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IEEE: The expertise to make smart grid a reality

Interview with Steven Collier, Part 2

Steven Collier is an IEEE Smart Grid expert whose broad experience includes being a consultant and executive with energy, telecommunications and information technology companies. He is also the vice president of marketing and business development at Milsoft Utility Solutions.

In this second interview, Steven Collier continues to explore synergies between the Smart Grid and the Internet and argues for broader industry acceptance of the Internet as the "control plane" for the Smart Grid.

Question: What is the problem with utilities owning and operating their Smart Grids?

Interview with Steven Collier

Steven Collier is an IEEE Smart Grid expert whose broad experience includes being a consultant and executive with energy, telecommunications and information technology companies. He is also the vice president of marketing and business development at Milsoft Utility Solutions.

In this first interview, Steven Collier discusses the synergies between the Smart Grid and the Internet and argues for broader industry acceptance of the Internet as the "control plane" for the Smart Grid.

Question: You are a leading proponent of an Internet-enabled Smart Grid. What does the Internet offer that is so special?

Interview with Samuel Sciacca

Samuel Sciacca is a registered Professional Engineer and an active Senior Member in the IEEE and the IEC in the areas of utility automation. He has more than 25 years of engineering, marketing, and sales experience in the domestic and international electric utility industries.

Samuel Siacca discusses how issues surrounding cybersecurity and privacy are impacting Smart Grid's success.

Question: What is your role with Smart Grid?

Interview with Chuck Adams

Dr. Adams served as President of the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) in 2009-2010, chaired the IEEE-SA’s Board of Governors and represented the IEEE-SA on the IEEE Board of Directors. Today he serves the IEEE Board of Directors as Chair of Public Visibility. He is also distinguished standards strategist at Huawei.

In this interview, Chuck Adams discusses the new and unprecedented business frontier that Smart Grid is poised to unleash in the coming years and he characterizes the near-term and long-term opportunities it will offer to those who seek to innovate or invest in Smart Grid technologies and services.

Question: You have said that the Smart Grid is introducing a new business frontier for entrepreneurs and investors. What do you mean by that?

Interview with Massoud Amin

Dr. Massoud Amin, director of the University of Minnesota's Technological Leadership Institute and professor of electrical and computer engineering.

In this interview, Massoud Amin discusses the important example that university microgrids can be to their communities and the value these early implementations can provide to the overall industry.

Question: You have said that university campuses and communities represent an appealing environment for test applications of Smart Grid. Why is this? And what can industry and the population-at-large learn from these Smart Grid test beds?

Interview with Wanda Reder

Wanda Reder is Chair of the IEEE Smart Grid Task Force, past-president of the IEEE PES (Power & Energy Society), and vice president of the Power Systems Services Division at S&C Electric Company.

Wanda Reder discusses how the IEEE Power and Energy Society is working to get more students and engineers interested in making Smart Grid a reality.

Question: What is the biggest challenge facing Smart Grid?

Interview with Bob Heile

Dr. Bob Heile is chair of the IEEE 802.15 Working Group on Wireless Personal Area Network and is chairman of the ZigBee Alliance. He also served as co-chair of the IEEE 2030 Work Group Task Force 3.

In this interview, Bob Heile discusses the technology and consumer-psychology challenges of the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) rollout.

Question: How much progress has there been in the Smart Meter rollout nationwide?

Interview with Alan Mantooth

Dr. Alan Mantooth is an IEEE Fellow and Director of Standards for the IEEE Power Electronics Society. He is  a distinguished professor of electrical engineering at the University of Arkansas and executive director of three research centers at UA: the NSF center on Grid-Connected Advanced Power Electronic Systems; the NSF Vertically-Integrated Center for Transformative Energy Research; and the National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transmission.

In this interview, Alan Mantooth discusses the role power electronics will have in Smart Grid. He also characterizes the Smart Grid as a "grand challenge" that requires sustained attention and commitment from industry and all stakeholders.

Question: What would you say are the greatest benefits of Smart Grid?

Interview with David Bernstein

David Bernstein is the founder and working group chairman of IEEE's P2301, Guide for Cloud Portability and Interoperability Profiles and P2302, Standard for Intercloud Interoperability and Federation. David is also VP of Strategy at Cloudscaling.

David Bernstein sheds light on Cloud Computing and its role in the development of the Smart Grid.

Question: Why should utility executives care about Cloud Computing?

Interview with Mike Andrews

Mr. Andrews is a Senior Member of IEEE and is serving IEEE members in several capacities in the Phoenix Section, nationally and globally including Region 6 Director-elect and the IEEE Public Visibility, GOLD, N&A, IB&SC and Awards committees.  He has a strong commitment to STEM education programs, serving as President of the Smart Education Foundation, chairing the SMART Competition and serving as the Arizona Regional Coordinator for the National Engineers Week Future City Competition.

In this interview, Mike Andrews tells us about the SMART Competition for high school students and IEEE's involvement.

Question: What is the SMART Competition?