Edoardo Calia
Research Director, ISMB - Istituto Superiore Mario Boella
Edoardo Calia was born in Modena, Italy on December 6 1963. He received his MSEE degree from Politecnico di Torino in 1987, and his PhD in 1992 from the same institution.
During the PhD program he joined for one year the Massive Parallel Processor design group at Digital Equipment Corp. in Marlboro, MA.
From 1992 to 2001 he worked at Politecnico di Torino as head of the networking and telecommunication group in the IT services center.
His research interests include internetworking technologies, routing protocols, wireless network design and applications.
In 2001 he joined Istituto Superiore Mario Boella, where he is currently director of the research labs.
Edoardo Calia also teaches a networking basics course as contract professor at Politecnico di Torino

Bob Frazier
Director of Technology, Houston Electric
Robert B. Frazier CDP
Director of Technology for Houston Electric at CenterPoint Energy

34 years of IT management experience in operations, PC and LAN deployment, security, application development, audit and executive consulting. CenterPoint focus was utility customer systems including, CIS, SAP CCS, Mobile Data, CTI/VRU, metering, etc. supporting call centers, field service reps, billing, bill print, receivables and reporting. Past four years on Advanced Meter Infrastructure (AMI) and Intelligent Smart Grid including regulatory filing and settlement negotiations, Design consulting for SAP CCS AMI design initiative (LightHouse), Texas Common Portal, vendor proposal and bid evaluation / selection, project contracts and designated CNP management committees. In progress for Intelligent Distribution Grid Management systems.

Six years - US Navy Supply Officer – Data Center operations and fleet inventory, financial and IT auditor. 14 years in reserve in various senior and command jobs including Navy Research Laboratory and Naval Space Command.

Other Personal Data:

BS - Computer System Analysis - Miami University, Oxford OH
MS - Operations Research / Systems Analysis - US Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey CA
Eagle Scout, past Cubmaster Pack 11 and 14 years as Treasurer for Troop 11
10 year committee member & Past President - Information Technology Management Association - Houston Chapter
Married, two boys Jeff, 20 and Nick, 22 both Eagle scouts and in college or graduate school
Avid tennis player

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.

John Sasson
Director, Land Management Solutions, Accela, Inc.

John Sasson is Director of Land Management Solutions at Accela, where he provides strategic management of the features and functionality of software solutions for land-use, community- development and regulatory activities. Mr. Sasson’s has nearly two decades of experience helping state and local governments fulfill their mandates more effectively.

Prior to joining Accela in 2001, Mr. Sasson served as government relations manager at an internet startup, which provided online permitting solutions that connected the development community to government services. Earlier, Mr. Sasson worked as an Administrator for the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, and also spent several years working for the San Francisco City Attorney's office, where he served as a Special Assistant to the City Attorney. Mr. Sasson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.


The success of the Smart Grid will be greatly affected by the efficiency of government. Regional governments will need to streamline permitting processes for Smart Grid infrastructure and eliminate bureaucratic obstacles that could stifle the effective deployment of this vital network. Close collaboration and planning between governments and utilities will be essential – but getting there will be a challenge for many governments.
* Expanded Smart Grid infrastructure – such as sensors, transmission stations, and wireless access points – will need to be built.
* Zoning regulations may need to accommodate these elements, as well as the electric car charging stations, the wind turbines and solar panels that will rely on the Smart Grid.

Governments consequently will need to revisit nearly every aspect their permitting processes – from application initiation and submittal, to plan review, internal processing, field inspections, and final permit approval and * Web-based and mobile permitting and licensing software can potentially reduce approval times for Smart Grid stations and infrastructure from years or months down to weeks or days.
* Shared online permitting portals can provide local and regional utilities with unified standards and efficient processes from the largest cities and counties to the smallest towns.

These strategies and solutions can go a long way toward helping the vision of a robust and ubiquitous Smart Grid become a successful reality.

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

Gary Sorkin
Marketing Director, USNAP Alliance
Gary Sorkin is the marketing director of the USNAP Alliance (www.usnap.org). A not-for-profit consortium of currently 44 member organizations including manufacturers, utilities, AMR/AMI, HAN and SmartGrid companies, the USNAP Alliance is focused on creating a standard for a common interface module incorporating a variety of HAN protocols. Also Gary Sorkin is the founder of Negawatt Inc., a design and network architectural group dealing with intellectual property of SmartGrid innovations. Prior to Negawatt he was an editor for a weekly newsletter titled BPL Today, now called SmartGrid Today. Gary Sorkin has over two decades in data communication, business development and technical innovations.

Kay Stefferud
Principal Consultant, EnerNex
Kay Stefferud is currently a principal consultant at EnerNex where she is working with multiple utilities and industry groups defining system requirements, developing cost benefit analyses, preparing studies, and writing Smart Grid system engineering design and implementation plans.

Ms. Stefferud has product development, system engineering, program management, software development, and proposal management experience for software applications, R&D programs, commercial network devices, and advanced cyber security systems. Ms. Stefferud specializes in transitioning new technology from the R&D phase into innovative products. She has successfully produced new technology products for commercial, electrical and foreign markets.

Ms. Stefferud is currently the team lead and co-chair of the Open Smart Grid effort to developing a consistent set of Smart Grid use cases and functional requirements. She leads a team of energy SMEs in defining and documenting local, national and international requirements compatible with IEC standard 61850 using Enterprise Architect (EA) UML modeling. Current use cases for Demand Response are published at Open Smart Grid AMI-ENT web site and on SmartGridipedia.

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

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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