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Faculty for Smart Grid Courses

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. He played a major role in the recent creation of the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy, a regional consortium funded by the US Department of Energy. A former senior manager at a major electric utility and deputy director of a Northwest utility trade association, Jeff is currently the president of a small consulting firm called Northwest Energy and Environmental Strategies. He has served as an advisor to President Obama on the smart grid and clean energy, and co-led the effort to develop the smart grid, electric vehicle and renewable energy integration components of Governor Kitzhaber’s Ten-Year Energy Plan. A board member of Smart Grid Oregon, Jeff has been elected chair of the Oregon Caucus of the Northwest Energy Coalition for each of the past 8 years. 

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; is a founding board member of Smart Grid Oregon; 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 is the Co-founder and General Manager, Smart Grid Business for QualityLogic. He served as the company’s President and CEO from 2001 to 2008. Mr. Mater makes recognized contributions to regional and national smart grid interoperability standards efforts. This includes work with the GridWise Architecture Council, where he was recently appointed as an Associate member; the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project where he co-leads the Project’s contributions to national smart grid standards and is a member of the Project Review Board; the National institute of Standards Smart Grid Interoperability Panel’s Test and Certification Committee where he leads a work group providing assessments for the SGIP Catalog of Standards and in presenting talks and papers at industry conferences.   In 2010, James worked with Oregon energy and IT leaders to found Smart Grid Oregon, the nation’s first state level smart grid trade association. He has since been elected chair of Smart Grid Oregon’s board of directors for two consecutive terms. He has been awarded the GridWise Applied Award by the GridWise Architecture Council, and received the best paper award at the Grid-Interoperability Conference. His national smart grid standards work includes leading a work group in the development of the Interoperability Maturity Assessment Model for test and certification programs, and contributing to the GridWise Architecture Council’s work group charged with developing a Smart Grid Interoperability Maturity Model.   James holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Reed College and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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.

Lawrence Beaty

Lawrence Beaty is the Executive Director and Chair of the Idaho State University Energy Systems Technology and Education Center. Mr. Beaty has more than 30 years’ experience in power generation. His career includes development, design and commissioning of many generation projects in the US and international markets covering a broad range of technologies including, nuclear, coal, gas and renewable resources. Mr. Beaty has extensive experience in both utility and independent power production development from project inception to commercial operation. Mr. Beaty is currently responsible for program and curriculum at Idaho State University’s Energy Systems Technology and Education Center which  provides degrees in a variety of energy system maintenance and operation fields.