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Faculty for Smart Grid Courses

Core Faculty

Jeff Hammarlund

Jeff Hammarlund, the primary creator of and lead faculty member for this course, is an adjunct associate professor and senior research fellow at Portland State University’s College of Urban and Public Affairs and its Center for Public Service. He has taught graduate courses and directed major conferences on energy policy at PSU for over 20 years. A former guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, Jeff is the author of The Political Economy of Energy Policy and other academic and professional publications. Previous positions include serving as a former senior policy analyst and manager at a major Northwest utility trade association (Public Power Council), professional staff member with the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, senior advisor to the US Department of Energy, senior manager and policy advisor at Southern California Edison, and Residential Division Director at PECI, Inc.

Jeff is currently the president of a small consulting firm, Northwest Energy and Environmental Strategies. He has served as an advisor to President Obama and other national leaders on the smart grid and clean energy, and played a major role in creating and securing federal funding for the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy, a regional consortium of universities, community colleagues, utilities, national labs, labor unions, and other parties committed to enhancing the energy workforce in the Pacific Northwest.

A member of Oregon Energy Task Force advising Governor Kitzhaber on the development of Oregon's Ten-Year Energy Action Plan, Jeff was the author of a 2012 report called Electric Vehicles, the Smart Grid, and Renewables Integration: An Initial Assessment of Challenges and Opportunities for Oregon. Jeff also served as a member of the Demand Response Task Force established by the Western Interstate Energy Board, the State-Provisional Steering Committee, and the Western Governor's Association. He was founding board member of Smart Grid Oregon (now Smart Grid Northwest) and currently serves on its Advisory Council.

In the fall of 2013, Jeff was invited to chair the Forum on Energy Storage, Demand Response, and Smart Grid Technologies at a major conference in China called New Energy Forum: From Green Dream to Reality. He has since been working with senior Chinese energy officials to help develop a road map for how the smart grid, demand response and energy storage can help China integrate more renewable energy and move away from coal-based thermal plants.

Ken Dragoon

Ken Dragoon launched Flink Energy Consulting, LLC, in the fall of 2014 as an outgrowth of his work with Ecofys, a sustainable energy consulting firm based in the Netherlands. He has workd in power planning and variable renewable energy resource integration issues over his 30+ years in the power industry. His formative years were spent at the Bonneville Power Administration principally in hydro resource planning and PacifiCorp in structuring and pricing and renewable resource acquisitions. His last eight years have been spread over working for Ecofys, Renewable Northwest, and the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. Recent projects include a report of power system flexibility in high penetration renewable energy systems, a demand side management demonstration with heat pump water heaters, integration costs of wave energy generation, and a report summarizing the multiple value streams associated with energy storage. He is author of Valuing Wind Generation on Integrated Power Systems (2010), and one of the (many) coauthors of Renewable Energy Integration (2014). Ken received a master's degree in physics in the late Holocene.

Pamela Morgan

Pamela Morgan offers consulting, facilitation and coaching to groups and individuals seeking strategic and creative thinking and acting in relation to the challenges of today's energy industry through her company, Graceful Systems LLC. Ms. Morgan worked in the electric utility industry for over 20 years, primarily at Portland General Electric (PGE), with responsibilities ranging from all aspects of state and federal economic regulation to resource planning and government affairs and distribution operations.  Since forming Graceful Systems in 2009, her projects have included designing and delivering a systems thinking workshops for state regulators; researching and drafting a major update of resource planning and procurement rules for the Montana Public Service Commission; preparing a major study of decoupling and decoupling adjustments and testifying on decoupling for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC); and developing a comprehensive set of national energy efficiency policies for NRDC to advocate in Chile.  She specializes in helping individuals and diverse groups of people see clearly the context within which the strategic challenges confronting them arise and creatively develop iterative actions that move toward an ideal state in which those challenges have disappeared.  

