Panels 2022

SusTech 2022 Panels

  1. Accelerating Renewable Energy through Standards

Moderator: Rudi Schubert

  1. Developments in Nuclear Energy

Moderator: Sharan Kalwani

  1. Evolving Aviation Ecosystem”**

Moderator:   Siobhan Dolan Clancy, Founder & CEO of SDC Business Consulting Ltd.

**=Sustainable Aviation Forum Panel


Panel: Accelerating Renewable Energy through Standards

Date: Thursday, April 21, 10;40 – Noon

Moderator: Rudi Schubert, Director, IEEE New Initiatives

This presentation will discuss recently released standards enabling renewable energy, and engagements related to these standards where IEEE is actively supporting clean energy and climate change solutions, including our involvement in the Global Power Systems Transformation Consortium.


Mark Siira: IEEE P2030 Working Group Chair, IEEE Standards Coordinating Committee 21 Chair, IEEE SA Standards Board  – Standards Review Committee (RevCom) and Audit Committee (AudCom)

Karin Wadsack: Program Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory


Speaker Bios:

Rudi Schubert

Rudi Schubert is the Director, New Initiatives for the IEEE Standards Association, and lead for its Energy Practice. He leads the IEEE Industry Connections program, operating consensus building interest groups across a portfolio of emerging issues and topics including sustainability, renewable energy, autonomous and intelligent systems, big data, next generation vehicle technologies and many others. Before joining the IEEE, Rudi was a principal engineer for EnerNex, providing technical expertise on technology standards and testing programs to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He also spent twenty years in progressively expanding leadership roles with Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bellcore) establishing technical criteria and implementation methodologies that become a mandated compliance and certification standard used by US telecom carriers for technology deployment.

Rudi has a 25+ year record of leading, developing and implementing industry standards and testing programs, and facilitating teams to achieve consensus expectations for functional performance, interoperability, product robustness and safety. He holds bachelors and masters degrees in mechanical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey.


Mark Siira is a senior member of IEEE and currently active as a leader in several standards making organizations –  Concurrent leadership roles related to standards include:

  • Chair of IEEE Standards Coordinating Committee 21 – IEEE Coordinating Committee on Interconnection and Smart Grid Interoperability
  • Chair of IEEE P2030 – Guide for Smart Grid Interoperability, IEEE 2030.2-2015 – Guide for Energy Storage Interoperability, Vice-Chair for IEEE1547 Interconnection Standard Revision.
  • Mark is also an active participant in the IEEE Power Systems Relaying Committee, including K10 Liaison, C26 Protection Testing.
  • Mark is a member of the UL Standards Technical Panels 1741 (Inverters), UL2200 (Generators) and 3001 (Systems).

Mark has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering Degree from GMI Engineering and Management Institute (now Kettering University), and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Mark Siira


Karin Wadsack

Karin Wadsack is a program manager for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, where she directs the Global Power System Transformation Consortium and performs applied analysis for energy system decarbonization and resilience projects around the world. She has more than 15 years of experience in energy analysis, policy, and project development. Her background also includes business management, international development, and work with Native American tribes across the United States.

Her subject-matter expertise covers:

  • Utility-scale renewable energy grid integration and power system modeling
  • Data and statistical analysis
  • National, state, tribal, and local energy policy
  • Energy economic and technical analysis
  • Energy education – policymaker, university, K-12, public

Karin holds a PhD in Engineering Sustainable Systems, a certificate in Applied Statistics, master’s degrees in Environmental Science & Policy and Journalism, and a bachelor’s degree in Government.

Her dissertation research focused on the implications for air quality regulation of power system modeling of high-renewables-and-storage scenarios considering the reduced-hydroelectric effects of climate change in the American Southwest.


Panel: Developments in Nuclear Energy

Date: Friday, April 22, 4:10 – 5:30 pm

Nuclear power continues to develop technologically. Abundant energy is the base for advanced societies. We are being squeezed by two forces. The first is that our coal and oil burning does inflict lethal damage. The second is that both are finite resource lifetimes. For sustainability we need to focus on technologies that can supply our needs – 24×7 and long term. This panel will discuss recent positive developments and trends in the nuclear industry.

Moderator: Sharan Kalwani


Steven Mirsky, P.E., Senior Technical Advisor, Research Collaborations, Office of Technology, NuScalePower, Greenbelt, Maryland, USA.

Marley Smith, Nuclear Test Engineer, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Seattle, State of Washington, USA

Dr. Charles Hawkins, Professor Emeritus, ECE University of New Mexico, Affiliate Professor University of Florida.

Speaker Bios:

Sharan Kalwani is an industry technology specialist with over 25+ years of experience. Sharan has degrees in both Engineering and Computer Science. He has worked in many diverse areas. Sharan is a senior member of IEEE and participates in the IEEE Computer/Education/Power Energy and Vehicle Tech Societies respectively. He is also a member of SAE, ASME, is an emeritus member of Michigan!/user group ( the oldest of the *NIX user groups based in Michigan (1985), and has also applied for senior membership elevation with the ACM. He enjoys teaching, holds an Adjunct Faculty position at several local educational institutions. He also serves on the advisory board for the Computer Science department @Loyola University-Chicago. He has published one book “Linux and Internet Security” and is now working on his second. He is a recipient of the IEEE MGA Achievement award for his contributions to IEEE activities in 2018.

Steven Mirsky has been with NuScale Power for over 11 years. He is currently a Senior Technical Advisor in the NuScale Office of Technology working on micro-reactor designs and innovative applications for the SMR. Previously, he was the NuScale Licensing Manager in which he was responsible for directing U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) review responses and interactions for some of the chapters and parts of the NuScale Design Certification Application (DCA), Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) interface, and oversight of all NuScale Rockville office activities.

Mr. Mirsky has more than 44 years of experience in the nuclear industry.  He has worked for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and NUS Corporation consulting for U.S. and foreign nuclear power plants, DOE, and the NRC and at the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (now Exelon) and Virginia Power and Electric Company (now Dominion Power) supporting the safety analysis, design, operation, licensing, and analysis of the Surry, North Anna, and Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plants.  He holds an M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Cooper Union, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Mechanical Engineer in the State of Maryland.

Marley Smith is a Nuclear Test Engineer at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington. He graduated from Western Washington University with a B.S. in electrical engineering in 2020. Nuclear energy is one of Marley’s biggest passions.


Dr. Charles Hawkins is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Mexico and an Affiliate Professor at ECE Florida. His research and graduate teaching was in IC test engineering, reliability, and failure analysis. He has also worked with the CMOS IC Development Group at Sandia National Lab in New Mexico for 20 years and did on-site research at Intel, AMD, Philips Research Labs, Signetics, and Qualcomm.








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