The following is a list of scheduled speakers for Phase 2: Exploring Technologies. Please click to see the speaker bio and picture. More speakers will be added to the list as information becomes available. To learn more about daily schedule and topics for PowerForward, please view the agenda.
Alan Cooke is a Senior Economist with a varied background in utility planning. Alan is currently researching grid-related topics such as the need for increasing coordination between utility resource planning and distribution planning, and the use of virtual batteries and physical batteries for providing grid services. Alan has also performed economic analyses of commercial equipment efficiency standards on behalf of the U.S. DOE. Before joining the national laboratory, Alan worked for 8 years at an electric utility. His utility projects included leading a team working to demonstrate compliance with NERC reliability standards, developing wheeling rates for use in an open access transmission tariff, and performing economic analyses of transmission and distribution issues. He has also worked as a consultant on integrated resource planning, demand-side management planning, and retail rate studies for utility clients across the U.S.Juliet Homer is a senior energy research engineer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) with over ten years’ experience in energy policy, planning and financial analysis. Her work at PNNL supports national and international projects in the area of integrated energy planning, advanced distribution system planning and grid modernization. Juliet is leading a project to implement integrated energy planning in Pakistan and is the PNNL lead on a multi-lab project evaluating the state of the art in electric distribution system planning that includes identifying tools, gaps and best practices in integrating distributed energy resources (DERs) into the grid. Juliet's work at PNNL also includes renewable energy market and resource assessments.
Before joining PNNL, Juliet worked as a utility analyst with the Oregon Public Utility Commission where she managed electricity and natural gas utility resource planning dockets. She also performed economic analyses of utility-proposed energy efficiency, renewable energy and grid modernization investments. Juliet previously worked as a consultant with Greeley and Hansen, LLC, a multi-national engineering consulting firm where she was a project manager leading planning and engineering design projects for water and wastewater systems in Arizona.
Bob Lockhart is UTC’s VP of Cybersecurity, Technology and Research. In that role he manages UTC’s programs of work for IT/OT convergence and technology initiatives, plus he oversees all of UTC’s market research activities. Bob has seven years of experience in control systems cybersecurity, with 25 years of total experience in information security. He was previously Navigant’s research director of transmission, distribution, smart metering, demand response, home energy, software, telecommunications, data analytics and cybersecurity. Before becoming a market researcher, Bob had a 31-year career in IT outsourcing with EDS.
Bradley Williams is Vice President of Oracle Utilities Industry Strategy and is responsible for innovation of utility operations and grid modernization strategy. Mr. Williams has more than 30 years of utility technology innovation experience. Prior to Oracle, he was a research director for Gartner's Energy and Utilities Industry Advisory Services authoring dozens of IT/OT and utility innovation research notes. Prior to that, he served as Director of Power Delivery Technology Development and Infrastructure Planning at PacifiCorp. Mr. Williams also worked at Southern California Edison for 10 years, where he responsible for transmission system planning, distribution automation, and reliability programs. Brad holds four U.S. patents on grid modernization, an IEEE Prize Paper award and is a registered professional engineer in California.
Oracle Utilities delivers proven software applications that help utilities achieve competitive advantage, business performance and a lower total cost of ownership. Oracle Utilities integrates industry-specific customer care and billing, network management, work and asset management, mobile workforce management and meter data management applications with the capabilities of Oracle's industry-leading enterprise applications, business intelligence tools, middleware, database technologies, as well as servers and storage. Additionally, Oracle Utilities helps utilities prepare for smart grid initiatives that enhance efficiency and provide critical intelligence metrics that can help drive more-informed energy and water usage decisions for consumers and businesses. For more information, visit www.oracle.com/goto/utilities.
Burt Mayer serves as Head of Marketing and IoT Strategy for Utilidata, Inc, where he supports activities in business development, communications and cyber security strategy. Burt and his team are responsible for translating novel signal processing and machine learning technologies into clear illustrations of new value for utilities and their customers.
Prior to joining Utilidata, Burt worked at the Boston Consulting Group on distributed energy and advanced manufacturing topics. He has a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry and physics from Harvard University, and graduated with high honors.
Chris Villarreal is President of Plugged in Strategies. Chris has over 10 years of experience working for and with state utility commissions, providing them assistance with policy development and analysis on a wide ranging set of topics, including grid modernization, distribution system planning, distributed energy resources, market design, rate design, data access and privacy, and cybersecurity.
