Sainab Taiwo Ninalowo
WiP PES Chair
Sainab Ninalowo is a Smart Grid Engineer in the Smart Grid and Technology group at ComEd which is charged with developing and implementing innovative technologies and business models for advancing the electric grid. Prior to her role with the Smart Grid group, Sainab was an Engineer in ComEd’s New Business group where she managed grid interconnection projects to connect new residential and commercial customers. Sainab also drives innovation and collaboration at ComEd as ComEd’s regional innovation ambassador, and sits on the new idea review board.
Sainab was the FY16 VP of Outreach for the Society of Women Engineers- Chicago Regional Section, where she oversaw the high school, elementary, scholarship, and collegiate outreach programs. Sainab graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Bradley University in 2012, and she is currently pursuing an MBA degree in Finance from DePaul University in Chicago. Sainab loves outdoor activities such as hiking, camping and photographing the life around her.
Darcy Lenden Immerman
Senior Vice President
Darcy Immerman is Senior Vice President, Resiliency for AECOM (NYSE: ACM), a $18 billion, Fortune 500, global provider of professional technical and management support services. In this position, Ms. Immerman collaborates with clients to develop resilience plans and implement strategies that protect even the most vulnerable in our population from man-made and climate-related threats by integrating climate adaptation with cyber security, capital asset management and economic development.
Darcy has recently been executive sponsor for a number of post-Superstorm Sandy projects including the Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency Project (BIG U 2), the Meadowlands and New Jersey Transit Grid Distributed Generation. She works with cities, municipalities and utilities to become more resilient, recover from shocks and stresses and manage risk.
Her previous position at AECOM was overseeing energy and power services and policies for U.S. government projects globally. With more than 12 years of experience at AECOM and nearly 30 years of experience managing an energy services business, Ms. Immerman has been program executive for more than $1 billion in infrastructure improvement projects. Ms. Immerman is married to Dr. Stephen D. Immerman, the President of the Montserrat College of Art and they reside in Salem, MA.
Jackie M. Peer
In 1996, Peer joined SEL as an application engineer and since then has held a variety of positions, including R&D management of distribution engineering for relays and controls, time and communications products, and LAN products. She has led technical marketing functions, served as regional sales and service director for the West region of the U.S., and as the director of SEL’s Modern Solutions Power Systems Conference.
Peer is a senior member of IEEE and the Society of Women Engineers, and a member of IEEE PES (Power Engineering Society), IEEE Women in Engineering (WiE), IEEE Women in Power (WiP), and the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). She has written several papers covering workforce-related issues in the electric power industry and has presented at numerous industry events and conferences on this topic and on education and training within the industry.
An advocate for ensuring a well-educated industry workforce, Peer is involved at the national and regional levels with the IEEE Scholarship Plus Initiative™ whose purpose is increasing the supply of well-qualified, entry-level engineers to the power and energy industry. In addition, she serves on the Executive Board and Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lewis Clark Valley, serving over 5,000 area youth.
In 2014, Peer received The Manufacturing Institute’s Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Award, which recognizes women in those four disciplines who have made significant achievements in manufacturing.
Michelle M. Blaise
Senior Vice President
ComEd (Oakbrook Terrace, IL)
Michelle Blaise, senior vice president of Technical Services, is responsible for Engineering, Project Management and Smart Grid & Technology for ComEd. Prior to her role as senior vice president of Technical Services, Blaise served as vice president of Engineering and Project Management and oversaw maintenance, reliability, and capacity planning. She was also responsible for planning and execution of transmission and substation projects as well as execution of Energy Infrastructure Modernization (EIMA) program.
Blaise has held a variety of positions with increasing responsibilities in customer operations, strategic planning, distribution operations and engineering including manager of Construction and Maintenance, Manager of Strategic Planning, and Manager of Business Planning. Blaise serves as a member of the board of directors for the Women’s Business Development Center and on the board of trustees of the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Blaise holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and a Master’s in Business Administration from DePaul University.
Noel Schulz, PhD
President, IEEE PES (2012-2013)
Research and Graduate Programs
College of Engineering
Kansas State University
Noel Schulz is Kansas State University’s first lady and associate dean for research and graduate programs in the College of Engineering. She also is director of the Electrical Power Affiliates Program and the LeRoy C. and Aileen H. Paslay professor of electrical and computer engineering.
Noel joined Kansas State University from Mississippi State University, where she held an endowed professorship as the Tennessee Valley Authority Professor in power systems engineering. She has more than 16 years of teaching experience at Michigan Technological University, University of North Dakota and Virginia Tech.
Her teaching interests include power systems, energy conversion, the application of computer programs to power engineering, application of intelligent systems to engineering problems, fundamentals of electrical circuits, renewable and distributed generation and smart grid technologies. Some of her recently funded projects include distributed generation protection for shipboard power systems, state estimation with major data losses and distributed simulation.
Noel has a bachelor’s and a master’s in electrical engineering, both from Virginia Tech, which she earned in 1988 and 1990, respectively. She earned a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1995. She is a member of Eta Kappa Nu electrical engineering honor society; Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society; the Society of Women Engineers; the National Society of Black Engineers; and the American Society for Engineering Education, where she served on the board of directors from 2008 to 2010. She is the current president of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES).
Shay Bahramirad, PhD
Distribution System Planning and Smart Grid & Technology
ComEd (Oakbrook Terrace, IL)
Dr. Shay Bahramirad, IEEE VP New Initiatives, the Director of Distribution System Planning and Smart Grid & Technology, serves as a strategic business leader in Commonwealth Edison, the electric Utility in Illinois, working on the transformation to the 21st century power grid and the new energy economy. Her major responsibilities include leading Smart Grid organization across ComEd to develop the vision, business models, and investment strategy of the grid of the future initiatives such as merging technologies, microgrids and smart city deployments as well as leading the design and architecture of distribution system planning and DER interconnection. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, teaching Microgrids, Elements of Sustainable Energy, and Smart Grid.
Dr. Bahramirad holds multiple advanced degrees, including a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She is the Chair of the board of IEEE PES Women in Power, Editorial Board Member of Electricity Journal, Editor in Chief of P1854 Smart Distribution Application Guide.
Luleå University of Technology
Dr. Sarah Rönnberg is an Assistant Professor with Luleå University of Technology, Skellefteå, Sweden, from where she has contributed to research in power quality and is a leading researcher on the emerging field of supraharmonics. She is secretary of CIGRE working groups C4.24 and C4/C6.29, and is an active member of several other CIGRE and IEEE working groups. She received a Ph.D. in Electric Power Engineering from Luleå University of Technology in 2013.Join Women in Power