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Sean Arian
Founder and President, Eos Consulting
Sean Arian is founder and President of Eos Consulting, focusing on the space where clean technologies, economic development and public policies intersect. For the past three years, Sean was the Director of Economic Development for the Mayor of Los Angeles. In that role he was responsible for advising the Mayor on his strategy to build the green economy in Los Angeles including the development of LA’s Clean Technology Corridor and Cleantech LA, a partnership with the region’s premier academic institutions. He also led the Mayor’s team that implemented the Clean Trucks Program at the Port of Los Angeles, a policy that resulted in an 80% reduction in truck emissions while promoting the use of new clean transportation technologies.

Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, Sean worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. A native of Los Angeles, Sean earned his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, and a bachelor of arts from the University of California at Berkeley. Sean served as a Fulbright scholar in Buenos Aires, Argentina focusing on strengthening the rule of law, and as a Japan Foundation fellow in Yokohama, Japan. He is a member of the California Bar.

Vikram Budhraja
President, Electric Power Group
Vikram S. Budhraja is President of Electric Power Group, LLC. Electric Power Group has been in operation since 2000 and provides management and consulting services to the electric power industry. Mr. Budhraja was an advisor to the State of California during the 2001 electricity crises, and to the Department of Energy during the 2003 Blackout Investigations.

Mr. Budhraja has extensive senior executive experience in the electric power industry in the areas of operations, managing business units, strategy, industry restructuring, investments, technologies, start-ups, and venture capital. Previously, Mr. Budhraja was with Edison International where he held senior executive positions including:

 President, Edison Technology Solutions and Edison Capital Ventures
 Senior Vice President, Southern California Edison’s Power Grid Business Unit
 Vice President of Planning and Technology
 Vice President of System Planning and Operation
 Vice President of System Planning and Fuel Supply

Mr. Budhraja led industry efforts on reliability and creation of competitive electric markets, including the formation and start-up of the Independent System Operator and Power Exchange for California’s competitive electricity market. Mr. Budhraja is an expert on the electric power industry, power system operations and planning, research and technology development, start-up ventures, business development and strategy. Mr. Budhraja was responsible for SCE’s strategic plans and initiatives related to industry restructuring, business unit formation, generation and transmissions expansion, and mergers.

Prior to joining Edison, Mr. Budhraja worked in the consulting field. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, and his Master’s in Operations Research/System Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Mr. Budhraja’s current and prior board assignments include:

 Energy Advisory Board on Electric System Reliability established by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy
 California Power Exchange Board of Governors – Chair/Vice Chair, and Member
 California Independent System Operator – Board Member
 Member of the Research Advisory Committee of Electric Power Research Institute
 Western Electricity Coordinating Council’s Board of Trustees, and Chairman of Policy Group on Reliability Management System
 SoftSwitching Technologies – Board Member
 Centre for Spirituality and the Workplace, St. Mary’s University – Board Member
 Consortium for Electric Reliability Technology Solutions – Chairman and Advisor
 American Superconductor Corp. – Board Member

Andres Carvallo
Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, Grid Net
Andres is the Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Grid Net. He has global responsibilities for the company’s strategy, branding, messaging, marketing, business development, partnerships, commercialization, support, consulting and solutions efforts. Outside of Grid Net, Andres is an advisor to GE Energy, The University of Texas, The University of Kansas, UCLA and several start-ups.

Andres has more than 24 years of experience in the energy, telecommunications, computer, and software industries. Having held executive management positions since 1992, he has been responsible for the successful development and commercialization of over 40 products, in companies ranging from start-ups to market leaders such as Philips Electronics, Digital Equipment Corporation, Borland, and Microsoft.

Just prior to Grid Net, Andres was for seven years the chief information officer at Austin Energy, the 9th largest public power utility in the nation providing low cost reliable power to the capital city of Texas, with annual revenues over $1.3 billion, servicing 410,000 premises representing approximately 43,000 businesses and 1.2 million consumers. At Austin Energy, he was responsible for the utility’s technology vision, planning, development and operations. While at Austin Energy, Andres defined and promoted the term “Smart Grid”, was the chief architect of the first Smart Grid to be fully deployed in the U.S., became the premier Smart Grid industry thought leader, and led a comprehensive, highly lauded technology transformation of the utility.

