Randy Bickford is a recognized worldwide expert in predictive analytics for asset health management and prognostics. He is one of the industry’s pioneers and holds multiple patents in the areas of pattern recognition, fault detection, diagnostics, and prognostics. He is a principal architect and developer of Expert Microsystems’ SureSense® software suite, which is the most comprehensive and cost-effective asset health management and reliability assurance software available. SureSense software is deployed for asset health management in the electric power generation, aerospace, military, cyber security, electronic and industrial process control industries. SureSense is also embedded into clients’ products to provide custom diagnostic information to their users. Randy recently led development of the Fleet-wide Prognostics and Health Management Suite software, a web-based, enterprise-scale platform for improved health management of power plant assets and other industrial asset fleets. This product is now released to a consortium of nuclear and non-nuclear utilities and is supported by the Electric Power Research Institute’s Nuclear Long-Term Operations program and by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Light Water Reactor Sustainability Program. Prior to founding Expert Microsystems, Randy worked in the aerospace industry, where his work at Aerojet, a rocket engine manufacturer, included managing space propulsion avionics product lines, including fault tolerant engine controllers and actuators, advanced instrumentation systems, and diagnostic monitoring systems.
Philip Black is the Product Marketing Director for Wood Group’s Advanced Applications group. His focus is on providing technology solutions to global industry. He is responsible for ensuring the products and service lines match what the market is demanding. He has over 15 years of diverse experience in environmental consulting, software development, and operational intelligence. In previous roles at Wood Group, helped develop the company’s ENVision environmental analytics software suite as well as implement the software internationally. He has served as an industry voice on the subjects of air quality and climate change. He has been quoted in the media, authored numerous articles, and presented to both petrochemical and power generation audiences. Mr. Black holds a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Kansas and is a licensed professional engineer in Texas.
Senior Technical Leader, Operations and Maintenance Generation
Matt Buck is a Senior Technical Leader in the Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI’s) fossil generation Operations and Maintenance (O&M) research group. This R&D includes the Operations Management and Technology program (Program 108), Maintenance Management and Technology program (Program 69), and Instrumentation, Controls and Automation program (Program 68).
Buck’s research focus areas include O&M performance assessments, configuration management, equipment reliability, changing power plant mission profiles, and the digital worker concept.
He joined EPRI in 2015 with more than 16 years of operational experience in the power industry. He has served at the plant level as a control room operator, special projects coordinator, shift supervisor, and operations manager. At the corporate level, he worked as senior program manager for operations at multiple coal- and gas-fired generation sites.
Buck has an associate’s degree in hazardous materials management from Chattanooga State Technical Community College. He also has served as a field artillery fire support specialist in the U.S. Army and Tennessee Army National Guard.
Global Head of Digitalization, Power Generation Services
Dr. Stefan Bungart is the Global Head of Digitalization for Siemens Power Generation Services, leading product & market strategy, partnerships, channel development, and customer projects.
Prior to joining Siemens Mr. Bungart led CISCO’s European Internet of Things Business Development for Manufacturing Industries, growing CISCO’s product & services revenues, and developing new capabilities for manufacturing customers.
He also led General Electric’s Industrial Internet initiative in Europe, working with both GE businesses and customers, creating new services & data applications. Prior to GE he held the position of Senior Vice President with Deutsche Telekom in Germany, leading initiatives to build new services in Energy, Healthcare and Automotive, outside the traditional areas of landline and mobile communications.
Before joining Deutsche Telekom Stefan Bungart worked for IBM. He held various leadership roles in Marketing and Sales, most recently working as Marketing Manager for Europe and Innovation Leader for Germany. Stefan Bungart holds a PhD in Business Studies from Coventry University. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply and the Institute for Transport and Logistics in the UK. He lived and worked in the US, UK, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Mr. Bungart is married and lives in Orlando, Florida.
Mark Carrigan directs the ongoing operations of the company. During his tenure at PAS, Mark has held a variety of positions including Senior Vice President of Technology, Managing Director for the Middle East, and Americas Sales Manager. An industry veteran, Mark brings experience in international business, engineering, sales, and technical consulting in the chemicals industry. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Director, Advanced Monitoring and Diagnostic Services
Mr. Carter has over 30 years of electric utility experience, including expertise gained through a variety of positions at the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant, a two-unit Westinghouse pressurized water reactor located near Glen Rose, Texas where he was a licensed Senior Reactor Operator.
