Jon Stromsather is the head of Smart Grids Development at Enel Distribuzione, where he has worked with smart grid technologies since 2002, when he joined the company to work on the Telegestore project. He is currently heavily involved in European cooperation on smart grids, in particular in the development of the European Electricity Grid Initiative (EEGI).
Pierre Mallet is the Director of Innovation and Technical Strategy in ERDF in charge of the R&D program of ERDF and of the development of new solutions for the distribution network operation. He is also Member of the Directing and of the Technical Committees, chairman of Session 1 “Network Components” and of the French National Committee of CIRED; French member of the DSO Committee of Eurelectric as well as French alternate member of the International Energy Agency WG on Smart Grids (ISGAN).
Marco Baron received his M.SC in electronic engineering from Università degli studi Roma Tre. In 2010, he joined ENEL to work in the Smart Grids and New Technologies Development Unit. He has been involved in several European FP7 projects (e.g. ADDRESS, ADVANCED). He has also been the project manager of the FP7 European project METER-ON.
Hamed Ahmadi, an IEEE member, received the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, in 2015. He has worked for BC Hydro as a contractor and he is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia. His research interests include distribution systems analysis, optimization algorithms, power system stability and control, smart grids, and high voltage engineering.
Aaron Ellis received the B.A.Sc. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. He joined BC Hydro in 2012, where he is currently a team lead in Distributed Energy Resource Planning. He previously was the manager of the Electric Power Systems at Andritz from 2001 to 2012. His main interest is in voltage management technologies and resolving interconnection issues for IPPs.
José R. Martí, an IEEE fellow, received the Electrical Engineering degree from Central University of Venezuela, Caracas, in 1971, the Master of Engineering degree in electric power (M.E.E.P.E.) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, in 1974, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada in 1981. He is known for his contributions to the modeling of fast transients in large power networks, including component models and solution techniques. Particular emphasis in recent years has been the development of distributed computational solutions for real-time simulation of large systems and integrated multisystem solutions. He is a Professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of British Columbia and a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of British Columbia, Canada.
Antony Zegers gained experience in the utility sector working as an R&D engineer, smart grids at Eandis, Belgium´s largest distribution network operator. In 2013, he joined the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), Electric Energy Systems, and is responsible for R&D projects for system operators and service providers. His main experience areas are the integration of renewable energy sources in distribution grids and the implementation of ancillary services to support grid operation. Antony studied electro-mechanical engineering at Ghent University in Belgium.
Susanne Ackeby joined STRI AB in 2012 after several years of work at ABB Network Management/Ventyx with applications within EMS, DMS, GMS and OMS. At STRI, she is involved in projects related to smart grids and modelling/analysis of power systems. Susanne is also the project leader for STRI´s micro grid platform for research and development and the operating agent of ISGAN Annex 6. She has an M.Sc in electric power engineering from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Karin Haas is a communications project manager at the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). She works with international Clean Energy Ministerial projects like the 21st Century Power Partnership and the International Smart Grid Action Network. She also manages web and print projects for NREL’s Strategic Energy Analysis Center. Karin holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California.
Carmen Calpe holds an MSc degree in industrial engineering with specialization in electricity. She joined the New Technologies Department of RWE in July 2011 and is involved in several European projects dealing with smart grids and new technologies. She is the Project Coordinator of DISCERN project.
Christoph Gutschi studied industrial process engineering at Graz University of Technology (TUG) and the University of Oviedo. He wrote his dissertation about energy storage and demand response at the Institute of Electricity Economics of TUG. From 2002 to 2012, he was research assistant and project manager at the Institute of Electricity Economics. In cyberGRID he has a role of an expert in industrial demand response and electricity market modelling and manages international VPP projects.
Jure Smole has 14 years of international business experience, managing companies in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Russia, Romania and Slovenia. He is currently director of sales and GRID operations. Before joining cyberGRID, Jure was working in ETI d.d., Kraški zidar d.d. and HIDRIA corporation.
