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

Speaker Nominations

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Robert Weisenmiller
Chair, California Energy Commission

Chair Robert Weisenmiller was appointed as a commissioner and designated as the Chair to the California Energy Commission in January 2011 by Governor Jerry Brown and re-appointed in January 2015. He fills the Engineer/Scientist position on the five-member Commission. Commissioner Weisenmiller brings more than 30 years energy experience to the Commission including expertise in electricity and gas markets and California regulatory policies. Chair Weisenmiller has served as an expert witness in more than 100 state and federal regulatory commission proceedings and has authored numerous publications on electricity and natural gas markets.

Before his appointment, Chair Weisenmiller, a co-founder of MRW & Associates, used his expertise to assist businesses, financial institution, regulatory commissions, and public agencies in strategic planning, policy development, analyzing energy markets and regulations, rate design and implications of utility mergers.

Chair Weisenmiller's career also included a previous period of public service with the Energy Commission as Advisor to Commissioner, Manager of the Special Projects Office, and Director of the Office of Policy and Program Evaluation in the period between 1977 and 1982.

Chair Weisenmiller holds a Doctorate in Chemistry and a Masters in Energy and Resources from University of California Berkeley and received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Providence College.


Chair Robert Weisenmiller

Emil Abdelshehid
P.E. for Control Systems Application, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power




Murali Baggu
Manager, Distributed Power Systems Section Distributed Energy Systems, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Dr. Murali Baggu is Manager of Distributed Power Systems section at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He is working on advanced grid modeling and evaluation for future power systems. He is an expert in distribution system modeling and visualization for Volt-var control/optimization and mitigation of distribution grid issues arising due to high penetration of PV. Earlier in his career he worked as a Lead Power Systems Engineer at GE Global Research, Niskayuna, NY where he contributed to and led several programs on central Volt-var control with PV smart inverters, energy storage integration with PV systems for microgrids, advanced Distribution Management System applications and energy storage integration for large wind turbines. He filed four patent disclosures in these areas. His research interests include grid integration of renewables systems (wind and PV), energy storage system integration, distributed energy resources, distribution automation and power systems. He has a Ph.D. is Power engineering from Missouri S&T.


Murali Baggu

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

Vikram Budhraja
President, Electric Power Group, LLC.

Vikram Budhraja heads Electric Power Group as its President. Mr. Budhraja has extensive experience in power systems planning and operations, electric industry restructuring, reliability management, and technologies. He has served on the Energy Advisory Board on Electric System Reliability established by the DOE Secretary, Boards of CAISO, WECC, and was Chairman of Policy Group that developed WECC's Reliability Management System. Mr. Budhraja was formerly at Edison International in senior executive positions including President, Edison Technology Solutions; and Senior Vice President and Head of Power Grid Business Unit, Southern California Edison. At SCE, Mr. Budhraja's responsibilities included Planning, System Operations, Power Contracts, Transmission, Research, and Fuel Supply. He is a Founding Member of Consortium for Electric Reliability Technology Solutions (CERTS) and North American SynchroPhasor Initiative (NASPI).


Vikram Budhraja

Sunil Chhaya
Principal Technical Leader - Grid/PEV/DER Integration, Electric Power Research Institute

Sunil Chhaya, PhD, a Principal Technical Leader at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) – Palo Alto, CA since 2007, has led Research, Development and Demonstration of Smart Grid integration with Plug-in Electric Vehicles and Distributed Energy Resources and manages the broader Vehicle/Grid Integration as well as Managed Charging related programs spanning Electricity, Automotive and Equipment Manufacturing industries, with a focus on open standards-based, scalable and secure end-to-end connectivity. Prior to joining EPRI, Sunil spent 12 years at General Motors current and advanced product engineering focusing on EV1 and FWD/RWD Hybrid Powertrain Systems, Software and Controls engineering, followed by a short stint at operations strategy and engineering consulting at Booz & Co (now Strategy& group at PwC Consulting) and Ricardo, Inc. Sunil also serves as the Chair for Vehicle to Grid Domain Interest Work Group within the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) and is a member of IEEE and SAE. Sunil has been awarded seven technical excellence awards, has four patents to his name and has written over 30 technical publications. Sunil has his BS, MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering specializing in Power Electronics and an MBA from Ross Business School at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Sunil's core areas of expertise are in innovation, new product development, systems integration, business development and in building coalitions.


Sunil Chhaya

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

Mike Gravely
Deputy Division Chief of the Energy Research and Development Division, California Energy Commission

Mike Gravely is the Deputy Division Chief of the Energy Research and Development Division at the California Energy Commission. The Division manages over $150 million annually in new energy related research and development projects. His efforts support the energy research and development needs of the state in a variety of areas that include: expanding energy efficiency and demand response, integrating renewables, evaluating new advanced generation systems, implementing the California Smart Grid, guiding energy related environmental research, assessing future energy storage needs, and demonstrating energy smart sustainable communities.

Prior to his current position, he was the Manager of the Energy Systems Research Office at the Energy Commission where he managed over $200 million in active energy related research and development projects in a variety of technical areas that include: Smart Grid, Renewable Grid Integration, Microgrid implementation, Transmission, Distribution, Demand Response, Energy Storage, Distributed Energy Resources, Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS), and Sustainable Communities.

