Omitaomu elevated to IEEE senior rank

Aug 23, 2016

Olufemi (Femi) Omitaomu of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Climate Change Science and Urban Dynamics Institutes (CCSI and UDI) has been elevated to the grade of IEEE Senior Member. Senior Member is the highest grade for which members of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) can apply and requires at least 10 years’ professional experience, including 5 years of significant achievements.

Omitaomu is a senior research scientist in the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division Geographic Information Science and Technology group, where he leads and/or contributes to various projects on the Critical Infrastructure and Climate Change Impact research team. He is a key contributor to several projects, including VERDE (Visualizing Energy Resources Dynamically on Earth)/EARSS (Energy Awareness and Resiliency Standardized Services), CoNNECT (Citizen Engagement for Energy Efficient Communities), GLOBAL-Atlas, and OR-SAGE (Oak Ridge Siting Analysis for Power Generation Expansion). Omitaomu is also a Joint ORNL-UT Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Tennessee. His areas of research expertise include modeling impacts of extreme weather on power grids, energy infrastructure monitoring and optimization, predictive analytics and data mining, and systems informatics. Omitaomu is the principal investigator for the CCSI-UDI Urban Climate Adaptation Tool (Urban-CAT) project.

Omitaomu received his BS in mechanical engineering from Lagos State University, Nigeria; an MS in mechanical engineering from the University of Lagos, Nigeria; and a PhD in information engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Before joining ORNL, Omitaomu was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Advanced Optimization Laboratory at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, from February to October 2006. He was also a project engineer with Mobil Producing Nigeria between 1995 and 2000.

Omitaomu’s research has been supported by various organizations and agencies including DOE, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the Electric Power Research Institute, and DHS. In addition to IEEE, he is a member of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is also a reviewer for a number of prestigious refereed journals including Nature Energy, several IEEE transactions journals, Applied Energy, Soft Computing, Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, Information Sciences, Applied Intelligence, and the International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks.

IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization and publishes a third of the world’s technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science, and electronics. Only 8% of IEEE’s more than 430,000 members have attained senior grade.

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