Robin Podmore,an IEEE Life Fellow, is founder of IncSys and the Power4Vets program, and is a co-founder of ESCA Corp. (now Alstom T&D). In 2010 he joined the IEEE Community Solutions Initiative, now the IEEE Smart Village. Since 2011, he has served as Vice President of New Initiatives and Outreach for the IEEE Power and Energy Society. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2013 for development of modeling and simulation tools for power system operation. He received a B.S. in electrical engineering and a PhD in electrical engineering with a focus on computer modeling of power system networks from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
Claudio Borean is leading the Swarm Joint Open Lab group of the Open Innovation Research Department of Telecom Italia. He worked in several research projects about Next Generation Wireless LAN, RFID technologies and mobile services evolution, wireless sensor networks, smart grids and fog computing research activities. He is currently involved in the distributed systems and collective intelligence research activities, with a special interest in mobile cooperative IoT applications and district energy management systems.
Giuseppe Di Bella is a researcher at Telecom Italia S.p.A. Currently, he works in the SWARM Joint Open Labs in the Innovation & Strategy Department, mainly engaged in research on distributed adaptive systems. He received a Ph.D. in telecommunication engineering from the University of Palermo in 2015 with a thesis on privacy-preserving approaches in smart grid scenarios. He graduated from the University of Palermo with B.S. and M.S. degrees in telecommunication engineering in 2009 and 2011, respectively.
Rosario Drogo De Iacovo, an IEEE member, is a researcher in the Innovation & Strategy Department of Telecom Italia S.p.A. His activity is mainly related to the design and test of new over-the-network services and multidevice application exploiting the Telecom Italia innovation platform. Other areas of interest are: media coding, quality evaluation and user centered design for innovative applications. In the field of media coding, he is author of many papers and books and acted as the Telecom Italia Group representative in standardizations bodies as ITU-T SG16 and 3GPP SA4. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electronic engineering from the Politecnico of Turin.
Damir Novosel, an IEEE Fellow, co-led the IEEE Joint Task Force on Quadrennial Energy Review. He is president of Quanta Technology, a subsidiary of Quanta Services, a Fortune 500 company, and is an adjunct professor of electrical engineering at North Carolina State University. Previously, Dr. Novosel was vice president of ABB Automation Products and president of KEMA T&D US. He is president elect of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) and a member of the CIGRE US National Committee Governing Board, and was elected to National Academy of Engineers in 2014. Dr. Novosel holds 16 US and international patents and has published over 100 articles in transactions, journals and proceedings.
Arash Alimardani, an IEEE student member, has been with the Department of Real-Time Systems, Grid Operations Division, BC Hydro, Vancouver, BC, Canada, since January 2015. His current research interests include state estimation in transmission and distribution smart grids, real-time operations, optimum control of energies utilities, electricity market, power quality and power electronics, particularly in energy storage and renewable energy systems. He received a B.S. from the Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran, and an M.S. degree from the Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), Tehran, Iran in 2003 and 2008, respectively, all in electrical engineering. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, in electrical engineering.
Francis Therrien, an IEEE student member, was a Power Systems Researcher for CYME International T&D until 2011. He received a B.S. in electrical engineering from the Universit´e de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC, Canada, in 2010 and is currently working toward a Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering at the University of British Columbia. His current research interests include modeling of electrical distribution systems, electrical machines and simulation of electromagnetic transients.
Djordje Atanackovic, an IEEE Senior Member, is currently Manager of the Real Time System Department in Grid Operations division of BC Hydro. Before joining BC Hydro, Dr. Atanackovic was with CAE Electronics and SNC Lavalin working on the development of EMS and DMS advanced network applications. Dr. Atanackovic is a registered professional engineer in the provinces of British Columbia and Ontario, Canada. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from McGill University, Canada and an M.S. and B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Belgrade, Serbia.
Juri Jatskevich, an IEEE member, is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, since 2002. Dr. Jatskevich has served as an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics for the period 2008 – 2013, and is presently the editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion, and editor of IEEE Power Engineering Letters. He is also chairing the IEEE Task Force on Dynamic Average Modeling, under the Working Group on Modeling and Analysis of System Transients Using Digital Programs. He chaired the IEEE CAS Power Systems & Power Electronic Circuits Technical Committee from 2009-2010. His research interests include power electronic systems, electrical machines and drives, modeling and simulation of electromagnetic transients. He received M.S.E.E. and the Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette IN, USA, in 1997 and 1999, respectively.
