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Scott Backhaus
Staff Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Scott Backhaus (TSM, MPA-10) received his Ph.D. in Physics in 1997 from the University of California at Berkeley in the area of macroscopic quantum behavior of superfluid 3He and 4He. He came to Los Alamos in 1998 and was Director’s Funded Postdoc from 1998 to 2000, a Reines Postdoctoral Fellow from 2001 to 2003, and a Technical Staff Member from 2003 to the present. During his time at Los Alamos, Backhaus has performed both experimental and theoretical research in the area of thermoacoustics including fundamental topics such as several thermoacoustic streaming instabilities, streaming assisted heat transfer, and acoustic power manipulation. In addition, he has completed several projects with practical applications such as a thermoacoustic-based electric generator for spacecraft, a large-scale thermoacoustic engine for a natural gas liquefaction pilot plant, and more recently on developing new approaches to optimization and control of power grids. His work has been recognized with several awards including an R&D 100 award in 1999 and Technology Review’s "Top 100 Innovators Under 35" award in 2003.

Luke Clemente
General Manager, Metering & Sensing Systems, GE Energy - Digital Energy
Luke Clemente is general manager of Metering and Sensing Systems for GE Energy’ Services’ Digital Energy business. The Digital Energy business provides integrated smart grid solutions and reliable power delivery to electric utilities as well as the oil & gas, critical infrastructure and industrial sectors. Smart Grid is the marriage of information and automation technologies with our electrical infrastructure to support our 21st Century global energy needs… enabling us to do more with less through increased energy efficiencies.

As Digital Energy Metering & Sensing Systems General Manager, Luke leads the Communications/MDS, ANSI & IEC Meters, Monitoring & Diagnostics and Demand Response/AMI teams. Smart Grid means different things to different people and regions. Luke is a customer advocate, holding regional Smart Grid Workshops around the world to more fully understand industry drivers and key product needs to engineer solutions designed to meet regional needs. Building on the synergies between the legacy T&D and Digital Energy businesses and market needs, Luke drives the new product development and system interoperability across platforms to provide holistic smart grid solutions.

Luke drives global awareness of the need for a smarter grid. As a global smart grid expert, Luke has addressed key industry and financial audiences including keynoting at the Smart Grid Latin America Forum in Brazil, as a panelist for the World Energy Council, presenting at state smart grid events in Colorado and Nevada, and discussion Smart Grid with both Merrill Lynch and Frost & Sullivan industry analysts. He has also been quoted in Wall Street Journal, USA Today, DGI and was heard on Popular Science radio.

Luke was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1986 and was a practicing attorney for several years prior to joining Enron as a director for business development. Luke joined GE Energy In 1998 as a business development manager, where he led a number of acquisitions. In 2001, Luke moved to GE Rail (now GE Transportation) as the general manager of business development. In 2003, he was named president for GE Rail-China, based in Beijing. While in Beijing, he was instrumental in leading the team to establish and rapidly expand GE Rail's presence in China with orders in excess of $800MM. In 2006, Luke became product line general manager for GE Energy’s control solutions business where he executed a successful turnaround strategy focused on profitable growth.

Luke holds a MBA from Columbia University, a law degree from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College.

Mike Coop
Founder, heyCoop, LLC
Mike Coop is a 20-year high-tech veteran who has held leadership positions in the industry's most progressive startup and public companies, including Microsoft Corporation and Cisco Systems. In 2007 he founded heyCoop, LLC, a consultancy focused primarily on residential Smart Grid standards and policy issues. He is an active participant in numerous standards efforts, including NIST’s Smart Grid Cyber Security Work Group, Home-to-Grid Domain Expert Working Group, and PAPs 10, 15, and 17; UPnP Forum's Smart Grid Task Force; the Bluetooth SIG's Smart Energy Study Group, and the Society of Automotive Engineers' Task Force on Powerline Communications. Coop also leads IEEE’s 1680.3 TV Energy Conservation Subgroup, is chair of the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society's Chicago Chapter, and has recently been appointed to serve on ASHRAE's SPC 201P Facility Smart Grid Information Model Committee.

