2015 GM Tutorials Instructor Bios


Energy Storage: Overview, Applications, Field Experiences and Performance Evaluation

Dr. Hamidreza (Hamid) Zareipour received his PhD degree from the University of Waterloo, ON, Canada, in 2006. He is currently a Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He serves as the Chair of the IEEE PES Subcommittee on Electricity Markets Economics, and an Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy and Smart Grid. Hamid's research focuses on operation and planning of electric power systems in competitive environments. In particular and relevant to this tutorial, he has an active research group on large-scale integration of energy storage/wind power/solar power into the electric grid. He is the co-chair of the IEEE PES Working group on Business Models for Electric Energy Storage.

Dr. Kintner-Meyer has 21 years of energy/economics/environment system analysis and modeling experience. As an engineer by training, he has managed U.S. and international teams on numerous system modeling activities and has been intimately involved in technical aspects of system modeling including electric capacity expansion planning, optimal electric generation dispatch under security and emissions constraints, renewable energy resource assessments, integration of renewable technology into the grid, distribution system planning and automation, and residential, commercial and transportation demand modeling. Dr. Kintner-Meyer is a staff scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Sudipta Lahiri, PhD is a consultant with DNV GL with a strong focus on Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), microgrids and storage technologies. At DNV GL, Sudipta has worked extensively on the methodology and analytics for cost-effectiveness evaluation of storage devices and microgrids. Highlights of his work also include impact assessment of DERs on the larger electric system as well as, strategy and policy guidance for integration of renewables into the grid and wholesale energy markets. Sudipta is the architect of DNV GL’s Microgrid Optimizer (MGO) tool, and a principal developer of the ESGrid tool. Sudipta received his Ph.D. from Drexel University, Philadelphia. This work develops novel control algorithms for stability of islanded power systems, modeled on a hybrid system paradigm. While at Drexel, he has worked on implementing computer algebra techniques to power system modeling and analysis, and the design of controllers to enhance security of shipboard power systems.


Intelligent Systems Support for Transactive Energy Systems: The Fundamentals

Steve Widergren is a principal engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and a member of the Board of Directors of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel, where he was the 2009-2012 Plenary Chair. He was the founding Administrator for the GridWise Architecture Council – a group formed to enable interoperability of automated systems related to the electric system. Common throughout his career is the application of information technology to power engineering problems including, simulation, control, and system integration. Mr. Widergren received his BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He is an editor of the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems and participates in standards efforts that bridge power engineering with information technology.

Leigh Tesfatsion is Professor of Economics, Mathematics, and Electrical & Computer Engineering at Iowa State University. She is known for promoting agent-based models as an alternative to rational expectations general equilibrium models for studying markets, finance, and macroeconomic phenomena. Her works are widely cited in the literature on the subject. Her current research focuses on integrated retail and wholesale power market operations with smart grid functionality, reformulation of wholesale power markets for improved handling of uncertainties, and the development of decision support tools for studying relationships among water, energy, and climate change. All of this research is based in part on the development and use of agent-based test beds permitting the systematic study of physical, institutional, and behavioral aspects of complex real-world systems.

Koen Kok is Senior Scientist Intelligent Electricity Systems at TNO, the largest applied research institute in The Netherlands, and part-time Visiting Researcher at the Center for Electric Power and Energy (CEE) of the Danish Technical University DTU. He is strongly involved in the European smart grids research field, working on numerous EU and NL-national projects developing and field deploying smart grid technology. In his intelligent electricity systems research, he combines electrical engineering, control engineering and computational intelligence. He is a driving force behind The PowerMatcher, an award winning smart grid technology. The PowerMatcher uses a transactive energy approach to match demand and distributed generation on one hand with available renewable power and network capacity on the other. Key results of his research have been field deployed and commercialized.


Fault Current Contributions from Wind Plants

Sukumar Brahma received his Bachelor of Engineering from Gujarat University in 1989, Master of Technology from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1997, and Ph. D. from Clemson University, Clemson, USA in 2003, all in Electrical Engineering. He is presently William Kersting Endowed Chair Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Electric Utility Management Program (EUMP) at New Mexico State University. Dr. Brahma is Senior Member of IEEE, Past Chair of the IEEE Power and Energy Society's Life Long Learning Subcommittee, Vice Chair of the Power and Energy Education Committee, and Past Chair of the Distribution System Analysis Subcommittee. He is editor for IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery.

Wayne A. Dilling is an Electrical Executive with Mortenson Construction’s Renewable Energy Group, based in Minneapolis. Mortenson Construction is a U.S.-based, family owned construction company, and has been at the center of constructing over 130 wind power projects, totaling over 15,000 megawatts across the U.S. and Canada. Wayne has over 20 years of diversified experience as a project manager and electrical engineer in the power generation industry including hydro, gas, oil, coal, refuse derived fuel, and renewable sources in the U.S. and internationally. Wayne is a Senior Member of IEEE and currently is Chair of the IEEE PES Working Group on Wind and Solar Plant Collector Design and Vice-Chair of the Wind and Solar Plant Grounding for Personal Safety Task Force. Wayne is a registered professional engineer in Minnesota. He has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Minnesota (1989).

Ashok Gopalakrishnan is a Principal Advisor at Quanta Technology. Prior to Quanta, he was with Electrocon International, Inc., for over 14 years, where he was involved in developing advanced software tools for relay protection and coordination studies, for use in the Computer Aided Protection Engineering (CAPE) program. His current focus is on combining protection and planning models and their associated calculations to study the dynamic behavior of the electric grid and system stability in response to protective relay operations. Ashok is a graduate of the Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India and Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas, USA. He is a member of the IEEE and CIGRE.

Charles Henville graduated from the University of Cambridge in England in 1969. He also received a Master of Engineering degree from the University of British Columbia in 2000. He started his electrical engineering career with Associated Electrical Industries in Manchester England. After several years working internationally as a commissioning engineer for combustion turbines, he moved to Canada in 1974 to join a large Canadian utility based in Vancouver. His passion for protective relaying started in 1977 and continues to this day. He retired in 2005 from the position of principal utility protection engineer. He now runs his own consulting company in power system protection. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He is also past Chair of the IEEE PES Power System Relaying Committee and has led the PES Chapter and the IEEE Section in Vancouver BC.

