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Program TitleSmart Grid: Fundamental Concepts and Latest Developments
Time, LocationDecember 13 (Thursday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm) San Francisco--PEC
Also Offeredn/a
Description"Smart Grid" is a general term describing the merging of information technology with the electrical grid, which is happening at a rapid pace. A smarter grid is essential to our goals of energy efficiency, security, and environmental protection, being a requirement if we want to integrate large amounts of renewable energy and electric vehicles. This class will give a broad overview of the Smart Grid and all of its many aspects, including key players in the industry and how it will affect current and future jobs. A number of noted speakers will give a range of presentations and be available for panel discussion.
Audience LevelThis class is appropriate for people with a basic knowledge of the electric grid as well as those with more detailed knowledge.
  • Essential grid terms and concepts
  • State initiatives and workforce programs
  • Domains and cross-cutting issues
  • Standards and product testing
  • Home area networks, smart communities
  • Electric vehicles and charging infrastructure
  • Third party businesses and employment needs
  • Panel discussion
Instructor(s)Harold Galicer
Harold Galicer is on the founding team of the Smart Grid Center at Sacramento State University Sacramento and is a Principal at SeaKay, a non-profit that builds integrated technology solutions targeting underserved communities. Harold has experience in internet and communication technologies, ICT, building community networking solutions for accessing information. He has developed major alliances with technology leaders in the private and public sectors to redefine Public-Private-Non-profit partnerships. He has been active in the NIST and EPRI HAN working groups as well as advising the Mid-Pacific Internet and Communications and Technology Center.

Christine Hertzog
Christine Hertzog is a consultant, author, and a professional explainer focused on Smart Grid technologies and solutions. She provides strategic advisory services to startups, established vendors, and utilities that include corporate development, market development, technology acquisitions and change management. She is the author of the “Smart Grid Dictionary” and co-author of the “Smart Grid Consumer Focus Strategy”, which identifies consumer/utility challenges and methods to ensure successful Smart Grid projects. She has two decades of experience working with hardware, software, and services companies and has recently been involved in the National Institute of Standards (NIST) initiative on Smart Grid Cyber Security and Interoperability standards requirements with a focus on privacy.

Erfan Ibrahim
Dr. Ibrahim is the Founder and CEO of The Bit Bazaar LLC (TBB), a full service IT and business consulting firm, offering services to clients in the High Tech, Financial Services, Healthcare, and Energy sectors since 2001. TBB focuses on wireless communications, network management, and information security technologies. Dr. Ibrahim is also involved in standards related work for communications, network management and cybersecurity with applications in the electric, oil & gas, chemicals and healthcare sectors. He is a frequent keynote speaker and panelist at Smart Grid related conferences and hosts monthly Smart Grid Educational Series webinars and seminars.His previous career included serving as a Technical Executive in the Intelligrid program area of the Power Delivery & Utilization Sector of EPRI, VP of Sales & Marketing at Jyra Research, Product Manager for Network Management at Pacific Bell Network Integration (now AT&T), Nuclear Fusion Research Engineer at UCLA and Plasma Physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Lab.Dr. Ibrahim received a Ph. D. in Nuclear Engineering from University of California Berkeley, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas Austin, and a B.S. Honors in Physics from Syracuse University (Suma Cum Laude).

Art Anderson
Art Anderson is the Manager of the Wireless Communications Lab, which is part of the PG&E Advanced Technology Integration department. Art is responsible for evaluating new technologies that drive energy efficiency as part of the evolving SmartGrid.Art has over 20 years of information technology development, testing, start-up and management experience. He has been involved in the PG&E SmartMeter program throughout its design and deployment at PG&E. Art holds a Bachelors degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

Matt Lecar
Matt Lecar is a Principal Consultant with GE Energy’s Smart Grid Center of Excellence where he advises utility clients on the business case, strategy, and road map for the deployment of smart grid technology. During a long career in the energy utility industry, Matt spearheaded new product development for Pacific Gas & Electric Company and developed and managed partnerships between US energy technology startups and the Electricité de France Group. Most recently, he served as Fund Manager for the California Clean Energy Angel Fund, a seed stage venture capital investment fund focused exclusively on clean energy technology. Matt is a regular contributor to Greentech Media, Energy Priorities, Smart Grid News, Smart Energy International and Metering International magazines. He holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor's degree with high honors in physics and political science from UC Berkeley.

Russell Griffith
Prior to joining PG&E in 2012, Russell’s career was centered around the nuclear power industry. His experience spans plant operations, maintenance & construction, engineering, and licensing. Russ holds a B.S. in Systems Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, and an MBA from U.C. Berkeley.
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