From Grid Optics
 Initiative Lead
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.
 Initiative Co-Lead
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.
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.
 Visualization and Decision Support
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.