Director, Advanced Sustainability Institute
Leveraging over two decades of international business experience as a technology entrepreneur, Michael applies his start up and technology skills to cleantech startups, research and education, with a concentration on e-mobility and the new energy economy, at the Advanced Sustainability Institute. Utility clients at Haig Barrett, management consultants, include workforce planning at Reliant Energy and energy efficiency planning at LADWP.
Michael is a LEED AP and certified in The Natural Step. Previous experience included CEO of Solar start up SEDI, CTO of carsdirect.com, and communications design for Sempra's smart grid pilot.
Educated at Northwestern and Stanford Graduate School of Business, Michael combines an understanding of the behavior of organizations and the individuals who make them up and the technical systems they use to deliver service and value.
Michael teaches classes in the Global Sustainability Certificate program at the University of California (UCLA) and is on the advisory board of the LA Cleantech Incubator. He serves as the Chair of the E-Mobility Task Force for LAEDC and is Clean Tech Chair for the German American Business Association in Southern California.
John R. Bryan
Vice President, Sales & Marketing, CODA Energy
John Bryan has more than 20 years of energy, utility, technology and automotive experience. He is currently the VP of Product & Marketing at CODA Energy, a manufacturer and distributor of scalable battery energy storage systems headquartered in Monrovia, CA. Prior to CODA, John was the CTO for Fleet Energy Company, a spinoff of the $2.1B Burt Fleet Services (BFS). John also worked at Xcel Energy in its Utility Innovations program, where he was responsible for overseeing vehicle-to-grid plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (V2G PHEV) projects, and served as program manager for the $100M SmartGridCity program and 1 MW/7.2 MWh wind integrated battery energy storage project. Earlier in his career, John also spent several years in the automotive industry as a manufacturing quality engineer working for a major Tier 1 supplier to Ford, GM and Toyota, and managed telecommunications fiber backbone deployment programs for Qwest Communications, now known as CenturyLink. He earned a MBA in finance from the University of Missouri and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University.
About CODA Energy
CODA Energy designs and builds scalable energy storage solutions that support a smarter, cleaner and more reliable grid. The CODA Core UDP tower combines advanced batteries with proven battery and thermal management systems (BMS and TMS), all managed through a sophisticated power source controller. CODA energy storage systems are optimized for generation, distribution and behind-the-meter applications for commercial and industrial end users. CODA Energy professionals have deployed a combined 140 MW and 50 MWh of energy storage in stationary and mobile applications throughout their careers.
Dr. Ratan Das
Senior Principal Engineer, ABB
Dr. Ratan Das has over 26 years of experience in the protection and automation of power systems. He is a Senior Principal Engineer at ABB in USA where he is working for fifteen
years. Dr. Das is a member of ABB's PPMV International Team of Experts. His expertise is in distribution automation, fault location, high impedance fault detection and, system modeling and simulation for protection and automation system performance analysis. Dr. Das was involved in protection and control related activities for turbo-generators and EHV transmission system for 11 years at NTPC in India, before joining the power system research group at the University of Saskatchewan. His thesis work on distribution system fault location is often cited as a reference in industry and research publications and contributed to the development of FLISR (Fault Location, Isolation and Service Restoration) system. He holds four patents and has published over twenty papers in addition two workshop presentations.
Dr. Das is the chair of the IEEE Power System Relaying Committee (PSRC) Working Group K15 on centralized substation protection and control, and he was also the chair of IEEE PSRC Working Group H4, which revised the IEC 60255-24, Ed 2.0 2013-4/IEEE C37.111 (COMTRADE) standard. Ratan Das received his BEE from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India and his M.Sc. and PhD degrees from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada. He is a senior member of IEEE, a member of CIGRÉ and a registered professional engineer in the Province of Saskatchewan.
Dr. Rajit Gadh
Professor and Director, Smart Grid Energy Research Center (SMERC)
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*. He is also Founder and Director of the *Wireless Internet for Mobile Enterprise Consortium* or *WINMEC*.
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.
Director of Power System Planning and Development, Power System Executive Office, LADWP
Mr. Howard is Director of Power System Planning and Development and the Chief Compliance Officer in the Power System Executive Office at the
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). He is currently leading several Power System strategic initiatives transitioning the utilities resource mix. He manages the Transmission Planning, Resource Development and Procurement, Natural Gas Procurement, Regulatory Compliance, and Wholesale Marketing. He has held many previous engineering and management positions at LADWP.
