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Smart Grid Training WorkshopMarch 18-22, 2013
Speakers   Ali Morabbi

Dr. Ali Morabbi
Program Director - Smart Grid, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Dr. Morabbi is responsible for directing the long term strategy, planning, and architecture development of the smart grid investment program at LADWP and directs the implementation of the smart grid demonstration grant project received from the DoE which includes USC, UCLA, and JPL partnership. Additionally he is responsible for all LADWP Power System advanced/emerging technologies including control systems, real time information, work and asset management, cyber security, telecommunications network technology, and business process improvement and reengineering efforts. During his 32-year career in utility industry, Ali has directed and managed the implementation of several major projects. These projects include EMS/SCADA Systems, Substation Automation Systems, Distribution and Outage management Systems, first Broadband over Power line (BPL) installation in the State of California, Electric Model Development, Advanced Power System Analysis Programs and Tools, and a workforce management program including the mobile components to support 200 crews working on the distribution/transmission network. Mr. Morabbi holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering/ Computer Science, and Process Re-Engineering Techniques. He is also the recipient of the City of Los Angeles productivity award for mobile workforce management systems in 2003.

 


Marcelo DiPaolo
Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

 


Rajit Gadh

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.

 


Michael Boehm

Michael Boehm
Founder, Advanced Sustainability Institute

As founder of the Advanced Sustainability Institute, Mr. Boehm is a consultant and educator in the sustainability space, and has assisted AeroVironment, Trexa, LADWP, GenOn, LAANE and Toyota in their new energy and EV endeavors. He served as CEO of Solar Energy Development International, an early developer of solar concentrator technology. 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. Michael serves as chairman of the German American Business Association, Southern California, CleanTech and Sustainability Industry Group, co-chair of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation E-Mobility Task Force, and is on the advisory board of Smart Grid Energy Research Center at UCLA and Clean Tech LA's incubator.

 


Vikram Budhraja

Vikram Budhraja
President, Electric Power Group (EPG)

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).


Dr. Shiv Prabhu
Project Lead - Demand Response, University of California, Los Angeles

 


Himanshu Pota

Dr. Himanshu 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.

 


George Smedley

Dr. Gregory T. Smedley
CEO, One-Cycle Control, Inc.

Greg Smedley received his Ph.D. from Caltech. He is a renowned researcher, educator, and industry leader with a diverse career that spans power electronics, medical devices, Research and education at Caltech, and Space exploration at JPL. Dr. Smedley is the CEO of One-Cycle Control, Inc. and is focused on tackling global-scale problems in transportation, energy, electric grids, and low-cost access to space.

 


Duncan Callaway

Dr. Duncan Callaway
Assistant Professor - Energy and Resources Group, University of California, Berkeley

Duncan Callaway received his PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Cornell University in 2001 and subsequently held an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of California, Davis. He then spent 4 years working in the energy industry in senior engineering positions, first at Davis Energy Group and later at PowerLight Corporation. He was a member of the research faculty of the Center for Sustainable Systems at the University of Michigan from 2006-2009. He joined ERG as an assistant professor in the Fall of 2009, and he also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Berkeley.

Dr. Callaway's teaching focuses on power systems and energy efficiency. His research can be categorized in three areas: modeling and control of aggregated storage devices; power management; and system analysis of energy technologies and their impact. His research involves the use of a variety of methods, including stochastic modeling, system identification, dynamics and control, and spatial analysis. In general, his work focuses on improving energy efficiency and renewable resource utilization through novel energy system configuration and control strategies. Some of the specific application areas he works on include wind energy, demand response and load control, and plug-in electric vehicles.

 


Steven Low

Dr. Steven Low
Professor, California Institute of Technology

Steven H. Low (F'08) is a Professor of the Computing & Mathematical Sciences and Electrical Engineering Departments at Caltech, and an adjunct professor of both Swinburne University, Australia and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. Before that, he was with AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, and the University of Melbourne, Australia.

He was a co-recipient of IEEE best paper awards, the R&D 100 Award, and an Okawa Foundation Research Grant. He was a member of the Networking and Information Technology Technical Advisory Group for the US President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) in 2006.

He was on the editorial boards of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, ACM Computing Surveys, Computer Networks Journal, NOW Foundations and Trends in Networking. He is a Senior Editor of the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, and the series mentor for the annual Smart Grid Communications issues of JSAC.

He received his B.S. from Cornell and PhD from Berkeley, both in EE.

 


Jonathan Parfrey

Jonathan Parfrey
Executive Director, Climate Resolve

Jonathan Parfrey is executive director of Climate Resolve -- LA's climate change organization. Parfrey is also a commissioner at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. He is currently a visiting lecturer at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. He is immediate past-president of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters. He is a founder and Vice Chair of CicLAvia. He is a founder of the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability and the statewide Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation. From 2007-2011, Parfrey served as director of the GREEN LA Coalition. From 1994 to 2007, he served as Los Angeles director of Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization, Physicians for Social Responsibility. In 2003, Mr. Parfrey was appointed to Governor Schwarzenegger's Environmental Policy Team. In 1992, Parfrey received the Paul S. Delp Award for Outstanding Service, Peace and Social Justice. In 2002 he was awarded a Durfee Foundation Fellowship. In 2010, he received a Stanton Fellowship. In 2011, he was appointed a Senior Fellow at the USC Marshall School of Business.

 


Kevin Dasso

Kevin Dasso
Senior Director - Technology and Information Strategy, Pacific Gas & Electric

Kevin Dasso is Senior Director of Technology and Information Strategy at Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Kevin has over 31 years of experience in the gas and electric utility business including engineering, operations, construction and asset management. Kevin is currently responsible for developing and implementing strategy and policies for the utility related to the Smart Grid and transmission and distribution technology integration. He leads the company's Smart Grid team involving the Electric Operations, Customer Care, Energy Procurement and Information Technology departments. Kevin is a member of the Board of the Gridwise Alliance and serves in an advisory role to a number of research and academic organizations. He is a former member of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council's Reliability Policy Issues Committee, and is former chair of the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) Planning Committee Reliability Assessment Subcommittee. Kevin received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at Iowa State University and a M.S. in Electric Engineering at Santa Clara University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in California and is a member of the IEEE Power Engineering Society.

 


Peter Chu

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 ULCA, 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 form National Taiwan University on 1990.

 


Jim Parks

Jim Parks
Program Manager - Smart Sacramento, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)

Jim Parks is a program manager in the Smart Grid department at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). His current focus is on completing a $308 million smart grid initiative (SmartSacramento®) with over 20 individual projects including distribution automation, smart meters, demand response, customer initiatives, dynamic pricing, electric vehicle infrastructure, hardware and software upgrades and more.

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.

Parks has over 20 years' experience in the energy industry.

 


Lee Krevat

Lee Krevat
Director - Smart Grid, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDGE)

Lee Krevat is director of the smart grid initiative at San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), a subsidiary of Sempra Energy. SDG&E's smart grid program, led by Krevat, is one of the most ambitious and comprehensive in the nation, receiving POWER magazine's prestigious 2012 Smart Grid Award for implementing the nation's most advanced smart grid, and ranking as the smartest utility in the nation for three years in a row by IDC Energy Insights and Intelligent Utility Magazine.

In 2012, Krevat was named one of the top 100 movers and shakers who are influencing the smart grid market by GreenTech Media for the second time, recognized as a Top 12 "Mover and Shaker" in the utility industry by Intelligent Utility Magazine for the second time, and recognized as a Privacy Ambassador by The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario.

Krevat has helped SDG&E pioneer the implementation of smart grid technologies throughout the region's electric grid, including self-healing grid technology, substation automation, condition-based maintenance, advanced outage and distribution management systems, advanced meters, smart transformers and other technology that promote the integration of rooftop solar power and electric vehicles, and a microgrid project funded by more than $10 million in grants from the Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission.

Krevat also focuses on promoting the benefits of the smart grid and energy independence on a national level. He serves on the Board of Directors of the GridWise Alliance and the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA). These organizations aim to transform the electric grid and promote clean transportation to achieve a sustainable energy future through the advocacy of well-reasoned smart grid policies at the federal, state, and local levels. He also serves on the Board of GridX, a startup that has developed the industry's first revenue grade, utility scale, cloud-based billing engine.

