Every year, teams from all over the world congregate together, vying for 1st Place in the Spellman HV Clean Tech Competition, with this year being no different. And while the primary reason they are here is to compete for the honor and achievement, we also wish to give them some world class presentations so they may see other aspects of their upcoming career they may never have thought of before! So please, read on below as we give a brief introduction of this years guests as we excitedly count down the final hours until we meet on July 17th!
Dean of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering at The Cooper Union
Barry L. Shoop became Dean of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering in January 2019 after retiring as a Brigadier General from a 38-year career in the U.S. Army. For the last 25 years, he served in a number of key leadership roles at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point including Director of the Photonics Research Center, Director of the Electrical Engineering Program and most recently as Professor and Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Dr. Shoop received the B.S. degree from the Pennsylvania State University and Ph.D. from Stanford University, both in electrical engineering. His research interests include optical information processing, neural networks, image processing, disruptive innovations and educational pedagogy.
President of Cameron Engineering & Associates of New York, PLLC
Mr. Kumbatovic’s primary responsibility is the management and detailed design of mechanical, electrical and security/IT/AV engineering systems for private, commercial and municipal projects. As an electrical engineer, he is fully experienced in electrical systems including lighting, power, emergency power including generators, transfer switches, UPS systems, fire alarm systems, information systems (IT), telephone systems, site utility power, life safety systems, security systems, digital video surveillance systems, perimeter fence security systems, and all types of interior and exterior lighting systems.
He is involved in the Firm’s mechanical, electrical, security/IT/AV and structural engineering design projects for commercial, municipal, correctional, institutional, industrial, healthcare, recreational, base building and tenant services, and educational projects.
Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at Columbia University
Dr. Urban is a computational materials chemist and is interested in materials for clean-energy applications, particularly in materials for batteries and fuel cells. He is also a core member of the Columbia Electrochemical Energy Center, and an affiliated member of the Columbia Data Science Institute, where his group investigates materials for electrochemical energy storage and conversion using a combination of atomic-scale modeling and data science techniques..
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NYU Tandon School of Engineering
After several academic and industry positions in Mexico and Canada, Dr. de Leon came to NYU Tandon in 2007. His main research interest has been the modeling of transformers for electromagnetic transients, and he has done much research on the integration of renewable energy to the grid and the electrification of transportation. He has published over fifty journal papers and twenty conference papers on transformer topics. Other research interests include the analysis of power phenomena under non-sinusoidal conditions, the transient and steady state analyses of power systems, the thermal rating of cables and transformers, and the calculation of electromagnetic fields applied to machine design and modeling.