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Daniel Kammen

Daniel KammenDaniel 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.

Jay Apt

Jay AptJay Apt is a professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business and in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy.

Ranjit Deshmukh

Ranjit DeshmukhRanjit 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

Juan Pablo CarvalloJuan 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

Dan SchnitzerDan 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.

Justin Brant

Justin BrantJustin Brant is assistant director of the Electric Power Division at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities.

Ben Davis

Ben DavisBen Davis is the director of the Electric Power Division at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, where he has worked since 2008.

Jonathan Raab

Jonathan RaabJonathan Raab is President of Raab Associates, Ltd., an energy and environmental consulting and dispute resolution firm located in Boston.

Chen-Ching Liu

Chen-Ching LiuChen-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

Chen-Ching LiuChen-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.

Jeffrey Katz

Jeffrey KatzJeff 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.

Manimaran Govindarasu

Manimaran GovindarasuManimaran Govindarasu a senior member of IEEE, is Mehl Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University.

Manimaran Govindarasu

Manimaran GovindarasuManimaran Govindarasu, a senior member of IEEE, is Mehl Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University.

Nicholas Abi-Samra

Nicholas Abi-SamraNicholas Abi-Samra, an IEEE Senior Member since 1983, is a Senior Vice President at DNV GL.

Heather Anusbigian

Heather AnusbigianHeather Anusbigian has directed the research, marketing strategy and product development initiatives for A. Cullen & Associates, Inc. since 2011.

Jim McClanahan

Jim McClanahanJim McClanahan, an IEEE member, is a senior principal in the energy and utilities practice of West Monroe Partners.

Jake Z. Zhang

Jake Z. ZhangJake 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

Adam WiermanAdam 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).

Hamed Mohsenian-Rad

Hamed Mohsenian-RadHamed Mohsenian-Rad, an IEEE member, is an assistant professor of electrical engineering at the University of California at Riverside.

Jay Giri

Jay GiriJay 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

Douglas WilsonDouglas 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

Ralph D. MasielloDr. 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

Subhonmesh BoseSubhonmesh 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

Chenye WuChenye 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

Michael I. HendersonMichael 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

Debbie HaughtDebbie 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

Gene ZimonGene 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

Paul SchwabePaul 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

Travis LowderTravis 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

Craig RiegerCraig 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

John KellyJohn 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

Barbara Lockwood 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

Doug HousemanDoug 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

Vadim ZheglovVadim 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

Tony J. TewelisTony 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

Qing-Chang ZhongQing-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

Amro M. FaridAmro M. Farid, an IEEE member, is an assistant professor of engineering systems and management at the Masdar Institute, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, where he leads the Laboratory for Intelligent Integrated Networks of Engineering Systems. The laboratory maintains an active research program in smart power grids, the energy-water nexus, the energy-transportation nexus and reconfigurable manufacturing systems.

Marita Mirzatuny

Marita MirzatunyMarita 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.

Anuradha Annaswamy

Anuradha AnnaswamyAnuradha Annaswamy, an IEEE Fellow, is Director of the Active-Adaptive Control Laboratory and a Senior Research Scientist in the department of mechanical engineering at MIT.

Clark W. Gellings

Clark W. GellingsClark 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

Arshad MansoorArshad 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

Ron SchoffRon 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

Donald PollockDonald 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

Patty DurandPatty 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

Alekhya DattaAlekhya 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

Parimita MohantyParimita 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

Danielle MerfeldDanielle 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

Siri VaradanSiri 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.

William F. Jones, Jr.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

Steven E. Collier 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

Bruce WollenbergBruce 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

Doug HousemanDoug 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

Rahul Aggarwal 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

Judy M. PoferlJudy 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

Jim GreenJim 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

Ken GeislerKen 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.

Hao Liang

Hao LiangHao Liang, a member of IEEE, is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Canada.

Kellogg L. Warner

Kellogg L. WarnerKellogg 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.

Ron Willoughby

Ron WilloughbyRon Willoughby, a senior member of IEEE, is an executive consultant with more than 39 years' experience in electric power systems planning and operation, focusing on reliability, power quality, energy efficiency and automation.

Stephen G. Whitley

Stephen G. WhitleyStephen G. Whitley, an IEEE member, is NYISO President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining NYISO in July 2008, he served for seven years as senior vice president and COO of ISO New England, where he was responsible for system planning, system operations, market operations, settlements, customer service and NERC/NPCC compliance for the six-state region.

Ed Koch

Ed KochEd Koch is Senior Fellow in Honeywell Building Solutions and is a co-founder of and chief technology officer at Akuacom, Inc., a leader in automated demand response software, which Honeywell International acquired in May 2010.

