Prof. Mladen Kezunovic, Conference Chair, Texas A&M University, USA 

Dr. Mladen Kezunovic is the Regents Professor and Eugene E. Webb endowed Professor at Texas A&M University, USA where he is employed since 1986. He serves in several leading roles at the university: Director, Smart Grid Center; Site Director, Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSerc), and Director, Power Systems Control and Protection Lab. He is also the Principal Consultant, as well as President and CEO of XpertPowerTM Associates, which has been providing consulting services for utility industry for over 25 years. He worked for Westinghouse Electric in the U.S.A. as a Systems Engineer on developing the first all-digital substation design during 1979-1980 and for Energoinvest Company in Europe as the Technical Lead for substation automation development during 1980-86. He was a consultant for EdF’s Research Centre in Clamart, France in 1999-2000 and was a Visiting Professor at the University of Hong Kong in fall of 2009. He was an Eminent Scholar at the Texas A&M University-Qatar in 2015/2016 and Special Visiting Researcher in Brazil in 2015-2017. He also acted as a consultant to over 50 utilities and vendors worldwide, and served three terms (2009-2013) as a Director on the Board of Directors of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) representing research organizations and universities. He was recently appointed by the US Secretary of Energy to serve on the Electricity Advisory Committee for the Department of Energy.

Dr. Kezunovic was a Principal Investigator on over 120 R&D projects, published more than 550 papers and gave over 100 invited lectures, short courses and seminars around the world. He is an IEEE Life Fellow and Distinguished Speaker, CIGRE Fellow and Honorary Member, and Registered Professional Engineer in Texas. He is the recipient of the Inaugural 2011 IEEE Educational Activities Board Standards Education Award “for educating students and engineers about the importance and benefits of interoperability standards” and CIGRE Technical Committee Award for “remarkable technical contribution to the study committee B5, protection and automation” in 2013.