Presentations made by our plenary speakers are now available for download – see links below.
Keynote speeches will be delivered by prominent leaders from academia and industry:
- ”Options to Create a Sustainable Energy Future” by Prof. Arun Majumdar,
Stanford University and former Director of ARPA-E
- “Future of the Smartgrid” by Prof. Massoud Amin, Minnesota University.
- “Intelligent Motor Control in a Connected Enterprise” by Mr. Blake Moret,
President and Chief Executive Officer, Rockwell Automation
- “Optimized Power Management Using Data Analytics”, by Mr. Michael Regelski,
SVP and Chief Technology Officer Electrical Sector, Eaton
- “Very High Power Electronics for HVDC,” by Dr. Guangfu Tang, Vice President
of Smartgrid Institute of China State Grid
“Options to Create a Sustainable Energy Future”
Prof. Arun Majumdar, Stanford University and former Founding Director of APAR-E
Prof. Majumdar’s research focuses on thermochemical water splitting reactions to produce carbon-free hydrogen; ionocalorics –electrochemical reactions for thermal energy conversion; understanding the limits of heat and mass transport in nanostructured materials; and re-engineering the electricity grid. In October 2009, President Obama nominated Dr. Majumdar to be the founding director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E), where he served until June 2012. Between March 2011 and June 2012, Arun was also the acting Under Secretary of Energy and a senior advisor to Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. After leaving Washington, DC and before joining Stanford, Arun was the vice president for energy at Google, where he created several energy technology initiatives, especially on the electricity grid, and advised the company on its broader energy strategy.
Prior to joining the Department of Energy, he was the Almy & Agnes Maynard Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering at University of California–Berkeley and the Associate Laboratory Director for energy and environment at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He serves on the U.S. Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board as its Vice Chair, the Councils of the National Academy of Engineering and the Electric Power Research Institute, and the science policy boards of SLAC and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He is a member of the international advisory panel for energy of the Singapore Ministry of Trade & Industry and the U.S. delegation for the U.S. –India Track II dialogue on energy and climate change. The U.S. State Department recently appointed him as a U.S. Science Envoy with an emphasis on energy and innovation in Poland and the Baltic region. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He earned a bachelor’s degree at the Indian Institute of Technology–Bombay in 1985 and his Ph.D. from U.C.–Berkeley in 1989, both in mechanical engineering.
“Intelligent Motor Control in a Connected Enterprise”
Mr. Blake Moret, President and CEO, Rockwell Automation
Blake Moret is President and Chief Executive Officer of Rockwell Automation. He assumed the role on July 1, 2016.
As CEO, Blake leads the world’s largest company focused on industrial automation and information, dedicated to making our customers more productive and the world more sustainable. He is passionate about our vision of The Connected Enterprise and is leading its acceleration through innovation and his in-depth knowledge of our customers’ business needs. Blake has proven himself to be an exceptional leader with a deep understanding of the company’s values, culture, people, technology, and customers.
In his previous role, he served five years as senior vice president of Control Products and Solutions (CP&S), one of the company’s two business segments.
Blake has 31 years of broad experience with the company including leadership roles in marketing, solutions, services, and product groups. He began his career in 1985 as a sales trainee, and subsequently served in senior positions across the organization, including international assignments in Europe and Canada.
Blake is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He has served as Chair of the Board of the Manufacturing Institute of the National Association of Manufacturers. Additionally, he is a member of the Board of Directors for the Milwaukee-based Urban Ecology Center, the Board of Directors of the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha, and the Advisory Board of the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech.
“Future of the Smartgrid”
Prof. Massoud Amin, University of Minnesota
Massoud Amin is the Director of the Technological Leadership Institute (TLI), holds the Honeywell/H.W. Sweatt Chair, is a professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE), and a University Distinguished Teaching Professor Award Recipient at the University of Minnesota. He is Chairman of the IEEE Smart Grid, a Fellow of the IEEE and ASME, and a member of two utility industry regional entities that oversee reliability and security: the Texas Reliability Entity (as board chairman) and the Midwest Reliability Organization (as a board member).
Before joining the University of Minnesota, Dr. Amin was with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Palo Alto, Calif. He pioneered R&D in smart grids in 1998, led the development of 24 technologies that transferred to industry and, after 9/11, directed all security-related R&D for U.S. utilities. He has led research, development and deployment of smart grids, and the enhancement of critical infrastructures’ security during this period and is considered the father of smart grid. At EPRI, he twice received the Chauncey Award, the Institute’s highest honor. He is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed publications, editor of seven collections of manuscripts, and serves on the editorial boards of six academic journals.
“Optimized Power Management Using Data Analytics”
Mr. Michael Regelski, Senior VP of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer, Electrical Sector, Eaton Corporation
Mr. Regelski is responsible for overseeing technology development, new product development processes, and codes and standards for all Electrical Sector engineering activities at Eaton Corporation. He also leads the Electrical Sector in developing technology-driven strategies and growth initiatives. He joined Eaton following a 24-year career with United Technologies where he held positions of increasing responsibility including vice president, Systems and Controls Engineering, Building and Industrial Systems; vice president, Product Development, Climate/Controls/Security, Automation and Controls Solutions; vice president, Engineering, Fire and Security Global Security Products; and chief technology officer, and vice president, Engineering, Lenel Systems – a UTC Fire and Security Company. Prior to UTC, Regelski worked for Eastman Kodak Company’s Edicon Systems Division as a senior software architect and as a software application engineer.
Regelski holds three U.S. Patents for Smart Card Utilization in Security Applications; Distributed Multi-Server Enterprise; Architecture for Security Systems; and Automatic Download of information to Security Systems. He is also a published author specializing in distributed computing and data management. He holds a Master of Science degree in software development and management, and a Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering, both from Rochester the Institute of Technology, New York. In addition, he is a member of the Dean’s Board of Advisors for Rochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano School of Computing and Information Sciences; Board of Directors for the Security Industry Association (SIA); and the Board of Trustees for The Harley School.
“HVDC Research and Development in China”
Dr. Guangfu Tang, Vice President, Global Energy Interconnection Research Institute, China
Guangfu Tang received his B.Eng. degree in electrical engineering from Xi’an Jiao Tong University, China, in 1990, and the MS and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Institute of Plasma Physics, the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1993 and 1996 respectively. During 1996-1998, he had a postdoctoral position with China Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI), Beijing, China. In 1998, he joined the CEPRI, where his focused on power electronics application in power system, including flexible AC transmission systems (FACTS), high voltage and ultrahigh voltage DC (HVDC/UHVDC) transmission systems, VSC HVDC transmission systems, and DC grids. He became the executive director of the State Grid Smart Grid Research Institute of China in 2012. He is now a vice president of Globe Energy Interconnection Research Institute, China. Dr. Tang served on CIGRE SC B4 committee. He is a member of CIGRESC B4 AG4 and IEC SC22F WG25 and MT22. He is also a member of the IEEE PES Narain Hingorani FACTS and Custom Power Award Committee.