2013 GM Tutorials Instructor Bios

Microgrids – Designing Their Role in Smart Grid

Steve Pullins, Chief Strategic Officer of Green Energy Corp, has more than 30 years of utility industry experience in operations, maintenance, engineering, and renewables project development.  He previously led the nation’s Modern Grid Strategy for DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory.  Mr. Pullins is leading two renewables startups, one in biopower and one in solar system applications.  He has worked with more than 20 utilities in Smart Grid strategies, renewables strategies, power system optimization, operations transformation, and RTO/ISO operational processes.  He has led five utility or state Smart Grid implementation planning efforts.  Mr. Pullins is the chair of the IEEE PES Intelligent Grid Coordinating Committee and a member of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel and the OpenSG (Smart Grid) group.  He holds a BS and MS in Engineering.


Electric Vehicle Charging Integration In Distribution Grids

Johan Driesen received the M.Sc. degree in 1996 as Electrotechnical Engineer from the K.U. Leuven, Belgium. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering at K.U Leuven in 2000. Currently he is a professor at the K.U.Leuven and teaches power electronics, renewables and drives. In 2000-2001 he was a visiting researcher in the Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine, London, UK. In 2002 he worked at the University of California, Berkeley, USA. Currently he conducts research on distributed energy resources, including renewable energy systems, power electronics and its applications, for instance in renewable energy and electric vehicles.


Introduction to Smart Grid Data and Analytics

Doug Houseman is VP of Technology and Innovations at EnerNex. Doug has worked on smart grid projects around the world. He developed many IEEE PES Smart Grid Tutorials and is working on the IEEE 2050 Grid Vision Project. He is a member of the NIST/EPRI smart grid framework architecture team and helped develop the NIST smart grid framework model. Doug was 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. Doug has facilitated over 40 single utility smart grid road map sessions in 14 countries.


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).


Energy Forecasting in the Smart Grid Era

Dr. Tao Hong, SAS Institute, USA is an Industry Consultant at SAS Institute, where he leads the forecasting vertical of the utilities business unit. His major areas of expertise are in forecasting and optimization. He has applied various statistical and optimization techniques to the development of algorithms and tools for utility applications of analytics, such as energy forecasting, power system planning, renewable integration, reliability planning and risk management, etc. He has been providing consulting services to numerous large and medium utilities in Americas, EMEA and AP. The long term spatial load forecasting methodology implemented in his MS thesis and the short term forecasting methodology proposed in his PhD dissertation has been commercialized and deployed to many utilities worldwide.

Dr. Hong currently serves as the Founding Chair of the IEEE Working Group on Energy Forecasting, where he leads the efforts of improving the forecasting practice of the utility industry. He has organized, chaired, and participated in many forecasting related sessions in several major conferences sponsored by IEEE Power and Energy Society and INFORMS. He is the General Chair of Global Energy Forecasting Competition and the Guest Editor in Chief of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid – Special Issue on Analytics for Energy Forecasting with Applications to Smart Grid. Dr. Hong is an adjunct instructor at NC State University teaching load forecasting and demand response related topics at both Electrical & Computer Engineering department and Advanced Analytics Institute. He is also an instructor at SAS Institute teaching the Business Knowledge Series course "Electric Load Forecasting: Fundamentals and Best Practices".

Dr. Hong received his B.Eng. in Automation from Tsinghua University, Beijing, a M.S. in EE, a M.S. with co-majors in OR and IE, and a Ph.D. with co-majors in OR and EE from North Carolina State University.

