Graham Avis
Vice President and General Manager, Hughes San Diego
Mr. Avis is the Vice President and General Manager of Hughes Network Systems San Diego, a design center group that is focused on the development, production and sale of state of the art user terminals.

Recent successful projects include the Terrestar GMR1-3G Chipset, ThurayaIP Satellite Modem, the LightSquared MSAT G2 push-to-talk satellite radio and the HUGHES 9201, 9350-C10 and 9450-C11 Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) Satellite IP Terminals for Inmarsat.

A BGAN product derivative, the 9201-M2M, is currently providing AMI backhaul for Smart Meter concentrators that are located in poor or non-existent terrestrial coverage. The 9201-M2M terminal is also in service providing primary or secondary communications for Distribution Automation control where mission critical status and commands are required to control the power grid.

Hughes serves a majority of the mobile satellite operator base, including Inmarsat, Thuraya, ICO, Terrestar, LightSquared, Iridium and Globalstar. The products and services developed for these operators have resulted in a wide array of embedded and stand-alone user terminal products.

In years past, Mr. Avis was the technical and business manager for the General Motors OnStar™ Program. This work led to the design and development of the world’s most successful vehicular communication and location-based services platform. Prior to that, Mr. Avis was lead technical manager for the North American Digital Cellular program at Hughes.

Mr. Avis has 27 years of experience in terrestrial and satellite communications systems. Mr. Avis holds a B.Sc. degree in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering and a M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. He holds over 30 patents in the field of digital communications.

Mukhles Bhuiyan
Smart Grid Program Director, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Mukhles Bhuiyan is a Power Engineering Manager with Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). Presently he is managing the daily activities of the Teams on operation, upgrade, and maintenance of Power System Advanced Technology applications such as Work Management Information Systems (WMIS), Outage Management System (OMS), Geospatial Electric System (GES), Project Information (PI) Historian, IT Support System etc. He is also the Program Director for the ARRA-funded Smart Grid Regional Demonstration Program (SGRDP) where he leads a Team of LADWP engineers, consultants, UCLA, USC, and JPL participants on all aspects of SGRDP consisting of projects on Electric Vehicle (EV), Demand Response (DR), Customer Behavior (CB), and Cyber Security (CS) projects. Mukhles is also directing LADWP’s Long Term Smart Grid Investment Program.

In his previous assignments at LADWP, Mukhles directed, managed, and supervised Teams on design, installation, and testing of multi-million dollar high voltage overhead transmission line, high voltage underground transmission line, and high voltage direct current transmission projects. He also managed LADWP's QA, Distribution Planning, and Power System Reliability functions.

Mukhles has a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering (Power Systems) from Arizona State University, Tempe. He is a Registered Professional Engineer (Electrical) in the State of California.

Mukhles is a Member of IEEE Power Engineering Society, Power System Engineering Committee. He wrote numerous LADWP internal Reports on various projects and published IEEE and CIGRE technical papers on Reliability, Special Protection Schemes, and SVCs. From 1991 - 2001 he taught Electrical Engineering Review Course for PE Licensing Exams at UCLA Extension. He is the Past President of the Central Executive Committee of American Association of Bangladeshi Engineers and Architects.

On various job assignments, Mukhles has traveled extensively to various parts of USA and Europe.

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
EVP and Chief Strategy Offcier, Proximetry
Andres Carvallo is Proximetry’s Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, responsible for the global strategy, marketing, products, business development, partnerships, commercialization, consulting and solutions. With over 25 years in the energy, wireless, computer and software industries, Mr. Carvallo brings a breadth of management experience to Proximetry, having been responsible for the successful development and commercialization of over 40 products, for companies ranging from start-ups to market leaders.

Prior to Proximetry, Mr. Carvallo served seven years as Austin Energy’s Chief Information Officer, where he was responsible for the utility’s technology vision, planning, development and operations, and led a comprehensive and successful technology transformation company-wide. He became an early smart grid proponent, defining and promoting the term “smart grid” since March 5, 2004, and was the chief architect of the first fully deployed smart grid in the United States. Mr. Carvallo has also held senior executive titles with P&L responsibility since 1992 with Philips Electronics, Digital Equipment, Borland and five start-ups. Mr. Carvallo began his career as a product manager for Windows at Microsoft in Redmond, WA.

Mr. Carvallo is co-author of The Advanced Smart Grid and holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas. He has received over 24 awards for his industry contributions including 2006 CIO 100 by CIO Magazine, 2009 CIO of the Year by Energy Central and the Networked Grid Top 100 by GreenTech Media in 2010. Mr. Carvallo is currently a board member of the Utility Telecom Council's Smart Networks Council; an energy and technology advisor to several leading universities around the country and a requested speaker at industry events.