Marcelo Dipaolo
Full Engineer, LADWP
Mr. Marcelo Di Paolo – Full Engineer, Power System Information Technology Smart Grid and Electric Vehicles and Lead for the Plugin Electric Vehicle project initiative Mr. Di Paolo is responsible for supervising the Smart Grid and Electric Vehicle Group, development of LADWP’a Smart Grid Project Plan, Demonstration Lab, Distribution Automation Project, & various associated pilots. Mr. Di Paolo served in previous positions at LADWP in Supply Chain Management, the Emergency Operations Center, and Power System Engineering Services. Marcelo is completing a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (Power Systems) and an M.S. in Industrial System Engineering (Engineering Management), and has an M.S. in Electrical Engineering (Power Systems), a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (Analog Circuit Design), and a B.S. in Biomedical/Biochemical Engineering, all from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He is a Registered Professional Engineer.

Rajit Gadh
Professor & Director, UCLA - WINMEC & Smart Grid Energy Research Center
Dr. Rajit Gadh is a Professor at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA where he heads the Wireless Internet for Mobile Enterprise Consortium (http://winmec.ucla.edu) of which major companies including Intel, HP, Sun, Siemens, Oracle, Computer Associates, Northrop Grumman, Hughes Network Systems, Qualcomm, TCS, Satyam, ISMB-Italy and several others are supporting members. Dr. Gadh works in the areas of Mobile/Wireless Internet, multimedia/graphics, RFID-middleware, RFID-sensor interface definitions, wireless enterprise security, multi-media content distribution over the internet, and multi-media over UWB, within the Wireless Media Lab (http://wireless.ucla.edu/wml). He has over 100 papers in journals, conferences and technical magazines.

He has a Doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University, a Masters from Cornell University and a Bachelors from IIT Kanpur. He has taught as a visiting researcher at UC Berkeley, has been a Assistant, Associate and Full Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and did his sabbatical as a visiting researcher at Stanford University for a year. Prior to his academic career, he has worked for two software startup companies. He has won several awards from NSF (CAREER award, Research Initiation Award, NSF-Lucent Industry Ecology Award, GOAL-I award), SAE (Ralph Teetor award), ASME (Kodak Best Technical Paper award), AT&T (Industrial ecology fellow award), Engineering Education Foundation (Research Initiation Award), etc., and other accolades in his career.

Phil Gow
Vice President, Battery Systems, CODA Automotive
Philippe Gow, Vice President of Battery Systems

Phil has been developing battery systems for electric cars for 17 years, with much of his early experience focused on the development of the advanced battery system for GM's EV1. He has also held the position of Vice President of Engineering at Texaco Ovonic Battery Systems, Avestor, Sion Power and International Battery. With nine battery patents, Phil is committed to the continued development of practical and novel solutions to the challenges posed by automotive propulsion batteries.

Krishnan Gowri
Senior Research Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Lab.
Krishnan Gowri is a Senior Research Engineer with Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL) in Richland, WA. He is currently a member of the SAE J2836/J2847 and J2931 committees developing the vehicle to grid communication standards. Krishnan is also leading a DOE project on communication module prototype development and labarotary testing of J2847 messages.

Krishnan holds a Masters and Ph.D. from Concordia Univeristy, Montreal, Que. and has been with PNNL since 1995 as part of the Building Energy Codes software team.

Mike Gravely
Manager - Energy Systems Research Office, California Energy Commission
Mike Gravely is the Manager of the Energy Systems Research Office at the California Energy Commission. His office manages over $250 million in active energy related research and development projects. The office supports research for California in a variety of technical areas that include: Smart Grid, Renewable Grid Integration, Transmission, Distribution, Demand Response, Energy Storage, Distributed Energy Resources, Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS), and Sustainable Communities. His office is completing several research activities focused on understanding and defining what California needs in a future Smart Grid. Through the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program, his staff is assisting California Companies with their American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funded smart grid grants that were awarded under DOE Funding Opportunity Announcements 36 and 58 by providing some of the required match funding for 15 companies with approved Smart Grid grants. One specific technical areas of interest for the Energy Commission PIER Program is addressing Smart Grid interoperability and standards including how electric vehicles will be integrated in to the future California Smart Grid.

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 management 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 many challenges of a start up high technology 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.

