Qing-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, an IEEE member and assistant professor of engineering systems and management, leads the Laboratory for Intelligent Integrated Networks of Engineering Systems at the Masdar Institute, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Marita 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.
Clark 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 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 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 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 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 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 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, 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, 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. 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 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, 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, 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 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 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 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 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.
Kellogg 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, 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, 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 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, 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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, 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, 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 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 , 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, 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, 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, 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 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 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 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, 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, 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, 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, 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.
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 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 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 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: http://sis.uncc.edu/~yonwang/
Michael 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 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 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 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, 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, 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, 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 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 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, 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 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 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, 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).
José-Fernán Martínez-Ortega is an associate professor in the Department of Engineering and Telematic Architectures at the Technical University of Madrid (UPM), which he joined as a faculty member in 1997. He received his Ph.D. in telematic engineering from UPM in 2001. From 1993 to 1996, he worked at the National Telecommunications Company in Colombia (TELECOM) where he managed several research projects, and he was the technical manager of his own company, S&H Ltda. His main areas of interest and expertise are new services for wireless sensor networks and internet of things, ubiquitous computing, service management, advanced telecom services, advanced software architectures, component-based distributed applications and telematic services for Internet new generation.
Luigi Glielmo, an IEEE senior member, holds a master degree in electronics engineering and a research doctorate in automatic control, both earned at Università di Napoli Federico II in 1986 and 1990, respectively. He was head of the engineering department at the University of Sannio from 2001 to 2007. Before that, he taught at the University of Palermo and the University of Naples Federico II. His current research interests include singular perturbation methods, model predictive control methods, automotive controls, deep brain stimulation modeling and control, and smart-grid control.
David G. Hart, a senior member of IEEE, is Senior Vice President, Systems & Products, at Elster Solutions LLC, in Raleigh, N.C. Elster is the world's largest metering and solutions company with over 3 million smart meters deployed. Hart earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in electrical engineering from Clemson University, in Clemson, S.C. In 1992, he joined what was then the ABB Transmission Technology Institute, where his most recent position involved distribution and feeder automation.
Jim Parks, an IEEE member, is a program manager in the smart grid department at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. His current focus is on determining smart grid benefits in order to develop a long-term roadmap for SMUD. He also oversees the utility's commercial customer smart grid projects. Prior to his current assignment, he worked on emerging energy efficiency technologies, electric transportation, energy efficiency program development, energy efficiency implementation and transmission planning. He has a bachelor's degree in electrical and electronics engineering from California State University, Sacramento.
Robert M. Simpson III, a registered professional engineer in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida, is Major Project Manager, Smart Grid—Distribution System Demand Response, with Progress Energy Carolinas, in Raleigh, N.C. During his 34 years with Progress, he has served as Manager, Transmission System Performance; Manager, Business Services; Director, Distribution Control Center; and Director, Distribution Projects. In his current role, he leads and manages a project to invest in the Progress Energy Carolinas' electrical distribution system, to condition it to perform as a new demand side resource that operates at high efficiency levels with the capability to reduce peak load demand. He was educated at Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.
Gregorio Cappuccino, a senior member of IEEE, is an associate professor in the Department of Electronics, Computer Science and Systems at the University of Calabria, Italy. He works on architecture for fast-response amplifiers and electronic systems for high-efficiency charging of batteries for electric vehicles and grid storage. He is a member of the IEEE Technical Committee on Analog and Signal Processing, a member of the Advisory Committee for the IEEE Transportation Electrification Initiative and associate editor for the Journal of Circuits, Systems and Computers and the Journal of Low Power Electronics and Applications.
Francesco Antonio Amoroso is a research assistant in the Department of Electronics, Computer Sciences and Systems at the University of Calabria, Italy. He received a master’s degree in electronics engineering University of Calabria in 2006 and a Ph.D. from University Mediterranea in Reggio Calabria, Italy in 2011. He is chief operating officer of CalBatt, a spin-off company of the University of Calabria, which specializes in high-efficiency energy and is headquartered in Rende (CS), Italy. His current research interests include the design of electronic systems for electric vehicles, energy storage and smart grids, and high-performance mixed-signal circuits.