Dean Miller is a principal engineering at PacifiCorp working in the Protection & Control Design Engineering group in Portland, Oregon. He is a registered Professional Electrical Engineering in the State of Oregon and has 42 years of experience working in engineering and power system operations groups in the protective relaying and control areas. He is a senior member of IEEE and an active member of the Power System Relaying Committee, being a member of the main committee; line, system and substation protection subcommittees; and current and past chairman of working groups. He has a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Idaho graduating summa cum laude and is a member of Sigma Tau and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. Mr. Miller was awarded one US patent.

James K. Niemira, PE, is a Principal Engineer of S&C Electric Company in the Power Systems Solutions organization and has over 28 years of power industry experience. He oversees design work in the Engineering Services Department including substation physical design, protection and control system design, and SCADA and communications. Mr. Niemira designed substations and collector systems for wind and solar generation sites, and assisted with field start-up and commissioning of those sites. His expertise includes power system analysis and design, power equipment application, technical instruction, and power system protective relaying. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE active in the PES Power System Relaying Committee as well as the Chicago-PES local Chapter. Mr. Niemira earned the BSEE degree at the University of Missouri at Rolla and the Master of Engineering in Electric Power from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer currently registered in 26 states and has been awarded multiple patents for developments in electric power switchgear and controls.

Reigh Walling is the principal of Walling Energy Systems Consulting, LLC, where he provides his expertise in transmission, distribution, renewable energy, and distributed generation technologies to utilities, developers and research institutions. Prior to forming this firm, he was employed for 31 years by GE Energy Consulting in the role of Director. At GE, Mr. Walling was involved in the evaluations of grid performance of GE’s wind generation equipment and studies of renewable energy integration, in addition to a diverse range of external consulting engagements. Mr. Walling received his B.S. and M.Eng. in Electric Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and is a registered Professional Engineer (Minnesota). He is a Fellow of the IEEE, has authored over ninety papers and articles, and has been awarded thirteen patents.


GHG Emissions Standards for the Power & Energy Sector – Design and Application

James (Jim) McConnach is a registered Professional Engineer (P. Eng.) in Ontario, a Fellow of the IET, UK, a Fellow of Engineers Canada, and a Senior Member of the IEEE, USA. After a long working career in the power industry in the UK and in Canada, Jim retired from Ontario Hydro in 2000. He continues to be active as a member of various IET, IEEE-PES, IEEE-SA, PEO, OSPE, EIC Committees, Sub-committees, Working Groups and Task Forces. He is Chair of the IEEE-SA Standards Project P1595.

Richard Vesel is an energy efficiency expert employed by a major global supplier of utility and industrial controls and automation equipment. He has a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics, and is a former registered professional engineer in the State of Ohio. He has recently submitted materials to the EPA regarding legislation present at the state levels which is counter-productive to the goals of energy efficiency and CO2 reduction in the power generation industry. He was also the chief editor and contributor to a 360-page industry handbook on energy efficient design of auxiliary power systems in power plants.

Dick Doyle has enjoyed being an engineering consultant with Doyle and Associates for the past 25 years. He has served on the IEEE Board of Directors, 2003-04; Division VI Director, 2003-04, and IEEE Board of Directors, 1987-88; Region 6 Director, 1987-88. In San Diego; he has served as Reliability Society Chapter Chair for many years, along with Member at large, Awards Chair, and Control Systems Chapter Chair. He is a Registered Electrical and Civil Engineer in California and specializes in Control Systems, Electronic Reliability, and Structural Dynamics. He is currently a member of PES.


Smart Grid 204: Introduction to Smart Grid Data and Analytics

Doug Houseman, VP of Technical Innovation, is working with clients all over North America and Australia on issues related to Smart Grid/Metering/Homes and other related issues. He works with regulators, utilities and vendors to the market to help move the industry to the next generation grid, as well as the next generation of customer relationship.

Doug has extensive experience in the energy and utility industry and has been involved in projects in more than 30 countries. He is routinely invited to speak at international events in the industry and has been widely quoted in a number of international publications. Doug was named part of the World Generation Class of 2007, one of 30 people in the global utility and energy industry so named. He was the lead investigator on one of the largest studies on the future of distribution companies over the last 5 years working with more than 100 utilities and 20 governments.

Doug has a broad background in Utilities and Energy. He worked for Capgemini in the Energy Practice for more than 15 years. During that time he rose to the position of CTO of the 12,000 person practice. During that same time Capgemini grew from less than $10 million dollars in Energy related revenue to more than $2.4 billion. Doug was part of the Global leadership team and worked all over the world in a thought leadership and delivery role. During that time Doug founded the Smart Energy Alliance, lead the Distribution Roadmap 2025, and developed the smart metering and smart grid practices.


Smart Distribution System

Anil Pahwa (F’03) received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Texas A & M University, College Station, in 1983. Since then he has been with Kansas State University, Manhattan, where presently he is Logan-Fetterhoof Endowed Chair Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. His research interests include distribution automation, distribution system planning and analysis, distribution system reliability, intelligent computational methods for power system applications, and integration of distributed renewable energy sources. He was Chair of the Power and Energy Education Committee (PEEC) from 2012 to 2013. He has been serving as an editor of IEEE transactions on Power Systems since 2010. He has been selected as a Jefferson Science Fellow by the U. S. Department of State for 2014-15.