Chris was Director of Policy for the Minnesota Public Utilities. In that role, he assisted the work on the Commissioners, and provided policy and regulatory guidance on matters relating to demand response, rate design, grid modernization, data privacy, data access, cybersecurity, energy storage and distribution system planning. Prior to joining the Minnesota PUC, Chris spent nine years with the California Public Utilities Commission as a senior regulatory analyst. At the CPUC, Chris was lead staff on its Smart Grid proceeding, and participated in many other CPUC proceedings related to rate design, data privacy, data access, energy storage, energy efficiency and demand response.
Chris oversaw the development of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) “Distributed Energy Resources Rate Design and Compensation” manual. The Manual was released to assist utility commissions around the country in considering the impacts of distributed energy resources on rate design and compensation methodologies. In addition to the NARUC manual, Chris has also authored several white papers on topics such as pre-pay, cybersecurity and microgrids.
Chris previously served on the Board of Directors for the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative and the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB). At NAESB, Chris chaired the Energy Services Provider Interface (ESPI) task force which is the standard that supports Green Button, and the Data Privacy task force. Chris is also an associate member of the GridWise Architecture Council.
Chris started his career in Washington, D.C. as an energy law paralegal focusing on FERC matters. Chris has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Baylor University.
Donald Harrod received his bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Albany and his master’s degree in public administration from Bowling Green State University. In 1991, he was appointed the first county administrator for Putnam County, Ohio and served in that position through 1993. He joined the Village of Minster in late 1993 where he currently serves as the village administrator. Harrod’s professional memberships include both the Ohio City Managers Association and the International City Managers Association. He is also very active in his local community having served as a founding member of the Southwestern Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce, as President of the Minster Kiwanis, the Minster Service Club and as a board member of the Minster Civic Association and the Armstrong Air and Space Museum Board.
Doug Houseman is the Grid Modernization Lead for Burns and McDonnell. He previously was the Vice President for Technical Innovation at EnerNex, and the CTO for Energy at Capgemini. Doug is the Chairman of the IEEE PES Grid and Emerging Technology Coordinating Committee, a member of several standards working groups, and the author of CEATI’s Distribution Utility Technology Roadmap, as well as the Low Carbon Menu. He has done work on all seven continents and in more than 70 countries on grid related issues.
Ed Beroset is a Principal Technical Leader for EPRI and has been working with computers, software, embedded systems and communications protocols throughout his more than 35 year career. Ed has served as a designated U.S. Technical Expert on IEC Technical Committee 13, Working Group 14 starting in 1999, and has worked with ANSI Subcommittee 17 since 1997. He also currently serves as Chairman for ANSI SC 17, WG1 which created the ANSI C12.22 standard, and for the IEEE P1703 Working Group. He has participated in the AEIC guidelines work, NEMA standards activities and in IETF activities. He also has been involved with grid-oriented NIST standards activities from before the inception of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) to the present. Ed wrote significant portions of the text that was ultimately published as NISTIR 7628. He has taught at a number of meter schools throughout the country, and has been an invited speaker at a number of venues, including GridWeek, EEI, the Smart Grid Cybersecurity Summit, and the Applied Control Solutions Cybersecurity Conference, among others.
Eileen Mikkelsen is vice president, Rates and Regulatory Affairs, for FirstEnergy Service Company, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp.
Mikkelsen’s responsibilities include state and federal regulatory economics, rate design, revenue requirements and electric load research, as well as economic and sales forecasting. She has appeared frequently as an expert witness in regulatory proceedings on utility matters.
She began her career with the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company (CEI) in 1982 in internal auditing. Mikkelsen served in management positions in rates and, later, in strategic planning through the formation of Centerior Energy in 1986, as well as the merger of Ohio Edison and Centerior to form FirstEnergy in 1997. She was a co-leader of the FirstEnergy finance and accounting merger transition team and became director of business planning. Mikkelsen then joined FirstEnergy’s competitive subsidiary, FirstEnergy Solutions (FES), working in various strategy, planning and market intelligence roles. She was on the Sales and Marketing transition team when FirstEnergy merged with the former GPU in 2001 before becoming director of FES Energy Consulting. Mikkelsen returned to FirstEnergy Service Company in 2010 when she was named director of rates and regulatory affairs, serving in this role before being named to her current position.
Mikkelsen has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Detroit and a Master in Business Administration degree (MBA) from Cleveland State University.
Mikkelsen was an adjunct faculty member in the System Engineering Department at Case Western Reserve University teaching engineering economics and accounting. At Tiffin University (Ohio), she taught finance, planning, accounting and organizational behavior classes. She has been a guest lecturer on utility economics at The University of Akron.
