Professor (Dr) Mohan Kolhe is with the University of Agder (Norway) as full professor in electrical power engineering with focus in smart grid and renewable energy in the Faculty of Engineering and Science. He has also received the offer of full professorship in smart grid from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He has more than twenty-five years' academic experience at international level on electrical and renewable energy systems. He is a leading renewable energy technologist and has previously held academic positions at the world's prestigious universities e.g. University College London (UK / Australia), University of Dundee (UK); University of Jyvaskyla (Finland); Hydrogen Research Institute, QC (Canada); etc. He was also a member of the Government of South Australia's Renewable Energy Board (2009- 2011) and worked on developing renewable energy policies. He wasalso leading the EU FP7 Smart Grid-ICT project 'Scalable Energy Management Infrastructure for Household' as Technical Manager (2014-2017). This project was in collaboration with 12 EU partners from 4 EU countries and successfully completed. His academic work ranges from the smart grid, grid integration of renewable energy systems, home energy management system, integrated renewable energy systems for hydrogen production, techno-economics of energy systems, solar and wind energy engineering, development of business models for distributed generation etc. He also did extensive teaching in renewable and electrical energy systems engineering as well as in energy economics. He has been successful in winning competitive research funding from the prestigious research councils (e.g. Norwegian Research Council, EU, EPSRC, BBSRC, NRP, etc.) for his work on sustainable energy systems. He has published extensively inthe energy systems engineering. He has been invited by many international organizations for delivering expert lectures / courses / key note addresses / workshops. He has also been member of many academic promotional committees.
Dr. Anisha Kalra has wide experience in Semiconductor Electronics and Device Physics. Her research at CeNSE revolves around various aspects of semiconductor ultra-violet photo detectors, including device design, epitaxial growth, material characterization, device nano-fabrication and characterization and packaging. The devices she work on utilize ultra-wide band-gap semiconductors such as Aluminium Gallium Nitride and Gallium Oxide as the absorber layer in a vertical photodetector device design, to realize high efficiency, visible-blind, self-powered photo detectors. Coming from a Physics background, aimed at being a nexus between the microstructure of the semiconductor epi-layers at nano scale and the performance and reliability of large-area photo detectors based on them. Utilizing this understanding, AlGaN p-i-n photodiodes with a near- theoretical breakdown field of 6 MV/cm and a record-high zero-bias external quantum efficiency of 92% have been developed. Her research interests also include exploring novel device designs utilzing integration of two of the most commonly explored ultra-wide band-gap semiconductors, Aluminium Gallium Nitride and Gallium Oxide, for the realization of detectors with a broadband, tunable spectral response as well as high breakdown diodes. Presently she Senior Technology Development Engineer (Gallium Nitride) at Infineon Technologies, Villach, Austria.
Dr. Shashwat Rathkanthiwar is currently a postdoctoral research scholar with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at North Carolina State University, USA. Following his undergraduate training in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur in 2014, he switched gears to the field of Nano Science and Engineering and obtained his Ph.D. at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru in 2019. He has been associated with the WideBandgaps Laboratory at North Carolina State University as a postdoc since February 2020. In his research journey, Shashwat has authored 24 journal publications with more than 300 citations and 63 conference presentations. One of his publications won the India Most Cited Paper Award from the Institute of Physics Publishing in 2020. Two of his recent publications were selected as the Editor's Pick in Applied Physics Letters. He has received two best oral presentation awards, two best poster presentation awards, and a research excellence award. Two of his closely collaborated research works were awarded the best oral presentation and best poster presentation awards at the Electronic Materials Conference.