AGI DAY 2022

Session Information

AGI Industry Day will bring together colleagues from state and federal agencies, utilities, industry, national laboratories, and academic, for a day of lively panel discussions and presentations. We’ll be discussing opportunities for the Pacific Northwest to leverage the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to make advances towards meeting clean energy goals.

This event is free, and open to everyone.

When: August 31 (9:30 am to 3:30pm PDT)

Where: Washington State University Tri-Cities (2700 Crimson Way Richland WA 99354) and virtually (Zoom)


Thank you to every one who attended the conference this year. The discussions that came from AGI Day were insightful and contributed to a deeper understanding of the challenges and triumphs our field faces.

If you missed the conference, (or want to reexperience it) scroll to the bottom of this page to see recordings of each session.

8:30-9:30 amRegistration & Continental Breakfast Networking
9:30-10:15 am Welcome Session 
Welcome AGI Industry Day 2022 
Jeff Dagle & Noel Schulz, AGI Co-Directors 
Welcome to WSU Tri-Cities Sandra Haynes, Chancellor, WSU Tri-Cities
WSU’s Perspective on Joint Institutes Chris Keane, WSU Vice President for Research
Welcome from PNNLSteve Ashby, Director, PNNL
PNNL’s Perspective on Joint InstitutesTony Peurrung, Deputy Director for Science
and Technology, PNNL
Role of AGI supporting electricity infrastructure objectives Carl Imhoff, Manager, Electric Infrastructure Market, PNNL
10:15-11:00 amCommissioners Keynote Panel 

David Danner – Chair, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission 

Ann Rendahl – Commissioner, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission 

Megan Decker – Chair, Oregon Public Utilities Commission  
11:00-11:15 am Morning Break 
11:15 am-12:15 pm WA Clean Energy Projects Panel 
Moderator: Michael Furze – Assistant Director, Washington State Department of Commerce 

Jared Knode – Energy and Professional Services Manager, Energy Northwest 

Armando Berdiel  – Technical Development and Project Manager for Building Electrification team, Seattle City Light 

Robert Smallwood – System Engineer, OPALCO 

Bryce Eschenbacher  – Senior Electric Transportation Engineer, Avista  
12:15 – 1:15 pm Lunch with Networking Tables and  AGI Research Posters 
1:15-2:45 pm Additional Industry Projects & Perspectives Panel 

John Gibson – Chief R&D Engineer, Avista 

Jess Kincaid – Director of Technology Innovation, Bonneville Power Administration 

Scott Corwin – Executive Director, Northwest Public Power Association 

Larry Bekkedahl – Senior Vice President, Portland General Electric 

Nick Peretti – Substation electrical engineer, Snohomish County PUD 

Gregary C. Zweigle – Fellow Engineer, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories 
2:45-3:00 pm Afternoon Break 
3:00-3:15 pm Challenges facing the PNW energy infrastructure  
Jeff Dagle – Chief Electrical Engineering, PNNL and AGI Co-Director 
3:15-3:30 pm Open Discussion, Wrap Up & Next Steps 
Moderators: Jeff Dagle and Noel Schulz
4:00-5:30 p.m.Reception & Tours WSU Wine Science Center, 59 University Drive, Richland, WA 99354 

Wine Science Center Entry

After the primary session, AGI will host a reception at the state of the art WSU Wine Science Center from 4pm to 5:30pm. The center is located at 59 University Drive, Richland, WA 99354

About the Wine Science Center

Built in a sagebrush landscape along the mighty Columbia River in the heart of Washington wine country, the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center is a hub for innovation, education, and collaboration.

The state-of-the-art Wine Science Center was developed in close partnership with the wine industry. This teaching, research, and extension facility is among the most technologically advanced wine research and education facilities of its kind in the world, transforming the Washington wine industry with cutting-edge science in the tradition of its forefathers, Dr.Walter Clore and Dr. Charles Nagel. Learn more about the location on its website.

David Danner — Chair

Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission 

Gov. Jay Inslee appointed David Danner chair of the Utilities and Transportation Commission in February 2013 and re-appointed him to a second term in December 2018. 

