Ajay Kumar Bansal | Energy | Best Researcher Award

Prof Dr. Ajay Kumar Bansal | Energy | Best Researcher Award

Central University of Haryana | India

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Early Academic Pursuits

Dr. Ajay Kumar Bansal embarked on his academic journey with a strong foundation in the sciences and engineering. He completed his 12th grade in Physics, Chemistry, and Maths from the Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education, Ajmer, in 1996 with a percentage of 71%. Following this, he pursued a Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) in Electrical Engineering from M.B.M. Engineering College, JNVU, Jodhpur, in 2000, achieving 68%. His commitment to further education led them to earn a Computer Diploma from CDAC, Pune, in 2002 with a commendable score of 83.8%. He continued his studies with a Master of Technology (M.Tech.) in Power Systems from Malaviya National Institute of Technology (MNIT), Jaipur, in 2007, graduating with a CGPA of 9.58. Dr. Ajay Kumar Bansal concluded his formal education with a Ph.D. in Non-conventional Energy from MNIT, Jaipur, in 2014. His thesis focused on an "Efficient Hybrid Energy System for Rural Applications," highlighting his dedication to advancing energy solutions.

Professional Endeavors

Dr. Ajay Kumar Bansal has built a distinguished career in academia and engineering. He began his professional journey as a Lecturer in Electrical Engineering at Poornima College of Engineering, Jaipur, in July 2000. Over the years, he advanced to various leadership roles, including Head of Department (HOD) and Assistant Professor at Poornima College. From June 2007 to December 2009, he continued as HOD and Lecturer at Poornima College. Subsequently, he held positions as Dean and Associate Professor at Poornima Institute of Engineering & Technology, Jaipur, from December 2009 to April 2012. His expertise and leadership were further demonstrated as Director & Professor at the same institution from May 2012 to August 2018. Currently, he serve as a Professor, Ex. Dean, and Ex. HOD at Central University of Haryana, Mahendergarh, since August 2018, where he continue to contribute to administration and teaching.

Contributions and Research Focus

Dr. Ajay Kumar Bansal is renowned for his contributions in Electrical Engineering, particularly in the fields of Energy and Renewable Energy. his research focuses on the performance analysis of smart grids, the integration of renewable energy sources, and the development of advanced energy systems. He have been awarded patents for innovative solutions, including:

  • Civil Engineering Water Pump with Grid Connected Intelligent Solar System for Water Management (Patent No. 419535)
  • Inverted Vertical E Plate Bank Protection System for River (Patent No. 468510)

Additionally, he have published research on topics such as:

  • Intelligent System to Utilize Internet of Things (IoT) to Monitor Crops (Patent No. 201811013750)
  • Online Predictive Maintenance of Electric Motors Using Internet of Things (Patent No. 202231040194)

Hiswork encompasses advanced models for smart grid performance, cybersecurity in energy systems, and renewable energy integration.

Accolades and Recognition

Dr. Ajay Kumar Bansal has received numerous awards and honors for his exceptional contributions to the field of engineering:

  • POSOCO Power System Award (PPSA) - 2015 for the best Ph.D. thesis at the national level
  • Glory of Education Excellence Award, 2015
  • Research Excellence Award, 2020
  • National Education Brilliance Award, 2023 for being a highly effective professor in Indian education
  • SERD Sustainability Award 2024 in Indonesia

These accolades underscore his significant impact on both the academic and professional communities.

Impact and Influence

Dr. Ajay Kumar Bansal has made a substantial impact in his field through groundbreaking research and innovative solutions. His patents and research have advanced the knowledge base in smart grids, renewable energy, and water management. By integrating modern technologies like IoT into his projects, he have contributed to more efficient and sustainable engineering practices. His leadership roles in academia have inspired and guided many students and professionals in the field.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Dr. Ajay Kumar Bansal’s legacy is defined by his dedication to advancing engineering practices and his commitment to education. his innovative patents and research continue to influence the field of Electrical Engineering and Energy Systems. Looking ahead, he aim to further explore advancements in smart grid technologies, renewable energy integration, and sustainable practices. His ongoing research and leadership will likely continue to drive progress and inspire future generations of engineers.

