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 Instructor Biographies for Tutorials

Half-Day Tutorials

Smart Grid 101

Erich Gunther is the Chairman and Chief Technology Officer of EnerNex Corporation, where he helps EnerNex clients define their strategic direction in basic R&D, technology, and product development. Erich has 30 years of experience in the design and development of innovative solutions to a wide array of power system problems, most notably in ways to take advantage of communications networks and technology to improve the efficiency, operating practices, and security of the electric power system. In 2004, Erich was appointed to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) GridWise Architecture Council for which he now serves as chairman. He and his team are the primary original authors of a significant percentage of the publically available smart grid use cases being widely applied today. Most recently, Erich's team was awarded a $8.5 M contract and follow on contracts to help NIST sustain the accelerated development of the hundreds of standards that will be required to build a secure, interoperable smart electric power grid through the creation and administration of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP). Erich received his BSEE from Gannon University in 1980 and his Master of Engineering degree in Electric Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1984. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Tennessee, a licensed private helicopter and fixed wing pilot, commercial radiotelephone and ship radar operator (PG204205), and an amateur radio operator (WG3Q).

Smart Grid 301

 Slade Griffin is a Senior Consultant on the Smart Grid Engineering team at EnerNex, supporting cyber security and systems architecture for the Advanced Security Acceleration Project for the Smart Grid (ASAP-SG), Open Home Area Network (OpenHAN) and Smart Grid Networking (SG-Network) groups. Slade has contributed to the UCAIug Home Area Network System Requirements Specification, SG Network System Requirements Specification, Distribution Management (DM) Security Profile, and other blueprint documents for the Smart Grid Security (SG Security) group. He also recently joined the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) as a member of the Cyber Security Working Group (CSWG) which is developing a comprehensive set of cyber security requirements for the smart grid. Prior to joining EnerNex, Slade worked in multiple roles within the information security field ranging from forensic analysis, incident handling, policy development, vulnerability assessments and penetration testing. Slade has given talks on emerging threat and attack vectors in multiple forums including the local Infragard chapter, guest lecturer for Murray State University, and multiple presentations and training classes at the University of Tennessee. He is also scheduled to begin teaching the SANS 560, Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking and SANS 580, Metasploit Kung Fu for Enterprise Pen Testing, courses this fall.

Smart Grid 201, 203, 308

Doug Houseman is the VP of Technology and Innovations at EnerNex. He is a long time member of the smart grid industry, and has done work on projects around the world. He has developed many of the IEEE Smart Grid Tutorials and is working on the IEEE 2050 Grid Vision Project. Doug is a member of the NIST/EPRI smart grid framework architecture team and helped develop the NIST smart grid framework model. Doug was the lead investigator on one of the largest studies on the future of distribution companies over the last 5 years working with more than 100 utilities and 20 governments. He is routinely invited to speak at international events in the industry and has been widely quoted in a number of international publications. Doug has facilitated over 40 single utility smart grid road map sessions in 14 countries.

Smart Grid 401

Doug Houseman is the VP of Technology and Innovations at EnerNex. He is a long time member of the smart grid industry, and has done work on projects around the world. He has developed many of the IEEE Smart Grid Tutorials and is working on the IEEE 2050 Grid Vision Project. Doug is a member of the NIST/EPRI smart grid framework architecture team and helped develop the NIST smart grid framework model. Doug was the lead investigator on one of the largest studies on the future of distribution companies over the last 5 years working with more than 100 utilities and 20 governments. He is routinely invited to speak at international events in the industry and has been widely quoted in a number of international publications. Doug has facilitated over 40 single utility smart grid road map sessions in 14 countries.


Laurie Miller joins EnerNex as a Principal Consultant with over 10 years of experience in power systems analysis, Smart Grid development, large-scale computing, data security, technical communication, and renewables. She has a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and her is working on her doctorate in Electrical Engineering, also from the University of Minnesota. Prior to her time with EnerNex, she was a Summer Research Fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratories. Her work with renewables spans a range from a study in wind turbine generator modeling for Oak Ridge National Laboratories to practical photovoltaic including novel encapsulation systems and power electronics for the University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Research Project. Dr. Miller's time in the software industry includes her years as a Senior Support Analyst with Sistina Software, tasked with designing and implementing storage clusters for large data centers and analyzing customer sites for data security. Her early work in computational electromagnetics resulted in the ToyFDTD family of tutorial codes used worldwide for more than twelve years. Ms. Miller’s writings and research have been featured in various publications, most recently in the International Journal of Energy Sector Management. In addition, she has an extensive speaker portfolio, including events such as the IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meetings, Department of Defense High Performance Computing User’s Conference, and an International Workshop on Optical Waveguide Theory and Numerical Modeling.

