National Defense and Clean Energy (Applications and Implementation)

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Department of Defense makes up 80 percent of the federal government’s energy use, and 1 percent of the nation as a whole. The Department spent $15 billion on energy last year, 75 percent of which was for military operations. In addition, DOD’s gasoline costs are up 225 percent from a decade ago. (DOD press release, June 14, 2011)

Given this backdrop, the Department of Defense and its service branches are actively engaged in energy innovation and the deployment of various clean energy solutions to respond to existing and foreseeable risks of growing oil price volatility, and the impact of fuel dependence and logistics on operational effectiveness. In addition, the services are considering alternative sources of energy and fuel, energy efficiency programs and “smart” energy technologies such as microgrids, to  provide DOD installations with cost effective, stable, and indigenous forms of energy and power.

On February 29th plan to join a panel of outstanding speakers who will consider the role of clean energy and national defense.

Col. David Reynolds, Commander, Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida

AFCESA is an Air Force Field Operating Agency that supports 60,000 Air Force civil engineers at 84 major and 82 minor installations worldwide with technical engineering expertise, formal guidance, standards, training programs and equipment to support home station and deployed operations. The Agency serves as the Air Force center of expertise for many topics that include energy management, power generation, facility maintenance and infrastructure planning. It also manages contracts to sustain, restore and modernize air bases and to support global contingency operations.

Col. Reynolds received his commission in 1983 from the Air Force Reserved Officers Training Corps program at Georgia Tech. He has a BS in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech and a MS in Civil Engineering from Clemson University. In addition, he has MA degrees in political science and national security and strategic studies from Midwestern State and the U.S. Naval War College, respectively.

Dr. Christine Hull, Chief, Operations and Maintenance Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Dr. Hull is responsible for maintenance and repair of over 35 million square feet of facilities, 1500 lane miles of roads and three operational airfields during the time of rapid growth of the base in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. She is responsible for one of the most aggressive energy programs in the Army in which Fort Bragg has competed for and obtained over $46M in FY11 funding for energy conservation projects that include thermal energy storage, ground source heat pumps, solar PV, and utility monitory and control systems on 300 buildings. Current projects include retro-commissioning on over 300 facilities.

Dr. Hull has a Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology from the University of Tennessee and a B.S. in Biology/Environmental Health from Western Carolina University. She and her team have been recognized by and received awards from the White House and the Department of Defense for their achievements.

Dr. Steven Meier, Vice President, New Business Initiatives, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Dr. Meier has more than 20 years of federal and private industry experience in the defense, intelligence, and civil aerospace communities. He is responsible for leading the development and implementation of corporate business plans for entry and growth in markets that include energy, nanotechnology, cyber security, healthcare, and climate change.

Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Dr. Meier was a Division Director for the Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA, His Division focused on rapidly demonstrating and transitioning innovative technologies into future space missions. Dr. Meier’s professional experience includes the National-Geospatial Intelligence Agency, SAIC, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Raytheon Corporation, and the Aerospace Corporation.

Dr. Meier holds a BS in Physics from George Mason University, a MS in Physics from the University of Southern California and a MS in Electrical Engineering (Applied Physics) from the University of California, San Diego. He earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Meier has more than 30 peer-reviewed publications.


Air Force Facility Energy Program- David Reynolds

Fort Bragg Energy Program- Dr. Christine Gettys Hull

Lockheed Martin Corporation: Corporate Engineering and Technology- Steven Meier


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Economic Development and the Clean Economy

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

According to “Sizing the Clean Economy” by the Brookings Institution:

The clean economy, which employs some 2.7 million workers, encompasses a significant number of jobs in establishments spread across a diverse group of industries. Though modest in size, the clean economy employs more workers than the fossil fuel industry and bulks larger than bioscience but remains smaller than the IT-producing sectors. Most clean economy jobs reside in mature segments that cover a wide swath of activities including manufacturing and the provision of public services such as wastewater and mass transit. A smaller portion of the clean economy encompasses newer segments that respond to energy-related challenges. These include the solar photovoltaic (PV), wind, fuel cell, smart grid, biofuel, and battery industries.

In the context of the Southeast, Georgia and Metro Atlanta, where are these jobs found and what are the prospects for future job creation? Plan on joining this stimulating panel discussion on “Economic Development and the Clean Economy.”

Robert Pollin, Professor of Economics and Co-director Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Robert Pollin’s research centers on different facets of domestic and global macroeconomics and the economics of building a clean-energy economy in the U.S.