Ebrahim Vaahedi, an IEEE Fellow, is Chairman of the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter. Dr. Vaahedi joined Open Access Technology International in 2014 as a Senior Director where he leads leading-edge smart grid solution development and delivery. In 2003, he joined BCTC as the Chief Technology Officer where he was accountable for developing and executing a consolidated technology plan. After the merger between BCTC and BC Hydro in 2010, he took over the Operations Technology Department at BC Hydro. Dr. Vaahedi obtained his M.S. and PhD degrees both from Imperial College, University of London in decision support systems for security and economic operation of power systems.
Veronika Rabl, an IEEE member, co-led the IEEE Joint Task Force on Quadrennial Energy Review. She is a recognized expert in electric technologies and energy industry issues. Dr. Rabl is an independent consultant and senior subject matter expert at Energetics, Inc. Until 2001, she served as Director and General Manager, Retail Energy Products and Services, at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), leading the product portfolio strategy for retail and power markets. Dr. Rabl is Chair of IEEE-USA Energy Policy Committee and IEEE Lead Member of the Engineering Founder Societies’ Technology for Carbon Management Initiative, and a recipient of the IEEE-USA Professional Achievement Award for Individuals. She has authored numerous papers and has been an invited speaker and lecturer at many energy-related events in the U.S. and abroad. Veronika holds a Ph.D. in physics from Ohio State University and an M.S. from the Weizmann Institute, Israel. Her educational record includes teaching and doctoral studies at the University of Bonn, Germany, undergraduate studies at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, and a diploma in electronics of nuclear installations from the Industrial College of Nuclear Engineering, Prague
Anthony Lobo, an IEEE Senior Member, is Advisor CSR at Tata Consultancy Services, Mumbai, India. An ethics and CSR professional with a strong foundation in human resources, he has over 20 years of experience with hands on deployment, compliance and capacity building. He has been is an adjunct lecturer in business ethics and management, serves as Secretary of the IEEE India Council and is an active volunteer in local, national and various IEEE Membership and Geographic Activities committees. He is a senior member of the ACM.
Bruce McMillin, an IEEE Senior Member, is currently Professor of Computer Science, Director of the Center for Information Assurance, and Intelligent Systems Center Senior Research Investigator at the Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Mini Shaji Thomas, an IEEE member, is the Director of the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) at Jamia Millia Isamia (JMI), New Delhi, India. She set up a first-of-its kind SCADA lab and substation automation lab in JMI and also started a new M. Tech program in Electrical Power System Management.
Stephen T. Koscs is a Principal Engineer in the Protection and Telecommunications Engineering department at National Grid. He is the subject matter expert and engineering lead for all communications related technologies being deployed as part of National Grid's Worcester, Massachusetts smart grid project, known as the Smart Energy Solutions Program. Stephen has been a telecommunications engineer for over 30 years. Since graduating from Union College in Schenectady, New York with a BSEE, he has worked on military VHF/HF communications and has spent the last 19 years in the utility industry working for National Grid and the former Niagara Mohawk.
Federico Delfino, an IEEE member, is Associate Professor of Power Systems Engineering at the University of Genoa, Italy. His scientific activity is mainly related to: integration of renewable energy sources and storages into the power delivery system; modeling and control of smart power grids and sustainable microgrids and power systems transients. He has been involved as a member of several international and national committees in the energy sector, such as the EU Commission Task Force on smart grids; the National Committee "Energy Efficiency Experts" at the Italian Ministry of Economic Development; and the Expert Committee on smart grids at the Italian Regulatory Authority for Electricity and Gas.
Michela Robba, an IEEE member, is Assistant Professor at the University of Genova, where she focuses on the development of methods and models for environmental and energy systems planning, management and control, through the methodologies of operation research, automation, and systems analysis. She serves as an expert for the EU ESFRI working group for the evaluation of Research Infrastructures (RIs) and the related roadmap update, with specific reference to smart energy networks and storage area RIs. She received her B.S. degree in Environmental Engineering and a PhD in Electronic and Computer Engineering from the University of Genova.
