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Alan McMorran

Alan McMorran received his bachelors degree in Computer & Electronic System and a Ph.D. in Electronic & Electrical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde. His work has focused on model-driven architectures for data management, visualisation, transformation and related technologies. Alan is currently Managing Director at Open Grid Systems Ltd. an award-winning company he founded in 2010 that provides desktop, server and mobile software for the power industry focussing on network data management and visualisation. He is the UK Principal Expert on three IEC working groups and published a number of papers relating to standards and model driven technologies for the power industry including the first edition of the CIM Primer from EPRI.

Alexandre Bouffard

Alexandre Bouffard holds a B.Eng. in computer engineering from McGill University and a M.Sc. in computer science from Université de Montréal. Since 2006, he has been working as a researcher at Hydro-Québec's research institute on topics such as semantic interoperability, smart grid architecture and knowledge representation.

Aleksander Babs

Dean Hengst

Dean has 17+ years of IT experience and spent the last 14+ years with Exelon. Currently Dean is the IT Manager implementing system and communication technologies for ComEd’s Smart Grid Initiatives on the grid side. During his time, Dean has implemented and been a part of the maintenance and integration of systems such as, an Interruption Reporting System, Geographic Information System (GIS), Mobile Dispatch System, and Outage Management System.

Gowri Rajappan

Dr. Gowri Rajappan is a smart grid architect at Doble Engineering Company, in which capacity he contributes to asset health-related technology and standards development. He is an expert in information models, analytic algorithms, and communications. He is a member of IEC TC57 WG13 and WG14, where his focus is CIM support for Asset Health & Management. He has over a decade of experience in research and leadership roles in cutting edge projects focused on distributed data processing infrastructures and analytics. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University and has authored several peer-reviewed technical papers and patents.

Gaurav Karandikar

Janko Blatnik

Janko Blatnik is a director and founder of company GDB d.o.o. He has been active in IT for Power engineering since year 1999. In year 2005 he was a project manager of first application of CIM standard in south east Europe. Since 2007 he is very active on implementation of CIM standards for power utilities and was a main designer of WEB.CIM platform used for integration of different IT systems used at power utilities and as middleware for SCADA, MDMS, OMS systems. His international experiences includes implementation of CIM based enterprise integration messaging and queuing systems as well as consultancy services for enterprise IT systems in Venezuela, Slovenia, Austria, Territory of ex-Yugoslavia, Iran, Thailand and China . His current research and work involves the transformation of number of vertical isolated IT systems into integrated horizontal IT system and distributed architecture of technical IT systems used in power sector.

Jay Britton

Jun Zhu

Jun Zhu is funder of Power Info LLC. He was the original contributor of CIMSpy, a CIM-based tool currently being leveraged by more than 50 utilities/RTOs/vendors worldwide. Dr. Zhu, with 12-year experience with CIM, contributed to many large CIM-related integration projects, including ERCOT Nodal and Pan-Europe Model Exchange. Before founding Power Info LLC in 2007, he worked for Nanjing Automation Research Institute (NARI), Siemens PTI, and Alstom Grid. He is presently providing consulting services to electric utilities/RTOs in North America and Europe. Dr. Zhu received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University in 1994.

Jim Horstman

Currently an independent consultant after retiring from Southern California Edison (SCE) where he held positions in Information Technology as an individual contributor, project manager and manager primarily supporting T&D business capabilities including managing projects implementing integration utilizing the CIM. Most recently he was a manager in the Enterprise Architecture organization managing enterprise architects developing technology strategies and roadmaps and project architects providing solution architecture and technical leadership for projects for the Transmission & Distribution (T&D) and Power Supply operating units.

Currently he is participating in the development of extensions to the CIM for environmental information, a project he initiated in conjunction with EPRI while at SCE. He also is a participant in the Outage Data Initiative which was initiated by the White House.

He holds a BA degree in Mathematics from California University, Los Angeles and an MBA from the University of Southern California.