Full Day Tutorials

 Power Quality - From Lightning and Harmonics to Variable Energy Resources

Surya Santoso earned his MSE and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1994 and 1996, respectively. He joined the same university as an assistant professor in fall 2003. His research lies in the broad area of electric power quality, time-domain modeling and simulation of electrical systems, and wind power integration. He was a consulting engineer with Electrotek Concepts in Knoxville, TN between 1997 and 2003 where he performed a wide range of power quality studies. He has authored Fundamentals of Electric Power Quality, 2008; a book-chapter on Power Quality and Reliability in Standard Handbook for Electrical Engineers, 15th edition, McGraw-Hill (2006), and co-authored a professional series engineering book with Roger C. Dugan, Mark F. McGranaghan, and H. Wayne Beaty, Electrical Power Systems Quality published by McGraw-Hill in 2003. He has published over 60 technical papers in electric power quality and wind power systems.

Roger C. Dugan has over 35 years of combined experience in distribution engineering with EPRI, Electrotek Concepts, and with Cooper Power Systems. He holds the BSEE degree from Ohio University and the Master of Engineering in Electric Power Engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. Roger has worked on many diverse aspects of power engineering over his career because of his interests in applying computer methods to power system simulation. Beginning with a student internship with Columbus and Southern Ohio Electric Co, his work has been mostly in distribution engineering. He was elected a Fellow of the IEEE for his contributions in harmonics and transients analysis. Recently, he has been very active in distributed generation, particularly as it applies to utility distribution systems and distribution system analysis. He is coauthor of Electrical Power Systems Quality published by McGraw-Hill, now in its 2nd edition. He serves on Distribution System Analysis Subcommittee and is currently Chair of the Distribution Test Feeders WG.

Mark McGranaghan is a Director in the EPRI Power Delivery and Utilization (PDU) Sector. His research area responsibilities include overhead and underground distribution, advanced distribution automation, Intelligrid, and power quality. He is also directing EPRI’s extensive smart grid demonstration initiative. Mr. McGranaghan joined EPRI Solutions in 2003 as an Associate Vice President in charge of System Studies and Monitoring Systems. He assumed the Director role as part of the merger of EPRI Solutions with EPRI in 2007. At EPRI Solutions, he coordinated a wide range of services offered to electric utilities and critical industrial facilities throughout the world. Before joining EPRI Solutions and EPRI, Mr. McGranaghan worked for Electrotek Concepts for 14 years and McGraw-Edison/Cooper Power for 11 years. These jobs also involved supporting utilities in system performance assessments and studies. Mr. McGranaghan has BSEE and MSEE degrees from the University of Toledo and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He has taught seminars and workshops around the world and is very active in standards development and industry activities (IEEE, CIGRE, IEC).

Operation of Electricity Markets-Technical and Economic Aspects

Kankar Bhattacharya obtained his Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi,
India, in 1993. He was in the faculty of the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR),
Mumbai, India, during 1993-98. During his tenure at IGIDR Mumbai, he also held visiting faculty
appointments at the Tampere University of Technology, Finland, and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria, to work on IIASA-World Energy Council Project on Long-term
Energy Scenarios for South Asia.

In 1998 he moved to Sweden to join the Department of Electric Power Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, at Gothenburg as the first holder of the Frederik Lamm Chair of Assistant Professor (1998-2001), was awarded the Docent (2001) and promoted to the rank of a tenured Associate Professor in 2002. In January 2003, he joined the faculty of the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, as a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and was promoted to the rank of a full Professor in July 2007.

Professor Bhattacharya’s research interests include power system operations, planning and economics- particularly in the context of restructuring of the power industry, power system dynamics, stability and control, and emerging issues in power sector deregulation. He has been involved in Ph.D. supervision, industrial research projects, power-engineering curriculum development and education at under-graduate, graduate, Ph.D. levels as well as conducting external (industrial) courses.

