Co-Director, California Institute for Energy and Environment
Dr. Merwin Brown
Co-Director, Electric Grid Research
California Institute for Energy and Environment, University of California
Merwin Brown, Electric Grid Program Co-Director for the California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE), manages a team helping develop and commercialize technologies for the modern electric grid for California's aggressive energy-policy goals. The team develops, administers, and conducts R&D programs for reliable, safe, affordable, and environmentally sound transmission and distribution systems. California's Public Interest Energy Research Transmission Program at the California Energy Commission largely funds this work.
Dr. Brown's knowledge of electric utilities and new technologies results from 40 years of experience with firms such as Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Arizona Public Service, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He has managed R&D programs of $50 million per year with groups as large as 100 scientists and engineers, and R&D projects as large as $20 million.
Dr. Brown has experience in strategic business planning and provides leadership among stakeholders, researchers, and funding agencies. He has served in advisory positions for many electricity industry organizations, including as an Arizona Solar Energy Commissioner, on the Board of the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy, and as advisor to the Electric Power Research Institute.
Dr. Brown has numerous technical publications and presentations, and holds B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in nuclear engineering from Kansas State University.
Professor and Deputy Director, RIIT, Tsinghua University
Junwei Cao is currently Professor and Deputy Director of Research Institute of Information Technology, Tsinghua University, China. He is also Director of Public Platform and Technology Division, Tsinghua National Laboratory for Information Science and Technology. Before joining Tsinghua in 2006, Junwei Cao was a Research Scientist of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. Before that he worked as a research staff member of NEC Europe Ltd., Germany. Junwei Cao got his PhD in computer science from University of Warwick, UK, in 2001. He got his master and bachelor degrees from Tsinghua University in 1998 and 1996, respectively. Junwei Cao has published over 130 academic papers and books, cited by international researchers for over 3000 times. He is the editor of Cyberinfrastructure Technologies and Applications published by Nova Science in 2009. Junwei Cao is a Senior Member of the IEEE Computer Society and a Member of the ACM and CCF.
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.
Director, Advanced Technology, Southern California Edison
Doug Kim is the director of Advanced Technology, Southern California Edison's technology evaluation organization. This Transmission and Distribution Business Unit group operates as part of the Engineering and Technical Services division and is responsible for SCE's smart grid development, which includes advanced grid technologies, energy storage, electric transportation, and the integration of energy smart consumer products.
Before taking the helm at Advanced Technology, Mr. Kim led SCE's Plug-In Electric Vehicle Readiness efforts to ensure SCE's grid and services are prepared to support the integration of the many new electric vehicles being marketed by automobile manufacturers.
Prior to leading the PEV Readiness group's activities, Mr. Kim served as general manager for Edison Carrier Solutions, a business unit of SCE that provides large capacity fiber optics-based broadband services to local and long distance telephone, alternative telecommunications service providers, wireless carriers, cable television, and internet access companies.
Kim began his tenure at Edison International (EIX), the parent company of SCE, in 1996 where he was engaged in the company's strategic planning and new business development. He also served as an internal consultant for many of EIX's operating units. Mr. Kim went on to manage a variety of SCE organizations where he led the assessment of new business opportunities, development of strategies, and detailed business plans.
Mr. Kim earned a Master of Business Administration degree from UCLA and his Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA.
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 March 2012, he was named one of the top 100 movers and shakers who are influencing the smart grid market by GreenTech Media for the second time and recognized as a Privacy Ambassador by The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. In 2011, Lee was recognized as part of the Top 11 Movers and Shakers of the electric industry by Intelligent Utility Magazine and named one of the Top 15 Smart Grid leaders in the electric industry by FierceSmartGrid.
Krevat 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. Lee also serves on the boards of GridX and the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA).
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 Smartest Utility rankings published by IDC Energy Insights and Intelligent Utility magazine, named one of the Top Ten Utility Smart Grid Deployments in North America by GreenTech Media and received the 2012 POWER Smart Grid Award from POWER magazine for launching one of the most ambitious and comprehensive smart grid deployment programs in the nation.
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.
Matt Mikio Miyasato
Assistant Deputy Executive Officer, AQMD
Dr. Matt Miyasato is the Assistant Deputy Executive Officer for the Technology Advancement Office at the South Coast Air Quality Management District. In this role, Dr. Miyasato leads the groups responsible for research, development, demonstration and deployment of clean, advanced technologies for both mobile and stationary sources.
Dr. Miyasato received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering, and his Masters and Ph.D. in Engineering, specializing in combustion technologies and air pollution control - all from the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Miyasato has worked at Southern California Edison in the Nuclear Engineering Department and at General Electric, where he designed burners and combustion modifications for utility boilers. He was also a research scientist at UCI, where he managed the industrial burner research program and has publications on combustion phenomena, active control, and laser diagnostics. Dr. Miyasato has also been a lecturer at UCI for the undergraduate air pollution control course.
In his current role at the AQMD, Dr. Miyasato leads the Demonstration, Implementation, Best Available Control Technologies (BACT), and Technology Outreach groups, with the overall goal of developing, demonstrating, and accelerating the commercialization and implementation of clean technologies. These technologies include fuel cells, hydrogen, alternative fueled engines, PM and NOx aftertreatment, hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and other clean alternative technologies.
Dr. Miyasato serves as the lead staff support for the California Fuel Cell Partnership, the California Stationary Fuel Cell Collaborative and the California Plug-in Vehicle Collaborative.
Manager, Power System Information Technology, LADWP
Dr. Ali Morabbi - Los Angeles Department of Water and Power - Program Director, Smart Grid - Dr. 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. He is also the recipient of the City of Los Angeles productivity award for mobile workforce management systems in 2003.