M. Granger Morgan

M. Granger MorganM. Granger Morgan, an IEEE fellow, is professor and head of the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University where he is also University and Lord Chair Professor in Engineering. In addition, he holds academic appointments in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and in the H. John Heinz III College.

Alan T. Crane

Alan T. CraneAlan T. Crane is Senior Scientist at the National Research Council, where he is the study director for a project analyzing light-duty vehicle and fuel technology options for greatly reducing petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. He has directed projects that analyzed plug-in hybrid electric and fuel-cell vehicles, the vulnerability of electric power systems to terrorism, and fuel-economy standards for cars and light trucks.

Vern Dosch

Vern DoschVern Dosch is President & CEO, National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC). NISC provides billing, accounting and engineering software systems to more than 650 rural utilities and telephone companies and 7,200,000 end customers in 47 states, American Samoa, Palau and Canada. NISC has offices in North Dakota, Missouri, Wisconsin and Iowa, and employs more than 920 highly-skilled employees.

Ryan Hentges

Ryan HentgesRyan Hentges is Vice President of Corporate Services at Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative, where he has direct responsibility for technology, meter reading, billing, legal coordination and company-wide programs. During his seven years at the cooperative, Ryan has developed business cases and led the implementation of a number of smart grid technologies.

Joseph Paladino

Joseph PaladinoJoseph Paladino is Senior Advisor in the Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, where he oversees efforts to determine the impact of smart grid projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Shalinee Kishore

Shalinee KishoreShalinee Kishore is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. She obtained doctoral and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Princeton University in 2003 and 2001, and an M.S. and B.S. in electrical engineering from Rutgers University in 1999 and 1996.

Larry Snyder

Larry SnyderLarry Snyder is an associate professor of industrial and systems engineering at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. He received his Ph.D. in industrial engineering and management sciences from Northwestern University.

Parth Pradhan

Parth PradhanParth Pradhan obtained his B.Tech degree in electronics and instrumentation engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in engineering in the energy systems department at Lehigh University, in Bethlehem, Pa.

Zubair Md. Fadlullah

Zubair Md. FadlullahZubair Md. Fadlullah, a member of IEEE, is an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Information Sciences, Tohoku University, Japan. He obtained a Ph.D. from the university in 2011 and a master’s degree in in 2008, both degrees in applied information science.

Nei Kato

Nei KatoNei Kato, an IEEE Fellow, has been a full professor at the Graduate School of Information Sciences at Tohoku University since 2003. His research has been in satellite communications, computer networking, wireless mobile communications, the smart grid, image processing and pattern recognition.

Davor Svetinovic

Davor SvetinovicDavor Svetinovic is an assistant professor at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in the United Arab Emirates and an affiliated researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His current research interests include strategic requirements engineering, systems architecture with emphasis on software and smart grids and sustainable development from the systems security perspective.

Xi Fang

Xi Fang Xi Fang , IEEE Student Member, received his B.S and M.E from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing, in 2005 and 2008, respectively. Currently he is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering at Arizona State University.

Brad Roberts

Brad RobertsBrad Roberts, a senior life member of IEEE, is the Power Quality Systems Director in the power quality products division at S&C Electric Company. The division, based in Franklin, Wisconsin, specializes in low- and medium-voltage power protection systems. A past-chairman of the IEEE Power Engineering Society’s Emerging Technologies Committee, he serves on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee.

Satyajayant Misra

Satyajayant MisraSatyajayant Misra, an IEEE member, is an assistant professor in computer science at New Mexico State University. His research interests include design and optimization of architectures and protocols for wireless and wired communication networks, supercomputing and the smart grid.

Guoliang Xue

Guoliang XueGuoliang Xue, an IEEE fellow, is a professor of computer science at Arizona State University. His research interests include survivability, security and resource allocation issues in wireless networks, social networks and smart grid.

Anjan Bose

Anjan BoseAnjan Bose is a Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of Energy at DOE. He is on leave from Washington State University where he is Regents Professor and holds the endowed Distinguished Professorship in Power Engineering.

William Parks

William ParksWilliam Parks is currently serving as the Principal Technical Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy in the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE).

Kerry Cheung

Kerry CheungKerry Cheung is currently an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Fellow and was previously an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow (2010-2012) with the U.S. Department of Energy in the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.

Weihua Zhuang

Weihua ZhuangWeihua Zhuang, an IEEE fellow, has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada, since 1993, where she is a full professor and Tier I Canada Research Chair in wireless communication networks. Her current research focuses on distributed network control and service provisioning in wireless communications and on smart grid. She is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Engineering Institute of Canada, and a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society.

