Dr. Milos Manic is Director of the Modern Heuristics Research Group and a professor in the Computer Science Department at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has over 20 years of academic and industrial experience. His previous positions include tenured positions with the University of Idaho, Director of the Computer Science Program at Idaho Falls, and Fellow of the Brain Korea 21 Program, Seoul 2008. As principal investigator, he lead a number of research grants with the National Science Foundation, Idaho EPSCoR, Department of Energy, Idaho National Laboratory, and Hewlett-Packard, in the area of data mining and computational intelligence applications in energy, cyber security, and human-machine interaction. Dr. Manic is an associate editor of the Transactions on Industrial Electronics, Transactions on Industrial Informatics, and International Journal of Engineering Education. He has published over 140 refereed articles in international journals, books, and conferences.
Li Guo received B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China, in 2002 and 2007, respectively. He worked with Tianjin University as a post-doctor from 2007 to 2009. He is now an associate professor with Tianjin University. His research interests include optimal planning and design of microgrids, the coordinated operating strategy of microgrids, and the advanced energy management system.
Peng Li received his B.S. and Ph.D degrees in electrical engineering in 2004 and 2010 from Tianjin University, Tianjin, China. He is an assistant professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Automation. His current research interests include simulation of the distributed generations and microgrids.
Xialin Li received his B.S. and Ph.D degrees in electrical engineering in 2009 and 2014 from Tianjin University, Tianjin, China. He is an assistant professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Automation. His current research interests include stability and control of the distributed generations and microgrids.
Chengshan Wang received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Tianjin University, Tianjin, China, in 1991. He is now a professor with the School of Electrical Engineering and Automation, Tianjin. His research is in the area of distribution system analysis and planning, distributed generation system and micro grids, and power system security analysis.
Dumidu Wijayasekara received his B.Sc. in Computer Science from University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka in 2009 and his M.Sc. in Computational Intelligence from the University of Idaho at Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA in 2014. He is currently reading for a Doctoral degree in Computer Science at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. His research experience includes research assistant positions at the University of Idaho and the Virginia Commonwealth University. His fields of interest include fuzzy systems, machine learning, pattern recognition, data mining, human machine interaction, and advanced visualization systems.
Elizabeth B. Bray, an IEEE Power and Energy Society member, is the project manager for the condition-based maintenance program for Southern Company Transmission. She has worked for Southern Company for eight years. Previously, she worked for American Cast Iron Pipe Company in Birmingham, Alabama, as a controls and design engineer. She received her B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alabama and her masters from Mississippi State University.
Ali Ipakchi has over 35 years of experience in the application of information technologies to power systems and electric utility operations. As the Sr. VP of Smart Grid and Green Power at OATI, he is responsible for product development and market strategy for distribution and smart grid areas. Prior to OATI, he was Vice President of Integration Services at KEMA, assisting utilities with technology roadmap, business and implementation strategies. Prior to KEMA, Dr. Ipakchi held various senior management positions at ABB and Alstom leading teams for power application and market systems development, and system solutions delivery. He has been actively involved in various industry and regulatory initiatives. He holds a PhD from University of California at Berkeley, and is co-holder of several US patents on power systems applications and instrument diagnostics.
Dan McCaugherty is President and CEO of Athena Sciences Corporation. He has over 28 years’ experience in the R&D of critical systems for federal and commercial clients to include the DoD, NASA, DOE, DOT, DHS, and various commercial clients. In 2010, he joined Athena as a co-founder steering the corporation to provide simulation and test automation for critical embedded systems, biometrics solutions, and research in smart grid computing. Mr. McCaugherty is currently a member of the IEEE Smart Grid R&D Committee and serves as the chair for the IEEE Computer Society Special Technical Community for Smart Grid.