Andre Smit has worked in the protective relaying field for more than two decades. He studied at Vaal Triangle Technikon in South Africa and graduated in 1987 with a degree in electrical power engineering. He joined Siemens in 1989 and in 1998 moved to Siemens USA, where he developed a system engineering and production capability for protection systems. A member of the IEEE Power Systems Relaying Committee, Smit directed the Siemens USA protective relay business unit from 2004 to 2008.
Thierry F. Godart is president of the Siemens Smart Grid Division in North America. A graduate of the École Supérieure d'Electricité (SUPELEC) in Paris, France, he has more than twenty years experience in the application of information technology to the power industry. Godart earned a doctoral degree in electrical engineering and master's degrees in applied mathematics and electrical engineering at Georgia Tech. He is a member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society and CIGRÉ.
Paul L. Springer, PE, is chief engineer in Southwire's overhead transmission engineering department. Prior to his move to Southwire in 2010, he was the program manager for transmission infrastructure at the National Electric Energy Testing Research and Applications Center (NEETRAC) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His career spans distribution, generation, and transmission assignments.
Kevin M. Klein, a senior applied mechanics engineer in the energy industry, is pursuing a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. His research involves mathematical modeling and statistical analysis for the development of predictive models.
W. Z. Black, an IEEE fellow, has degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois and Purdue University. He is currently a Regents Professor Emeritus in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.
Steve Gelatko is Manager, Distribution Asset Management for PPL Electric Utilities, in Allentown, Pa. His responsibilities include system reliability, distribution capacity planning, distribution maintenance, research and development, and optimization of distribution investment. Previously, he was the Manager of Technology Development and Application. In the summer of 2009, Gelatko led the team that formulated PPL's successful smart grid grant application under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from DeSales University, in Center Valley, Pa.
Carl Imhoff manages the electricity infrastructure market sector within Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's (PNNL) Energy and Environment Directorate. He is responsible for PNNL's research and development program in advanced power transmission reliability, demand response, renewables integration, policy and strategy for smart grid concepts, and crosscutting grid analytic tools in visualization and high performance computing. During his 30 years at PNNL, he also has been involved in a number of electric power system organizations including the North American SynchroPhasor Initiative, the GridWise Alliance, the Consortium for Electric Reliability Technology Solutions and the Western Electricity Coordinating Council. In 2011, he was appointed to the Consumer Advisory Council of the New York Independent System Operator.
Varun Chandola is a research scientist in the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota in 2009. His research interests include large-scale data mining and machine learning. His expertise is in the area of anomaly detection in massive and complex data sets. He is the author of the widely cited survey on anomaly detection, published in ACM Computing Surveys, and a survey on anomaly detection for discrete sequences, published in IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering. He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
Alexandre Sorokine is an R&D research member in the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in physical geography at Moscow State University and his Ph.D. in geography at the State University of New York at Buffalo. His experience and major research interests are in the fields of geographic databases and data models, parallel processing of geographic data, geospatial ontology and environmental modeling. His industrial expertise is concentrated in the areas of GIS application design and programming. He has done academic, government and private sector work in the United States, Japan, Germany and countries of the former Soviet Union.
Olufemi A. Omitaomu is a research scientist in the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Industrial and Information Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Lagos State University, Nigeria in 1995 and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Lagos in 1999. He earned his Ph.D. in industrial engineering with a concentration in information engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2006. Prior to enrollment in the doctoral program, he was a project engineer at Mobil Producing Nigeria. His research expertise includes data mining of sensor data, applications of computational intelligence to energy and power systems, and modeling of sustainable homes and cities.
Brian D. Gemmell, an IEEE member, is General Manager of Siemens Power Technologies International, in Schenectady, N.Y. He worked for ScottishPower from 1994 to 2000 in substation engineering and transmission planning, spent seven years working on FACTS and HVDC business development in North America and was a visiting engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992. Gemmell received his M.Eng. and Ph.D. in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Strathclyde, UK, in 1990 and 1995.
Hugo R. Bashualdo, an IEEE member, is Senior Manager, Smart Grid Consulting, at Siemens Power Technologies International in Schenectady, N.Y. He led various technical areas at Northern Lima Hydro (Edelnor) from 1994 to 2004, and spent more than five years with British Columbia Hydro (2006-2012), as Senior Engineer in T&D Engineering Division. Bashualdo received his B.Sc. in electrical engineering from Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria, Peru, in 1994; an M.B.A. from Peruvian University of Applied Science, Peru, in 2000; and graduated from Humber College, Canada with Honors in Project Management in 2006.
Gian Carlo Montanari, an IEEE fellow, is professor of electrical technology in the Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of Bologna, where he teaches courses on technology, reliability and asset management. He has worked since 1979 in the field of aging and endurance of solid insulating materials and systems, of diagnostics of electrical systems and innovative electrical materials (magnetics, electrets, super-conductors). He has also been engaged in the fields of power quality and energy market, power electronics, reliability and statistics of electrical systems, as well as smart grid. He is a member of Associazione Elettrotecnica ed Elettronica Italiana and of the Institute of Physics. Since 1996 he has been president of the Italian chapter of IEEE's Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society, and he is an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation. He is founder and president of the startup TechImp, established in 1999.
Andrea Cavallini, an IEEE member, has been an associate professor at Bologna University since 1998. He worked as a researcher at Ferrara University the previous three years. He received his master's and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Bologna in 1990 and 1995. His research interests are diagnosis of insulation systems by partial discharge analysis, reliability of electrical systems and artificial intelligence. He is a member of the IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society's AdCom and chair of the educational committee. He is co-founder of the startup TechImp.
Peter Morshuis, an IEEE member, is an associate professor of high voltage engineering at the Delft University of Technology, in the Netherlands. In 2012, he started the company Solid Dielectric Solutions, which focuses on training and consultancy in the field of high voltage and high field applications. His current primary research fields of interest are on-line monitoring and diagnostics of dielectric phenomena, such as partial discharge and space charge, "green" insulation technologies, nanodielectrics and nanofluids. He is active in Cigré and IEEE's Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society (DEIS), and DEIS's AdCom. He is an associate editor of the Transactions on DEI.
Kwok W. Cheung is the R&D Director, Market Management Systems at Alstom Grid in Redmond, Washington. He received his Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y., in 1991. Cheung is a senior member of IEEE, a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Washington and a certified Project Management Professional of PMI (the Project Management Institute). He is serves as the Vice-Chair of the PSACE System Economic Subcommittee of the IEEE Power & Energy Society.
Ronald Mao is a member of IEEE and a contributor to 3G/4G wireless standards. His research interests include communication protocols and wireless networking. He has over twenty years of experience in system design and product development. He received an M.S. in computer science from DePaul University in Chicago, and a B.S. in aeronautical engineering from Beijing Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in Beijing, China. He is a senior manager at Huawei Technologies USA, Inc.
Vibhor Julka received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has over 17 years of experience in the telecom industry in system design and 3G/4G wireless standards development. His research interests include wireless networks, machine-to-machine communications, smart grid and sensor networks. He is a member of IEEE and Tau Beta Pi. He has worked as a consultant for Huawei Technologies USA, Inc.
Iñaki Laresgoiti, a member of the Engineering Association of Bizkaia, has headed support systems for network operation at LABEIN and later on TECNALIA since 1989. LABEIN is a technological research centre in Spain that has become part of a bigger organization called TECNALIA, the product of the merger of different technological centers of the Basque Country. He holds master's degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and applied mechanics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His research focuses on the design of support systems for network management.
Antonello Monti, a senior member of IEEE, received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy in 1989 and 1994. From 1990 to 1994, he was with the Research Laboratory, Ansaldo Industria, Milan, where he was responsible for the design of the digital control of a large power cycloconverter drive. In 1995, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, and in 2000 the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of South Carolina. He is currently Director of the Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems, E.ON Energy Research Center, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen University, Aachen, Germany.
Ferdinanda Ponci, a senior member of IEEE, received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Italy in 1998 and 2002. In 2003 she joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of South Carolina. She is currently an adjunct professor with the Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems at the E.ON Energy Research Center at RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany. Her research is in multi-agent systems for control and monitoring of power electronics systems, methods for uncertainty representation and propagation.
Susan Lysecky is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona, where she coordinates research efforts for the Ubiquitous and Embedded Computing Laboratory. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from the University of California, Riverside in 2003 and 2006, and is a member of IEEE and ACM. Her current research interests include embedded system design, with emphasis on self-configuring architectures, human-computer interaction and facilitating the design and use of complex sensor-based system by non-engineers.
Sioe T. Mak, an IEEE life fellow, is an associate consultant with ESTA International, LLC. Previously he was senior staff scientist at Distribution Control Systems, Inc., a subsidiary of ESCO Technologies Corp. He has served on many IEEE committees, published widely in areas such as power frequency communication technology and smart grid applications, and holds numerous U.S. and world-wide patents. His diploma in electrical engineering is from the University of Indonesia, and he earned an M. Sc. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.
Shawkat Ali, a senior member of IEEE, is with the School of Information and Communication Technology, CQ University, Australia. He received his Ph.D. in Information Technology from Clayton School of Information Technology, Monash University, in Australia. His research interests include computational intelligence, data mining, cloud computing and biomedical engineering. He leads a research group on computational intelligence and is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Sciences and Engineering (IJETSE), Canada.
Young-Jun Son is a professor of systems and industrial engineering, a da Vinci Fellow, an Arizona Engineering Faculty Fellow, and Director of the Advanced Integration of Manufacturing Systems and Technologies Program at the University of Arizona. His research focuses on modeling and control of complex manufacturing and service enterprises, distributed federation of multi-paradigm simulations, and modeling human decision-making and social behaviors. A member of IEEE, he received the SME 2004 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, the IIE 2005 Outstanding Young Industrial Engineer Award, the IERC Best Paper Awards (in 2005, 2008 and 2009), and Best Paper of the Year Award in 2007 from IJIE.
Janet Roveda, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Arizona and IEEE senior member, earned a bachelor's degree in computer science at the East China Institute in Nanjing, China in 1991, and master's and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1998 and 2000. She was a recipient of the NSF career award in 2005, the PEACASE award in 2006, the University of Arizona Outstanding Achievement Award in 2007 and the R. Newton Graduate Research Project Award from the Design Automation Conference. Her primary research interests focus on smart grid circuit design, VLSI circuit modeling and analysis, and low power multi-core system design.
Jim Reilly is a consultant working on projects related to the integration of renewable energy into the distribution system, microgrids and related standards. He has facilitated use cases related to distributed control systems for microgrids that include wind, solar, fuel cells, gas generators and multiple storage technologies. Recently, he has worked closely with the Japanese New Energy and Industrial Development Organization on standards related to demonstration projects in New Mexico and Hawaii. A member of the IEEE Power Engineering Society he is a graduate of Georgetown University (B.S.) and Columbia University (M.B.A.).
Benjamin Kroposki is Director of Energy Systems Integration at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and his Ph.D. in engineering systems from Colorado School of Mines. His expertise is in the design and testing of renewable and distributed power systems with a focus on photovoltaic systems and grid integration. An IEEE senior member, he served as chairman of the IEEE 1547.4 standards group for distributed resource integration and secretary of the IEEE 1547.1 distributed energy conformance testing group.