John Moseley

Kendall Demaree

Kendall Demaree is a power system engineer with 30 years experience building and delivering power system analysis applications, he has performed conceptual design, low level implementation, data modeling, and system integration. His domain expertise is grounded in electrical network analysis applications for both distribution and transmission. He has recently participated in semantic modeling and system interface design. He is presently part of the IEC CIM standards committees where he has performs the CIM model manager role.

LuAnn Rivera

LuAnn Rivera received a BS (1984) in Computer Science from California State University, Hayward and MBA (1991) from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. She is currently a Lead Enterprise Modeling Systems Engineer at California ISO where she is the Technical Lead and Business Solutions Manager for the Master File application. Previous experience includes software/database design and development at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Lars-Ola Osterlund

Fook-Luen Heng

Fook-Luen Heng is currently the Chief Scientist for the Information Life Cycle Management Research for Energy and Utility. He received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from Princeton University, Princeton, NJ in 1988. He has been a Research Staff Member at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center since 1988. He spent the first part of his career in Design Automation research. He reached the 7th invention plateau with more than 28 patents. His work in VLSI automation has been recognized at the IBM Corporate Technical Recognition Event. His recent research interests are in Smarter Energy Platform, Asset Risk Management solution, Grid Analytics and Information Life Cycle Management.

Matija Gruden

Mr. Matija Gruden, currently holding a management position at GDB d.o.o., has over a decade of experience in management and delivery of IT projects. He has a diverse background in revenue assurance, business intelligence, data warehousing, system development and system integration in power engineering, telecommunications, banking, retail and insurance areas. In recent years Mr. Gruden has worked on IT consultancy and systems integration projects in Europe, Africa and Asia. His current work involves product and delivery management of GDB's own CIM based integration platform and associated SCADA and OMS products for electric power transmission and distribution utilities.

Margaret Goodrich

Pat Brown

Pat Brown, Principal Technical Lead in EPRI’s Power Delivery and Utilization program, has over 25 years experience supporting electric utility control center applications. She is currently engaged in a range of projects leveraging industry standards, including the Common Information Model (CIM), in the deployment of data sharing solutions for Transmission. Pat currently serves as the lead US expert on IEC TC57 Working Group 13 (CIM for Transmission) and as the EPRI liaison to UCA International. She has a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Michigan is a certified Project Management Professional.

Shawn Hu

Shawn Hu is an associate principal consultant with more than fourteen years of utility industry experience in enterprise integration, data warehouse design, interface design, software design/implementation, and system deployment. He provides consulting services to utility customers in North and South America. His business expertise includes data analytics, SOA implementation, Web services design (WSDL), standards-based data architecture (IEC CIM/MultiSpeak), and XML/XSD implementation.
Siri Varadan  

Terry Saxton

Terry Saxton is Vice President and a founder of Xtensible Solutions, a company offering professional consulting services to the international utility industry in the development of Enterprise Information Management (EIM) strategies and system integration frameworks based on the Common Information Model (CIM) and related standards. Mr. Saxton is Convener of IEC TC57 WG13 responsible for the CIM and other international standards for energy management system interfaces and co-Chair of the CIM Users Group. He manages projects for EPRI dealing with the CIM, most recently extending the CIM to support dynamic model exchange and harmonization of the CIM and IEC 61850 standards. Mr. Saxton has many years of experience in the analysis, design, development, and implementation of a wide range of system integration solutions for electric utilities and the US Department of Defense. Prior to starting Xtensible Solutions, Mr. Saxton worked for BearingPoint, KEMA Consulting, Siemens Power Systems Control, Honeywell, Information Exchange Systems, and Bell Telephone Laboratories. He received an MSEE from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and BSEE and BS Math with Honors from California State Polytechnic University.

Varun Perumalla

Varun Perumalla received a BS (2009) in Electrical Engineering from Jawaharalal Nehru Technological University, India and MS (2012) degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK. He is currently the Enterprise Information Modeling Engineer at the California ISO. Current responsibilities include development and implementation of information models representing power system and energy market subject matter used in data repository and system integration technologies. Previous experience includes Power System Engineer at EBiz Labs and Power System Application Engineer at Beckwith Electric.
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