We have the honor to announce that Professor Janusz Bialek will be joining us as Director of Skoltech Center of Modeling, Analysis and Design of Energy Systems (Power Systems CREI).
Janusz Bialek was born and educated in Poland, receiving his MEng (1977) and PhD (1981) degrees from Warsaw University of Technology, where he worked as a lecturer until 1989. In 1989 he moved to Durham University, UK, and in 2003 he took up the Bert Whittington Chair of Electrical Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. He returned to Durham in 2009 as the Professor of Electrical Power and Control, and on 1 July 2013 he was appointed DONG Energy Professor of Renewable Energy.
Janusz is a member of Dispute Resolution Panel for the Single Electricity Market Operator, Ireland. In 2012 he was seconded to Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) as DECC/EPSRC Science Policy Fellow. He has been a consultant to the UK government, Scottish Government, European Commission, International Energy Agency, Elexon, Polish Power Grid Company, Scottish Power and Enron. He will be Technical Chair of Probabilistic Methods Applied to Power Systems (PMAPS) conference to be held in Durham in 2014.
Janusz has widely published on technical and economic integration of renewable generation in the power system, smart grids, preventing electricity blackouts and power system dynamics. He is a Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE). Janusz has been has been the Principal Investigator of a number of major research grants funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and industry.
Prof. Bialek sees establishment of the Power Systems CREI at Skoltech as an exciting opportunity to set up a world-leading center for energy systems research and to transform the way energy research, education and innovation is done in Russia. The Center will not only engage in world-leading energy research and in education of Masters and PhD students, but will also play an active role in helping the Russian energy industry to innovate and overcome its many problems. The key feature of the CREI will be its interdisciplinarity, as energy problems require a joint effort of engineers, mathematicians, statisticians, economists and social scientists. The Center will actively collaborate with the best universities in the world.