Professor Bhattacharya received the Runner-up Award for Application of Operations Research to Development from International Federation of Operational Research Societies (1996), the Best Paper
Award at the IEEE T&D Conference (2001), the Gunnar Engstrom Foundation Award from ABB Sweden
(2001) for his research in power system economics. He has also been awarded the Distinguished Performance Award (2004) and the Outstanding Performance Award (2006) by the University of Waterloo.

Professor Bhattacharya is the author of the well received book- Operation of Restructured Power
Systems, Kluwer Academic Publishers (2001). He is one of the Editors of IEEE Transactions on Power
Systems (2005-present) and IEEE Power Engineering Letters (2005-present).

Static Var Compensators

Senior Control Engineer, HVDC and FACTS
TransÉnergie, Hydro-Québec

Hubert Bilodeau (SM, 2000) graduated from École Polytechnique, Université de Montréal in 1975. After graduation, he joined General Electric in Peterborough, Canada and worked as a designer of static excitation and DC Rectifier equipment. In 1981, he joined BBC Brown Boveri Co. in Montreal as a technical coordinator for the HVDC/SVC Châteauguay project. At the end of the project he joined the parent company in Switzerland. Since 1989, he is working with Hydro-Quebec in Montreal as a control specialist for Static Compensator, series compensation and HVDC. He is registered professional in the province of Quebec and Ontario. He is a senior member of IEEE Power Engineering Society and currently Vice Chair of the High Voltage Power Electronics Stations Subcommittee of the Substations Committee and Chair of Working Group (WG) I4 on Static VAR Compensators.

Senior Executive Consultant FACTS & HVDC
Saudi Electricity Company, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Mikael Halonen (M’2006) was born in Västerås, Sweden, in 1970. He received his M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden in 1996. After graduation he joined ABB and worked in their FACTS division in different positions, mainly in the area of system design. In 2010 he joined Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) where he is involved in projects for Static Var Compensators, Series compensation and HVDC. Mr. Halonen has a solid background in FACTS and HVDC including system design engineering, commissioning and field testing of system performance. Mikael is involved with several international working groups in IEEE and is the Chair of Working Group “Modern Protection System for Static Var Compensators” (WG I9) of the IEEE PES Substations Committee.

Alstom Grid, UK

Christopher Horwill (M’2001, SM’2004) was born in Royston England in 1948 and received his B Sc from the University of Leeds in 1971. Since then he has worked for ALSTOM Grid on the application and project engineering of SVC and other FACTS projects in the UK and worldwide. He is currently the Project Engineer for the HVDC Frequency Converter Station at Melo, Uruguay. He is the Chair of the Power Electronic Stations Subcommittee (I0) of the IEEE PES Substations Committee, Vice Chair of Working Group (WG) I4 on Static VAR Compensators as well as holding various posts in some of the Working Groups (I1, I2 and I5) of the Subcommittee. He was awarded the Nari Hingorani FACTS award from IEEE Power and Energy Society in 2010.

Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.
Power Electronics Product Line Manager, Substation Division

Daniel Sullivan (M’1994, SM’2008) Mr. Sullivan currently manages MEPPI’s Power Electronics Product Line, providing both technical and commercial management of Mitsubishi Electric’s Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS) business in North America. Dan has a broad technical background of all essential FACTS (SVC/STATCOM) products, including engineering and power system analysis aspects from initial planning stages through study, design, construction, and commissioning of FACTS systems. Mr. Sullivan has authored technical IEEE papers and publications, and lectured at the University of Wisconsin, University of Pittsburgh, and IEEE tutorials on topics such as Dynamic Reactive Power Control, Static Var Compensators, HVDC, and surge protection/insulation coordination. Dan is a Senior Member of IEEE and holds leadership roles as Secretary of PES Subcommittee (I0) on HV Power Electronics, and Secretary of the IEEE Working Group (I4) on Static Var Compensators.

Siemens AG

Heinz Karl Tyll (M’88, SM’93) graduated in 1968 in Electrical Engineering from Coburg Polytechnikum. In 1974 he received the Diplom degree from the Technical University of Berlin. After joining Siemens AG, he worked in their High Voltage Transmission Engineering Department since 1975 in the field of network and SVC system analysis with transient network analyzer and digital programs. In 1988 he transferred to the System Engineering Group of the HVDC and SVC Sales Department. Since 1996 he was responsible for Basic Design of SVC, SC and FACTS applications until is retirement in 2011. He contributed to CIGRE WG 38 TFs and to relevant IEEE WG. He is member of IEEE and VDE.

