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IEEE: The expertise to make smart grid a reality


PISCATAWAY, N.J., USA, 10 February 2011 – IEEE, the world's largest professional association advancing technology for humanity, today announced the topics being covered in the latest issue of the recently launched IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter. The February issue of the online newsletter is now available to current and new subscribers at:

WHAT: The IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter is a monthly publication featuring practical and timely technical information, and forward-looking commentary on Smart Grid developments and deployments around the world.

Thursday, 10 February 2011.

Available at no cost to subscribers, the February issue is available today at:

WHY: The IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter addresses the intersection and integration of multiple technologies, such as power and energy, sensing, measurement, signal processing, communications, controls, security, standards, and materials and devices, that are needed to bring the Smart Grid into reality.

WHO: Designed for a broad, cross-disciplinary audience, including designers, engineers, researchers, and policy makers, the newsletter features articles written by the world's top subject matter experts, researchers, and practitioners on the issues affecting the evolution of the Smart Grid.

In the February issue, exclusive content presented by notable Smart Grid visionaries and leaders includes:

•    “Cyber Security” by Dr. S. Massoud Amin.
Massoud Amin is director of the Technological Leadership Institute, professor of electrical and computer engineering, H.W. Sweatt Chair in Technological Leadership and distinguished university professor in the College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota. A senior member of IEEE, he chairs the IEEE Control Systems Society's Technical Committee on Smart Grids, and serves as chairman of the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter.

•    “Top-Level European Planning Smart Grid” by Dr. Ronnie Belmans.
Ronnie 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 since. He is a co-founder of the KU Leuven Energy Institute of the European Energy Institute, and is chairman of the European Smart Grid Technology Platform. In addition, Dr. Belmans is an IEEE Fellow.

•    "Korea-Illinois Cooperation" by Mr. Melvin I. Olken
Melvin 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 IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES). He previously was the manager of electrical generation at American Electric Power Service Corp. He has served vice president of Technical Activities of PES, and is an IEEE Life Fellow, elected “for contributions to innovative design of reliable generating stations.”

•    “Slicing and Dicing Smart Grid Data” by Dr. Christos A. Polyzois.
Christos 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.

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