|National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability, NIST|
|Dr. Arnold joined the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in September 2006 as Deputy Director, Technology Services, after a 33-year career in the telecommunications and information technology industry. He was appointed National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability at in April 2009. He has been responsible for leading the development of standards underpinning the nation’s Smart Grid. In October 2011, Dr. Arnold added an additional role as Director of Cyber Physical Systems within NIST’s Engineering Laboratory (EL). Anticipating and meeting the measurement science and standards needs for technology-intensive manufacturing construction, and cyber-physical systems in ways that enhance economic prosperity and improve the quality of life , EL promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness in areas of critical national priority.
Dr. Arnold served as Chairman of the Board of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), a private, non-profit organization that coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system, from 2003 to 2005. He served as President of the IEEE Standards Association in 2007-2008 and as Vice President-Policy for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) from 2006-2009 where he was responsible for guiding ISO’s strategic plan.
Dr. Arnold previously served as a Vice-President at Lucent Technologies Bell Laboratories where he directed the company’s global standards efforts. His organization played a leading role in the development of international standards for Intelligent Networks and IP-based Next Generation Networks. In previous assignments at AT&T Bell Laboratories he had responsibilities in network planning, systems engineering, and application of information technology to automate operations and maintenance of the nationwide telecommunications network.
Dr. Arnold received a Doctor of Engineering Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Columbia University in 1978. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.
|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
|Maryline Daviaud Lewett|
|Business Development Manager, EV Business, Schneider Electric|
|Maryline Daviaud Lewett has joined Schneider Electric, North America as Business Development Manager, EV Business, Western US. She manages business development, sales, strategic partnerships and channel development for EV Charging Infrastructure and the EVlink product family.
Maryline has a proven sales track record of over 15 years in the media, technology, green technology, life sciences and social enterprise. Her diverse past experience includes the position of Sales Director, Northwest Region, Akamai Technologies, Director of Business Development at TechSoup Global, VP Business Development at CNL Scientific Resources, and National Sales Director at International Channel Networks. She consulted for RealChange Network and EcoTensil Inc., incorporating the latest social media tools training for key clients. Maryline has been active on the volunteer front and was Executive Director of FASTCned (French After-School Tutoring), a non-profit organization teaching foreign languages for children She received her MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School in 2006, a BA in Economics from Nantes University and a Master level in Communications from CELSA, Paris-I University.
|Paul De Martini|
|Managing Director, Newport Consulting Group,LLC|
|Paul De Martini is Managing Director, Newport Consulting Group. Paul provides management consulting services to technology, energy and venture executives worldwide. He is also an advisor to several cleantech start-up and growth firms. Recently, he was Chief Technology Officer for Cisco’s global Energy Networks Group. Previously, he was vice president of Advanced Technology at Southern California Edison leading their $2 billion smart grid strategy, policy, and research and deployment activity. Earlier, he was an executive with ICF International, Sempra Energy, Coastal Oil and PG&E Corporation in competitive energy services and electric operations. At PG&E Energy Services, Paul’s team sold over $2 billion of integrated solutions to F1000 clients across North America. He is a member of DoE’s GridWise Architecture Council and European Commission’s 2035 Strategic Research Advisory, and research advisor to Caltech’s Resnick Institute and Stanford’s Smart Grid Simulation Lab. Paul holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and BS from the University of San Francisco. He was a Fellow of the Wharton School and completed the Caltech technology management program.|
|Marcelo Di Paolo|
|Electrical Engineer, Los Angeles Dept of Water and Power|
|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.|
|President and CTO, Varentec|
|Deepak Divan is President and CTO of Varentec, a company funded by green-tech VC Khosla Ventures that is providing innovative solutions for a smart and dynamically controllable grid. He has over 35 years of experience in academia and industry in the areas of power electronics applied to utility and industrial systems, is a Fellow of the IEEE, and past President of the IEEE Power Electronics Society. From 2004-2011, he served as Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Founding Director of the Intelligent Power Infrastructure Consortium at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. He is Founder and on the Board of Innovolt Inc., a company specializing in energy management and energy efficient technologies. He is a Director for Asian Electronics Limited, a public company on the Mumbai Stock Exchange. From 1995-2004, he served as Founder, Chairman and CEO/CTO of Soft Switching Technologies, a VC funded company in the industrial power quality market. From 1985-95, he was a Professor in Electrical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He has over 250 papers and 40 issued and pending patents. His research interests are in grid control, sustainable energy and power electronics.|
|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, and the Founding Director of the UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center or SMERC - http://smartgrid.ucla.edu/. He is also Founder and Director of the Wireless Internet for Mobile Enterprise Consortium or WINMEC (http://winmec.ucla.edu) of which major organizations including Boeing, ETRI, Hewlett Packard, Hughes Network Systems, Intel, ISBM-Italy, InterDigital, ITC Infotech, Lucent Technologies, Microsoft, Motorola, Northrop Grumman, Qualcomm, Raytheon, Sprint, Siemens, TCS, Verizon Wireless and others have been sponsors/members over the last several years.
