Gerald T. HEYDT
Gerald T. HEYDT
The Human Aspect of Power Engineering
Gerald Thomas Heydt holds the BEEE degree from the Cooper Union in New York and MSEE and PhD. degrees from Purdue University. He spent approximately 25 years as a faculty member at Purdue, and in 1994, he took the position of site director of the NSF and industrially supported Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSerc) at ASU. He has industrial experience with the Commonwealth Edison Company in Chicago, E.G. & G. in Mercury, NV, and with the United Nations Development Program. In 1990, he served as the program manager of the National Science Foundation program in power systems engineering.

Professor Heydt is a Regents’ Professor and Professor of Advanced Technology at ASU; he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a Life Fellow of the IEEE. He is the recipient of the Edison Electric Institute Power Engineering Educator Award, 1989; IEEE Power Engineering Society Power Engineering Educator of the Year, 1995; and the IEEE Kaufmann Award, 2010.

Dr. Heydt’s research interests are in electric power engineering with a focus on electric power quality, distribution engineering, transmission engineering, computer applications in power engineering, power engineering education, power system sensors and instrumentation.


Roberto Napoli
Roberto NAPOLI
The energy transition: new socio-economic deals, new myths and new geopolitical derangements
Roberto Napoli was graduated in Electrical Engineering in 1969, at Politecnico di Torino (Italy), where he is now Emeritus Professor. During almost 50 years of a successful career, he has formed entire generations of electric engineers and researchers while holding top positions in the national and international power system scenario. He has been National President of the Power system researcher groups GUSEE, President of the National Board for Electrical Engineering curricula, Deputy Dean of the Engineering Faculty, member of the Board of Trustees. Speaking fluently in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese, his long-standing international connections include teaching and researching experiences in Europe, USA, Brazil, Africa, China, with an interrupted list of national and international contracts.  His main interests are in the Power System area, on the frontier of the new technologies, where technical, economic and social problems interact posing dramatic risks and opportunities. His academic experience, with more than 100 international papers, reviewing activity and workshops, is coupled with an intense professional activity, with various top realizations around the world as registered engineer. He is now working on e-mobility, with several patents for innovative tools especially designed for impaired people. He is columnist of highly diffused specialized magazines, contributing to the public debate on the energy transition and cost/benefit analysis of important international electric interconnections.


Corina Popescu
Electrica DSO – the strategy for the future
Corina Popescu holds the position of CEO of ELECTRICA S.A. (Main Romanian DSO). Graduate of the Faculty of Power Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, the Electrical Power specialty, Georgeta Corina Popescu started her professional career in the Bucharest Electricity Distribution and Supply Branch.

Starting with 2007, Corina Popescu moved to the private sector, where she held important positions within E.ON Romania Group and OMV Group.

During December 2015 – February 2017, Corina Popescu held the position of State Secretary in the Ministry of Energy. In March 2017, she was appointed in Transelectrica’s Management Board (Romanian TSO), and as of 1 June 2017 – President of Transelectrica’s Management Board.