ISGT 2013 Technical Papers

A session at Fourth Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT 2013)

  • Betty Tobin
  • Anabelle Lee
  • Dr. S.S. (Mani) Venkata
  • Dr. Russel Lefevre
  • Bruce Hamilton
  • Farrokh Rahimi

Monday 25th February, 2013

10:30am to 5:00pm (EST)

Leading smart grid researchers, practitioners, and innovators will present an array of technical papers during ISGT 2013.

Two tracks will be offered during the day, focusing on a variety of topics.

Track I Technical Paper sessions:
* Influence of Markets
* Value of Storage
* Distributed Energy Resources

Track II Technical Paper sessions:
* International Viewpoints
* Cybersecurity I
* Cybersecurity II

About the speakers

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Betty Tobin

Snohomish County PUD

Betty Tobin is Senior Manager, Planning Engineering Technical Services, Distribution Services, Office of the General Manager, Snohomish County

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Anabelle Lee

Technical Executive - Cyber Security EPRI

Ms. Annabelle Lee’s experience comprises over 35 years of technical experience in IT system design and implementation and 20 years of IT security specification development and testing. Over her career she has authored or co-authored many documents on IT security, cryptography, and testing. She began her career in private industry concentrating on software testing and quality assurance.

Annabelle is a Technical Executive - Cyber Security at EPRI. She is the program manager for the National Electric Sector Cyber Security Organization Resource (NESCOR) program and leads several of the cyber security activities within EPRI. Previously, she was a Critical Infrastructure Protection Advisor at FERC, concentrating on the Smart Grid. Before this she was the lead of the Smart Grid Cyber Security Working Group at NIST, and led the development of the NIST Interagency Report 7628, Guidelines for Smart Grid Cyber Security. Prior to that, Annabelle was detailed to the Department of Homeland Security focusing on standards, R&D, and Supply Chain Risk Management. She previously led the Cryptographic Module Validation Program at NIST. Prior to joining the federal government, Annabelle was a Lead Engineer in the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Division of the MITRE Corporation. She provided support to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division. In the private sector, Annabelle was the software technical manager for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) functional requirements phase of the NASA Procurement Management Technology Program (PMTP), a Project Manager in the Material Department of MCI, and a Quality Assurance Specialist for the General Electric Information Services Company.

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Dr. S.S. (Mani) Venkata

Alstom Grid

S. S. (Mani) Venkata is joined Alstom Grid Inc. in January 2011 as a Principal Scientist and Director of DER R&D. He also continues as an Affiliate Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington (UW), Seattle, Washington since Janaury 2008. He is also President, Venkata Consulting Solutions Inc. He was with KEMA Inc. for six years during 2005-2010. He was Dean and Distinguished Professor of Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering at Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York during 2004-2005. During 2003 he was Palmer Chair Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. From 1996 to 2002 he was Professor and Chairman of the department at ISU. Before joining ISU, he taught at the University of Washington, Seattle, West Virginia University, and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell for 25 years. He received his B.S.E.E and M.S.E.E. degrees from India, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of South Carolina, Columbia in 1971.

Prof. Venkata has conducted research, design and development work for the more than 25 utilities and power related industries for the past 43 years. Venkata has published and/or presented over 320 publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings, and a co-author of the book Introduction to Electric Energy Systems Prentice-Hall Publications, 1987. He is a registered professional engineer in the states of Washington and West Virginia.

Dr. Venkata is a Fellow of the IEEE. He is currently serving as member of the IEEE Fellows Committee and as the Secretary of the PES Technical Council. He was a member of the PES Executive Committee and Governing Board for four years, as the Vice-President of Publications, member of the Finance Committee, the Long Range Planning Committee, and Technical Activities Advisory Board during 2004-2007. His past activities include serving as the Chair of the Power Engineering Education Committee, as the Regional 6 Representative and Seattle Student Chapter Chair. At the Technical Committee levels, he chaired several subcommittees, working groups and task forces. He was also the Vice-Chair of the 1992 Summer Power meeting. At the IEEE level, he represented the PES as the TAB Periodicals Committee member. He had also served as the Seattle Section Chair, and the Student Branch Advisor.

In 1996 he received the Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award from the IEEE Power Engineering Society. He also received the Third Millennium Award from the IEEE in 2000.

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Dr. Russel Lefevre


Russell Lefevre, Ph.D.
2008 President

Russell Lefevre is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, with over 30 years of experience as a radar system engineer. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Physics from the University of North Dakota, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

At Hughes Aircraft Company, he was the lead engineer for the first Navy airborne multi-mode radar. At Technology Service Corporation, his activities included identifying advanced technologies, performing R&D on promising new
applications, developing business opportunities and strategies, and organizing proposal activities. He was largely responsible for receiving over 80 Small Business Innovations Research awards.