Dr. Gadh's research interests include Smart Grid Architectures, Smart wireless communications, sense and control for Demand Response, Micro Grids and Electric Vehicle Integration into the Grid, Mobile Multimedia, Wireless and RFID Middleware, RFID and Wireless sensors for Tracking Assets, RF-sensor-control interfaces,and Visualization. He has over 150 papers in journals, conferences and technical magazines, and, 3 patents granted.
He has a Doctorate degree from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), a Masters from Cornell University and a Bachelor’s degree from IIT Kanpur. He has taught as a visiting researcher at UC Berkeley, has been an Assistant, Associate and Full Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and did his sabbatical as a visiting researcher at Stanford University for a year. He has won several awards from NSF (CAREER award, Research Initiation Award, NSF-Lucent Industry Ecology Award, GOAL-I award), SAE (Ralph Teetor award), IEEE (second best student-paper, WTS), ASME (Kodak Best Technical Paper award), AT&T (Industrial ecology fellow award), Engineering Education Foundation (Research Initiation Award), William Wong Fellowship award from University of Hong-Kong, etc., and other accolades in his career. He is on the Editorial board of ACM Computers in Entertainment Publication and the CAD Journal. He has lectured and given keynote addresses worldwide in countries such as Belgium, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, etc.
Dr. Gadh has a strong background in creating technology partnerships with industry. His industrial background started prior to his academic career, when he worked as an engineer and a technology lead for two software startup companies. He enjoys advising students in their quest towards technology startups. In collaboration with his students and researchers, he has co-founded two technology startups.
|Senior Director, Alstom Grid|
|Sanjay is an technology leader with focus on building enterprise software product for Alstom, Peoplesoft, Cisco and has been founder of few startups.
His expertise include energy efficiency, demand response, smart grid, enterprise software, architectures.
|Product Line Manager - Consumer Energy Management, Itron|
|Stephen Johnson is currently a Product Line Manager for Itron, focusing on consumer energy management applications in smart grid systems, including demand response, dynamic pricing, PEVs, and customer engagement. Stephen currently serves as the ZigBee Alliance Marketing Chair for Smart Energy. 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.|
|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.
|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 2011, Krevat was recognized as one of the Top 11 Movers and Shakers of the electric industry by Intelligent Utility Magazine for his clear vision and standout leadership and was recently named one of the Top 15 Smart Grid leaders in the electric industry by FierceSmartGrid.
In 2010, he was named one of the top 100 movers and shakers who are influencing the smart grid market by GreenTech Media and currently serves on 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 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 filed a 10 year Smart Grid Deployment Plan on June 6, 2011 which described a vision for the future as well as a roadmap composed of 82 projects. SDG&E was ranked number one in the nation three years running in 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.
|Executive Managing Director & CTO, Crocker Capital|
|Dr. Asad M. Madni served as President, Chief Operating Officer & CTO of BEI Technologies Inc. headquartered in Sylmar, California, from 1992 until his retirement in 2006. Prior to joining BEI he was with Systron Donner Corporation for 18 years in senior technical & executive positions, eventually as Chairman, President & CEO. Dr. Madni is currently an Independent Consultant; Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at UCLA; and Executive Managing Director & Chief Technical Officer of Crocker Capital.