She is an active participant in Edison Electric Institute’s Rates Committee.
Greg Myers is Vice President of Global Electric Marketing and Partnerships for Sensus. He drives the creation of new energy and grid management solutions for Sensus customers through development and working with industry leading partners. Greg has been in the industry delivering energy solutions for utilities for over 20 years and holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from West Virginia University Institute of Technology and an Master of Business Administration from The Johns Hopkins University.
Jeff is the Chief Architect for Electric Grid Transformation at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. As a member of the Energy and Environment Directorate, he is responsible for development and articulation of large scale architecture for grid modernization, as well as support of many cross-cutting activities at the Laboratory, including the Future Power Grid Initiative, advanced computing and the Control of Complex Systems Initiative.
Jeff began working in the grid modernization area in 2001 and has held smart grid chief architect roles with Cisco, Accenture, and IBM. He formerly worked for Westinghouse and has participated in several key smart grid projects since he first began to develop sensor architectures and analytics for distribution grids, and then became involved in the larger issues of end-to-end grid structure, integration and control.
Jeff earned a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh with a dual specialization in digital signal processing and digital control systems in 1986. He is a member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society, is an emeritus member of the GridWise Architecture Council and is the holder of 33 patents in control systems, signal processing and grid modernization.
Mr. Boch comes to IPKeys with 30 years of industry experience with Fortune 500 companies. Boch has experience in the electrical power distribution, lighting and information technology sectors. He has assumed progressively greater responsibilities from project engineer to national product sector manager. He has written standards and performed testing and has certified power distribution and fault interruption equipment to UL standards for Underwriters Laboratories. He has performed engineering analysis and audits of low and medium voltage power distribution systems for Cooper Industries and G&W Electric. He has managed Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD) projects for Philips Electronics and performed system engineering and developed system architectures for the Department of Defense. Most recently, he leads IPKeys’ Energy Sector and the development of the demand response and energy signaling system, EISS.
Barry J. (Joe) Bentley is Vice President, Customer Operations, for the AES Corporation. Joe leads the Transmission & Distribution and Customer Services organizations for AES’ United States Strategic Business Unit (SBU) that includes subsidiaries in Indianapolis, Indiana and Dayton, Ohio. Joe was also a Senior Investment Associate with IPALCO Enterprises and Principal with EnerTech Capital Partners, a venture capital firm in Wayne, Pennsylvania focused on early stage venture investments in energy and telecommunications.
Joe received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1988. He has also taken advanced executive education courses at the University of Michigan and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.
Joe is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, a member of the Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis (IUPUI) Dean’s Industry Advisory Council and on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Midwest Energy Association. He and his family reside in Plainfield, Indiana.
John D. McDonald, P.E., is Global Smart Grid Strategy Leader – North America, Global Smart Grid Strategy Group, for GE Energy Connection’s Grid Solutions business.
John has 43 years of experience in the electric utility transmission and distribution industry. John received his B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. (Power Engineering) degrees from Purdue University, and an M.B.A. (Finance) degree from the University of California-Berkeley.
John is a Life Fellow of IEEE, and was awarded the IEEE Millennium Medal, the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Excellence in Power Distribution Engineering Award, the IEEE PES Substations Committee Distinguished Service Award, and the IEEE PES Meritorious Service Award. John is Past President of the IEEE PES, the VP for Technical Activities for the US National Committee (USNC) of CIGRE, the Past Chair of the IEEE PES Substations Committee, and the IEEE Division VII Past Director. John was on the Board of Governors of the IEEE-SA. John was elected to Chair the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Board from 2010-2014. John received the 2009 Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award from Purdue University. John teaches a Smart Grid course at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Smart Grid course for GE, and Smart Grid courses for various IEEE PES local chapters as an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer. John has published eighty papers and articles and has co-authored four books.
Joshua Wong is President and CEO of Opus One Solutions, a software engineering and solutions company empowering the decentralized energy economy in improving grid reliability, utilization and efficiency, as well as unlocking grid potential for 100 percent clean energy.
Prior to Opus One, Joshua was the Director of Engineering at eCAMION Inc., a leading provider of battery storage system solutions. In this role he lead the development of integrated solutions for on-grid, off-grid, and mobile applications.
