Smart Grid: Previous Guest Speakers

Guest Presenters and Advisory Team Members

The faculty team is in the process of identifying and recruiting a stellar group of nationally and locally known guest presenters and team project advisors for our 2018 course, assuming we are successful in securing receive the underwriting support we will need. It is premature to list the guest presenters we are targeting for 2018 at this time. However, we can provide a sense of the exceptional quality of the guest presenters, panel members, and advisors by providing a list of individuals who have participated in those roles during the four years we have offered this class so far. The quality of presenters we are recruiting for this year is no less stellar. The speaker and project advisor affiliations were correct at the time they joined us for specific sessions. Many speakers have since moved on to other positions.
 

Guest Presenters (during the 2009, 2010, 2011 and/or 2013 course series) include:
 

  • Lisa Adatto, Oregon Director, Climate Solutions; and a class student

  • Dr. Jennifer Allen, Director of PSU's Institute for Sustainable Solutions and Associate Professor of Public Administration

  • Joe Barra, Director of Customer Energy Resources, Portland General Electric

  • Rob Bennett, Executive Director, Portland Sustainability Institute

  • Jess Berst, Managing Director, Global Smart Energy, and Executive Editor Smart Grid News;

  • Ron Binz, Principal, Public Policy Consulting, and former Chairman, Colorado Public Utilities Commission;

  • Diane Broad, Director and Senior Consultant, Ecofys US;

  • Clark Brockman, Director of Sustainable Resources, SERA Architects;

  • Rex Burkholder, Metro Councilor;

  • Andrew Campbell, Energy Policy Advocate and Advisor; former Senior Advisor to two California Public Utilities Commission Commissioners;

  • John Cooper, President, Ecomergence; formerly Technical Lead for Smart Grid, Austin Energy, then Vice President for Utility Solutions, GridNet; co-author, The Advanced Smart Grid; Edge Power Driving Sustainability;

  • Ken Dragoon, Research Director, Renewable Northwest; Manager, Systems Analysis and Integration and Senior Resource Analyst, Northwest Power and Conservation Council; and current course faculty member;

  • Patty Durand, Executive Director, Smart Grid Consumers Collaborative;

  • Michael Early, Executive Director, Industrial Customers of Northwest Utilities;

  • Dr. Conrad Eustis, Director, Retail Technology Development, Portland General Electric; later a course faculty member;

  • Wayne Embry, Founder and Managing Partner, Reference Capital Management;

  • Dr. Peter Fox-Penner, author of Smart Power, and Chairman Emeritus, The Brattle Group;

  • Hannah Friedman, Technical Research Director, Portland Energy Conservation, Inc.; and previous course student;

  • J. R. Gonzalez, P.E., Administrator, Safety, Reliability & Security Division, Oregon Public Utility Commission;

  • Mike Gravely, Manager, Energy Systems Research, California Energy Commission;

  • Lee Hall, Smart Grid Program Manager, Bonneville Power Administration;

  • Don Hammerstrom, Senior Engineer and Project Manager, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, US Department of Energy;

  • Steve Hawke, Senior Vice President, Portland General Electric;

  • Dr. Judith Heerwagen, J.H Heerwagen & Associates; Program Expert, US General Services, Office of Federal High Performance Buildings;

  • Roy Hemmingway, Energy Consultant and former Chair, Oregon Public Utilities Commission;

  • Scott Hempling, Executive Director, National Regulatory Research Institute;

  • Bill Henry, Analyst, EQL Energy, class blogger, and long-term class participant;

  • Carol Haertlein, Smart Grid Grant Specialist, PNGC Power;

  • Chris Hickman, President, Innovari Energy;

  • Bob Jenks, Executive Director, Citizens' Utility Board of Oregon;

  • Steve Jennings, Chief Marketing Officer, BPL Global;

  • Michael Jung, Policy Director, Silver Spring Networks, and later, a course faculty member; 

  • Bobby Kandaswamy, Director, Intel Capital;

  • Dr. David Kathan, Senior Economist and Group Manager, Office of Energy Market Regulation, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; 

  • Patrick Keegan, Vice President, Residential Utility Solutions, Ecos; and previous course student;

  • Dr. Dmitry Kosterev, Electrical Engineer, BPA Transmission Planning; Chair, Modeling and Validation Work Group, and Chair, Planning Implementation Task Team, North American SynchroPhasor Initiative;

  • Rick Kriss, Founder and Managing Director, KLATU Networks;

  • Pamela Lesh, President and Principal Consultant, Graceful Systems LLC; founding and current course faculty member;

  • Cheryl Linder, Global Offering Leader, Energy and Utilities Industry, IBM Global Business Services; and course student;

  • Bruce Lovelin, Chief Engineer/Systems Engineering Manager, Central Lincoln PUD;

  • Richard Lowenthal, CEO, Coulomb Technologies;

  • Dr. Loren Lutzenhiser, Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, PSU;

  • Lisa Magnuson, Senior Director of Marketing & Brand Programs, Silver Spring Networks;

  • Eran Mahrer, Vice President, Research and Strategy for Strategy for the Solar Electric Power Association;

  • James Mater, Co-Founder and Director, Quality Logic, Inc., and Founder, The Oregon Smart Grid Start Up Project; and later a course faculty member;

  • Hillary McBride, Community Relations Officer Emerald People's Utility District;

  • Dr. Ron Melton, Director, Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project; Administrator, GridWise Architecture Council; and senior technical leader for Smart Grid Research and Development Projects, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory;

  • Terry Oliver, Chief Technology Innovation Officer, Bonneville Power Administration; and seminar student;

  • Ron Pernick, Managing Partner, Clean Edge. Inc., and Adjunct faculty, PSU School of Business Administration;

  • Rob Pratt, GridWise Program Manager, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, US Department of Energy;

  • Dr. Robert Procter, Senior Economist, Electric Rates & Planning, Oregon Public Utilities Commission;

  • Steve Pullins, President, Horizon Energy Group, and Team Leader, Laboratory Modern Grid Strategy, National Energy Technology;

  • Thomas Puttman, PE, AICP, LEED AP, Sustainable Infrastructure Lead, David Evans and Associates;

  • Linda Ratkin, IT professional, visionary for PSU Smart Grid Living Laboratory; previous course student and later a course faculty member;

  • Alexis Ringwald, Co-founer and CEO. LearnUp; former Director, Business Development, Serious Energy at Serious Materials; formerly Co-founder and Director of Business Development at Valence Energy, Co-Director, Climate Solutions Road Tour, Fulbright Scholar, The Energy and Resources Institute, New Delhi;

  • Anders Rydaker, President, District Energy St. Paul and President, Ever-Green Energy;

  • Scott Shull, Strategic Planner, EcoTechnology Innovations Program, and Director, Smarter Commercial Buildings, Intel Corp;

  • Lisa Schwartz, Senior Associate, Regulatory Assistance Project; later director, Oregon Department of Energy, currently Team Leader, Electricity Markets and Policy Group, Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory;

  • Lauren Shapton, Manager, Mass Market Programs, Portland General Electric;

  • Mark Shanahan, former Executive Director, Ohio Air Quality Development Authority; formerly Energy Advisor to then Ohio Governor Ted Strickland;

  • Scott Shull, Strategic Planner, EcoTechnology Innovations Program, and Director, Smarter Commercial Buildings, Intel Corp;

  • Jason Slami-Klotz, Senior Policy Advisor, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance; and previous course student;

  • Dr. Aaron Snyder, Director, Smart Grid Labs, EnerNex;

  • Matt Spaur, Advanced Metering and Smart Grid Market Development, Itron, Inc.;

  • John Stafford, Vice President Conservation Solutions, Sensus;

  • Chris Thomas, Policy Director, Citizens Utility Board of Illinois;

  • John Thornton, Vice President, Manufacturing & Supply Chain, Porteon Electric Vehicles, Inc.; and previous course student;

  • Dr. Robert Topping, Interim Director and Director of Strategic Initiatives, Regional Education and Training Center (RETC); and previous course student;

  • Kevin Walker, Chief Operating Officer, Iberdrola USA; formerly Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, American Electric Power, and President and Chief Operating Officer, American Electric Power (AEP) Ohio; 

  • Kevin Watkins, Vice President of Engineering, PNGE Power;

  • Jon Wellinghoff, Chairman of the Federal Regulatory Commission.

During the Spring Term, multidisciplinary student teams work on “real world” projects. They are supported and mentored by members of the faculty team, but also by members of Project Advisory Teams who have been recruited as a result of their technical and/or policy expertise.  Advisory Team members from 2009 onward have included:

 

  • Lisa Adatto, Oregon Director, Climate Solutions; and a course alum;

  • Tomm Aldridge, Principal Consultant, Ergsense/Energy Research Group, and recently retired Director of Internet of Things Technology Acceleration, and Energy and Sustainability Research Labs at Intel;

  • SA Anders, Director of Operations, Citizens Utility Board of Oregon; Board Treasurer, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative; now Smart Grid Projects and Projects manager, Portland General Electric; and a course alum;

  • Rob Bennett, CEO, Ecodistricts;

  • Joe Barra, Director of Customer Energy Resources, Portland General Electric;

  • Kathleen Belkhayat, Business Sector Project Manager and Strategic Energy Management Project; and a course alum;

  • George Beard, Strategic Alliance Manager, PSU;

  • Fletcher Beaudoin, Long-term Sustainability Planner, PSU; and a course alum;

  • Greg Bingham, Project Manager, Merchant Transmission & Resource Integration, Portland General Electric;

  • Jennifer Blake, New Construction-Major Renovation/Lighting Specialist, Evergreen Consulting;

  • Scott Bolton, Vice President, External Affairs, Pacific Power;

  • Shanna Brownstein, Manager Governmental & Community Affairs, NW Natural, and founder of Women in Sustainability and Environment (WISE);

  • Bill Campbell, Principal, Equilibrium Capital Group, and Board Chair, EnergyRM;

  • Ken Corum, economist/consultant, former lead for the Northwest Power and Conservation Council's Pacific Northwest Demand Response Project

  • Joan Effinger, Project Manager, Emerging Technologies, Portland General Electric

  • Tony DeFalco, Living Cully Coordinator, Verde;

  • Ryan Fedie, Engineering Manager, Energy Efficiency, Bonneville Power Administration, and course alum;

  • Tom Foley, Smart Grid Oregon Board Member; former board chair, Energy Trust of Oregon; and senior staff, Northwest Power and Conservation Council;

  • Jason Franklin, PSU’s Director of Campus Planning and Design;

  • Mark Fuji, Capital Construction Project Manager, PSU;

  • Mark Gregory, Associate Vice President for Finance & Administration, PSU;

  • Roy Hemmingway, Energy Consultant, Smart Grid Oregon Board Member, and former Chair, Oregon Public Utilities Commission;

  • Bill Henry, Senior Associate, EQL Energy, and former Analyst at Ecofys, and an alum in this and other PSU energy classes;

  • Mike Hoffman, Co-Founder, Powermand and Senior Energy Analyst, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory;

  • William Holmes, Partner, K&L Gates;

  • Andria Jacob, Senior Manger, Energy Programs and Policy, City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability;

  • Dwayne Johnson, Co-founder and Partner, ScaleUp Partners LLC and self-described “Social Alchemist”;

  • Dr. David Kathan, Senior Economist and Group Manager, Office of Energy Market Regulation, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission;

  • Jess Kincaid, Senior Operations and Policy Analyst, Oregon Department of Energy;

  • Tom Konicke, Portland Manager, Energy & Facilities Services, McKinstry;

  • Dr. Wayne Lei, Director, Research and Development and Smart Grid Programming, Portland General Electric;

  • Benjamin Lyon, Utility Program Manager, Enlighted, Inc.;

  • John McArthur, Sustainable Transportation Program Manager, Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium, (OTREC);

  • Catriona McCracken, General Counsel and Regulatory Program Director, Citizen’s Utility Board of Oregon;

  • Preston Michie, former Assistant General Counsel and current contract lawyer/consultant, Bonneville Power Administration;

  • Mark Miller, Account Executive Long Term Sales and Purchases, Bonneville Power Administration;

  • Noel Mingo, Utilities Manager, PSU;

  • Scott Nelson, Oregon Governor Kitzhaber’s Senior Advisor on Jobs and the Economy;

  • Ken Nichols, Principal at EQL Energy and a former Director at Ecofys, and former faculty member and course alum;

  • Mark Osborn, Distributed Resources Manager, Portland General Electric; later a course faculty member;

  • Elizabeth Paul, Director, Business Model and Program Development; Lead, Program Development and Strategic Intent, Portland General Electric;

  • Dr. Robert Procter, Senior Economist, Electric Rates & Planning, Oregon Public Utilities Commission;

  • Mark Rehley, Senior Manager Technology and Product Management, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance;

  • Dave Robertson, Vice President for Public Policy, Portland General Electric;

  • Kelly Sanders, Senior Product Manager, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance;

  • Maty Sauter, T&D Analyst, Strategic Asset Management, Portland General Electric;

  • Vijay Satyal, Senior Policy Analyst at WECC and formerly Senior Policy Analyst at ODOE;

  • Dr. Kevin Schneider, Principal Research Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Affiliate Assistant Professor, University of Washington; and adjunct Professor, Washington State University;

  • Dr. Gerald Sheblé, Professor and Ausgrid Chair in Electric Power Economics, School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, University of New South Wales, Australia; and founding course faculty member;

  • Tim Smith, Director of Urban Planning, SERA Architects;

  • John Sorenson, Executive Director, N2e; and a course alum;

  • Ann Steeves, Operations Manager, Business Continuity Emergency Management, Portland General Electric;

  • Marvin Surhan, IBM Intelligent Utility Network;

  • John Thornton, President, CleanFuture; Energy Advisor, Northwest Food Processors Association, Vice President, Manufacturing & Supply Chain, Chair, Industry Advisory Committee, Drive Oregon; Porteon Electric Vehicles; and a course alum;

  • Jaimes Valdez, Policy Manager, Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development  (Northwest SEED); formerly Energy Policy Analyst and Renewable Energy Specialist with City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, where he managed Solarize Portland and Solar Forward; and course alum;

  • David Van't Hof, Energy Consultant/Attorney, David Van't Hof Legal and Strategic Services, and course alum

  • Ben Walsh, Principal, Miter Construction Management (green builder), and course alum;

  • Kevin Watkins, PNGE Power Vice President of Engineering;

  • Kevin Whitener, Smart Grid Project Manager, Portland General Electric;

  • Lorie Wigle, General Manager, Eco-Technology Program Office, Intel Corporation;

  • Bryce Yonker, Executive Director, Smart Grid Northwest, and Director of Business Development at Clean Edge.