|Senior Director of Smart Grid and Technology Integration, Pacific Gas & Electric Company|
|Kevin Dasso is Senior Director of Smart Grid and Technology Integration at Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Kevin has over 29 years of experience in the gas and electric utility business including engineering, operations, construction and asset management. Kevin is currently responsible for developing strategy and policies for the utility related to the Smart Grid and transmission and distribution technology integration. He reports to PG&E’s lead senior officer responsible for Smart Grid and leads the company’s Smart Grid team involving the Transmission and Distribution, Customer Care, Energy Procurement and Information Systems and Technology Services departments. Kevin is a member of the Advisory Board for the California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research program. He is a member of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council’s Reliability Policy Issues Committee, and is a 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.|
|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.
|VP Product Strategy, Versant Corporation|
|Robert Greene is responsible for Versant’s open source operations and emerging market business development. He is charged with executing Versant’s overall open source strategy, leveraging Versant’s community involvement to obtain increased visibility and adoption of Versant’s commercial product offerings. He is also responsible for establishing, enabling and growing Versant's distributors in China and India for all of Versants products, commercial and open source.
Prior to taking lead on Versant’s open source initiatives, Mr. Greene had responsibility for defining Versant’s overall product strategy and direction, including strategic planning, product planning. He continues to provide guidance in these activities and technical expertise to key customers regarding Versant’s product lines, including product architecture, implementation, features and future capabilities.
Prior to Versant, Mr. Greene was Chief Engineer and Director of Operations at Seaboard Systems as well as a Senior Technical Manager, managing teams of professionals working on F4 and F16 aircraft systems for the U.S. Air Force. An industry thought leader with extensive experience in object-oriented systems design, Mr. Greene presents regularly at Java conferences and seminars on the topic of object persistence and big data information systems.
|Technical Executive, EPRI|
|Erfan Ibrahim is a Technical Executive in the Intelligrid program area of the Power Delivery & Utilization Sector. He manages the Security Program within Intelligrid that covers transmission, distribution and end use cyber security issues. In October 2010, Dr. Ibrahim was made the EPRI lead on the Department of Energy funded NESCOR (National Electric Sector Cyber Security Organization Resources) project – a 3 year public private partnership established to secure the electric sector. He also leads the Intelligrid research program that focuses on the communications and systems management for the utility Smart Grid with particular emphasis on Home Area Networks (HAN), Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Internet based Wide Area Networking.
Before joining EPRI, Dr. Ibrahim founded and managed The Bit Bazaar LLC (TBB), a full service IT and business consulting firm, offering services to clients in the High Tech, Financial Services, and Energy sectors. At TBB Dr. Ibrahim focused on communications and cyber security issues with a particular emphasis on aligning the IT goals of his clients with their business goals for sustained competitive advantage.
Prior to establishing The Bit Bazaar LLC, Dr. Ibrahim’s career included the following positions: VP of Sales & Marketing at Jyra Research, Product Manager for Network Management at Pacific Bell Network Integration (now AT&T), Science and Math Lecturer at National University, Nuclear Fusion Research Engineer at UCLA and Plasma Physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Lab.
Dr. Ibrahim received a Ph. D. in Nuclear Engineering from University of California Berkeley, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas Austin, and a B.S. Honors in Physics from Syracuse University (Suma Cum Laude).
Dr. Ibrahim is a Phi Beta Kappa, a Tau Beta Pi, Who’s Who amongst American Colleges & Universities and Who’s Who amongst IT professionals.
|Director - Smart Grid, San Diego Gas & Electric|
|Lee Krevat is director of the smart grid initiative for Sempra Energy’s San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E).
Krevat leads enterprise-wide smart grid strategy, policy, and project alignment for SDG&E. In 2010, he was named one of the top 100 movers and shakers who are influencing the smart grid market by GreenTech Media and was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the GridWise Alliance, a smart grid advocacy coalition with the mission to transform the electric grid to achieve a sustainable energy future through the advocacy of well-reasoned smart grid policies at the federal, state, and local levels.
SDG&E has built a strong foundation in Smart Grid technologies, including a Smart Meter deployment that will be completed later this year, self-healing grid technology, automated sub-station condition-based maintenance, advanced outage and distribution management systems, and microgrid projects funded by DOE and CEC. SDG&E was ranked number one in the nation in 2009 and 2010, the first two years of the Smart Grid rankings published by IDC Energy Insights and Intelligent Utility magazine.
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 the utility business units, as well as director of infrastructure engineering & operations.
Before joining Sempra, Krevat led the Software Process Engineering, Technology Transfer and Software Process Improvement Teams at Tandem Computers.
Krevat graduated with university honors and holds a Bachelor of Science in applied mathematics/computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.
SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides service to 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and more than 840,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties.
Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company with 2008 revenues of nearly $11 billion. The Sempra Energy companies’ 13,600 employees serve about 29 million consumers worldwide.