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Authors of the IEEE Computer Society Smart Grid Vision Report include:
Al Valdes, University of Illinois
Andreas Tolk, Old Dominion University
Andrew Wright, N-Dimension Solutions
Annabelle Lee, Electrical Power Research Institute
Aranya Chakrabortty, North Carolina State University
Dan McCaugherty, Athena Sciences Corporation
Dave Cartes, Florida State University
David P. Chassin, Pacific Northwest National Lab
Dave Hardin, EnerNOC
Diane Hooie, National Energy Technology Lab
Edmond Rogers, University of Illinois
Eugene Litvinov, ISO New England
Glen Chason, Electrical Power Research Institute
Jennifer Bayuk, Stevens Institute of Technology
Jianhui Wang, Argonne National Laboratory
Joe H. Chow, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Klara Nardstedt, University of Illinois
Kumar Venayagamoorthy, University of Missouri
Leigh Tesfatsion, Iowa State University
Mark Blackburn, Stevens Institute of Technology
Mark Smith, Sandia National Lab
Mathias Uslar, OFFIS
Nikos Hatziargyriou, National Tech University of Athens
Paulo Ribeiro, Eindhoven University of Technology
Prabir Barooah, University of Florida
Rakesh Bobba, University of Illinois
Rick Dove, Paradigm Shift International
Sean Meyn, University of Florida
Sebastian Lehnhoff, OFFIS
Steve Ray, Carnegie Mellon University
Steve Widergren, Pacific Northwest National Lab
Steven Low, California Institute of Technology
Svetlana Pevnitskaya, Florida State University
Tim Yardley, University of Illinois
Todd Montgomery, Informatica
Wenxin Liu, New Mexico State University
William Sanders, University of Illinois
Zbigniew Kalbarczyk, University of Illinois
Zhi Zhou, Argonne National Lab
Jules Kortenhorst is the chief executive officer of RMI. He is a recognized leader on global energy issues and climate change. His background spans business, government, entrepreneurial, and nonprofit leadership. Prior to RMI, Kortenhorst was CEO of Topell Energy BV, a company that developed a cutting-edge process for the production of solid biofuel. He also served as the founding CEO of the European Climate Foundation (ECF), the largest philanthropic organization dedicated to policy development and advocacy on climate change in Europe. Kortenhorst led a major effort at ECF to develop the roadmap for decarbonized power generation. Before launching ECF, he was the CEO for International Operations of ClientLogic Corporation, a global leader in outsourced customer relationship management (CRM) solutions. He also served as a member of the Dutch parliament. Earlier in his career, he worked for eight years for Royal Dutch Shell, including as managing director of Shell Bulgaria. He began his career as an analyst at McKinsey & Co. in Amsterdam.
Adrián Inda Ruiz joined the Instituto de Investigaciones Eléctricas of Mexico (IIE) in 1981, where he is currently a project manager and researcher. He has been involved in the development of algorithms for different power systems applications, including hydro thermal coordination and unit commitment, dynamic security functions (transient, dynamic, and voltage stability), and especially functions for an operator training simulator and the EMS system of Mexico. Presently he has been leading a group for the design of an innovative EMS/SCADA system for CENACE-CFE of Mexico. He is author and co-author of several technical papers. Mr. Inda was a full and part time professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Instituto Politécnico Nacional from 1973 to 1986. A Senior Member of IEEE Power Engineering Society, he was the recipient of the IEEE PES Chapter Outstanding Engineer Award by the Morelos Chapter in 2001. He received B.Sc. and M.Sc. of Electrical Engineering degrees from the Instituto Politécnico Nacional of Mexico in 1972 and 1974 respectively. In 1980, he received the M.A.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto.
Michael Howard is the President and CEO at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He has more than 30 years of experience in organizations ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to large public companies with increasing responsibilities in operations, finance, sales and marketing, product development, and strategic planning. Most of his experience is in providing technical consulting services and products to both U.S. and international electric utility companies.
Christopher M. Colson, an IEEE member, serves with the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) focused on transmission system planning, operations, and modernization. He received a B.S. degree in control systems engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 1999, MEM degree from Old Dominion University in 2006, and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Montana State University in 2012. Previously, he served as a nuclear submarine warfare officer with the U.S. Navy. Current research activities include microgrid integration of distributed power system assets, multi-agent system development for multi-objective optimization, and embedded resilience.
Dr. M. Hashem Nehrir, an IEEE Life Fellow, has over 40 years of university teaching and research experience. He is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Montana State University. His active research includes modeling, control, and energy management of fuel cells and renewable energy–based distributed power generation and their grid integration, applications of intelligent control and multiagent systems to smart grid and microgrid power management, and load control (demand response). Dr. Nehrir is the current Vice chair of the Renewable Energy Technologies Subcommittee of the Energy Development and Power Generation Committee of the IEEE Power & Energy Society and an editor of IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. He received the Wiley Faculty Award for Meritorious Research at Montana State University in 2010.
