PEOPLEIPP MEMBERSLEADERSHIP COUNCIL

Select utilities, government labs, and, companies are being invited to serve on the leadership council.
For further information, email info@smartgrid.ucla.edu, subject "Smart Grid Technology Leadership Council".

Current Members

Kevin Dasso Kevin Dasso
Vice President, Electric Asset Management
Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E)

Kevin J. Dasso is Vice President of Electric Asset Management at Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

Dasso is responsible for leading electric transmission and distribution asset planning across the organization, including asset investment and reliability design.

Dasso has over 35 years of experience in the gas and electric utility business including engineering, operations, construction and asset management. He joined PG&E in 1981 as an electrical engineer and later advanced to the role of senior director where he led different aspects of the transmission and distribution organization. During his tenure at PG&E, Dasso has been instrumental in developing the company's reliability and system planning capabilities.

Dasso holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Iowa State University and a master's degree in electrical engineering from Santa Clara University.


Terry Brungard Terry Brungard
Efficiency Solutions Engineering Manager
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP)

Mr. Brungard manages LADWP's Efficiency Solutions Engineering Group. He works closely with the Energy Efficiency Program Managers to incentivize customer energy savings to achieve 15% energy efficiencies by 2020. Mr. Brungard is also LADWP's lead on program development within the La Kretz Innovation Campus. He previously supervised engineering and tech support for LADWP's largest in-basin generating station. Mr. Brungard also deployed 300+ electric vehicles within the LADWP's light-duty vehicle fleet. Mr. Brungard received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic University, Pomona.


Robert Sherick
Principal Manager – Advanced Technology
Southern California Edison (SCE)

Robert Sherick manages a group of engineering professionals who analyze and develop solutions to enable higher levels of renewable resources. This group is currently engaged in modeling and analysis for renewable energy integration, testing and validating distributed control systems, and investigating co-optimization of distributed energy resources with utility planning and operations.

Mr. Sherick has worked in power operations, energy trading, and software development over his career with utilities, as a management consultant, and as a software product manager. Prior to joining SCE in 2007, he worked as the Director of Power Supply for Pasadena Water and Power, Product Manager for Sungard Energy Systems, a Manager at Deloitte Consulting, and various engineering and operational roles at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. He holds a Masters in Electrical Engineering from USC and an MBA from the Drucker Management School and is a registered Electrical Engineer in the State of California. He has undergraduate degrees from UCSB in Literature and from CSULA in Electrical Engineering.


Jordan Smith
Engineering Manager
Southern California Edison (SCE)

Jordan W. Smith is Senior Manager, Engineering for Southern California Edison's Electric Drive Systems Division of Grid Modernization, Planning, and Technology. Since 1996 at SCE's AT Pomona Labs, renowned for its work in electric vehicles, energy storage, and charging systems, his team is responsible for evaluating advanced technology vehicles and equipment and charging infrastructure for the SCE fleet and for customer programs. In 2001 he led the first project to successfully convert and demonstrate a plug-in hybrid-electric utility trouble truck, which had all-electric drive, electro-hydraulic machine operation, and mobile power capabilities, and which later led to development of the Versatile Plug-in Auxiliary Power System concept. In 2011, California adopted battery charger efficiency standards in its appliance code, based in part on prior work by Smith at SCE, work which later led to him to chair the SAE J2894 task force on EV charger power quality, a standard that forms a large part of requirements issued recently by SCE for its Charge Ready infrastructure program. In 2013 he developed and executed the SCE test plan which enabled connection of the first vehicle to grid systems in the L.A. Air Force Base V2G pilot – the first V2G systems aggregated to engage in the California ISO ancillary services market. Mr. Smith received a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering and an M.S. degree in engineering management from California State Polytechnic University. He is a licensed professional engineer in California and is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers.


Mary Ann Piette Mary Ann Piette
PIER Demand Response Research Center
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

Mary Ann Piette is the Director of the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division and has been at LBNL since 1983. She is also the Director of the Demand Response Research Center (DRRC). The DRRC develops DR technology and the Open Automated Demand Response standard, which is a key element of the NIST Smart Grid standards. OpenADR is being deployed to deliver over 250 MW of DR in California and throughout the US. Ms. Piette develops and evaluates low-energy and demand response technologies for buildings. She specializes in commissioning, energy information systems, benchmarking, and diagnostics. She has authored over 100 papers on efficiency and demand response. In 2006 Ms Piette received the Benner Award at the National Conference on Building Commissioning for contributions to making commissioning "business as usual". Ms. Piette completed her undergraduate work at UC Berkeley in Physical Science. She has a Master's of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley and a Licentiate in Building Services Engineering from the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden.


