2021 CIE/USA-DFW Spring Technical Symposium and Leadership Assessment and Mentoring Program (LAMP)

Spring Technical Symposium!

Spring LAMP Symposium!

Resilience and Sustainability for the Future


About this Event

The CIE/USA-DFW Chapter is proud to unveil our WEBINAR event for the 2021 Spring Technical Symposium, “Resilience and Sustainability for the Future”, and Leadership Assessment and Mentoring Program (LAMP), “Be a Resilient Leader”. Admission is free but advanced registration is required. Webinar details will be provided via email after registration and before the event starts. Please plan to join the meeting 5 minutes prior to the start time to ensure you do not miss a single minute!

The 2021 CIE/USA-DFW Spring Technical Symposium “Resilience and Sustainability for the Future” aims to present and exchange ideas about the efforts to strengthen the resilience and sustainability to meet the future needs of prosperity. Three scientific and engineering experts from high-tech companies and academic institutes in the DFW Metroplex will share their research, innovations, thoughts, and vision in their respective fields of batteries, power infrastructures, and energy resources. All speakers will answer any questions you may have after their presentations.

The 2021 Leadership Assessment and Mentoring Program (LAMP) event will be conducted by successful and experienced leaders within the Dallas area. LAMP is one of the long-standing CIE/USA-DFW events featuring “Leadership” and “Career Mentoring” for young professionals. This event is especially designed for graduating university students and young professionals who desire to enhance their knowledge and hands-on experience on the hiring process, career development, corporate culture, and leadership. After the speakers have presented, a Q&A panel discussion will be conducted for those who may have questions.


Technical Symposium Speaker Profiles:

Samuel Wong
Product Line Manager, Battery Charging Products, Battery Management Solutions, Texas Instruments

Speech Title: Sustainable Power with Energy Harvesting for IoT Applications
Speech Abstract: One of the challenges of smart home or factory is to provide endless power to run the IoT nodes. It is cost prohibitive to power them with wired power or battery power which requires routine charging. Energy harvesting that leverages sustainable sources such as solar or ambient light becomes the only viable solution. This talk will provide an overview of the common energy sources, energy storage elements, and how to convert the energy for IoT applications.

Samuel Wong is product line manager for battery charging products within TI’s battery management solutions division. He has 10 years of experience driving innovation at TI across both battery charging and battery gauging products. He holds a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an MS in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Dallas.






Dr. Mohammad E. Khodayar
Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Southern Methodist University

Speech Title: Energy Supply Resilience and Economics: Transition toward Active Distribution Networks and Microgrid Technology
Speech Abstract: The proximity of the generation and demand in microgrids improves the power quality, reliability, and resilience in the distribution network. Furthermore, the autonomous operation of these facilities introduces technical, environmental, and economic benefits stemming from leveraging renewable energy resources and energy storage technologies. This presentation addresses the benefits, opportunities, and challenges of integrating and operating microgrids in distribution networks. The interconnection among the electricity and natural gas networks is addressed by introducing energy hubs in microgrids. An effective framework to enhance the resilience of microgrids with energy hubs is presented. Moreover, a framework that captures the interactions between the distribution network and microgrid operators is presented. The presented framework addresses the strategic behavior of the microgrid operators to exchange energy with the distribution network and the economic operation of the distribution networks.

Mohammad E. Khodayar received the B.S, M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering. He was a Senior Research Associate with the Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation, Illinois Institute of Technology. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, USA. He is an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy and IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. He is the author of over 50 Journals and Conference proceedings. He was the guest editor for the special section on “Optimization techniques in renewable energy system planning, design, operation, and control”, IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. His research area is power system operation and planning, application of artificial intelligence to power systems and large-scale stochastic optimization.



Dr. Allan Zhong
Halliburton Distinguished Scientist, Halliburton

Speech Title: Reducing Carbon Footprints Through Innovation in Oil/Gas Industry
Speech Abstract: The natural history of earth climate change is reviewed at multiple temporal scales and the factors that influence current global warming are investigated. It is shown that human excessive consumption of materials and energy is the root cause of current global warming. How oil/gas industry is helping to combat global warming through transitioning into clean energy and reducing its carbon footprint through innovation, will be discussed with examples.

Allan Zhong is the Halliburton Distinguished Scientist, Halliburton, a strategic and visionary technology leader with broad engineering/research experience and proven track record to drive innovation and new product development, deliver results with commercial impact. He has 22 issued or pending US patents. He has also published more than 60 technical papers. Prior to Halliburton, Allan worked at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, where he developed an industry leading fracture mechanics-based truck tire durability model. He is a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and member of Society of Petroleum Engineer (SPE). He earned a Ph.D. in applied mechanics from California Institute of Technology.



LAMP Speaker Profiles:

David Lu
Vice President, Network Systems & Automation, AT&T Labs, Church Leader, Board Member of DFW CIE & DFW USCCC, Mentor & Adviser for Multiple Employee Resource Groups and Mentoring Circles at AT&T, and Cellist.

Speech Title: A Journey from Musician to Technology Executive – Unleash Your Full Potential
Speech Abstract: The world and technology are changing in an unprecedented pace around us. So is today’s young people’s career aspiration. This talk will explore tips on how to discover your true self, unleash your full leadership potential, and fulfill your dream.

David Lu currently leads a global team of more than 2,500 people responsible for the architecture, development and engineering of AT&T’s next generation SDN (Software Defined Network) automation platform and open source (Linux Foundation ONAP) enabling AT&T’s network virtualization and target network systems transformation including PaaS & SaaS, policy control & orchestration, hyper-automation and AI/ML driven data analytics. He is the recipient of number of industry awards including IEEE CQR Chairman’s Award, CIO 100 Award, CIE AAEOY Award, and currently holds 53 patents. He is also a frequent speaker at industry conferences and community forums.



Bing Xie
Corporate Board Member, University Adviser, Angel Investor, Former Senior Vice President/Executive Officer for Texas Instruments

Speech Title: Thrive In Time Of Uncertainty
Speech Abstract: Covid-19 has introduced a lot of changes to our professional as well as personal lives. How to improve one’s tolerance and thrive amid uncertainty.

Bing Xie is senior global business executive with a successful track record in global revenue growth strategy, digital transformation and talent development. He now works as corporate board member, university adviser and angel investor. Before his retirement end of 2020, he was Senior Vice President/Executive Officer for Texas Instruments Inc., overseeing global Sales and Application teams and $14+ billion in sales revenue.







Alex Machoka
Senior Director Transmission Operations, Oncor

Speech Title: Inevitability of Change: Intersection of Leadership and Generations in the Workplace
Speech Abstract: How to effectively lead multiple generations especially for young leaders leading older employees, who in most cases have more functional experience.

Alex Machoka has worked at Oncor Electric delivery in Texas since May 2005 and is currently Senior Director in Transmission Operations. Alex started with Oncor in 2005 as a Transmission Protection and Control technician where he worked on substation system protection and relay maintenance. In 2009, after attaining an MBA from University of Dallas, he joined Oncor’s leadership development program and was an assistant manager in the vegetation management group where he managed storm restoration response, utility vegetation management program. Since then, he’s had multiple leadership roles at Oncor with the most recent role prior to current role as the distribution operations director for Dallas Metro region.

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