Stanton Hadley
Power and Energy Systems Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Stanton W. Hadley is the Wind Program Manager and a systems engineer in the Power and Energy Systems Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Mr. Hadley has a BS and MS degree in Nuclear Engineering and an MS in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri-Rolla. He has over twenty-eight years of experience in modeling the energy industry and has co-authored over 80 reports and articles on the topic. He has developed and used electric industry and national energy models in order to study topics such as renewable and conventional generation, demand-side management, electricity restructuring, carbon dioxide emissions, distributed generation, infrastructure protection, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

Bruce Hamer
Principal Power Engineer, Burbank Water and Power
Bruce Hamer is currently Smart Grid Program Manager with Burbank Water and Power. He has over 34 years of experience mostly with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, including electric utility planning and management, engineering management, project and construction management, telecommunications and fiber optic markets, electric wholesale marketing and power contracts. He has lead strategic business planning and development, utility retail marketing and major customer account management, organizational development, contract administration, quality assurance and quality control, environmental report preparation, and has performed public speaking. He has completed a Masters Degree in Business Administration at Pepperdine University, Management Certificate at UC Los Angeles, Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering at CSU Long Beach, plus additional management and technical studies which have developed essential business management skills.

He is an accomplished spokesperson experienced in speaking with Regulators, Governing Boards and Government officials, Community and customer meetings, and has managed regulatory studies and filings during electric industry restructuring. He served on the Board of Directors for the United Telecom Council, Washington DC, and Chairperson of the California Municipal Utilities Association Telecommunications Committee. He was previously a Governor on the California Power Exchange Corporation (Cal PX).

Paul Heitmann
Utility Stakeholder Services, ECOtality
Paul currently serves as the Utility Stakeholder representative for ECOtality North America, and has a background in utility demand response programs, and smart grid applications such as electric vehicle load management. Paul served as a founding member of the Mid Atlantic Grid Interactive Cars consortium, and has been initiating programs for comprehensive Demand Response and Smart Charging solutions for government and utility customers that are entering the EV/EVSE market.
Prior to his work in the electric transportation industry, Paul spent 16 years in AT&T in a series of solution development and system integration roles, and contributed to the startup of the AT&T Solutions division which developed large network service outsourcing solutions for Fortune 500 corporations. Paul is currently leveraging this communications background in his representation on the IEEE P2030 and SAE/EPRI standards groups, where he represents the “load side” interface definition needs for EVSE.
Paul holds a BS Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Massachussetts,and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Florham Park, NJ. Paul resides in Bernards Township, NJ.

Stephen Johnson
Sr Product Marketing Manager, Itron, Inc.
Stephen Johnson is currently a Sr. Product Marketing Manager for Itron, focusing on "behind the meter" applications in smart grid systems, including demand response, dynamic pricing, PEVs, and customer engagement. Stephen has been with Itron since 2002, and currently resides in Spokane, WA. Throughout his tenure at Itron, Stephen has focused on advanced electricity metering applications and data collection systems. Prior to joining Itron, Stephen spent seven years working in precision agriculture, designing and marketing solutions that leverage site-specific data to provide operational efficiency and increased quality to agriculture cooperatives and crop consultants. Stephen obtained a B.S. and M.S. from Oklahoma State University.

Doug Kim
Director, Advanced Technology, Southern California Edison
Doug Kim is director of Advanced Technology in the Transmission & Distribution Business Unit of Southern California Edison. Advanced Technology is SCE’s research and development organization responsible for Smart Grid development, which includes advanced grid technologies, electric transportation, smart metering, and integration of energy smart consumer products.

Before assuming his current job, Doug Kim was responsible for the Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Readiness Program for Southern California Edison. The PEV Readiness Program was created to ensure SCE would be prepared to support customer adoption of plug-in electric vehicles to be introduced in the market by late 2010 by many of the major automakers.

Prior to his PEV responsibilities, Doug Kim was General Manager of Edison Carrier Solutions, a business unit of SCE that provides large capacity fiber optics-based broadband services to all types of telecommunications companies such as wireless carriers, large and small local and long distance telephone companies, alternative telecommunications service providers, cable television companies and internet access companies.

Kim previously worked as a senior manager in various SCE organizations with primary responsibilities in assessing new business opportunities and developing strategies and detailed business plans. Kim joined Edison International (EIX), the parent company of SCE, in 1996, working on corporate strategic planning and new business development. He also provided internal consulting to many of EIX’s operating units.

Kim received a bachelor of science degree in engineering from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont and a master of business administration degree from UCLA.

Andrew Martinez-Fonts
Product Manager, Silver Spring Networks
Andrew Martinez-Fonts is a Senior Product Manager at Silver Spring Networks, where he manages electric vehicle management products, including smart charging stations, demand response software, and driver web portal software. Previously, he managed configuration management software products for the smart grid networking company. Before joining Silver Spring, Andrew was the lead product manager at Prosper, the first peer-to-peer lending marketplace in the United States. Andrew has also served as a product manager at eBay, where his responsibilities included eBay Stores and eBay's shipping features. Andrew is an expert in user interface design, user experience, and usability testing. He has broad experience with transactional, community-oriented, peer-to-peer online businesses. Andrew has a B.S. in Product Design (Mechanical Engineering) from Stanford University.