Prior to eCAMION, Joshua was the smart grid and grid solutions lead at Toronto Hydro Electric System Limited, the electric utility for the city of Toronto, where he led the policy, strategy, business and engineering development of Toronto's smart grid infrastructure, including a 25-year smart grid roadmap. Furthermore, he spearheaded the Smart Community initiative, effectively introducing and delivering a portfolio of smart grid demonstrations including distribution automation, smart metering, advanced sensing, electric vehicle charging and energy storage initiatives.
Joshua specializes in driving practical innovations and navigating complex whitespaces in the smart energy sector, applying integrative and systemic thinking to deliver immediate results. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario. He received his Bachelor of Applied Science in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto, masters' of electric power engineering from the University of Waterloo and completed executive programs from Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan and IMD Business School.
Joydeep Mitra is Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Director of the Energy Reliability & Security (ERISE) Laboratory, and Senior Faculty Associate at the Institute of Public Utilities. He received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, and a B.Tech.(Hons.) in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He has five years of industry and consulting experience ranging from power system hardware installation to modeling and simulation of energy markets, and sixteen years of academic experience. Prof. Mitra has conducted research in power system modeling, analysis, stability, control, planning and simulation, and is known for his contributions to power system reliability analysis and reliability-based planning. He has over 160 publications and patents in the power systems area, including an edited book, an IEEE Standard, book chapters, technical articles and research reports. Prof. Mitra's research has been funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. National Laboratories, and several electric utilities. Prof. Mitra is a Senior Member of the IEEE. He serves as an Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems and Power Engineering Letters. In the past he has served as Chair of the IEEE-PES Analytic Methods for Power Systems Committee, Chair of several IEEE-PES Subcommittees, and as an Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. Prof. Mitra engages actively in several IEEE activities such as organizing conference tracks and contributing to the development of IEEE standards.
Dr. Julio Romero Agüero is Vice President, Strategy and Business Innovation at Quanta Technology. He has 22 years of industry experience and specializes in grid modernization, technology strategy, Smart Grid, planning, reliability, operations, analysis of power distribution systems, and integration of distributed energy resources and emerging technologies. He has developed solutions in these areas for utilities in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Caribbean and Asia. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, Chair of the IEEE Distribution Subcommittee and Chair of the IEEE Working Group on Distributed Resources Integration.
Larry Dickerman has over 43 years of utility experience. Larry is widely recognized as an industry leader and innovator in smart grid technology, advanced grid analytics, asset management, work management, emergency restoration planning and energy storage. Prior to joining Landis+GYR as Director of Public Policy, Larry worked for DNV GL (KEMA) as a consultant with an international focus on asset management, emergency response planning, smart grid implementation, work management, storage and integrated resource planning. Larry also worked at American Electric Power for 35 years in various executive positions such as Vice President of Asset Management, Vice President of Distribution Services and Director of Technology Development. His experience spans technology development, integrated resource planning, transmission and distribution. Larry has a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from NC State University and attended AEP management development programs at The Ohio State University and the Darden School of Business.
Lee Mazzocchi is senior vice president of grid solutions for Duke Energy, where he leads the company’s focus on grid investment, innovation and emerging technologies. He is responsible for the company’s electric transmission and distribution investment strategy and project implementation, as well as research, development and impact analysis of energy technologies.
Mazzocchi has more than 25 years of experience in the electric utility industry, spanning a variety utility functions, including transmission, distribution, customer service, supply chain, nuclear construction, technology and innovation, sustainability, enterprise asset management and merger integration. He formerly served as Duke Energy’s chief integration and innovation officer. Prior to the Duke Energy/Progress Energy merger in 2012, he served in a number of leadership roles for Progress Energy, including vice president of supply chain and chief procurement officer from 2009 to 2012 and vice president of electric power distribution from 2006 to 2009.
A native of Cary, N.C., Mazzocchi earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from North Carolina State University. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He is past chair for the American Red Cross – Triangle Chapter, and currently serves on several boards of directors, including the N.C. State Engineering Foundation, the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster, E4 Carolinas and the American Heart Association – Greater Charlotte Heart Walk. Mazzocchi and his wife, Julie, have two sons.
Duke Energy, one of the largest electric power holding companies in the United States, supplies and delivers electricity to approximately 7.4 million customers in the Southeast and Midwest. The company also distributes natural gas services to more than 1.5 million customers in the Carolinas, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Its commercial business operates a growing renewable energy portfolio and transmission infrastructure across the United States. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is an S&P 100 Stock Index company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK.
