Chair: Evangelos Farantatos, Ph.D., Electric Power Research Institute, USA

Evangelos Farantatos (Senior Member IEEE) received the Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in 2006 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA, in 2009 and 2012, respectively. He is a Senior Technical Leader with the Grid Operations and Planning R&D Group at EPRI, Palo Alto, CA. He is managing and leading the technical work of various R&D projects related to synchrophasor technology, power systems monitoring and control, power systems stability and dynamics, system protection, state estimation renewable energy resources modeling, DER integration, and grid operation with high levels of inverter based resources. In summer 2009, he was an intern at MISO.

Panelists:

Mike E. Bryson, PJM Interconnection, USA

Michael E. Bryson, vice president of Operations, is responsible for PJM’s Operations Division, including 24×7 transmission operations for real time systems to include scheduling, transmission dispatch and generation dispatch, reliability coordination, and training as well as the engineering analysis required to run the system and support the critical energy management systems.

Mr. Bryson also held the positions of executive director of System Operations, general manager of the Dispatch Operations, and manager of the Transmission Department for the System Operations Division. He was responsible for PJM’s transmission operations support for real time operations to include transaction scheduling, transmission analysis, and regional and seasonal studies.

Mr. Bryson is on the Board of Directors of the Reliability First Corporation (RFC), a member of the Consortium for Electric Reliability Technology Solutions (CERTS) and the ISO/RTC Operating Committee. He also serves on the board of PJM Technologies, Inc. and PJM Repository Information Services, Inc. Mike is currently serving as chair of the board of Pope John Paul II High School.

Prior to joining PJM, Mr. Bryson held various senior-level positions with DIMAC DIRECT, Inc. in St. Louis, including vice president of Information Services, manager of Operations and Technical Services, and manager of Applications Development.

Mr. Bryson had nearly ten years of military experience as a pilot. His responsibilities in the United States Army included operations planning and support, supervision and training of pilots and mechanics, and training and maintenance of tactical computer systems. He was awarded the Bronze Star for Combat Service in Desert Storm.

Mr. Bryson earned a Bachelor of Science in general engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York focusing on computer science and electrical engineering, and has a Master of Business Administration from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

Mr. Bryson also earned a graduate certificate in power engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Kevin D. Jones, Ph.D., Dominion Energy, USA

Kevin D. Jones received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in Blacksburg, Virginia as a Harry Lynde Bradley Fellow in 2013. His work focused on time-synchronized measurements and their applications including the development of open source technologies for linear state estimation of both positive sequence and three phase networks as well as for real-time synchrophasor data conditioning. Kevin has been the technical lead for three DOE sponsored initiatives involving Virginia Tech and Dominion Energy since 2009 including the SGIG project “Three Phase Linear State Estimator and It’s Applications”, the “CERTS Synchrophasor Data Conditioning and Validation” project, and most recently “The Open and Extensible Control & Analytics Platform for Synchrophasor Data”. His work experience includes Blue Ridge Electric Membership Company, ExxonMobil Research & Engineering, ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Refinery, and Dominion Energy Transmission System Operations Center. He is currently a Consulting Engineer in Electric Transmission at Dominion Energy, Virginia focusing on development of a custom platform for the automation of the analysis of planned outages on the transmission grid as well as synchrophasor integration and analytics including leading Dominion to deploying their first cloud-hosted, domain-specific, Big Data platform.

Woody Rickerson, P.E., Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), USA

Woody Rickerson became Vice President of Grid Planning and Operations for ERCOT in October 2015. He oversees ERCOT’s role in transmission planning, generator interconnection activities, as well as electric grid operations for the ERCOT region. Mr. Rickerson brings 30 years of electric industry experience, including 18 years at ERCOT, to this role. A licensed professional engineer, Mr. Rickerson has worked for utilities in Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. He has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University and a master’s degree in Engineering Management from the University of Colorado.