Stephanie Hamilton, an IEEE member, is Smarter Grid R&D Manager for Brookhaven National Laboratory and previously worked for the Electric Power Research Institute. She was in charge of Distributed Energy Resources for Southern California Edison for over ten years during which she sought and received over $4 million in funding for RD&D. She held a variety of ever-increasing managerial responsibilities in energy (natural gas, power, and fuels) including planning, operations, business development, consulting, and marketing & sales. These positions have been with some of the largest U.S. electric and gas utilities and their unregulated subsidiaries, both private and public, throughout the western states. Hamilton holds an MS in management, a BS in mechanical engineering, and a BS in applied psychology. She is widely published on energy and energy-related issues, including two books: Distributed Generation: A Non-Technical Guide and The Microturbine Generator Handbook. She is a member emeritus of the GridWise Architecture Council sponsored by the U.S. DOE.
Marta Marmiroli, an IEEE Power & Energy Society member, is manager of the Power Grid Engineering Section 1, Power System Solution Department, Transmission & Distribution Systems Center, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Japan. With her group, she is working on the development, testing and piloting of several smart grid technologies including software applications, large scale batteries, distribution grid intelligent equipment and demand response programs.
Ratnesh K. Sharma, an IEEE member, has over a decade of experience in sustainable energy management for microgrids in buildings and transportation sectors. He is the founding head of the Energy Management Department at NEC Laboratories America. Prior to that, he was a principal scientist at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, leading research in energy management in datacenter microgrids. He is a member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group for IEC TC120 on Energy Storage Systems (ESS) and has participated in various USDOE working groups for ESS standardization. He has authored more than 200 papers/technical reports and holds over 70 U.S. patents on energy management and related areas. He holds a PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder and BTech. (Hons.) degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.
Vickie A. VanZandt, IEEE Senior Member, is the Program Manager of the Western Interconnection Synchrophasor Program (WISP) for the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC). She is also a Board Director for the ISO New England and participated in the Bi-Partisan Policy Center’s Initiative on Delivering Electric System Reliability and Clean Technology. Before her current positions, she was the Senior Vice President of Transmission Services for the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). She served as the Vice-Chair of the WECC Board of Directors, on the Secretary of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee, and co-chaired the Operations Team of the Electric System Investigation of the August 14, 2003 power outage – working with North American Reliability Council, Department Of Energy, and Canadian governmental representatives. She is a registered professional engineer in the State of Oregon.
Deston Nokes, APR, is president of Nokes Communications, Inc., a writing, consulting, and public relations firm specializing in energy and environmental communications. He collaborates on the WISP project writing articles, press releases, and websites
Lina Bertling Tjernberg, an IEEE Senior Member, is a full professor in power grid technology at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Sweden and a visiting professor with Stanford University’s Sustainable Systems Laboratory in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Reji Kumar Pillai is an internationally renowned expert in the electric power sector with over three decades of experience in the electricity industry in diverse functions across the entire value chain and across continents. He played the pivotal role in formulation of the Smart Grid Vision & Roadmap for India that has been recently adopted by the Government of India. Mr. Pillai has been re-elected the President of India Smart Grid Forum, a public – private partnership initiative of the Government of India for accelerated development of smart grid technologies in the Indian power sector. He has studied Engineering, Finance, Management and Law; has worked with NTPC and IBM and been a senior consultant with ADB, World Bank and USAID.
Amritha Chandramouli is a post graduate in Energy management (PGPM) and an electronics and communications engineer. She joined the India Smart Grid Forum in April 2013 as a Business Analyst, where she currently handles the working groups on Advanced Transmission and Renewables & Microgrids. Ms. Chandramouli also hosts a webinar series on smart grids and has been instrumental in making ISGF more social- media friendly.
Guillermo A. Jiménez Estévez, an IEEE Senior Member, received his BSc degree in Electrical Engineering from the Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería, Bogotá, in 1998 and MSc and PhD degrees from the Universidad de Chile in 2003 and 2010, respectively. He is currently Director of the Energy Center of the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences of the Universidad de Chile. He has developed solutions for power system planning and operation, renewable energy, distributed generation, microgrids and regulation. He has led different projects based on distributed generation and microgrid solutions in Chile and other Latin American Countries.
