Industry Advisory Board

ImageWill Agate

Senior Vice President

Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation

Will Agate is the Senior Vice President, Navy Yard Management and Development, for PIDC, Philadelphia’s citywide economic development corporation. The Navy Yard, a former naval base, is now a thriving 1,200-acre business campus. Will leads the PIDC team that is implementing the overall development of The Navy Yard, including a comprehensive Energy Master Plan concentrated on its unregulated electric grid. The plan includes the integration of various smart grid and distributive generation technologies around sustainable business models.


Russell Alessi


ELECTRI International Foundation

Russell Alessi is the President of ELECTRI International- The Foundation for Electrical Construction, headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. The Foundation is an independent research corporation founded by the National Electrical Contractors Association. ELECTRI’s mission is to strengthen the electrical contracting industry by funding and coordinating domestic and international research and development in the areas of new business sectors, technology transfer, management skills, organizational development, and career awareness. As the Foundation’s chief staff officer, Russ is responsible for the working relationships with the Board of Trustees and ELECTRI Council. He is actively involved in enlisting financial support for ELECTRI and in overseeing all of the Foundation’s commissioned projects and educational initiatives.


Martin "Marty" Burns



Dr. Martin (Marty) J. Burns is the President of Hypertek. He has been involved with metering and utility standards development and firmware implementations for the past 15 years, and home and building automation for the past 30 years. Hypertek, the company he founded, has strived to maintain a balance between commercial implementation and utility research and development in standards and related activities. He is currently engaged in the development of utility, military, building and home communications and automation technologies.


Michael Callanan

Executive Director

National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Commitee (NJATC)

Michael Callanan serves as the Executive Director for the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Electrical Industry. Mr. Callanan had been with the NJATC for 9 years prior serving principally as Director of Safety, Codes and Standards. He is currently responsible for providing strategic leadership for the NJATC by working with the NJATC Executive Committee, the NJATC National Committee and staff to establish long-range goals, strategies, vision and policies. He also serves as the Chairmen of the Building and Construction Trades Department Apprenticeship & Training Committee for the AFL-CIO and was appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship in 2007 where he served as the Co-Chairman of the Labor Committee.


John Carroll

Business Development Director

Intelligent Power & Energy Research Corporation (IPERC)

John Carroll is the Business Development Director at Intelligent Power & Energy Research Corporation (IPERC). He is a veteran of the power and renewable energy industry, bringing over 22 years of experience in senior sales and marketing roles working for both large public companies and small start-up ventures. Prior to joining IPERC, John was the Vice President and Government Systems Business Unit Director for Petra Solar, a well-funded solar energy start-up focused on US Government and major utility renewable energy systems. John is also a Commissioned Officer in the United States Navy Reserve, having attained the rank of Captain through a 24+ year career.


John Caskey

Assistant Vice President, Industry Operations

National Electrical Manufacturers Association

John Caskey is the Assistant Vice President of Operations and Director of the Power Equipment Division at the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). He developed, implemented and managed the first phase of NEMA’s Smart Grid program. Caskey is a Board member of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) and the Chair of the SGIP Technical Committee. He was also selected by the Secretary of Energy for the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee.

Caskey has over 30 years of experience in the energy field. His experience is unique in that he has first-hand experience researching, developing, implementing and evaluating energy programs. It ranges from research on solar and geothermal technologies, to implementing demand-side management programs, to managing the energy programs for one of the largest counties in the nation.


Frances Cleveland


Xanthus Consulting International

Ms. Frances Cleveland is President of Xanthus Consulting International, and has consulted on Smart Grid information and control system projects in the electric power industry for over 36 years. Her expertise has focused primarily on Smart Grid information interoperability standards, cyber security issues, and integration of systems, including Distributed Energy Resources (DER), plug-in electric vehicles (PEV), Advanced Metering Infrastructures (AMI), Distribution Automation (DA), substation automation, SCADA systems, and energy market operations.

She is currently the lead of the Smart Inverter Working Group (SIWG) for the development of recommendations of DER smart inverter functions for California utilities. She is also consulting to NIST for the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), reviewing the cyber security of all standards in the NIST Catalog of Standards, and addressing DER Use Cases and standards in the SGIP DRGS DEWG. She is also supporting EPRI on testing communications and cyber security for the smart inverters in California.

In the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), she is convenor of IEC TC57 WG15 for IEC 62351 cybersecurity standards for power system operations and is the editor for IEC TC57 WG17 for IEC 61850-7-420 information standards for DER, EV, and DA. 


Kevin Evans

Vice President & General Manager of Integrated Demand Resources

Johnson Controls

Kevin R. Evans is the Vice President and General Manager of Integrated Demand Resources at Johnson Controls. He joined the EnergyConnect team in January 2009, leading the company as President and CEO until its acquisition by Johnson Controls in July 2011. Mr. Evans has over three decades of proven leadership in various industries. He has an extensive background including: transportation, banking, manufacturing, distribution services, communications, technology and electricity. In those fields, he held officer level finance, operating and executive positions in businesses ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. 


