Tutorial Instructor Biographies
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SG 204: Introduction to Smart Grid Data and Analytics
Anant Venkateswaran is an industry thought leader, teacher, presenter and has over 20+ years of global experience. Anant has supported strategy, business case, cost-benefit analysis etc., and the development solution architectures, roadmaps and business cases and subsequently technology adoption and solutions delivery phases. Anant has conducted workshops with customers globally, resulting in their business challenges being translated first into innovative concepts and subsequently into intelligent solutions. Having been on both sides of the procurement process, Anant believes in reaching across and partnering with multiple customer stakeholders and developing comprehensive solution strategies and execution roadmaps. Anant currently serves GE’s Grid Solutions business.
Dr. Ali Ipakchi has over 35 years of experience in information technology applications to power systems and electric utility operations. As the Senior Vice President of Smart Grid and Green Power at Open Access Technology International, Inc. (OATI), he is responsible for products and business strategy for the Grid Modernization area. Prior to OATI, Dr. Ipakchi was Vice President of Integration Services at KEMA Consulting, assisting utilities with roadmaps, specifications, and implementation strategies in the Smart Grid area. He has also held various senior management positions at ABB and Alstom, supporting power application development and system delivery to the power industry. His areas of experience include utility and power systems operations, operational IT and automation systems for control centers, trading floors, energy markets and ISOs, as well as, distribution utilities and distributed energy resources. Dr. Ipakchi is co-holder of several US patents on power systems applications and instrument diagnostics. Dr. Ipakchi has been an active member of NEASB Smart Grid task force, NIST SGIP, UCAi, OpenSG and a number of other industry initiatives. He frequently is an invited speaker at industry smart grid events.
Distributed Energy Resources; Operation, Protection and Control
Wayne Hartmann is VP, Protection and Smart Grid for Beckwith Electric. He provides expertise for application engineering, training and product development. Before joining Beckwith Electric, Wayne performed in application, sales and marketing management capacities with PowerSecure, General Electric, Siemens Power T&D and Alstom T&D, focusing on application of protection and control systems for electrical generation, transmission, distribution, and distributed energy resources.
Wayne is very active in the IEEE as a Senior Member serving as a Main Committee Member of the IEEE Power System Relaying Committee for 25 years. He is presently the Chairing the "Investigation of the Criteria for the Transfer of Motor Buses" Working Group. His IEEE tenure includes having Chaired the Rotating Machinery Protection Subcommittee ('07-'10), contributing to numerous standards, guides, transactions, reports and tutorials, and teaching at the T&D Conference and various local PES and IAS chapters. He has authored and presented numerous technical papers and contributed to McGraw-Hill's "Standard Handbook of Power Plant Engineering, 2nd Ed."
Demand Response Programs: Overview, Applications, Field Experiments, and Comparisons
Pengwei Du received Ph.D. degrees in electric power engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York in 2006. Currently, Dr. Du is a senior engineer-renewable integration with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). Prior to this, he was a senior research engineer with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) of the Department of Energy (DOE) from 2008 to 2013. He has been major author for over 50 journal articles, conference papers, and books. He was Guest Editor-in-Chief for Special Issue on "Energy Storage Applications for Smart Grid" in IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. Dr. Du was also an adjunct professor at Washington State University in 2012. Dr. Du is the chair of IEEE PES Working Group on economics of demand response.
Dr. Lu has over 19 years of experience in electric power engineering. From 2003 to 2012, Dr. Ning Lu was a senior research engineer with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She has conducted and managed research projects in modeling and analysis of power system load behaviors, wide area energy storage management systems, renewable integration, and smart grid modeling and diagnosis. Dr. Lu is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. She has authored or co-authored more than 60 publications, including journal articles, conference proceedings, and technical reports in the area of demand response.
Dr. Yonghong Chen is a Principal Advisor at MISO Market Development and Analysis Department. In this role, she is involved in market design, implementation and regulatory compliance of MISO energy and ancillary service market system. She played key roles in the startup and development of MISO markets. Dr. Chen received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University. She also has a MBA from Indiana University, Kelly School of Business.