Xuemin (Sherman) Shen

Xuemin (Sherman) ShenXuemin (Sherman) Shen, an IEEE fellow, is a professor and University Research Chair in the department of electrical and computer engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada. His research focuses on resource management in interconnected wireless/wired networks, wireless network security, wireless body area networks, vehicular ad hoc and sensor networks, and the smart grid.

Dejun Yang

Dejun YangDejun Yang, IEEE Student Member, received his B.S. from Peking University, Beijing, in 2007. Currently he is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering at Arizona State University.

Andres Carvallo

Andres CarvalloAndres Carvallo, an IEEE member, is executive vice president and chief strategy officer at Proximetry, a leading global virtual network management software platform provider for the energy, telecommunications and transportation industries, and is an advisor to Zpryme’s Smart Grid Insights Practice. Previously Carvallo held executive positions at, Austin Energy, Philips Electronics, Digital Equipment Corporation, Borland, and five start-ups since 1992. Andres started his career as a product manager for Windows at Microsoft in Redmond, Wash. He earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Kansas with a concentration in robotics and control systems, and completed executive studies in utility executive management at the University of Idaho, in business management at Stanford University, and in quality management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Bruce H. Krogh

Bruce H. Krogh  Bruce H. Krogh is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University where he has been on the faculty since 1983. He is currently Director of Carnegie Mellon University of Rwanda in Kigali, Rwanda, a new location of the Carnegie Mellon University College of Engineering. His research focuses on the design and application of distributed control systems, including strategies for optimal coordination of supply and demand in highly distributed energy systems. He is a Distinguished Member of the IEEE Control Systems Society and a Fellow of the IEEE.

Faycal Bouhafs

Faycal Bouhafs   Faycal Bouhafs received a Ph.D in computer science from Liverpool John Moores University in 2007. He did postdoctoral work at the University of Edinburgh where he worked on the AuRA-NMS project, a research program that explores new autonomous control strategies for the power grid. His main research interests include smart grid technologies, wireless sensor networks and machine to machine communications.

Hedda R. Schmidtke

Hedda R. Schmidtke Hedda R. Schmidtke is an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda and CMU Silicon Valley. Her main research interests are in context-aware mobile and distributed systems, with applications to mobile systems, smart spaces and smart grids for energy management. Before joining CMU-Rwanda, she was a research fellow and later research professor at Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) in South Korea (2006 to 2009), and research director of the TecO group at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany (2009 to 2011). She holds a doctoral degree in computer science from the University of Hamburg, Germany.

Yongge Wang

Yongge WangYongge Wang received his PhD degree from the University of Heidelberg of Germany. Since then, Dr. Wang worked in the industry for a few years until he joined UNC Charlotte in 2002. In particular, Dr. Wang has worked in Certicom (now a division of Research In Motion Inc.) as a cryptographic mathematician specializing in efficient cryptographic techniques for wireless communications. He has actively participated in and contributed to the standards bodies such as IETF, W3C XML Security protocols, IEEE 1363 standardization groups for cryptographic techniques, and ANSI T11 groups for SAN network security standards. Dr. Wang is the inventor of Remote Password Authentication protocols SRP5, which is an IEEE 1363.2 standard, and the inventor of Identity based key agreement WANG-KE, which is an IEEE 1363.3 standard. He has also worked with Cisco researchers and American Gas Association researchers to design security protocols for the SCADA industry. Dr. Wang has been actively working in the research areas of information theory, cryptography, network security, and smart grid security. More information can be found at Dr. Wang’s homepage:

Michael Mackay

Michael MackayMichael Mackay is a lecturer in the School of Computing and Mathematics at Liverpool John Moores University. He has been involved in a range of research projects for the EPSRC and IST such as 6NET, ENTHRONE2, and EC-GIN. His main research interests include IPv6, network mobility, IPTV media streaming and cloud computing.

David O'Brien

David O'BrienDavid O'Brien is a former Vermont Commissioner of Public Service and is now a strategic consultant to utilities at the Bridge Energy Group, where he advises ComEd, among others, on regulatory matters. As a Vermont commissioner and member of the state governor's administration, he was responsible for regulation of the electric, natural gas, telecommunications and water industries. He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Bridgeport, in Connecticut, and a master's in finance from Fairfield University.

Bruno Sinopoli

Bruno SinopoliBruno Sinopoli received a doctorate in engineering from the University of Padua in 1998, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 2003 and 2005 respectively. He did postdoctoral work at Stanford University and then joined the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, where he is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; he has courtesy appointments in Mechanical Engineering and in the Robotics Institute. He was awarded the 2006 Eli Jury Award for outstanding research achievement in the areas of systems, communications, control and signal processing at University of California at Berkeley, as well as the NSF CAREER Award in 2010.

