UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center
Smart Grid Research and Demonstration Thought Leadership FormuTuesday, April 28, 2015

Speaker Nominations

We are currently accepting a limited number of speaker nominations:
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Mario Gerla
Professor, Computer Science, UCLA

Dr. Mario Gerla is a Professor in Computer Science at UCLA. During his Ph.D. program at UCLA he worked on early ARPANET protocols under Prof. Leonard Kleinrock. Since joining the UCLA Faculty in 1976, he has contributed to several network designs including wireless (ODMRP and CODECast) and Internet transport (TCP Westwood). He has lead the ONR MINUTEMAN project (2001-2006), designing the next generation scalable airborne Internet. He has developed at UCLA a Vehicular Testbed for safe navigation and intelligent transport. He was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2002 and was recently recognized with the MILCOM Award (2011), the IEEE Ad Hoc and Sensor Network Award (2011) and the Sigmobile Life Achievement Award (2015)


Mario Gerla

Michael Boehm
Managing Director, Advanced Sustainability Institute

Founder of the Advanced Sustainability Institute, dedicated to thought leadership, demonstration, and entrepreneurship in new energy and cleantech, Mr. Boehm is an entrepreneur, consultant and educator in the sustainability space. He serves as Executive Director for the Advanced Transportation Center, Industry Liaison for UCLA's Smartgrid Energy Research Center, and consultant to its EVSE spin off MOEV, and has assisted AeroVironment, Trexa, LADWP, GenOn, LAANE, SaveMe, Sempra and Toyota in their new energy and Electric Vehicle endeavors. He also served as CEO of Solar Energy Development International - an early developer of solar concentrator technology. Mr. Boehm is the Executive Director of the E4 Advanced Transportation Center, coordinating regional efforts toward developing a cleantech industry sector. Educated at Northwestern University and Stanford Graduate School of Business, Michael has taught sustainability in programs at Darden School of Business, UCLA, and the University of Santa Clara. Mr. Boehm serves as board member and chairman of the German American Business Association, Southern California, CleanTech and Sustainability Industry Group, co-chair of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation E4-Mobility Alliance, and is an advisor to LA's Clean Tech incubator.


Michael Boehm

Michael Lim
Executive Fellow, Autonomous Vehicles, City of Los Angeles, Department of Transportation

Recognizing that autonomous vehicle technology is likely to redefine mobility in cities, Los Angeles is embracing the opportunity to be a world leader in implementing and supporting this technology. Michael Lim is developing a business plan for the City of Los Angeles to address the increasingly important need for investment in autonomous vehicles and associated infrastructure.

Michael is an innovation professional with global infrastructure, finance and technology experience, including most recently as a co-founder and CEO of a technology venture addressing urban infrastructure challenges. Originally trained in urban planning, Michael started his career in infrastructure development for the United Nations in the Asia Pacific region. He was also an investment banker, most recently with Lazard Freres & Co, and advised technology companies and governments on strategy, capital raises and M&A transactions. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.


Michael Lim

Patrick Duan
Vice President Operations, BYD Motors Inc

Patrick Duan received his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Beijing Institute of Technology in 2004. Patrick joined BYD in 2004 and served as a lead design engineer for two years at BYD’s Motor Development Division where he was responsible for engine modeling and performance analysis. Patrick relocated to BYD America Corporation’s headquarters in Chicago in 2006 taking charge of BYD’s market sales of cell phone batteries and key accounts. In 2012 Mr. Duan was transferred to Los Angeles and has since been promoted to the position of BYD’s Vice President of Operations.


Patrick Duan

Rajit Gadh
Director, UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center

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.


Rajit Gadh

Sanjit S. Dang
Investment Director,Intel Capital

Sanjit is an Investment Director at Intel Capital. He drives investments in several areas like Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence, Energy, IoT, eCommerce, Virtual/Augmented Reality, Robotics, etc. He is on the Board of several companies. He is currently an investor in DocuSign (eSignatures), True Fit (AI for eCommerce with 51 Million users), Cosy Robo (Computer Vision for Retail), Reflektion (AI for eCommerce), Body Labs (AI for Image Recognition) , MongoDB (NoSQL Database), Enlighted (IoT), Mirantis (Cloud Computing), GoodData (SaaS BI) and Arcadia Data (Data Analytics 2.0), to name a few.

Sanjit has been on Hillary Clinton's Tech/Innovation Policy Advisory team. He is on University of California President's UC Innovation Council. Sanjit has the fastest Eng PhD from University of Illinois (2yrs 9mo after undergrad), which he received in 2000 with top research awards. He also attended the Venture Capital Executive program at Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. He’s an invited Speaker at several top events, eg SURGE/WebSummit, TiECon, ShopTalk, McKinsey leadership event, Silicon Valley Open Doors, Global Big Data and IoT conferences. He’s a mentor at Stanford and Berkeley’s Entrepreneurship programs.

He has had several Exits within 1 year of investment with excellent financial returns - eg VokeVR (acq by Intel within 7 months of investment), Basis Science (Wearables, acq Intel) and Maginatics (Cloud Storage, acq EMC).

Sanjit has over a decade of Exec leadership experience in Product Design, Business Development and Strategy across several domains: Big Data, Natural Language Processing, 3D Camera/Apps, Supply-Chain Analytics and Flash Memory. He has managed $2Bill/year accounts and executed >30 partnership deals in $100M-$2Bill range. Always ahead of the curve, Sanjit worked on Big Data Analytics before industry created the term 'Big Data'. Similarly, he launched 2 online courses during grad school in 1999 and published iconic papers on learnings, way before the MOOC revolution started.

Personally, Sanjit has an interest in film-making. He has made a few short movies and taken courses in script-writing, lighting, editing and production at DeAnza College, Cupertino.


Sanjit Dang

Tsu-Chin Tsao
Professor,Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UCLA


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Previous Speakers

Previous speakers have included:
Alexander Keros Manager, Advanced Vehicle and Infrastructure Policy General Motors
Ali Miremadi Manager of Operations Policy California ISO
Bernard C. Soriano Deputy Director, State of California Department of Motor Vehicles
Bob Frazier Director of Technology Houston Electric
Dan Ton Program Manager, Smart Grid R&D U.S. Department of Energy
David Wollman Manager, Electrical Metrology Groups NIST
Doug Kim Director, Advanced Technology Southern California Edison
Erich Gunther Chairman and CTO EnerNex Corporation
Gilbert Weigand Director, Strategic Programs Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Jim Parks Program Manager, Energy Efficiency & Customer R&D Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Kevin Dasso Senior Director of Smart Grid & Technology Integration Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Kurt Yeager Vice Chairman Galvin Electricity Initiative
Lee Krevat Director - Smart Grid San Diego Gas & Electric
Livio Gallo Chief Executive Officer Enel Distribuzione
Luke Clemente General Manager, Metering & Sensing Systems GE Energy - Digital Energy
Malcolm Unsworth President & CEO Itron, Inc.
Marie Hattar VP, Network Systems & Security Solutions Cisco
Mark McGranaghan VP Electric Power Research Institute
Marvin Moon Director of Power System Engineering Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Matthew Lampe Chief Information Officer Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Matt Mikio Miyasato Assistant Deputy Executive Officer Air Quality Management District
Robert Weisenmiller Chair California Energy Commission
Ted Reguly Director - Smart Meter Program Office San Diego Gas and Electric
Timothy Simon Commissioner California Public Utilities Commission
Vincent Poor Professor of Electrical Engineering, & Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science Princeton University
Vikram Budhraja President Electric Power Group
Weston Sylvester Director Distribution Solutions/Smart Grid Siemens Energy, Inc.