Dr. Farrokh Rahimi is Senior Vice President; Market Design and Consulting at Open Access Technology International, Inc. (OATI), where he is currently involved in analysis and design of power and energy markets and Smart Grid solutions. He has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), along with over 40 years of experience in electric power systems analysis, planning, operations, and control, with the most recent 8 years in the Smart Grid area. He has published extensively and is a member of a number of Smart Grid task forces and committees collaborating with IEEE, NERC, NAESB, WECC, and IRC among others.
Jianming Lian is currently an electric power systems engineer at the Electricity Infrastructure group in Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He received the B.S. degree with the highest honor from University of Science and Technology of China in 2004. After that, he received the M.S. and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, in 2007 and 2009, respectively. From 2010 to 2011, he worked as a postdoctoral research associate at Center for Advanced Power Systems in Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, where he was involved in various projects related to the development of future all-electric ship supported by ONR. His current research includes the application of distributed control to the power grid and building system, and the use of responsive loads for providing grid services.
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).
Energy Storage: An Introduction to Technologies, Applications and Best Practices
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. Sudipta Lahiri, 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.
Dr. Michael Kleinberg, is a Senior Consultant specializing in energy storage and advanced distribution system analysis. Michael is actively assisting California utilities in developing and assessing their 2014 storage request for offers (RFOs) and has led development of DNV GL's energy storage cost-effectiveness model, ES-Grid. Michael is leading technical due diligence efforts to support investment in multiple large-scale energy storage projects being deployed across the US. Michael received his M.S and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University in 2007 and 2015, respectively.
Dr. Ramteen Sioshansi is associate professor in integrated systems engineering and associate fellow--center for automotive research at the Ohio State University. His research is focused on optimal operation of energy systems, including integration of energy storage into power systems.
Planning and Integration of Flexible HVDC into Today's Grid
Dr. Rajiv Varma (SMIEEE) obtained B.Tech. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, India, in 1980 and 1988, respectively. He is currently Associate Professor at University of Western Ontario (UWO), London, Canada. Prior to 2002, he was a Faculty Member at IIT Kanpur, for 11 years. He has co-authored the book "Thyristor-Based FACTS Controllers for Electrical Transmission Systems" published by IEEE Press and John Wiley. He has co-delivered several Tutorials on "Static Var Compensator" conducted by the IEEE Substations Committee. He is Secretary of "HVDC and FACTS Subcommittee", and Chair of IEEE Working Group on "HVDC and FACTS Bibliography". His research interests include FACTS, stability, and grid integration of wind and PV solar power systems.
Dirk Van Hertem graduated as a M.Eng. in 2001 from the KHK, Geel, Belgium and as a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the KU Leuven, Belgium in 2003. In 2009, he has obtained his PhD, also from the KU Leuven. In 2010, Dirk Van Hertem was a member of EPS group at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), in Stockholm. Since spring 2011 he is back at the University of Leuven where he is an assistant professor in the ELECTA group. His special fields of interest are power system operation and control in systems with FACTS and HVDC and building the transmission system of the future, including offshore grids and the supergrid concept. He is an active member of both IEEE (PES and IAS) and Cigré. Dr. Van Hertem is the general chair of the IEEE EnergyCon 2016 conference. He is the chair of IEEE WG15.08.19: Practical technologies of VSC HVDC technology.
Simon P. Teeuwsen (1976) received his Dipl.-Ing. degree in electrical power engineering in 2001 from the University of Duisburg-Essen/Germany. During his studies, he went in 2000 for one year as exchange student to the University of Washington, Seattle. In 2005, he received the PhD degree from the University of Duisburg-Essen/Germany and was awarded with the Basil Papadias Award for the best student paper on the IEEE PowerTech 2005 Conference in St. Petersburg, Russia. From 2005 to 2010, he worked for Siemens as a system engineer in the field of High Voltage DC power transmission in Erlangen, Germany. During this time, he studied the interaction between AC and DC systems as well as multiple DC links and FACTS devices with focus on power system stability and the DC converter control for diverse major HVDC projects. Since 2011, he works for Siemens PTI in Erlangen as a network consultant in the field of power system dynamics with main focus on HVDC systems. In 2013 he became a senior key expert in the area of network planning.
Stefanie Kuenzel completed an MEng degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London between 2006 and 2010. She was awarded a Power Academy Scholarship, being partnered with National Grid, UK. Through this scheme she gained work experience at multiple National Grid offices (Warwick, Leeds and Wokingham). Between 2010 and 2014 she did a PhD at Imperial College, titled "Modelling and control of an ACDC system with significant generation from wind". This research was supported by an EPSRC studentship and National Grid. She was a visiting researcher at the University of Duisburg for three months and worked with Imperial Consultants regarding the North Sea power grid vision for Norwegian power grid operator, STATNETT, Norway, 2012. Currently, she works as a post-doctoral Research Associate in the Control and Power Group of Imperial College London, working in collaboration with National Grid UK. Her research interests include HVDC transmission systems and wind generation and the impact of integration into AC systems.
Michael I. Henderson, an IEEE senior member, is Director, Regional Planning and Coordination at ISO New England. Previously, he had more than 22 years' experience at the New York Power Authority, Long Island Lighting Company and American Electric Power. Since July 1999, he has presented technical seminars as well as over six dozen panel and technical papers at IEEE and other forums. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., he holds master's degrees in electrical power engineering (1977) and electrical engineering in (1976) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 1975, he earned his bachelor's in electrical engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of New York, where he also served as an adjunct lecturer from 1993 to 1999.
Kyeon Hur received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, in 1996 and 1998, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA, in 2007. He was an R&D Engineer with Samsung Electronics, Suwon, Korea, between 1998 and 2003, where he designed control algorithms and power-electronic circuits for ac drives. His industrial experience includes the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), Taylor, TX, USA, as a Grid Operations Engineer between 2007 and 2008, where he supported real-time grid operations by conducting power flow and stability analyses and managing state estimator. He was also with the Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, CA, USA, and conducted and managed research projects in Grid Operations and Planning from 2008 to 2010, regarding phasor measurement unit-based protection and control, reactive power management and control, and flexible ac transmission systems/high voltage direct current (FACTS/HVDC). In 2010, he rejoined Yonsei University, where he leads a smart-grid research group. His current research interests include FACTS/HVDC, PMU-based analysis and control, integration of variable generation and controllable load, and load modeling. He is a Visiting Professor with King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for the 2014–2015 academic year. He is an associate editor of Journal of Power Electronics and Journal of Electrical Engineering and Technology.
Bernd Klöckl (M’02) received the M.Sc. degree in Electrical Power Engineering from Graz University of Technology, Austria, in 2001 and the Ph.D. degree from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, in 2007, where he was research associate and lecturer from 2002 to 2006. From 2006 to 2007, he headed the grid section of the Austrian Association of Electricity Companies, Vienna, Austria. From 2007 to 2011, he was with Austrian Power Grid, responsible for cross-border TSO tariffication and system development.
Since 2011, Dr. Klöckl is Head of Grid Planning at the largest German TSO, TenneT. In the light of the German energy transition (“Energiewende”), he is responsible for grid expansion planning in the control area, TenneT´s contribution to the yearly publication of the national grid development plan and the European Ten Years Network Development Plan (TYNDP). Planning standards, implementation of the EU connection codes and the yearly determination of the German reserve power plant capacities for system and grid adequacy also fall into his area of responsibility.
He represents TenneT in the ENTSO-E (European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity) System Development Committee, holding the position of the Vice chairman since 2013. Dr. Klöckl is member of IEEE since 2002.
Microgrids: Overview, Design, Analysis, Operation, Control, and Applications
Claudio A. Cañizares (S'85, M'91, SM'00, F'07) has held various academic and administrative positions at the E&CE Department of the University of Waterloo since 1993, where he is currently a full Professor, the Hydro One Endowed Chair, and an Associate Director of the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE). His research concentrates on the study of modeling, simulation, control, stability, planning, and energy management issues for large and small sustainable power and energy systems in the context of competitive markets and smart grids.
Lingling Fan (S'98, M'02, SM'08) received her Ph.D. degree from West Virginia University in 2001. She was with MISO Planning Department for six years and is currently an Associate Professor at the University of South Florida, Tampa FL. Her research areas include dynamic modeling, simulation and control of renewable energy integration systems, microgrids, and HVDC systems. Currently she is serving as an editor for IEEE Trans. Sustainable Energy and Technical Committee Program Chair for the Power System Dynamic Performance Committee.
Josep M. Guerrero (S'01, M'04, SM'08, F'15) has been a Full Professor since 2001 at the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark, where he is responsible for the Microgrid Research Program. His research interests are oriented towards different microgrid aspects, including power electronics, distributed energy-storage systems, hierarchical and cooperative control, energy management systems, and optimization of microgrids and islanded minigrids.
Nikos D. Hatziargyriou (S'80, M'82, SM'90, F'09) is Chairman and CEO of the Hellenic Distribution Network Operator. Since 1984 he is with the Power Division of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the National Technical University of Athens, and since 1995 he is full professor in Power Systems. He has participated in more than 60 R&DD Projects funded by the EC and industry, coordinating among others the EU "Microgrids" and "More Microgrids" projects. He is author of the book "Microgrids: Architectures and Control" and of more than 180 journal publications and 500 conference proceedings papers.
Daniel E. Olivares (S'11, M'14) received the B.Sc. and the Engineer degree in electrical engineering from the University of Chile, Santiago, Chile, in 2006 and 2008 respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada, in 2014. He is currently Assistant Professor at the Electrical Engineering Department of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile. His research interests include the modelling, control and dispatch of microgrids, economic and operational aspects of demand response, and the planning and operation of power systems in the context of smart grids. He is an invited researcher of the Institute in Complex Engineering Systems and the Solar Energy Research Center SERC-Chile.
Rodrigo Palma-Behnke (M'94, SM'04) is an associate professor at the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Chile. His research field is the planning and operation of electrical systems in competitive power markets, renewable energy, smartgrids, power system education, and the development of microgrids solutions. He is with the Energy Center, FCFM, University of Chile, and Director of the Solar Energy Research Center SERC-Chile.
Jim Reilly (SM), principal of Reilly Associates, is an independent consultant in the power sector with clients in the U.S. and internationally. He provides consulting services to the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity and to National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for microgrid programs, including interoperability and testing. He is the chair of the NIST/SGIP priority action plan for microgrid operational interfaces (PAP-24). Jim is a member of the working groups for IEEE standards for the interconnection and interoperability of distributed energy resources (IEEE P1547-REV) and microgrid controllers (P2030.7).
SCADA – From Fundamentals to Advanced Applications
John McDonald is Director, Technical Strategy and Policy Development for GE Energy's Digital Energy business. John has 41 years of experience in the electric utility transmission and distribution industry. John received his BSEE and MSEE (Power Engineering) degrees from Purdue University, and an MBA (Finance) degree from the University of California-Berkeley. John is a 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, a member of the IEEE PES Region 3 Scholarship Committee, a member of the IEEE PES Nominations & Appointments Committee, and the Past Chair of the IEEE PES Substations Committee. 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 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 substation automation, distribution SCADA and communications courses for various IEEE PES local chapters as an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer. John has published eighty papers and articles in the areas of SCADA, SCADA/EMS, SCADA/DMS and communications, and has co-authored four books.
Michael Thesing is an IEEE Senior Member and engineering manager for Patterson & Dewar Engineers in Norcross Georgia. He has worked in SCADA product development and power systems projects for nineteen years and prior to that, eight years in process control and military communications. His current work involves the design of and consultation on utility SCADA, automation, and communication projects. Mike was the working group chair and principal author of IEEE Std. 1615-2007, "Recommended Practice for Network Communication in Electric Power Substations" as well as author of the DNP3 over IP network standard for the DNP Users Group. Other industry contributions include work on IEEE Std. C37.2, IEEE Std. 1613, and IEEE Std. C37.1. He has written articles for and spoken at a number of industry conferences on topics ranging from SCADA communications to flexible AC transmission system (FACTS) applications. Michael is co-inventor on a US patent relating to programming meters over a network and holds a BSEE from the University of Notre Dame.
