Chair: Mladen Kezunovic, Ph.D., 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.

Panelists:

 

Tianshu Bi, Ph.D., North China Electric Power University, China

Professor BiProfessor Tianshu Bi received her Ph.D degree from the University of Hong Kong in 2002 and currently is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at North China Electric Power University. She also serves as the Dean of School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Executive Director of the State Key Lab of Alternate Electrical Power System with Renewable Energy Sources. She got the honor of “Distinguished Young Scholars supported by NSFC” in 2017, and “Ten Thousand Talent Program” in 2016 in China.

Her main area of expertise is synchronized phasor measurement technology and its applications, power system protection and control. She is PI of NSFC projects, including the National Major Research Instrument Development Project, the Major International Joint Research Project and MOST (Ministry of Science and Technology) Projects, including 973, 863 and Key Basis Research Subprojects. She has published over 200 academic papers. One National Science and Technology Progress Award (2nd class), two Ministry and Provincial Science and Technology Progress Awards (1st class), and four Ministry and Provincial Science and Technology Progress Awards (2nd class) have been conferred. She has established broad research collaborations with research institutes and universities in the U.S. and E.U.

 

Alessandro Ferrero, Ph.D., Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Alessandro Ferrero (M’88–SM’96–F’99) was born in Milan, Italy, in 1954. He received the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Politecnico di Milano in 1978. In 1983, he joined the Dipartimento di Elettrotecnica, Politecnico di Milano, as an Assistant Professor of electrical measurements. From 1987 to 1991, he was with the University of Catania, Catania, Italy, as an Associate Professor of measurements on electrical machines and plants. From 1991 to 1994, he was with the Dipartimento di Elettrotecnica, Politecnico di Milano, as an Associate Professor of electrical measurements. He is presently a Full Professor of electrical and electronic measurements at the Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria at Politecnico di Milano.

His current research interests include uncertainty evaluation, the application of digital methods to electrical measurements and measurements on electric power systems under nonsinusoidal conditions.

Prof. Ferrero is a member of the Italian Association of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the Italian Association for Industrial Automation. He chaired the Italian Association for Electrical and Electronic Measurements for the three-year term 2004–2007 and he was the President of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurements Society for the 2008 – 2009 term. He is the recipient of the 2006 Joseph F. Keithley IEEE Field Award for Instrumentation and Measurement. Since 2011 he has been Foreign Member of the Class of Technical Sciences of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts. In 2014 he received the Doctor Honoris Causa degree from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement from 2012 to 2016.

 

Scott R. Mix, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

Mr. Scott R. Mix, CISSP, joined PNNL in May, 2017 following more than 35 years of experience working in various facets of the electricity industry, including as Senior CIP Technical Manager for the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), a consultant with KEMA, Inc., Infrastructure Security Manager with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Senior Security Analyst at the PJM Interconnection, and more than ten years with Leeds & Northrup Co. as a programmer/analyst and systems architect. For more than thirty years, he has focused on the areas of computer and infrastructure security for the electricity sector. While at NERC, he was a staff subject matter expert for Critical Infrastructure Protection standards, and participated in the ongoing development of the revisions to the NERC CIP Standards, and served as the NERC Staff Facilitator for the Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee (CIPC) and several of its working groups and task forces.

Throughout his career prior to joining PNNL, Mr. Mix worked closely with numerous industry and government organizations, including NERC’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee (CIPC) and its predecessors, its working teams, was the inaugural convener of the Control System Security Working Group, was an active and vocal observer to the NERC Cyber Security Standards Version 1 Drafting Team (and the NERC 1200 process before that), and was a member of the OASIS “How” Working Group. He has also worked with the Department of Energy, the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI’s National Infrastructure Protection Center, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission dealing with Electricity Sector security issues. He has organized and presented at numerous industry symposia, both domestically and internationally. He is a member and has been secretary of the Philadelphia Chapter of InfraGard, is a member of the ISA and has participated in the ISA99 and ISA100 standards activities, and is a member of the IEEE as well as its Computer Society, Power Engineering Society, and Standards Association. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Mr. Mix is a graduate of the Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer & Information Science and Chemistry.

 

Sean Patrick Murphy, PingThings, Inc., USA

Sean Patrick Murphy is the co-CEO and co-Founder of PingThings, Inc., the creators of the universal sensor analytics platform bringing AI to the nation’s electric grid. After earning dual undergraduate degrees with honors in mathematics and electrical engineering from the University of Maryland College Park, Sean completed his graduate work with honors in biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University. He stayed on as a senior scientist at the JHU Applied Physics Laboratory for over a decade, where he focused on machine learning, high-performance and cloud-based computing, and anomaly detection. He then completed with Distinction his MBA from Oxford University and built an email analytics startup and a data sciences consulting firm. Sean has served as the chief data scientist at a healthcare analytics company and the director of research and instructor at Manhattan Prep. He is the author of multiple books and several dozen papers in multiple academic fields. He also co-founded and served as a board member for Data Community DC, helping to grow the community of data practitioners to over 20,000 members.