Danner had been the agency’s executive director since 2005 and secretary since 2008. Before that, he served as executive policy advisor to Washington Gov. Gary Locke on energy, telecommunications, finance and elections issues. In 2004, Gov. Locke named Danner to the state Pollution Control Hearings Board and Shoreline Hearings Board, where he served before moving to the commission. 

Danner has also been a telecommunications attorney in private practice, counsel to the Washington Senate Energy and Utilities Committee, and senior policy advisor at the Washington State Department of Information Services.  

Danner serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), and the National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI). He is Chair of the International Consortium of Energy Regulators, and a member of the State Technology Services Board and the Executive Council of the National Council on Energy Policy. He also serves on advisory boards of the Critical Consumer Issues Forum and the Center for Public Utilities at the New Mexico State University College of Business. 

Danner has a B.A. from Columbia University, an M.A. in communications from the University of Washington, and a law degree from George Washington University. 

Megan Decker — Chair

Oregon Public Utility Commission

Megan Decker was appointed to the Oregon Public Utility Commission by Governor Kate Brown in April 2017 and was promoted to Commission Chair in May 2018. Chair Decker represents Oregon as Co-Chair of the Committee on Regional Electric Power Cooperation (CREPC), as well as a member of the Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body (WIRAB) and the Enrolled Parties and States Committee of NorthernGrid, a regional transmission planning organization. She also previously served as Co-Vice Chair of the Energy Resources and the Environment Committee for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC).

Prior to her appointment, Chair Decker was an Assistant General Counsel with the Port of Portland. She developed expertise in energy policy and regulation as Chief Counsel for Renewable Northwest, where she managed utility commission advocacy in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana and served as Board Chair of the NW Energy Coalition. Chair Decker’s legal experience also includes private practice in land use and a clerkship with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Chair Decker earned her law degree from the University of Washington, where she graduated with high honors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stanford University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, earned honors in Latin American Studies, and received the Firestone Medal for Excellence in Research.

Ann Rendahl — Commissioner

Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission 

Ann Rendahl was first appointed to serve as a commissioner of the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission by Gov. Inslee in December 2014 for a six-year term ending Jan. 1, 2021. Ann has been reappointed and confirmed to a second six-year term ending Jan. 1, 2027.

Ann is a member of the Committee on Electricity and Critical Infrastructure Committee, prior chair of the Committee on Electricity, a member of the Executive Committee, and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, or NARUC.

Ann serves as a member of the Body of State Regulators for the California ISO’s Energy Imbalance Market. Ann has been appointed to serve as a member of the Electric Power Research Institute’s Advisory Council through August 2022 and has been appointed to serve on the Advisory Council of the Center for Public Utilities at New Mexico State University.

Ann previously served as the Director of Policy and Legislation for the UTC. Prior to leading the UTC’s Policy and Legislative Affairs Section, she served as the Director of the Administrative Law Division, as an administrative law judge for the UTC, and as an assistant attorney general representing the Utilities and Transportation Division.

Ann is a graduate of Wellesley College and received a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her law degree from Hastings College of the Law, University of California, San Francisco.

Michael Furze — Assistant Director

Washington State Department of Commerce

Michael Furze is an Assistant Director at the Washington State Department of Commerce where he leads the State Energy Office. The Office catalyzes the transition to a clean and just energy future through policy leadership, investing in leading edge clean technologies, planning & responding to energy emergencies and expanding access to clean energy and environmental justice. Their work strengthens communities so that the people of Washington thrive in a clean, affordable and just energy economy.

He currently serves on the Board of the National Association of State Energy Officials and co-chairs the NASEO equity committee. Michael holds a Master’s Degree in Community and Regional Planning and a graduate certificate in Town Design from the University of New Mexico.

He waits patiently for the sun to emerge from behind the rain and clouds of the Pacific Northwest.

