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California State University, Long Beach

Distinguished Lecture Series: Smart Grid

Thursday, October 27, 2011

About the Panel of Experts:

Lee Krevat-speaker.jpg Mr. Lee Krevat

Director of Smart Grid, San Diego Gas & Electric

Lee Krevat Presentation.pdf
Lee Krevat is director of the smart grid initiative for Sempra Energy’s San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E).  Krevat leads enterprise-wide smart grid strategy, policy, and project alignment for SDG&E.  In 2010, he was named one of the top 100 movers and shakers who are influencing the smart grid market by GreenTech Media and was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the GridWise Alliance, a smart grid advocacy coalition with the mission to transform the electric grid to achieve a sustainable energy future through the advocacy of well-reasoned smart grid policies at the federal, state, and local levels.
SDG&E has built a strong foundation in Smart Grid technologies, including self-healing grid technology, automated sub-station condition-based maintenance, advanced outage and distribution management systems, and microgrid projects funded by DOE and CEC.  SDG&E filed a 10 year Smart Grid Deployment Plan on June 6, 2011 which described a vision for the future as well as a roadmap composed of 82 projects. SDG&E was ranked number one in the nation in 2009 and 2010, the first two years of the Smart Grid rankings published by IDC Energy Insights and Intelligent Utility magazine.

Krevat’s prior positions at SDG&E include director of program delivery, where he oversaw IT for advanced technology projects and the development of new systems to improve operating efficiency and customer experience.  Krevat was also director of IT strategy and business partnership where he worked to align strategic direction between IT and the utility business units, as well as director of infrastructure engineering & operations.
Before joining Sempra, Krevat led the Software Process Engineering, Technology Transfer and Software Process Improvement Teams at Tandem Computers.Krevat graduated with university honors and holds a Bachelor of Science in applied mathematics/computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.

SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides service to 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and more than 840,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties. Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company with 2008 revenues of nearly $11 billion.  The Sempra Energy companies’ 13,600 employees serve about 29 million consumers worldwide.

Joe Dada-speaker Mr. Joe Dada

CEO, SmartLabs, Inc.

Joe Dada Presentation.pdf
Joe Dada’s vision is that our homes should have remote control “everything”. Dada founded SmartLabs in 1992 as a bootstrap startup. Shortly thereafter he launched, becoming one of the world’s first ecommerce companies. During the late 90’s, Dada acquired two product engineering firms, formed SmartLabs Design and began designing and manufacturing proprietary remote control lighting and related products. Between 2000 and 2005, he led the development of INSTEON, a dual-band (RF plus Powerline) mesh networking technology which has now become the best selling home control technology. SmartLabs has sold to millions of customers and is strategically committed to the advancement of the Smartgrid. SmartLabs is developing a host of utility and “green” focused products including load monitoring and shedding products as well as networked electrical power monitors. SmartLabs has also made a concerted effort to help the next generation of green engineers by offering product and installation support to two of the 20 collegiate teams (Cornell and Arizona) in the U.S. Department if Energy’s Solar Decathlon.

Dada, INSTEON and SmartLabs have won numerous awards from AEA, Electronic House, CEPRO, Deloitte & Touche, Builder Magazine and Constructech. Dada is active in YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization), a worldwide forum of over 10,000 Presidents and CEOs exchanging ideas sharing strategies to achieve personal and professional growth.

Dada holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in engineering and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana. As an expert in home automation, Dada is a member of the University of California, Irvine Extensions’ “Sustainable Buildings: Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy” advisory board, has been a member of the CEA’s CE Advisory Panel and is a popular speaker at conferences such as CES (Consumer Electronic Show), Wireless Sensing Solutions, Electric West, National Hardware Show, International Wireless Symposium, Connections, Electronic House Expo, Antenna Systems and Short-Range Wireless and The Networked Home.

Charles Prescott-speaker Mr. Chuck D. Prescott

Program Manager, Boeing Energy
The Boeing Company

Chuck Prescott Presentation.pdf
In 2010, Chuck Prescott became the Program Manager for The Boeing Company’s Smart Grid project with Southern California Edison (SCE).  As a leader for emerging cleantech business at Boeing, Chuck is responsible for transitioning capabilities developed for the Department of Defense into the utility domain.  Chuck leads a team of systems engineers and software engineers integrating a military-tested and cyber secure service bus with legacy utility applications and emergent distribution system applications for the Irvine Smart Grid Demonstration.

Chuck was promoted to his current role after serving as Director of Business Development for Boeing Energy.  In this role, he managed strategy development and customer relationship management for Boeing’s energy efficiency and Smart Grid initiatives.  He was instrumental in developing a high impact demonstration for the Smart Grid of the future.  This demonstration gave birth to Boeing’s Energy business, one of the most entrepreneurial, high growth start-up business units at Boeing today.

Previously, Chuck was the Business Development Manager for Homeland Security.   Chuck was responsible for the business development activities which resulted in the award of the Transportation Security Agency’s program to deploy checked baggage security at 324 airports across the nation. 
Chuck received his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Southern California in June of 1993, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering.

Chuck enjoys traveling, football, and spending time with his family and friends at his home in Huntington Harbour, CA.

Brad Gammons-speaker Mr. Brad Gammons

Vice President Sales and Solutions
IBM Global Energy & Utilities

Brad Gammons Presentation.pdf
Brad is currently serving as Vice President of Sales and Solution for IBMs Global Energy and Utility Industry. He is responsible for the development and execution of the industrys strategy for sales, solution development and marketing. He is also responsible for the sales and execution of IBMs Intelligent Utility Network growth initiative. Brad is currently on assignment in Beijing, China where in addition to his world wide responsibilities he leads IBMs Energy and Utility growth case and manages the local E&U sales organization. Prior to taking his current position Brad served as the Industry Business Leader for Energy and Utilities in the Americas and as a Segment Executive for ERP and Supply Chain Solutions for IBMs Communications Sector in the Americas.

Brad has also acted as a Principle and Project Executive in IBM's Rapid Application Development Practices. There he focused on selling and delivering custom applications and systems integration projects to the Utility, Public Sector and Telecommunication Industries.

Before joining IBM Brad served as a Captain in the United States Air Force. There he held positions in Strategy and Planning and as Flight Crew member on the B-52. Brad's formal education includes a BA in Political Science and a MBA in Finance, as well as extensive professional training while serving in the military.

Brad currently serves on the Board of the Center for the Commercialization of Electric Technology in Texas and Co-Chairs the Smart Grid working group of the US-China Energy Cooperation Program. Brad has testified in front of the US Congress on Energy issue and has been featured in article in Fortune and Business Week. Brad is also frequently asked for comment and insight from publication such as Economist, Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times.

Kent Peterson-Moderator Mr. Kent Peterson '86

Vice President and Chief Engineer, P2S Engineering

Kent Peterson, PE, LEED AP, ASHRAE Presidential Fellow is Vice President and Chief Engineer at P2S Engineering with over 25 years of experience working in consulting engineering and building commissioning. His award-winning design experience includes ultra-energy-efficient central plants, high-performance green buildings, and innovative energy-efficiency strategies. He constantly strives to improve best practices in the building industry. Mr. Peterson is a Past Society President of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). He is chair of the ASHRAE Associate Society Alliance working with 49 professional societies around the world. He also chairs the California State University Mechanical Review Board assisting with improving mechanical systems on the CSU campuses. Mr. Peterson serves as Chair of ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1 – Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings. Mr. Peterson has authored a number of articles and papers and has made presentations to governments and professionals throughout the world on improving building sustainability and energy efficiency. He is also an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer.

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