Markos Asprou, an IEEE student member, is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Cyprus and is working as a researcher at the KIOS Research Center for Intelligent Systems and Networks.
Paolo Attilio Pegoraro, an IEEE member, currently holds post-doctoral position with the University of Cagliari, Italy, where he focuses on the development of new measurement techniques for modern power networks.
Elias Kyriakides, an IEEE senior member, is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Cyprus, and a founding member of the KIOS Research Center for Intelligent Systems and Networks.
Dr. Mani Vadari, IEEE Senior Member, IEEE, is founder and President of Modern Grid Solutions, which delivers consulting and training services to smart grid companies, globally. Prior to forming MGS, he held various positions at Accenture, Battelle Memorial Institute and Alstom grid.
Ronald Melton, an IEEE Senior Member, is director of the Battelle-led Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration project, the administrator of the trademarked GridWise Architecture Council and Team Lead for Distribution Systems and Demand Response at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).
Don Hammerstrom, IEEE Senior Member, is a senior research engineer and principal investigator for the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PPNL), where he has worked for 10 years.
Hussein T. Mouftah, an IEEE fellow, is a university distinguished professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Ottawa, which he joined in 2002. He previously was a professor at Queen's University, and before that he worked for six years in industry, mainly at Bell Northern Research of Ottawa (now Nortel Networks).
Mahmud Hasan is a graduate student member of IEEE. He received the B.Sc. (2003) and M.Sc. (2005) in electrical and electronics engineering from BUET (Bangladesh) and the M.A.Sc. (2009) in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Waterloo, in Canada.
Zhaoyu Wang, a student member of IEEE, received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China, in 2009, an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University in 2012, and an M.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2012.
Daniel Kammen is the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley, where he founded and directs the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory.
Ranjit Deshmukh is a researcher with the International Energy Studies Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Berkeley in the Energy and Resources Group, where he holds the Link Foundation Fellowship.
Juan Pablo Carvallo researches how to help developing economies trace sustainable growth paths as part of his doctoral studies in the Energy and Resources Group at University of California, Berkeley.
Dan Schnitzer is a Ph.D. candidate at Carnegie Mellon University in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy, where he holds a Link Foundation Energy Fellowship and a Bertucci Graduate Fellowship.
Chen-Ching Liu an IEEE fellow, is Boeing Distinguished Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University, Pullman, Wash. and a professor at University College Dublin, Ireland.
Chen-Ching Liu, an IEEE fellow, is Boeing Distinguished Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University, Pullman, Wash. and a professor at University College Dublin, Ireland.
Jeff Katz is the Chief Technology Officer of the Energy and Utilities industry at IBM. He has contributed to the industry’s framework, Solution Architecture For Energy (SAFE), the IBM Innovation Jam workshops and the IBM Intelligent Utility Network initiative, and he is the primary industry liaison with IBM Research.
Jake Z. Zhang, a graduate student member of IEEE, has completed his Conjoint Degree of B.E. (Honors) in Electrical Engineering and B.Com. in Finance at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Adam Wierman, an IEEE member, is a professor in the Department of Computing and Mathematical Sciences at the California Institute of Technology, where he is a founding member of the Rigorous Systems Research Group (RSRG).
Jay Giri, an IEEE Fellow, is Director of Power Systems Technology and Strategic Initiatives at ALSTOM Grid in Redmond, Washington, and an affiliate professor at the University of Washington, Seattle.
Douglas Wilson is Chief Technology Officer for Psymetrix Ltd, an Alstom company. He has worked with Psymetrix since 1998, and was involved in developing and deploying the world’s first continuous oscillation monitoring system, which has been operational in the GB system for 15 years.
Dr. Ralph D. Masiello, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, an IEEE Smart Grid Technical Expert and an IEEE Life Fellow, is DNV GL’s Innovation Director and Senior Vice President.
Subhonmesh Bose is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology, where he has been since graduating from the India Institute of Technology, Kanpur.
Chenye Wu, an IEEE member, is a postdoctoral researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, where he works on the design, optimization, distributed control and game-theoretic analysis of smart power systems and electricity market.