He received the A.A.S. degree from RCA Institutes, B.S. & M.S. degrees from University of California Los Angeles, the Ph.D degree from California Coast University and the DSc. Degree (h.c.) from Ryerson University. He is also a graduate of the Engineering Management Program at the California Institute of Technology, the Executive Institute at Stanford University, and the Program for Senior Executives at MIT Sloan School of Management. He is credited with over 150 refereed publications in archival journals, conference proceedings and book chapters; over 100 research reports & internal publications; over 100 keynote addresses, invited lectures, chairs and panels; and 68 issued or pending patents resulting in numerous "industry firsts". Dr. Madni has served as a director on the board of 6 highly successful technology companies and on advisory boards of several professional and academic organizations. He is currently serving as Corporate Director and “Distinguished Professor” at TCI College of Technology, Adjunct Professor in the Computer Science Department at Ryerson University; and on advisory boards at UCLA, USC, CSUN, TCI, 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 and international awards and honors including, the 2010 IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society's Career Excellence Award, the 2010 UCLA Engineering Lifetime Contribution Award, TCI College of Technology's Marconi Medal and Citation of Honor , 2008 IEEE Region 6 Outstanding Engineer Award, 2008 IEEE Region 6 South Outstanding Engineer and Outstanding Leadership & Professional Service Awards, 2008 UCLA Engineering Distinguished Service Award, the 2006 World Automation Congress Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2005 IEE Achievement Medal, the 2004 UCLA Engineering Alumnus of the Year Award, the 2004 Distinguished Engineering Achievement Award from the 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, CCU Distinguished Alumni Award, Association of Old Crows Gold Certificate of Merit, and is listed in all major Who’s Who publications including Who’s Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in Science & Engineering, Who's Who in Technology, Who's Who in Finance & Industry, International Who's Who of Intellectuals, 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 20th & 21st Centuries, Outstanding People of the 21st Century, and Asia Men and Women of Achievement. He has also been a featured guest on numerous television shows including CNN and BizNews 1. In 2011 Dr. Madni was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering "for contributions to development and commercialization of sensors and systems for aerospace and automotive safety".
He is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the IEEE, IEE, IET, IAE, NYAS, AAAS, SAE, AIAA(Lifetime Associate) and IBA (Life). He is also an Eminent Engineer of Tau Beta Pi, Honorary Member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon; and Member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Alpha Pi, Sigma Xi, Delta Epsilon Tau, AOC (Life), Internet Society and Member of the Order of the Engineer.
|Grid Operations Leader, Lawrence Livermore National Labs|
|Liang Min is the Grid Operations Leader in LLNL’s National Security Engineering Division. He joined LLNL in November 2011 and specializes in research on developing computation methods for the solution of electric power system operations.
Prior to LLNL, Liang worked at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) as a Senior Project Manager in the renewable integration, grid operations and planning program. He led the grid operations research area and managed a team of project managers and contractors charged with delivery of more than 20 research projects a year. Liang also worked as sub-recipient and EPRI lead of the Entergy’s DOE smart grid project, using synchrophasors to assess voltage stability.
Liang received a B.S. and M.S. degree in electrical engineering from China’s Tianjin University and a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. He has published numerous papers in journals and conference proceedings and holds two U.S. patents in the area of voltage stability assessment.
|Director, Smart Grid Modeling and Simulation Research at Stanford University, and CEO, Autogrid Systems|
|Dr. Amit Narayan is the Founder and CEO of AutoGrid, Inc, a company providing a new generation of software analytics for the Smart Grid to enable a sustainable and personalized electricity infrastructure of the future. In addition to Autogrid, Dr Narayan holds the position of Director of Smart Grid Research at Stanford University where he is leading an interdisciplinary project related to modeling, optimization and control of the electricity grid and associated electricity markets.
Prior to founding AutoGrid, Dr. Narayan was the Vice President of Products at publicly traded company Magma Design Automation, Inc (Nasdaq: LAVA) where he led the product development and product management teams responsible for Magma's flagship product in the design implementation area. Over fifty percent of all semiconductor chips used in consumer electronic devices such as smart phones, blue-ray players and video games are designed using products developed by Dr. Narayan’s team at Magma.
Prior to joining Magma, Dr. Narayan founded Berkeley Design Automation, Inc (BDA), a venture backed company in the area of analog and radio-frequency semiconductor design software space and served as its founding CEO and later Vice President of Engineering in charge of all research and product development activities as well as customer engagements. Under Dr. Narayan’s leadership, BDA saw its products being adopted by over 80 semiconductor companies in the world (including 20 out of the top 25) with multi-million dollars in revenues. Dr. Narayan’s work at BDA was conferred with the EDN’s "Innovation for the Year" award in 2006 for delivering significant advances in technology and product development to Electronics Industry.
Dr. Narayan received his B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur and Ph.D. from University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Narayan has published over 25 papers in the area of design automation, holds seven US patents and is an active advisor to several startup companies in the bay area.
|Director, Tariff Programs & Services, Southern California Edison|
|Larry Oliva is the Director of Tariff Programs & Services at Southern California Edison Company. Mr. Oliva is responsible for customer programs that provide peak energy reductions and daily load shifting. Prior to joining Edison, Larry had a successful 30 year career as a consultant to utility and energy companies. He founded Corepoint Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in solutions for utility programs to conserve energy. Prior to Corepoint, he was a Partner in Arthur Andersen LLP’s business consulting practice where he led solution delivery to utilities in retail electric utility restructuring and wholesale market redesign. Also, he was a Director of Putnam, Hayes and Bartlett, Inc. an international economics and strategic consulting firm.|
|President, California Public Utilities Commission|
|Michael R. Peevey was appointed President of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) by Governor Gray Davis on December 31, 2002, having been originally appointed to the CPUC by Governor Davis in March 2002. In December 2008 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger reappointed Mr. Peevey to the CPUC for another six-year term.