Use of Synchrophasors in Grid Operations – From Oscillation Source Detection to Other Use Cases
Qiang "Frankie" Zhang (SM'2009, M'2011) received B.S.E.E from Xi'an University of Technology in 2004, M.S.E.E. from Xi'an Jiaotong University in 2007, and M.S.E.E from Washington State University in 2014. He is currently an Analyst in the Department of Business Architecture and Technology at ISO New England. He has been a major participant in the ISO-NE's synchrophasor project. His responsibilities include synchrophasor data and their applications, power system stability analysis and control.
Daniel Trudnowski (M'91–SM'99–F'10) received the B.S. degree in engineering science from Montana Tech, Butte, in 1986 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Montana State University in 1988 and 1991, respectively. From 1991 through 1995, he was with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA, where he was a senior research engineer. In 1995, he joined Montana Tech where he is currently a Professor and Head of the Electrical Engineering Department. His research activities over the past 20 years have primarily focused on problems related to power system dynamics and controls.
Dr. Trudnowski is a member of the IEEE Power System and Control System Societies and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Montana.
Kai Sun received the B.S. degree in automation in 1999 and the Ph.D. degree in control science and engineering in 2004 both from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Arizona State University, Tempe, from 2005 to 2007, and was a Project Manager in grid operations and planning areas at EPRI, Palo Alto, CA from 2007 to 2012. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA. He serves as an editor in IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid.
Vaithianathan "Mani" Venkatasubramanian (M'92, F'2014) is currently a Professor at Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA. His research interests include nonlinear system theory, power system stability and control.
Lei Chen (M'09) was born in China in 1982. He received the B.Sc. degree and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2003 and 2008, respectively. Since 2008, he has been with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University, where he is now an Assistant Professor. His research interests are in dynamic analysis and control of power systems.
Douglas Wilson is the Chief Technology Officer in Psymetrix Ltd, an ALSTOM company. His main interest is in power system stability, and in particular, in the application of innovative measurement-based solutions for control-room environments and for system planning. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland with first class honours in 1991 and with a doctorate degree in 1996.
Slava Maslennikov (M'01-SM'10) received the M.S., Ph.D., and Dr. Sc. degrees, all in power systems, from St. Petersburg Technical University (former Politechnical Institute), St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1979, 1984, and 1998, respectively. He is currently a Principal Analyst at the ISO New England, Holyoke, MA. His major interests are power system stability, operations, congestion management, transfer capabilities, and corresponding computer applications in operations and planning.
Kevin D. Jones received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering as a Bradley Fellow from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in 2013. His research efforts were concentrated in linear state estimation and synchrophasor data conditioning. While at Virginia Tech, Kevin developed both a three phase and positive sequence linear state estimator for Dominion as part of a DOE Demonstration Project which he continues to maintain as an open source project. Kevin is currently working in Operations Planning in Dominion’s System Operations Center on tool modernization and automation for planned outage reliability analysis. He is chairman of the NATF SysOps Phasor Measurement Unit working group and a member of the NASPI PMU Application Requirements Task Force.
Sarma Nuthalapati is an Principal Engineer, Grid Operations Support at Electric Reliability Council of Texas. In addition to other Network Analysis functions in EMS, he is also involved in the Synchrophasor Project at ERCOT. He is a Senior member of IEEE.
Bill Blevins is a Graduate of the US Navy Nuclear Power Engineering School. He has 29 years of power systems experience with 23 years in civilian commercial power systems and 6 years Nuclear Power Systems experience. Prior to coming to ERCOT, he held positions at North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), as Manager of Interchange and then as Manager Business Practices. Before working at NERC he worked for Duke Energy as Manager Generation Control where he was responsible for control area operations in the Eastern and Western Power Grid. His current position is Director Grid Coordination at ERCOT. While at ERCOT he also served as Manager of Operations Support, Manager Operations Planning and was responsible for grid operations preparedness as ERCOT transitioned to the new Nodal Market in 2011.