Mark C. Burke serves as Vice President, Energy and Utilities at Ericsson. In that role he is responsible to business development, execution management and customer segment profit and loss. Mr. Burke has over 25 years’ experience in utility communications design, engineering, installation and operations. Prior to his role at Ericsson, Mr. Burke lead the Intelligent Communications division of DNV – KEMA for 14 years, were he lead strategic planning and design, and procurement for electric utilities in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Previous experience includes serving on the board of Pocket Communications, an entrepreneur block spectrum participant in the PCS auctions of the FCC.
Mr. Burke served on the Board of Directors of the UTC Smart Networks Council, an industry group focused on development and deployment of the utility communications and Smart Grid.
Mr. Burke holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, a Graduate Certificate in International Business Management from Georgetown University, as well as Certificate of International Marketing Management from the Institute of Management Development, Lausanne Switzerland.
Mark McGranaghan is Vice President of the Distribution and Energy Utilization Sector for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He leads the teams responsible for EPRI’s research involving technologies, systems and practices for the power distribution system and customer systems, as well as the related information, communication and cyber security infrastructure and systems.
Mark has been with EPRI since 2003 and has had a strong influence on EPRI’s research in the areas of power quality, advanced distribution systems and the smart grid. He has worked closely with government and industry research organizations, both in the United States and around the world.
Prior to joining EPRI, Mark was with Electrotek Concepts (1998-2003) and McGraw-Edison/Cooper Power.
Mark has Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and Master of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Toledo and an Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He has taught seminars and workshops around the world and is very active in standards development and industry activities. He is an IEEE Fellow.
Michael Coddington is a principal engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, where he has focused on interconnection codes, standards and FERC rules for the past 10 years as well as other distributed energy resource related topics. He presently leads a multi-lab agreement focused on emerging Electric Distribution Planning approaches and tools. Prior to NREL, Michael spent 20 years in the electric utility industry, where he focused on electric distribution system design and planning, key account management and interconnected his first distributed generation system in 1992 when there were no appropriate codes, standards and rules for DERs. Michael is presently working with LBNL and PNNL to develop electric distribution planning materials for state utility regulators and NARUC. Michael is a Colorado State University electrical engineer, a master electrician and a senior member of IEEE.
Michael Murray served as Mission:data's Chief Technology Strategist from 2014-2016, and now serves as President. Previously, he co-founded Lucid in 2004, an energy management software company serving commercial building owners. He has over 15 years of experience with building automation, sub-metering and liberating data from utilities for energy management applications. Michael earned his Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies with highest honors from Oberlin College.
Neil Placer is the Managing Member of Placer Consulting Services. Neil has an in-depth understanding and unique perspective of the energy sector, having worked for major corporations in both the solar and electric utility industry. He blends his professional experience, technical background and strategy development expertise, to provide comprehensive solutions of substance and value for his clients. Neil received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech.
Paul Alvarez is the President of the Wired Group, a consultancy which helps clients maximize the benefit-cost ratio of grid modernization investments for customers. He has led teams which have completed two of the only three comprehensive, independent evaluations of smart meter and smart grid deployments ever conducted, including Xcel Energy's SmartGridCityTM project in Boulder, Colorado and Duke Energy's Ohio deployment (for the PUCO). Paul and his team's work products have appeared before regulators in California, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Ohio. He is also the author of Smart Grid Hype & Reality, a book which points out the operational, market and regulatory challenges to maximizing grid modernization benefits for customers.
Mr. Alvarez serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Colorado's Global Energy Management program, and at Michigan State University's Institute for Public Utilities. He holds an bachelor's degree in marketing and finance from Indiana University, and a master's degree in management from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.
Roger Wilkens, PhD, is Executive Director of the Center for the Creation of Cooperation (CCC), which he co-founded 10 years ago. He is co-Director of CCC’s Pilot Microgrid Project. Roger was a co-founder and the initial Executive Director of the Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council (SOPEC). He was a co-founder and is current Vice-Chair of UpGrade Ohio. He is the Director of the Athens Energy Institute, and President of the Appalachian Renewable Energy Consumer Cooperative (ARECC).
Ryan Harty is Manager of the Connected and Environmental Business Development (CEBD) at American Honda Motor Co., Inc, in Torrance, California. He spent 10 years conducting pioneering research and development on fuel cell and electric vehicles prior to his current assignment at American Honda. CEBD generates product proposals, business models and supporting public policy proposals to support Honda's connected vehicle and electrification technologies. Ryan is passionate about sustainable transportation and renewable energy. In his spare time, he enjoys curling at the Orange County Curling Club.