Mansueto Rossi graduated cum laude in electrical engineering at the University of Genoa, where he also received his PhD. From 2004 to 2007, he worked as a temporary research assistant at the University of Genoa on research projects concerning channel allocation optimization for cellular base stations and the finite formulation method applied to the computation of electromagnetic fields. In 2008, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Genoa as a researcher.
Jeffrey D. Taft, an IEEE member, is the Chief Architect for Electric Grid Transformation at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. As a member of the Energy and Environment Directorate, he is responsible for development and articulation of large scale architecture for grid modernization, as well as support of many cross-cutting activities at the Laboratory, including the Future Power Grid Initiative, advanced computing, and the Control of Complex Systems Initiative.
Mihai Sanduleac is Technical Director of ECRO, a private Romanian company dealing with engineering and R&D in power systems domain. He is also an invited lecturer at Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Faculty of Energetics, in the area of smart grid. He has various papers, co-authored books, has four patents in the energy field and currently is acting as Technological Manager in the NOBEL GRID project. He worked at the Energy Research and Modernizing Institute ICEMENERG Bucharest in various positions, including head of Research in Power Systems Laboratory. He had various activities in the electrical energy sector, also inside the Romanian CIGRE organization. He received a Bachelor of Science and Ph.D degrees in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest.
Shay Bahramirad, an IEEE Senior Member, is Manager of Smart Grid and Technology and Innovation Ambassador at ComEd. Her responsibilities include leading the Smart Grid organization across ComEd, business case development and performance measures for Smart Grid technology deployments, and defining, developing, and implementing Microgrid and Smart City initiatives in ComEd’s service territory. Dr. Bahramirad is also an Adjunct Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She is the Chair of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Women in Power, Technical Chair of the 2016 IEEE PES T&D Conference, and Vice Chair of the IEEE PES Distribution Subcommittee. She holds multiple advanced degrees, including a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Joseph E. Svachula, an IEEE Senior Member, is Vice President, Smart Grid and Technology at ComEd, where has a key role in developing the strategic direction for Smart Grid technologies. Prior to his current role, Svachula served as Vice President of Distribution System Operations and Vice President of Field Operations. He began his professional career at ComEd in 1988 in a variety of testing engineer positions and has more than 25 years of utility industry experience, including key manager positions in transmission & substations, work management, distribution operations, operational strategy & business intelligence, and customer operations strategies & support. Svachula holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois Chicago and a Master of Engineering Management from Northwestern University.
Dr. Jin Wang joined Ohio State University in September 2007, where he currently works as an associate professor. His research interests include high-voltage and high-power converter/inverters, integration of renewable energy sources, and electrification of transportation. From September 2005 to August 2007, he worked at the Ford Motor Company as a Core Power Electronics Engineer and contributed to the traction drive design of the Ford Fusion Hybrid. He received a B.S. degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University in 1998, an M.S. degree from Wuhan University in 2001, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2005, all in electrical engineering.
He Li is working toward a Ph.D. degree from Ohio State University in electrical engineering. His research interests include smart grid technology and high performance power electronics systems. He received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University in 2012.
Mohammed Alsolami is currently working toward a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Ohio State University. His research interests include circuit design and driving of converters for UPS systems, switched-capacitor multi-level multi-port dc/ac inverter, design and development of microgrid testbeds, and wide bandgap devices. He received a B.S. degree from king Abdul-Aziz University, Saudi Arabia in 2009 and an M.S. degree from Ohio State University in 2012.
Roberto Saracco, an IEEE Senior Member, is currently Director at EIT ICT LABS Italy and Chair of the Future Directions Committee. Previously, he served as Future Center Director, and Director of Long Term Research at Telecom Italia. He is the author of the blog Looking into the Future, One Day at a Time at EIT ICT Labs.