Georges Simard is president of S.I.M.AR.D. SG a consultant company based in Québec, Canada. Before SIMARD SG, Georges worked for more than 30 years as a Development Engineer for Hydro-Quebec Distribution. He contributed to the writing of internal technical standards and wrote the Hydro-Quebec Distribution Roadmap. He has served on several technical committees (IEC, IEEE/PES, CEA, CEATI, EPRI…) and he is a Senior Member of IEEE. He also was Editor in Chief of the IEEE PES long term vision (GridVision 2050) released in April 2013. He also supported EPRI’s Smart Distribution Research program from 2009 to 2011. Mr Simard received his BSEE in 1978 from "École Polytechnique de Montréal". He got his Master degree in Engineering in 1998 from "École Polytechnique de Montréal".

George Larry Clark is Principal Engineer for Alabama Power Company supporting Distribution SCADA, Distribution Automation and Switching Operations technologies, and Integrated Distribution Management System and Smart Grid Strategy. Mr. Clark is Chairman-IEEE PES SDWG, Member-IEEE PES IGCC, Member and Past Chairman-DistribuTECH Smart Distribution Subcommittee and Member of the Smart Grid Roadshow Conference Committee. During 48-years of employment, Mr. Clark’s previous assignments include responsibilities for operation and maintenance of substations, and for planning, operation and maintenance of the electric distribution system. He is a frequent industry conference speaker for Distribution Automation, SCADA and Smart Distribution Grid. Mr. Clark received a BSEE degree in 1970 from University of South Alabama. Mr. Clark is Life Senior Member of IEEE and registered engineer in the State of Alabama.

Bob Uluski of EPRI has over 35 years of electric utility experience, with a focus on planning and implementing distribution automation (DA) systems and Distribution Management Systems (DMS). Bob has extensive experience in the planning and implementation of Volt-VAR optimization (VVO) systems for electric distribution utilities. Recently, he managed EPRI’s “Smart Distribution” project set which included developing a detailed guidebook on Volt VAR Control and Optimization (VVO), Dynamic Impacts of Distributed Renewables, and integration of smart inverters.. Bob currently serves as the Vice Chair of IEEE’s smart distribution working group, chair of the task force on DMS, and Vice Chair of the Volt-VAR task force, which is currently developing guidelines for measurement and verification (M&V) of VVO benefits.

Sal Martino of EPRI is a Technical Leader/Project Manager in the Distribution Systems program area of the Power Delivery and Utilization Sector. His current research activities focus on stray/contact voltage, distribution reliability, grid modernization, and grid resiliency. Sal's career has spanned over 10 years with varied experience in the electric utility industry working for an investor owned utility. His work experience has been focused to the medium voltage electrical distribution system in the areas of planning, project management, stray/contact voltage investigations, field operations, system reliability analysis, electrical design, load analysis, and systems integration. Mr. Martino received a BS degree (with honors) in electrical engineering technology from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Ethan Boardman is world-wide Director of Business Development for Integrated Distribution Management Systems (IDMS) based upon e-terradistribution, Alstom Grid’s application suite for real-time distribution network operations. He joined Alstom Grid, then ESCA Corporation, in 1982 as a network analysis applications engineer and developer. He has worked in the areas of both EMS and DMS product development and project implementation. Since 1997 his focus has been on the development of the product line for support of Distribution Operations with an emphasis on seamless integration of SCADA, DMS, and OMS into a single modular entity. Mr. Boardman earned his BSEE and MSEE from the University of Washington.

Dr. Julio Romero Agüero, PhD, MBA is Senior Director and Executive Advisor at Quanta Technology. He has over 19 years of experience. He has developed solutions for numerous electric utilities in the USA, Canada, Latin America, The Caribbean and Asia, in the areas of power distribution planning, system analysis, reliability, load forecasting, protection, smart grid, distribution automation, and integration of distributed energy resources and plug-in electric vehicles. He is former Commissioner of the National Energy Commission of Honduras, Vice Chair of the IEEE Distribution Subcommittee, Editor of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid and IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, Vice Chair of the IEEE Working Group on Distributed Resources Integration, Member of the Advisory Committee of DistribuTECH, and Senior Member of the IEEE.

Grant Gilchrist, P. Eng., is a Principal Consultant on the Smart Grid Engineering Team at EnerNex Corporation. He is a member of several utility data communications standards bodies including the IEC working groups for SCADA, substation automation, protocol security, and interoperability. He is a founding member of the Technical Committee for the Distributed Network Protocol (DNP3). He has helped several major utilities develop technical requirements for their Advanced Metering Infrastructures and other Smart Grid programs, and was editor of the IEC 62351-5 standard for security of the IEC 60870-5 and DNP3 protocols. He developed the NIST Smart Grid Framework “cloud” diagrams. Before joining EnerNex, Grant developed embedded data communications software for GE Energy and Nortel Networks. He is a registered Professional Engineer.

Terry Saxton is VP and a founder of Xtensible Solutions, a company offering consulting services to utility industry in development of interoperable Enterprise Information Management (EIM) strategies and system integration frameworks based on Common Information Model (CIM). Mr. Saxton is Convener of IEC TC57 WG13 responsible for CIM standards for information exchange and Co-Chair of CIM Users Group. He has managed CIM-based projects for EPRI and has many years of experience in analysis, design, development, and implementation of a wide range of system integration solutions for electric utilities and the US DOE while working at BearingPoint, KEMA Consulting, Siemens, Honeywell, IXI, and Bell Labs. He received an MSEE from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and BSEE/BS Math with Honors from California State Polytechnic University.


Energy Forecasting in the Smart Grid Era

Tao Hong is the Graduate Program Director and EPIC Assistant Professor at Systems Engineering and Engineering Management Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is Founding Chair of the IEEE Working Group on Energy Forecasting, General Chair of Global Energy Forecasting Competition, Editor of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, and the lead author of the online book Electric Load Forecasting: Fundamentals and Best Practices. Dr. Hong has been providing consulting and educational services to over 100 organizations across all sectors of the utility industry. His load forecasting methodologies have been commercialized and deployed to many utilities worldwide.

