Cynthia Hunt Jaehne
Director, Engagement, Smart Electric Power Alliance
Principal Consultant, Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc.
Mechanical Engineer, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Director Of Energy Management Services, Amzur Technologies, Inc.
Manager, Advisory Services, Smart Electric Power Alliance
Senior Advisor - Innovation & Research, Tennessee Valley Authority
Chief Business and Regulatory Innovations Officer, General MicroGrids, Inc.
Group Leader, Distributed Systems Group, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
IT Enterprise Architect, American Electric Power
Ron is an IT Enterprise Architect in the Enterprise Architecture and Strategy group at American Electric Power (AEP), focusing on: grid modernization architecture; IT/OT interoperability industry standards development and use; use of enterprise architecture frameworks, development and refinement of grid and IT architectural metamodels, system modeling, formal ontologies; enhancing cybersecurity and grid related telecommunication technologies and architectures. Over 44-year career in the electric utility industry with the last 10 years focused on internal AEP smart grid and grid modernization projects with focus on feasibility and pilot/project selection including projected total-cost-of-ownership, telecommunication technology architecture designs including cybersecurity, project risk mitigation, business modeling. This work also included active participation in external smart grid efforts and other work with SEPA's Grid Architecture Committee (includes standards reviews, ontology development, EA framework assessments, past chair), Technical Committee, Transactive Energy Group, Grid Management, and advisor/presenter and contributor on several research papers and reports in several EPRI research ICT program sets. Ron has double major Mathematics and Physics undergrad degree, with 2 years graduate work in Industrial Engineering.
Lead Business and Technical Consultant, Duke Energy
Research Manager, Smart Electric Power Alliance
Vice President, 3Degrees Group, Inc.
Energy Resources Director, Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association, Inc.
Manager, Renewable Energy Product Development, DTE Energy
Product Developer, Xcel Energy
Principal, Transportation Electrification, Smart Electric Power Alliance
Manager of Electrification of Transportation, Hawaiian Electric
Innovation Development, Green Mountain Power
Chief R&D Engineer / Distribution Services Lead, Avista Utilities
John Gibson, P.E., is Avista’s Chief Research & Development Engineer. He leads the team that develops grid products and services for Avista’s electric and natural gas customers. With more than 25 years of experience in the electric utility industry, John is currently leading the development of a shared energy model called an eco-district, which uses a centralized plant to supply energy to multiple buildings in an area. This innovative model could transform how the electric grid of the future operates and help reinvent the utility business model.
Distribution Standards Engineer, PPL Electric Utilities Company
Senior Associate Electrical Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Jaime has worked in the consumer electronics industry since the early 2000's. The majority of this time was spent managing his own installation and system integration business with a focus on automation and controls. He earned his Electrical and Computer Engineering Degree at Portland State University specializing in Power Systems. While working as a research assistant at Portland State he performed studies in grid based IoT and transformer thermal modelling in collaboration with Portland General Electric. He was awarded for his work in transformer modeling at the 2018 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting. Jaime joined PNNL in December of 2018 as a Senior Associate Electrical Engineer. At PNNL he studies interoperability, distributed energy resources (DER) and energy efficient building controls. He is a member of IEEE-PES and SEPA where he assists with advancing DER standards.
Manager, Utility & Regulatory Strategy, Smart Electric Power Alliance
Kate works as a research manager at SEPA with a focus on utility business models and regulatory innovation. In addition, she is the staff co-lead for SEPA’s Energy Storage Working Group, and a team member of the Renovate Initiative, a collaborative effort focused on state regulatory process innovation. Previously at SEPA, she worked with the 51st State Initiative, shaping the evolution of the utility sector, and supported the engagement facilitating the D.C. Public Service Commission’s grid modernization (MEDSIS) initiative in the District.
Prior to SEPA, Kate completed her master’s degree from John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in International Relations & Economics, with a concentration in Energy, Resources & Environment. In addition, she completed a graduate consultant project for BP Global on the future of the U.S. transportation sector, as well as graduate internships at the Edison Foundation’s Institute for Electric Innovation (IEI), the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), and Fresh Energy. Prior to SAIS, she worked in Kyoto-fu, Japan for the JET Programme, and was the development manager for Milkweed Editions, an independent book publisher based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College, Columbia University, with a B.A. in art history and political science. Kate has worked and lived in Japan, Italy, India, and South Africa, and is always planning her next adventure.
President, S Curve Strategies
April is passionate about transportation electrification and has driven electric since 2011. She has inspired thousands of drivers to do the same by working with states, municipalities and utilities across the U.S. to develop and launch their electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure strategies.
April assists state agencies to create fast charging corridors and strong EV policies. She helps utilities build strong EV teams, develop strategic plans and implement their EV customer experience efforts.
April has done hundreds of speaking engagements and media interviews on overcoming barriers to transportation electrification.
Prior to forming S Curve Strategies, April led San Diego Gas & Electric’s EV customer experience. Today, this region has one of the highest EV adoption rate of any city in the country.
Director, Industry Strategy, Smart Electric Power Alliance
Robert Tucker is an energy industry professional with 25 years of experience working with utilities across the US. Robert has helped utilities with a wide range of business and technology solutions to solve complex business problems or changing regulatory requirements. Robert has worked with utilities and regulators to address the challenges and opportunities of grid modernization and the growth of DERs. Prior to SEPA Robert worked for both consulting firms and technology/ service providers to the utility industry. Robert earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and a Masters of Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
Vice President, Operations, Enel X e-Mobility
David Schlosberg is Vice President of Energy Market Operations at eMotorWerks, an Enel Group Company, and leads the company's participation in energy markets and other programs operated by regulatory agencies. He also provides industry leadership on EVs and distributed energy resources in regulatory and legislative forums. Previously, he was Principal, Energy Market Analysis, within the Alphabet / Google Access & Energy division, where he was responsible for regulatory activities as well as related business development initiatives with utilities, energy management providers and renewable energy companies. Previously, David held regulatory and government affairs roles with BrightSource Energy, a provider of large scale solar thermal power plants. David received his BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and an MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.
Principal Critical Infrastructure Protection Systems Engineer, MITRE
Dr. Michael L. Cohen, is the Homeland Security Center, Principle Critical Infrastructure Systems Engineer. Dr. Cohen is a MITRE corporate resource in the area of critical infrastructure security and resilience, including critical infrastructure Cyber resilience. Dr. Cohen’s own critical infrastructure sector specialty is the Energy Sector, more specifically Electric Power, Smart Grid, Nuclear Power, and Oil &Natural Gas. Most recently Dr. Cohen has been focusing on assessing the risk to critical infrastructure from High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse, which has a particularly devastating effect on the Power Grid. Just prior to that he focused on the impacts of emerging technological threats to nuclear power. Prior to that he examined the impact on critical infrastructure from disruption of GPS timing services. In parallel with that work he has been supporting critical infrastructure Cybersecurity, Cyber Resilience, and supply chain risk management. Dr. Cohen earned his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, his master’s degree (M.S.) in Physics at Northeastern University and his bachelor’s degree (B.S.) in Physics at Boston University.
Director, Global Transportation Initiatives, Black & Veatch Corporation
Paul Stith is director of global transportation initiatives for Black & Veatch’s Growth Accelerator where he develops ecosystems needed to plan, finance, deploy and operate sustainable transportation and distributed clean energy infrastructure at scale. Paul leverages a decade of involvement in vehicle electrification and infrastructure supporting investors, utilities, fleets, energy and transportation providers to electrify and automate ground, aviation and marine fleets. Paul serves on the board of directors at Forth https://forthmobility.org/ and NACFE https://nacfe.org/
Staff Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Dr. Srinivas Katipamula is a Staff Scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). For over 25 years, Katipamula’s career has focused on improving the operating efficiency of commercial buildings. Prior to joining PNNL, he led the analytics group at the Enron Energy Services (EES).
Manager - Utility of the Future - Electric & Gas Asset Strategy, PSE&G
Ahmed Mousa is currently the manager of the Utility of the Future at PSE&G. Mr. Mousa was the Founder/CEO of the Electric Bridge Consulting firm. He served as an adjunct professor, senior judge & Industry Advisory Board member at NJIT, on the NJ Association of Energy Engineers board, Rutgers University Cyber Security board. Additionally, he has authored four books and several PE professional engineering online courses.
Manger, Cybersecurity and Privacy Applications Group, National Institute of Standards and Technology
In addition to chairing SEPA’s Cybersecurity Working Group, Nelson Hastings leads the Cybersecurity and Privacy Applications Group of Applied Cybersecurity Division within Information Technology Laboratory at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). His team supports the cybersecurity aspects of NIST’s Smart Grid program as well as other NIST efforts including privacy engineering, public safety communications, voting systems, and industrial control systems. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University, M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Western Michigan University, and B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
President, Metatech Corporation
Bill Radasky founded and has served as President of Metatech Corporation. Dr. Radasky has played a central role in the development of electromagnetic pulse (EMP) and related electromagnetic environment specifications applicable to defense electronic systems. A major current interest is the development of EM standards that are compatible with EMC requirements. Dr. Radasky is particularly well known to the EMP community in the United States and abroad for his continuing contributions to EMP/SREMP research, a field in which he has been active since 1968. Dr. Radasky is Chairman of the IEC Advisory Committee on EMC (ACEC) and is currently the Chairman of SC77C which deals with HEMP/HPEM standards for commercial systems. He has authored over 250 publications on EM subjects and holds the following academic degrees: B.S., Air Force Academy; M.S., University of New Mexico; and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, University of California at Santa Barbara.
Senior Analyst, Research, Smart Electric Power Alliance
Mac joined SEPA as a Research Analyst in December 2018 after having interned and worked as a research assistant on SEPA’s Utility Market Snapshots. He has supported SEPA’s annual Utility Data Collection Effort and subsequent Snapshot Series development and currently focuses on SEPA’s new Utility Transformation Challenge. Mac holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics with a minor in sustainability from the University of Maryland, College Park. In his free time, he enjoys cooking up a storm and playing ultimate frisbee.
Manager, Industry Solutions, Smart Electric Power Alliance
Daisy Chung joined SEPA in 2014. She focuses on utility deployment at the distribution level, with specialty in asset management and operations & maintenance. She also collaborates with industry stakeholders such as electric service providers and integrators. Daisy comes with seven years of thin‐films engineering, process implementation, as well as technical knowledge transfer experience from Samsung. Through her global experience, she specialized in system start‐ups, qualification, standardization, and failure and root-cause analysis through Six Sigma data analytics and system monitoring strategies. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, with minors in Business Foundation and Chinese Language from the University of Texas; she is also an honor’s graduate of the Master in International Public Affairs program, specializing in Energy Analysis and Policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Longhorns and badgers play nicely together in her household.
Principal, Grid Integration, Smart Electric Power Alliance
Analyst, Research, Smart Electric Power Alliance
Trevor joined SEPA in August 2019 as a research analyst after having worked as a research assistant on SEPA’s Utility Market Snapshot Series. In his role, Trevor helps support SEPA’s Annual Utility Survey, along with a range of other research projects, including distribution resource planning and utility decarbonization efforts. Prior to joining SEPA, Trevor attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where he received his B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy in 2017 and his MPP in International Security and Economic Policy in 2018. In his free time, Trevor enjoys spending time outdoors, golfing, and rooting on his favorite sports teams. He is a devote University of Connecticut basketball fan.
Janet Gail Besser
Managing Director, Smart Electric Power Alliance
Principal, Utility Business Models, Smart Electric Power Alliance
Manager, Member Experience, Smart Electric Power Alliance
Chief Strategy Officer, Smart Electric Power Alliance
Lead, Smart Grid Testing and Certification, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Cuong Nguyen joined NIST in 2010 and leads the Smart Grid Testing and Certification Project in the Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program Office. He works with industry to support standards-based interoperability test programs to help accelerate smart grid deployments, and he also manages the NIST Smart Grid Advisory Committee. He is an avid pool player but these days, he spends his busy weekends with his family.
General Manager, Electric Utility Services, Underwriters Laboratories Inc.