Armando Berdiel — Technical Development and Project Manager for the Building Electrification team

Seattle City Light

Armando Berdiel is the Technical Development and Project Manager for the Building Electrification team at Seattle City Light. Previously working on promoting efficiency lighting projects through education and awareness, he is focusing now on identifying electrification emerging technology and best practices to develop and deliver on the team’s training curriculum as well as formalizing relationships with industry actors. Additionally, Armando plans in-person or virtual demonstrations, develops technical resources, conducts research, and catalyzes market transformation by engaging and converging trade allies, design allies, and end users.

From San Juan, Puerto Rico, Armando came to the United States where he received a B.S. in Computer Science and Business from Lehigh University then a Masters in Engineering Management from Penn State University. He began career in the lighting industry as a Systems Support Engineer for a lighting controls manufacturer, then transitioning to a lead Commercial Inside Sales role working with market partners across the nation and internationally. Armando later worked for a market partner of the manufacturer in the Northeast retrofit market, and has since been promoting efficiency and electrification transformation throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Bryce Eschenbacher — Senior Electric Transportation Engineer


Bryce is the senior electric transportation engineer at Avista, focusing on designing and managing the construction of Avista’s DC Fast charging station network. In addition, he works with commercial customers who want to electrify their fleet and is leading the work to develop residential EV customer load profiles using AMI data. In general, he is a resource for any engineering work that needs to be done with the transportation electrification (TE) team. Bryce started his career at Avista as an energy efficiency engineer, spending eleven years helping customers reduce their electric and gas usage through a wide range of efficiency projects. His experience working with customers has been a great asset to the TE team as he works with potential site hosts for DC stations and fleet conversions. When he is not working to electrify the transportation sector you can find him at home with; his wife, four children, and menagerie of livestock or out in his wood shop.

Jared Knode — Energy and Professional Services Manager

Energy Northwest

Jared Knode is currently the Energy and Professional Services Manager at Energy Northwest.  In this role, Jared manages the development of professional services and energy projects and programs for the Energy Services and Development division.  Jared holds a BA in Business Management/Finance and completed the Caterpillar/Bradley University Executive Development Program.  Jared joined Energy Northwest seven years ago, bringing 17 years of private industry experience including operations, leadership development, Human Resources, consulting and logistics experience. 

Robert Smallwood — System Engineer


Currently the system engineer at Orcas Power and Light Cooperative. Previously worked at Vestas Americas (Engineering), POWER Engineers (Protection and Analytical Services), and Portland General Electric (Protection/Power Quality). Graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Electrical Engineering.

At Orcas Power and Light I work on system planning, protection, automation, SCADA, maintenance, and design.

Larry Bekkedahl — Senior Vice President

Portland General Electric

Larry Bekkedahl is responsible for advancing PGE’s strategy to build the grid of the future — one that is resilient, smart, and delivers a clean energy future.

He oversees PGE’s strategic system architecture and system upgrades, which will serve as the foundation for the smart grid of the future. This includes initiatives related to system integration and operations, smart cities, enabling distributed energy resources, energy storage, dispatchable standby generation, transmission system performance and market interfaces, as well as research and development.

Bekkedahl joined PGE in 2014 as vice president of Transmission & Distribution. He has more than three decades of leadership experience in the energy industry. Before joining PGE, he was senior vice president for transmission services at the Bonneville Power Administration and held leadership positions at Clark Public Utilities, PacifiCorp and Montana Power Company.

He has a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Montana State University and serves on the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Research Advisory Committee, the Stanford University Bits and Watts Advisory Council, the University of Akron Energy Advisory Committee, and the All Hands Raised board for Portland Public Schools Foundation

Scott Corwin — Executive Director

Northwest Public Power Association

Scott Corwin is Executive Director of the Northwest Public Power Association, which provides education, training, communications, government relations, and other value-added services to over 150 utility members in nine western states and British Columbia. Previously, he was the Executive Director of the Public Power Council (PPC) for twelve years, representing utility customers of the Bonneville Power Administration. Scott has also worked for PNGC Power, Portland General Electric, the Speaker’s Office of the Oregon House of Representatives, and in various positions with the United States Senate in Washington, D.C., including Legal Counsel to U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield and staff to the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee. He also worked for a law firm specializing in tax and pension legislation.

Scott graduated from Dartmouth College, has a law degree from the University of Washington and is a member of the Oregon Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar Association. He has served on numerous industry task forces relating to power supply, has been as an expert witness before Congress, and served on various charitable and community boards. He has also served on national advisory committees to the American Public Power Association and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

John Zachary Gibson — Director of Avista’s Innovation Lab and Chief Research & Development Engineer


John Zachary Gibson, P.E., is Director of Avista’s Innovation Lab and Chief Research & Development Engineer at Avista, and leads the team that develops grid products and services for Avista’s electric and natural gas customers.

With more than 25 years of experience in the electric utility industry, Gibson is currently leading the development of a shared energy model called an eco-district, which uses a centralized plant to supply energy to multiple buildings in an area referred to as the “five smartest blocks” in Spokane, Wash. This innovative model could transform how the electric grid of the future operates and help reinvent the utility business model.

Gibson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical (BSEE) and civil engineering (BSCE), plus a Masters in Engineering Management. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Washington.

Jess Kincaid — Director of Technology Innovation

Bonneville Power Administration

Jess Kincaid is the Director of Technology Innovation for Bonneville Power Administration where she leads the agency’s hub for research, development, and demonstration efforts for utility and clean energy technologies. Jess has worked in the energy sector in the Northwest for more than two decades in roles spanning law, policy, advocacy, operations, and hands-on technology installation. Jess has a Juris Doctor with a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis and Clark Law School as well as degrees in Political Science and Energy Management. She is an Association of Energy Engineers Certified Energy Manager and a Member of the Oregon State Bar.

Nick Peretti — Substation electrical engineer

Snohomish County PUD
Nick Peretti – Substation electrical engineer for Snohomish County PUD from Central Washington University. Responsible for O&M project management for ~100 25-50 MW Substations. Special Projects/Responsibilities include: PRC-005 Battery Compliance, Substation inspections/maintenance/end-of-life, Energy Storage: Lithium Ion & Vanadium Flow, Arlington Microgrid (Solar + V2G + Lithium-ion Storage and Seamless transition islanding). Background in maintenance program development for critical electrical assets.

Gregary C. Zweigle — Fellow Engineer

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc

Gregary C. Zweigle is a fellow engineer at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. and leads a research team to develop wide-area power system analysis and control solutions. He holds a PhD in electrical engineering and computer science, a master’s degree in (physical) chemistry, and a master’s degree in electrical engineering; all from Washington State University. Greg also holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Northwest Nazarene University.

Jeff Dagle— Co-Director (AGI)

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

Jeff Dagle has worked at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland Washington, operated by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), since 1989. During that time has had led numerous projects in the areas of transmission reliability and security. Recent project highlights include leading the North American SynchroPhasor Initiative (NASPI) and serving on the leadership team of the DOE Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium, leading the multi-laboratory system operations and control technical area. In 2018 Mr. Dagle was named co-director of the Advanced Grid Institute, a joint institute with Washington State University Other career accomplishments include leading the data requests and management task for the U.S.-Canada Power System Outage Task Force investigation of the August 14, 2003 blackout, supporting the DOE Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration Division with on-site assessments in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, leading the team providing cyber security reviews for the DOE Smart Grid Investment Grants and Smart Grid Demonstration Protections associated with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and serving as a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) study group that was formed in 2010 to establish critical infrastructure resilience goals. In 2014 Mr. Dagle was invited to serve on a National Academies of Science and Engineering committee to provide recommendations for the analytical research foundations for the next generation electric grid. In 2016 he was invited to serve on another National Academy committee focused on enhancing the resilience of the Nation’s electricity system. And in 2019 he was invited to serve on a third National Academies study committee on the future of electric power in the United States. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a member of National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). He currently serves as the vice president for the eastern region of the Washington Society of Professional Engineers (WSPE). He received the 2001 Tri-City Engineer of the Year award by the WSPE, a Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Award in 2007, and two R&D 100 Awards: in 2008 for the Grid Friendly™ Appliance Controller technology, and in 2018 for the Dynamic Contingency Analysis Tool. He holds several patents. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University in 1989 and 1994, respectively, and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Washington.

