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Dr. Rajit Gadh
Director, UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center (SMERC)
Director, UCLA Wireless Internet for Mobile Enterprise Consortium (WINMEC)

Dr. Rajit Gadh is a Professor at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA, and the Founding Director of the *UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center* or SMERC. He is also Founder and Director of the *Wireless Internet for Mobile Enterprise Consortium* or WINMEC.

Dr. Gadh's research interests include Smart Grid Architectures, Smart wireless communications, sense and control for Demand Response, Micro Grids and Electric Vehicle Integration into the Grid, Mobile Multimedia, Wireless and RFID Middleware, RFID and Wireless sensors for Tracking Assets, RF-sensor-control interfaces,and Visualization. He has over 150 papers in journals, conferences and technical magazines, and, 3 patents granted.

He has a Doctorate degree from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), a Masters from Cornell University and a Bachelor's degree from IIT Kanpur. He has taught as a visiting researcher at UC Berkeley, has been an Assistant, Associate and Full Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and did his sabbatical as a visiting researcher at Stanford University for a year. He has won several awards from NSF (CAREER award, Research Initiation Award, NSF-Lucent Industry Ecology Award, GOAL-I award), SAE (Ralph Teetor award), IEEE (second best student-paper, WTS), ASME (Kodak Best Technical Paper award), AT&T (Industrial ecology fellow award), Engineering Education Foundation (Research Initiation Award), William Wong Fellowship award from University of Hong-Kong, etc., and other accolades in his career. He is on the Editorial board of ACM Computers in Entertainment Publication and the CAD Journal.


Brian Currey

Brian Currey
Deputy Mayor for Economic and Business Policy, City of Los Angeles

In January 2010, Brian Currey became Counsel to the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles and a member of the Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's Executive Team. More recently, the Mayor also appointed Brian as Deputy Mayor for Economic and Business Policy.

As Counsel to the Mayor, Brian assists Mayor Villaraigosa and his staff on the full spectrum of issues facing the City, including legal aspects of the Mayor's economic, public safety, environmental, education, and transportation agendas, as well as labor relations and contract negotiations, intergovernmental relations, claims management, and budget and fiscal matters. He is the Mayor's liaison to the legal community and oversees Mayoral appointments.

As Deputy Mayor for Economic and Business Policy, Brian is responsible for implementing the Mayor's job creation and economic development agenda. Current initiatives include making the City's planning and permitting functions more user-friendly for businesses and developers, creating a new economic development entity, creating a new tourism authority, privatizing the Convention Center, expanding international trade, modernizing the airport, deepening the port, revising the City's business tax, and rolling out a series of new neighborhood community plans. He and his staff are the Mayor's liaisons to the business community.

Brian also helps the Mayor oversee City departments responsible for the Port, Airport, City Planning, Building and Safety, Convention Center, Personnel, Disability, and Aging.

Brian came to City Hall with over 27 years of experience as a litigator at one of Los Angeles's premiere law firms, O'Melveny & Myers LLP. His practice focused on complex litigation, including the defense of class actions. Some high profile cases he worked on at O'Melveny include the Exxon Valdez criminal case, the Cantara Loop chemical spill, and the Vioxx products liability cases. Brian held a variety of leadership positions at O'Melveny, including Vice Chair of the firm's award-winning Litigation Department.

At several earlier points in his career, Brian served the City of Los Angeles on a pro bono basis, including assisting with the reform of the Los Angeles Police Department. He served as Counsel to the Christopher Commission, and following the Rampart scandal he was appointed to the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Task Force on the State Criminal Justice System. In the United States Supreme Court, Brian represented a consortium of state and local governments, including the City, in efforts to better count the poor, immigrants, minorities, the homeless, and others in the 2000 Census.

He is deeply involved in the Los Angeles legal community, serving on the Executive Committee and the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and is very engaged with our federal and state courts. He also has been recognized as a Southern California "Super Lawyer."

Brian received his B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Davis, where he was awarded the V. Glenn Winslow Award as the outstanding male graduate, and his J.D. from the University of Virginia, where he was on the Virginia Law Review.


Marvin Moon
Director of Power System Engineering & LADWP EV Program Manager
Los Angeles Department of Water & Power


Marcelo DiPaolo
Smart Grid Program Manager, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power


Henry Khoo

Henry Khoo
Senior Engineer, Substation Automation Project, Southern California Edison

Henry Khoo is the senior engineer in Substation Project Group at Southern California Edison Company.

He has over 15 years of experiences in the Cogeneration, Utilities and Industrial Projects

He is Responsible for the engineering design and Technical management of the new and upgrade Transmission, Distribution and Automation of substation projects.

He was in the UCLA Engineering Executive Program from 1980 to 1982. He Hold a MSEE degree in Power System Engineering from USC . He also holds a Certificate of Project Management from California Institute of Technology.

He is the Vice Chair of the IEEE PES Society Metro LA Chapter.

He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) and the International Society of Automation (ISA)


Varun Sivaram

Varun Sivaram
Senior Advisor, Energy and Water, City of Los Angeles

Varun Sivaram is Senior Advisor to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on energy and water policy for Los Angeles. A Rhodes Scholar (2011), Varun is currently finishing his Ph.D. in solid state physics at Oxford University. His has published and presented extensively on his research into novel solar cells, including an article in "Nature." Varun previously worked in photovoltaic start-ups Nanosolar and Twin Creeks Technologies.

Varun holds two degrees from Stanford University in Engineering Physics and International Relations. His honors thesis at the Center for International Security and Cooperation critically analyzed military spending on photovoltaics. Varun was awarded the Truman Scholarship in 2010, named a World Economic Forum Global Shaper in 2012, and honored with the 2011 Terman and Sterling Awards for graduating at the top of his Stanford class in both Engineering and Humanities & Sciences.


Judi Masuda

Judi Masuda
Transportation Demand Programs Manager, City of Santa Monica

Judi Masuda began her career in transportation as a Real Estate Development Planning Intern with the Los Angeles Transportation Commission where she was responsible for mapping the entire 22-mile Blue Line light rail route that runs from downtown Los Angeles to the City of Long Beach. As a twenty two year resident and Transportation Planner with the City of Pasadena, Judi focused her career on planning. She serves as an expert and supervisor in diverse areas of urban, transit and TDM/transportation/trip reduction planning; alternative fuels/fleet purchases; and electric vehicle infrastructure. Some of her innovative, noteworthy accomplishments include the development and administration of the city's Transportation Management Association, establishment of Bike Week Pasadena and the introduction of EVs to the city. To acquire charging stations and vehicles for the EV program (Phase I), Ms. Masuda negotiated partnerships with and grants from Caltech, JPL, Edison, Honda, General Motors, Toyota, Nissan and Ford Motor Company and assisted with adding 7 BMW MINI Cooper EVs to its fleet for use by the Water and Power, Public Works and Transportation departments. Ms. Masuda acquired and managed a ($700,000) Metro Call for Projects grant and worked with the So Cal PEVCC/AQMD/County of Los Angeles to obtain additional funding for retrofitting and developing Phase II of the city's EV program.

Ms. Masuda joined the City of Santa Monica's Planning and Community Development Department (February 2012) as the city's Transportation Demand Programs Manager (Transportation Engineering and Management Division) where she is responsible for assisting with the implementation of the City's Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE) that encompasses the community's vision for Santa Monica – integrating traffic management and land use though trip reduction. Ms. Masuda works closely with the Office of Sustainability and the Environment, Public Works/Fleet Management and the Big Blue Bus to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and expand the use of alternative fuel vehicles by planning/developing fueling infrastructure and preferential parking in public locations where feasible. The city is currently conducting a mapping session - "Connect the Dots" in an effort to "understand and assess the spatial relationship between city infrastructure policies and programs (transit/bike/car share/pedestrian travel/electric vehicle infrastructure) and services to assist in developing strategies to reduce travel/parking demand, congestion and reduce Green House Gas Emissions from land use and transportation decisions.


Cris B. Liban

Cris B. Liban
Deputy Executive Officer, Environmental Compliance Services,
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Dr. Cris B. Liban is the Deputy Executive Officer, Environmental Compliance Services of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). He oversees all of Metro's major environmental and sustainability related programs that include environmental remediation and compliance, environmental management system, policy development and implementation, and energy and climate change management. His group also manages Metro's electric vehicle charging network.

Dr. Liban is a professional engineer licensed to practice in California. He has degrees in geology (magna cum laude), civil engineering, and environmental science and engineering. He is a national leader and regular speaker in the areas of environment and sustainability; and is very active in civic and community causes especially in areas of environment; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education; and community health issues (specifically in minority population communities).


Michael Boehm

Michael Boehm
Director, Advanced Sustainability Institute

Leveraging over two decades of international business experience as a technology entrepreneur, Michael applies his start up and technology skills to cleantech startups, research and education, with a concentration on e-mobility and the new energy economy, at the Advanced Sustainability Institute. Utility clients at Haig Barrett, management consultants, include workforce planning at Reliant Energy and energy efficiency planning at LADWP.

Michael is a LEED AP and certified in The Natural Step. Previous experience included CEO of Solar start up SEDI, CTO of, and communications design for Sempra's smart grid pilot.

Educated at Northwestern and Stanford Graduate School of Business, Michael combines an understanding of the behavior of organizations and the individuals who make them up and the technical systems they use to deliver service and value.

Michael teaches classes in the Global Sustainability Certificate program at the University of California (UCLA) and is on the advisory board of the LA Cleantech Incubator. He serves as the Chair of the E-Mobility Task Force for LAEDC and is Clean Tech Chair for the German American Business Association in Southern California.


Adam Langton

Adam Langton
Energy Regulatory Analyst, California Public Utilities Commission


Rick Teebay

Rick Teebay
Program Manager - Office of Sustainability, County of Los Angeles

Rick Teebay is with Los Angeles' County Office of Sustainability. He is part of the County's team responsible for the development and implementation of the County's Municipal Climate Action Plan. A former County Fleet Manager, he oversaw the installation of EV infrastructure in the late 1990s at 20 County sites. He has worked closely with the California Air Resources Board, the California Energy Commission, and the South Coast Air Quality Management District in the development and implementation of various programs, rules, and regulations. Mr. Teebay piloted diesel particulate filter retrofits for the County's on-road vehicles and off-road equipment. He transitioned the County's Transit vehicles to alternate fuels.

Mr. Teebay was a founding member of the SoCal EV Collaborative, Co-Chair of the Southern California Association of Governments' Southern California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Coordinating Council, and a member of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation's e-Mobility Task Force. He is a member of the National Association of Fleet Administrators and past-Chair of its Fuels and Technology Committee.


Jeff Joyner

Jeff Joyner
Intellectual Property Attorney , Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Jeff Joyner focuses on technology, including clean technologies. His experience includes patent, trademark, and copyright acquisition, protection, licensing, enforcement, litigation, trials, appeals and government affairs.

Jeff advises and is a limited partner of one of the first clean technology venture funds that has a portfolio of solar, water purification, smart water meter, energy efficiency, distributed power and bio pesticide companies. He also advises other companies using technologies for solar, wind, biomass, solar thermal, waste-to-energy, green building material, transportation, infrastructure and smart grid projects, among others. Jeff is on the Board of Directors for CleanTech Los Angeles, the Leadership Council of the Los Angeles CleanTech Incubator and chairs several committees dedicated to the economy for CleanTech businesses including the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation eMobility Committee for electric cars and infrastructure.

He has been very active in serving as outside general counsel to CleanTech businesses whose goals are start-up funding, public offerings, incentives, grants, joint venture partners, acquisition and protection of intellectual property, among others. In this role, Jeff uses his vast experience in litigating lawsuits throughout the United States involving patent, trademark, trade dress, and copyright infringement as well as contractual disputes. He has successfully sought and defended against nine-figure judgments.

Jeff was named one of the 75 Top IP Litigators in California by the Daily Journal, selected by Super Lawyers magazine, ranking him in the top 2.5 percent of Southern California lawyers, and selected by Forbes as one of "America's Premier Lawyers."

Paul Scott

Paul Scott
Nissan LEAF Specialist, Nissan

Paul Scott, a lifelong environmental advocate, co-founded Plug In America (PIA) in 2005 to galvanize support and advocate for the manufacture of Electric Vehicles and plug-in hybrids that reduce America's dependence on petroleum and improve the global environment. As one of the leading nonprofit organization's most visible leaders, he is regularly interviewed by global media and consults with auto industry officials, consumers and local, state and federal policymakers to advance clean-car technology. He is a regularly featured speaker at national conventions, universities, schools and elsewhere.

Paul helped create , PIA's predecessor, a grassroots group that single-handedly prevented some 1,000 production EVs from being destroyed by the auto companies that manufactured them. His work with both groups has included campaign strategy, research, planning and execution. He is among the key figures featured in "Who Killed the Electric Car?" the 2006 documentary distributed by Sony Pictures Classics, and has been filmed and consulted for the follow up, "Revenge of the Electric Car" (currently in release).

Paul works professionally for Nissan as an EV Specialist selling the new LEAF EV. He also works as a consultant for SolarCity, the nation's leading residential solar installation firm. He owned a 2002 Toyota RAV4 EV for eight years and currently owns a 2012 Nissan LEAF, which he drives on sunshine generated by the photovoltaic panels on his roof in Santa Monica. Paul is a past President of the Electric Vehicle Assn. of Southern California and a founding board member of Plug In America.


Ronald Young

Ronald Young
GM Technical Fellow, General Motors Global Electrification Advanced Technology Center

Received BSEE from California State University at Long Beach in June, 1978.

Hughes Aircraft Company, Radar Division, Display department: June 1978 – July 2000. While at Hughes, help positions ranging from Member of the Technical Staff to Senior Scientist. While at Hughes, ran the Display Department's digital design section containing 24 engineers. The group was responsible for designing and building the prime hardware as well as all test equipment supporting the development effort. Supported the development of various military display systems for F14 and F15 aircraft as well as units for laboratory usage. Assigned to support development of Power Electronics for the GM Electric Vehicle program in 1990.

General Motors, Advanced Technical Center, July 2000 to December 2004. Lead the Systems and Software Competency Center team consisting of 24 engineers, including 4 PhDs and 2 technicians. Manage staffing of all programs within the Torrance facility that use System, Software, and/or Control engineers. Provide technical guidance to staff on an as needed basis and serve as subject matter expert on vehicle operation, EMI, and system design for Torrance operations. Supported the design, development, and production of the 1998 and 1999 EV1 vehicles. Led the development of a hybrid truck using a version of the Allison EVT modified for use in a commercial pickup.

General Motors, Advanced Technical Center, January 2005 to present. As GM Technical Fellow, provide system guidance, power electronics support, and EMC services to Powertrain and Fuel Cell Activity programs. Presently in charge of the advanced engineering work for power electronics at the ATC. This work includes the development of advanced technology for use in inverters and converters (both DC/DC and Chargers) including development of wide band gap based systems.


Matt Zerega
RD&D, Electric Vehicles & Infrastructure, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDGE)

BS in Marketing; MBA Information Systems emphasis. Marketing and software development team for two start-ups; SAP professional for Deloitte; ten+ years with Sempra family of companies (in internal audit; merchant power; corporate development), including ~3 years with SDGE in technology and business development.


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