|Senior Research Engineer, PNNL|
|Dr. Shuai Lu is a Senior Research Engineer at PNNL. He has led many R&D projects for DOE and the electric power industry. His experience includes integration of renewable energy, power system dynamics modeling, power system operations, and demand response. Prior to joining PNNL in 2006, Dr. Lu conducted research on the design of an undersea power and communication network to be deployed in the northeast Pacific Ocean. He also designed digital controllers and models for static var compensators (SVC). He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Tsinghua University, and doctorate from the University of Washington, all in Electrical Engineering.|
|Executive Director, Ca Smart Grid Center|
|Dr. Emir Jose Macari is the Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the California State University, Sacramento. Prior to this he held faculty and administrative positions at Georgia Tech, LSU and the University of Texas at Brownsville. In 1993, Dr. Macari was awarded the White House Presidential Faculty Fellowship by President George W. H. Bush and in 1994, he helped draft President Bill Clinton’s Science Policy Document in which he was
quoted as saying “In conjunction with developing international partnerships the United States must lead the way in training engineers and scientists to meet the challenges of economic development in a global marketplace. We must begin to produce a new breed of engineers and scientists with a broadened view of technology and service to society”. Dr. Macari is a member of the National Academy of Engineering of Mexico and the National Academy of Science of
|Director Business Development, Smart Grid Solutions, Itron|
|Ed May, Director of Product Marketing, is responsible for building market awareness and strategic alliances for Itron advance metering infrastructure (AMI) solutions and leads Itron’s Smart Grid strategies. Ed joined Itron in 1986. For the last 24 years his duties and responsibilities, including systems engineering, marketing and sales, have been focused on optimizing utility business practices, encompassing field workforce automation, distribution automation and AMR. Ed is a member of the GridWise™ Alliance, NEMA Smart Grid Council, and a board member of the ZigBee® Alliance.|
|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.
|LA City Director, Clinton Climate Initiative|
|Sarah Potts is the Los Angeles City Director of the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), a program of the non-profit William J. Clinton Foundation. CCI works with governments and businesses around the world to create and advance solutions to the core issues driving climate change. Operating at the nexus of business, politics, and environmentalism in Los Angeles, Ms. Potts’ work focuses on low-carbon transportation, outdoor lighting efficiency, building energy efficiency, and large-scale clean energy generation. Most notably, Ms. Potts worked in partnership with the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Lighting and Mayor Villaraigosa’s Office to develop and launch a major streetlight retrofit project. Once complete, the project will reduce CO2 emissions by over 40,500 tons and save the city $10 million annually in street light maintenance and energy costs — a 40% savings. Ms. Potts has also worked in the New York office of the Clinton Foundation where she coordinated CCI’s External Communications, Marketing and Press. Ms. Potts has both a B.A. and Masters in International Development from Brown University.|
|Director- Smart Meter Program Office, San Diego Gas and Electric|
|Speaker: Ted M. Reguly
Position: Director – Smart Meter Program Office
Company: San Diego Gas and Electric
Ted M. Reguly is the Director of the Smart Meter and Home Area Network initiatives at San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E). He is responsible for overseeing the development, implementation and integration of a comprehensive smart meter and home area network solution for SDG&E’s operations and customers. Reguly has been with SDG&E since 1981, holding various positions throughout Electric Generation, Electric and Gas Distribution, Supply Management, and Gas and Electric Customer Service supervision. He is a registered California Mechanical Engineer and received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, Long Beach, and an MBA from San Diego State University. He is an Utilimetrics and UCLA Smart Grid Leadership Council Board Member, an active member of UtilityAMI, OpenAMI, Global Intelligent Utility Network Coalition (GIUNC), and the ZigBee Alliance.
|CEO & Director of Research, Zpryme Research & Consulting, LLC|
|Mr. Rodriguez spearheads strategy and market research projects for clients in the clean-tech, renewable energy, Smart Grid, semiconductor, automotive, mobile device and IT industry. Recently, Mr. Rodriguez has led the development of significant industry reports on Smart Appliances, V2G, Advanced Metering Infrastructure, Demand Response technology, Consumer Smart Grid Attitudes, Private and Public Networks, Electric Vehicles and Renewable Energy for the Smart Grid.
Mr. Rodriguez has held prior roles as an analyst in the energy industry, for Pedernales Electric Cooperative, Inc., 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.
|Deputy Executive Director for Policy, California Public Utilities Commission|
Nancy Ryan is currently the Deputy Executive Director for Policy for the California Public Utilities Commission. Prior to this position Nancy also served one year as a CPUC Commissioner, and Chief of Staff to President Michael Peevey. Her career path has included positions in advocacy, academia and the private sector. She was Senior Economist and Deputy California Director at EDF, has worked as a consultant in the energy field, and has taught applied economics courses at UC Berkeley’s Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy for many years. Dr. Ryan received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and a BA in Economics from Yale University.
|General Partner, Khosla Ventures|
|Shirish Sathaye joined Khosla Ventures as a General Partner after a decade of investment experience at Matrix Partners, and a long operating career at several technology companies. He joined two tech companies—FORE Systems and Alteon Websystems—when they were still nascent, and led the design and development of their core products. Both companies pioneered important new product categories and had very successful IPOs.
Shirish has Ph.D in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon, an MSEE from Virginia Tech, and a Bachelors Degree in Electronics Engineering from IT-BHU, Varanasi, India. He started his career at Digital Equipment Corporation first in the Semiconductor group, and then in the Network Architecture Group, spending a total of eight years at Digital Equipment Corporation. Shirish moved on to FORE Systems, where he ran Engineering for the ATM switch group. In 1997 he noticed a fundamental shift: Ethernet connections were gaining speed, eclipsing ATM. He left FORE to join Alteon Websystems, a young Ethernet switch maker backed by Matrix Partners, as its vice president of engineering and later, its chief technology officer. As the promise of the Web unfolded, Alteon began to load-balance Web servers for Internet companies. Alteon went public in 1999 and the next year sold to Nortel for $7.8 billion.
As a venture capitalist, Shirish works closely with entrepreneurs to assist them with developing and refining concepts and strategies and putting together strong teams. In some cases, Shirish will get involved very early, before the idea for the company has been fully formed. His current areas of investment focus are Wireless and Wireline Networking, Cloud-based Software and Systems, and CleanTech.
|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.
|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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