Shu Fan received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in the Department of Electrical Engineering from China’s Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), Wuhan, China, in 1995, 2000, and 2004, respectively. He conducted postdoctoral research sponsored by the Japanese Government in Osaka Sangyo University from 2004 to 2006, and was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Energy Systems Research Center at the University of Texas at Arlington from 2006 to 2007. At present, he is a Senior Research Fellow at Monash University, Clayton, Australia. His research interests include energy system forecasting, power system control, and high-power power electronics.

Dr. Hamidreza (Hamid) Zareipour received his PhD degree from the University of Waterloo, ON, Canada, in 2006. He is currently a Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He serves as the Chair of the IEEE PES Subcommittee on Electricity Markets Economics,  and an Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy and Smart Grid. Hamid's research focuses on operation and planning of electric power systems in competitive environments. In particular and relevant to this tutorial, he has an active research group on applications of forecasting technologies, big data, data mining and analytics in electric power systems. He is the Secretary of the IEEE PES Working group on Energy Forecasting.

Pierre Pinson is Professor in the Modelling of Electricity Markets at the Centre for Electric Power and Energy (CEE) of the Technical university of Denmark (DTU). He holds a M.Sc. In Applied Mathematics and a Ph.D. In Energy Engineering from Ecole de Mines de Paris (France). He acts as an Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems and Wind Energy. His main research interests are centered around the proposal and application of mathematical methods for electricity markets and power systems operations, including forecasting. He has published extensively in some of the leading journals in Meteorology, Power Systems Engineering, Statistics and Operations Research. He has been a visiting researcher at the University of Oxford (Mathematical Institute) and the University of Washington in Seattle (Dpt. of Statistics), as well as a consultant at the European Center for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF).


Renewable Energy Systems Modeling and Dynamic Performance

Pouyan Pourbeik received the B.E. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Adelaide, South Australia, in 1993 and 1997, respectively. From 1997 to 2000 he was with GE Power Systems. From 2000 to 2006 he was with ABB, Inc. Since June 2006 he has been with EPRI. Throughout his career he has performed and led studies related to many aspects of power system modeling, dynamics, and control. He is presently the Vice Chairman of the IEEE PES Power System Dynamic Performance Committee and Chairman of the CIGRE Study Committee C4 – System Technical Performance. He has authored/co‐ authored over 70 technical publications, is a Fellow of IEEE, a distinguished member of CIGRE and a registered professional engineer in the state of North Carolina, USA.

Nicholas W. Miller has a B.S. and M.Eng. from Electric Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, 1979 and 1980. Mr. Miller is Senior Technical Director for GE Energy Consulting. He has over thirty years of experience on integration of new technologies into bulk power systems. He has lectured on Wind and Solar Power integration to governments and institutions in more than two dozen countries. Nick is a Fellow of IEEE, New York Professional Engineer, and has authored over 130 technical papers and articles on wind generation and technology applications in power systems. He holds twenty US patents for power control devices, and wind or solar technologies.

Eduard Muljadi received his Ph. D. (in Electrical Engineering) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. From 1988 to 1992, he taught at California State University, Fresno, CA. In June 1992, he joined the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. His current research interests are in the fields of electric machines, power electronics, and power systems in general with emphasis on renewable energy applications. He is member of Eta Kappa Nu, Sigma Xi and a Fellow of the IEEE. He is involved in many activities of the IEEE Industry Application Society (IAS), Power Electronics Society, and Power and Energy Society (PES), and an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion. He holds two patents in power conversion for renewable energy.

Robert Nelson has a Master of Engineering in Electric Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has over 35 years of experience in the electric power industry. He has worked for the Corps of Engineers, Boston Edison, Florida Municipal Power Pool. 25 years ago, he joined Westinghouse Power Generation, which was later sold to Siemens. In Westinghouse/Siemens, Robert worked as a generator design engineer, an excitation systems design engineer, a FACTS applications engineer, a synchronous generator control engineer. For the last 6 years, he has worked in the wind generation business. He has authored over 50 technical papers and has over 50 patents in transmission and generation. He was designated a Siemens “Inventor of the Year” in 2013.

Yuriy Kazachkov, PhD, has over 50 years of experience in Power Industry. He is a Principal Consultant with Siemens PTI. His areas of expertise include:

  • System planning studies
  • Interconnection studies
  • Advanced transmission technology, e.g., FACTS
  • HVDC technology
  • Wind farm modeling for load flow and dynamic studies
  • Development and validation of dynamic simulation models for different applications
  • Teaching courses in power system performance and analysis

He is a Senior Member of IEEE and a Member or Observer in several working groups and task forces of IEEE, WECC, NERC, and IEC.

Jason MacDowell is the Manager of the Renewables, Controls and Protection segment of GE’s Energy Consulting business. He brings 15 years of energy industry experience in power systems analysis, interconnecting renewable generation into the bulk power system, wind turbine and renewable plant electrical design, modeling, protection, power plant testing and has led multiple programs and studies on these subjects. He has lectured and provided consultation regarding growth and interconnection of renewable energy to many governments, policy makers, grid companies, generation owners and universities around the world and has been a key contributor to the development of multiple grid codes, regulations and standards worldwide specifically addressing power generation. He has authored over 40 technical publications and is leading/contributing to seven standards/regulatory development teams around the world.

Istvan Erlich received his Dipl.‐Ing. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Dresden/Germany in 1976 and his PhD in 1983 from the same university. After his studies, he worked in Hungary, Berlin and Dresden (Germany) in different fields of power engineering. Since 1998, he is Professor and head of the Institute of Electrical Power Systems of the University Duisburg Essen/Germany. His major scientific interest is focused on power system stability and control, modeling and simulation of power system dynamics including intelligent system applications, smart grids and renewable energy sources. He is a member of VDE and senior member of IEEE. He is also chairing the IFAC Technical Committee 6.3 on Power and Energy Systems and the German Chapter of IEEE PES.