Philip J. Hart is a PhD student in Electrical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin – Madison with research interests in distributed generation, energy storage, and microgrid stability. A native of New York State, he graduated with honors from Clarkson University in 2011 with a BS in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Sustainable Energy Systems Engineering. He obtained the MS degree in Electrical Engineering at UW-Madison in 2013, with a focus on microgrids and bi-directional electric vehicle charging. He is a member of the WEMPEC research group and has been inducted into Eta Kappa Nu.
Thomas M. Jahns is the Grainger Professor of Power Electronics and Electric Machines at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and Co-Director of the Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium (WEMPEC), an industrial consortium with over 90 international sponsors. Prior to UW, Dr. Jahns worked at GE Corporate Research and Development in NY for 15 years. His current research interests include electric vehicle propulsion, renewable energy systems, microgrids, and energy storage equipment. Dr. Jahns is a Fellow of IEEE, Past President of the IEEE Power Electronics Society, and recipient of the 2005 IEEE Nikola Tesla Technical Field Award.
Robert H. Lasseter is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he focuses on future energy needs and rethinking the delivery of electricity to achieve higher efficiencies, lower emissions, and better reliability. His research pursues technology that moves generation sources closer to the loads, allowing for effective use of waste heat, more flexibility, and increased reliability. Over the last 10 years he has played a key role in the development of CERTS microgrid concepts and new paradigms for the delivery of electricity. He is Life Fellow of IEEE, and IEEE Distinguished Lecturer in distributed resources.
Sharelynn Moore has more than 17 years of experience in the energy and technology sectors. In 2013, she was named Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Public Affairs. In this role, Moore is responsible for all global marketing and public affairs activities for Itron, including development of strategic marketing objectives, oversight of internal and external communications and management of external affairs including community investment and government relations.
Andy Bochman is a CMG advisor and a senior cyber & energy security strategist at Idaho National Laboratory. Prior INL, he was a senior consultant at CMG and also the founder and principal at Bochman Advisors LLC, a strategic consulting firm.
Dr. Lucia Gauchia was named the Richard and Elizabeth Henes Assistant Professor of Energy Storage Systems at Michigan Technological University in September 2013. She holds a joint appointment between Electrical and Computer Engineering Departments and Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Department. During 2012 she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate with McMaster University, working for the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Hybrid Powertrain and the Green Auto Powertrain Program. She received her Ph.D. In Electrical Engineering from the University Carlos III in Madrid, Spain in 2009 and worked in the Power Electric Engineering Department at the University from 2008-2012. Her research interests include the testing, modeling and energy management of energy storage systems for micro grids and electrical vehicles applications.
Andres Carvallo, an IEEE member, is the founder and CEO of CMG, a strategy consulting and advisory company enabling smarter cities, utilities, enterprises, vendors, and startups. Carvallo is an award winning engineer, speaker, author, and executive with 28 years of experience in the energy, telecommunications, computer, and software industries.
Bruce Hamilton serves as a senior consultant at CMG, where he provides leadership for public sector projects designed to deliver measurable benefits to states, cities and communities in pursuit of sustainable energy and economic development.
Erfan Ibrahim is a senior consultant at CMG. He is a well-known engineer, speaker, and executive who is widely recognized as a smart energy thought leader, with over 26 years of experience in the energy, telecommunications and software industries.
David Shpigler is a CMG advisor and also serves as President of The Shpigler Group, a strategy management-consulting firm focused on the utility sector. David has worked with a variety of utilities in solving complex issues involving strategic assessment, market analysis, business case development, economic evaluation of network design, and industry benchmarking.
Dr. Mani Vadari, IEEE Senior Member, is a senior consultant at CMG. He is founder and president of Modern Grid Solutions, which delivers consulting and training services to smart grid companies, globally.
Dr. Victoria Catterson is the National Grid Lecturer in Condition Monitoring at the Institute for Energy and Environment, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. She received her B.Eng. (Hons) in 2003, and a Ph.D. degree in transformer diagnostics in 2007, both from Strathclyde. Since then, she has worked on the application of intelligent system techniques to diagnostics and prognostics of power assets, including transformers, circuit breakers, and cables. She has published over 40 technical papers in the field of diagnostics and health analysis for the power industry, and currently serves as the Chair of the IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society (DEIS) Technical Committee on Smart Grids. She is also a member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society, and serves on the Cigre Working Group on Intelligent Transformer Monitoring A2.44.
