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ePower Queen's Centre for Energy and Power Electronics Research
ePower Queen's Centre for Energy and Power Electronics Research

Advisory Board Members

Dr. Nishith Goel

Dr. Nishith Goel, Board Chair
President and CEO, Cistel Technologies Inc.

Dr. Nishith Goel is the CEO of Cistel Technology, an Information Technology company that he founded in 1995, which operates in Canada and the US. He is also the founder of Cistech Limited and the co-founder of CHiL Semiconductor, IPine Networks, Technologie Sanstream and Sparq Systems.  Dr. Goel earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from the University of Jodhpur in 1976, a Master of Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 1978 and PhD in System Design from the University of Waterloo in 1983. He then began his professional career at Bell Northern Research in 1984 before moving on to Northern Telecom in 1988. Dr. Goel served on the Senate and Board of Governors of the University of Waterloo (1980 to 1982), the Board of Directors of Enablence (ENA:TSX-V) (2007 to 2011), the Board of Directors of the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation (2006 to 2011) and as Chair (2010 to 2011), the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Ottawa (2009 to 2014) and the Board of Directors for Carleton University’s Canada-India Centre for Excellence (2012 to present).

 

Dr. Kalai Kalaichelvan

Dr. Kalai Kalaichelvan, Board Vice-Chair
President and CEO, EION Wireless

As CEO and founder, Dr. Kalai Kalaichelvan has developed EION Wireless into a world leader in IP software and wireless networking solutions. Dr. Kalaichelvan holds a PhD from the University of Toronto, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors in Hydro Ottawa Holdings, Ottawa, ON. Dr. Kalai Kalaichelvan brings to the Board over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry in business and technical leadership. For his entrepreneurial innovation, CATA Alliance and the National Research Council honoured him with the 2004 Innovator of the Year Award. EION, which he founded in 2001, has over 165 Channel Partners worldwide and has an established track record of university collaboration and subsequent technology transfer and commercialization.

 

Dr. Praveen JainDr. Praveen Jain, Director
Professor and Canada Research Chair
Queen's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Praveen Jain holds a PhD from the University of Toronto and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) and the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE). He is also a recipient of the William E. Newell Power Electronics Award from IEEE (the highest international award in his field) and the Engineering Medal (R&D) from the Professional Engineers of Ontario. Dr. Praveen Jain holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Power Electronics at Queen’s University. His research contributions have resulted in over 550 publications, including 107 patents. He has received over $33M in external research funding, and is active in most major international conferences in the power electronics field. Dr. Jain's industrial experience has included work as a power electronics engineer for Canadian Aeronautics where he contributed to the design and development of high frequency power conversion equipment for the International Space Station, as an advisor for Nortel Networks and as a consultant with Astec Advanced Power Systems. He has also consulted with many organizations including Ballard Power, General Electric and Intel. In addition, he secured venture funding to establish a new company, CHiL Semiconductor, from research innovation at Queen’s University.

Dr. Alireza BakhshaiDr. Alireza Bakhshai
Professor
Queen’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Alireza Bakhshai received his BSc and MSc from the Isfahan University of Technology, Iran, in 1984 and 1986, respectively, and his PhD from Concordia University in 1997. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Concordia University during 1997-8. From 1986 to 1993, and from 1998 to 2004, he served on the faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Isfahan University of Technology. Dr. Bakhshai is a licensed Professional Engineer (PEng) in Ontario, and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He has contributed to the engineering discipline as a reviewer for both conferences and journals and has served on research committees. Dr. Bakhshai has acted as a supervisor or co-supervisor for 15 graduate students, and is currently supervising three and co-supervising one. He has published peer-reviewed papers in fields including high power electronics and applications, renewable energy conversion, and control systems. In addition, he has demonstrated his ability to apply his knowledge in an industrial context, contributing to the application of FACTS Controllers and of New Motor Drive Technologies for a Cold Rolling Mill at the Mobarakeh Steel Company, Iran, in 2001, and the design and implementation of a Unified Power Flow Controller in 2002-3.

 

Dr. Amir Fam
Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies)
Queen's Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Professor Fam is the Donald and Sarah Munro Chair in Engineering and Applied Science and the Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. He holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Alexandria University and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering  (structures) from the University of Manitoba. From 2000 to 2002, he was a Post-doctoral Fellow and Instructor at North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh, NC. Dr. Fam joined the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science in the Department of Civil Engineering at Queen`s University as an Assistant Professor in 2002, and was promoted to Full Professor in 2009. He held the position of a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Innovative and Retrofitted Structures (2003-2013). Dr. Fam has served as the Chair of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Civil Engineering and currently serves as a Queen's Senator. In 2009, he was a Visiting Professor at Monash University, Australia and from 2014 to the present he holds the Jinshan Visiting Scholar position at Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, China. 

 

Dr. Stephen HarrisonDr. Stephen Harrison 
Associate Professor
Queen's Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Dr. Harrison has many years of experience in the development and evaluation of solar energy equipment. Author of numerous technical papers and patents, he is the Director of the Solar Calorimetry Laboratory at Queen's University in Kingston, ON. The laboratory supports the efforts of graduate students and post-doctoral researchers, and undertakes applied research for industry and government partners. His past experience includes 8 years as a research officer at the National Research Council of Canada, where he was involved in the development of both national and international standards for solar heating equipment. In 1999, he co-founded Enerworks Inc., (www.EnerWorks.com) a leading manufacturer of solar thermal products in North America, and in 2005, he became the Theme Leader for Solar Heating and Cooling within the Canadian Solar Buildings Research Network (www.solarbuildings.ca). The Network includes the participation of researchers at 11 universities across Canada. As a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, he presents courses in renewable energy, heat transfer and thermodynamics. Dr. Harrison has also been the Faculty Advisor for the Queen's University Solar Vehicle Team since 1988 (now Queen's Solar Design Team) and was the Queen's Faculty Advisor for Team Ontario's award winning  entry to the USDOE 2013 Solar Decathlon Competition.

 

Dr. Jim Banting
President & CEO
PARTEQ Innovations  

Dr. Banting has more than 15 years of business development experience in the life science sector.   He returned to Canada to join PARTEQ in 2014 after spending seven years working at two biotech companies in the United States.  In these roles, he led the due diligence and negotiation of a number of in- and out-licensing, manufacturing, platform, and co-development related collaborations.  Dr. Banting graduated from Queen’s in 1993 with an honours degree in Life Sciences. He went on to earn his doctorate in pharmacology at Queen’s. His career began as a co-founder of the Queen’s spin-off company Vaxis Therapeutics.