Noel Schulz — Co-Director (AGI)

Washington State University

Noel received her B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. degrees from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA. She is currently the Edmund O. Schweitzer III Chair of power apparatus and systems with the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA. Since February 2020, she has been the Chief Scientist with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), is in joint appointment as part of the PNNL/WSU Advanced Grid Institute (AGI). In July 2021, she became the Co-Director of AGI. She has been active for more than 27 years in teaching, research and service with six U.S. universities. Her research interests include computer applications in power system planning and operations including AI techniques. She is active in the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) and served as the IEEE PES President in 2012 and 2013. She was the recipient of the IEEE/PES Walter Fee Outstanding Young Power Engineer Award and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award. She is a Fellow of IEEE and ASEE.

Sandra Haynes — Chancellor

Washington State University Tri-Cities

Dr. Sandra Haynes is the 7th Chancellor of Washington State University Tri-Cities and brings more than20 years of successful, high-level administrative experience, stemming from leadership at both a doctoral-granting university with very high research activities (R1)and a regional comprehensive institution offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Dr. Haynes holds a faculty appointment as a professor in the Department of Psychology.Asa first-generation student, she recognizes the transformative power of higher education and its ability to be a true equalizer for individuals, regardless of life circumstances.

Dr. Haynes maintains a clear focus on excellence in academics, exceptional student support, and service to the community and industry, which in-turn enhances diversity, equity, and inclusion. She uses innovative, data-driven strategies to best fulfill the campus’ land-grant mission to serve regional industry needs through excellent education, research, and service.

Prior to her role as Chancellor ofWSU Tri-Cities, she served 17 years at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, including as Deputy Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College of Professional Studies.Through her service at both WSU Tri-Cities and MSU Denver, she has overseen the design and construction of three academic buildings and developed public/private partnerships to support regional development and growth

Chris Keane — Vice President for Research

Washington State University

Christopher Keane is Vice President for Research and Professor of Physics at Washington State University. He received B.S. degrees in Physics and Engineering from the University of Rochester in 1980, and his Ph.D in astrophysics from Princeton University in 1986. Dr. Keane then worked a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) from 1986 to 1996, performing computational and experimental research in inertial confinement fusion and high energy density physics. He joined the Department of Energy in 1996, eventually serving as Assistant Deputy Administrator for Inertial Fusion and the National IgnitionFacility (NIF) Project within the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA),and a member of the Senior Executive Service. Dr. Keane rejoined LLNL in 2007and served as the Director of the NIF User Office from 2009 through 2014. He joined WSU in July 2014, where he has worked with colleagues to develop additional research opportunities for WSU faculty and staff, improve the University’s research infrastructure, and bring WSU innovations to the marketplace.

Dr. Keane is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and a member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences and the American Physical Society. He is the recipient of the NNSA Silver Medal, the Defense Programs Award of Excellence, and the Fusion Power AssociatesSpecial Award. He serves on a number of national and international governing boards and advisory committees, and served as Chair of the APLU Council onResearch (COR) from July 2020-November 2021.

Steve Ashby — Director

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

Dr. Steven Ashby is Director of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), where he sets PNNL’s strategic direction and oversees it’s ~$1.5 billion R&D budget. Under his leadership, PNNL’s 5,300 talented staff members are advancing the frontiers of science, delivering technological innovations and driving solutions to market. As the nation’s premier chemistry, earth sciences, biology, and data science laboratory, PNNL is addressing the most pressing challenges in sustainable energy and national security. In particular, the Laboratory is providing national leadership in energy electrification and storage, and in nuclear materials and threat analysis – all for the purpose of keeping the U.S. safe, secure and prosperous.