He has an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University, Sacramento and a master in Business Administration from Pepperdine University.
He is currently leading the Large Public Power Council (LPPC) CFTC Rulemaking Work Group, and involved in several technical and charitable organizations.
Director, Advanced Technology, Southern California Edison (SCE)
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.
Program Manager - SmartSacramento, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
Jim Parks is a program manager in the Smart Grid department at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). His current focus is on completing a $308 million smart grid initiative (SmartSacramento®) with over 40 individual projects including distribution automation, smart meters, demand response, customer initiatives, dynamic pricing, electric vehicle infrastructure, hardware and software upgrades and more.
Prior to his current assignment he worked with emerging energy efficiency technologies, electric transportation, energy efficiency program development, energy efficiency program operations and transmission planning.
Parks has over 20 years' experience in the energy industry.
Mary Ann Piette
Research Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
Dr. Vincent Poor
Michael Henry Strater University Professor of Electrical Engineering
Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Princeton University
H. Vincent Poor is the Michael Henry Strater University Professor at Princeton University, where he is also the Dean of Engineering and Applied Science. His research interests are primarily in the areas of stochastic analysis, statistical signal processing, and information theory, and their applications in various fields, including wireless networking, social networks and smart grid. Among his publications in these areas is the recent book Smart Grid Communications and Networking (Cambridge, 2012). Dr. Poor a Fellow of the IEEE, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and a former Guggenheim Fellow. Recent recognition of his work includes the 2010 IET Ambrose Fleming Medal, the 2011 IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award, and honorary doctorates from Aalborg University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the University of Edinburgh.
Dr. Hemanshu Pota
Associate Professor, The University of New South Wales
Hemanshu Pota's current research focus is dynamics and control of the interconnection of thousands of microgrids in a smart grid configuration.
Hemanshu R. Pota received the B.E. degree in electrical engineering from Sardar Vallabhbhai Regional College of Engineering and Technology, Surat, India, in 1979, the M.E. degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, in 1981, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from The University of Newcastle, Callaghan, Australia, in 1985. He is currently an Associate Professor with The University of New South Wales, Canberra, Australia. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Delaware, Newark; Iowa State University, Ames; Kansas State University, Manhattan; Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA; the University of California, San Diego; and the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Bangalore. He has continuing interest in the areas of power system dynamics and control and of modeling and control of mechanical systems such as flexible structures, acoustical systems, and unmanned aerial vehicles.
Dr. Ram Rajagopal
Professor, Stanford University
Dr. Bernard C. Soriano
Deputy Director, State of California - Department of Motor Vehicles
Bernard C. Soriano is the Deputy Director and Chief Information Officer for the California Department of Motor Vehicles. He has over 20 years of engineering and management experience in the private sector and public sector. His previous positions include engineering and management at Hughes Space and Communications in Los Angeles where he designed satellite control systems. He was also the Assistant Technical Director at the USGA Research and Test Center in New Jersey. In the public sector, Bernard was the CIO for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the Office of the Secretary of State. In addition, he was the information technology task force leader on Governor Schwarzenegger's California Performance Review.
Bernard is also on the faculty at the California State University, Sacramento, where he teaches in the College of Engineering and the College of Business Administration.
Bernard holds a Ph.D. in Engineering from U.C. Irvine, an M.B.A. from California State University, Sacramento, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California, and a B.S. in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from U.C. Davis. He was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve and has numerous publications and patents. His honors and achievements include selection as a finalist in the NASA astronaut program.
Vice Chairman, Galvin Electricity Initiative
Kurt E. Yeager retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in September 2004. After retiring from EPRI, Mr. Yeager created the non-profit Galvin Electricity Initiative with Robert Galvin, the father of the cell phone revolution, and he now is serving as Vice Chairman of the Initiative that is focused on transforming the reliability and value of U.S. electricity service. Mr. Yeager is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and has served on several National Academy of Engineering Committees and the Energy Research Advisory Board to the Secretary of Energy. He served as an Executive Counsel and Convening Lead Author for the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) "Global Energy Assessment" report to the United Nations and the World Bank. Mr. Yeager has authored over 200 technical papers and publications on energy and environmental topics. Most recently, he co-authored with Bob Galvin the 2008 McGraw-Hill published book entitled, "Perfect Power".
Mr. Yeager received his B.S, Chemistry from Kenyon College with additional graduate studies in Physics, University of California Davis and Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory; Chemistry, Ohio State University; and Fluid Dynamics and Mechanical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology.