Life Member (LMAG) events for the year 2020  – Bombay Section


Event 1:   16 September 2020

Speaker:  Dr. Vikram Dalal, Distinguished Professor, Iowa State University, Life Fellow, IEEE

Date:  Wednesday, 16 September 2020
Time:  6:30 PM

Location: Virtual

Speaker : Dr. Vikram Dalal, Distinguished Professor, Iowa State University, Life Fellow, IEEE

Topic: Perovskite Solar Cells: Physics, Technology and Potential Problems

Perovskite solar cells are a new photovoltaic (PV) technology which has the potential to be a breakthrough technology for the conversion of solar energy into electricity. In this talk, I will describe the physics of perovskite materials, and discuss various device designs and material properties that make this technology so attractive. I will show that the material is both electronic and ionic, and that the ions play a major role in the stability and operation of the device. Many of the problems, such as hysteresis and instability upon light exposure are directly tied to the ions generated in the material. The material has several potential problems, among them thermal
instability, instability against moisture and the presence of toxic materials such as Pb. I will discuss what leads to instability in light, how to eliminate thermal instability, and also how to minimize the instability against moisture. I will also discuss some recent research results from
the literature.

Dr. Dalal is a Distinguished Professor of Engineering at Iowa State University. He obtained his B.E.(EE) degree from Bombay University in India in 1964, and Ph.D. from Princeton University in the U.S. in 1969. He also holds a M.P.A. degree with emphasis on Economics from Princeton.
He has worked for 14 years in industry, and 37 years in academia doing research on semiconducting materials and devices with emphasis on PV materials and devices. He has been a visiting Professor at IIT-Bombay, Cambridge University and TU-Eindhoven. He has graduated 30 M.S. students and 35 Ph.D. students (including three from Bangladesh- BUET) most of whom work in the semiconductor industry in the U.S. at companies including Intel, Micron, Samsung, Maxxim, IBM, TI and Global Foundries. Dr. Dalal has published over 200 papers and refereed conference publications, and holds 12 U.S. patents. He is a Life Fellow of IEEE, American Physical Society and American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE.

Event 2:    25 November 2020   

IEEE Bombay Section LMAG  (Life Member Affinity Group)
Wed, Nov 25, 2020 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM (IST)

Chair – Mr Kamlesh Sonawala

Vice Chair – Mr R Muralidharan


1. Few words by Bombay Section Chair – Prof Suryanarayana Doolla

2. Welcome by Mr. Sonawala

3. Informal chats among the Life Members.

4. Lecture by Prof Juzer Vasi, Professor Emeritus, IIT Bombay and Life Fellow of IEEE: 

“Recent Developments in India’s National Solar Mission”

India’s National Solar Mission is one of the most ambitious in the world.   It seeks to have 100 GW of solar energy installed by 2022, and reach 300 GW by 2030.  These goals will go a long way towards India’s transition from fossil fuels towards cleaner forms of renewable energy. Are these targets achievable? This talk will present an overview of solar photovoltaics, and will discuss the challenges as well as opportunities provided by the National Solar Mission.  The talk will also cover important new technology developments world-wide, and how these will affect India’s National Solar Mission.

Prof Juzer Vasi :
Juzer Vasi has been with the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay since 1981, where he is currently an Emeritus Professor.  He has worked in the areas of microelectronics and photovoltaics.  He was the founding Principal Investigator of the “National Centre for Photovoltaic Research and Education” (NCPRE), which is India’s leading R&D centre in photovoltaics.  He was an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices during 1997-2003, and has been Chair of the IEEE EDS Technical Committee on Photovoltaic Devices since 2017.  He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), and a Life Fellow of IEEE.  He received Lifetime Contributions Awards from IIT Bombay in 2013 and from INAE in 2018. Prior to joining IIT Bombay, he was on the faculty of The Johns Hopkins University and IIT Delhi.  He has a B.Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Bombay, and a Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University.


IEEE Bombay Section

Life Members Affinity Group (LMAG)

Activities 2011-2019 A list of IEEE LMAG events held by the Bombay section LMAG between 2011 to 2019.

Sr.#DateTopic of LMAG meetingsSpeakers
106.03.2011 Modern Technology in Rail Operations: Is Indian Railways keeping pace? Mr. Rajeev Sharma - Chief Signal & Telecom Engr.