Chris Chen
Market Development Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric
Chris Chen is a Market Development Manager for San Diego Gas & Electric. His role is to develop new business models based on new technologies like Smart Grid and electric vehicles. He has published four books and many articles on a wide variety of topics. He has two smart grid related patents pending and is a frequent speaker at industry events. His BA and MBA are from UC Irvine.

Marcelo Elizondo
Research Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Marcelo Elizondo is a Research Engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) since 2009. He completed his Ph.D. in power system engineering in Universidad Nacional de San Juan, Argentina in 2008. From 2003 to 2005, he was a visiting scholar at Carnegie Mellon University. Before joining PNNL, he worked in Mercados Energéticos Consultores (Argentina), an international power system consulting firm, from 2007 to 2009.
His current research interests include power system dynamic model validation and calibration, renewable integration, modeling and control of distributed energy resources, and technical and economic assessment of energy storage.

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 ( 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 ( 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.

Avi Gopstein
Senior Advisor, US Department of Energy
Avi Gopstein
Senior Advisor – U.S. Department of Energy

As senior energy advisor to the Under Secretary for Science, Avi focuses on energy technologies and system simulation. Working to identify and support those integrated R&D endeavors that will have the greatest impact on our national and global energy challenges, he actively promotes collaboration across DOE offices, laboratories, and stakeholders. Avi coauthored the recently published Report on the First Quadrennial Technology Review, and has contributed to energy related analysis and strategic dialogue for a variety of working groups and organizations that focus on issues ranging from grid planning to vehicle efficiency. Prior to joining the Administration he worked as an engineer in fields ranging from aerospace to biotech, and has earned engineering degrees from Maryland and Case Western Reserve Universities.

Jiuchun Jiang
Dean of School of Electrical Engineering, Beijing Jiaotong University, China
Jiang Jiuchun, Male, born in 1973, Professor. He is currently the dean in the School of Electrical Engineering at the Beijing Jiaotong University, China. He is a standing director of Electric vehicle sub-committee of SAE-China, and member of panel of experts for Beijing Electric Vehicles. He has more than 14 years research experiences in EV battery management system and EV infrastructural facilities. He published more than 60 papers in Chinese and international journals and conferences with high effects. Up to now, he has been awarded 5 patents. In 2008, he won the second class National Scientific and Technique Progress Award.
He developed battery management products, and did inauguration work on battery into a group application. The battery management products accounted for more than 50% of domestic market in 2010. The research group he leads has a long term cooperative relationship with several battery manufacturers at home and abroad. He and his research group designed a number of large scale battery charging stations like for Beijing Olympic Games, Shanghai World Exposition, and Guangzhou Asian game, and also designed Caoxi battery charging demonstration, which is supplied by multi power sources (renewable energy, and energy storage system). And Shanghai World Exposition charging station is the largest EV charging station in the world. In the appraisal meeting held by Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Education of China in 2010, the members appraised that “the research production of Shanghai World Exposition Charging station formed complete and unique theory and technology system, and is generally in the advanced level international, of which the battery fast replacement technology, sub-box centralized charging technology and charging security technology keep ahead in the world”.

Alex Kim
Director - Customer Innovations, San Diego Gas & Electric
Alex Kim
Director – Customer Innovations, C.E.M., LEED AP
San Diego Gas and Electric Company

Mr. Kim is the Director of Customer Innovations for San Diego Gas and Electric. His department is responsible for managing SDG&E’s clean transportation, customer distributed generation, and electric technology development programs. His experience includes strategic planning for new utility services and implementing and managing award winning sustainability programs for customers. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), the Board of Directors for the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) and is a member of the California Electric Transportation Coalition (CalETC). He holds a B.S. from California Polytechnic State University Pomona in mechanical engineering and is a Certified Energy Manager and LEED Accredited Professional.

Richard Pratt
Senior Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Rick Pratt has a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, Professional Engineer, 20+ years experience in embedded systems design and development, and is a Senior Engineer for Battelle at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). He has been the lead electrical designer for optical communications and RF sensor projects. In addition, he led a PNNL design team that focused on extending the range and functionality of PNNL’s backscatter Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology and received 13 patents for this work. These technology enhancements enabled him to receive PNNL’s 2006 Inventor of the Year award. Rick’s team recently completed integrating PNNL’s grid-friendly vehicle battery charging technology and SAE communication standards into an operational vehicle charging station.

Jeff Stewart
, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)

Bert Taube
Director of Business Development, Versant Corporation
Professional with many years of international, cross-functional experience in technology, business, strategy and finance. Industry focus on energy and automation for utilities, railways and industrial manufacturers. Positions included Director of Business Development, Senior Sales & Marketing Manager, Project- and Product Manager. Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Rostock University and Executive MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Cleantech/Energy Chair for Kellogg Alumni Leadership Board San Francisco Bay Area and CalCPA/Silicon Valley San Jose Chapter.