Andres has made many industry-wide contributions: he was a contributor to the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act’s Title XIII Smart Grid: Sections 1301 -1309; he served as a key advisor and contributor to NIST and EPRI in the creation of the Smart Grid Interoperability Standards; and he has advised the DOE, FCC, EPA, and NERC in their Smart Grid policy initiatives.

Andres is a requested speaker at industry events featuring Smart Grid, Clean-Tech, Service-Oriented Architecture, Wireless, and Running IT as a Business. He is the recipient of many awards, including IT Executive of the Year by the Association of Information Technology Professionals in 2005, Premier 100 IT Leader by Computerworld in 2006, Best in Class of Premier 100 by Computerworld in 2006, CIO 100 Award by CIO Magazine in 2006, InformationWeek 500 by InformationWeek Magazine in 2007, 2008, and 2009, Computerworld’s Top 12 Green IT Companies in 2008 and 2009, Hispanic Information Technology Council’s HITEC 100 in 2008 and 2009, UTC Apex Finalist in 2009, Computerworld Honors Laureate, Finalist, and 21st Century Award Winner in 2009, Top 100 Influential by Hispanic Business in 2009, CIO Hall of Fame Finalist by CIO Magazine in 2009, and CIO of the Year by Energy Central in 2009.

Andres received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas with a concentration in Robotics and Control Systems. Andres has also completed executive management programs at the University of Idaho, Stanford University, and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Susan Covino
Senior Consultant, Market Strategy, PJM Interconnection LLC
Susan Covino is the Senior Consultant, Market Strategy at PJM. She previously served PJM as the Manager for Demand Side Response.

Ms. Covino previously served The New Power Company as a Director, Government Affairs covering New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, PJM, and FERC. Prior to that Ms. Covino was a Director, Government Affairs covering gas and electric matters for Enron in the mid-Atlantic and northeast regions of the U.S.

Ms. Covino served as Vice President and General Counsel of KCS Energy Marketing, Inc. from 1992 to 1997. She began her career in the energy industry as a Staff Attorney for Elizabethtown Gas in 1978. She was graduated from Dickinson School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree in 1978 and from the University of Connecticut summa cum laude with a double major in economics and history in 1975. Ms. Covino is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Vijay Dhir
Dean - Engineering, UCLA
Vijay K. Dhir, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, was named Dean of UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science in March 2003.

Born in India, Dhir received his Bachelor of Science degree from Punjab Engineering College in Chandigarh, India, in 1965 and his Master of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India, in 1968. He came to the United States in 1969 to continue his university studies in mechanical engineering, receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in 1972. Dhir joined the faculty at UCLA in 1974.

In the late 1960s he worked for a short period in industry as an engineer, and for the past 30 years he has been a consultant for numerous organizations, including GE Corp., Rockwell International, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the Los Alamos and Brookhaven National Labs.

Dhir served as vice chair of the UCLA Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from 1988 to 1991, and was chair of that department from 1994 to 2000. From July 2001 to February 2002, he served as the school's associate dean for academic and faculty issues and as Interim Dean from February 2002 to March 2003.

He has worked to make UCLA's Engineering School a hub for interdisciplinary research. In the last two years, the School has won five competitive research centers from the federal government and private industry that will bring more than $100 million dollars to Southern California in the next five years to spur research and development on emerging technologies.

Dhir is the recipient of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Heat Transfer Memorial Award in the Science category and the Donald Q. Kern award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He is a fellow of ASME and the American Nuclear Society. He was inducted into the University of Kentucky’s College of Engineering Hall of Distinction in 2004. He also received the IIT/Kanpur West Coast Alumni Leadership Award for 2003.

Dhir has been the senior technical editor for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Journal of Heat Transfer since 2000. Prior to being named senior technical editor, he also served as the Journal’s associate editor. He is also a former assistant editor of Applied Mechanics Review. He is on the advisory boards of several other journals.

