Tuesday 26th February, 2013
10:30am to 5:00pm
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:
* Distribution System Protection
* Distributed Energy Resources and Storage
* Electric Vehicle and Distribution Systems
Track II Technical Paper sessions:
* Distribution System Analysis
* Power System Stability
* Distribution System Applications
QinetiQ North America, Inc.
Dr. Zareh Soghomonian is a world recognized expert in electrical electronics and systems engineering, specializing electromagnetics, electrical machinery, power electronics and power systems engineering. He has 20+ years of international experience in innovative research, design & engineering, complemented by the publication of 30+ technical patents, 17 professional awards, and 20+ technical publications & 10 white papers. In his current role at QinetiQ North America, Inc., Dr. Soghomonian provides technical and engineering oversight on mega-watt class power conversion technologies, electrical power systems, power system integration and interfacing, as well as the integration of disparate power sources, transmission and control on naval platforms for ONR, DARPA, NAVSEA, NSWC, USCG, USMC and DHS. His is currently working on Naval Hybrid electric drive systems, pulsed power loads, military sealift platforms, expeditionary and forward operating land-based systems based on hybrid MVAC/MVDC zonal power distribution, distributed prime power and different renewable energy assets and energy storage systems for various DoD programs.
West Monroe Partners, LLC.
Tom Kerestes is a member of the Energy & Utilities practice of West Monroe Partners. He has more than 33 years of experience, including 25 years in a variety of technical and managerial positions for Xcel Energy (formerly Northern States Power).
He applies significant experience in IT strategy and planning, transmission and distribution best practices, NERC compliance, large-scale program management, business process optimization, and enterprise resource planning to help West Monroe Partners’ Energy & Utilities clients address key operational goals—particularly in the area of Smart Grid Consulting, design and planning.
Most recently, Tom has worked with a number of utilities to develop winning Department of Energy Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) proposals—attracting funding that will provide 50-percent matching for investments in programs that allow two-way communication between utilities and their customers and automate the electric distribution system.
Through the development of sound business cases and use of proven project management approaches, he led a variety of electric and gas utility projects that delivered significant cost reductions and returns on investment. He also has significant experience in implementation of balanced scorecards, ISO 9000:2001 certification, distribution planning, and international consulting.
With Xcel Energy, Tom developed significant hands-on transmission and distribution experience by managing crews, directing systems operations/dispatch, and managing distribution engineering. He later served as chief information officer for the company’s Wisconsin/Michigan service territory. After leaving Xcel Energy, Tom became a principal consultant in a private consulting firm for seven years, eventually directing the Electric & Gas Energy Practice before joining West Monroe Partners as a senior consulting partner.
Tom earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering power systems from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Business Administration Management degree from the University of Wisconsin. He received certification in risk assessment methodology for transmission and dams from Sandia National Laboratory. In addition, he is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and a Registered Professional Engineer.
Washington State University
Chen-Ching Liu, Boeing Distinguished Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at WSU, is an international leader in smart grid research.
He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and is internationally recognized for pioneering contributions to the development of decision support systems for power system restoration following major outages. Dr. Liu's research interests include cyber-power system vulnerability assessment, wide-area control and protection technologies for the power grid, and engineering and economic issues related to the integration of renewable energy.
He has published more than 100 articles in major power engineering journals and 20 book chapters. He has conducted research extensively for industry and governments, including the power industry in the United States, Europe, and Asia, the National Science Foundation, the Electric Power Research Institute, the Science Foundation Ireland, and European Commission programs.
Directing the New Energy Systems Innovation Center
At WSU, Dr. Liu is founding director of the new WSU Energy Systems Innovation Center. Working collaboratively with the electric power industry, researchers in the interdisciplinary center will conduct research and develop technology innovations for the smart grid and for other critical areas of energy systems. Research at the center will have a direct impact on economic development in the state of Washington and beyond, securing WSU's position as an international leader in smart energy systems.
The WSU Energy Systems Innovation Center has a distinguished, multidisciplinary team of 26 faculty researchers from the core area of power engineering and allied fields of engineering, science, sociology, economics, psychology, and public policy. The synergy brings unique strengths to address critical electric energy issues in a societal context.