Dr. Shu Fan, Monash University, Australia received the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Huazhong University of Science & Technology (HUST), Wuhan, China. From 2004 to 2006, he was doing postdoctoral research work sponsored by Japanese Government in Osaka Sangyo University. He was a visiting assistant professor at the Energy Systems Research Center of The University of Texas at Arlington from 2006 to 2007. Presently, he is a senior research fellow at Business and Economic Forecasting Unit, Monash University. His research interests include energy system forecasting, power system control, stability analysis, and power electronics. In the past years, he has published extensively in the prestigious academic journals, including IEEE Transaction on Power Systems, IEEE Transaction on Industry Application, IEEE Transaction on Energy Conversion, Energy Conversion and Management, IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution, etc. He has engaged in forecasting practice with electric regulators and utilities worldwide in developing load forecasts and wind generation forecasts. Currently he is providing short-term and long-term load forecasting advice for Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) for all the regions of the National Electricity Market (NEM). As an international recognized researcher, he is invited as referees for major academic journals in electrical engineering and forecasting.

Dr. Shu Fan is a senior member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a member of International Institute of Forecasters (IIF).

Dr. Hamidreza (Hamid) Zareipour, University of Calgary, Canada received his Bachelor and Master degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1995 and 1997 from K.N. Toosi and Tabriz universities, Iran, respectively. He was a university lecturer at Persian Gulf University, Iran, from 1997 to 2002, where he also served as the Manager of IT and Director of Research. During this period, he was also an independent consulting engineer in the area of power systems. He then joined the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, in 2003, where he received his PhD degree in 2006. He has been with the University of Calgary from 2007, where he is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is also a Research Fellow of the University of Calgary’s Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy, and a Research Fellow of University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy.

Dr. Zareipour’s research is generally concerned with the operation, management, and planning of electric energy systems in a deregulated electricity market environment. In particular, his research interests include optimal power system operation and planning under uncertainty in competitive markets, electricity price/demand forecasting, wind/solar power modeling and forecasting, impact of renewable inflexible generation (RIG) on power markets, energy storage for mitigating variability of RIG, operation scheduling of carbon capture and storage power plants, and energy management under uncertainty,

Dr. Zareipour is the recipient of several teaching and research awards within the University of Calgary’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, including: Award for Excellence in Supervision of Graduate Students, Teaching Excellence Award, Professor of the Year Award, and Excellence in Early Career Research Award.

Dr. Zareipour is an active volunteer with IEEE’s Power and Energy Society (PES) and has served as: Technical Activities Organizer for the Power Engineering/Industrial Applications Chapter, Southern Alberta Section (SAS), IEEE; SAS Vice-chair, the Co-chair of 2008 North American Power Symposium in Calgary, and Member of Local Organizing Committee for the 2009 IEEE PES General Meeting in Calgary. Further, he currently serves in a number of IEEE PES technical activities including: he is the Secretary of Working Group on Energy Storage, he is the Secretary of Working Group on Energy Forecasting, and he chairs Electricity Market Economics Subcommittee. Dr. Zareipour is a senior member of the IEEE.

Dr. Pierre Pinson, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark holds a M.Sc. In Applied Mathematics, as well as Ph.D. in Energy from Ecole des Mines de Paris, France. He is the Associate Professor in Stochastic Energy Systems at the Technical University of Denmark, having also been a visiting researcher at University of Washington (Seattle), University of Oxford, as well as a consultant at the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF – the world-leading research and operational weather forecasting center). He is involved as principal scientist and workpackage leader in several Danish (eg. Radar@Sea) and European projects (eg. SafeWind) related to the optimal management and integration of renewable energy in power systems and electricity markets. He acts as editor for Wind Energy and for IEEE Transactions on Power Systems. He has a published numerous articles in international peer-reviewed journals and is a regular speaker at international conferences. With co-authors, he is working on 2 books focusing on wind power prediction, and on integration of renewable energy in electricity markets, to be published in 2013-2014.


Voltage Sourced Converters

Ben Mehraban (SM) - Received his BSEE and MSEE degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri in 1972 and his MBA degree from Ohio University in 1984. He joined AEP in 1980, where he is a Principal Engineer in AEP Transmission Asset Management. He has more than 30 years of experience in engineering, design, construction, maintenance, and commissioning of EHV, GIS, FACTS, and HVDC projects. He is currently the manager of AEP Transmission Technology Delivery responsible for application of FACTS controllers, SVC, HVDC, Superconductivity, etc. He has published numerous IEEE and CIGRE papers and he is a senior member of IEEEE, member of several IEEE Working Groups and chairman of HVDC-FACTS Subcommittee.  


