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Stephen T. Koscs

Stephen T. KoscsStephen 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

Federico DelfinoFederico 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

Michela RobbaMichela 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

Mansueto RossiMansueto 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

Jeffrey D. TaftJeffrey 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

Mihai SanduleacMihai 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

Shay BahramiradShay 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

Joseph E. SvachulaJoseph 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.

Jin Wang

Jin WangDr. 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

He LiHe 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

He LiMohammed 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

Roberto SaraccoRoberto 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

Philip J. HartPhilip 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

JahnsThomas 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

Robert H. LasseterRobert 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

RSharelynn MooreSharelynn 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.

Bob Barker

Bob BarkerBob Barker is a senior consultant at CMG Consulting LLC headquartered in Austin, Texas. Bob is a software and technology executive with C-level experience in large companies and startups.

Andy Bochman

Andy BochmanAndy 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.

Lucia Gauchia

Dr. Lucia GauchiaDr. 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 Carvallo5

Andres CarvalloAndres 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

Bruce HamiltonBruce 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

Erfan IbrahimErfan 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

David ShpiglerDavid 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.

Mani Vadari

Mani VadariDr. 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.

Victoria Catterson

Dr. Victoria CattersonDr. 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

Masahiro SatoMasahiro 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

Akiko KumadaAkiko 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

Kunihiko HidakaKunihiko 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

Keisuke YamashiroKeisuke 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

Yuji HayaseYuji 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

Tetsumi TakanoTetsumi 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

Bart KruizingaBart 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

Giovanni MazzantiGiovanni 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

Massimo MarzinottoMassimo 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.

IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society

IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation SocietyThe 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.

Milos Manic

Milos ManicDr. 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

Li GuoLi 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

Peng LiPeng 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

Xialin LiXialin 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

Chengshan WangChengshan 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

Ali IpakchiDumidu 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

Elizabeth B. BrayElizabeth 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

Ali IpakchiAli 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

Dan McCaughertyDan 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.

Authors of the IEEE Computer Society Smart Grid Vision Report

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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

Jules KortenhorstJules 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

Adrián Inda 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

Michael HowardMichael 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

Christopher M. ColsonChristopher 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.

Hashem Nehrir

Hashem NehrirDr. 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

Stephanie HamiltonStephanie 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

Marta MarmiroliMarta 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

Ratnesh SharmaRatnesh 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

Vickie A. VanZandtVickie 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

Deston NokesDeston 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

Lina Bertling TjernbergLina 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

Reji Kumar PillaiReji 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

Amritha ChandramouliAmritha 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

Guillermo JimenezGuillermo 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

Markos AsprouMarkos 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.

Carlo Muscas

Carlo MuscasCarlo Muscas, an IEEE member, is Associate Professor of Electrical and Electronic Measurement at the University of Cagliari, Italy, since 2001.

Paolo Attilio Pegoraro

Paolo Attilio PegoraroPaolo 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.

Roberto Tinarelli

Roberto TinarelliRoberto Tinarelli, is author or co-author of more than 100 scientific papers and co-inventor of 12 patents.

Lei Wang

Lei WangLei Wang, an IEEE Fellow, is the Director of Software Technologies at Powertech Labs Inc., Surrey, BC, Canada.

Jian Chen

Jian ChenJian Chen received his PhD degree from Texas A&M University, College Station, in 2008, and BS and MS degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University, China, in 1997 and 2001, respectively.

Elias Kyriakides

Elias KyriakidesElias 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.

Wenyuan Li

Wenyuan LiWenyuan Li, an IEEE fellow, is a principal engineer at BC Hydro in Canada, a professor with Chongqing University in China and an adjunct professor with Simon Fraser University in Canada.

Yang Wang

Yang WangYang Wang, an IEEE member, is a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Wayne State University, Detroit.

Mani Vadari

Mani VadariDr. 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.

Kevin P. Schneider

Kevin P. SchneiderKevin P. Schneider, IEEE Senior Member, is a staff engineer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, working at the Battelle Seattle Research Center in Seattle.

Ronald Melton

Ronald MeltonRonald 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

Don HammerstromDon 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

Hussein T. MouftahHussein 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).

Farrokh Albuyeh

Farrokh AlbuyehFarrokh Albuyeh, an IEEE life member, is Vice President, Smart Grid Projects, at Open Access Technology International (OATI).

Mahmud Hasan

Mahmud HasanMahmud Hasan is a graduate student member of IEEE. He received the B.Sc. (2003) and M.Sc. (2005) in electrical and electronics engineering from BUET (Bangladesh) and the M.A.Sc. (2009) in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Waterloo, in Canada.

Jianhui Wang

Jianhui WangJianhui Wang, a senior member of IEEE, is a computational engineer with the Decision and Information Sciences Division at Argonne National Laboratory, in Illinois.

Zhaoyu Wang

Zhaoyu WangZhaoyu Wang, a student member of IEEE, received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China, in 2009, an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University in 2012, and an M.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2012.

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.

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