Recently, he co-authored the studies “Green Recovery” (September 2008), “The Economic Benefits of Investing in Clean Energy” (June 2009), and “Green Prosperity” (June 2009) exploring the broader economic benefits of large-scale investments in building a clean-energy economy in the United States. Robert is currently consulting with the U.S. Department of Energy and the International Labour Organization on the economic analysis of clean-energy investments. In addition to publishing numerous studies, Robert is the author, co-author or editor of over eight books.

Robert has a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and a M.A. and a Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research.

Marilyn Brown, Professor, Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, Visiting Distinguished Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Marilyn A. Brown joined Georgia Tech in 2006 after a distinguished career at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. At ORNL, she held various leadership positions and led several major energy technology and policy scenario studies. Dr. Brown remains affiliated with ORNL as a Visiting Distinguished Scientist.

Marilyn has authored more than 200 publications including a recently published book on Energy and American Society: Thirteen Myths. Her research interests encompass the development and deployment of sustainable energy technologies and issues surrounding the commercialization of new technologies and the evaluation of energy programs and policies. Dr. Brown serves on the board of directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the Alliance to Save Energy, the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

Marilyn has a B.A. from Rutgers University, a M.R.P. from the University of Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.

Roberto Porzecanski, Associate, McKinsey & Company Inc.

Roberto joined McKinsey in July 2010.   Prior to joining McKinsey, Roberto was a Project Manager at the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University, where he led the Working Group on Foreign Investment and Sustainable Development on the Americas, a collaborative research effort between fifteen economists from the U.S., Latin America, and India. Between 2004 and 2010 Roberto was also the United States’ Correspondent for Radio El Espectador, the leading news radio in Uruguay.

Roberto received a B.A. in International Affairs from ORT University in Montevideo (Uruguay) in 2002. He received a Diploma in Economics from Uruguay’s Universidad de la República in 2003, a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (2005) as well as a Ph.D. in International Relations from The Fletcher School, at Tufts University (2010). He is the author of several articles in peer-reviewed journals and of two books, published in 2010 by Stanford University Press and by Random House.


Economic Development and the Clean Economy- Robert Pollin

The Clean Economy and Sustainable Economic Growth for the South- Marilyn Brown

Metro Atlanta’s Sustainable Economy Growth Initiative- Roberto Porzecanski


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Nuclear Power: Considerations Post-Fukushima

Wednesday, November 16th from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Energy Information Administration states that “nuclear power plants generate approximately 20 percent of U.S. electricity (23 percent for Georgia), and the plants in operation today are often seen as attractive assets in the current environment of uncertainty about future fossil fuel prices, high construction costs for new power plants (particularly nuclear plants), and the potential enactment of GHG regulations.”

For almost 30 years, no new commercial nuclear plants have been developed in the US.  In recent years, interest has been rekindled in this generation source because of the age of existing nuclear power plants and projected demand for power.  However, the March 2011 earthquake that hit Japan and damaged several reactors has caused a careful examination of nuclear power plant design and deployment.

On November 16, plan to join a panel of experts to discuss the role of nuclear power, post-Fukushima, in meeting future energy demand in the Southeast.

Glenn Sjoden, Professor, School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Glenn is an expert in integrated nuclear system design, simulation, optimization, and methods development for both nuclear power systems and radiation detection applications.

Glenn has more than 26 years of experience in a broad range of science and engineering applications as a technical director, nuclear research officer, professor, lead design engineer, and as a licensed engineering consultant.   He came to Georgia Tech in November 2010 after serving on the faculty of the University of Florida in Gainesville.   Glenn’s experience includes treaty monitoring with the Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC), and work in nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) arms control, and on advanced technology defense programs for the U.S. Government.  He has also served as a technical expert and research lead for critical reviews supporting the Limited Test Ban Treaty (LTBT), the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, and numerous classified defense projects. In addition, Glenn has completed more than 20 years of military service in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 2004 as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Glenn has a B.S. from Texas A&M University, a M.S. from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University.

Howard Axelrod, Economist, Energy Strategies

Howard has more than 40 years of experience in the electric and gas utilities industry. He has testified before numerous state regulatory agencies and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on topics that include resource planning, power contract management and utility operations and management.  He has worked for the GE, several State of New York agencies including the NYS Public Service Commission, Planmetrics and Resource Management (now Navigant).

