INVITED SPEAKERS

 

Matt Baker   Matt Baker
Director Microgrids and Critical Power, Typhoon
Colonel Matt Baker, USMC (ret) is the director for microgrids and critical power at Typhoon HIL Inc. With a Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering, 28 years in the Marine Corps and microgrid project management experience, he brings an operational and military-orientated experience to the Typhoon team. 


Juan Balda   Juan Balda
Electrical Engineering Department Head andTwenty-First Century Leadership Chair in Engineering, University of Arkansas
Juan Carlos Balda (IEEE M'78 SM'94) received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Universidad Nacional del Sur (Bahía Blanca, Argentina) in 1979. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Natal (Durban, South Africa) in 1986. He was then employed as a researcher and a part-time lecturer at the University of Natal until July 1987. He then spent two years as a visiting Assistant Professor at Clemson University, South Carolina. He has been at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville since July 1989 where he is currently a University Professor, Department Head, associate director for applications of the National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transmission (NCREPT) and campus director for the NSF IUCRC Grid-connected Advanced Power Electronic Systems (GRAPES). His main research interests are Power Electronics, Electric Power Distribution Systems, Motor Drives and Electric Power Quality. He is a senior member of the IEEE, member of the Power Electronics and Power & Energy Societies, and the honor societies Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi.  He is also a vice-chair of IEEE PELS TC5 committee and faculty advisor to the local chapter of the IEEE Power Electronics Society. 


Deepak Divan   Deepak Divan
Professor, John E Pippin Chair and GRA Eminent Scholar, and Director, GT Center for Distributed Energy, Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Deepak Divan is Professor, John E Pippin Chair, GRA Eminent Scholar and Director of the Center for Distributed Energy at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. His field of research is in the areas of power electronics, power systems, smart grids and distributed control of power systems. He works closely with utilities, industry and is actively involved in research, teaching, entrepreneurship and starting new ventures.

Dr. Divan also serves as Founder and Chief Scientist at Varentec, in Santa Clara, CA, and was President and CTO from 2011-14, leading the company as it developed its suite of innovative distributed real-time grid control technologies. Varentec is funded by leading green-tech Venture Capital firm Khosla Ventures and renowned investor Bill Gates.

Dr. Divan is an elected Member of the US National Academy of Engineering, member of the National Academies Board on Energy and Environmental Systems (BEES), a Fellow of the IEEE, past President of the IEEE Power Electronics Society, and is a recipient of the IEEE William E Newell Field Medal. He has 40 years of academic and industrial experience, 65 issued and pending patents, and over 400 refereed publications. He has founded or seeded several new ventures including Soft Switching Technologies, Innovolt, Varentec and Smart Wires, which together have raised >$160M in venture funding.  He received his B. Tech from IIT Kanpur, and his MS and PhD degrees from the University of Calgary, Canada.


Allen Hefner   Allen Hefner
Project Leader for Power Electronics, Distributed Energy Resources, and Microgrids, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Dr. Allen Hefner is an electronics engineer in the Microelectronics Device Integration Group (683.05) in the Semiconductor & Dimensional Metrology Division (683) of the Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Dr. Hefner is a member of the NIST Smart Grid Team and is the Project leader for NIST's Power Devices and Thermal Measurements Project. He is specifically focused on advancing electrical interconnection standards and power conversion technologies necessary to enabel high penetration of renewable/clean energy sources, energy storage systems, and plug-in electric vehicles. He joined NIST, Gaithersburg MD in 1983 and has held several positions including Group Leader for Semiconductor Devices, Project Leader for Power Devices and Thermal Measurements, Project Leader for Integrated Sensor System-on-a-Chip, and Project Leader for Semiconductor Device Simulation and Technology Computer-Aided-Design.

Dr. Hefner is the author of 75 publications, holds one U.S. patent, and has received a number of best paper and technical achievement awards. In 1993 he received a U.S. Department of Commerce Silver Medal Award for his pioneering work in developing the theoretical foundation and understanding used for device optimization and circuit utilization of the Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT). In 1996, he received the NIST Applied Research Award for development of the IGBT model provided within the most widely used power circuit simulation programs. Recently, in 2008 he received an appreciation award from the U.S. Department of Energy, Assistant Secretary of Fossil Energy for contributions to high-megawatt power conversion technology for Clean Energy Systems, and in 2009 he received a NIST Bronze Medal Award for technical leadership in development and application of the first high-voltage, high-frequency Silicon-Carbide switch mode power conversion devices.

Dr. Hefner has served as the Chairman of the Interagency Advanced Power Group (IAPG), Electrical Systems Working Group (ESWG) since 2007 where he leads program coordination and information exchange among different federal government agencies in the area of electrical power conditioning. Dr. Hefner has also recently initiated and hosted several workshops at NIST on high-megawatt power conditioning systems.