Scott Osterholt is Director – Grid Modernization and Risk Management for AEP Ohio, which serves approximately 1.5 million customers in Ohio. He oversees the deployment of new technology projects and various project implementation activities including AEP Ohio Smart Grid and Smart City programs. Responsible for the deployment of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), distribution automation circuit reconfiguration (DACR), volt/VAR optimization (VVO), electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), SMART lighting, microgrids and utility-scale battery storage. He is also responsible planning and organizing activities to reduce risk associated with the operations of the company.
Steve Rawson is currently employed with the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL), which is recognized as a leader in industrial control systems (ICS) security and resilience. As an Assessment Team member and electric sector subject matter expert (SME) for the National and Homeland Security Directorate, Mr. Rawson focuses on forming partnerships with private industry to identify and reduce vulnerabilities in ICSs.
Mr. Rawson has over 12 years of experience in the electric energy sector. Prior to joining INL in 2016, he managed the control center ICS for the Northern California Power Agency (NCPA) in Roseville, CA. While at NCPA he was responsible for maintaining the ICS that managed approximately 500 MW of geographically dispersed generation which helped to balance up to 1000 MW of load for NCPA’s member cities.
Mr. Rawson was a petty officer in the United States Navy and a member of the U.S. Navy's Nuclear Power Program. After discharging from the Navy, Mr. Rawson received a Bachelors of Science degree in management information systems from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and a Master of Business Administration from the California State University at Sacramento. In Mr. Rawson's spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and a variety of activitiess including: cooking, hiking, reading and CrossFit.
Todd Ryan, Director of Regulatory Affairs, is working to ensure that Smart Wires’ technologies can be adopted in electricity networks around the United States. Todd's career has centered around developing new energy technologies and speeding up their rate of adoption. Todd previously worked for Beacon Power, a flywheel based energy storage provider, and was involved in developing new market rules for energy storage. This includes tariff changes in New York ISO, MISO, and ISO-NE and worked to get incentives for fast and accurate frequency regulation providers (FERC Order 755). Todd has a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University and researches the economics and operations of electricity networks under high penetration of renewable generation. Specifically Todd is interested in removing unintended barriers to adopting novel energy technologies. Todd has also developed fuel cell and fuel reforming technologies after receiving his B.S. in chemical engineering from Tufts University in 2005.
Tom Key is a senior technical executive at the Electric Power Research institute (EPRI) in the area of electric power delivery and end-use. He is a fellow of the IEEE for contributions in the area of power systems and power quality. He has also received EPRI’s lifetime achievement and the IEEE Power and Energy society Renewable Energy Excellence awards. He is an electrical engineer with experience in solar PV integration at Sandia National Lab and in the U.S. Navy Seabees.
Mr. Vijay Singh is a senior management professional with 20 years of domestic and international experience in strategy, asset management, business development, finance, and mergers & acquisitions in Fortune 500 companies. In his current role as Executive Director of Business Development, Mr. Singh is leading NextEra’s energy storage development activities in all major U.S. markets and Canada. Vijay’s team has developed approximately 120 megawatts battery storage projects that are operational today with another 100 megawatts under development and construction.
Previously, as Executive Director of Business Management, Mr. Singh managed a diverse portfolio of fossil, wind, nuclear, solar and hydro assets in the U.S. Prior to his asset management role, Vijay led financial valuation activities supporting corporate development and due-diligence activities of renewable generation asset portfolio in the U.S.
Mr. Singh possesses a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology in India.
Wassim Akhdar is the Vice President of Product Management at Varentec. Wassim has over 18 years of experience in the grid monitoring and control space. He has a track record in building solutions that are focused around enhancing grid reliability and operational efficiency, and bringing better visibility into network operations. Throughout his career, Wassim has taken different leadership roles in project management, engineering, and product management, and have successfully introduced various smart grid applications that are deployed today at utilities across the world. Wassim has worked with utilities across North America, Asia, Europe, and Australia in providing solutions that address their operational needs and integrating those solutions within each utility ecosystem.
Prior to Varentec, Wassim led the product management team at GE Digital Energy in developing flagship ADMS applications such as VVO (volt/var optimization) and FDIR (fault detection, identification, and service restoration). At Sentient Energy, Wassim spearheaded developing an analytics platform for current sensors, which transformed the solution from fault detection to fault prediction and prevention.
Wassim holds an MBA, Masters in Business Administration, Degree and a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) Degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.