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. In 1978, he and 11 other engineers co-founded Energy System Computer Applications (ESCA), which after numerous mergers became part of Alstom Grid in 2010. Previously, at ESCA, he designed and implemented the original software for an automatic generation control system that controls half of North American generation today, and a dispatcher training simulator that is used worldwide. He earned his doctoral degree at Clarkson University in New York, and his bachelor's at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras. He is a member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society governing board.