Steve Glover

Manager, Electrical Sciences & Experiments

Sandia National Lab




David Hardin


Upperbay Systems

Dave Hardin, Principle, Upperbay Systems, has more than 30 years of experience designing and integrating information technology and automation systems in industrial process manufacturing and energy management. He has held senior technical and management positions at EnerNOC, Invensys, Shell and Texaco. Dave has been active in a number of Smart Grid initiatives since 2006 including serving on the OpenADR Alliance Board of Directors, the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Board of Directors, co-chair of the SGIP Architecture Committee, chair of the SGIP Industrial-to-Grid Domain Expert Working Group and member of the OPC Foundation Technical Advisory Council. Dave is also a member emeritus of the GridWise Architecture Council (GWAC). He is a Registered Professional Engineer (PE) (DE/MD), Project Management Institute Project Management Professional (PMP), and an IEEE Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP).


Michael Hyland

Senior Vice President of Engineering Services

American Public Power Association (APPA)

Michael Hyland is the Senior Vice President of Engineering Services at American Public Power Association. Mr. Hyland is the APPA expert on issues related to transmission and distribution, safety, smart grid, system planning, industry standards, security, environmental, broadband, and energy services. His department is the home of APPA's Demonstration of Energy Efficiency Developments (DEED) research and development program, the annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference, the Public Power Lineworkers’ Rodeo, and the Reliable Public Power Provider designation program (RP3). Mr. Hyland is a registered professional engineer, is currently chair of the National Electrical Safety Code.  


Erfan Ibrahim

Chief Scientist and Strategic Innovations Director

GridSTAR Center

Erfan Irbahim is a well-known engineer, speaker, and executive who is widely recognized as a smart energy thought leader. He has over 26 years of experience in the Energy, Telecommunications and Software industries with specialties in demand response, home area networks, dynamic pricing, smart networks, cyber security, standards development, product management, business development, and entrepreneurship. Today Erfan serves as the Principal Consultant for the Energy Sector Practice at Scitor Corporation building their energy sector practice and developing an educational program for workforce development for the utility sector; and as the Chief Scientist and Strategic Innovations Director for the GridSTAR project at Pennsylvania State University.  


Lisa Kaiser

Control Systems Security Program Director

Department of Homeland Security

Lisa Kaiser is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Control Systems Security Program Director of Strategic Planning, where she plays a leading role in developing the strategic direction for reducing control systems cybersecurity risk. This presently includes projects such as the Control Systems Evaluation Tool (CSET), Industrial Control Systems – Cybersecurity Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT), the Catalog of Control Systems Security: Recommendations for Standards Developers, and Control Systems Cybersecurity Roadmaps, Standards and Metrics. As a Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council (CIPAC) Compliance Liaison Officer (CLO) she is the DHS liaison to the Industrial Control Systems Joint Working Group (ICSJWG) Roadmap Subgroup. Ms. Kaiser is also engaged in key strategic teams such as the Department of Energy’s Risk Management Process Initiative, the American Water Works Association Cyber Security Action Plan, and the National Board of Information Security Examiners (NBISE), and the NIST Federal Computer Security Program Manager’s Forum.


Mark Knight

Executive Consultant, Utility Solutions


Mark Knight is an Executive Consultant in CGI’s Utility Solutions practice and a graduate of Imperial College, London. He is an experienced consultant with deep experience of utility companies including distribution, transmission, metering, systems integration, deregulation, interoperability, asset management, and risk management. Mr. Knight is also the Chairman of the GridWise Architecture Council (GWAC), a group formed by the U.S. Department of Energy to promote and enable interoperability among the many entities that interact with the nation's electric power system. GWAC members are recognized and respected practitioners and leaders with broad-based knowledge and expertise in power systems, information technology, telecommunications, markets and financial systems, buildings, industrial controls, security, and other related sectors. Mr. Knight is also Chair of the Institute of Asset Management’s SSG for Reliability Engineering and Root Cause Analysis.


Craig Lewis

Founder and Executive Director

Clean Coalition

Craig Lewis is Founder and Executive Director of the Clean Coalition. He has over 20 years of experience in the renewables, wireless, semiconductor, and banking industries. Previously VP of Government Relations at GreenVolts, a solar technology company, Craig was the first to successfully navigate a solar project through California's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) solicitation process. He was also the energy policy lead on Steve Westly's 2006 California gubernatorial campaign, and his resume includes senior government relations, corporate development, and marketing positions at leading wireless, semiconductor, and banking companies; including Qualcomm, Ericsson, and Barclays Bank.


Ralph Mackiewicz

Vice President, Business Development


Ralph Mackiewicz is the Vice President of Business Development at SISCO, Inc. Ralph oversees all sales and customer operations, as well as marketing and strategic partnerships. Since joining SISCO in 1985, Ralph has been responsible for creating and expanding SISCO’s strategic growth within the electric utilities industry.  He has also been instrumental in developing solutions that address real-time communications and integration requirements. He is an active participant in various standards committees and regularly presents tutorials, papers, and seminars on significant industry topics.