As an expert in the field of energy utility policy and practice, she has authored numerous articles on integrated resource planning, decoupling and deregulation and has spoken at a variety of conferences and institutions on regulatory policy and utility strategy, including forums in the Netherlands and Switzerland, the Mark Hatfield School of Government, the Northwest Energy Summit, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and many other well respected organizations. She holds a B.S. from Washington State University and a J.D. from The University of Washington School of Law. 

Mark Osborn

Mark Osborn is senior vice president of Five Stars International, Ltd., a consulting firm offering services for smart grid strategy, technology, and deployments. He has extensive energy industry experience, most recently as the smart grid manager for Portland General Electric.  He is an award-winning program manager and successful developer of new products and services for the utility industry. As Portland General Electric’s Smart Grid Manager, Osborn played a key role in the development of a number of innovative projects. They include the nation’s First Solar Highway Project (the first installation of a solar array along an interstate highway); the Northwest’s largest rooftop solar project (a 3.5MW thin-film solar installation on 10 warehouse roofs); the Baldock Solar Station (a 1.75MW array at an I-5 rest area near Wilsonville, Oregon), PGE’s Dispatchable Standby Generation Program (the nation’s largest networked installation of paralleled distributed generators for utility peaking support); and the Salem Smart Power Project (featuring a 5MW, 1.25MWh facility providing battery energy storage for wind integration; residential and commercial demand response; distribution automation; and a microgrid that allows an entire distribution feeder to island seamlessly and then to return to the grid, utilizing energy storage, solar and other distributed energy resources for self-sufficiency.) Mark holds a BS from Western Oregon University, plus engineering coursework from Oregon State University and an MBA from Portland State University.  In addition to his work at PGE, he has significant energy experience with PacifiCorp and an engineering subsidiary of Bechtel called EnergyWorks.

Contributing Faculty

Robert Bass

Robert Bass is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Portland State University, and the co-founder and director of PSU's Power Engineering Laboratory. His research focuses on electrical power systems, particularly distributed and renewable generation resources, optimization methods for multi-unit generation, and the overlaying smart grid methods that link them together.
Dr. Bass specializes in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on electric power, electormechanical energy conversion, distributed energy resources and power systems analysis. His academic contributions include developing power engineering degree programs, ABET accreditation, laboratory development, and novel engineering course design.

Bob received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Virginia in 2004. From 2005-2010 he was an Assistant Professor and Program Director for Renewable Energy Engineering at Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) where he developed a highly regarded BS degree in this new and exciting area.

Michael Jung

Michael Jung serves as Policy Director at Silver Spring Networks, a leading provider of networking equipment and smart grid services for utilities across the country and around the world. He was appointed by Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber as Chairman of the state’s Ten-Year Energy Plan Task Force; was a founding board member of Smart Grid Oregon (now Smart Grid Northwest) and currently serves on its Advisory Council; and serves as an expert lecturer with the National Regulatory Research Institute and Portland State University.

Prior to joining Silver Spring Networks, Michael served as an energy policy advisor to the campaign and administration of Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, where he was an architect of milestone energy legislation in 2008, Ohio Senate Bill 221. He previously managed climate change policy at American Electric Power and also worked as chief of staff to the President/COO of the company’s flagship operating company, AEP Ohio. Michael has served as a U.S. Fulbright Fellow, holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, was once a competitive ballroom dancer, and is an Eagle Scout. He is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Yale College, and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

James Mater

James Mater co-founded and has held several executive positions at QualityLogic from June 1994 to present. He is currently General Manager of QualityLogic's Smart Grid business unit. He is active in the Smart Grid industry as a member of the GridWise Architecture Council, the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project, the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel Test and Certification Committee, and co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Smart Grid Northwest, a unique regional trade association with a mission to promote, grow and enable the smart grid industry and infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest. James also offers papers and presentations on interoperability and Transactive Energy at major conferences. He has been awarded the GridWise Applied Award by the GridWise Architecture Council, and received the best paper award at the Grid-Interoperability Conference.

Prior to forming QualityLogic, James held Product management roles at Tektronix, Floating Point Systems, Sidereal and Solar Division of International Harvester. Mater holds a bachelor's degree in physics from Portland's Reed College and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.