Géza Joós (M’82, F’06) holds an M.Eng. and Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from McGill University, Canada. He is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, McGill University, where he holds the NSERC/Hydro-Quebec Industrial Research Chair on the Integration of Renewable Energies and Distributed Generation into the Electric Distribution Grid. His research activities cover the application of high-power electronics to electric power systems and power conversion, including distributed generation and renewable energy. He previously held positions in industry (ABB Canada) and academia (Concordia University, Canada). His professional activities include consulting work in Power Electronics and Power Systems. He is active in IEEE Power and Energy Society and CIGRE working groups. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.


George G. Karady (SM’70-F’78) He received the BSEE and Doctor of Engineering degrees in electrical engineering from Technical University of Budapest. Dr. Karady is Salt River Project Chair Professor at Arizona State University, where he teaches electrical power and performs research in power electronics, high voltage techniques and electric power systems. Previously, he was with EBASCO Services where he served as Chief Consulting Electrical Engineer, Manager of Electrical Systems, and Chief Engineer of Computer Technology. Before that he was Electrical Task supervisor for the Tokomak Fusion Test reactor project at Princeton. Before that he worked for the Hydro Quebec Institute of Research as a Program Manager. Dr. Karady started his career at Technology University of Budapest where he progressed from Post Doctoral Student to Deputy Department Head. Dr. Karady is a registered professional engineer in New York, New Jersey and Quebec. He is the author of more than 200 technical papers. Dr. Karady is active in IEEE; he was chair of Chapter/Membership’s Award Committee, Education committee’s Award Subcommittee and WG on Non-ceramic insulators, etc. Dr. Karady also served in the US National Committee of CIGRE as Vice President and Secretary Treasurer.


Anthony Ho (M) is a team lead and specialist engineer in Stations Planning Department. He joined the power industry in 1980 as an Electrical Apprentice in China Light and Power Company Limited (Hong Kong). He received the Higher Certificate in Electrical Engineering and worked in the same power company as Electrical Engineer for 12 years.Anthony went to UK Manchester in 1992 and finished his first degree in 1994 and PhD degree in 1998 at Manchester Metropolitan University. He did one year post-doctorial research afterward before he immigrated to Vancouver. He had five publications on the application of neural network in dynamic control of nonlinear systems. In 2001, Anthony joint BCHydro as Stations Design Engineer and in 2004 he was promoted to Senior Engineer and moved to Stations Planning Department. He was promoted to Specialist Engineer in 2010 and was assigned as team lead in 2013. He leads a planning team overseeing the stations planning work and application of high voltage equipment of one half of the total substations at the province of British Columbia. He is a Professional Engineer in BC, a Chartered Engineer in UK, senior member of IEEE and member of The Institution of Engineering and Technology (UK). Currently, he is the member of three IEEE PES working groups.


Shreyas Zingre (M. IEEE) is the Team Lead for the Power System Engineering group with ALSTOM Grid based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Shreyas has six years of experience with various project activities regarding utility transmission FACTS devices as well as industrial applications of FACTS devices. He has been performing system design, studies, modeling, simulation, and analysis of FACTS devices for several projects while working with the Power System Engineering team. Shreyas has also been dealing with modeling, design, and real-time testing of Control Systems as well as design and rating of Thyristor Valves for utility FACTS devices. He is presently focused on supporting global R&D projects for ALSTOM Grid. Shreyas received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from V.J. Technological Institute, Mumbai University, Mumbai, India and his Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA.