Jeffrey Stewart
Director Energy Business Development
Engineering Directorate
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)

David Wollman David Wollman
Deputy Director, Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program Office
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Dr. David Wollman is Deputy Director of the Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program Office of the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Dr. Wollman is expanding NIST's coordination and research activities in cyber-physical systems (CPS) and the Internet of Things (IoT), including leadership of the NIST CPS Framework. He also leads efforts to coordinate and accelerate the development of smart grid interoperability standards. Dave received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has received many awards, including two U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medals, the NIST Applied Research Award, and three U.S. patents.


Kurt Yaeger
Vice Chairman
Galvin Electricity Initiative

Dan Ton
Program Manager
Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability
Smart Grid Research & Development
United States Department of Energy (DOE)

Dan Ton is Program Manager of Smart Grid R&D within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE). He is responsible for developing and implementing a multi-year R&D program plan for next-generation smart grid technologies to transform the electric grid in the United States, through public/private partnerships.

He has served as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Power Systems Engineering Division within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE). In that capacity, he was responsible for managing development of projects for "next generation" electricity delivery technologies and supporting activities to accelerate their introduction to the marketplace. Key activities in the Power Systems Engineering Division focus on smart grid research and development, energy storage, and cybersecurity for energy delivery systems, all in support of the OE's mission to drive electric grid modernization and resiliency.

Previously, Dan managed the Renewable Systems Integration program within the DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program.

Dan holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Business Management, both from the University of Maryland.


Brian Horton
CondEd

Colton Ching Colton Ching
Senior Vice President, Planning & Technology
Hawaiian Electric Company

Colton oversees the areas of Advanced Planning, System Planning, T&D Planning, Grid Technology, Forecasting, and Asset Management. He previously served as Vice President of Energy Delivery as well as System Operation and Planning.

Colton has been with Hawaiian Electric for more than 25 years, serving in various roles in engineering, planning, strategy, operations, and construction.

In addition to his work at Hawaiian Electric, Colton serves on the Corporate Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Hawai'i, the Executive Board of the Aloha Council Boy Scouts of America, and on the State of Hawai'i Civil Defense Advisory Council. Colton is also one of 13 inaugural cohorts in the Omidyar Fellows Leadership program.

Colton was born and raised on the island of Maui and is a graduate of the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa where he received a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He now calls Kāneʻohe home where he resides with his wife Vicky and their son Jacob.


Olof Bystrom
Manager, Energy Research and Development Department
Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)

Olof Bystrom is a manager in SMUD's Energy Research and Development Department in Sacramento. His responsibilities include grid modernization and long term research strategy. Prior to joining SMUD, Dr. Bystrom lead DNV GL's Markets and Policy consulting practice for the Americas, with a focus on investment strategy, renewable energy valuation and renewable energy integration. Olof has more than 15 years of experience in energy, climate change and environmental markets and has worked in a variety of capacities, including consulting director and project manager for IHS (CERA) and ABB (Ventyx), as well as policy and project manager for climate and environmental projects for the United Nations. Dr. Bystrom holds a bachelor's degree in economics and finance from the University of Stockholm, a Master's degree in environmental economics from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, and a Ph.D. in economics from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.


Adrienne Grier
Manager, Smart Grid Progams
ComEd

Adrienne Grier is the Manager of Smart Grid Programs for Smart Grid & Technology at ComEd. She is responsible for managing (a) development and evaluation of business cases for emerging technologies, (b) business transformation activities associated with full scale deployment of approved technologies (c) development of a Smart City platform for ComEd including management of a Community of the Future initiative. In her prior roles, Adrienne served as principal project manager & executive assistant to ComEd President & CEO Anne Pramaggiore; principal compliance specialist assisting in the development of state and local compliance program and support of key witnesses in ComEd annual formula rate update filings; principal internal auditor for Exelon and external auditor for RSM US LLP. Adrienne holds a BBA in Accountancy from Loyola University Chicago and is a registered CPA.


GM Research & Development Director, Electrical & Controls Integration Research Laboratory

Electric Power Group President

Hughes Network Systems Vice President

 


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