During 2001, Dr. Lefevre was an IEEE-USA Congressional Fellow serving as Science Advisor to Senator Jay Rockefeller. He was the Senate Staff person responsible for organizing the activity leading to the National Science Foundation Math and Science Partnership program to make a significant improvement in K-12 education. Dr. Lefevre was personally responsible for inclusion of the Noyce Scholarships that provide scholarships for college students who major in a technical field and commit to teaching two years for each year of support in a Title 1 K-12 school.

IEEE Activities - (M'63-M'68-SM'86-LS'01-LF'04)

OFFICES: IEEE-USA President-Elect, 2007; IEEE-USA Vice President Technology Policy, 2004-2006; IEEE-USA Board of Directors, 2004-Present.

COMMITTEES/BOARDS: TAB Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) 2003-05; TAB SPC Governance Subcommittee 2004-05; TAB SPC Membership Subcommittee 2003-05; TAB/PSPB Publications and Services Committee, 2005-Present; TAB Management Committee 2004; TAB Conferences Committee 2002, 2006; TAB/PSPB Conference Publications Committee 1998-Present; Chair 2005-Present; IEEE Nanotechnology Working Group 1999-01; TAB New Technology Directions Committee 2005-Present, Co-Chair Biometrics Working Group 2005-Present; IEEE-USA Liaison to TAB 2006; IEEE-USA R&D Policy Committee, Member, 1996-03 Vice Chair 2003; IEEE-USA Committee on Transportation and Aerospace Policy, Member 2000-2003, Vice Chair, 2003; IEEE-USA Government Fellows Committee 2003-Present, Chair 2005.

SOCIETIES: Aerospace and Electronic Systems (AESS) Society: President, 2002-03; AESS Board of Governors, 1996-06; AESS VP Conferences 1997-99; Executive VP 2000-01; IEEE Press Liaison-1999-04; Future Strategy Committee 1996-Present; AESS International Radar Systems Panel 1983-Present; Member GRS, LEOS, COMSOC and Computer Society.

CONFERENCES: RADAR 90 and 95 Technical Program Chair; RADAR 85, 2000, and 2005 Member Organizing Committee; RadarCon Technical Committee 1985-04; Aerospace Conference Technical Committee, 1997, 1999.

REPRESENTATIVE: IEEE-USA Representative to Committee on National Security Research, 2003-04; IEEE-USA Representative to Council on Competitiveness, 2004-Present.

AWARDS: IEEE-USA Congressional Fellow 2001, Third Millennium Medal 2000; IEEE Los Angeles Council Small Business of the Year Award 1985.

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Bruce Hamilton

Smart Grid Network, Inc.

Bruce Hamilton is a founding Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy Development and is CEO of Adica LLC. He is also leading the formation of a global Smart Grid Network at SmartGrid.com to empower people around the world to share their views on how a smart grid can contribute to sustainable development and connect interested consumers with smart grid solution providers. Mr. Hamilton supported the establishment of a smart grid collaboration agreement between the United States Department of Energy and Korean Ministry of Knowledge Economy. He is also lead author of the Feasibility Report on A Smart Grid and Green Technology Development Initiative Between The State of Illinois and Korea and provides program management support for the ongoing Illinois-Korea Smart Grid Partnership. Mr. Hamilton served as guest editor of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power & Energy Magazine, is IEEE Power & Energy Society’s designated contributor to the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter, and is co-author of the book titled Smart Grid: Integrating Renewable, Distributed and Efficient Energy (Elsevier 2011).

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Farrokh Rahimi

Open Access Technology International, Inc. (OATI)

Farrokh Rahimi is Vice President of Market Design and Consulting at Open Access Technology International, Inc. (OATI), where he is currently involved in analysis and design of power and energy markets and Smart Grid solutions. He has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from MIT, along with over 40 years of experience in electric power systems analysis, planning, operations, and control, with the most recent 5 years in the Smart Grid area. Before joining OATI in 2006, he collaborated with California ISO, Folsom, CA for eight years, where he was engaged in market monitoring and design. His prior experience included eight years with Macro Corporation (subsequently KEMA Consulting), five years with Systems-Europe, Brussels, Belgium; one year with Brown Boveri (now ABB), Baden, Switzerland; ten years, as a university professor, researcher, and consultant in power and industrial control systems in Iran (his country of origin), and two years with Systems Control, Inc. (now ABB Systems Control, Santa Clara, CA), where he started his professional career. Dr. Rahimi is a Senior Member of IEEE, and a number of Smart Grid task forces and committees, including NERC Smart Grid Task Force, NAESB Smart Grid Task Force, WECC Variable Generation Subcommittee, and Open Smart Grid Users Group

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Time 10:30am5:00pm EST

Date Mon 25th February 2013

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