Mike has over 30 years of engineering and integration experience in the energy, aerospace and communications fields. Prior to the Energy Commission, Mike served in executive positions in the Federal Government and private industry including managing research, testing and fielding of distributed generation and energy storage systems for the Department of Defense, addressing the challenges of a start up energy storage company and overseeing a staffing and training company that specialized in serving the utility industry. Mike Gravely has a BSEE from the Virginia Military Institute and an MSEE from California State University at Sacramento.


Mike Gravely

Matt Koenig
Director of Sales-Eastern Region, Princeton Power Systems

Matt Koenig is the Director of Sales for Princeton Power Systems. He has nearly 30 years management experience in finance, distribution and manufacturing, engineering sales, and marketing. He recently closed the Annobon Island microgrid project for Princeton Power Systems, the world's largest solar based microgrid.

Prior to Princeton Power Systems, Matt was VP Americas for Corvus Energy, a Vancouver based, lithium energy storage integrator, focusing on the hybrid marine vessel and oil and gas sectors.

Matt is a 1985 Economics graduate of John Carroll University.

Matt resides in Duxbury, MA with his wife and two children.


Matt Koenig

Ali Miremadi
Manager of Operations Policy, California ISO

Ali Miremadi is the California Independent System Operator's (CAISO) Operations Policy Manager. He has been with the CAISO for over 16 years and was part of the CAISO start-up team back in 1997. He helped lead the development of the CAISO's current demand response policies and products, and he continues to support the integration of demand response into CAISO's daily operations.

Ali started his career at California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). He spent majority of his tenure at CPUC working on investor owned utility Demand-side Management and Load Management programs. He was part of the CPUC team that worked on the restructuring of the electric utility industry, prior to making his transition to CAISO.

Ali has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M.A. in Management.


Ali Miremadi

Jim Parks
Program Manager, Energy Research and Development, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Jim Parks is a program manager in the Energy Research and Development department at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). He just completed a $308 million smart grid initiative (SmartSacramento®) with over 40 individual projects ranging from smart meters and distribution automation to customer programs including demand response and energy efficiency. He currently oversees energy efficiency and smart grid R&D projects.

Prior to his current assignment he worked with emerging energy efficiency technologies, electric transportation, energy efficiency program development, energy efficiency program operations and transmission planning.


Jim Parks

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.


Rick Teebay

Rohit Moghe
Principal Engineer, Varentec

Rohit Moghe received the Bachelor of Technology degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India, in 2007 where he was awarded the Institute Silver Medal. He completed his M.S. and PhD. degrees from Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology in 2010 and 2012 respectively. He worked as a summer intern at ABB US Corporate Research Center and Siemens Energy & Automation during May-Aug 2008 and 2009 respectively. He was one of the founding members of the Energy Club at Georgia Tech and served as the President during 2010-11. Since 2012 he has been working as a Principal Engineer at Varentec where he leads the effort on grid edge control, advanced system studies and next generation grid edge product development.

In the past, he has been invited as a speaker at events organized by IEEE Power and Energy society and EUCI. He has published over 20 conference and journal papers, holds 8 pending and issued patents and has been an invited reviewer for IEEE, IET, and IJEPES journals. His research interests are grid edge power electronics and control, sustainable energy, smart sensors and grid analytics.


Rohit Moghe

Previous Speakers

Previous speakers have included:
Bob Frazier Director of Technology Houston Electric
Timothy Simon Commissioner California Public Utilities Commission
Dan Ton Program Manager Smart Grid R&D, U.S. Department of Energy
Dave Chassin Staff Scientist PNNL
Dave Watson Program Manager Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Doug Kim Director Advanced Technology, Southern California Edison
Erich Gunther Chairman and CTO EnerNex Corporation
George Arnold National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability NIST
Glenn Steiger General Manager Glendale Water and Power
Jack McGowan Leader Galvin Perfect Power
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
Krishnan Gowri Senior Research Engineer Pacific Northwest National Lab
Kshamit Dixit Director of IT Security Toronto Hydro
Lee Krevat Director - Smart Grid San Diego Gas & Electric
Liang Min Grid Operations Leader Lawrence Livermore National Labs
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 EPRI
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
Michael Peevey President California Public Utilites Commission
Michael Montoya Director Engineering Advancement Southern California Edison
Mike Gravely Manager Energy Systems Research Office California Energy Commission
Mukhles Bhuiyan Smart Grid Program Director Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Nancy Ryan Deputy Executive Director for Policy California Public Utilities Commission
Paul De Martini Managing Director Newport Consulting Group,LLC
Rajit Gadh Director UCLA WINMEC
Scott Backhaus Staff Scientist Los Alamos National Laboratory
Scott Pugh Science & Technology Directorate Department of Homeland Security
Shirish Sathaye General Partner Khosla Ventures
Stanton Hadley Power and Energy Systems Group Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Susan Covino Senior Consultant, Market Strategy PJM Interconnection LLC
Ted Reguly Director - Smart Meter Program Office San Diego Gas and Electric
Vikram Budhraja President Electric Power Group