Internationally recognized expert and innovator
Dr. Liu was recognized for his outstanding contributions in the field of electrical engineering with an IEEE Third Millennium Medal in 2000. He has received several teaching awards, including the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award. He also played a leadership role in IEEE PES future power engineering workforce activities. Professor Liu is a member of the Board on Global Science and Technology of the National Academies.
Before joining the WSU faculty in 2011, he held faculty positions at Iowa State University and the University of Washington, where he served as associate dean of engineering from 2000 to 2005 and was on the board of the Washington Technology Center. He also was a professor in the School of Electrical, Electronic and Mechanical Engineering at University College Dublin, Ireland, where he served as deputy principal of the College of Engineering, Mathematical and Physical Sciences. He holds a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, in electrical engineering.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
Dr. Ron Melton is the director of the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration project, the administrator of the GridWise® Architecture Council, and a senior technical leader for smart grid research and development projects. He has over 30 years of experience applying computer technology to a variety of engineering and scientific problems. In addition to smart grid related projects, recent experience includes research and engineering in cyber security for critical infrastructure protection and process control system security. Dr. Melton is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a Senior Member of the Association for Computing Machinery.
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Jerry FitzPatrick is a member of the NIST Smart Grid Team supporting NIST efforts to fulfill its mandate given by the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) for the Smart Grid. He received the B.S. degree in Physics from Rutgers University in 1979, the M.S.E.E. from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1984, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1988. The AEM Group he formerly led continues a legacy begun by NIST’s predecessor, the National Bureau of Standards (NBS), which had supported the electric power industry from practically its inception. The Group conducts research in precision measurement of electric power and energy, maintains the national standards, and provides measurement services for standard meters. In recent years, a synchrometrology testbed was established in collaboration with the Department of Energy to develop protocols and standards for testing of phasor measurement units (PMUs). Since the passage of the 2007 EISA, the AEM Group has led the NIST efforts to meet the EISA mandate of coordinating the development of an interoperability framework for the Smart Grid. Prior to leading the AEM Group, Dr. FitzPatrick led a project in Electric Power Metrology, and conducted research in the precision measurement of high voltage impulses that supported standards development for testing of electrical insulation and power equipment. He began his career with Exxon Research and Engineering Company where from 1979 to 1984 he was part of team that conducted electro-optic studies of failure mechanisms in liquid insulators.
IEEE Power & Energy Society Past President
Alan (Al) C. Rotz graduated from Lehigh University in 1970 with a BS in Electrical Engineering. In 2001 he completed a MS in Engineering Management from Drexel University. He has been a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Pennsylvania in the USA since 1976.
Al retired from PPL Electric Utilities in April 2010 after 40 years of service. He spent 17 years in the Transmission and Distribution Planning Departments, including 8 years as a Supervising Engineer. He then spent three years a Supervising Engineer in the Distribution Operations and Maintenance Department. His management assignments over the past 20 years have included Field Engineering and Construction, Substation Engineering, Distribution Engineering, and his most recent role as Manager of Attachment & Telecom Business Services. From 1995 to 2001 Al was a member of the Edison Electric Institute’s Transmission & Substation Committee, and served that group in roles as 2nd and 1st Vice Chair.
Al was a member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Substation Committee from 1995-2001, where his major contributions were made as part of the Environmental Subcommittees. He was an active participant on Working Groups that affirmed or re-wrote IEEE Guides on Animal Deterrents (1264), Containment and Control of Oil Spills in Substations (980) and Substation Security (980). He also served as Vice Chair of the Environmental Subcommittee during those years. Al was elected as Treasurer of IEEE PES in 2004 and again in 2006. He was elected as PES President-Elect in 2008 and in that position also served as Chair of the PES Long-Range Planning Committee. He became the PES President in January 2010 and will serve through 2011, and then will become PES Immediate Past President for 2012-13. He is currently serving on the IEEE TAB PSPB Products and Services Committee, the IEEE TAB Ethics and Conflict Resolution Committee, and the TAB Future Directions Committee.
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