Michael I. Henderson, an IEEE senior member, is Director, Regional Planning and Coordination at ISO New England. Previously, he had more than 22 years’ experience at the New York Power Authority, Long Island Lighting Company and American Electric Power. Since July 1999, he has presented technical seminars as well as about six dozen panel and technical papers at IEEE and other forums. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., he holds master’s degrees in electrical power engineering (1977) and electrical engineering in (1976) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 1975, he earned his bachelor’s in electrical engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of New York, where he also served as an adjunct lecturer from 1993 to 1999.
Debbie Haught is a program manager in the US Department of Energy Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability’s Research and Development Division, which leads DOE’s efforts to modernize the electric grid through the development and implementation of national policy pertaining to electric grid reliability and the management of research, development and demonstration activities for “next generation” electric grid infrastructure technologies.
Gene Zimon is the founder and president of EDGE Advisers, which is focused on assisting early stage companies accelerate the introduction of new technologies into the marketplace. Edge Advisers has done consulting work for GridEdge Network, Draker and Locus Energy. Zimon has had a 35-year career in information technology.
Paul Schwabe is an energy and financing analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He has more than 11 years of experience within various sectors of the energy and finance industry covering renewables, efficiency and natural gas.
Travis Lowder is a renewable energy analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. He concentrates mainly on PV project finance and risk management, and on U.S. renewable energy financial policy.
Craig Rieger, a senior member of IEEE, leads Instrumentation, Control and Intelligent Systems at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), with a focus on next-generation resilient control systems. He has also been a supervisor and technical lead for control systems engineering groups for several INL nuclear facilities and various control system architectures.
John Kelly is executive director at the Perfect Power Institute. Previously, as deputy director of the Galvin Electricity Initiative, he led research into improved electricity governance models and the development of innovative Perfect Power prototypes. He is a founder of the National Energy Center for Sustainable Communities and the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.
Barbara Lockwood is the General Manager of Energy Innovation for Arizona Public Service (APS), managing APS’s expanding solar generation fleet, renewable energy programs and technology innovation efforts. As the company’s chief technology strategist, she led development and implementation of a self-healing grid program, energy storage systems, home energy management and electric vehicle programs.
Doug Houseman , an IEEE member, is the Vice Chairman of the Intelligent Grid Coordinating Committee, one of the authors of the IEEE Power and Energy Society’s GridVision 2050 and co-founder of IEEE’s DC@Home effort.
Vadim Zheglov, an IEEE member, is a Power Systems Consultant at EnerNex. He received his M.S. degree from the Tennessee Technological University in 2010 and his engineering diploma from the University of Applied Sciences, Wurzburg-Schweinfurt (Germany) in 2007.
Tony J. Tewelis joined Arizona Public Service (APS) in February of 2008 and currently is Director, Technology Innovation. He is responsible for the overall strategic development and implementation of the company’s advanced technology. Previously he was responsible for the corporation’s renewable distributed energy program.
Qing-Chang Zhong, a senior member of IEEE and a fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), is Chair Professor in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, University of Sheffield, UK. Jointly with George Weiss, a professor of control engineering at Tel Aviv University, Israel, he invented the synchronverter technology to operate inverters to mimic synchronous generators, which was recognized as “highly commended” in the 2009 IET Innovation Awards.
Amro M. Farid, an IEEE member and assistant professor of engineering systems and management, leads the Laboratory for Intelligent Integrated Networks of Engineering Systems at the Masdar Institute, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Marita Mirzatuny is a member of the smart power team of the Environmental Defense Fund’s U.S. Climate & Energy Program. She works on smart grid development, renewables, demand response and policy involving the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and the Texas Legislature. She has helped design the environmental metrics for the Pecan Street project, in which EDF is a partner. Prior to joining EDF, she interned on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and worked for various environmental non-profits in California and Texas. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an M.B.A. at Texas State University, in San Marcos.
Clark W. Gellings,a fellow at the Electric Power Research Institute, has had a long career in technical management at EPRI, serving in seven vice-presidential positions. He is a life fellow of IEEE and an honorary and distinguished member of CIGRE, the International Council on Large Electric Systems. He is a past-president of CIGRE’s U.S. National Committee.
