Matt 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.