Professor Perez-Arriaga is Director of the BP Chair on Sustainable Development and Professor of Electrical Engineering at Comillas University in Madrid, Spain. He was the Founder and Director of IIT, the Institute for Technological Research for 11 years, and has been Vice-Rector for Research. For five years he served as Commissioner at the Spanish Electricity Regulatory Commission. He is life member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), a member of the European Energy Institute, a high-level think tank providing academic input into both European Community and national decision making on energy issues, and the Director of the Training Program for European Energy Regulators at the Florence School of Regulation within the European University in Florence. He is the author of the White Paper on the Spanish electricity sector, which was delivered to the Spanish Government in July 2005. Professor Perez-Arriaga received the Electrical Engineer degree from Comillas University and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from MIT.
This Spring, Professor Perez-Arriaga will be teaching ESD.934 Engineering, Economics and Regulation of the Electric Power Sector.
Professor Yong-Hua Song is Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Liverpool where he was a Pro-Vice Chancellor from January 2007 to August 2008. He has also served as Executive President of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, China. In 2002 he was awarded a DSc for his significant contributions to energy and power system research by Brunel University, which he joined in 1997 as Royal Academy of Engineering/British Energy/BNFL/Siemens Research Professor of Power Systems. He previously held posts at the Universities of Bristol and Bath as well as the Liverpool John Moores University. Professor Song is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, UK, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), USA, and the International Eurasian Academy of Sciences. He received his BEng, MSc and PhD degrees in China at Sichuan University and the China Electric Power Research Institute.
During his visit to CEEPR, Professor Song will be studying the relationship between the coal industry and the electricity generation industry in China, and the forms of contracting and vertical ownership employed.