Arshad Mansoor is Senior Vice President, Research and Development for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Previously he served as Vice President of EPRI’s Power Delivery and Utilization sector where he led research, development, demonstration and application of transmission and distribution and energy utilization technologies; as Vice President of the former EPRI subsidiary, EPRI Solutions; and as Vice President and Director of Engineering with the EPRI Power Electronics Application Center.
Ron Schoff is the manager of the Technology Innovation (TI) program at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). The program’s portfolio of cross-cutting research, development and demonstration projects scouts, influences and builds on early-stage work across the global science and technology communities to capture innovations for application-oriented development and demonstration by EPRI.
Donald Pollock is Global Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Ambient Corporation, a smart grid communications firm in Newton, Massachusetts, and supplier of the Ambient Smart Grid Node. Previously, he was managing director of Customers Matter Ltd, a marketing and research consultancy. For over 20 years, he has been an executive with or consultant to various businesses: Clients have included IBM, Saint Gobain, Baldor, Indesit, and Universal Powerline Association. He has a Bachelor of Science in psychology and business studies from Edinburgh University in Scotland.
Patty Durand is the Executive Director for the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, a consumer-focused nonprofit aiming to promote the understanding and benefits of modernized electrical systems among all stakeholders in the United States.
Alekhya Datta is a research associate at TERI – The Energy and Resources Institute (formerly, TATA Energy Research Institute), which has branches in New Delhi and Chennai. He received a B. Tech degree in electrical engineering from West Bengal University of Technology, Kolkata, in 2008 and the Post-Graduate Master’s in geo-informatics from Symbiosis International University, Pune, in 2010.
Parimita Mohanty is a doctoral research scholar at IIT, Delhi, a fellow at TERI – The Energy and Resources Institute, and an adjunct lecturer at TERI University. She holds an M. Tech degree in energy science and Technology from Jadavpur University in Kolkata.
Danielle Merfeld, an IEEE member, is is Technology Director, Electrical Technologies & Systems at GE Global Research in Niskayuna, N.Y. She leads a global team of over 500 scientists and engineers, responsible for advanced technology development in the areas of semiconductor devices and packaging, controls, power electronics and power conversion, distributed across GE’s four global research facilities.
Siri Varadan, a senior member of IEEE, is a vice president with UISOL, an ALSTOM company, and leads UISOL’s Asset Management Practice. He holds B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical power engineering and has over two decades of industry experience with employers including ABB, Nexant and DNV KEMA. A professional engineer, he specializes in asset management for electric utilities with a focus on T&D systems.
William F. Jones, Jr. is Director of the Smart Energy Solutions Program for Massachusetts at National Grid. He is responsible for delivering on the 15,000 smart meter pilot program, in-home technology and customer benefits assessment in Massachusetts.
Steven E. Collier is Vice President of Business Development at Milsoft Utility Solutions. Operating from his office in Austin, Texas, he assists Milsoft with corporate business development and industry relations. Since starting his career at Houston Lighting & Power in the early 1970s, he has worked as a consultant or executive with energy, telecom and technology companies in the United States and abroad.
Bruce Wollenberg, a Life Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the National Academy of Engineering, has been a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Minnesota since 1989. He is Director of the University of Minnesota Center for Electric Energy.
Doug Houseman, an IEEE member, is vice president for technical innovation at EnerNex and has served as chief technology officer at Capgemini. With extensive experience in the energy and utility industry, he has been involved in projects in more than 30 countries.
Rahul Aggarwal is a Senior Global Product and Marketing Management Executive and has held various positions with Siemens globally. He has lead teams on Strategy, Marketing, Product & Solutions Management and Sales in Asia Pacific and North America.
Judy M. Poferl is president and CEO, Northern States Power Company-Minnesota, an Xcel Energy Company. She is responsible for the company’s electric and natural gas operations in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Jim Green is Assistant Director of Energy Management at the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities Campus. He is responsible for energy efficiency, facilities engineering and building automation. He completed a 27-year naval career in 2008, when he retired from the U.S. Navy with the rank of captain.
Ken Geisler is Vice President of Strategy for Siemens Smart Grid in the United States. He has over 30 years of management and technical experience in defining, designing, developing and implementing large integrated solutions in the energy industry.
Kellogg L. Warner, an IEEE member, is Executive Vice President, Applied Energy Group, and has more than 30 years’ experience in energy services for the electric and gas utility industry, and 15 years as chief executive of major energy consulting and service firms.