Krevat's prior positions at SDG&E include director of program delivery, where he oversaw IT for advanced technology projects and the development of new systems to improve operating efficiency and customer experience. Krevat was also director of IT strategy and business partnership where he worked to align strategic direction between IT and other utility business units, as well as director of infrastructure engineering & operations.

Before joining SDG&E, Krevat led several software development teams at Tandem Computers, prior to which, he was a partner at TransPac Software, a startup in Silicon Valley. Krevat received a bachelor's degree with university honors in applied mathematics/computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.

SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides safe and reliable energy service to 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and more than 850,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The utility's area spans 4,100 square miles. SDG&E is committed to creating ways to help customers save energy and money every day. SDG&E is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego.

 


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.


Fred Fletcher

Fredric Fletcher
Assistant General Manager, Burbank Water & Power

Fred has been leading power supply at Burbank Water and Power since 1984 when he became Assistant General Manager. Prior to that he was Operations Manager for Missouri River Energy Services in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Fred was part of the initial staff and first electrical engineer for Missouri River Energy Services, a power supplier for 60 municipal electric utilities in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. He received his BSEE from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Fred has developed two international award winning power plants at Burbank. Burbank received a DOE smart grid grant in 2009. The smart grid deployment in Burbank has a technology and power supply bias which as a result has allowed the deployment of smart grid without impacting the electricity rates. The key to this approach is using smart grid technology to lower costs and providing new competitive priced services.

 


Paul De Martini

Paul De Martini
Managing DIrector, Newport Consulting Group

Paul De Martini is Managing Director, Newport Consulting Group and visiting scholar at the Resnick Institute for Sustainability at the California Institute of Technology. Paul provides management consulting services to technology, energy and venture executives worldwide regarding business and policy strategy, market development and technology development and management. He is on the advisory boards of several venture backed greentech firms.

Paul was previously Chief Technology Officer for Cisco's global Energy Networks Group. Earlier, he was vice president of Advanced Technology at Southern California Edison leading their $2 billion grid modernization efforts. Paul's career also included executive roles with ICF International, Sempra Energy, Coastal Oil & Gas and PG&E Corporation in competitive energy services, power marketing and electric T&D operations.

Paul's work has consistently been recognized by industry including several awards for innovation and industry leadership from DoE, EPRI and several leading trade publications. He has spoken and written extensively on grid modernization with a focus on transactive energy and distributed energy resource integration. Paul is a member of DoE's GridWise Architecture Council. He holds an MBA from the University of Southern California, a BS from the University of San Francisco and Technology Management certificate from Caltech. He is a certified Electric System Operator in California and is a senior member of the IEEE Power Engineering Society.

 


David Wollman

Dr. David Wollman
Manager - Smart Grid Standards and Research, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Dr. David Wollman is Manager, Smart Grid Standards and Research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and serves as deputy of the Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program Office, which is responsible for coordinating and accelerating the private-sector development of smart grid standards (see www.nist.gov/smartgrid/ for additional information). He also leads NIST's effort in the White House's Green Button Initiative to enable consumers to securely download their energy usage information from their electric utilities in human- and machine-readable standardized electronic format, working in close coordination with the federal government interagency Green Button team and industry, including in the North American Energy Standards Board. Previously he managed efforts within the NIST Physical Measurement Laboratory to maintain and advance the Nation's electrical standards and metrology supporting the electric power industry, as well as serving in a variety of positions including scientific advisor, program analyst and bench-level scientist. Before joining NIST, Dr. Wollman received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the areas of superconducting electronics and device micro/nanofabrication. He has received many awards, including two U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medals and the NIST Applied Research Award, and has three U.S. patents.

 


Vish Ganti

Vish Ganti
Sr.Research Associate - Grid Integration Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Vish Ganti is a Senior Research Associate at The Grid Integration Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He has been conducting research in various areas of Smart Grid including automated demand response, interoperability, home automation, smart appliances and data analytics. Mr.Ganti was formerly employed at EnerNOC as an Energy Engineer and implemented several energy efficiency and demand response projects in California and the Pacific Northwest, including energy efficiency potential studies for the State of New Mexico and Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Currently, Mr. Ganti represents LBNL in various national forums such as Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) and GridWise Architecture Council. Mr.Ganti is also active member in operating the Demand to Grid lab which is a smart grid interoperability demonstration test bed.

 


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