Associate Professor and Associate Chair-Graduate
The University of Western Ontario (UWO), London, Canada

Rajiv K. Varma obtained B.Tech. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, India, in 1980 and 1988, respectively. He is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Western Ontario (UWO), Canada. Before joining Western in 2002, he was a Faculty Member at IIT Kanpur, India, for 11 years.

Rajiv Varma has co-authored the book “Thyristor-Based FACTS Controllers for Electrical Transmission Systems” published by IEEE Press and John Wiley & Sons. He has co-delivered several Tutorials on “Static Var Compensator (SVC)” conducted by the IEEE Substations Committee. He is the Chair of IEEE Working Group on "FACTS and HVDC Bibliography". He has received several teaching excellence awards at the Faculty and University levels at UWO.

His research interests include FACTS, power systems stability, and grid integration of wind and PV solar power systems.


Application of IEC CIM Standards in Power System Modeling, Smart Grid and Enterprise Integration

Mr. Jay Britton (CIM task force member):

Mr. Britton is an Electrical Engineering graduate of Princeton University. His career has focused on Information Technology applied to power system operations, and is currently an employee of Alstom Grid. He was a founder of ESCA Corporation in 1979. He was made Fellow of the IEEE in 1997, “for contributions to software architectures and to applications in electric utility energy management systems.” He is currently an active participant in developing CIM standards for EMS and Smart Grid systems as a member of IEC TC57 Working Groups 13 and 19 and the NIST SGIP Architecture Committee.

Dr. Alan McMorran (CIM task force member):

Alan McMorran (M ’02) received the B.Eng. in Computer & Electronic System and a Ph.D. in Electronic & Electrical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde in 2002 and 2006 respectively. His research and development work has focused on model-driven architectures for data management, visualization and transformation and related technologies. Alan is currently a Director at Open Grid Systems Ltd. and the UK Principal Expert on three IEC working groups (13,14 & 19) under Technical Committee 57 and since 2006 he has participated in the development of international standards for information modeling, data exchange and systems integration for both distribution and transmission systems. His work has included collaborative research projects with EDF R&D, National Grid UK, Scottish Power and Alstom Grid.

Margaret Goodrich (CIM task force vice chair):

Margaret Goodrich, Manager, Systems Engineering, Systems Integration Specialists Company, Inc. (SISCO). Ms. Goodrich has 28 years experience in project management and all support and production areas within the software industry. Margaret has provided Test Coordination/Test Direction for the CIM-GID Interoperability (IOP) Tests on behalf of EPRI and is currently the Test Director for all IOP tests. She serves on the IEC WG16 and WG14 standards groups, is active in the CIM Users Group, and participates in several of the working groups in that organization. She is the Vice-Chair of the IEEE-PES CIM TF. Margaret provides consulting services for CIM implementations to several clients including EPRI, CLECO, COES-SINIAC, ERCOT, KCPL, and other power utilities. These activities include project management, design, integration, training, and testing for the assigned projects. Margaret received her BA from the University of Texas and completed her Masters work in Computer Science at East Texas State University. She was awarded a patent in Feb. 2001 for the System and Method for integrating the CIM standard.

Dr. Enamul Haq (CIM task force Chair):

Enamul Haq received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Bangladesh Engineering University, Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1973 and 1977 respectively and the Doctor of Engineering degree from the Electrical Engineering Department of Bucharest Polytechnic Institute, Bucharest, Romania in 1981. He also received a M.S degree in System (Computer) Science from LSU, Baton Rouge in 1989. Dr. Haq started his professional career with the Bangladesh Power Development Board (1974-1977) as a power system design engineer. Dr. Haq was a post doctoral fellow (1982-1983) and a visiting faculty with the Electrical Engineering Department of University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon (1982-93) and Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge (1984-85) respectively. Dr. Haq worked as a senior power system engineer with the Landis & Gyr Inc. (1989-1995) and as a senior software engineer with the Applied Materials Inc. (1996-2000). Dr. Haq is engaged with the Power System Technology Devekopment group, California ISO as senior advisor since July 2000. His interests are in power system dispatcher training simulator, network modeling using CIM and market interface and advanced power system applications. Dr. Haq is a senior member PES, IEEE.