Control Interaction Studies in Connecting HVDCs, Wind Farms, and Power Electronics Based Devices to Electrical Networks

As the electrical energy landscape evolves, the integration of HVDC systems, wind farms, and power electronics-based devices into electrical networks offers unique challenges and opportunities to boost grid stability and efficiency. This webinar focuses on the crucial operability studies necessary for their effective connection.

Attendees will delve into effective control interaction study methods, alongside strategies for selecting study areas and conducting screening studies. Tailored for engineers, researchers, and industry professionals.

Short Bio:

Dr Afshin Pashaei is a distinguished HVDC SME and leader in the energy sector with a comprehensive background across HVDC manufacturing, utility (transmission network), windfarm development, and R&D organizations. Afshin is the Power Quality and Dynamic Performance Manager at National Grid UK. He excels in addressing technical, design, and strategic challenges, with significant achievements in VSC HVDC control systems and the formulation of dynamic performance standards. As a Chartered Engineer, Senior Member of IEEE, and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, his work is crucial in advancing transitions to future networks and enhancing HVDC solutions.

Exploring Power Careers: IEEE PES Workshop at Imperial College London with Dr Afshin Pashaei from National Grid

The IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Student Chapter at Imperial College London hosted Dr Afshin Pashaei from National Grid Electricity Transmission Owner on November 10th, 2023, in collaboration with the IEEE Student Branch to provide an Autumn workshop for power and energy engineering students. Dr Pashaei presented insights into power system careers from the perspective of one of the biggest players in the UK power industry. Along with an overview of trends within the industry, Dr Pashaei gave in-depth descriptions of some of the challenges facing power grid engineers today and emphasized the need for more detailed dynamic models to accurately represent the behaviour of power electronics-interfaced generators and loads within the grid. The seminar attracted 20 attendees, with both MSc and PhD students gaining a deeper understanding of the issues and opportunities at the intersection of research and industry.

2023 IEEE Conference on Advances in Communications, Devices and Systems (ACDS)

Title: Join Us at the 2023 IEEE Conference on Advances in Communications, Devices, and Systems (ACDS)!

Date: September 7th, 2023

Location: Room 611, EEE Department Building

Welcome to ACDS 2023!

We are thrilled to invite you to the 2023 IEEE Conference on Advances in Communications, Devices, and Systems (ACDS), set to take place on September 7th, 2023. Organized by the IEEE ICL Student Branch in collaboration with the EEE Department PhD Representatives, this event promises a vibrant showcase of cutting-edge research by both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Event Highlights:

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Presentations: ACDS will feature engaging presentations from both undergraduate and postgraduate students. It’s a unique opportunity to witness the academic excellence of our young talents.

Student Paper Contest: Undergraduate students will go head-to-head in a thrilling Student Paper Contest, where their research prowess will be put to the test.

ACDS Prizes: We are excited to offer a range of prizes for outstanding presentations, including:

  • Best PhD Presentation Prizes: First place receives £200, second place £100, and third place £50.
  • Top 3 MEng/MSc Presentation Prizes: Each winner will receive £50.
  • Early Submission Rewards: The first 10 submitted and accepted abstracts will receive £20 gift cards.

Exposure and Recognition: Selected topics and papers will be featured on the IEEE UK and Ireland webpage and the Imperial EEE webpage and social media platforms, providing valuable exposure to your research.

Evaluation Process: The selection of topics and best presentations will be based on a combination of expert evaluation and popular vote.

Event Schedule:

  • 10:00-10:30: Welcome drinks with coffee and biscuits
  • 10:30-12:30: Undergraduate presentations and Student Paper Contest
  • 12:30-14:00: Break and lunch
  • 14:00-16:00: Postgraduate presentations
  • 16:00-16:30: Prize ceremony and drinks

Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the latest advancements in communications, devices, and systems and support the next generation of innovators.

We look forward to welcoming you to ACDS 2023 at Room 611, EEE Department Building.

For inquiries and registration details, please contact us!

PES Talk- Optimal Operation of Power Systems with High IBR Penetration – PES Best Thesis Award Seminar!

Dr. Zhongda Chu presented his award-winning research on “Stability-Constrained Optimal Operation of Power Systems with High IBR Penetration” in a seminar hosted by IEEE PES ICL Student Chapter. The event attracted 20 in-person attendees and 30 online participants. Dr. Chu discussed strategies to ensure grid security and maximize economic benefits in the face of IBR integration challenges. The seminar featured interactive Q&A, fostering engaging discussions. The presentation showcased Dr. Chu’s expertise in power systems with high power electronics penetration.

2023 IEEE Conference on Advances in Communications, Devices and Systems (ACDS)

The Imperial College IEEE Student Branch is teaming up with the EEE PhD Student Representatives to bring you the 2023 IEEE Conference on Advances in Communications, Devices and Systems (ACDS), to be held on 7th September 2023.


This year’s conference will host the Imperial IEEE Student Paper Contest. This is an opportunity for undergraduate or MSc students to present their work and get a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to MELECON 2024 in Porto, Portugal! Further details below.


The conference is a great way to showcase your work to the Imperial community and to train your presentation skills. Events throughout the day will include poster presentations, keynote speeches, and networking events, so don’t miss out!


To register your interest, please submit an abstract (~200 words) before the 17th of July 2023 via this link. Submitted topics can cover any topic in engineering that the IEEE is concerned with and could be part of your research or related to other interests. Upon notification of acceptance, students will be asked to present their work in the form of a poster or a traditional oral presentation on the day of the conference.


Imperial IEEE Student Paper Contest [BEng, MEng, MSc only]

Three winning papers will be selected and submitted to the Region 8 IEEE Student Paper Contest to get a chance to win a cash prize of $800/$500/$200 for first, second, and third place, respectively, plus publication of the winning papers in the proceedings of IEEE R8 MELECON 2024 (25-27 June) and funded travel to the conference.

The student contest is open to undergraduate students (BEng, MEng, MSc) only.


ACDS Prizes [BEng, MEng, MSc, PhD]

We are delighted to be able to offer the following awards: 

  • Best PhD presentation prizes worth £200 for first place, £100 for second place, and £50 for third place.
  • Top 3 MEng/MSc presentation prizes worth £50
  • First 10 submitted (and accepted) abstracts will receive £20 gift cards.
  • Topic/paper exposed on the IEEE UK and Ireland web page and on the Imperial EEE webpage and social media.

The selection of topics and best presentations will be made based on expert evaluation and popular vote. 



Abstract submission deadline: 17/07/2023

Notification of acceptance: 21/07/2023

Full IEEE student paper contest submission deadline: 24/08/2023

Presentation/Poster submission: 24/08/2023

Conference date: 07/09/2023


Feel free to get in touch with the ICL IEEE Student Branch with any further questions you may have. 

We are looking forward to receiving your submissions and hosting you on the 7th of September! The full conference programme, including social and networking activities will follow soon.

Event Review | IEEE PES Distinguished Lecture: Grid Modernisation and Power Distribution Systems by Prof Julio Romero Agüero

On May 26, 2023, Prof. Julio Romero Agüero delivered a talk on ‘Grid Modernisation and Power Distribution Systems’ at Imperial College London. The event, organized by IEEE PES UK and Ireland Chapter & Switzerland Chapter and hosted by the IEEE PES Student Branch Chapter at ICL, attracted over 40 in-person attendees and 55 online participants. Prof. Romero discussed grid modernisation objectives, trends, technologies, and leading industry practices to facilitate the adoption of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and electric transportation. He emphasized the importance of engineering in addressing basic human needs, promoting sustainable development, and bridging the knowledge divide for positive transformation.

IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer Program by Prof. Julio Romero Aguero

The IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Student Chapter is delighted to announce that we will be hosting Prof. Julio Romero Aguero to give a seminar as part of the IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer Program (DLP) on Friday 26th May at 16:00. We are pleased to invite you all to join us there.

This event will take place in Room 611, EEE Building (6th floor) with limited capacity. Registration is required to attend this event. Please register via Eventbrite:

Note that there are in-person and virtual attendance options, so please be sure to check that you have selected your preferred mode of attendance.

Following the seminar, snacks and drinks will be provided.

Seminar Overview: Grid Modernization and Smart Distribution Systems – this presentation will provide an overview of grid modernization activities and smart distribution systems, and discuss objectives, trends, modern equipment, technologies, leading industry practices, solutions and methodologies used by the electric power industry to modernize distribution grids and facilitate the adoption of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and electric transportation. This presentation will bring together all these aspects in a cohesive and holistic description to help understand this rapidly evolving and increasingly complex area.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Julio Romero Agüero is Vice President, Strategy & Business Innovation at Quanta Technology. He has 27 years of experience, he provides leadership to Quanta Technology in the areas of technology and business strategy, innovation, grid modernization, distribution systems planning, reliability, resiliency, and integration of distributed energy resources and emerging technologies. He has developed solutions in these areas for electric utilities and regulatory boards in the USA, Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia.

He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE PES, and currently serves as Vice President, Chapters and Membership in the IEEE PES Governing Board. He has served as Chair of the 2020 and 2021 Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference – North America (ISGT – NA), Chair of the IEEE Distribution Subcommittee, Chair of the IEEE Working Group on Distributed Resources Integration, Editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, and Editor of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Women in STEM 2023

On the 13th of March, we hosted our annual ‘Women in STEM’ panel discussion. As in previous years, the aim was to facilitate a conversation on the current status and future perspectives for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine disciplines. The roundtable format proved an effective means of achieving that aim, with the insightful contributions from our four guest speakers, coming from diverse fields and with unique professional experiences.

Our speakers were:

– Dr Reshma Rao, Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow in the Department of Materials at Imperial

– Rimshah Javed, Business Development Manager at Arenko

– Yasmin Baba, CPO and Co-founder at Amilis

– Prof Mustafa F. Ozbilgin, Chair in Organisational Behaviour at Brunel Business School

The panel was moderated by Emilie d’Olne, our IEEE SB Vice-Chair and final-year PhD student in the EEE Department. The conversation touched upon various topics, prompting each speaker to share some thought-provoking ideas and revealing examples. The full discussion is available to watch below!

Nuclear Fusion research and development

The IEEE Student Branch hosted an event discussing nuclear fusion on Tuesday 7th March at the Imperial College South Kensington campus. Two Imperial College academics – Prof. Zulfikar Najmudin and Dr. Yasmin Andrew – joined us to present some of the concepts behind nuclear fusion power, along with progress made towards turning fusion into a practical power source and how the industry might develop in the future.

Prof. Najmudin focused on Inertial Confinement Fusion, which uses laser pulses to initiate reactions and has seen exciting recent results in the US at the National Ignition Facility (NIF), whilst Dr. Andrew presented information on Magnetic Confinement Fusion, where superheated plasma is controlled using electromagnets, such as at the Joint European Torus (JET) tokamak in Oxfordshire.

Following the presentations, the audience had the chance to ask the experts questions about their research within fusion. There was an interesting discussion involving both speakers and the audience on the wider implications and potential of fusion power.

The Student Branch would like to thank our speakers for taking part and we look forward to hosting more events in the future bringing together different areas of science and technology research communities.

We’re Not Really Strangers

On Monday 27 February, the IEEE PES Student Chapter hosted an exciting event in Room 611 to welcome two new colleagues to the CAP community: Prof. Mark O’Malley and Dr. Elina Spyrou.  The students, faculty, and staff learned more about the guests’ backgrounds, professional experiences, and research visions during this event! 

The event was structured as a fun and interactive game of We’re Not Really Strangers, where Prof. O’Malley and Dr. Spyrou answered the questions of the cards they drew! Through this game, they first shared some personal anecdotes, before continuing to the next levels of the game – professional experience and research ideas.

The event concluded with research ideas, during which the audience had the opportunity to ask questions and seek further clarification on the speakers’ research. The discussion was rich and informative.

See you all for the next exciting events of the IEEE PES Student Chapter!