Roof Top Solar Power Project of 1.5MWp Capacity in IIT (BHU), Varanasi as Coordinator of the Project. He is Chairman of Solar Power Committee of BHU and Coordinator of BHU-NHPC 50 MW Land based Solar Power Project, BHU-BHEL Hydrogen Energy Research and Development & Pilot Project and Green Energy Centre BHU constituted for executing Solar Energy Project (Grid connected mode) both for BHU campus & Rajiv Gandhi South Campus (RGSC) in collaboration with MNRE, Govt. of India. Under his leadership total 6.225 MWp Roof Top Solar Power Project was successfully commissioned which has online IoT based SCADA monitoring system for three different campus of BHU (Main Campus, RGSC Barkachha and Kamachha campus).