Ali Morabbi
Manager, Power System Information Technology, LADWP
Dr. Ali Morabbi – Los Angeles Department of Water and Power - Program Director, Smart Grid - 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.

Feng Pan
TSM, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Feng Pan his Ph.D. in Operations Research from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005. He is a technical staff member in Risk Analysis and Decision Support Systems Group in Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has been working in the area of nonproliferation and critical infrastructure modeling. He is the lead developer for PATRIOT, a network decision support tool for diagnosing and interdicting global nuclear smuggling. He also worked in the area of telecommunication network modeling and analysis, and he performed simulation and analysis for the telecommunication infrastructure during the 2005 hurricane season. His research interests cover stochastic network interdiction, stochastic programming, and combinatorial optimization models and algorithms.

Jason Rodriguez
CEO and Director of Research, Zpryme Research & Consulting, LLC
Jason S. Rodriguez is the CEO and Director of Research of Austin, Texas based Zpryme Research & Consulting, LLC. Mr. Rodriguez spearheads strategy and market research projects for clients in the clean-tech, renewable energy, Smart Grid, semiconductor, automotive, and IT industry. Recently, Mr. Rodriguez has led the development of significant industry reports on Smart Appliances, V2G, and Renewable Energy for the Smart Grid.

Mr. Rodriguez has held prior roles as an analyst in the energy industry, for Verizon Wireless, AAA, the Institute for Business & Home Safety, and the Center for Economic Development Research at the University of South Florida.

Mr. Rodriguez received his BBA in Marketing from McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, and his MBA from Texas-State University in San Marcos, Texas.

Kat Shoa
Founder / Principal, Kat Shoa Consulting
Kat Shoa is a management consultant with extensive experience in revenue generation and market expansion for US and Japanese companies developing products, services, and intellectual properties. She has been involved with products and services with projected revenues of hundreds of millions of dollars in computer software and hardware, smart grid technologies and services, cloud computing, digital office products, and more. She holds business patents in online transactional technologies.

Kat attended California State University Long Beach School of Engineering, and USC Marshall School of Business. More at: www.katshoa.com

Commissioner Timothy Simon
Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
Timothy Alan Simon was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on February 15, 2007, and confirmed by the California State Senate on February 28, 2008. Commissioner Simon is a securities and banking lawyer and law professor. He uses his background to facilitate balanced public policy in utility regulation.

Commissioner Simon firmly supports investment in California's utility infrastructure as being critical to California's economic future. He is active in the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) as Chair of the Natural Gas Committee, and member of: the Critical Infrastructure Committee; the Consumer Affairs Committee; the Gas Speculation Task Force, and; the Wireless Task Force. He is also the Chair of the Liquified Natural Gas Partnership between NARUC and the U.S. Department of Energy and a member of the Berkeley Energy Resources Collaborative.

Prior to joining the CPUC, Commissioner Simon was an appointment secretary to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and was the first African American in California history to hold the post. Previously, Commissioner Simon served as a legal advisor on complex financial products, and has held positions at Global Crown Capital, LLC, PreferredTrade, Inc., Robertson Stephens Investment Banker, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo.

Commissioner Simon received his Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of San Francisco, and his law degree from the Hastings College of the Law, University of California. He is an adjunct professor of Securities Regulations at Golden Gate University School of Law, as well as an advisor on international securities in the U.S. Legal Studies Program.

As an active member of the Bay Area community, Commissioner Simon serves on several non-profit boards including Catholic Charities/CYO of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Megan Furth Academy, and Junior Achievement. He works to actively promote and encourage workplace, procurement, and educational diversity. He is engaged and is the proud father of three children.

Peter Suterko
Manager, Fleet Services, LADWP
Peter Suterko is involved in automotive and large equipment design, repair, modification and management for over 30 years. Current position as Fleet Services Manager responsible for engineering design, acquisition, deployment, and investment recovery of over 8500 various types of equipment required to operate and maintain both Power and Water infrastructures for all LADWP. Also responsible for Electric Transportation Organization within City of LA including LADWP Smart Grid interface and requirements.




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