Masahiro Sato received B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Tokyo in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Currently, he is a graduate student at the University of Tokyo, engaged in research on insulation of power modules.
Akiko Kumada received B.Eng., M.Eng., and Doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Tokyo. After working as a research associate in the same university from 1999 to 2001, she joined the Tokyo Electric Power Company as a researcher from 2001 to 2003. Since April 2003, she has been in the University of Tokyo as an associate professor.
Kunihiko Hidaka received B.E., M.E., and D.Eng. degrees from the University of Tokyo. Since 1987, he has been with the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Tokyo and is now a professor of electrical engineering. His work has won awards from both the Japanese and British IEE and the Institute of Electrostatics Japan. He is a Fellow of IEEJ. He is now acting as President of IEEJ.
Keisuke Yamashiro received B.Eng. and M.Eng. degrees from Musashi Institute of Technology. He joined Fuji Electric Co., LTD. in 1999. Currently, he works in the Advanced Technology Laboratory Corporate R&D Headquarters, mainly engaged in research on insulation characteristics of electric power equipment and power electronics equipment.
Yuji Hayase received B.Eng. and M.Eng. degrees from Musashi Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D from Tokyo City University in 2011. He joined Fuji Electric Co., LTD. in 2011. Currently, he works in the Advanced Technology Laboratory Corporate R&D Headquarters, mainly engaged in research on insulation characteristics of power electronics equipment.
Tetsumi Takano received his B.Eng. from Kanazawa University in 1974. He joined Fuji Electric Co., Ltd. in 1974. Currently, he works in the Advanced Technology Laboratory Corporate R&D Headquarters, mainly engaged in research on insulation characteristics of electric power equipment and power electronics equipment.
Bart Kruizinga received his Electrical Energy Systems M.Sc. from Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands in 2012, where he is pursuing his Ph.D. He is currently working on the tDASA (technology for Distribution Area Situational Awareness) project. This project is a collaboration of Enexis, Locamation, TNO and Eindhoven University of Technology (all in The Netherlands), and aims to increase situational awareness of LV grids by employing a multi-disciplinary approach.
Giovanni Mazzanti is Associate Professor of HV Engineering and Power Quality at the University of Bologna, Italy. His interests are life modeling, reliability and diagnostics of HV insulation, power quality, renewables and human exposure to electro-magnetic fields. Since 2009, he has served as a consultant for TERNA (the Italian TSO) in the HVDC and HVAC cable systems area. He is author or coauthor of more than 200 published papers, and coauthor of the book HVDC Extruded Cable Systems: Advances in Research and Development, Wiley-IEEE Press, 2013. He is chairman of the IEEE DEIS TC “HVDC Cable Systems."
Massimo Marzinotto received Master and the Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering at La Sapienza University of Roma. His main interests include high polymeric materials, power cables, insulators, applied statistics, insulation coordination and transients. He is a former member of the Electrical Engineering Department at La Sapienza University of Roma (2001 to 2008). He joined TERNA (the Italian TSO) in 2008. He is member of the IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society, IEEE Power & Energy Society, CIGRE, CEI (Italian Electrotechnical Committee) and is active in different IEEE committees and CIGRE WGs. He is author and co-author of different international publications on IEEE transactions and conferences, and coauthor of the book HVDC Extruded Cable Systems: Advances in Research and Development, Wiley-IEEE Press, 2013.
The IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society (IEEE DEIS) is a technical society within the IEEE that stimulates research, develops appropriate studies and standards, and sponsors periodic and special publications in the field of dielectrics and electrical insulation.
The IEEE-IEEMA !NTELECT Conference and Exposition provides for a peerless platform for all the players in the ecosystem to come together to exchange ideas and share their vision through a conference themed Smart Electricity for Emerging Markets. Featuring prominent tech-evangelists, futurists & technology leaders. The parallel tracks of the conference include: H3O – Smart Home, Hospital, Hotel & Office; Microgrids, Rural Electrification & Renewables; Smart Cities; and Humanitarian.
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, is a senior consultant at CMG. He 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).