Jens Fortmann received his Dipl.-Ing. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Berlin, Germany in 1996 and his PhD in 2013 from the University of Duisburg Essen. From 1995 to 2015 he worked on the modeling, control design and grid integration of variable speed wind turbines at the different wind turbine manufacturers. Since 2015 he is Professor for Wind Energy and Grid Integration at the HTW Berlin – University of Applied Sciences /Germany. His major scientific interest is focused on control, modeling and grid integration of renewable sources. He is the head of the FGW working group that specifies the modeling and model validation guideline TR4 and active in working groups of IEC, CENELEC and DKE on modeling, model validation, measurements and grid codes. He is a member of IEEE.


Distribution System Modeling, Automation, Management and Advanced Applications

Jiyuan Fan, PhD., is the Chief Engineer & Chief System Architect with Southern States LLC, Automation & Sensor Division; Senior Member of IEEE PES. Jiyuan received his BS degree from Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan, China in 1979, MS degree from Chinese EPRI, Beijing, China, 1982 and PhD’s degree from Clarkson University, New York, USA, 1989. He worked as a Post Doctorial Research Associate at Texas A&M University, 1989-1990. Since then, he has worked in the Power System area, including Smart Grid Solutions, Grid Automation, Grid Analytics, including T&D Automation, EMS, DMS, OMS, SA, AMI, SCADA, etc., with the companies of Advanced Control Systems, Inc., Telvent Automation, Beijing Sifang Automation in China. He was with GE Digital Energy as the Strategic Planning Leader and Senior System Engineer on Smart Grid Solutions from 2008 to 2014. He is currently with Southern States LLC responsible for Grid Automation Strategies and Advanced Automation Solution Development.

John D. McDonald, P.E., is Director, Technical Strategy and Policy Development for GE Energy’s Digital Energy business. John has 38 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 Fellow of IEEE, and was awarded the IEEE Millennium Medal in 2000, the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Excellence in Power Distribution Engineering Award in 2002, and the IEEE PES Substations Committee Distinguished Service Award in 2003. John is Past President of the IEEE PES, a charter member of the IEEE Brand Ambassadors Program, a member of the IEEE Medal of Honor Committee, a member of the IEEE PES Region 3 Scholarship Committee, the VP for Technical Activities for the US National Committee (USNC) of CIGRE, the Past Chair of the IEEE PES Substations Committee, and Chair of the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) Board. John was the IEEE Division VII Director in 2008-2009. John was on the Board of Governors of the IEEE-SA (Standards Association) in 2010-2011, focusing on long term IEEE Smart Grid standards strategy. John was elected to Chair the NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Governing Board for 2010-2012. John is a member of the Advisory Committee for the annual DistribuTECH Conference, and received the 2009 Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award from Purdue University. John teaches a SCADA/EMS/DMS course at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Smart Grid course for GE, and substation automation, distribution SCADA and communications courses for various IEEE PES local chapters as an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer. John has published forty papers and articles in the areas of SCADA, SCADA/EMS, SCADA/DMS and communications, and has co-authored three books.


Smart Substations – Protection, Control, Communications, Wide Area Measurements and Enterprise Applications

Eric A. Udren (Fellow), Executive Advisor of Quanta Technology, has a 43 year distinguished career in design and application of protective relaying, utility substation control, and communications systems. He programmed the world's first computer-based transmission line relay, led software development of the world's first LAN-based substation protection and control system, and managed development and application at Westinghouse, ABB, and Eaton Electrical. He has worked with utilities to develop new substation protection and control designs as a consultant since 2004. Eric is an IEEE Fellow, and chairs multiple standards working groups at IEEE Power System Relaying Committee. He is U.S. Technical Advisor for IEC relay standards, and is a member of the IEC 61850 substation communications protocol WG. Eric serves on the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) System Protection and Control Task Force, and Protection System Maintenance Standard Drafting Team. He has written and presented over 80 technical papers and book chapters.

David Boroughs, P.E. (Member), Executive Advisor/Communications Practice Area Director of Quanta Technology, has 38 years of telecommunications experience. His professional career included work with KEMA, GTE, Sprint, Telenet Communications, and PBS National Datacast, having responsibilities in areas of engineering design, planning, implementation, and operation of both wireless and fiber networks. He has performed telecommunications architecture and design projects for a number of utilities, ranging from development of a vision, benefit cost analysis and strategy for implementing a communications architecture solution, to infrastructure assessments including maturity assessment, technology assessment, platform assessment, and single point of failure analysis. Strategy and design development include substation and feeder automation, smart grid, and AMI communications architecture solutions that supports operational needs, as well as enterprise level related needs such as voice, video, IP, and back office networking requirements.


Understanding Cascading Phenomenon: Methodologies and Industry Practice for Analysis of Cascading Failures

Dr. Farrokh Habibi-Ashrafi is a Senior Lead Engineer in the Advanced Technology Organization of Southern California Edison Company (SCE). He has been working at SCE for more than 16 years, with 10 years of it as a Senior Protection Engineer. At his present position, he is performing studies in development of Phasor Measurement Technology, and advanced protection and control applications at SCE. Prior to joining SCE, Dr. Habibi-Ashrafi was Principal Manager of an engineering company providing Substation Engineering and Design to electric utilities in California. Dr. Habibi-Ashrafi received his Engineering degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from University of Tehran, and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from University of Southern California. Dr. Habibi-Ashrafi is a Life Member of IEEE, part-time faculty at California State University-Los Angeles, and registered professional electrical engineer in State of California.

Robert Cummings is the NERC Director of Reliability Initiatives and System Analysis. He joined the NERC Staff in 1996, where he has served in a number of capacities, as staff coordinator on several NERC subcommittees, working groups, and task forces, NERC/DOE data coordination, and technical support systems for reliability coordinators. His current position entails “deep-dive” forensic analysis of system disturbances, and leadership roles in system modeling and analysis. Mr. Cummings was lead investigator in the 2003 blackout and a principal technical contributor to the U.S.–Canada Task Force Final Report on the August 14, 2003 Blackout in the United States and Canada: Causes and Recommendations, and the NERC Technical Analysis of the August 14, 2003, Blackout. He has participated in and led several system disturbance analyses including the September 2011 blackout in the Southwestern U.S. He is NERC’s technical advisor in the North American Synchrophasor Initiative and the technical director of the NERC System Protection Improvement Initiative, the Modeling Improvements Initiative, and the Frequency Response Initiative. Mr. Cummings earned a B.S. in Power Systems from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1975. Bob is a Senior Member of IEEE and a member of the Vermont Society of Engineers.