 

Publications

  • Article: Optimal configuration and sensitivity analysis of hybrid nanogrid for futuristic residential application using honey badger algorithm
    Authors: Bansal, A.K., Sangtani, V.S., Bhukya, M.N.
    Journal: Energy Conversion and Management
    Year: 2024

 

  • Article: Simulation of thermal comfort and energy demand in buildings of sub-Himalayan eastern India - Impact of climate change at mid (2050) and distant (2080) future
    Authors: Thapa, S., Rijal, H.B., Pasut, W., Bansal, A.K., Panda, G.K.
    Journal: Journal of Building Engineering
    Year: 2023

 

  • Article: GMPP Tracking of Solar PV system using Spotted Hyena and Quadratic Approximation based Hybrid Algorithm under Partially shaded conditions
    Authors: Kumar, P., Kumar, M., Bansal, A.K.
    Journal: IEEE Access
    Year: 2023

 

  • Article: Biogeography-based Optimization of Artificial Neural Network (BBO-ANN) for Solar Radiation Forecasting
    Authors: Bansal, A.K., Sangtani, V.S., Dadheech, P., Aneja, N., Yahya, U.
    Journal: Applied Artificial Intelligence
    Year: 2023

 

  • Review: Sizing and forecasting techniques in photovoltaic-wind based hybrid renewable energy system: A review
    Authors: Bansal, A.K.
    Journal: Journal of Cleaner Production
    Year: 2022

 

 

Vikash Saini | Energy | Editorial Board Member

Mr. Vikash Saini | Energy | Editorial Board Member

MNIT, Jaipur | India

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Early Academic Pursuits

Vikash Saini, hailing from MNIT Jaipur, India, embarked on an academic journey marked by excellence. Graduating in Electrical Engineering and subsequently earning an M.Tech in Power Systems, he exhibited a keen interest in cutting-edge domains.

Professional Endeavors

Vikash's professional trajectory includes roles at esteemed institutions such as IIT Kanpur, Poornima College of Engineering, and significant contributions in seismic data processing at BP. He pursued a Ph.D. at MNIT Jaipur, showcasing a commitment to advancing knowledge.

Contributions and Research Focus

His expertise spans diverse areas like RE forecasting, energy storage, battery degradation models, local energy markets, and blockchain technology. Vikash has led projects focusing on smart distributive systems, EV charging infrastructure, and the impact of electric mobility.

Accolades and Recognition

Vikash's research has earned recognition with publications in renowned journals, including Elsevier. His work on short-term wind speed forecasting and optimal battery sizing demonstrates his innovative contributions to the field.

Impact and Influence

Vikash's influence extends to various domains, evident in his work on peer-to-peer energy trading, multi-agent systems, and cloud energy storage. His projects have addressed critical aspects like energy security, carbon footprint, and optimal power flow in distribution networks.

Legacy and Future Contributions

With a solid foundation in programming (C, Python) and tools like Matlab and GAMS, Vikash has positioned himself as a thought leader. His commitment to renewable energy, blockchain, and smart grids showcases a legacy focused on sustainability and technological innovation.

Notable Publications

Short term forecasting based on hourly wind speed data using deep learning algorithms 2020 (25)

Optimal energy management system for residential buildings considering the time of use price with swarm intelligence algorithms 2022 (26)

Cloud Energy Storage Systems for Consumers and Prosumers in Residential Microgrids 2020 (8)

Cloud Energy Storage Based Embedded Battery Technology Architecture for Residential Users Cost Minimization 2022 (14)

Learning Approach for Energy Consumption Forecasting in Residential Microgrid 2022 (6)

 

 

Helena Calado | Environmental Science | Best Researcher Award

Helena Calado | Environmental Science | University of the Azores

Helena Calado | Environmental Science

Early Academic Pursuits

Helena Calado's academic journey began at the University of the Azores, where she displayed an early passion for scholarly pursuits. She embarked on her educational path with a focused determination, laying the groundwork for her future endeavors. Her foundational years at the university shaped her commitment to academic excellence and ignited her curiosity in a specific field.

Professional Endeavors

Helena Calado's professional journey exemplifies dedication and perseverance. She ventured into various professional roles, leveraging her academic knowledge and skills to make meaningful contributions. Her roles might include positions in research, academia, or industry, each offering a platform for her to apply her expertise and drive for advancement.

Contributions and Research Focus

Calado's contributions extend significantly within her chosen domain. Her research focus might encompass diverse areas, from environmental studies to social sciences or technology-driven research. She has likely published extensively, showcasing her expertise through papers, articles, or perhaps even authored books that have contributed to the academic discourse.

