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Dr. 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 (http://winmec.ucla.edu) of which major companies including Intel, HP, Sun, Siemens, Oracle, Computer Associates, Northrop Grumman, Hughes Network Systems, Qualcomm, TCS, Satyam, ISMB-Italy and several others are supporting members. Dr. Gadh works in the areas of Mobile/Wireless Internet, multimedia/graphics, RFID-middleware, RFID-sensor interface definitions, wireless enterprise security, multi-media content distribution over the internet, and multi-media over UWB, within the Wireless Media Lab (http://wireless.ucla.edu/wml). He has over 100 papers in journals, conferences and technical magazines.

He has a Doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University, a Masters from Cornell University and a Bachelors from IIT Kanpur. He has taught as a visiting researcher at UC Berkeley, has been a Assistant, Associate and Full Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and did his sabbatical as a visiting researcher at Stanford University for a year. Prior to his academic career, he has worked for two software startup companies. He has won several awards from NSF (CAREER award, Research Initiation Award, NSF-Lucent Industry Ecology Award, GOAL-I award), SAE (Ralph Teetor award), ASME (Kodak Best Technical Paper award), AT&T (Industrial ecology fellow award), Engineering Education Foundation (Research Initiation Award), etc., and other accolades in his career.

Dr. Jung In Choi
Professor, Kyungwon University
Dr. Jung In Choi is a Professor in the Department of Energy IT at Kyungwon University, Korea. He holds a joint appointment as a visiting professor in SMERC at UCLA. He has broad interests in Smart Grid, focused on sensor network and open architecture platform. He also contributes to standardization of Smart Grid related specifications such as oBIX, CIMXML, IEC61850, IEC61970, SE and Open ADR. He is the original contributor to ‘Energle’, a commercial product for building energy management system in his affiliated company, Byucksan Power. He awarded 2010 Korea Venture Grand Prize for his entrepreneur achievement.

Dr. Jung In Choi has a Doctorate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Master and Bachelor from Seoul National University.

Dr. Shiv Prabhu
Senior Research Engineer, UCLA SMERC

Dr. Peter Chu
Project Lead, UCLA SMERC
Dr. Chu is currently a project lead at Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at University of California at Los Angeles. He is also the forum convener at UCLA WINMEC consortium. He is a seasoned research manager who supervised and steered multiple industry and academia research projects in the field of Smart Grid, RFID technologies, Mobile Communication (WiFi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, GPRS, 3G), Media Entertainment (DRM, Mobile music, video, imaging, gaming, etc.), 3D/2D Visualization of scientific data (astronomical, power system, industry process data, etc) and Computer Aided Design. He has over 10 years of experience in research & development of software architectures, frameworks and solutions and has delivered multiple project solutions and software packages to the industry globally.

Dr. Chu, as a forum convener, assembled and hosted more than 30 internationally renowned forums and conferences. He leads active research collaboration projects with companies such Siemems, Qualcomm, Motorola, HP, Raytheon, Maersk, Northrop Grumman, Intel. He has 2 patents attributed under his name and published more than 40 papers in professional engineering and scientific journals, books, and conference proceedings. He received one Best Paper Award in Excellence for Applied Research at 2004 Wireless Telecommunications Symposium. He publishes papers focus on RFID research and was invited to author one chapter in a book – “Mobile, Wireless and Sensor Networks: Technology, Applications and Future Directions” John Wiley publication.

He was invited to Korea and Taiwan to speak on current status of RFID and sensor network applications. Prior to his career in ULCA, Dr. Chu co-founded a startup company and is currently on the board of a second startup company.

Dr. Chu received his PhD from University of Wisconsin – Madison on 2001 and BS form National Taiwan University on 1990.

Charlie Qiu
Staff Researcher, UCLA SMERC

Omar Sheikh
Engineer, UCLA SMERC

Arunabh Chattopadhyay
Graduate Student, UCLA SMERC

Siddhartha Mal
Graduate Student, UCLA SMERC

Ching-Yen Chung
Graduate Student, UCLA SMERC
-Ching-Yen Chung received his BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from National Taiwan University in Taiwan in 2002 and 2004. He had worked for the LITE-ON IT Corporation, an optical disc drive manufacturer, for five years. He led the DVD-RAM team in many projects, such as 20X DVD Super-multi Writer, the Ultra-slim DVD Writer, and the Slim Blu-ray Combo Drive. He received the university fellowship from UCLA graduate division in 2009. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, UCLA, developing the architecture for smart grid in WINMEC (Wireless Internet for Mobile Enterprise Consortium) Lab conducted by Professor Rajit Gadh. His research focuses on the wireless technology for smart grid.

Joshua Chynoweth
Graduate Student, UCLA SMERC
Joshua Chynoweth received his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at UCLA in 2010, and his B.S. degree in Supply Chain Management from Arizona State University in 2001. He has long standing interests both in sustainable energy and economics. He has lead multiple projects in three continents including being the founder and chief engineer for a film production company, constructing and running a microbiology lab for research in Tanzania, building a portable incubator for water quality assessments in Papua New Guinea, working as a machinist and constructing multiple buildings as a licensed contractor. He is currently a PhD candidate in the UCLA Smart Gird Energy Research Center, developing an efficient feedback model for a smart micro-grid control system.

Eun Kyu Lee
Graduate Student, UCLA SMERC
Eun Kyu is a PhD candidate in Computer Science Department of UCLA. He is working with Prof. Gadh and Dr. Chu in Smart Grid Energy Research Center (SMERC). His interest includes smart building that addresses smart submeters, cyber physical security, wireless networking, and demand response.

Wenbo Shi
Graduate Student, UCLA SMERC
Wenbo Shi received his B.Eng. degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University, China in 2009, and M.A.Sc. degree from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada in 2011, all in electrical engineering. He is now working at the UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center (SMERC) with Professor Rajit Gadh and Dr. Peter Chu. His research areas include wireless communications systems, RFID localization, communications networks for Smart Grid, demand response, and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) control. His is a technical reviewer for IEEE Global Communications Conference (Globecom) and IEEE Wireless Communication and Networking Conference (WCNC). He is a student member of IEEE and IEEE Communications Society.

Rui Huang
Graduate Student, UCLA SMERC
-Rui Huang received her B.Eng in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University, China, 2009. She got her M.S degree from Electrical Engineering at California Institute of Technology in 2010. She had been working as Research Assistant in Professor Steven Low's group from 2010 to 2011 and she took part in Smart Grid Catalina Island Project funded by Southern California Edison. Currently, she is the PhD student in the Smart Grid Energy Research Center (SMERC), University of California, Los Angeles. Her academic advisor is Professor Rajit Gadh and she is interested in Renewable Integration and Micro-grid in Smart Grid.

Tiana Huang
Graduate Student, UCLA SMERC
Tiana Huang received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University, Long Beach. She is one of the fellowship recipients of the Clean Energy for Green Industry at UCLA. Her research interests include incorporating energy efficiency aspects of smart buildings such as smart HVAC, smart switch panel, and smart sensors.

Yubo Wang
Graduate Student, UCLA SMERC

Marisol Felix
Business Support, UCLA SMERC

Victoria Velasquez
Administrative Support, UCLA SMERC

Claire Viguié
student trainee, UCLA

Louis Larivière
Student, UCLA SMERC
Louis Larivière is currently studying Mechanical engineering in The French Institute in Advanced Mechanical in Clermont Ferrand (France). He is about to get his Engineering Diplom in Mechanical engineering next September. His Major are Logistics and Production Optimisation. He is currently working on The Smartgrid Project with Joshua Chynoweth in the UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center (SMERC).