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David Wagman

David WagmanDavid Wagman is chief editor of Power Engineering magazine and Renewable Energy World North America magazine. He has also served as conference committee chairman for POWER-GEN International, Coal-Gen and Renewable Energy World Conference & Expo North America. Wagman has more than 20 years experience writing about the energy industry, including four years as a staff member at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Dick DeBlasio

Dick DeBlasioDick DeBlasio is chief engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo., has worked for more than 40 years has worked with IEEE members and stakeholders to standardize how renewable resources such as solar, wind and hydro power are to be interconnected with the electricity grid. He is chair of the IEEE P2030 Working Group, a member of the IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors.

Chuck Adams

Chuck AdamsChuck Adams is the 2009-2010 President of the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA). He chairs its Board of Governors and represents Standards on the IEEE Board of Directors.

During his Board of Governors tenure, Chuck was the first Chair of the IEEE-SA Corporate Advisory Group (CAG) and played a pivotal role in the launching of the IEEE’s corporate standards program.

Robert Heile

Robert HeileBob Heile is a 30-year veteran in data communications and wireless data and is widely known for his many articles and presentations on the topic. He is the Chairman and founding member of the ZigBee Alliance, Chair and founding member of the IEEE 802.15 Working Group on Wireless Personal Area Networks (WPANs), Co-Chair of the P2030 Smart Grid Communications Task Force, and is a founding member of IEEE 802.11.

Russell Lefevre

Russell LefevreDr. Russell Lefevre has a B.S. and a M.S. in Physics from the University of North Dakota and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is a Fellow of the IEEE. He is Adjunct Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering at the University of North Dakota. Dr. Lefevre is a Past President of IEEE-USA and the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society.

David Bassett

David BassettDavid L. Bassett is a Senior Member of IEEE, as well as a Senior Staff Engineer/Scientist for PPL Electric Utilities (www.pplelectric.com). David’s IEEE activities include acting as Vice Chairman of the 1547.2 application guide for IEEE 1547 series of standards and guides, being a participant of the working group of IEEE 1547.4 Guide for Design, Operation, and Integration of Distributed Resource Island Systems with Electric Power Systems, as well as an active participant in all of the IEEE 1547 standards and participating as an active member of the IEEE Standards Board.

Massoud Amin

Massoud AminMassoud Amin, a senior member of IEEE, chairman of the IEEE Smart Grid, a fellow of ASME, Chairman of the Texas RE, an independent Director of the MRO, holds the Honeywell/H.W. Sweatt Chair in Technological Leadership at the University of Minnesota.

Ronnie Belmans

Ronnie BelmansRonnie Belmans is a full professor at the Katholieke Universiteit (KU) Leuven in Belgium, where he teaches electric power and energy systems. He has been the chairman of the board of directors of ELIA, the Belgian transmission grid operator from 2001 to 2010, and is now its honorary chairman. He is a co-founder of the KU Leuven Energy Institute and of the European Energy Institute, and is chairman of the European Technology Platform SmartGrids. Professor Belmans is a fellow the IEEE and IET.

Christos Polyzois

Christos PolyzoisDr. Christos A. Polyzois, former Director of Technology Strategy at Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions, is an independent consultant. Previously he has held technical and business positions with IBM, Bell Labs, McKinsey & Co. and Sarnoff. He studied at the National Technical University of Athens, Princeton University, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Melvin I. Olken

Melvin I. OlkenMelvin I. Olken is the editor-in-chief of the IEEE Power& Energy Magazine. Prior to assuming this position, he was the first executive director of the Power & Energy Society (PES). He previously was the manager of electrical generation at American Electric Power Service Corp. He has served as Vice President of Technical Activities of PES and was elected an IEEE Fellow "for contributions to innovative design of reliable generating stations."

Erich Gunther

Erich GuntherErich W. Gunther, an IEEE fellow, is a cofounder, Chairman and CTO of EnerNex in Knoxville, Tenn., Past Chairman of the IEEE Power & Energy Society’s Intelligent Grid Coordinating Committee, Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Energy’s GridWise Architecture Council, and a member at large of the PES Governing Board.

Aranya Chakrabortty

Aranya ChakraborttyAranya Chakrabortty is an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering in North Carolina State University, Raleigh, where he is also affiliated to the FREEDM Systems Center. He received his PhD degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y. in 2008. From 2008-2009 he was appointed as a postdoctoral research associate in the Aeronautics and Astronautics department of the University of Washington, Seattle. From 2009-2010 he served as an Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University. His research interests are in power systems and controls. He is a member of IEEE, and received the NSF CAREER Award in 2011.

Yunhe Hou

Yunhe HouYunhe Hou, a research professor at the University of Hong Kong, earned his bachelor’s degree and doctorate at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China. He worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Tsinghua University from 2005 to 2007 and was a visiting scholar at Iowa State University and a researcher at University College Dublin in 2008-09.

Wei Sun

Wei SunWei Sun works for Alstom Grid as a power system engineer and in summer 2010 was a regional transmission planning engineering for the California Independent System Operator. He studied at Tianjin University, China, and completed his doctorate at Iowa State University this year.

Shanshan Liu

Shanshan LiuShanshan Liu is a senior project engineer scientist at the Electric Power Research Institute, where she works on interactive system restoration, probabilistic risk assessment, reactive power management, and renewables integration. She received her doctorate at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Farrokh Rahimi

Farrokh RahimiFarrokh Rahimi, an IEEE senior member, is Vice President of Market Design and Consulting at Open Access Technology International, Inc. (OATI). He has a doctorate in electrical engineering from MIT and over 40 years of experience in electric power systems analysis, planning, operations, and control, including eight in a variety of positions in the Middle East. He is a member of the NERC Smart Grid Task Force, the NAESB Smart Grid Task Force, the WECC Variable Generation Subcommittee, and the Open Smart Grid Users Group

Ali Ipakchi

Ali IpakchiAli Ipakchi is Vice President of Smart Grid and Green Power at OATI. He has over 30 years of experience in the application of information technology to power systems and electric utility operations. Previously he was Vice President of Integration Services at KEMA and held various senior management positions with leading transmission and distribution vendors. He has a doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley and is a co-holder of three U.S. patents on power systems applications and instrument diagnostics.

Melike Erol-Kantarci

Melike Erol-KantarciMelike Erol-Kantarci is a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Ottawa, Canada. She received her master’s and doctoral degrees in computer engineering at Istanbul Technical University in Turkey. Her research interests are smart grid communications, cyber-physical systems, wireless sensor networks and underwater sensor networks.

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).

Omar Asad

Omar AsadOmar Asad received his master of science degree from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Ottawa, Canada. His research interests include smart grid, distributed systems, wireless sensor networks and sensor web services.

Michael Kennedy

Michael KennedyMichael Kennedy is principal analyst at ACG Research. He has helped electrical utilities develop networking strategies and networking vendors with marketing efforts. Michael was managing partner of Network Strategy Partners, which was recently acquired by ACG Research, and also has worked at Bell Labs, AT&T, Gartner and Arthur D. Little.

William Pentland

William PentlandWilliam Pentland is a senior energy systems analyst at the Pace Energy and Climate Center. A graduate of Stanford Law School, he writes a blog on energy and environmental issues for Forbes.com and has also been published in The Nation, Mother Jones, the International Herald Tribune and other publications.

Thomas Bourgeois

Thomas BourgeoisThomas Bourgeois is a nationally recognized authority on economic and policy issues related to distributed generation, combined heat and power and microgrids. He runs the U.S. Department of Energy’s Northeast Clean Energy Application Center and serves as the deputy director of Pace Energy and Climate Center in White Plains, N.Y.

Manisa Pipattanasomporn

Manisa PipattanasompornManisa Pipattanasomporn is an assistant professor at the Advanced Research Institute. She is working on multiple research grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Energy on topics related to the smart grid and microgrids.

John McDonald

John McdonaldJohn D. McDonald is an IEEE Fellow, an IEEE Smart Grid technical expert, a past president of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) and past chair of the IEEE PES Substations Committee.

Rahul Tongia

Rahul TongiaRahul Tongia (IEEE Member) is principal research scientist at the Center for Study of Science, Technology, and Policy (CSTEP), a Bangalore-based not-for-profit research center. He is also a senior systems scientist (on leave) at Carnegie Mellon University. He works closely with Indian utilities and the Indian government on smart grid issues. He previously served on the Technology Advisory Board of Southern California Edison's smart grid program. He has a B.Sc. in electrical engineering from Brown University and a Ph.D. in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon.

Saifur Rahman

Saifur RahmanSaifur Rahman is the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute at Virginia Tech, where he is the Joseph R. Loring professor of electrical and computer engineering. He also directs the Center for Energy and the Global Environment, and is the editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy.

Jinyu Wen

Jinyu WenJinyu Wen is the vice dean of the College of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China. He leads the Smart Grid Operation & Control Research Group in the China State Key Laboratory of Advanced Electromagnetic Engineering and Technology.

Haibo He

Haibo HeHaibo He is a faculty member in the Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, and he leads the Computational Intelligence and Self-Adaptive Systems laboratory. He received the National Science Foundation's CAREER Award in 2011.

Viktor K. Prasanna

Viktor K. PrasannaViktor K. Prasanna is Charles Lee Powell Chair in Engineering in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering and Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southern California.

Amol Bakshi

Amol BakshiAmol Bakshi is a Solution Architect in the Chevron Energy Technology Company, and a consultant to Chevron’s oilfield assets worldwide in the area of design and deployment of real-time production optimization. 

Himanshu Khurana

Himanshu KhuranaHimanshu Khurana is the senior technical manager for the Integrated Security Technologies section at Honeywell Automation and Control Systems Research Labs, where he is currently working on developing security solutions for messaging systems and the electric grid infrastructure, among other things.

Peter Fox-Penner

Peter Fox-PennerPeter Fox-Penner is a consulting executive and internationally recognized authority on energy and electric power industry issues. He is a Principal and Chairman Emeritus of The Brattle Group, a leading economic consulting firm, and author of the highly acclaimed book Smart Power: Climate Change, the Smart Grid, and the Future of Electric Utilities (Island Press, 2009)

Tariq Samad

Tariq SamadTariq Samad, an IEEE Fellow, is Corporate Fellow with Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions and the Vice President for the American Automatic Control Council. He is a board member of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) and a former member of the IEEE Smart Grid Steering Committee. He served as president of IEEE Control Systems Society in 2009, and is an editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Systems and Control, to be published by Springer in 2014. He earned a B.S. degree in engineering and applied science from Yale University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Lee Stogner

Lee StognerLee Stogner is the Managing Principal of the Vincula Group, a consultancy business in energy, systems integration and project management. He is chairman of the South Carolina Engineering Cluster and a member of the IEEE Board of Directors. He participates in the IEEE Smart Grid Initiative, the IEEE Energy Policy Committee, and the IEEE Electric Vehicle Committee.

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