More recently, Dhir partnered with UCLA electrical engineering professor Elliott Brown on an innovative method of removing high heat fluxes from power amplifier chips. Thirty PhD students and forty MS students have graduated under Dhir’s supervision. He is author or co-author of more than 250 papers published in archival journals and proceedings of conferences.

Kshamit Dixit
Director of IT Security, Toronto Hydro
Kshamit Dixit brings over 18 years of experience in engineering and information technology. Founding Chairman of Smart Network Council Security Committee, Washington DC, serves in Board of Directors Utilities Telecom Council, Board of Directors Smart Networks Council, Washington DC. He is with Toronto Hydro past 11 years, has specialized in Information Technology, Cyber Security and Regulatory compliance. As Manager of Security Office, he has developed converged security model for Smart Grid combining smarts of System Operations, Physical Security and Logical Security with effective monitoring and risk reporting framework.

Ahmad Faruqui
Principal, The Brattle Group
Ahmad Faruqui is one of the nation’s leading experts on the smart grid. He helps clients assess the economics of dynamic pricing, demand response, advanced metering infrastructure, and energy efficiency. He pioneered the use of experimentation in understanding customer behavior and his early work on time-of-use pricing experiments is cited in Professor Bonbright’s textbook on public utility rates.

Currently, he is assisting the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in preparing a National Action Plan for Demand Response. Last year, he performed a state-by-state assessment of the potential for demand response for the FERC which was filed with Congress in June. In prior years, he assisted the Electric Power Research Institute in quantifying the potential for energy efficiency and the Edison Electric Institute in quantifying the benefits of dynamic pricing.

He has assessed the benefits of dynamic pricing in New York for the Independent System Operator and worked on fostering economic demand response for the Midwest ISO and ISO New England. He has also explored the economics of load management standards for the California Energy Commission. In addition, he has worked for utilities in two dozen states.

He has appeared before commissions and legislative bodies in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota and Ontario, Canada. He has also addressed several meetings of state and provincial commissioners in the US and Canada.

The author of four books and more than a hundred papers on energy policy, Faruqui holds a doctoral degree in economics from the University of California at Davis.

Francesco Fileppo
Researcher, ISMB
Francesco Fileppo is a researcher at Istituto Superiore Mario Boella. His main research topics include both theoretical and practical activities on Vehicular Ad-Hoc Networks, Wireless Mesh Networks, Quality of service for multi-hop wireless networks and embedded systems for wireless applications.

Rajit Gadh
Professor & Director, UCLA - WINMEC
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.

Livio Gallo
Chief Executive Officer, Enel Distribuzione
Livio Gallo is the Managing Director of the Networks and Infrastructures Division of Enel and Chief Executive Officer of Enel Distribuzione.
The mission of the Networks and Infrastructures Division is to:
- provide transmission and distribution of electricity and gas achieving excellence in the quality of service and in the operational activities, optimizing the asset management;
- to assure the best efficiency in metering systems management ( more than 31 million of electronic meters managed and read from the automatic “Telegestore” system)

From 2004 to 2005, Executive Vice President of Business Area Electric Network of ENEL Distribuzione, the Italian major electric utility which supplies and distributes electricity to over 31 millions of customers in Italy, operate over 1.100.000 km electric lines and over 400.000 substations.

From 2002 to 2004, Executive Vice President of Regulated Sales Area of ENEL Distribuzione, which sells energy to 30 millions of residential and business customers.

From 1999 to 2001, Executive Vice President of Sales Area of Enel’s Gencos for the privatization of Enel’s 15,000 MW of generation power.

Before 1999, he was in Elsag Bailey Process Automation, a Finmeccanica Group’s company, as Area Vice President West Europe and Africa. Elsag Bailey Automation provides automation products and solutions for the Industry and Energy market. He was also member of the Group Executive Committee and Board of Directors of several companies in Europe.

Josh Gerber
Lead Architect for Smart Grid, San Diego Gas & Electric
Josh Gerber is Lead Architect for Smart Grid at San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), a Sempra Energy utility. His current role is leading enterprise-wide smart grid strategy, policy, and project alignment with a focus on IT infrastructure, networking and security. Prior to joining Sempra, Josh was a Systems Engineer at Inflow, Inc., now part of Sungard Availability Services. In his 15 year career, including 7 years with the Sempra utilities, Josh has held multiple senior positions involving the planning, design, and implementation of smart grid, advanced metering, and data center infrastructure. Josh serves as SDG&E's representative on the UCAIUG OpenSG Technical Committee and the NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Panel.

SDG&E, is a regulated public utility that provides service to 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters (including over 500,000 advanced Smart Meters installed to date) and more than 840,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties.

Erich Gunther
Chairman and CTO, EnerNex Corporation
Erich W. Gunther is the Chairman, Chief Technology Officer, and co-founder of EnerNex® Corporation in Knoxville, Tennessee where he helps EnerNex clients define their strategic direction in basic R&D, technology, and product development.

Gunther has years of experience in design and development of innovative solutions to a wide array of power system problems, most notably ways to take advantage of communications networks and technology to improve the efficiency, operating practices, and security of the electric power system.

Erich was appointed by the US Department of Energy in 2004 to serve on the GridWise Architecture Council (GWAC) - a focused team of experts assembled to articulate the guiding principles that constitute the architecture of a future, intelligent, transactive, energy system. Mr. Gunther serves on the board of directors for Global Smart Infrastructures, and the Utility Communications Architecture International Users group. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Tennessee.

In 2007, EnerNex and Mr. Gunther were recognized by the Department of Energy and other organizers of the GridWeek conference by receiving the Smart Grid Implementation and Leadership Award. The award announcement stated: “Under Erich Gunther’s leadership, the EnerNex team has clearly driven how we implement and deploy smart grid technologies from coast to coast and everywhere in between”. Erich also received the individual Smart Grid Award for Technology Leadership at GridWeek 2008.

Mr. Gunther is presently consulting with the California Energy Commission and Southern California Edison on matters related to the development of smart grid applications including advanced utility systems automation and widely deployed advanced metering and demand response enabling infrastructure in California. He and EnerNex were recently appointed by the Illinois Commerce Commission to lead a two year effort to develop recommendations for deployment of smart grid technologies in Illinois.

Mr. Gunther was part of the original team that developed EPRI’s IntelliGrid Architecture and led the team that refined and documented the IntelliGrid Use Case based requirements development methodology through its first major application at Southern California Edison for their AMI and Smart Grid programs. He is presently the lead consultant for EPRI implementing IntelliGrid Architecture demonstration projects, providing coordination between IntelliGrid and other organizations, and implementing general IntelliGrid technology transfer activities. He is also working with EPRI to develop smart grid roadmaps for several utilities including Duke Energy, First Energy, Salt River Project, Southern Company, and others.
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Asad Madni
Executive Managing Director & CTO, Crocker Capital
Dr. Asad M. Madni is Past President & Chief Operating Officer(1992-2006) of BEI Technologies, Inc., located in Sylmar, California. Prior to joining BEI he was with Systron Donner Corporation (A Thorn/EMI Company) for 18 years where he served in various senior level technical and executive positions, eventually as Chairman, President & CEO. He is currently serving as the Executive Managing Director & Chief Technical Officer of Crocker Capital based in San Francisco, California. He received the A.A.S. degree from RCA Institutes, Inc., B.S. and M.S. degrees from University of California, Los Angeles, the Ph.D. degree from California Coast University (all in electrical engineering) and the DSc. Degree (Honoris Causa) from Ryerson University. He is also a graduate of the Certificate Program in Engineering Management at the California Institute of Technology, the Executive Institute at Stanford University and the Program for Senior Executives at MIT Sloan School of Management. Dr. Madni is an internationally recognized authority with over 35 years of experience in “intelligent” sensors and system design and signal processing. He is credited with over 150 refereed publications in archival journals, conference proceedings and book chapters; over 100 research reports and internal publications; over 100 keynote addresses, invited lectures, chairs and panels; and 67 issued or pending patents resulting in numerous “industry firsts”. He has served as a director on the board of six technology companies and on the advisory boards of several professional and academic organizations. He is currently serving as “Distinguished College Professor” at TCI College of Technology; as Adjunct Professor at Ryerson University & University of New Mexico, Albuquerque; and on advisory boards at California State University Northridge College of Engineering & Computer Science, UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering & Applied Science, USC Viterbi School of Engineering, Northwestern University Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science, TCI College of Technology, IEEE Systems Journal, AutoSoft Journal, and as Honorary Editor of the International Journal on Smart Sensing & Intelligent Systems. Dr. Madni is also the recipient of numerous National & International Awards and Honors including, the Marconi Medal from TCI College of Technology, the 2008 IEEE Region 6 “Outstanding Engineer” and “Outstanding Leadership and Professional Service” Awards, the 2006 World Automation Congress Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2005 IEE Achievement Medal, the 2004 Alumnus of the Year Award from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering & Applied Science, the 2004 Distinguished Engineering Achievement Award from the San Fernando Valley Engineers’ Council, the 2003 George Washington Engineer of the Year Award from the Los Angeles Council of Engineers & Scientists, the 2002 UCLA Professional Achievement Award Medal, IEEE Third Millennium Medal, Joseph F. Engelberger Best Paper Award at the 2000 World Automation Congress, California Coast University Distinguished Alumni Award, Association of Old Crows Gold Certificate of Merit, and is listed in all the major Who’s Who publications including Who’s Who in America. He is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (UK), Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (UK), Fellow of the Institute for the Advancement of Engineering, Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers, Lifetime Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, and Life Fellow of the International Biographical Association.

Zahra Makoui
Supervisor - Smart Grid Communication Standards, Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
Zahra Makoui is the Supervisor leading PG&E’s Smart Grid Communication Standards Activities at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). As part of PG&E’s Strategic Planning & Architecture Technology Innovation Center, Zahra is responsible for developing Smart Grid standards strategy as well as driving industry standards to completion in order to meet customer’s needs and associated deployment schedules. Zahra and her team have been actively involved in driving execution for many key standards in the UCA International Users Group, the ZigBee Alliance, the HomePlug Alliance, and several international standards development organizations.

Zahra is the co-chair of the OpenSG Conformity Working Group. She is also the lead for Working Group 4 of the SGIP Smart Grid Testing & Certification Committee.

Zahra has a BS in Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics from UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering.

Jack McGowan
Leader, Galvin Perfect Power
-JOHN J. “JACK” Mc GOWAN, CEM

Jack Mc Gowan is CEO of Energy Control Inc. (ECI) and is Chairman Emeritus of the U.S. Department of Energy GridWise Architecture Council. He is collaborating as an Energy and Buildings Champion with the Galvin Electricity Initiative, and is leading the Galvin effort with New Mexico Green Grid. He is Co-Chair of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Building to Grid Working Group and is on the Board of the NewEnergy Alliance created by Constellation NewEnergy. Mc Gowan is working with the Governor’s office in New Mexico on the Green Grid and with Oklahoma Gas and Electric on its Positive Power initiative. ECI won a 2008 American Business Award sponsored by Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal as Best Overall Company in the U.S. with less than 100 employees. ECI is opening an office in Los Angeles in 2010 to provide Smart Grid sevices and fullfil a $22 million ARRA stimulus grant as part of a team solution for Southern California Edison. Mc Gowan is an author with 5 books on Fairmont Press and Prentice Hall and over 125 articles. Mc Gowan is an internationally known energy, buildings and technology expert, and was chosen by his peers as 2006 Visionary at the Builconn Intelligent Buildings event. He was named Newsmaker of the Year by automatedbuildings.com in 2007. The Association of Energy Engineers admitted him to the “International Energy Managers Hall of Fame” in 2003 and named him “International Energy Professional of the Year” in 1997. He also sits on Technical Advisory Boards and is a Contributing Editor with several magazines including Engineered Systems, Green Intelligent Buildings Today and www.automatedbuildings.com .

Mc Gowan is a: [] Certified Energy Manager (CEM)
[] Certified Lighting Effiency Professional,
[] Certified Demand Side Manager
[] Certified Cogeneration Professional
[] Certified Energy Auditor
[] Certified Energy Business Professional

Michael Montoya
Director Engineering Advancement, Southern California Edison
Michael R. Montoya is the director of Engineering Advancement for Southern California Edison’s Transmission & Distribution Business Unit (TDBU). Montoya’s organization, created in November 2004, is responsible for distributed energy resources, distribution technical innovation, power system technologies, distribution automation, satellite communications, and research and development.