Matt Wakefield

Matt WakefieldMatt Wakefield is a Senior Program Manager at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Area Manager for EPRI's Smart Grid Research Programs. At EPRI, he focuses on information and communications technology, cyber security and large-scale smart grid demonstrations integrating distributed energy resources. He has over 24 years of energy industry experience. Prior to joining EPRI, he was Manager of Applied Technology for Integrys Energy Group, as well as a nuclear reactor operator for the U.S. Navy. He received his B.S. degree in technology management from the University of Maryland University College.

Joseph H. Eto

Joseph H. EtoJoseph H. Eto, an IEEE member, is a staff scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he manages a national lab/university/industry R&D partnership called the Consortium for Electric Reliability Technology Solutions (CERTS). He has been involved in the preparation of every major electricity policy study conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy over the past decade, including the Power Outage Study Team (2000), the National Transmission Grid Study (2002), the US-Canada Final Report on the August 14, 2003 Blackout and both DOE National Electric Transmission Congestion Studies (2006 and 2009). He holds an AB in philosophy and an MS in energy and resources, both from the University of California at Berkeley, and is a registered professional mechanical engineer in the state of California.

Andrew L. Ott

Andrew L. OttAndrew L. Ott, a senior member of IEEE, is Senior Vice President of Markets for PJM Interconnection and serves as a board member for the Association of Power Exchanges, PJM Technologies and PJM Environmental Information Services. He has been with PJM for more than 15 years, supervising the divisions responsible for market operations and strategy, regulatory affairs, customer relations and performance compliance. He serves as the U.S. representative and working group chair for the CIGRE (International Council on Large Electric Systems) C5 Study Committee on Electricity Markets and Regulation. Ott received his BS degree in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University and an MS in applied statistics from Villanova University.

Yimin Wang

Yimin WangYimin Wang, a senior member of IEEE, is chief of the science and technology department at SGCC. Prior to his current assignment, he served as the deputy chief of the National Electric Power Dispatching and Communication Center, and chief of the department of production technology at SGCC. He is an expert in power dispatching and automation technology and has extensive experience in management of electric assets, power planning and technology. Under his leadership, SGCC has achieved breakthroughs in smart grid planning design, standardization and technology research and development.

Arvind Durai

Arvind DuraiArvind Durai is an Advanced Services Technical Leader for Cisco Systems. His primary responsibility for the past twelve years has been to support the company’s major customers, including those in finance, manufacturing, e-commerce, state government, utilities (smart grid networks) and health care. The focus of his work often has been on security, multicast or network virtualization. Durai holds a B.S. in electronics and communication, a M.S. in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in business administration (MBA). He is a coauthor of the Cisco Secure Firewall Services Module and TcL Scripting for Cisco’s Internetwork Operating System (IOS).

Vikram Varakantam

Vikram VarakantamVikram Varakantam is a Solutions Architect on the smart grid solutions team within the Cisco customer advocacy group. He has more than nine years of experience in the information technology and networking industry, and he currently supports several large Cisco utility enterprises in WAN, data center and security projects. He leads the company's efforts in security architecture, strategy and implementation, where the smart grid is a focal point. He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a master's in computer science.

Phillip McCrory

Phillip McCroryPhillip McCrory, a senior member of IEEE, is the T&D Services Director for Oncor Electric Delivery’s operations IT systems. During his 40 year career, he has been responsible for transmission planning and the installation of Oncor’s EMS and Smart Grid systems. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Arkansas and his master’s at the University of Texas at Arlington, both in electrical engineering.

Jeff Walz

Jeff WalzJeff Walz is Product Manager of Advanced Distribution Management Systems for Siemens Smart Grid Division in North America. He has over 18 years of electric utility industry experience in control systems, distribution automation, demand response and AMI/AMR. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Iowa State University in Ames.

Bradley R. Williams

Bradley R. WilliamsBradley R. Williams is Vice President, Industry Strategy, at Oracle Utilities Global Business Unit, which is responsible for outage management, distribution management, mobile workforce management, work and asset management, and load analysis utility applications. He is in charge of Oracle's smart grid strategy. Previously, he was a research director at Gartner, director of technology development at PacifiCorp, and a supervising engineer at Southern California.

Eugene Litvinov

Eugene LitvinovEugene Litvinov, a senior member of IEEE, is a Chief Technologist at the Independent System Operator New England (ISO-NE). He is responsible for advanced system and markets solutions and leads research and development activities. He also heads up all smart grid related efforts at the ISO-NE, including the DOE funded SIDU project. Litvinov has more than 35 years of professional experience in power system modeling, analysis and operation; electricity markets design, implementation and operation; and information technology. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Kiev Technical University (1970 and 1973) and a doctoral degree in electrical engineering from Ural State Technical University (1987).

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