On 7 January 2020, JGSEE-CEE invited Assoc Prof Dr Ittipong Leevongwat from the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA to deliver a talk on “Smart Grid Readiness and Grid Resilience”. The talk aimed at providing an understanding on smart grid operations and the improvement of power systems. Research works on reliability and resilience of smart grid systems were highlighted during Dr Ittipoong’s presentation. The elements presented during the talk are based on his past 20 years’ experience as manager and investigator of a large number of projects performed for the federal government in the USA and the private sector on topics related to power grid modeling and analysis, software development for power system applications and optimization, and power economics. The presentation was attended by students, lecturers and researchers from JGSEE and KMUTT.