Rick Teebay
Office of Sustainability, Internal Services Depart, 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 it’s Municipal Climate Action Plan. A former County Fleet Manager, he oversaw the installation of EV infrastructure in the late 1990s at more than a dozen county sites. He has worked closely with the Air Resources Board and the South Coast Air Quality Management District in the development and implementation of various rules and regulations.
Mr. Teebay is a founding member of the SoCal EV Collaborative in January 2010. He is a member of the National Association of Fleet Administrators and has served as Chair of NAFA’s Fuels and Technology Committee.

Jonathan Thompson
Global Utility Sales Leader, GE Appliances
Jonathan "JT" Thompson, currently leads the global utility sales and marketing efforts for GE Appliances’ Home Energy Solutions team. He works with utilities interested in conducting pilots focusing on consumer behavior and time-of-use rates, using GE’s Smart Appliances. Prior to coming over to Appliances, JT served as the Director of Global Operations for GE Corporate’s Energy Sourcing Organization. While in that role his responsibilities included oversight of the global energy sourcing and risk management needs of commercial and industrial end users. Prior to joining GE in 2007, JT has 9 years of experience in trading, pricing/risk management, account management, and financial services all within the energy industry, including an entrepreneurial venture focused on strategic risk management. JT holds a bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is also an avid football fan and proud father of three daughters.

Gilbert Weigand
Director, Strategic Programs, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Gil G. Weigand, PhD
Director, Strategic Programs
Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate

Dr. Gil Weigand is the Director of Strategic Programs in the Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).
In this position Weigand develops new initiatives that integrate, consolidate, and focus the significant gains in energy S&T and computational-science capabilities on important global challenges related to energy, the environment, and national security. In particular Dr. Weigand has focused on increasing energy security and availability using a team approach of consortia among industry, university, and national laboratory scientists to drive innovation and advanced product development.

Weigand has served in several management positions within the Department of Energy (DOE) during the late 1990s and received the Secretary of Energy Gold Medal in 1996. Among the DOE titles he held were deputy assistant secretary for research, development, and simulation with the agency’s Defense Programs, now National Nuclear Security Agency; deputy assistant secretary for strategic computing and simulation; and Defense Programs senior technical information officer. During this time he oversaw one of the world’s largest science-based research and development (R&D) programs and was responsible for managing an R&D budget of $2.2 billion focused on product invention and development in a range of science and computer disciplines key to nuclear-weapons simulation and technology.

In the early 1990s Weigand held several positions within the Department of Defense (DoD). He served as director of the Modernization Office, where he headed the revitalization of HPC and networking at defense facilities, and as program director for high-performance computers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. As recognition for his work at DoD, he received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service in 1993.

After leaving DOE Weigand served as a media and technology executive at Time Warner, both in corporate positions and at the company’s America Online (AOL) division. Weigand’ s positions with the company included vice president of the Corporate Technology Group as well as chief technology officer international and senior vice president for Web services at AOL.

Recently, Weigand received the inaugural James R. Schlesinger Award from the Secretary of Energy for his passion for excellence along with his ability to foster and implement the practices and values that are necessary for the protection of our nation. Weigand is credited with conceiving and implementing DOE’s Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative. The program built a partnership between DOE laboratories and U.S. industry that developed the world’s first supercomputer capable of a sustained performance of 1 trillion floating-point operations per second (1 teraflops). High performance computing at the ASCI-level now pervades all areas of science and engineering.

Weigand holds a doctorate in engineering from Purdue University.

Ronald Young
GM Technical Fellow, General Motors Company
Received BSEE from California State University at Long Beach in June, 1978.

Hughes Aircraft Company, Radar Division, Display department: June 1978 – July 2000.
While at Hughes, help positions ranging from Member of the Technical Staff to Senior Scientist. While at Hughes, ran the Display Department’s digital design section containing 24 engineers. The group was responsible for designing and building the prime hardware as well as all test equipment supporting the development effort. Supported the development of various military display systems for F14 and F15 aircraft as well as units for laboratory usage. Assigned to support development of Power Electronics for the GM Electric Vehicle program in 1990.

General Motors, Advanced Technical Center, July 2000 to December 2004
Lead the Systems and Software Competency Center team consisting of 24 engineers, including 4 PhDs and 2 technicians. Manage staffing of all programs within the Torrance facility that use System, Software, and/or Control engineers. Provide technical guidance to staff on an as needed basis and serve as subject matter expert on vehicle operation, EMI, and system design for Torrance operations. Supported the design, development, and production of the 1998 and 1999 EV1 vehicles. Led the development of a hybrid truck using a version of the Allison EVT modified for use in a commercial pickup.

General Motors, Advanced Technical Center, January 2005 to present
As GM Technical Fellow, provides system guidance and EMC services to Powertrain and Fuel Cell Activity programs. Presently in charge of the advanced engineering work for power electronics at the ATC. This work includes the development of advanced technology for use in inverters and converters (both DC/DC and Chargers) including development of wide band gap based systems.

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