At Comanche Peak, Mr. Carter led the deployment of the world’s largest wireless industrial infrastructure supporting voice communications, mobile computing, and equipment condition monitoring. Carter was the original architect of Luminant’s Power Optimization Center located in Dallas. Today, the POC is recognized across the industry as the gold standard for delivering real-time monitoring and diagnostics services to both nuclear and fossil generating facilities.
Mr. Carter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering from Kansas State University, a Master of Science degree in Engineering Technology from the University of North Texas and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Christian University.
He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas.
Sham is responsible for providing technical leadership and serves as the strategic functional leader for the development of all GE Power Digital software products and services.
Prior to joining GE Power Digital, Sham was the CTO Software for GE Transportation, where he was responsible for identifying and evolving architectures and solution offerings that leverage GE’s innovation in analytics, digital and the Industrial Internet.
Before joining GE Transportation, Sham was Vice President of Cloud Computing at Hewlett-Packard responsible for HP’s Private Cloud. Sham led development of platform/infrastructure services for hyper-scale apps like ePrint and big data analytics on Vertica, Hadoop and Cassandra. Prior to this role, Sham served as Vice President of R&D for HP’s Business Intelligence Solutions division and led HP’s acquisition of Vertica.
Sham has more than 25 years of experience leading R&D organizations at the forefront of business intelligence and web technologies at companies such as Cognos, KANA, CMGI and Red Brick Systems. As co-founder of DecisionView, he led the development of a patented predictive analytics platform for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.
Sham is a graduate of University of Toronto’s Electrical Engineering program.
Executive VP Equipment Reliability Process and Technology
Woyshner Service Co.
Bernie is currently the Executive Vice President of WSC. WSC provides support to multiple utilities to implement new equipment reliability processes and technologies. He retired from Duke Energy in June 2016 and was the Director of Maintenance & Diagnostics for Duke Energy’s non-nuclear generation fleet. He has over 35 years of experience implementing power plant operations and maintenance process and technology improvements. Bernie was responsible for the Duke M&D Center and was the manager over a large Duke project called SmartGen, which utilized new IIoT technology hardware and software to implement a fleetwide M&D Network with over 30,000 new sensors in 50 plants to provide online monitoring and diagnostics of critical plant equipment.
Andrew Johnson has been an engineer with the Salt River Project (SRP) since 2002 and currently supervises SRP’s Performance Monitoring Center (PMC). His team of highly skilled analysts and engineers monitor and diagnose potential equipment issues at SRP’s generation facilities, including coal, gas, and hydro based units. This work provides the PMC’s customers with foresight into the operation of vital unit equipment, ultimately providing millions in savings based on prevented equipment degradation, repairs, and lost generation. The PMC is helping these plants continue to move from unplanned to planned downtime. Prior to his current role, he was a senior engineer in SRP’s Generation Engineering department managing civil, mechanical, and structural engineering projects at SRP’s coal, gas, hydro, and groundwater facilities in addition to SRP’s extensive raw water delivery system. Andrew has been a registered Professional Engineer in Arizona since 2007 and his education includes a BS in Engineering and an MBA from Arizona State University (ASU).
Rick Kephart is the Director of Research and technology at Emerson Power & Water Solutions in Pittsburgh PA. In this position, Rick is responsible for all software development and architecture design for Emerson’s Ovation distributed control system. Rick has over 26 years of experience in the design, development and engineering of distributed control systems for power and water/waste water plants. Rick began his career at Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Process Control Division as a field startup engineer. Westinghouse PCD was acquired by Emerson in 1998. Prior to his current role, Rick has held various engineering and management positions including field engineer, project engineer, development engineer and manager of control technology and simulators. Rick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Penn State and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.
Marina Krotofil is Lead Cyber Security Researcher at the Honeywell Cyber Security Lab. Previously she worked as a Senior Security Consultant at the European Network for Cyber Security. Her research over the last few years has been focused on discovering unique attack vectors, design vulnerabilities, engineering damage scenarios and understanding attacker techniques when exploiting control systems. Marina authored more than 20 academic works and white papers on cyber-physical security. She gives workshops on cyber-physical exploitation and is a frequent speaker at the leading security events around the world. She holds MBA in Technology Management, MSc in Telecommunication and MSc in Information and Communication Systems.
