Balog to participate in forum on innovative technologies

Photo of Dr. Robert BalogDr. Robert S. Balog, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been invited to participate as an expert in the 2013 U.S.-Turkmenistan Business Forum in Ashgabat April 30.

Balog will participate in a panel on the role of innovative technologies in education and energy markets. His expertise lies in the area of solar photovoltaic energy systems.

The forum aims to advance U.S.-Turkmenistan cooperation in the energy and agricultural sectors through a series of expert-level workshops and seminars designed to enhance meaningful interaction with the government of Turkmenistan’s decision makers. The forum will convene speakers from academia, industry and the U.S. and Turkmenistan governments for expert-level panel discussions in the sectors of energy and agriculture. It will include a morning session at Turkmenistan’s Oil and Gas Institute and an afternoon session hosted by the Niyazov Agriculture University.

Senior U.S. government officials will attend, including officials from the U.S. Department of Commerce  and the U.S. Department of Sate, along with several key government of Turkmenistan’s officials.

Balog is affiliated with the Electric Power and Power Electronics Group in the electrical and computer engineering department. He received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Rutgers University in 1996 and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2006. He has more than seven years of industry experience, including launching a technology startup company commercializing his work in residential scale solar inverters. He holds 14 issued and pending U.S. patents and is a licensed professional engineer.

Balog is the director of the Renewable Energy and Advanced Power Electronics Research Laboratory and is currently investigating novel balance of system technologies to holistically address the cells-to-grid interface challenges in solar energy. Honors include receiving the 2011 Rutgers University Distinguished Engineer Award, being named an Ernest A. Reid Fellow, the first IEEE International Telecommunications Energy Conference (INTELEC) Fellow and receiving two Grainger Outstanding Power Engineering Awards. He was recently selected for membership in the External Body of the Hungarian Academy of Science.

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