His clients include the Southern Company and Georgia Power, The Energy Authority, New York Power Authority, Mirant, Santee Cooper Power, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative and Massachusetts Wholesale Electric Energy Company.

Howard has a PhD in Managerial Economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a MBA in Marketing from the State University of New York and BSEE & MSEE degrees in Power Systems from Northeastern University.  He is a Professional Engineer and Senior Member of IEEE.

Brian Debs, Industry Advisory Board, Laser Inertial Fusion Energy Initiative, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Brian has pursued a 38-year career within the nuclear power industry.   After serving in the U.S. Navy as a commissioned officer, he joined the Westinghouse Electric Company as an operations manager in support of the U.S. Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, and later as a member of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s management team.  Subsequent to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Brian held executive positions with Gilbert Commonwealth Corporation, an architectural and engineering firm and Ontario Power Generation Company in the management of their twenty nuclear reactors and heavy water production and tritium recovery facilities.

Brian has participated actively on the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) International Advisory Council and has served as a director of several corporations and as Chairman of the RO International Institute.  He now sits on the National Ignition Facility’s Senior Operational Advisory Committee

Brian has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Purdue University.


Post-Fukushima Nuclear Power: Where do we go from Here?- Glenn Sjoden

Nuclear Power: Considerations Post-Fukushima- Howard Axelrod

Overview of the LIFE Power Plant- Brian T. Debs


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Hydraulic Fracturing’s Role in Natural Gas Development

Wednesday, October 19th from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), over 87% of the natural gas consumed in the US comes from domestic sources.  The proportion of total U.S. natural gas production coming from shale resources has grown from less than 1% in 2000, to 20% in 2010. By the end of 2011, shale resources will produce 25% of U.S. natural gas. (MIT Study on the Future of Natural Gas)  Due primarily to technological innovation, hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have made shale gas extraction from previously inaccessible domestic shale formations feasible and economical.

On Wednesday, October 19th, plan to join subject matter experts in considering hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking” or “hydrofracking.”

Carlos Santamarina, Professor and Goizuetta Foundation Chair, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Carlos leads a research team that explores the scientific foundations of soil behavior and subsurface processes using innovative testing methods combined with high resolution process monitoring systems. Research outcomes are addressing issues in geotechnical engineering in the area of energy geotechnology with contributions to: efficiency and conservation, resource recovery (petroleum, methane hydrates), energy storage, and waste utilization (carbon geological storage, fly ash and nuclear waste).

Carlos graduated from Universidad Nacional de Cordoba (Ingeniero Civil), and completed graduate studies at the University of Maryland (MSc) and Purdue University (PhD).

Sayta Gupta, Senior Research Director of Fracturing Technology, Baker Hughes

Sayta’s career has been in the oil and gas industry. After working on the research staffs of Gulf and Pennzoil, he joined the Western Company, which was acquired by BJ Services. Baker Hughes purchased BJ Services in 2010. At Western, Sayta was chief chemical engineer. Sayta is the inventor or co-inventor on 110 US and international patents related to numerous fracturing fluids and additives. He continues to have a leadership role in BJ Services SmartCare™ systems, launched in 2010, which enables operators to frack oil and gas wells in a responsible and safe manner while maximizing production.

A graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology with a degree in Chemical Engineering, Sayta completed a masters and PhD in Chemical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis.


Natural Gas and Hydraulic Fracturing- Carlos Santamarina

Fracturing the Smart Way: Smart about the Well, Smart about the Environment- Satya Gupta


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Natural Gas: A Clean Energy Alternative

Wednesday, September 28 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  (Note time change.)

According to the US Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook 2011, the United States possesses 2.5 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of potential natural gas resources. Natural gas from shale resources, considered uneconomical just a few years ago, accounts for 862 Tcf of this resource estimate, more than double the estimate EIA published last year. At the 2010 rate of U.S. consumption (about 24.1 Bcf per year), 2.5 Tcf of natural gas is enough to supply over 100 years of use.

Is natural gas the silver bullet for meeting future US and regional energy demand for electricity and vehicle fuels? What is the impact of the increasing supply of natural gas prices on other energy resources, e.g., coal, nuclear, solar and wind? Does it stand to reason that US natural gas production should be used solely for domestic purposes? These and other questions will be considered at the September 28th Georgia Tech Clean Energy Speakers Series.

Don Haley, Vice President, Business Development, Chevron Natural Gas
Chevron Natural Gas (CNG) markets Chevron’s equity natural gas production in North America and the U.K. and also procures gas supply for company refineries, cogeneration plants and enhanced oil recovery operations. Don helped lead the startup of CNG in 2003 as VP Trading, responsible for physical and financial trading, transportation, storage and scheduling.

In his current role, Don oversees CNG’s European gas marketing and trading office based in London, CNG’s Market Research & Analytics team in Houston, and various LNG-related business development activities.

Don holds a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

David Wochner, Counsel, Sutherland
A member of Sutherland’s Energy and Environmental Practice Group, David focuses on regulatory, policy and transactional issues related to energy and environmental matters. David’s clients include natural gas and LNG marketers and importers, infrastructure developers, oil and gas drilling companies, financial institutions, and state and provincial government officials. His experience includes:

  • Interstate natural gas pipelines operations and policies before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
  • Minerals Management Service (MMS) leasing issues associated with offshore energy facilities, including LNG terminals, wind and hydrokinetic power facilities, and natural gas pipelines.
  • Capacity and transportation rights and obligations at U.S. and European liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification terminals and on downstream pipelines.

In addition, he is co-founder of the LNG Law Blog, a leading industry source for North American LNG news. David has a BSFS from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center.


Natural Gas Dynamic Markets- Don Haley

Competitiveness of Natural Gas from a Public Policy Perspective- David Wochner


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High-Voltage Grid of the Future

Wednesday, May 18 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Analysts estimate that over $300 billion (pubic and private) will likely be invested in electric transmission in the United States during the next 20 years.   Several factors drive this investment agenda, which include: updating/replacing old infrastructure, providing infrastructure that eases the transmission of alternative power sources, facilitating wholesale power market liquidity, and improving power reliability and energy security.

Plan to join these panelists for a timely discussion the high-voltage grid of the future.

Jimmy Glotfelty, Executive Vice President, Clean Line Energy Partners

Jimmy is a well-known expert in electric transmission and distribution, generation, energy policy, and energy security.  He most recently held the position of Vice President, Energy Markets, for ICF Consulting.  Jimmy served in the U.S. Department of Energy where he was the Founder and Director of the Office of Electric Transmission and Distribution, a $100 million per year electricity transmission and distribution (T&D) research and development program.  Jimmy also was the lead U.S. representative to the joint U.S.-Canadian Power System Outage Task Force investigating the Blackout of August 2003.  While at DOE, he led teams that focused on researching T&D technologies, gaining Presidential permits for cross-border transmission lines, studying the impacts of Regional Transmission Organizations (RTO), identifying major transmission bottlenecks, and securing the critical energy infrastructure for the United States.

Dan Frank, Partner, Sutherland

A member of Sutherland’s Energy and Environmental Practice Group, Dan focuses on the electric industry. He represents energy trading companies, electric cooperatives and other electric utilities, generators, and end users before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and state public utility commissions and in North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) compliance matters. He counsels transmission owners and other market participants on transmission access, pricing and cost allocation issues, has drafted interconnection and transmission service agreements, and advises clients in transmission-related disputes. Before joining Sutherland, Dan served as a law clerk for the Honorable Danny Boggs of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.


Clean Line Energy- HVDC: the Key to the Continued Growth of the Wind Industry- Jimmy Glotfelty

Regulation and the High-Voltage Grid of the Future- Daniel E. Frank


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Electric Vehicles and the Grid

Wednesday, April 27 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Consumer adoption of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in the United States is anticipated to be significant and rapid.  In fact, some prognosticators compare it to the roll-out of air conditioning.  While possibly overstated in terms of scale, nevertheless, the use of these vehicles will affect utilization of the grid.  What potential challenges and opportunities exist for power demand, two-way power flows and power management? Plan on joining the April program to hear discussions of these issues.

Thomas J. (Tom) King is the Director of the Energy Efficiency and Electricity Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

Tom is responsible for leading, coordinating and implementing ORNL’s research and development portfolio of projects conducted for the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.  The diverse R&D portfolio includes the Renewable Energy portfolio – Solar, Wind and Hydropower, Biomass and Geothermal; Building Technologies; Distributed Energy Systems Integration; Transmission Reliability; Electricity Storage and Power Electronics, and Electric Grid Modeling and Visualization.

Prior to joining ORNL, Tom was employed at Progress Energy where he held various management positions in fossil-based power generation.  He holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University and an M.S. in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  He also received a business degree from the University of Tennessee.