Dr. Ashby previously served as PNNL’s Deputy Director for Science and Technology and was responsible for integrating PNNL’s science and technology capabilities to meet national needs. Toward that goal, he led institutional strategic planning activities, stewarded an $80M discretionary research portfolio, and promoted Laboratory-wide efforts to elevate PNNL’s standing in the broader scientific community. He also oversaw the Laboratory’s technology commercialization, government relations, and research integrity functions. He served as a member of DOE’s Laboratory Operations Board and was past chair of the DOE National Laboratory Chief Research Officers Working Group, which advises the National Laboratory Director’s Council on scientific and programmatic issues.

Before joining PNNL in 2008, Dr. Ashby spent nearly 21 years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), ultimately serving as Deputy Principal Associate Director for Science and Technology. He previously oversaw the activities of the 500-person Computing Applications and Research Department. Dr. Ashby was the founding director of LLNL’s Center for Applied Scientific Computing, which was established in 1996 and has since matured into one of the world’s premier scientific computing research organizations.

Dr. Ashby is widely recognized as a leader in computational science and has worked to advance it as a discipline throughout his career. His research focused on computational mathematics and scalable numerical algorithms; he is considered an expert in polynomial iterative methods and adaptive preconditioning techniques for large sparse linear systems. He has published numerous papers, and he has worked in a variety of areas, including large-scale scientific simulation (with application to electromagnetics and subsurface flow and transport), numerical linear algebra, massively parallel computing, and applied computer and data sciences. He remains active in the computational science community, including participation in the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

Dr. Ashby is a Fellow of Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and the American Association for the Advancement of Science; member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences; Commissioner for the Council on Competitiveness; and serves on advisory committee for local and state organization, including the Washington Roundtable.

He holds a B.S. in Mathematics/Computer Science from the University of Santa Clara. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Tony Peurrung — Deputy Director, Science and Technology

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)\

In his current position as Deputy Director for Science and Technology, Dr. Peurrung is responsible for stewarding PNNL’s science and technology capabilities to address critical challenges in science, energy, the environment, and national security. He also manages PNNL’s institutional science and technology investments and technology commercialization activities.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Peurrung served for more than a decade as associate laboratory director of the National Security Directorate, overseeing the portfolio of national security programs and research at PNNL. Under his leadership, PNNL delivered scientific insights, tools, and methods to deploy impactful science and technology to clients in the Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, and the National Nuclear Security Administration.

Dr. Peurrung has contributed to a variety of fields within fundamental and applied physics including fluid mechanics, plasma physics, medical physics, separations science, environmental remediation, nuclear physics, and radiation detection methods and applications.

At PNNL since 1994, he has served as the director of the Physical and Chemical Division, technical group manager in the Radiological and Chemical Sciences Group, and prior to that held positions of staff scientist and senior research scientist. He managed an internal capability-building investment, “Radiation Detection Material Discovery” which held the goal of improving the understanding of radiation detection material performance to enable the discovery of new and improved materials. He also held leadership positions in both the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Radiation Detection Panel and the DHS radiological and nuclear countermeasures program.

Dr. Peurrung holds four patents and has been an invited speaker at 15 conferences. He has 45 publications, has authored or coauthored 23 DOE reports, and holds memberships and leadership roles in many prestigious organizations. He was awarded a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1992 and received a B.S. in electrical engineering from Rice University in 1987.

Carl Imhoff — Manager, Electric Infrastructure Market

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

Mr. Imhoff manages the Electric Infrastructure research program at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. PNNL conducts fundamental and applied research as well as product development with the U.S. Department of Energy, other federal agencies and state governments. Responsible for PNNL’s research and development programs on innovations in the areas of advanced power transmission and distribution reliability concepts, demand response, integration concepts for distributed energy resources, all scales of clean energy supply, physical and cyber security of electric systems, policy and strategy for smart grid concepts, and cross-cutting grid analytic tools in visualization and high performance computing. Mr. Imhoff is the Laboratory Chair for the DOE Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium. This Consortium integrates national laboratories in support of the DOE Grid Modernization Initiative.

Planning Your Trip

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The area has many hotels ranging in price and amenities see the full list here. The following list of hotels are near the event

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The primary session will be in the building marked “EAST” on the map. The reception will be in Wine Science Center marked “WSC” on the map.

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