I would like to share information on recent activities and developments on three different themes in this talk. First, I would like to briefly present our research work in the domain of terahertz energy harvesting, highlighting some of its advantages, challenges and limitations. Second, I would like to introduce an alternative electromagnetic modelling technique, which completely avoids differential equations and vector calculus for teaching and modelling electromagnetic problems. We will discuss some unique advantages of this approach compared to the mainstream methods. The last theme is about my recent appointment as the Founding Director of a European energy innovation and research centre in Finland. I wanted to share my thoughts on the strategy to build a centre for excellence in energy research and development, and what it could mean in terms of opportunities for our department faculties and students.
Prof. K. Sankaran is an entrepreneur, educator and an international executive with experience working in all three sectors - business, government and civil society organizations. He is the Founder of Prajñ?laya, a Swiss-based research venture working in the domain of electromagnetics, energy storage, and water desalination technologies. Earlier, he worked in energy and infrastructure industries heading global operations, R&D, and general management functions. He was responsible for 50-60 Million Euro revenue generating business operation with profit and loss responsibilities. He is a Global Leadership Fellow (alumni) from the World Economic Forum, Geneva, Switzerland, where he was the Head of Business Sector and Knowledge Partnership. He has visiting professorship appointments in ETH Zurich and IIT Bombay. Starting July 2017, he is taking over as the Founding Director of Vaasa Energy Business Innovation Centre at the University of Vaasa, Finland. He received doctorate degree in engineering science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich, Switzerland, an executive master degree in organizational leadership jointly from the Wharton School, Columbia University, INSEAD, and London Business School in collaboration with the World Economic Forum. Further information: www.linkedin.com/in/drksankaran