Ben Echols, Program Manager, Electric Transportation, Georgia Power

Based in Atlanta, Ben manages electric transportation (ET) program activities for Georgia Power Company.  He has been involved with Georgia Power’s ET activities since 1997.  Ben works with manufacturers, utilities, and research/policy organizations across North America representing Georgia Power and Southern Company where he focuses on evaluating economic, efficiency, and environmental benefits of using electricity as a transportation fuel. Specific electric transportation projects include: public infrastructure development for electric vehicles, and car share demonstration program using Think electric vehicles.

Before electric transportation, Ben worked in Southern Company’s IT group.  He has over 25 years of service with the Southern Company.  Ben received a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Kennesaw State University.

Paul Lomangino, Engineering Tools Manager, Tesla Motors

Paul joined Tesla Motors in 2006 with the purpose of defining and implementing a computer aided design (CAD) and product data management (PDM) strategy for the company.  Since then, he has worked to define tools and methods to streamline product development through concept creation, engineering, manufacturing and service.  The Tesla Roadster (two-door) and Model S (four-door sedan) are two projects which Paul has managed from a CAD/PDM perspective.  Prior to joining Tesla, Paul had over 10 years of experience in the automotive, high tech and process engineering domains working for large companies to small startups. His primary focus has been to enable engineering innovation and process improvement through technology and process advances.

Paul holds bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Electrification of Transportation and the Impacts of the Electric Grid- Tom King

Electric Transportation: On the Road and Beyond. Plug-in Electric Vehicles History, Technology and Rates – Ben Echols

Tesla – F. Paul Lomangino


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The Smart Grid and Energy Data: Measurement and Management

Wednesday, March 30 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Smart Grid has the potential to provide overwhelming amounts of data about residential, commercial and industrial energy consumption. Further, it offers the possibilities of two-way interaction between consumer and provider. What is a vision of data management as the Smart Grid is deployed? From user and provider perspectives, what anticipated changes to data management will occur as increased intelligence and digital infrastructure is deployed? What solutions are economically viable?

The March program will explore the topic of Smart Grid data management and will provide insightful solutions from established and emerging businesses.

John McDonald, P.E., is Director, Technical Strategy & Policy Development for GE Digital Energy

John has 35 years of experience in the electric utility transmission and distribution industry. As Director of Technical Strategy and Policy Development, John provides the strategic leadership and develops the long term plans to optimize GE Digital Energy’s competitive position through industry organization participation, thought leadership activities, regulatory/policy participation, education programs, and product/systems development.

John is on the Board of Directors of the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC), and is the NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Governing Board Chair for 2010. John teaches a course on Modern Energy Management at Georgia Tech and a Smart Grid course for GE. He has published thirty-five papers, co-authored three books, and is a registered Professional Engineer in California, Pennsylvania and Georgia. John has a BSEE and MSEE from Purdue and a MBA from Univ. of California-Berkeley.

Musaddeq Khan (MK), Founder and CEO, Verdeeco

‘MK’ has spent over 12 years developing and marketing software with half of that time spent in the energy and utilities industry with advanced metering and smart grid solutions. He founded Verdeeco because he believes there is a better way to fulfill the promise of advanced metering and the “smart grid” without investing in experimental technologies or embarking on massive enterprise-scale implementations. Verdeeco provides Grid as a Service(TM) and data streamlining products.

Before Verdeeco, MK worked at Cellnet, which later became Landis & Gyr, a leading smart metering and energy management solutions provider, where he was the Product Manager for various smart meter collections and smart grid network management applications. MK holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Computer Information Systems from Georgia State University.

Sanjoy Malik, Founder and CEO, Urjanet

Sanjoy Malik is an experienced executive and CEO who has built and operated successful technology businesses. He currently serves as CEO of Urjanet, which provides businesses a reliable source of data to help them reduce energy cost and analyze and manage the economics of new & ongoing energy initiatives. Urjanet’s UBus platform collects, transforms and delivers an intelligent stream of energy, climate, and pricing data to business applications.

In 1999 Sanjoy founded Air2Web, a leader in mobile marketing services. Under Sanjoy’s leadership Air2Web grew from a pioneering wireless services provider to become a market leader and global strategic mobile partner for over 100 of the most trusted brands in the world. Prior to Air2Web Sanjoy founded Synchrologic, a company that created the first enterprise class data synchronization platform for mobile devices. Synchrologic was acquired by Intellisync which later became part of Nokia. Sanjoy holds a B-Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, and MS degrees in Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of Florida.