Smart Substations – Protection, Control, Communications, Wide Area Measurements, and Enterprise Applications

Eric A. Udren (Fellow), Executive Advisor of Quanta Technology, has a 43 year distinguished career in design and application of protective relaying, utility substation control, and communications systems. He programmed the world's first computer-based transmission line relay, led software development of the world's first LAN-based substation protection and control system, and managed development and application at Westinghouse, ABB, and Eaton Electrical. He has worked with utilities to develop new substation protection and control designs as a consultant since 2004. He is now Executive Advisor with Quanta Technology and is based in Pittsburgh. Eric is an IEEE Fellow, and chairs multiple standards working groups at IEEE Power System Relaying Committee. He is U.S. Technical Advisor for IEC relay standards, and is a member of the IEC 61850 substation communications protocol WG. Eric serves on the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) System Protection and Control Task Force, and Protection System Maintenance Standard Drafting Team. He has written and presented over 80 technical papers and book chapters.

David Boroughs, P.E. (Member), Executive Advisor/Communications Practice Area Director of Quanta Technology, has 32 years of telecommunications experience. His professional career included work with KEMA, GTE, Sprint, Telenet Communications, and PBS National Datacast, having responsibilities in areas of engineering design, planning, implementation, and operation of both wireless and fiber networks. He has performed telecommunications architecture and design projects for a number of utilities, ranging from development of a vision, benefit cost analysis and strategy for implementing a communications architecture solution, to infrastructure assessments including maturity assessment, technology assessment, platform assessment, and single point of failure analysis. Strategy and design development include substation and feeder automation, smart grid, and AMI communications architecture solutions that supports operational needs, as well as enterprise level related needs such as voice, video, IP, and back office networking requirements.


Implementation of Synchrophasor Systems

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Distribution Overcurrent Protection and Coordination

James Niemira, PE is a Principal Engineer in Power Systems Services, S&C Electric Company, Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Niemira has over 20 years of technical and project management experience. In his tenure, he has fulfilled the roles of project manager, project engineer, and lead engineer in a wide range of power engineering disciplines, including system analysis, equipment analysis, testing, product research, design, application engineering, substation controls, substation physical design, and technical instruction. Mr. Niemira has been responsible for application engineering, transient analysis, fault current studies, coordination studies, ground grid analysis, seismic qualification of equipment, harmonic analysis, reliability analysis, failure modes and effects analysis, and equipment testing and certification, including test program design to assure compliance with applicable industry standards and other objectives. He is a registered professional engineer in over ten states. Mr. Niemira has a BSEE from University of Missouri — Rolla, and an ME in Electric Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Ali Tatari  is the Manager of Engineering in the Power Systems Services Business Unit of S&C Electric Canada Ltd with over 18 years of technical and project management experience in manufacturing, contracting and consulting firms. He has fulfilled the roles of project manager, project engineer, and lead engineer in many and varied areas of power systems engineering including system analysis, testing and commissioning, design, product application engineering, distribution automation, substation controls, substation physical design, and technical instruction. Ali holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Waterloo University and is a member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society.


Smart Distribution Systems

George Larry Clark is Principal Engineer-Power Delivery for Alabama Power Company (APC), Birmingham, AL and supports the deployment of the Distribution SCADA, Distribution Automation and Electronic Mapboard technologies at APC, and the development of the Integrated Distribution Management System and the Smart Grid Strategy for APC and the Southern Company. Mr. Clark is Chairman of the IEEE PES Smart Distribution Working Group, Member of the IEEE PES Intelligent Grid Coordinating Committee, Member and Past Chair of Smart Distribution Subcommittee of DistribuTECH Advisory Committee and Member of the Smart Grid Roadshow Conference Committee.

During 47-years of employment at APC, Mr. Clark’s previous assignments include responsibilities for the operation and maintenance of Transmission and Distribution substations, and for the planning, operation and maintenance of the electric distribution system. Mr. Clark is a frequent industry conference speaker making presentations in the areas of Distribution Automation and SCADA, and most recently the Smart Distribution Grid.

