UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center
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Smart Grid Training Workshop


Panelists  

Michael Boehm
Industry Partners Program, UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center (SMERC)

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. He runs the Industry Partners Program at SMERC, UCLA's Smartgrid Research Center and serves as Executive Director of the E4 Advanced Transportation Center. 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 Boehm

Noel Crisostomo
Public Utilities Regulatory Analyst, Energy Division, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)

Noel Crisostomo is a regulatory analyst at the California Public Utilities Commission where he works on combined heat and power and alternative fuel vehicles programs in order to reduce the State's greenhouse gas emissions. At the Commission, Noel provides technology, market, and policy analysis to address barriers to transportation electrification. Noel helps the Commission navigate stakeholder interests to craft regulations and initiatives on plug-in electric vehicle-grid integration, infrastructure planning, sub-metering, rate design, and the Low Carbon Fuel Standard in order to enable the widespread deployment of electric transport. Noel has previous experience in implementing and evaluating energy efficiency and distributed generation programs at the Alliance to Save Energy, San Diego Gas and Electric Company, and Rocky Mountain Institute and holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Energy and Earth Systems from Stanford University.

  Noel Crisostomo

Rajit Gadh. PhD
Director, UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center (SMERC)

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.

  Dr. Rajit Gadh

Leslie Goodbody
Sustainable Transportation Technology Branch Emissions Compliance, Automobile Regulations & Science Division, California Air Resources Board

Leslie has worked for the California Air Resources Board for the past 9 years primarily focusing on zero emission vehicle infrastructure, and specifically hydrogen regulations and infrastructure development, and vehicle demonstration programs. Currently, she is leading ARB's effort to evaluate public charging infrastructure development in California, focusing specifically on successful public and workplace charging infrastructure models that lead to increases in: PEV adoption, eVMT, and use of clean energy in transportation fuels. She has a bachelor's degree in Environmental Resources Engineering from Humboldt State University and 26 years of work experience in both the private and public sector.

  Leslie Goodbody

Mary Joyce Ivers
Fleet and Facilities Manager, Public Works Dept., City of Ventura

Mary Joyce Ivers has 30 years' experience in manufacturing, and Public Works Fleet and Facilities operations. Mary Joyce is customer services oriented when delivering services to the community and is enthusiastic about the field of Public Works, Fleet, and Facilities. She leads sustainable operations with a team of exceptional staff utilizing the latest technology for building automation, computerized maintenance management systems, green fleet, fleet utilization and fuel conservation. In 2014, City of Ventura Fleet Services was named # 1 Small Fleet in the Nation by Government Fleet magazine Leading Fleets. The Fleet Division was recognized for its excellent performance particularly in fleet innovation and leadership, competitiveness and efficiency, overcoming challenges, and planning for the future. In 2014, the City of Ventura's Public Works Department including fleet and facilities, has been awarded the prestigious American Public Works Association (APWA) Accreditation after completing a rigorous, multi-year evaluation of an agency's policies, procedures and practices compared to nationally established best management practices identified in the APWA Public Works Management Practices Manual. Mary Joyce is currently the national APWA Board of Directors, Fleet and Facilities. She received a B.S. degree in Industrial Technology at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and a M.B.A degree at California Lutheran University.

  Mary Joyce Ivers

Alexander Keros
Manager, Advanced Vehicle and Infrastructure Policy, General Motors (GM)

Alex Keros is a Manager at General Motors working on advanced vehicle and infrastructure policy. He is responsible for a broad range of policy considerations and technical support for GM's advanced vehicle portfolio and their associated infrastructure — such as Chevrolet Volt & Spark EV, Cadillac ELR, Bi-Fuel Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra Trucks, and Chevrolet Express/GMC Savana CNG Vans.

Alex has a unique background and perspective in the automotive industry, including responsibilities for infrastructure commercialization—including electric charging, natural gas, and hydrogen. He has led technical reviews of various fueling technologies and engages regulatory agencies on the benefits and challenges of new vehicle commercialization. On the ground, he has led the design, permitting, installation and operation of hydrogen and electric charging stations in multiple regions.

Most recently, Alex has been working closely with key stakeholders, such as automakers, utilities, suppliers, regulators, local officials, and advocates in order to accelerate the adoption of alternative- fueled vehicles. Through collaborative efforts, including forums such as the California Fuel Cell Partnership and Drive Oregon, he is working to create sustainable market strategies.

Alex began his career in environmental consulting where he managed the assessment and remediation of hazardous waste sites. He has extensive experience in environmental policy design and implementation. Alex earned a B.S. in Natural Resource Management and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

  Alexander Keros

Margaret Larson
Transportation Energy Specialist, Hawaii State Energy Office

Margaret joined the Hawaii State Energy Office in 2008. As Transportation Specialist, she works alongside the Renewable Energy Branch to facilitate the adoption of EVs and charging stations in Hawaii. Previously, Ms. Larson co-chaired the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative's transportation working group, a partnership between U.S. DOE and the State of Hawaii created to chart a path to 70% clean energy in Hawaii by 2030.

Prior to joining DBEDT, Ms. Larson was business development associate for UK Trade and Investment in San Francisco. There she supported foreign direct investment and trade advisory services in cleantech for businesses based in the United Kingdom and West Coast U.S. mainland. Currently, Ms. Larson also coordinates the Honolulu Clean Cities Coalition, which is part of a national effort to reduce petroleum use in transportation, targeting fuel use by both vehicle fleets and consumers. Ms. Larson received her B.A. in Journalism from Humboldt State University.

  Margaret Larson

Janet Lonneker
Assistant General Manager – Electric Services, Anaheim Public Utilities

Currently the Assistant General Manager of Electric Services for Anaheim Public Utilities managing the divisions of Transmission and Distribution Engineering, Electric System Planning, Generation and Electric Grid Operations for the municipality. Previously, Janet was with San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) in the Asset Management & Smart Grid division where she received a 2013 Sempra Energy Utility- Beyond Convention Innovation Award for work on the nationally recognized Borrego Springs Microgrid Demonstration project partially funded by the US Department of Energy and California Energy Commission. Prior to SDG&E, she was the General Manager for another municipal electric utility in Portland, Oregon. There she managed all divisions of the utility and also served on the City's economic development board. As an active member within the American Public Power Association she served on the Demonstration of Energy Efficiency Developments (DEED) board and the Legislative and Resolutions Committee and enjoys engaging with public policy advisors on regional issues. Janet earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Pacific and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.

  Janet Lonneker

Marvin Moon
Director of Power System Enginering, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP)

Marvin D. Moon is the Director of the Power System Engineering Division. Mr. Moon is responsible for the design and management of all projects related to the Power System infrastructure of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). This includes projects for generation, substations, transmission, renewable projects, and the distribution system serving 3.8 million people. He is also the LADWP's Electric Vehicle (EV) Program Manager.

As the EV program manager, Mr. Moon leads an aggressive EV program that values vehicle adoption and EV charging infrastructure. LADWP has installed significant municipal charging infrastructure, operates the largest light-duty EV fleet in the City, and supports private investments in residential, workplace, and public charging through its Charge-Up LA! Rebate program.

Mr. Moon as been recognized as an Innovator by the Electric Power Research Institute, and has twice received the Los Angeles City Productivity Award.

  Marvin Moon

Rick Teebay
Office of Sustainability, Internal Services Department, County of Los Angeles