Ian Dobson received the BA in Mathematics from Cambridge University and the PhD in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. He previously worked as an operations analyst for the British Firm EASAMS Ltd and as a professor for the University of Wisconsin-Madison USA. He is currently Sandbulte professor of electrical and computer engineering at Iowa State University USA. He is a fellow of the IEEE. Ian is interested in applying risk analysis, complex systems, and nonlinear dynamics to avoid blackouts.

Michael Forte (M ’73, SM ’81) has almost 40 years of utility experience in power systems planning, design and operations. He is Chief Engineer with Con Edison of NY. His current responsibilities include assessing the performance and design of the Company’s electric transmission system, the development of the Long-Range Transmission Plan and ensuring the reliable and timely interconnection of merchant generation and transmission projects. He is a member on NPCC’s Reliability Coordinating Committee, an Alternate Member on the NYS Reliability Council’s Executive Committee, an Alternate Member on the NATF, and an industry advisor on the EPRI’s Power System Assets, Planning and Operations Committee. He has provided expert witness testimony in various regulatory forums, including the FERC and the New York State Public Service Commission. Mr. Forte holds a Master of Engineering in Electric Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Master of Business Administration in Operations Research from the Hagan School of Business at Iona College, and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College.

Paul D.H. Hines (S`96, M`07, SM`14) received the Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University in 2007 and M.S. (2001) and B.S. (1997) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington and Seattle Pacific University, respectively. He is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering, with a secondary appointment in the Dept. of Computer Science, at the University of Vermont, and a member of the adjunct research faculty at the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center. Formerly he worked at the U.S. National Energy Technology Laboratory, where he participated in smart grid research, the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, where he studied interactions between nuclear plants and grid reliability, Alstom ESCA, where he worked on short-term load forecasting, and for Black and Veatch, where he was involved with substation design projects. He currently serves as the chair of the Green Mountain Section of the IEEE, as the vice-chair of the IEEE PES Working Group on Cascading Failure, and as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. He is a National Science Foundation CAREER award winner and his research on blackouts has been featured in Science magazine and Scientific American.

Mladen Kezunovic (S'77-M'80-SM'85-F'99) has 40 years of work experience in the utility business spending more than half of his carrier in leading positions in industry and last 25 years simultaneously working at academia as a Professor. Currently, he is the Eugene E. Webb Professor, Director of the Smart Grid Center, Site Director of NSF I/UCRC "Power Engineering Research Center, PSerc". His expertise is in Protective Relaying, Automated Power System Disturbance Analysis, Computational Intelligence and Data Analytics, and Smart Grids. He has published over 450 papers, given over 100 seminars, invited lectures and short courses, and consulted for over 50 companies worldwide. He is the Principal of XpertPower™Associates, a consulting firm specializing in power systems data analytics. Dr. Kezunovic is an IEEE Fellow, Fellow of CIGRE and a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas. He is a recipient of the Inaugural 2011 IEEE Educational Activities Board Standards Education Award “for educating students and engineers about the importance and benefits of interoperability standards”. Dr. Kezunovic received the Dipl.Ing., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering in 1974, 1977, and 1980, respectively.

Eugene Litvinov (M’91, SM’07, F’13) is a Chief Technologist at the ISO New England. He is responsible for advanced System and Markets solutions, Smart Grid and Technology strategy and is a lead of the Research and Development activities in the organization. He has more than 35 years of professional experience in the area of Power System modeling, analysis and operation; Electricity Markets design, implementation and operation; Information Technology. Dr. Litvinov has extensive expertise in management and technical leadership of large engineering and information technology projects; development of computational methods in power system analysis and operation; market clearing engines and electricity pricing; settlements. Dr. Litvinov holds BS, MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering. He is an editor of the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems.

Vahid Madani, Ph.D., PE, IEEE Fellow, is a principal engineer and lead architect for advanced power systems applications at Pacific Gas and Electric. His most recent assignments are associated with grid modernization, remedial action schemes, emerging technology deployment including Synchrophasor systems and Geomagnetic disturbance resiliency. Dr. Madani has been a member of the investigating teams for widespread cascading outages worldwide, and a member of disaster recovery teams following major natural disasters such as earthquake of 1989 in San Francisco and 1994 in Los Angeles. Vahid is the immediate past chair of the Remedial Action Reliability Committee in Western North America. A contributor to the academic and tutorial engineering programs, hallmarks include author and member of IEEE, IREP, and CIGRE. Dr. Madani is IEEE Distinguished lecturer, recipient of 2013 IEEE Transactions Prize Paper Award on wide‐area system integrity protection schemes, adjunct faculty at Mississippi State University, and a registered Electrical Engineer in California, USA.

Damir Novosel (SM 1994, F 2003) is president of Quanta Technology. Previously, he was vice president of ABB Automation Products and president of KEMA T&D US. Damir is elected to National Academy of Engineers in 2014. Dr. Novosel is IEEE PES President Elect. He served as chair of the IEEE PES Technical Council and vice president of technology from 2010 to 2012. Damir holds 16 US and international patents and published over 100 articles in Transactions, Journals and Proceedings, receiving PES 2011 and 2013 Prize Paper Awards. Damir has been continuing contributor to education, including an adjunct professorship of Electrical Engineering at North Carolina State University and participation in IEEE tutorials and panels. He holds PhD, MSc, and BS degrees in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University, where he was a Fulbright scholar, the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and University of Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, respectively.