Iqbal Husain   Iqbal Husain
ABB Distinguished Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, NC State University
Prof. Iqbal Husain is the Director of the Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Engineering Research Center and the ABB Distinguished Professor at North Carolina State University where he joined in Fall 2011. Prior to coming to NC State he was serving as a faculty member at the University of Akron, Ohio was also a visiting Professor at Oregon State University. Prof. Husain also serves as the Director of the Advanced Transportation Energy Center (ATEC). He received the B.Sc. degree from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. The primary application of Prof. Husain's work is in the transportation, automotive, aerospace, power system, and renewable energy industries.

Prof. Husain is a Fellow of the IEEE, and also, is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Electrification Magazine. He was the General Co-Chair for Energy Conversion Congress & Expo (ECCE) 2012 in Raleigh, NC, the chairman of the IEEE-IAS Transportation Systems Committee, and the chairman of the IEEE-IAS Electric Machines Committee. Prof. Husain received the 2006 SAE Vincent Bendix Automotive Electronics Engineering Award, the 2004 College of Engineering Outstanding Researcher Award, the 2000 IEEE Third Millennium Medal, the 1998 IEEE-IAS Outstanding Young Member award, and several IEEE-IAS prize paper awards.  


Christian Jegues   Christian Jegues
Simulation Engineer, RTDS Technologies, Inc.
Christian Jegues joined RTDS Technologies in 2014 after receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manitoba, Canada. He currently holds the title of Simulation Engineer and is a registered professional engineer in the province of Manitoba.


Stuart Laval   Stuart Laval
Director of Technology Development, Duke Energy
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 co-chairman of the Open Field Message Bus (OpenFMB) users group within the UCA International Users Group (UCAIug) and also the OpenFMB standardization task force at the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB). 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.


Mike Mazzola   Mike Mazzola
Executive Director, UNC Charlotte Energy Production and Infrastructure Center
Dr. Michael Mazzola is the Director of the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) and the Duke Energy Distinguished Chair in Power Engineering Systems at UNC Charlotte. Mazzola holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Old Dominion University. After three years in government service at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, Virginia, in 1993 he joined the faculty at Mississippi State University where he became known for his research in the areas of silicon carbide power semiconductor device prototyping and semiconductor materials growth and characterization. For the past 10 years he served at the Mississippi State University Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems as the associate director for advanced vehicle systems, where he lead research in high-voltage engineering, power systems modeling and simulation, the application of silicon carbide semiconductor devices in power electronics, and the control of hybrid electric vehicle power trains. In addition, he served two years as the chief technology officer of SemiSouth Laboratories, a company he co-founded.


Gary Rackliffe   Gary Rackliffe
Vice President Smart Grids and Grid Modernization, ABB
Gary Rackliffe is the ABB Vice President for Smart Grids and Grid Modernization and the General Manager for the Smart Grid Center of Excellence located in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Gary is a member of NEMA's Distribution Automation Technical Committee and Grid Modernization Leadership Committee.  He is also a member of the DistribuTECH Advisory Committee, the Department of Commerce Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee, the Department of Energy ADMS Steering Committee, the IEC Smart Energy Systems Committee, and is the Technical Advisor for the IEC US National Committee's advisory group.  He serves on the Board of Directors for the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (Chairman), the GridWise Alliance (Outreach Committee Chair), the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), and the Texas A&M Smart Grid Advisory Board. Gary holds BS and ME degrees in Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer and an IEEE Senior Member.  He has co-authored a T&D planning book, and has written numerous technical papers and articles.


Jon Zhang   Jon Zhang
Director of Power Device Technology, PowerAmerica
Dr. Jon Zhang is currently the director of power device technology at the PowerAmerica Institute. He reviews the technical proposals and manages wide bandgap power devices, modules and power electronics projects in order to accelerate the adoption of next generation wide bandgap SiC and GaN power electronics. He also serves as an associate member of graduate faculty and adjunct professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NC State University. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Tsinghua University, China, respectively, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of South Carolina. He has spent the last 16 years post-Ph.D innovating in all-SiC power devices. Before joining NCSU, he was the Senior Scientist at Wolfspeed, a Cree company, leading various projects in both R&D and production in SiC power devices; inventing all-new generation concepts for SiC Schottky diode productions and playing a critical role in the commercialization of all generations of SiC Schottky diodes and MOSFETs. Among his many milestones are demonstrating the industry's first reported SiC trench MOSFET, 12 kV IGBTs, trench Schottky diode, drift-free BJT with high current gain, 12 kV GTO, 12 kV optically triggered GTO, 1.2 kV SiC CIMOSFETs with the record device performance, latest generation of 650V and 1700V SiC MOSFETs for power modules, etc. He has one book chapter on SiC devices, is the co-author of over 100 technical papers and conference presentations, and is the first or co-inventor on more than 75 US patents. He serves as a technical committee member of ISPSD, reviewer of various journals, and IEEE member, co-chair of International Technical Roadmap Workshop on Wide Bandgap Devices and Materials.

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