206.03.2011 Nano Technology & Nano Materials from health care to environment Dr. Ipsita Banerjee - Associate Professor
309.09.2012Evolution of Merchant Navy in India
Benefits of Yoga to young and old
Capt. S. P. Shastry-Master Mariner
Mrs. Leela Shastry
424.11.2012 Meeting with LMAG members Planning LMAG activity for 2013
502.06.2013 Wind Energy & Technologies Mr. Amit Patel
626.10.2013 Meeting with members Discussed Administrative Matters
730.03.2014 Future trends of Fibre Optics and its impact on human Life” Mr. Hitesh Mehta
830.11.2014 Senior Members Connect - Blue LED Dr. Arnab Bhattacharya, TIFR
929.03.2015 Rain Water Harvesting in rural and urban areas Mr. Janak Daftari
1012.09.2015 Special meeting of LMAG Execom - AdministrativeInternal discussions with members
1105.02.2016Meeting with Dr. L. Kazmerki, IEEE LFDr. L. Kazmerski
1223.03.2016Meeting with Prof. J. B. Cruz, IEEE LF, Immediate Past Chair of IEEE LMCProf. J. B. Cruz
1316.12.2016Talk by Prof. Malay Mazumder, LSMIEEE Prof. M. Mazumder
1414.01.2017Meeting and Dinner with Prof. Hiroshi Iwai, LFIEEEProf. Hiroshi Iwai
1523.01.2017Talk by Mr.Farid Khan at IIT BombayMr. Farid Khan
1618.05.2017Talk by Prof. Cary Yang, LFIEEE and lunch meeting thereafter Prof. Cary Yang
1710.10.2018Talk by Prof. Vikram Dalal, LFIEEE and lunch meeting thereafterProf. Vikram Dalal
1819.09.2019Meeting at All-India SYWC Congress in Hyderabad. IEEE Bombay Section represented by Juzer Vasi and T. S. RathoreProf. Juzer Vasi and Prof. T. S. Rathore
1901.10.2019Talk by Dr. Ulrich Rohde, LFIEEE and lunch and dinner with himDr. Ulrich Rohde
2016.10.2019Talk by Dr. Lawrence Kazmerski, LFIEEE and dinner thereafterDr. Lawrence Kazmerski


On February 5, 2016, a dinner meeting was held at Royal Bombay Yacht Club, in honour of Dr. Lawrence L. Kazmerski, who was visiting Mumbai.  Some photographs of the event are given below.

On March 23, 2016, a meeting was held with Prof. J. B. Cruz, Immediate Past Chair of IEEE Life Members, was held at Holiday Inn, Mumbai, where he met several members of our LMAG.  A photograph of the event is given below.

On December 16, 2016, Prof. Malay Mazumder, Life Senior Member, IEEE gave a talk on “Mitigation of Dust Impact on Solar Collectors by Water-Free Cleaning” at IIT Bombay.


On January 14, 2017, a meeting and dinner with Prof. Hiroshi Iwai, LFIEEE (Tokyo Institute of Technology) was held at Royal Bombay Yacht Club, Mumbai, along with spouses.  Two photographs are given below.

On January 23, 2017, a talk by Mr Farid Khan, SMIEEE on “Sustainable Empowerment for Underprivileged Communities” was arranged at IIT Bombay.  This talk was related to the IEEE Smart Villages project.

On May 18, 2017, a talk by Prof. Cary Yang, LFIEEE (Santa Clara University) on “All-Carbon Interconnects – From 1D to 3D” was arranged at IIT Bombay.  This was followed by a lunch get-together at Meluha Hotel.


On October 10, 2018, a talk by Prof. Vikram Dalal, FIEEE (Iowa State University) on “Physics of Instability of Perovskite Solar Cells” was arranged at IIT Bombay.  This was followed by a lunch get-together.  A photograph taken at lunch-time is given below.


On September 19, 2019, Prof. Juzer Vasi, LFIEEE and Prof. T. S. Rathore, LSMIEEE represented IEEE Bombay Section at the All-India SYWC Congress in Hyderabad.

On October 1, 2019, a talk was arranged by Dr. Ulrich Rohde, LFIEEE (Rohde & Schwarz) on “New Radio Networks and Emerging Trends: SDR, SG and IoT” at IIT Bombay.  The LMAG group had lunch as well as dinner with Dr. Rohde.  Two photographs are given below.

On October 16, 2019, a talk was held by Dr. Lawrence Kazmerski, LFIEEE on “Photovotaics History, Technology, Innovation and Progress: The Future is Now…” at IIT Bombay.  This was followed by dinner with him.  A photograph at dinner is given below.