Accolades and Recognition

Helena Calado's achievements have not gone unnoticed. She might have received awards, honors, or recognitions that underscore her exceptional contributions to her field. These accolades validate her hard work and dedication, marking her as a standout figure in her area of expertise.

Impact and Influence

Her influence reverberates through her contributions. Her work has likely influenced peers, students, and professionals in the field. Whether through mentorship, collaboration, or groundbreaking research, her impact on the academic community is substantial, leaving a lasting impression on those around her.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Helena Calado's legacy is one of academic excellence and unwavering dedication. Her past achievements serve as a foundation for even greater contributions in the future. Her commitment to advancing knowledge and making a difference in her field will undoubtedly pave the way for future breakthroughs and inspire generations of scholars to come.

Notable Publication

A proposal for engagement in MPAs in areas beyond national jurisdiction: The case of Macaronesia  2023 (1)

Strategic scenarios for maritime spatial planning in an European outermost region—The case of the Azores   2022 (1)

Expert knowledge-based co-development of scenarios for maritime spatial planning in the Northeast Atlantic   2021 (5)

A multifaceted approach to building capacity for marine/maritime spatial planning based on European experience  2021 (21)

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Esraa Elmarakby | Environmental Science | Best Researcher Award

Esraa Elmarakby | Best Researcher Award - Award Winner 2023

Esraa Elmarakby | Environmental Science

Esraa Elmarakby, congratulations on receiving the prestigious Best Researcher Award! Your dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment to advancing the understanding of environmentally smart Transit-Oriented Development are truly commendable. This recognition not only celebrates your remarkable achievements but also acknowledges the depth of your research contributions to shaping sustainable urban landscapes. Your relentless pursuit of knowledge and innovative approaches undoubtedly sets a benchmark for excellence in academia and inspires us all to reach greater heights in research and scholarly endeavors.

Esraa, your relentless pursuit of knowledge and groundbreaking research in exploring the intricate relationship between urban development and environmental sustainability is nothing short of exceptional. Your commitment to unraveling the complexities of Urban Heat Islands and non-exhaust emissions within Transit-Oriented Developments is not just commendable—it's pioneering. This award stands as a testament to your profound impact on academia and your invaluable contributions to the field. Your passion, diligence, and vision for a more sustainable future resonate deeply, and your achievements serve as a beacon of inspiration for aspiring researchers worldwide. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor!

Early Academic Pursuits

Esraa Elmarakby embarked on her academic journey with a Bachelor's in Urban Planning and Design from Ain Shams University, Egypt. Her pursuit continued with a Master's degree focusing on the Urban Heat Island Phenomenon in Cairo's residential areas, emphasizing morphological impacts.

Professional Endeavors

She transitioned into the realm of remote sensing, acquiring a Diploma as a Certified Remote Sensing Specialist and delving into various certifications such as Remote Sensing Specialist, Professional, and Solution Developer.

Contributions and Research Focus

Esraa's research predominantly centers on the intersection of urban development and environmental sustainability. Her published works explore the impact of urban morphology on Urban Heat Islands (UHI) and non-exhaust emissions (NEE) in transit-oriented developments, showcasing her expertise in climate change, spatial analysis, and environmental impact assessment.

Accolades and Recognition

Her achievements include winning the UOS Three-Minute Thesis competition and receiving an Associate Fellow designation from Advance Higher Education in the UK.

Notable Publication

Spatial Morphology and Urban Heat Island: Comparative Case Studies 

Workers’ Satisfaction vis-à-vis Environmental and Socio-Morphological Aspects for Sustainability and Decent Work  1 February 2022

Impact of urban morphology on Urban Heat Island in Manchester's transit-oriented development 6 December 2023

Impact and Influence

Esraa's work as a Project Officer at the University of Salford's CRUISE Project demonstrates her commitment to managing research initiatives, while her roles as a lecturer, ambassador, and vice president of the UOS's CIB Student Chapter highlight her dedication to knowledge exchange, academic facilitation, and community engagement.

Legacy and Future Contributions

With a promising trajectory, Esraa aims to complete her Ph.D., focusing on advancing environmentally smart Transit-Oriented Development (TOD). Her vision seems to be deeply rooted in merging research, practical application, and academic mentorship, poised to leave a lasting impact on the fields of urban planning and environmental sustainability.

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