Milorad Papic (M’88 SM’05) received the B.E. degree in electrical engineering from University of Sarajevo, in 1972, the M. Sc degree from Zagreb University in 1977, and D. Sc degree from Sarajevo University, in 1980. Dr. Milorad Papic has over 35 years of teaching, R & D experience, planning and reliability assessments of bulk electric systems. He joined Idaho Power Company in 1996 and since then is working in the System Planning Department. He has developed and employed a number of concepts and methods to improve power system planning, operation and maintenance. Prior to joining Idaho Power, he was Associate Professor at University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed technical papers, including two ‘Best Prize Paper Awards’. Dr. Papic was a doctoral fellow (1978-1979) at Moscow Power Institute, Russia working with Professor V. A. Venikov and post doctoral fellow (1988-1989) with UMIST, UK working with Professor R. N. Allan. His principal interests include reliability modeling and evaluation of power systems, transmission planning and economics in power systems and synchro-phasor technologies. He is professionally involved with WECC, NERC and IEEE as a chair and member of different subcommittees, working groups and task forces. Presently he is a Chair of IEEE CAMS Working Group on Understanding, Prediction, Mitigation and Restoration of Cascading Failures, Chair of IEEE Risk, Reliability and Probability Applications Subcommittee, Boise Chapter Vice Chair and a member of CIGRE.

Ryan Quint (M’11) is a Transmission Planning Engineer with Dominion Virginia Power, and an active industry participant in the areas of cascading events, grid stability, and the analysis, control, and mitigation of these risks. His research interests are primarily focused on improving grid stability through control strategies using synchrophasors, FACTS devices, and other innovative techniques. As Co-Chair of the NASPI Engineering Analysis Task Team, a member of the Disturbance Monitoring Standard Drafting Team, and member of the WECC Joint Synchronized Information Subcommittee, his efforts span a comprehensive effort to 1) predict and detect the potential for cascading, 2) mitigate this risk through monitoring, analysis and control techniques, and 3) ensure sufficient measurement capability to understand “why” these events occur rather than the sequence of “what” occurred.

Dede Subakti (M’98) is the Director of Operations Engineering Services at California ISO. Dede is responsible for performing seasonal operating studies, outage coordination studies, day-ahead reliability analysis, real time operations engineering analysis, and developing operating procedures and tools along with other engineering needs to support System Operations. Dede is experienced in transmission system operations and operating reserve market with extensive knowledge in complex power system analysis including thermal, voltage and transient dynamic applications in large power system networks. Prior to joining California ISO in 2010, Mr. Subakti was a Manager of Regional Operations at Midwest ISO, providing engineering support to the real time operations in the western portion of the Midwest ISO footprint. Dede received the M. S. in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University in2001, the M. A. degree in Theological Studies from Bethel Seminary in 2004, and the MBA from University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management in 2010.

Vladimir Terzija (M ’95, SM ’2000) is the EPSRC Chair Professor in Power System Engineering in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Manchester, where he has been since 2006. From 1997 to 1999, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Belgrade, Serbia. In 1999, he was awarded a prestigious Humboldt Research Fellowship. From 2000 to 2006, he was with ABB AG, Ratingen, Germany, working as an expert for switchgear and distribution automation. His main research interests are Smart Grid application of intelligent methods to Wide Area Monitoring, Protection and Control, switchgear and fast transient processes, as well as Digital Signal Processing applications in power systems. He is a member of a number of IEEE and CIGRE working groups and task forces, as well as a leader of a number of UK Government and industry sponsored projects.

Marianna Vaiman (M ’97) has over 20 years of experience in power systems studies. She is an Executive Vice-President and a co-founder of V&R Energy, a leading provider of effective software solutions for the electric power industry. She holds BS and MS in EE from Moscow University of Transportation Engineering, Moscow, Russia. Marianna presently manages V&R Energy's Smart Grid Projects. She is responsible for software development of Physical and Operational Margins (POM) Suite of applications and Region Of Stability Existence (ROSE) software, as well as coordination of POM and ROSE users group. Marianna also leads consulting and R&D activities at V&R Energy. She has authored over twenty papers devoted to the issues of power system stability and control.

Vijay Vittal (S'78 F'97) received the B.E. degree in electrical engineering from the B.M.S. College of Engineering, Bangalore, India, in 1977, the M. Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, in 1979, and the Ph.D. degree from Iowa State University, Ames, in 1982. Dr. Vittal is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Vittal is currently the director of the Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSERC) and is the Ira A. Fulton Chair Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Arizona State University, Tempe.

Brett Wangen received the Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1995 from Iowa State University and a Master’s degree in electrical engineering in 2000 from the University of Minnesota. He is currently the Director of Engineering at the Peak Reliability, which is a reliability coordinator in the Western Interconnection responsible for overall power system operations, coordination and reliability across 14 US states, British Columbia, and a portion of Baja, Mexico. In his role with Peak Reliability, he is responsible for all power system modeling, advanced applications, real-time engineering support, and operations planning study tools and processes. He has worked on large power grid modeling, power system operations, and advanced applications for much of his career, previously working for the Midwest ISO and Siemens PSC.


Distribution Volt-var Control and Optimization

Dr. Murty V.V.S. Yalla has been with Beckwith Electric Co. since 1989 and presently holds the position of President. He received a BSEE and MSEE from India and a Ph.D. in EE from the University of New Brunswick, Canada in 1987. From 1988 to 1989, he taught and conducted research on digital power system protection at Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada. He holds five U.S. patents in the areas of digital controls and protective relays. Dr. Yalla is the Deputy Technical Advisor to the United States National Committee (USNC) of the IEC TC95. He is the chairman of the IEC TC95 MT4. He was a U.S. delegate to the CIGRÈ WGs on Modern Techniques for Protecting and Monitoring Generating Plants and Power Transformers. He was also a member of the NERC System Protection and Control Subcommittee (SPCS).

