Director, Energy Systems Engineering
Ph.D. Applied Sciences, University of Delaware, 1977
MBA, Finance, Operations, Marketing and Strategy, Queens University, 2001
B. Tech, Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, 1969

Dr. Shankar was named director of Lehigh University's Energy Systems Engineering on July 1, 2016. His previous appointments include his work as assistant director of UNC's Electric Power Infrastructure Center, helping to expand it's research in grid modernization, smart grid, renewable energy and energy utilization. This included industry and utility partnerships, development of agency funding and technology demonstrations to constituents and stakeholders.

Shankar also served as VP and CTO to the Tennessee Valley Authority, where his duties included management of renewable energy technologies, electric transportation and infrastructure, and technologies for power generation delivery; as President and CEO of Signatech Systems, where he led efforts to develop asset management and fleet-wide monitoring for a large Asian utility; and as program manager and market director for the Electric Power Research Institute.




Adjunct Professor


Andrew J. Coleman is a Government Leader at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Member and Technical Services, where he leads strategy and business development opportunities. Coleman held positions as a Senior Technical Executive, Senior Program Manager, Marketing Manager, and Account Executive in the Environment Sector. Coleman’s areas of expertise are in engineering geology, manufactured gas plant research and remediation.

During a hiatus from EPRI, Coleman was appointed the Director of Energy Systems Engineering at Lehigh University’s P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science. Before joining EPRI, he managed environmental projects at Public Service Electric and Gas Company in Newark, New Jersey and ENSR (now AECOM).

Coleman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in geology from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He obtained a Master of Arts degree in geology at the City College of New York and holds a Master of Philosophy degree and a Doctorate in structural geology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Coleman is a certified professional geologist in California, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Delaware.



Adjunct Professor

Matthew Wallace is an engineer with PPL Electric Utilities, specializing in interoperability between distributed energy resources (DER) and DER Management Systems (DERMS). For this work, Matt's team at PPL has received numerous accolades, including Smart Electric Power Alliance 2019 Utility of the Year, Public Utilities Fortnightly 2019 Foremost Innovators, and 2020 Foremost Innovator in Distributed Generation. He's served PPL in various roles, including Distribution Standards, Distribution Planning, and Distribution Control Center Engineering. Previously, Matt served in an advisory role to the New York State Public Service Commission, the State's utility regulator, as a subject matter expert in electric distribution systems and distributed energy technology in the momentous Reforming the Energy Vision proceeding. Matt received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from SUNY Polytechnic Institute in 2008.

Tim Miklus

Adjunct Professor

A native of the Lehigh Valley, Tim Miklus attained a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University before embarking on a 20-year career in the United States Navy's nuclear submarine force.  While in the Navy he completed a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from Southern Methodist University and a Master's degree in Military Studies from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College.  He returned to the Lehigh Valley after retiring from the Navy and was hired by PPL Electric Utilities as a project manager, eventually becoming the Manager of Distribution Project and Construction Management.  He currently holds the position of Manager of Lehigh and Northeast Work Management for PPL.  Tim resides in Bethlehem Township and his wife, Karen, and 3 children.




Susan attended Cedar Crest College, has more than 25 years’ experience in the Media & Publishing industries. She comes to ESE from The Morning Call, where she worked for over 13 years and most recently served as a Media Sales Planner. She also was employed at Rodale, Inc., on the Runner’s World Magazine staff, where she worked with the Race Sponsorship Program that included traveling to expos, races & marathons across the United States.

Her diversified skills include client relations, research & data analysis, presentations & proposals, project management, media & event planning, digital knowledge and trade show experience.