About the Presenters
Robby Simpson, PhD, is a System Architect for GE Grid Solutions, where he guides the architectures for GE smart grid systems. Accordingly, Robby divides his time between designing and evaluating GE Grid Solutions' architectures with particular attention to scalability, security, and interoperability and standards bodies' activities. Robby has been engaged in the smart grid industry for a number of years, particularly in the areas of distributed energy resources, AMI, metering, demand response, and home area networking, and has been heavily involved in accelerating standards for smart grid interoperability. Robby is active in IEEE (he is a member of the IEEE-SA BOG, Chair of the IEEE-SA CAG, and Vice Chair of IEEE 2030.5), ANSI, IEC, IETF, SEPA, and the ZigBee Alliance.
Javad Fattahi received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology (2003), his M.Sc. (2011), and Ph.D. (2015) in Mechatronics Engineering (Control and Robotics) from Sharif University of Technology and the University of Ottawa, respectively. As a senior research associate in the Smart Autonomous Grid Edge laboratory (SAGE-Lab) at University of Ottawa since then, he has been active in distributed control, power electronics, IoT sensors, and embedded computing. Earlier, he worked several years in the power electronics industries as lead engineer, and at Kish-Hydro Co as head of the electrical department. His research interests are related to smart grid, systems control (including embedded computer control), linear/nonlinear systems, and control systems for advanced motion and power electronics applications.
Raed Abdullah is the initiator and project lead for The GREAT-DR. He is a practicing electrical engineer with over 27-years of experience in renewable generation and the distribution utility business in areas of researching, engineering, planning, innovating, developing standards, delivering energy and demand management projects and programs, serving customers, developing businesses and managing projects. He is presently a Distribution Engineer with Hydro Ottawa’s Grid Technology team and is leading a few novel smart grid technology development projects. As a subject matter expert on renewable generation, electric vehicles, and smart grid technology he actively represents the utility on the Energy Transformation of Ontario (formerly Ontario Smart Grid Forum) Working Group, The Centre for Energy Advancement through Technological Innovation (CEATI) Smart Grid, Electric Mobility Canada, and many others. Raed Abdullah is a graduate of the University of Ottawa’s electrical engineering program, and Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business IT/IS stream management certification program. He remains a longstanding member in good standing with the Professional Engineers Ontario, and the IEEE. He continues to enjoy volunteering in the professional and local communities such as IEEE, green community’s initiatives, kids’ sports teams, and other society strengthening activities. Specifically with IEEE, he’s been a member and a motivated volunteer for over 30-years with the Women in Engineering, Humanitarian Technology Committee, Power and Energy Society, Communications Society, Consumer Electronics Society, Reliability Society and Power Electronics Society. He has held and continues to hold positions of responsibility on the IEEE MGA committees, IEEE Canada Board, the IEEE Ottawa Section, plus a few society boards and conference organizing committees. Raed is highly likely to become more involved in the Standards Association as time permits.
Ravi Subramaniam is currently serving in the role of Technical Director, IEEE-SA Conformity Assessment Program. In this role Ravi works closely with working groups on post standards implementation which encompasses test plan, certification program development and interoperability. Currently he is focused on developing programs in interconnection of distributed energy resources (IEEE 1547), timing & synchronization in power systems (IEEE 1588 & C37.238), EV quick charging (IEEE 2030.1.1), COMTRADE, imaging and sensor technologies. He is the secretary for the IEEE Synchrophasor Conformity Assessment Steering Committee (SCASC), Secretary of the IEEE Nuclear Power Engineering Committee (NPEC) Conformity Assessment Steering Committee. Prior to taking on this role, Ravi has served in various technology management roles across the globe. He has previously worked for MET Laboratories, Inc., Honeywell and Ericsson. Ravi studied Electrical Engineering at Arizona State University and Johns Hopkins University.