Paras Mandal is presently an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Director of Power and Renewable Energy Systems Laboratory (PRES) at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), TX, USA. His research interests include Power system planning, operations, and control; Distribution systems planning and smart grid technologies (EV, wind, solar; microgrid); Predictive data analytics and energy forecasting; Artificial intelligence and machine learning applications; Optimization; and Resilient & sustainable cyber physical system. Dr. Mandal is a recipient of best papers award from IEEE and Young Engineer award from IEEJ. He participates and assumes leadership roles in multiple professional groups within the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES). He is a Senior Member of IEEE, Vice-Chair of IEEE PEEC award subcommittee, Secretary of IEEE New Product Development (NPD) Committee – Selection & Quality Control Subcommittee, and Member of various IEEE working groups and subcommittees. He is a regular reviewer of journals and conferences and, serves as an Editorial Board of the journals and a session chair and panelist in IEEE PES conferences.