AGI DAY 2024

August 28th on the WSU Tri-Cities campus in Richland, Washington


When: August 28 (9:00 am to 6:30pm PDT)

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

Register now: Advanced Grid Institute (AGI) (

View previous AGI Days Here:
AGI Day 2023
AGI Day 2022

8:30-9:00 amRegistration/Breakfast
9:00-9:45 amWelcome AGI Industry Day 2024
AGI Industry Day 2024 Welcome & Agenda ReviewWei Du (PNNL), Anamika Dubey (WSU), AGI Co-Directors
Welcome and PNNL’s perspective on Joint InstituteJud Virden -Associate Laboratory Director, Energy and Environment (PNNL)
WSU Leadership activities in energy areaJonathan Male – Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research and Director of National Laboratory Partnerships (WSU)

Sandra Haynes – Chancellor, WSU Tri-Cities
9:45-10:15 amKeynote Presentation Mike Miller – Vice President, Transmission Engineering and Technical Services, Bonneville Power Administration (BPA)
10:15-10:30 amNSF Engines Development Award: Inland Northwest CenTer for ENergy and DecarbonizaTion (INTENT)John Gibson – Avista Innovation Lab Director and Chief R&D Engineer (AVISTA)
10:30-11:00 amAGI strategic plan presentation
-Strategic area of research focus
-New faculty introductions
-Summarize existing projects
Anamika Dubey & Wei Du (AGI Co-Directors)
11:00 am – 12:00 pmPNNL/WSU Grid Research Portfolio OverviewKevin Schneider – Office of Electricity Subsector Manager (PNNL)

David Judi – Director of Earth Systems Science Division (PNNL)

Noel Schulz – Director, WSU Tri-Cities’ Institute for Northwest Energy Futures

Mani V. Venkatasubramanian – Director, Energy Systems Innovation Center (ESIC)
12:00 – 1:00 pmLunch with Networking Tables
1:00-2:00 pmPNNL/WSU Research Highlights
Natalie Voisin – Chief Scientist, Earth Systems Predictability Group, PNNL (Grid Operations, Decarbonization, Environmental and Energy Equity Platform (GODEEEP))

Jerry Cochran – Deputy Chief Information Officer and Division Director, PNNL (Resilience Through Data-Driven, Intelligently Designed Control (RD2C) Initiative)

Anamika Dubey – Huie-Rogers Endowed Chair Associate Professor and AGI Co-Director (Grid-edge Modeling and Coordination to support Decarbonization and Resilience)

Saeed Lotfifard – Associate Professor, EECS, WSU (Protection, Stability and Control with IBR-dominated power grid)
2:15 – 3:15 pm Roundtable Panel: Industry R&D Priorities: Brief presentation and round table discussionsModerator: Peter Christensen, Industry Engagement Advisor, PNNL
Larry Bekkedahl (Senior VP, Advanced Energy Delivery, Portland General Electric)
Nicole Rutherford (Chief Technology Innovation and Strategy Officer, Bonneville Power Administration),
Eleanor Ewry (Manager, Transmission Strategy and Markets, Puget Sound Energy)
John Gibson (Avista Innovation Lab Director and Chief R&D Engineer, Avista)
Uzma Siddiqi (Sr. Manager, Grid Modernization and Strategic Tech, Seattle City Light)
Rich Wallen (General Manager, Chief Executive Officer, Grant County PUD)
Greg Zweigle, (Chief Technology Officer, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories)
3:15-3:30 pmAfternoon Break
3:30- 4:30 pmEmerging R&D Directions in Grid Research Wei Du, Solar Subsector Manager and Interim AGI Co-director PNNL (Power Electronics R&D at PNNL)
Jason Fuller, Principal Research Engineer, PNNL (Grid Center for Reliable Electricity Decarbonization (GridCRED))
Assefaw Gebremedhin, Associate Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, WSU (Grid analytics + cybersecurity)
Alan Love, Professor, School of Economic Sciences (energy economics)
Ji Yun Lee, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, WSU (Resilience + community + grid)
4:30 – 5:00 pmOpen Discussions and Wrap-Up
5:30 – 6:30 pmReceptionWSU Tri-Cities Wine Center

After the wrap-up session ends at 5:00pm, AGI will be hosting a reception at WSU’s Wine Science Center from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. The Wine Science 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.

Wei Du – Interim Co-Director (AGI)

Anamika Dubey – Co-Director (AGI)

Jud Virden – Associate Laboratory Director, Energy and Environment

Jonathan Male – Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research and Director of National Laboratory Partnerships

Noel Schulz – Inaugural Director, Institute for Northwest Energy Futures

Kevin Schneider – Lab Fellow, Electrical Engineer

David Judi – Director, Earth Systems Science

Mani Venkatasubramanian – Energy Systems Innovation Center

Nathalie Voisin – Earth Scientist

Jerry Cochran – Deputy Chief Information Officer, Division Director, Cybersecurity & DigitalOps

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.

Parking is free for the event.

Session recordings will be available following the event

Courtyard Richland Columbia Point:  480 Columbia Point Dr, Richland, WA 99352 • 509-942-9400

TownePlace Suites: 591 Columbia Point Dr., Richland, WA 99352 • 509-943-9800

The Lodge at Columbia Point: 530 Columbia Point Dr, Richland, WA 99352 • (509) 713-7423

Holiday Inn Express:  1970 Center Pkwy, Richland, WA 99352 • (509) 737-8000