Mr. Clark received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree in 1970 from the University of South Alabama. Mr. Clark is a Life Senior Member of IEEE and is a registered engineer in the State of Alabama.

Anil Pahwa (F’03), Kansas State University, received the B.E. (honors) degree in electrical engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India, in 1975, the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from University of Maine, Orono, in 1979, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Texas A & M University, College Station, in 1983. Since 1983 he has been with Kansas State University, Manhattan, where presently he is Logan-Fetterhoof Endowed Chair Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. He worked at ABB, Raleigh, NC, during sabbatical from August 1999 to August 2000. His research interests include distribution automation, distribution system planning and analysis, distribution system reliability, intelligent computational methods for power system applications, and integration of distributed renewable energy sources. He was Chair of the Power and Energy Education Committee (PEEC) from 2012 to 2013, and is currently Vice Chair of Power System Planning and Implementation Committee of the Power and Energy Society.  He has been serving as an editor of IEEE transactions on Power Systems since 2010.  Dr. Pahwa is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, and ASEE. He has been selected as a Jefferson Science Fellow by the U. S. Department of State for 2014-15.

Georges Simard is president of S.I.M.AR.D. SG a consultant company based in Québec, Canada. Before SIMARD SG, Georges worked for Hydro-Quebec from 1981 to 2011 as a Development Engineer for the Distribution Network Division. During these 30 years he contributed to the writing of internal technical standards of Hydro-Québec's distribution network including planning, system protection, Distributed Generation integration and Power Quality. From 2005 to 2011 years, he was responsible for developing the Hydro-Quebec Distribution Roadmap including Smart Grid applications. He also supported EPRI’s Smart Distribution Research program from 2009 to 2011.

He has served on several technical committees (IEC, IEEE/PES, CEA, CEATI, EPRI…) and he is a Senior Member of IEEE. He also was Editor in Chief of the IEEE PES long term vision (GridVision 2050) released in April 2013.

Mr. Simard received his BSEE in 1978 from "École Polytechnique de Montréal". He got his Master degree in Engineering in 1998 from "École Polytechnique de Montréal".

Brian Deaver is the Technical Executive for Distribution Research at the Electric Power Research Institute. He leads research programs on Distribution Automation, Volt/VAR Control, Grid Resiliency and innovative Sensing. The primary focus of Brian’s career has been on the automation, monitoring and control of the electric distribution system and the application of these technologies to the key distribution utility objectives of proving safe, reliable and affordable electric service.  Previously, Brian was the Vice President of Product Management for CURRENT Group, a privately held Smart Grid products and services provider. In this executive leadership role, he was responsible for product strategy, life cycle management, and the development of product marketing and technical requirements. During his time with CURRENT, Brian was awarded eight patents for inventions related to sensing and power system control.  Brian also worked for twenty years at Baltimore Gas and Electric Company where he held technical leadership positions in Distribution and Substations. His most notable accomplishments while at BGE were founding and leading both the Distribution Automation and Substation Automation programs, each of which won Southeastern Electric Exchange Excellence In Engineering Awards. He also served as technical lead on BGE’s Electric System Redesign Program, a comprehensive reliability improvement investment program. Mr. Deaver received a BS degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Maryland.

Robert Uluski, UISOL, has over 35 years of electric utility experience, with a focus on planning and implementing distribution automation (DA) systems and Distribution Management Systems (DMS). Bob has extensive experience in the planning and implementation of Volt-VAR optimization (VVO) systems for electric distribution utilities. He has developed software tools (Excel spreadsheets) for analyzing benefits and costs of advanced distribution applications such as Volt-VAR optimization and has applied these software tools at several large electric utilities in North America. Recently, he managed EPRI’s “Smart Distribution” project set which included developing a detailed guidebook on Volt VAR Control and Optimization (VVO), Dynamic Impacts of Distributed Renewables, and integration of smart inverters. He also led EPRI’s extensive research effort to gain a thorough understanding of the impact of voltage reduction on electrical appliances; this project included extensive laboratory testing and developing aggregate load-voltage models for various customer and feeder types. Bob currently serves as the Vice Chair of IEEE’s smart distribution working group, chair of the task force on DMS, and Vice Chair of the Volt-VAR task force, which is currently developing guidelines for measurement and verification (M&V) of VVO benefits.