John McDonald

Director of Technical Strategy and Policy Development

GE Energy Management - Digital Energy

John D. McDonald, P.E., is Director, Technical Strategy and Policy Development for GE Energy – Digital Energy. In his 39 years of experience in the electric utility industry, John has developed power application software for both Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)/Energy Management System (EMS) and SCADA/Distribution Management System (DMS) applications, developed distribution automation and load management systems, managed SCADA/EMS and SCADA/DMS projects, and assisted Intelligent Electronic Device (IED) suppliers in the automation of their IEDs. John was elected to the Board of Governors of the IEEE-SA (Standards Association) for 2010-2011, focusing on long term IEEE Smart Grid standards global strategy.


Harvey Michaels

Professor and Director of Energy Efficiency Strategy Project

Masschusetts Institute of Technology

Harvey Michaels is a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Director of MIT’s Energy Efficiency Strategy Project.  As a professor, he teaches energy efficiency with focus on strategy innovation. The MIT Energy Efficiency Strategy Project includes business/policy studies of utility, community, and smart grid-enabled efficiency deployment models. He is affiliated with the MIT Programs in Environmental Policy and Planning, as well as Housing, Communities, and Economic Development. Harvey also participates in the MIT Energy Initiative and the Campus Energy Task Force. 


Craig Miller

Chief Scientist

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)

Craig Miller is the Chief Scientist at NRECA and has 30 years of very diverse experience in the development and commercialization of advanced technology. His work in energy began with the National Energy Plan, including extensive work on energy systems in developing countries, and continues with his management of a $68 million smart grid technology project spanning 10 states. He has deep experience with environmental technology, ranging from the development of emissions monitoring equipment to the intense cultivation of algae for CO2 capture. As with any modern engineering, much of his work addressed the software side of the technology. In 1997, he was awarded a gold medal by the Smithsonian Institution for “heroic achievement in the advancement of information technology.” He has served as the chief technical officer of several companies, both publicly traded and private, and as chief scientist of  a multi-billion dollar integration firm. He is an accomplished inventor and entrepreneur, with experience in several successful start-ups.


Michael Peck


MAPA Group

Michael Peck is the founder of MAPA Inc., a strategic and creative business development consulting practice operating with offices in Washington DC, Northern Virginia, Atlanta, Georgia, Madrid and Barcelona. Michael has over 30 years of energy policy, technology business development, strategic and sustainable economic development, environmental market based solutions, information technology, and related transatlantic geopolitical policy experience. His principal expertise lies in identifying and building next horizon, converging markets and relationships, innovating and brokering new technology applications from academia or the laboratory to the marketplace, and solving public and private sector next growth stage challenges requiring collaborative technology solutions and partnerships. 


David Riley

Associate Professor

Pennsylvania State University

David Riley is a faculty member in the Department of Architectural Engineering at Penn State, and a Senior Resident Scholar at Penn State’s Sustainability Institute. Using his expertise in the fields of sustainable building design and construction, integrative design, solar energy system, and smart grid systems integration, David focuses on the integration and application of commercialization, workforce development, and education programs. Currently, he is the Principal Investigator and Director of the GridSTAR Smart Grid Experience Center located within The Navy Yard campus in Philadelphia. 

ImageChristopher Villarreal

Senior Regulatory Analyst

California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) & National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC)

Chris Villarreal is a Senior Regulatory Analyst in PPD. He joined the CPUC in 2006, and has been involved in a number of issues including demand response, dynamic pricing, energy storage, and Smart Grid. Since 2008, he has been actively involved in the CPUC's Smart Grid proceeding, including data access, cyber-security, and privacy issues. Prior to joining the CPUC, he was a paralegal in Washington, D.C., primarily focused on energy matters before FERC.


Kenneth Wacks

Founding Member, Smart Grid Interoperability Panel, Inc. (SGIP) 

Member, GridWise Architecture Council, U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. Kenneth Wacks has been a pioneer in establishing the home systems industry and a management advisor to more than 150 clients worldwide. His business spans home and building systems, utility customer services, and digital entertainment networks (including HDTV and IPTV).

Corporate managers depend on Dr. Wacks to identify business opportunities in emerging markets with clear and practical advice relevant for technology choices, product development, and market positioning. He also provides due-diligence for investors and expert witness services for litigants.

Dr. Wacks was appointed by the U.S. Department of Energy to the 13- member GridWise Architecture Council to develop smart grid strategies for reliable and efficient distribution of electricity.

He chairs the international committee (ISO/IEC) establishing world standards for home and building automation.(P) Dr. Wacks received his Ph.D. from MIT as a Hertz Fellow and studied at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Please visit for more information.


Daniel Walter

Vice President & COO

National Electrical Contractors Association

Dan Walter is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the National Electrical Contractors Association. NECA is the voice of the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light, and communication technology to buildings and communities across the U.S. He supervises numerous program areas, including standards and safety, communications, marketing, government affairs, education, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine, the NECA Convention and Trade Show and the NECA Safety Professionals Conference. He also serves on the Board of Directors of ESFI, The Electrical Safety Foundation International.



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