Executive Director, Climate Resolve
Jonathan Parfrey is executive director of Climate Resolve -- LA's climate change organization. In 2008, he was appointed by Mayor Villaraigosa to the Los Angeles Board of Water and Power Commissioners where he is serving a five-year term. For the past four years, Parfrey served as director of the GREEN LA Coalition. Parfrey also is President of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters, a Senior Fellow at the USC Marshall School of Business and a founding board member of CicLAvia. From 1994 to 2007, Parfrey served as Los Angeles director of Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization, Physicians for Social Responsibility. In 2003, Mr. Parfrey was appointed to Governor Schwarzenegger's Environmental Policy Team. In 1992, Parfrey received the Paul S. Delp Award for Outstanding Service, Peace and Social Justice. In 2002 he was awarded a Durfee Foundation Fellowship. In 2010, he received a Stanton Fellowship.
Vice-President, Technology Research and Projects, EnergySec
Steven Parker, CISA, CISSP, is Vice President of Technology Research and Projects at Energy Sector Security Consortium (EnergySec), and is a founding director of the organization. He has been engaged in critical infrastructure protection within the electric sector for more than a decade, including 8 years as a senior security staff member at PacifiCorp. Mr. Parker was also part of the team that established the NERC CIP audit program at the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC). His experience includes a broad range of security disciplines including e-commerce, identity management, intrusion detection, forensics, incident response and investigations, security event monitoring, and NERC CIP compliance.
Executive Director, USC Energy Institute William M. Keck Chair of Energy Resources
Donald Paul is the Executive Director of the Energy Institute and holds the William M. Keck Chair of Energy Resources at the University of Southern California. Major USC energy initiatives with industry and government include the Center for Smart Oil Field Technologies, the DOE Regional Smart Grid Demonstration Program, the Center for Energy Infomatics, and the recently formed programs on unconventional hydrocarbon resource development and cyber-physical security systems for energy infrastructures.
Dr. Paul had a distinguished 33-year career with the Chevron Corporation, retiring in June 2008 as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. He advanced through positions of increasing responsibility in technology, exploration and production operations, and executive management, including appointment as the president of Chevron's Canadian subsidiary.
Dr. Paul currently serves as a Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington D.C. and in 2010, was appointed by the Secretary of Energy to the National Petroleum Council. He also participates in advisory roles at several universities (including MIT, Harvard, Rice, and the University of Texas), energy companies, and technology firms. The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) recently honored Dr.Paul with the 2011 Management and Information Award in recognition of his leading role in the advancement and integration of information technology in the industry.
He holds B.S., M.S., and PhD degrees from MIT and an honorary doctorate from the Colorado School of Mines.
Councilwoman, City of Los Angeles
Whether implementing cutting edge improvements or ensuring delivery of fundamental services, Councilwoman Jan Perry is making a positive change in the lives of her constituents. Now in her third term in office as Councilwoman of the Ninth District, Perry has represented some of the most diverse and vibrant communities in LA including Bunker Hill, Little Tokyo, and South Los Angeles. She has responded to the district's needs by ensuring access to basic city services, making major improvements in the districtís infrastructure, driving efforts for quality job development and job training, and supporting the development of housing at all income levels.
Over the past decade, Perry has supported the development of major redevelopment projects in Downtown Los Angeles that represent over $15 billion in investment, producing over $40 million in new City tax revenue, and the creation of over 90,000 full-time jobs. From catalytic developments like LA Live to iconic developments like Our Lady of Angeles Cathedral to major public buildings like the new Police Administrative Building-Perry has been at the forefront of ensuring that downtown moves forward to meet its potential as the economic engine for the region.
Perry also served on the Joint Powers Authority for the Grand Avenue Committee for the Grand Avenue Project. As part of this project, a 10-acre civic park is currently under construction and will open in the later part of 2012. The Broad, a contemporary art museum being developed by the Broad Foundation, is also underway; this $200 plus investment on Grand Avenue is scheduled for completion in 2013, bringing with it the promise of approximately 1,300 construction and 100 full time jobs.
Determined to ensure that downtown Los Angeles will continue to provide job and career opportunities for the residents of South Los Angeles and the city, Perry developed and received unanimous support for the Department of Public Works Project Labor Agreement and Public Infrastructure Stabilization Ordinance that guarantees local hire opportunities at more than 98 public works projects in the City of Los Angeles. The goal is to hire a workforce comprised of local, City of Los Angeles residents. Specifically, the agreement requires that thirty percent of work hours are performed by local residents and, within that, that ten percent of the hours are dedicated to disadvantaged workers. Additionally, the agreement provides that 20% of the total work hours are performed by apprentices, offering unemployed and underemployed workers the opportunity to re-enter the workforce with a promising career ladder and steady employment.
Perry also understands that tackling the challenges of homelessness is an essential part of creating a healthy city for everyone. A champion for the homeless, she has successfully kept the city's emergency shelter program open on a year-round basis and has been a strong advocate for the development of affordable housing with supportive services to house chronically homeless individuals, many that have been homeless for decades. The unwavering political will that she exhibits on the issue of housing the homeless has resulted in the development of over 1,000 units of housing with support services on-site, with more in the pipeline. Additionally, she has fought to ensure that the Central City Community, known by many as Skid Row, is treated as a true neighborhood, defending the rights and safety of the homeless, formerly homeless, and those in recovery. In 2008, Perry authored city legislation to end the practice of dumping homeless individuals in Skid Row by hospitals and other institutions.
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.
Program Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory