Tutorial Presenters


Julio_RomeroDr. Julio Romero Agüero, PhD, MBA, is Senior Director and Executive Advisor at Quanta Technology. He has over 19 years of experience. He has developed solutions for numerous electric utilities in the USA, Canada, Latin America, The Caribbean and Asia, in the areas of power distribution planning, system analysis, reliability, load forecasting, protection, smart grid, distribution automation, and integration of distributed energy resources and plug-in electric vehicles. He is former Commissioner of the National Energy Commission of Honduras, Vice Chair of the IEEE Distribution Subcommittee, Editor of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid and IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, Vice Chair of the IEEE Working Group on Distributed Resources Integration, Member of the Advisory Committee of DistribuTECH, and Senior Member of the IEEE. [Presenting Smart Distribution Systems 8:00 am-12:00 pm, Room 1]


D_BoroughsDavid Boroughs, P.E. (Member), Executive Advisor/Communications Practice Area Director of Quanta Technology, has 32 years of telecommunications experience. His professional career included work with KEMA, GTE, Sprint, Telenet Communications, and PBS National Datacast, having responsibilities in areas of engineering design, planning, implementation, and operation of both wireless and fiber networks. He has performed telecommunications architecture and design projects for a number of utilities, ranging from development of a vision, benefit cost analysis and strategy for implementing a communications architecture solution, to infrastructure assessments including maturity assessment, technology assessment, platform assessment, and single point of failure analysis. Strategy and design development include substation and feeder automation, smart grid, and AMI communications architecture solutions that supports operational needs, as well as enterprise level related needs such as voice, video, IP, and back office networking requirements. [Presenting Topics on Smart Substations – Protection, Control, Communications, Wide Area Measurements, and Enterprise Applications 8:00 am-12:00 pm, Room 2]


larry_clarkGeorge Larry Clark  is Principal Engineer for Alabama Power Company supporting Distribution SCADA, Distribution Automation and Switching Operations technologies, and Integrated Distribution Management System and Smart Grid Strategy. Mr. Clark is Chairman-IEEE PES SDWG, Member-IEEE PES IGCC, Member and Past Chairman-DistribuTECH Smart Distribution Subcommittee and Member of the Smart Grid Roadshow Conference Committee. During 48-years of employment, Mr. Clark’s previous assignments include responsibilities for operation and maintenance of substations, and for planning, operation and maintenance of the electric distribution system. He is a frequent industry conference speaker for Distribution Automation, SCADA and Smart Distribution Grid. Mr. Clark received a BSEE degree in 1970 from University of South Alabama. Mr. Clark is Life Senior Member of IEEE and registered engineer in the State of Alabama.[Presenting Smart Distribution Systems 8:00 am-12:00 pm, Room 1]


jiyuan_fanJiyuan Fan, PhD., is the Chief Engineer & Chief System Architect with Southern States LLC, Automation & Sensor Division; Senior Member of IEEE PES. Jiyuan received his BS degree from Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan, China in 1979, MS degree from Chinese EPRI, Beijing, China, 1982 and PhD’s degree from Clarkson University, New York, USA, 1989. He worked as a Post Doctorial Research Associate at Texas A&M University, 1989-1990. Since then, he has worked in the Power System area, including Smart Grid Solutions, Grid Automation, Grid Analytics, including T&D Automation, EMS, DMS, OMS, SA, AMI, SCADA, etc., with the companies of Advanced Control Systems, Inc., Telvent Automation, Beijing Sifang Automation in China. He was with GE Digital Energy as the Strategic Planning Leader and Senior System Engineer on Smart Grid Solutions from 2008 to 2014. He is currently with Southern States LLC responsible for Grid Automation Strategies and Advanced Automation Solution Development. [Presenting Distribution System Modeling, Automation, Management, and Advanced Applications 8:00 am-12:00 pm, Room 3]


erich_guntherErich W. Gunther is the Chairman, Chief Technology Officer, and co-founder of EnerNex® Corporation in Knoxville, Tennessee where he helps EnerNex clients define their strategic direction in basic R&D, technology, and product development. Mr. Gunther has 30 years of experience in design and development of innovative solutions to a wide array of power system problems, most notably ways to take advantage of communications networks and technology to improve the efficiency, operating practices, and security of the electric power system. He is an often requested speaker on these topic due to his ability to integrate several disciplines into a coherent system of systems based vision and roadmap for modernizing electric energy infrastructure. Erich is presently consulting with several manufacturers and utilities to facilitate the development and deployment of innovative grid modernization technology. He is supporting grid equipment development at EnerNex SmartGrid Labs, and helping utilities such as United Illuminating implement Microgrids. Erich recently completed an effort where he lead the NIST Smart Grid Interoperability project at EnerNex – a $15 million dollar effort to support NIST in fulfilling their role assigned by Congress in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to implement an interoperability framework and accelerate the adoption of standards for the Smart Grid. Erich is the lead consultant developing and implementing EPRI’s IntelliGrid Architecture, providing coordination between IntelliGrid and other organizations, developing EPRI member utility smart grid roadmaps and implementing general IntelliGrid technology transfer activities. Erich was appointed in 2004 to the DOE GridWise Architecture Council (and recently served as its Chairman) – a focused team of experts assembled to articulate the guiding principles that constitute the architecture of a future, intelligent, transactive, energy system. He serves on several corporate boards. [Presenting Smart Grid 308: Distributed Energy Resources 1:00 pm-5:00 pm, Room 3]


doug_housemanDoug Houseman is VP of Technology and Innovations at EnerNex. Doug has worked on smart grid projects around the world. He developed many IEEE PES Smart Grid Tutorials and is working on the IEEE 2050 Grid Vision Project. He is a member of the NIST/EPRI smart grid framework architecture team and helped develop the NIST smart grid framework model. Doug was lead investigator on one of the largest studies on the future of distribution companies over the last 5 years working with more than 100 utilities and 20 governments. Doug has facilitated over 40 single utility smart grid road map sessions in 14 countries. [Presenting Smart Distribution Systems 8:00 am-12:00 pm, Room 1 and Smart Grid 204: Introduction to Smart Grid Data and Analytics 1:00 pm-5:00 pm, Room 2]


john_mcdonald_geJohn D. McDonald, P.E., is Director, Technical Strategy and Policy Development for GE Energy’s Digital Energy business. John has 38 years of experience in the electric utility transmission and distribution industry. John received his B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. (Power Engineering) degrees from Purdue University, and an M.B.A. (Finance) degree from the University of California-Berkeley. John is a Fellow of IEEE, and was awarded the IEEE Millennium Medal in 2000, the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Excellence in Power Distribution Engineering Award in 2002, and the IEEE PES Substations Committee Distinguished Service Award in 2003. John is Past President of the IEEE PES, a charter member of the IEEE Brand Ambassadors Program, a member of the IEEE Medal of Honor Committee, a member of the IEEE PES Region 3 Scholarship Committee, the VP for Technical Activities for the US National Committee (USNC) of CIGRE, the Past Chair of the IEEE PES Substations Committee, and Chair of the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) Board. John was the IEEE Division VII Director in 2008-2009. John was on the Board of Governors of the IEEE-SA (Standards Association) in 2010-2011, focusing on long term IEEE Smart Grid standards strategy. John was elected to Chair the NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Governing Board for 2010-2012. John is a member of the Advisory Committee for the annual DistribuTECH Conference, and received the 2009 Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award from Purdue University. John teaches a SCADA/EMS/DMS course at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Smart Grid course for GE, and substation automation, distribution SCADA and communications courses for various IEEE PES local chapters as an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer. John has published forty papers and articles in the areas of SCADA, SCADA/EMS, SCADA/DMS and communications, and has co-authored three books. [Presenting Distribution System Modeling, Automation, Management, and Advanced Applications 8:00 am-12:00 pm, Room 3]


dave_muellerDave Mueller is the Director of Energy System Studies with EnerNex, based in Knoxville, Tennessee. Since 1990 he has worked on a wide variety of power system projects to study and solve power quality problems. Dave has worked with companies such as Union Carbide, Exide Batteries, Public Service of New Mexico, Delmarva Power, Georgia Power, Wisconsin Electric Power Company, Con Edison of New York, the Electric Power Research Institute, Intel, General Motors, Honda of America, Motorola, American Airlines, East Midlands Electricity (UK), and the Electricity Supply Board (Ireland) to solve power quality problems. Prior to joining EnerNex, Dave was at Electrotek Concepts for 21 years, and before that he was employed for eight years by General Motors. While working at GM Dave won a Corporate Energy Conservation Award. Mr. Mueller is a registered P.E. He received a B.S.E.E. from University of Cincinnati, and a Master of Engineering from the Electric Power Engineering Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


steven_pullinsSteve Pullins, Chief Strategic Officer of Green Energy Corp, has more than 30 years of utility industry experience in operations, maintenance, engineering, and renewables project development.  He previously led the nation’s Modern Grid Strategy for DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory.  Mr. Pullins is leading two renewables startups, one in biopower and one in solar system applications.  He has worked with more than 20 utilities in Smart Grid strategies, renewables strategies, power system optimization, operations transformation, and RTO/ISO operational processes.  He has led five utility or state Smart Grid implementation planning efforts.  Mr. Pullins is the chair of the IEEE PES Intelligent Grid Coordinating Committee and a member of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel and the OpenSG (Smart Grid) group.  He holds a BS and MS in Engineering. [Presenting Microgrids-Designing Their Role in Smart Grid 1:00 pm-5:00 pm, Room 1]


georges_simardGeorges Simard is president of S.I.M.AR.D. SG a consultant company based in Québec, Canada. Before SIMARD SG, Georges worked for more than 30 years as a Development Engineer for Hydro-Quebec Distribution. He contributed to the writing of internal technical standards and wrote the Hydro-Quebec Distribution Roadmap. He has served on several technical committees (IEC, IEEE/PES, CEA, CEATI, EPRI…) and he is a Senior Member of IEEE. He also was Editor in Chief of the IEEE PES long term vision (GridVision 2050) released in April 2013. He also supported EPRI’s Smart Distribution Research program from 2009 to 2011. Mr Simard received his BSEE in 1978 from “École Polytechnique de Montréal”. He got his Master degree in Engineering in 1998 from “École Polytechnique de Montréal”. [Presenting Smart Distribution Systems 8:00 am-12:00 pm, Room 1]


Udren_EricEric A. Udren (Fellow), Executive Advisor of Quanta Technology, has a 43 year distinguished career in design and application of protective relaying, utility substation control, and communications systems. He programmed the world’s first computer-based transmission line relay, led software development of the world’s first LAN-based substation protection and control system, and managed development and application at Westinghouse, ABB, and Eaton Electrical. He has worked with utilities to develop new substation protection and control designs as a consultant since 2004. He is now Executive Advisor with Quanta Technology and is based in Pittsburgh. Eric is an IEEE Fellow, and chairs multiple standards working groups at IEEE Power System Relaying Committee. He is U.S. Technical Advisor for IEC relay standards, and is a member of the IEC 61850 substation communications protocol WG. Eric serves on the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) System Protection and Control Task Force, and Protection System Maintenance Standard Drafting Team. He has written and presented over 80 technical papers and book chapters. [Presenting Topics on Smart Substations – Protection, Control, Communications, Wide Area Measurements, and Enterprise Applications 8:00 am-12:00 pm, Room 2]


bob_uluskiBob Uluski  has over 35 years of electric utility experience, with a focus on planning and implementing distribution automation (DA) systems and Distribution Management Systems (DMS). Bob has extensive experience in the planning and implementation of Volt-VAR optimization (VVO) systems for electric distribution utilities. Recently, he managed EPRI’s “Smart Distribution” project set which included developing a detailed guidebook on Volt VAR Control and Optimization (VVO), Dynamic Impacts of Distributed Renewables, and integration of smart inverters.. Bob currently serves as the Vice Chair of IEEE’s smart distribution working group, chair of the task force on DMS, and Vice Chair of the Volt-VAR task force, which is currently developing guidelines for measurement and verification (M&V) of VVO benefits. [Presenting Smart Distribution Systems 8:00 am-12:00 pm, Room 1]