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. A frequent keynoter at industry events in the United States and abroad, he also serves on boards of several companies and industry groups, including Utility Horizons, Microgrid Institute, Microgrid Systems Lab and the GridWise alliance. He is the author of Electric System Operations: Evolving to the Modern Grid (Artech House, 2013), and his Smart Grid Training is a major element in MGS’s Smart Grid Academy delivered to utilities and vendors around the world. Recently named a 2012 Smart Grid Pioneer by editors of Smart Grid Today, Dr. Vadari has published over 50 papers and articles in leading journals and magazines and has been inducted into both the Eta Kappa Nu (electrical engineering honor society) and the Tau Beta Pi (national engineering honor society). He holds and MSEE and Ph.D from the University of Washington.