Grant Gilchrist, P. Eng., is a Principal Consultant on the Smart Grid Engineering Team at EnerNex Corporation. He is a member of several utility data communications standards bodies including the IEC working groups for SCADA, substation automation, protocol security, and interoperability. He is a founding member of the Technical Committee for the Distributed Network Protocol (DNP3). He has helped several major utilities develop technical requirements for their Advanced Metering Infrastructures and other Smart Grid programs, and was editor of the IEC 62351-5 standard for security of the IEC 60870-5 and DNP3 protocols. He specializes in visualizations of the Smart Grid and developed the NIST Smart Grid Framework “cloud” diagrams.

Before joining EnerNex, Grant spent a total of 17 years developing embedded data communications software for GE Energy and Nortel Networks. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the province of Alberta, Canada.

Ethan Boardman is world-wide Director of Business Development for Integrated Distribution Management Systems (IDMS) based upon e-terradistribution, Alstom Grid’s application suite for real-time distribution network operations. He joined Alstom Grid, then ESCA Corporation, in 1982 as a network analysis applications engineer and developer. He has worked in the areas of both EMS and DMS product development and project implementation. Since 1997 his focus has been on the development of the product line for support of Distribution Operations with an emphasis on seamless integration of SCADA, DMS, and OMS into a single modular entity. 

Mr. Boardman earned his BSEE and MSEE from the University of Washington.

Terry Saxton is Vice President and a founder of Xtensible Solutions, a company offering professional consulting services to the international utility industry in the development of Enterprise Information Management (EIM) strategies and system integration frameworks based on the Common Information Model (CIM) and related standards. Mr. Saxton is Convener of IEC TC57 WG13 responsible for CIM-based standards for information exchange between Transmission and Distribution System Operators. He is the Vendor Co-Chair of the CIM Users Group and organizer of the CIM University tutorial sessions. He has managed projects for EPRI in the extension of CIM to support dynamic model exchange, planning applications, markets, and harmonization of the CIM and IEC 61850 standards. Mr. Saxton has many years of experience in the analysis, design, development, and implementation of a wide range of system integration solutions for electric utilities and the US Department of Defense. Prior to starting Xtensible Solutions, Mr. Saxton worked for BearingPoint, KEMA Consulting, Siemens Power Systems Control, Honeywell, Information Exchange Systems, and Bell Telephone Laboratories. He received an MSEE from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and BSEE and BS Math with Honors from California State Polytechnic University.

Dr. Julio Romero Agüero, PhD, MBA is Senior Director and Executive Advisor at Quanta Technology. He has over 18 years of experience working with electric utilities and regulatory boards. His areas of expertise are planning, operations, and analysis of power distribution systems, smart grid, and integration of Distributed Energy Resources (DER). He has assisted numerous electric utilities in the USA, Canada, Latin America, The Caribbean and Asia, in the areas of power distribution planning, reliability, load forecasting, protection, engineering, smart grid, distribution automation, efficiency improvement, and integration of distributed generation and plug-in electric vehicles.

Dr. Romero Agüero is former Commissioner of the National Energy Commission of Honduras, Vice Chair of the IEEE Distribution Subcommittee, Editor of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid and IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, Vice Chair of the IEEE Working Group on Distributed Resources Integration, Secretary of the IEEE Working Group on Modern and Future Distribution System Planning, Member of the Advisory Committee of DistribuTECH, and Senior Member of the IEEE. He is the author of over 30 technical papers, and is a frequent speaker and instructor in industry conferences and training courses.