Chair: Jeff Dagle, P.E., Pacific Northwest Laboratory, USA

Jeff Dagle has worked at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland Washington, operated by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), since 1989. During that time has had led numerous projects in the areas of transmission reliability and security. Recent project highlights include leading the North American SynchroPhasor Initiative (NASPI) and serving on the leadership team of the DOE Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium, leading the multi-laboratory system operations and control technical area. Other career accomplishments include leading the data requests and management task for the U.S.-Canada Power System Outage Task Force investigation of the August 14, 2003 blackout, supporting the DOE Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration Division with on-site assessments in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, leading the team providing cyber security reviews for the DOE Smart Grid Investment Grants and Smart Grid Demonstration Protections associated with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and serving as a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) study group that was formed in 2010 to establish critical infrastructure resilience goals. In 2014 Mr. Dagle was invited to serve on a National Academy committee to provide recommendations for the analytical research foundations for the next generation electric grid. In 2016 he was invited to serve on another National Academy committee focused on enhancing the resilience of the Nation’s electric power transmission & distribution system. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a member of National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). He received the 2001 Tri-City Engineer of the Year award by the Washington Society of Professional Engineers, a Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Award in 2007, and an R&D 100 Award in 2008 for the Grid Friendly™ Appliance Controller technology. He holds several patents. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University in 1989 and 1994, respectively, and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Washington.


Dan Brancaccio, Quanta Technology, USA

Dan Brancaccio, Executive Advisor, Advisory Services, has over 30 years of experience in systems engineering and integration, development, developer management, and project management. He has developed large-scale, mission-critical, enterprise applications for energy utilities and corporate clients. He developed a pilot project for SCE in 2000 for transformer health, which used dissolved gas analysis, transformer loading data, ambient temperature, top oil temperature, and tap change counts from archived SCADA data. The analysis also included non-operational data collected from relays during breaker operation to track through fault energy loads on the transformer. Mr. Brancaccio was also the lead technical architect to the Western Interconnection Synchrophasor Program (WISP) in all aspects of technical delivery from phasor measurement device, through high availability wide area network, data integration, archiving, visualization and analysis.


Michael Cassiadoro, Total Reliability Solutions, USA

Mr. Cassiadoro has 18 years in the electric industry with extensive experience in system operations. Mike held the positions of Distribution Operator, Transmission Operator and Grid Dispatcher for Southern California Edison and Real-Time Reliability Coordinator and Director of Reliability Coordination for the Western Electricity Coordinating Council before founding Total Reliability Solutions in 2013. Mike has served as a co-lead for the North American SynchroPhasor Initiative Control Room Solutions Task Team for five years and is dedicated to integrating new technologies into the control room environment for use in the Same-day and Real-time Operations Horizons.


Farnoosh Rahmatian, Ph.D., P.E., NuGrid Power Corp, USA

Dr. Rahmatian is a co-founder and the president of NuGrid Power Corp. His present focus is on optical sensors, synchrophasor systems, digital substations, integration of distributed energy resources, and on-site live verification of the accuracy of high voltage instrument transformers and sensor systems. He is a Professional Engineer and a Fellow of the IEEE. He is the VP of Technical Activities for IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES), the Chair of the PES Technical Council, active at PES Relaying and Control as well as Power System Instrumentation and Measurements Committees (with focus on application and testing of synchrophasors and optical sensors). He is also active in leadership roles at CSA (Canadian Standards Association), CIGRE, IEC, and NASPI (North American SynchroPhasor Initiative). Farnoosh has over 80 technical papers and 11 patents to his credit.


Hongming Zhang, Ph.D., Peak Reliability, USA

Hongming Zhang (M’01–SM’10) received the BSEE and MSEE degrees from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China), in 1993 and 1988, respectively. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University at College Station in 2001. Since 2008 Dr. Zhang has been with Peak Reliability (formerly WECC Reliability Coordinator) as EMS Network Applications Manager, responsible for EMS/DTS Applications, real-time voltage stability & transient stability analysis tools, and new Synchrophasor technology development for control room solution. He currently chairs WECC Joint Synchrophasor Information Subcommittee (JSIS) and plays a leadership role in North America SynchroPhasor Initiative (NASPI) and NERC Synchronized Measurement Subcommittee (SMS) Working Group. Prior to his employment with WECC, Dr. Zhang worked in ERCOT in 2007, Taylor, Texas, and ABB Network Management Systems (ABB-NM) between 2001 and 2006, Houston, Texas. From 1993 to 1998, he was a faculty member with the Electrical Engineering Department, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China.

Panel 1: Lessons Learned | May 21 at 1:15 p.m.