Keynotes Announced for Virtual SusTech 2020


The SusTech 2020 Committee is pleased to announce the keynotes for the Virtual Conference, being held on April 24-25, 2020.

Friday, April 24
8:00-9:00 AM Dong Tan, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Power Electronics, Smart Grid and Grid Modernization
12:20-1:00 PM Glenn Roquemore
Lessons learned from the July 2019 Ridgecrest, CA earthquakes, changes how we determine seismic risk in buildings
Saturday, April 25
8:00-8:40 AM Kay Das
Challenges of the Connected Vehicle Revolution
12:20-1:00 PM Seth Potter, SDP Space Systems
Orbit Options for Near-Term Space Solar Power

For Keynote details click on the topic links or visit the SusTech 2020 Speakers page, or download the Keynote Speaker program.


Dr. Dong Tan is Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems Distinguished Engineer and Power Products Manager. He earned his Ph.D. degree from Caltech and is IEEE Fellow (since 2007).

Well-recognized as an authority in near adiabatic power conversion and energy systems, he has pioneered many breakthrough innovations with high-impact industry firsts and record performances. His technologies have attracted significant customer funding and led to four product lines for the company and with hundreds of designs and thousands of delivered flight hardware that “significantly enhancing national security.”

He has given more than 50 keynotes and invited talks. He serves frequently on national and international funding, review, award, and prestigious position selection committees.


Dr. Glenn R. Roquemore received his PhD in Geophysics (1980) from the University of Nevada, Reno, Mackay School of Mines. His research has focused on the study of active faulting, nationally and internationally, but largely along the Eastern California Shear Zone particularly in Indian Wells Valley and the Coso Range, California. Following his work at the University of Nevada, he joined the Earth and Planetary Sciences Division, Naval weapons Center, China lake, California.  His primary research focused on earthquake and volcanic hazards along the Pacific Rim. Dr. Roquemore served a President of Irvine Valley College, California for 18 years and is now President Emeritus. Currently, Dr. Roquemore serves as Chancellor of California Southern University.


Kay Das was GPS Program Manager from 2007 to 2013 for LinQuest Corporation in Los Angeles where he additionally led new business development thrusts in the commercial and automotive safety markets. He has previously held responsibilities as R&D Director for STMicroelectronics’ Asia Pacific region in Singapore. He is a past winner of a Singapore Government National Award for “The Initiation and Expansion of High-value R&D and Promotion of Partnerships”. He has managed the development of several silicon-based systems with over 40 years industry experience and built engineering teams from scratch in the US, Singapore, China, and Great Britain. He has overseen the development of over eighty patents.


Seth Potter has been a leader in spaced based solar power for more than 20 years. He is also a major force behind the Los Angeles Chapter of Oasis,