Dmitry Kosterev received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Oregon State University in 1992 and 1996 respectively. Dr. Kosterev is with Bonneville Power Administration, where his responsibilities include network planning, power system modeling, power system performance monitoring. He chaired WECC Modeling and Validation Work Group from 2007 to 2011, and WECC Load Modeling Task Force since 2002. Dmitry Kosterev is actively involved with synchro-phasor technologies, and has served as a co-chair of Planning Implementation Task Team at North-American Synchro-Phasor Initiative.
Tim Bradberry is an EMS/DMS Engineering manager at Duke Energy. He received his BSEE from Clemson University in 1990, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of South Carolina. His major interest is using PMUs to improve real time operations.
Professor John Pierre earned his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Economics from Montana State University in 1986. After working as an electrical design engineer for Tektronix, he continued his education at the University of Minnesota earning his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in EE in 1989 and 1991, respectively, with a minor in Statistics. He joined the faculty at the University of Wyoming in 1992, serving as Interim Department Head from 2003 to 2004. Dr. Pierre is an IEEE Fellow and his research interests include electric power grid reliability monitoring, applied statistical signal processing, and digital signal processing education. He has been working with synchrophasor measurement data for over 20 years including the investigation of electromechanical modes and forced oscillations. He has published over 130 professional journal and conference papers. Over 60 percent of those have been co-authored by graduate students involving 27 students. His graduate students have gone on to take jobs in industry, government laboratories, and universities. Dr. Pierre teaches courses at every level from freshman through graduate. He has taught nine different undergraduate and eight different graduate courses. He received the Mortar Board Top Prof Award in 2000, 2002, and 2012. In 2005, he received UW’s College of Engineering Sam Hakes Research and Graduate Teaching Award. In 2015, he received the Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award, which is a University wide award for outstanding mentorship of graduate students.
Austin D. White is a Lead Engineer at Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He is currently responsible for transmission/substation protective system settings and coordination, disturbance event/misoperation analysis, and system modeling/simulation. Since 2008, he has been leading the efforts to deploy a synchronized phasor measurement system for OG&E which now includes over 350 PMUs. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma Christian University in 2001, followed by a M.S. in Engineering and Technology Management from Oklahoma State University in 2008. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the state of Oklahoma.
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.
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Antonio Gómez Expósito (F'05) was born in Spain in 1957. He received the electrical and doctor engineering degrees from the University of Seville, Seville, Spain. Since 1982, he has been with the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Seville, where he is currently a Professor.
Ali Abur (F'03) received his B.S. in EE from Orta Dogu Teknik Universitesi, Turkey and his M.S. and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. He is currently a Professor at the ECE Department at Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA.
Kevin Clements holds a PhD and MS in systems science from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, and a BS in electrical engineering from Manhattan College.
He served as program director for power systems for the National Science Foundation, a project engineer for Singer General Precision Company, and an engineer for General Electric. He has taught electrical engineering as assistant, associate, and full professor at WPI since 1970.
Lamine Mili (S'82, M'88, SM'93) received the B.S. degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, in 1976, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Liege, Belgium, in 1987. He is presently a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. His research interests include robust statistics, risk management of interdependent critical infrastructures, and power systems analysis and control.
Robson C. Pires (S'98–A'99–M'02) received the B.Sc. degree in 1983, the M.Sc. degree in 1989, and the D.Sc. degree in 1998, all in electrical engineering, from Fluminense Federal University (UFF)—RJ; Federal University of Itajubá (UNIFEI) —MG, and Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC)— SC, respectively, all in Brazil. Since 1987 he has been with the Power System and Energy Institute (ISEE) at UNIFEI, where he is currently an Associate Professor. His research interests include electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) issues, analysis and control of large power systems and robust state estimation network application.
Adrien Guironnet was born in Tournon sur Rhone in October 1989. He graduated from the Ecole Supérieure d'Electricité Supélec in 2012. Since then, he has been working with RTE R&D (French National Transmission Network Operator) on EMS functions of power systems, particularly state estimation and power flow calculations.
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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 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 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 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.