As President of the CPUC, Mr. Peevey is committed to protecting the public interest by promoting consumer needs, while challenging utilities to embrace new technologies and provide safe, high-quality services.
Mr. Peevey is committed to maximizing energy efficiency and demand response opportunities and ensuring that California's environment is protected. He is also a strong supporter of renewable energy and renewable procurement requirements for utilities, and is a leader in implementing California's Solar and Greenhouse Gas Initiatives. He also serves as Chairman of the California Emerging Technology Fund.
Mr. Peevey has made it a priority to work closely with sister agencies, such as the California Department of Water Resources, the Independent System Operator, the California Energy Commission, and the Air Resources Board-- agencies in which the CPUC has overlapping or complementary responsibilities, to assure that California has adequate energy resources and transmission facilities to support its growing population and improving economy.
From 1995 until 2000, Mr. Peevey was President of NewEnergy Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Peevey was President of Edison International and Southern California Edison Company, and a senior executive there beginning in 1984. Mr. Peevey has served on the boards of numerous corporations and non-profit organizations.
Mr. Peevey has received many awards recognizing his leadership in developing energy policy and promoting recognition of California's diverse population, including a "Distinguished Citizen Award" from the Commonwealth Club of California for achievements in green and sustainable energy in 2007; the Pat Brown Legacy Award in 2003; named "Man of the Year" by the Power Association of Northern California; recognized with the Climate Action Champion Award by the California Climate Action Registry in 2004; and leadership recognition from American Council for Energy Efficiency (2005), the Utility Minority Access Program (2006), and the California Solar Energy Industries Association (2006).
Mr. Peevey holds Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He is married to Carol J. Liu, who served three terms representing the 44th Assembly District (La Canada Flintridge) in the California legislature and in November 2008 was elected to the California Senate to represent the 21st Senate District. They have three children.
|Program Manager, Smart Grid R&D, U.S. Department of Energy|
|Elizabeth Van Denburgh|
|Managing Principal, Van Denburgh Consulting Group|
|Elizabeth Van Denburgh has over 30 years of consulting experience with service industries, government agencies and not-for-profits with15 of those years consulting to utilities. Her career focus has been in providing customer focused and employee transformation solution capabilities. She rose to Principal at Ernst & Young consulting and has been engaged in the last 10 years as Managing Principal of Van Denburgh Consulting Group (VDC). VDC assists utilities in communicating, educating, marketing and transforming end-customers from passive rate payers to engaged, active contributors to utilities’ energy resources. VDC customers in the past three years have included: San Diego Gas & Electric, Southern California Gas, Detroit Edison, National Grid and Southern California Edison. VDC is a member of the Gridwise Alliance.
She resides in Santa Monica and received her Economics degree at University of California, San Diego and her MBA at University of California, Los Angeles.
|Alexandra von Meier|
|Co-Director, Electric Grid Research, CIEE|
|Alexandra “Sascha” von Meier is Co-Director of the electric grid research program at the California Institute for Energy and Environment (http://uc-ciee.org). Her work focuses on power distribution systems, Smart Grid issues, and the integration of distributed and intermittent generation. Until 2011, she was professor of energy management & design in the department of environmental studies and planning at Sonoma State University (www.sonoma.edu/ensp), where she developed and taught a curriculum centering on energy efficiency and renewable resources. Her past research includes studies of cultural factors in technology adoption, operation of nuclear power plants, and management of nuclear materials. Sascha received a B.A. in physics and a Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley. She is author of the textbook, Electric Power Systems: A Conceptual Introduction (IEEE-Wiley, 2006).|
|Consultant, Anidra Consulting|
|Ani Ziyalyan has a broad background in Organizational Development (OD), Change Management, Facilitation, and Communications in the utilities, entertainment, aerospace and defense industries. She has over 8 years of experience in addressing organizational challenges, consulting executives, and transferring OD knowledge, skills, and tools on high-profile global strategic projects. Ani graduated with a Bachelor in Science from UC, Irvine and earned a Ph.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.|
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