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Alan McMorran graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in Computer & Electronic System before joining Professor Sir Jim McDonald’s Advanced Electrical Systems group as a research student, completing his Ph.D. in 2006. After three years as a post-doctoral research fellow Alan left the University in 2010 and founded Open Grid Systems, a company providing software and services to electrical utilities, vendors and consultants worldwide. Alan is involved with all aspects of the business including the ongoing development of Open Grid Systems’ software product portfolio covering customer facing mobile applications, mobile field crew applications, advanced data visualisation interfaces and enterprise-wide network model management systems. His technical work is focussed on the application of open data standards and model-driven architectures for data management, integration, analysis and visualisation.
T & D Services Manager - System Modeling, Oncor
Emily Ma is a software development team lead for Opus One’s Advanced Analytics team. At Opus One, she is responsible for research and development of advanced distribution system modeling and optimization. She also has a lot of experience in the software realization of the CIM modeling and data integration. In her free time, Emily contributes to the Python community – last year, she was a presenter at PyCon Canada demonstrating power-flow running in Jupyter Notebook. Emily holds a Bachelor's degree in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario.
Advanced Analytics Team Lead, Opus One Solutions
Evert Timberg is a Principal Architect at Opus One. At Opus One, he focuses on developing GridOS. He has extensive experience with simulation and analysis of electrical networks from both an electronics and power systems perspective along with experience in developing highly scalable software solutions using open source technologies. Outside of work he maintains a popular open source charting library. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto.
Principal Architect, Opus One
Throughout the industry, Herb is recognized as an expert on information integration technology, distributed object technology, IEC 61850, and the Common Information Model. In his current role, he is involved with Centralized Remedial Action Schemes (C-RAS), synchrophasors, wind turbine integration, and asset management or monitoring. He continues to promote standards throughout the industry and chairs numerous technical committees. Herb received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University.
Managing Director, Out of The Box Consulting
Margaret Goodrich
Ms. Goodrich has over 25 years experience with emphasis in consulting, project management and all support and production areas within the Software Industry.
Ms. Goodrich has been involved with various standards organizations during the past 15 years. She has worked with NERC, IEEE and the IEC to establish electric industry standards. Currently, she is active in the IEC WG14 and WG19 teams and she is Vice-Chair of the newly organized IEEE-PES CIM TF.
Ms. Goodrich has acted in a consulting capacity to provide expertise, project management and strategic consulting to several clients including AEP, EPRI, ERCOT, Cleco, MISO, COES-SINAC and several power utilities. These activities include working with development and management personnel to ensure the projects meet the standards and are delivered on time and within budget. She has written and published reports and papers on behalf of her clients surrounding various topics regarding the standards, training, testing and integration platforms.
In 2018, Ms. Goodrich was appointed VP of Operations for the CIMug and the UCA International Users Group and continues to provide her services as Treasurer to the organization.
Currently Ms. Goodrich is the Owner and President of Project Consultants, LLC and is responsible for delivery and integration of all projects within Project Consultants.  That currently includes delivery of the T-Nexus Network Model Manager improvement program for American Electric Power (AEP).
Ms. Goodrich received her Bachelor’s degree from the UT Austin. In Feb, 2001, she received a patent for the Operational Database Maintenance System (ODMS).
President, Project Consultants
Technical Executive, EPRI
Ron Cunningham is an IT Enterprise Architect in the Enterprise Architecture and Strategy group at American Electric Power (AEP) with 40+ years’ experience in the electric utility industry, focusing for past many years 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. Undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Physics with 2 years graduate work in Industrial Engineering with focus on operations research and economic analysis and selection processes for industrial projects.
IT Enterprise Architect, AEP
Ron is a computer engineer with more than 25 years of industry experience in information systems and automation.  Responsible for strategic technology direction for the organization and head of OSI Innovation and Visualization Labs.  Co-founded OSI in 1992.  Received a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Minnesota.
Vice President Strategic Development, Open Systems International, Inc.
Dr. Stuart Laval is a member of Duke Energy’s Emerging Technology office, where he has spent the past 5 years leading the development of grid-edge operational technologies and pioneering the utility industry’s Internet of Things (IoT) standardization efforts related to grid interoperability. He currently serves as the chairman of the Open Field Message Bus (OpenFMB) task forces at the Smart Electric Power Alliance and North American Energy Standards Board. Prior to his role at Duke, Stuart spent over 10 years developing over 20 products at manufacturers of utility equipment, cellular radios, and power electronics. Stuart holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from MIT, a MBA from Rollins College, and a Ph.D in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida.
Director, Technology Development Duke Energy
Terry Saxton
Terry Saxton is Vice President and a founder of Xtensible Solutions, a company offering professional consulting services to the international energy/utility industry in the development of Enterprise Information Management (EIM) solutions and strategies 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. He manages projects for EPRI dealing with the CIM, most recently extending the CIM to support planning applications and dynamic model exchange.
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.
Vice President and a Founder, Xtensible
Thomas E. McDermott (FIEEE) is Chief Engineer, Integration Team, Electricity Infrastructure Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, with over 35 years of experience in consulting, software development and research. His technical interests include simulation, transactive energy, and distribution system analysis. Tom has a PE license in Pennsylvania, a B.S. and M.E. in Electric Power from RPI, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Chief Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Yidan Lu received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, in 2011, and the M.S. degree in electrical engineering, in 2014, from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA, where she was awarded the Ph.D. degree in the same field three years from then. She currently works for the American Electric Power as an EMS support engineer responsible for external EMS model update and implementation of other advanced applications in the EMS platform.
Transmission Operations EMS Applications Engineer, AEP
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