Throughout his 35 year career, Montoya has made many contributions in his technical and managerial roles. Prior to becoming Engineering Advancement director, he was previously responsible for managing the TDBU portion of the company’s 2006 General Rate Case; was director of the TDBU Project Management organization and director of Grid Operations, Protection and Controls. Before that, Montoya held several positions, including manager of transmission substation projects, superintendent of transmission construction and maintenance, and superintendent of substation operations and maintenance. He also held supervisory and bargaining‐unit positions within the former Transmission and Substation division.

Montoya has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and certificates in I.T. Essentials for Business Leadership from Pepperdine University and Sustaining the Innovative Organization from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Ali Morabbi
Manager, Power System Information Technology, LADWP
Mr. Ali Morabbi – Los Angeles Department of Water and Power - Program Director, Smart Grid - Mr. 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 from Stafford University and the University of Southern California. He is also the recipient of the City productivity award for mobile workforce management systems in 2003.

Peter Pardee
Vice President, Hughes Network Systems
Peter Pardee – Vice President, Business Development, Mr. Pardee has served as vice president of business development for Hughes Network Systems (HNS) since 2005 and is responsible for identifying and bringing new broadband opportunities to market. He has more than 25 years’ experience in communications systems design, product development, and engineering organizational development and management. He previously served HNS in various positions from 1987 to 2005, including vice president of engineering and director of engineering and software. In 2007, Pardee served on the California Broadband Task Force. He also serves on the board of CommNexus, a San Diego non-profit network of communications companies. Mr. Pardee received a Bachelor’s degree in System Science from the University of California, San Diego. He is a co-inventor for a number of patents in satellite communications

Jim Parks
Program Manager, Energy Efficiency and Customer R&D, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Jim Parks directs SMUD’s Energy Efficiency and Customer Research and Development group. He is responsible for demonstrating smart grid technologies, reviewing and pilot testing emerging energy efficiency and transportation technologies, and working with regulatory agencies to promote efficiency through codes, standards and legislation.

Prior to assuming his current position, he supervised the development of SMUD’s energy efficiency, load management and low-income programs; promoted energy efficiency in commercial new construction; and worked as an electrical engineer in the utility industry.

Board Chair – California Commissioning Collaborative (CCC)
Board Member – Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE)
Chair – CMUA Energy Services and Marketing Committee

Roberto Peccei
Vice Chancellor, UCLA

David Watson
Program Manager, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Dave is a controls and communications enthusiast. He has conducted research, design and deployment of smart grids, smart buildings and automated demand response systems for over 15 years. In his current role at LBNL, he architected and helped manage the deployment of an automated demand response system that shed over 60 MW from the California Electric grid last summer.

Dave has contributed to the California energy code (title 24) as well as numerous publications on DR and Energy Information Systems. He previously held product development and management positions at Grid Net, Coactive Networks and Echelon Corp. where he helped create hardware and software products for the monitoring and controlling energy.

David Wollman
Manager, Electrical Metrology Groups, NIST
David Wollman is one of NIST’s smart grid team leads, and manages research programs to maintain and advance the Nation’s electrical standards and provide measurements to support the electric power industry. Dr. Wollman received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, holds three U.S. patents, and has received many awards, including the U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal and the NIST Applied Research Award.


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WINMEC, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, SMERC, Clean Tech Los Angeles

ETRI, Hughes Network Systems, ISMB, InterDigital Communications, Motorola Inc., QUALCOMM, Raytheon, Symbol Technologies, Tescom Co.

Equipment Sponsors:
Impinj, RSI ID Technologies, Printronix, Symbol, Maxell, Motorola Inc., Zebra, Quantum Route, Inc., Convergence Systems Limited, Magellan Technology (Australia), Confidex, Alien Technology, Intemec, UPM Raflatac, TagSense, Albis Technologies, Metalcraft Inc., Roxtron, Invengo


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