In 2006, Dr. Yalla was elected to Fellow grade by the IEEE Fellow Committee for his contributions in computer relays for power systems. He serves on the IEEE PES Fellows Committee. He is presently the Chair of the Rotating Machinery Protection Subcommittee of the PSRC. He was the chairman of the working group which developed IEEE Standard C37.102-2006 "Guide for AC Generator Protection." He co-authored an IEEE PES tutorial on the "Protection of Synchronous Generators." He received the IEEE Florida Council Outstanding Engineer Award in 2005. Dr. Yalla also received the IEC 1906 Award in 2010 which honors the IEC experts around the world in recognizing their exceptional recent achievements and contributions to the IEC committees.

Bob Uluski has forty + years of experience in electric utility automation systems. His experience includes planning and implementing distribution management systems, feeder automation systems, and substation automation at numerous North American and International electric utilities. He currently leads the DA and DMS consulting practice at Utility Integration Solutions (UISOL). Prior to joining UISOL, Bob held positions at EPRI and Quanta Technology. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of IEEE’s smart distribution working group, chair of the IEEE task force on DMS, and secretary of the IEEE volt-VAR task force. In 2010, the IEEE awarded Bob the Douglas M. Staszesky award for contributions in the field of distribution automation. Bob received BSEE from Northeastern University and MSEE from University of Wisconsin.

Larry Conrad, PE, is a graduate of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology BS 1974 and MS 1991. He chairs the IEEE Power and Energy Society Volt-Var Task Force. He is a member of the ANSI C84 voltage standard committee with thirty years of service. Mr. Conrad is a member of the US National Committee Technical Advisory Group for IEC SC77. He harmonized IEC and IEEE standards for measurement of voltage flicker. Mr. Conrad also invented predictive voltage sag analysis with equipment coordination curves and authored chapter 9 of the IEEE Gold Book which described the techniques. Other IEEE contributions have been to IEEE 1547 for distributed resources, Chair of IEEE P1836, contributions to IEEE 1366 reliability standard, and IEEE 519 harmonics standard. He worked in various roles at Public Service Indiana, Cinergy, Duke Energy and now as an independent consultant.

Barry Stephens is a Principal Engineer for Georgia Power―Distribution Reliability, Automation, and SCADA. Stephens has more than 33 years’ experience with Georgia Power―5 years in GPC’s electrical apparatus repair shop, 15 years of field engineering and operations in transmission substations, and 13 years of field engineering, design, and operations in distribution reliability, automation, and SCADA. Stephens is a the technical advisor to the Southern Company Recloser and Switch Committee, lead design engineer for application of Distribution Automation hardware including automation, CVR, DG, protection logic, operating logic, installation and maintenance practices, new equipment evaluation, Scada database and display design. Also Chair of the Georgia Power Automation Development and Deployment Committee and advisor to the GPC TAG committee. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Georgia, and an IEEE member.

Valentina Dabic, P.Eng. CRM, holds B.Sc. and M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Novi Sad, Serbia, Major in Power Engineering. Ms. Dabic began her career at the University of Novi Sad working on research and development of computer models for distribution system analysis. Her areas of interest are application and integration of new technologies for distribution systems, distribution system modeling and analysis, with particular emphasis on Distribution Automation and Distribution Management System, advanced applications for distribution systems especially Voltage Var Optimization, Fault Location, Isolation and Service Restoration, Protection and Coordination on distribution system. She is Specialist Engineer with Distribution Automation and Strategic Planning department, Distribution Planning and Reliability and subject matter expert for DMS Advanced Applications. Ms. Dabic is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of British Columbia and a registered Canadian Risk Manager with Global Risk Management Institute, Inc.

Dr Mesut E. Baran is currently a Professor with North Carolina State University, Raleigh. His research interests include distribution and transmission system analysis and control, integration of renewable energy resources, and utility applications of power electronics based devices. Currently, he is a member of the FREEDM Systems Center at NC State focusing on both research and education aspects of renewable electric energy systems and their integration into the electric power distribution systems. He was elected to a Fellow grade by IEEE in 2010 for developments in analysis, monitoring and control methods for electric power distribution systems. Dr Baran received BSEE (1979) and MSEE (1981) from Middle East Technical University in Ankara and PhD (1988) in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley.

Phil Powell is currently the Director of Grid Innovation for Dominion Voltage Inc, with the Alternate Energy Solutions Group at Dominion. The majority of his 35 years of professional work has been with Dominion, involving various assignments in four primary areas: System Protection, Power Supply, Transmission Planning, and System Reliability. System Protection work (16 years) involved the design, setting, and operation analysis of protective relays and relay systems for power plants, their auxiliary systems, transmission, substation, and distribution systems. The Power Supply work (4 years) involved system analysis of peak load flow data and responsibility of network voltage control at the power station and across the grid. The Transmission Planning work (5 years) involved developing the transmission expansion plan for the Virginia Power high voltage network. The Distribution Planning and Reliability work (7 years) involved developing the distribution circuit and substation expansion plan, leading the project management process for substation construction, developing improvement projects to maintain distribution system performance and developing conservation and energy efficiency solutions.

Phil holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1981. He completed Six Sigma Green Belt Training and Certification 2006.

Michael D. Simms has a BS degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Northern Kentucky University and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Ohio. Mike has over 35 years’ experience with Duke Energy in the power industry in the areas of power systems engineering, control and protection, power quality, energy analysis, meter engineering, distribution system planning, smart grid deployment and grid management.

Borka Milošević is a Senior Software Engineer and Power Systems subject matter expert (SME) located at GE Digital Energy in Atlanta, GA. In this role, she provides leadership and support for the Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) engineering groups. She also works very closely with the ADMS product manager, systems architect, ADMS management, sales teams, and customers. She has been in this role since January, 2014.

Borka has over sixteen years of energy industry experience in systems and processes for power generation, transmission and distribution. Prior to joining GE Digital Energy, she worked for eight years as a Senior Engineer at Southern Company, Atlanta, GA in transmission planning and for four years as a Power Systems Research Engineer at EE Institute "Nikola Tesla" in Belgrade, Serbia. Borka graduated from the School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Serbia. She holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA. She is a Senior Member of IEEE and Power Engineering Society. She patented 10+ innovations in the area of Distribution Automation.