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[edit] Initiative Lead

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Henry Huang, Ph.D.
Zhenyu (Henry) Huang, (M'01 SM'05 IEEE) received his B. Eng. from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, and Ph.D. degree from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1994 and 1999, respectively. From 1998 to 2002, he conducted extensive research at McGill University (Canada), the University of Alberta (Canada), and the University of Hong Kong. He is currently a Staff Engineer with the Energy and Environment Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington, USA. Dr. Huang has over 90 peer-reviewed publications. His research interests include high performance computing, phasor technology, and power system stability and simulation. Dr. Huang is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and active in several IEEE Power and Energy Society technical committees, serving as the Technical Committee Program Chair for the Power System Dynamic Performance Committee and the Chair of the Task Force on High Performance Computing for Power Grid Applications of IEEE Power and Energy Society. He led the Richland Chapter to win the 2007 IEEE PES Outstanding Small Chapter Award. He is recipient of the 2008 Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Ronald L. Brodzinski's Award for Early Career Exceptional Achievement and the 2009 IEEE Power and Energy Society Outstanding Young Engineer Award. Dr. Huang is a registered Professional Engineer in Washington State.


[edit] Initiative Co-Lead

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Jeff Dagle, P.E.
Mr. Jeff Dagle has worked at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory since 1989 and currently manages several projects in the areas of transmission reliability and security, including the North American Synchro Phasor Initiative (NASPI). He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a member of the International Society of Automation (ISA) and National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Washington. He received the 2001 Tri-City Engineer of the Year award by the Washington Society of Professional Engineers, led the data requests and management task for the U.S.-Canada Power System Outage Task Force investigation of the August 14, 2003 blackout, supported the Department of Energy (DOE) Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration Division with on-site assessments in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina in the fall of 2005, and is the recipient of two patents, a Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Award in 2007, and an R&D 100 Award in 2008 for the Grid Friendly™ Appliance Controller technology. Mr. Dagle was a member of a National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) study group formed in 2010 to establish critical infrastructure resilience goals. He received a B.S. and M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University in 1989 and 1994, respectively.


[edit] Focus Area One - Networking & Data Management

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Bora Akyol, Ph.D.
Bora Akyol holds M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University in Electrical Engineering in the area of Wireless Networking. Before joining PNNL, he was a technical leader at Cisco Systems in San Jose. His work at Cisco included service blades for the Catalyst 6500 series switches, 1250 and 1140 series 802.11n access points, IKE and IPSEC protocols as well as the next generation identity-based networking products. Bora has published 2 IETF RFCs, holds over 10 patents in the areas of wireless and Ethernet networks, congestion control and software engineering, and has been active in both IETF and IEEE. He is a veteran of three start-ups in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Harold Kirkham, Ph.D
Harold Kirkham received the BSc degree and the MSc degree from the University of Aston, Birmingham, U.K. He received the PhD degree from Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. Before his PhD he worked for the Midlands Electricity Board, a distribution utility in England, and for the Edison Electric Institute at their HVdc research facility in Philadelphia. After his PhD he was with American Electric Power, in New York and then at their UHV station in Indiana. He was at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, CA, from 1979 until 2009, in a variety of positions. For several years he managed a DOE-funded project on communications and control in the electric power system. Later he was manager of the NEPTUNE power project, aimed at delivering power via MV cable (10 kV) to science locations on the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate. In 2009 he left JPL and moved to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, to pursue work on sustainable energy and the smart grid. His research interests include both power and measurements. Dr. Kirkham is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of IEEE Power and Energy Society, Instrumentation and Measurements Society, Dielectrics and Electric Insulation Society, Communications Society and the Oceanic Engineering Society. Within PES he is Past-Chair of the Instrumentation and Measure¬ments Committee, and Chair of that committee’s working group on sensors for the smart grid.


[edit] Focus Area Two - Modeling Simulation and Analysis

David Callahan
David Callahan, Ph.D.
David joins PNNL from Microsoft, where he had a distinguished career in technical leadership developing programming abstractions and tools for modern computing platforms. As part of the Visual Studio releases, David led adding multi-core and GPU support to their C++ product and .NET. His work also included product-team oversight of two multi-million dollar university centers funded jointly by Microsoft and Intel doing basic research to make parallel programming easier and more effective. Previously, David worked for Cray Inc. in Seattle, where he led all aspects of programming environment for the Tera MTA/Cray XMT computer system. At Cray, he was also responsible for the early design of the Chapel programming language and was co-PI for Cascade, DAPRA funded project to innovate in high-performance computing achieve significant advances in productivity. David has an extensive publishing record, issued two dozen patents and got his M.A. and Ph.D. in computer science from Rice University. David is the first researcher appointed to the new Northwest Institute for Advanced Computing with a joint appointment as Distinguished Faculty Fellow in the Computer Science and Engineering department of the University of Washington.

[edit] Focus Area Three - Visualization and Decision Support

Paul Whitney
Paul Whitney, Ph.D.
Dr. Paul Whitney is a Staff Scientist and Associate Division Director for Computational Mathematics at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. His research interests are modeling behavior of individuals and organizations; the analysis of data objects associated with the Internet content; and algorithm development for a variety of automatic text analyses. He has been a research scientist at PNNL since 1991. He has led the Computational Mathematics group since its formation in 2004. During this tenure – the group has grown from 6 to 25 researchers. In his research role, Dr. Whitney has developed information retrieval methods, exploratory analyses algorithms and software for these areas of interest, notably for image and text data. He has both led and contributed to the development of a variety of information visualization methods. His recent research focuses social and behavioral modeling. This research combines data analysis with models for organizations and individual behavior. Dr Whitney's involvement in this work includes managing projects, developing and implementing low-level algorithms for the characterization and analysis of graph data, leading projects to design transaction analysis tools, and designing/analyzing experiments to assess the effectiveness of the scenario analysis algorithms. Dr Whitney holds seven patents associated with information analysis, and is the author of over 40 peer reviewed publications. He is a key contributor for the recent IN-SPIRE™ software release.

Jodi Heintz Obradovich
Jodi Heintz Obradovich, Ph.D.
Jodi Heintz Obradovich joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in 2010 to conduct research at Bonneville Power Administration with the goal of designing tools for real-time transmission operators to aid them in problem solving and decision making as they manage the integration of wind resources as an integral part of the Electric Grid. She is currently working on several projects related to the future power grid, cyber security, and smart grid. Prior to joining the laboratory, Jodi conducted research, designed visualization, collaboration, and decision-support tools in a variety of domains, including healthcare, aviation, and military command and control. Jodi holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Systems Engineering, a specialization that takes an interdisciplinary approach to the development of principles, methods, tools, and techniques to guide the design of computerized systems intended to support human performance. Cognitive engineering draws on the disciplines of human factors, cognitive psychology, cognitive science, computer science, human-computer interaction, and related fields. The guiding tenet of cognitive engineering is that the consideration of practitioners, their work environment, and the tasks they perform with the aid of a computer system should be central drivers for system design specification. Jodi’s research interests include understanding how human and team cognition contribute to success and failure in complex, high-risk systems, and with that understanding, designing tools to enable resilient joint cognitive systems.

Last Update: 5 March 2014 | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory