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Panelists  
 
Ellen Bae
Byucksan Power US Inc.

 

   

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 carsdirect.com, 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.

  Michael Boehm

Chris Chen
Manager of Intellectual Capital, Sempra Energy

Chris Chen is SDG&E's Manager of Intellectual Capital. His mission is to identify and commercialize SmartGrid and other industry leading innovations developed by SDG&E. He has two Smart Grid-related patents pending and is a frequent speaker at industry events.

He has a BA and MBA from the University of California, Irvine. Chris has been an adjunct professor at California State University, Long Beach, as well as a line manager in the information technology, finance and human resources functions. He has published four books and articles on a variety of topics and serves on the technical advisory board for GridX.

  Chris Chen

Dr. Peter Chu
Project Lead - Electric Vehicle Integration, UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center (SMERC)

Dr. Chu is currently a project lead at Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at University of California at Los Angeles. He is also the forum convener at UCLA WINMEC consortium. He is a seasoned research manager who supervised and steered multiple industry and academia research projects in the field of Smart Grid, RFID technologies, Mobile Communication (WiFi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, GPRS, 3G), Media Entertainment (DRM, Mobile music, video, imaging, gaming, etc.), 3D/2D Visualization of scientific data (astronomical, power system, industry process data, etc) and Computer Aided Design. He has over 10 years of experience in research & development of software architectures, frameworks and solutions and has delivered multiple project solutions and software packages to the industry globally.

Dr. Chu, as a forum convener, assembled and hosted more than 30 internationally renowned forums and conferences. He leads active research collaboration projects with companies such Siemems, Qualcomm, Motorola, HP, Raytheon, Maersk, Northrop Grumman, Intel. He has 2 patents attributed under his name and published more than 40 papers in professional engineering and scientific journals, books, and conference proceedings. He received one Best Paper Award in Excellence for Applied Research at 2004 Wireless Telecommunications Symposium. He publishes papers focus on RFID research and was invited to author one chapter in a book – "Mobile, Wireless and Sensor Networks: Technology, Applications and Future Directions" John Wiley publication.

He was invited to Korea and Taiwan to speak on current status of RFID and sensor network applications. Prior to his career in UCLA, Dr. Chu co-founded a startup company and is currently on the board of a second startup company.

Dr. Chu received his PhD from University of Wisconsin – Madison on 2001 and BS from National Taiwan University on 1990.

  Dr. Peter Chu

Dr. Rajit Gadh
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

Richard K. Kornfeld
Chief Executive Officer, Grid2Home Inc.

Mr. Kornfeld has worked for some of the region's most notable tech companies, including Linkabit, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments. Currently serving as CEO for Grid2Home, Mr. Kornfeld was also most recently EVP & Chief Strategy Officer, NextWave Wireless and NextWave Broadband and previous to that served as President & CEO, Staccato Communications from 2004 to 2006.

Prior to taking the helm of Staccato, Mr. Kornfeld was vice president and general manager of Texas Instruments' Wireless Chipset Business Unit. He joined TI as part of the acquisition of Dot Wireless, where he was co-founder, chairman, and CEO. Prior to founding Dot Wireless, Mr. Kornfeld was a founding member of NextWave Telecom, Inc., where he was the senior vice president and general manager of the Consumer Products division. Previously, Mr. Kornfeld was vice president of engineering at Qualcomm, leading the development of the first commercial CDMA subscriber equipment. Prior to joining Qualcomm, Mr. Kornfeld held technical positions at M/A-Com Linkabit.

Mr. Kornfeld received his B.S. from the University of California, San Diego where he was also named the Alumni of the Year in 2001. He serves on the Council of Advisors of UCSD's Jacobs School of Engineering, serves on the San Diego and National AIPAC councils, and on the boards of the La Jolla Institute, Resonant Technologies, and Grid2Home.

About Grid2Home:
Grid2Home is a communications software company at the forefront of Smart Everywhere Protocol 2.0 (SEP 2.0) connectivity technologies. Operating seamlessly over wired and wireless networks, the G2H-SE2 Software, including communications protocol stack, tools, support and reference applications, enables communication across the Home and Internet. From smart meters, to household appliances, to electric vehicle charging stations, Grid2Home delivers complete software solutions, based on open standards, that offer ease of integration, hardware architecture flexibility, and interoperability across multiple physical layers. Our customers include semiconductor manufacturers, smart device manufacturers and automotive companies – all dedicated to the rapid deployment of the Smart Home.

   

Dr. Hemanshu Pota
Associate Professor, The University of New South Wales

Hemanshu Pota's current research focus is dynamics and control of the interconnection of thousands of microgrids in a smart grid configuration.

Hemanshu R. Pota received the B.E. degree in electrical engineering from Sardar Vallabhbhai Regional College of Engineering and Technology, Surat, India, in 1979, the M.E. degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, in 1981, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from The University of Newcastle, Callaghan, Australia, in 1985. He is currently an Associate Professor with The University of New South Wales, Canberra, Australia. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Delaware, Newark; Iowa State University, Ames; Kansas State University, Manhattan; Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA; the University of California, San Diego; and the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Bangalore. He has continuing interest in the areas of power system dynamics and control and of modeling and control of mechanical systems such as flexible structures, acoustical systems, and unmanned aerial vehicles.

  Dr. Himanshu Pota

Dr. Shiv Prabhu
Project Lead - Demand Response, UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center (SMERC)

 

   

Surendra (Sam) Vohra
Smart Grid Program Manager, Power System Information & Advanced Technologies, LADWP - Power System Engineering Division

Surendra Vohra is currently a Smart Grid Program manager at LADWP - Power System Engineering Division. His mission is to complete Smart Grid Regional Demonstration Program successfully, which is funded by DOE, LADWP and Partners (UCLA, USC and JPL).

He has BSEE from Indian institute of Technology, Roorkee and MSEE from New Jersey Institute of Technology. He has more than 40 years of experience in electrical (power and electronics) engineering industries.

  Surendra (Sam) Vohra