Substation Automation and Enterprise Management to Support the Smart Grid- John McDonald

Smart Grid – A New Data Paradigm for Utilities- Musaddeq Khan

Urjanet and Energy Data – Sanjoy Malik

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The State of the Smart Grid

Wednesday, February 23 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The potential of the Smart Grid is enormous: improved energy efficiency, optimization of power supply and demand, and greater transparency into power consumption. Theoretically, at some point in the future, the Smart Grid will allow consumers to specify different sources of electricity based on costs or environmental attributes. After a handful of years of innovation, how does this vision align with today’s reality?

Giri Iyer, Smart Grid Ecosystem Leader, GE Energy-Digital Energy
Giri and his team are chartered with building a strong ecosystem of products and services organizations around GE’s capabilities in Smart Grid. In the last two years, his team has established strong commercial relationships with companies like IBM, Cap Gemini, Nokia, Alcatel, Intel, Google, Ecologic Analytics, Trilliant, and Opower. In addition, Giri played a key role in the launch of the GE Ecomagination Challenge last year and reviewed over 1200 ideas last year. He has over 20 years operational experience with General Electric, Siemens, Philips, and Hewlett Packard. Giri has a Master’s in International Management from Thunderbird, AZ and an Electrical Engineering degree from the National Institute of Technology, India.

Deepak Divan, Professor and Director Intelligent Power Infrastructure Consortium, Georgia Institute of Technology
Deepak is the director of the Intelligent Power Infrastructure Consortium (IPIC) a university-industry-utility consortium that provides a focal point for the academic teaching and research programs in advanced power technologies. IPIC seeks to accelerate the development and adoption of early-stage pre-competitive high-risk and high-impact technologies for power applications. Deepak holds 32 patents, has published approximately 200 technical papers, including over 12 prize papers. In addition, he is the founder of Soft Switching Technologies, which was funded by GE Capital and JP Morgan, and Innovolt, a Georgia Tech spin-off. Deepak has a PhD from the University of Calgary.

Humayun Tai, Principal and Leader, Smart Grid service line, McKinsey & Co.
Humayun works with utility, technology, private equity and public policy clients on emerging energy technologies and Smart Grid topics ranging from technology roadmap development, technology assessment and integration and change management. Prior to McKinsey, Humayun worked at Deloitte Emerging Markets and the World Bank on energy and environmental issues in emerging economies. He has a Masters in International Economics from Johns Hopkins University.


The State of the Smart Grid: Expectations vs Reality – Giri Iyer

Smart Grid 2.0: Moving Beyond Smart Meters – Deepak Divan

Smart Grid as a Disruption: Thinking 10 years Ahead – Humayun Tai


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The Energy/Water Nexus

Wednesday, January 26 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Liquid fuels production and the generation of electricity from many sources requires substantial amounts of water. In addition to considerations about water quantity, is water quality affected in the process of meeting society’s increasing energy requirements? Plan to participate in this important discussion on the relationship of energy and water.

John Crittenden, Director, Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems, Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Crittenden’s research interests involve pollution prevention, energy/water dynamics, heat and mass transfer and systems modeling. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and is a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar. Dr. Crittenden has a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Brennan Smith, Program Manager, Wind and Water Power Technologies, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dr. Smith’s work focuses on energy, water and environmental optimization in hydropower-thermal systems. Specific interests include: energy-water interdependencies in regulated water basins, water use optimization for integrated river systems and effect of hydropower on water availability and riverine ecosystems. Dr. Smith’s PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering is from the University of Iowa.

Moderator: Judy Adler, Senior Program Officer, Turner Foundation. Ms. Adler manages the strategic direction of the water, energy and air programs. With a background in environmental engineering, Judy formerly worked for the State of Georgia’s Sustainability Division where she managed a team of engineers that helped businesses and institutions across the state reduce their environmental footprint. She has Bachelor of Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition, she is a licensed professional engineer and a Certified Energy Manager.


Sustainable Infrastructures for Energy and Water Supply (SINEWS) – John Crittenden

An Overview of the Energy- Water Nexus at Regional Scales – Brennan T. Smith


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The regular venue for the Series is the Hodges Room in Tech Square:

Centergy One
75 5th Street, NW; Hodges Room
Atlanta, GA 30308