Principal Project Manager, Instrumentation, Controls, and Automation Program
Susan Maley has spent most of her career developing and applying sensor and control technologies. Prior to joining EPRI in January 2015, she spent 14 years with the U.S. Department of Energy, leading programs in the Crosscutting Research Program for DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory. Those programs included advanced sensors and controls, the advanced energy concepts area, the high-performance materials program, computational sciences, and the water management R&D program. In her current role, Susan is leading the Instrumentation, Control and Automation Program for EPRI’s Generation Sector and also is the leader of EPRI’s Intelligent Generation Initiative (I4Gen) and is part of the team working on the Research Imperative (RI) in Sensors and Analytics. She has bachelors and masters degrees in chemical engineering.
Manager, North American Industry Sales – Power Generation
Tom McDonnell is the Manager of Power Generation Industry Sales for North America. Tom has more than 25 years’ experience within the automation and power generation industry. He has an extensive background in sales, project execution and strategy. He incorporates his passion for client focus into his job responsibility by leveraging Rockwell’s product and service portfolio to provide clients with best in class solutions. His industry expertise ranges from all forms of generation technologies to global project execution. Tom has executed numerous complex international and domestic power generation projects during his career.
Prior to joining Rockwell Automation, Mr. McDonnell has worked with leading global engineering and automation companies in numerous business leadership and project execution positions.
Mr. McDonnell holds a BSME from Texas A&M and a MBA from St Edwards University. He is an active member of the Gulf Coast Power Association and regularly participates in ISA, PowerGen, EUEC and NFPA activities.
Patrick C. Miller is one of Forbes’ “20 Cyber Policy Experts to Follow on Twitter” and among Smart Grid Today’s “Top 50 Smart Grid Pioneers.” He provides consulting services as a security and regulatory advisor for the critical infrastructure and key resource sectors. Patrick is also the founder and currently serves on the board of directors for the Energy Sector Security Consortium Inc. (EnergySec), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. His deep and broad background includes employment by Pacificorp as a senior information security consultant. He also served as manager of critical infrastructure protection audits and investigations for the Western Electricity Coordinating Council Regional Entity under the North American Electric Reliability Corp.Patrick C. Miller
Dr. Steve Piche leads research and development in the area of on-line optimization for the reduction of emissions and improvement of heat rate at General Electric. He has over 30 years of experience in the application of advanced controls, optimization and machine learning in the process industries. For the past 10 year, Dr. Piche was the Director of Research and Development for NeuCo which was acquired by General Electric last year. Dr. Piche holds 53 patents. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado-Boulder and a master’s and doctorate degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford.
General Manager of Technical Programs, Fossil Hydro Group, Duke Energy Duke Energy
As General Manager of Technical Programs in Duke Energy’s Fossil Hydro Group, Michael Reid is responsible for partnering with internal business units to develop standardized, cost effective technology solutions to continuously improve process efficiency and equipment reliability. Under Michael’s leadership, Duke Energy is applying developments with sensors, computing, and communication technology to create value with smart, connected power plant assets. He also is looking at big data and analytics to provide insight and drive actionable intelligence. Previously, Michael was Director of Emerging Technology and earlier served in several leadership roles at Duke Energy, including the areas of Power Generation and Environmental Services. Michael has bachelor and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering from the Queens University of Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and is a registered professional engineer in the United Kingdom and Europe.
Stan Schneider is CEO of Real-Time Innovations (RTI), the Industrial Internet of Things connectivity platform company. RTI is the largest embedded middleware vendor, with an extensive footprint in all areas of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), including Energy, Medical, Automotive, Transportation, Defense, and Industrial Control. RTI is an IIoT leader, named the “Most influential company in the IIoT” by Appions and the “2016 IoT Emerging Company of the Year for the Enterprise Market” by Compass Intelligence.
Stan serves on the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC, www.iiconsortium.org) Steering Committee, and chairs its testbed subcommittee. With over 250 companies, the goal of the IIC is to develop, test, and promote the architecture for the next industrial revolution. RTI co-chairs the IIC connectivity, data management, interoperability, ecosystem, and security teams. RTI also leads testbeds in smartgrid, healthcare, and edge intelligence.
Stan also serves on the advisory boards for Smart Industry and IoT Solutions World Congress. Embedded Computing Design Magazine presented Stan the Top Embedded Innovator Award for 2015.
Stan holds a BS and MS from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Stanford University.
Vice President, Global Strategy and Product Management, Software
Aravind Yarlagadda is Vice President, Global Strategy and Product Management, Software at Schneider Electric. In this global role, he is responsible for marketing, communications, and product management of the company’s industrial software portfolio. His organization is responsible for positioning Schneider Electric Software’s growth strategy, cultivating opportunities in new and existing customer markets and growing demand for Schneider Electric Software solutions globally. Bringing nearly 20 years of technology software product development, management and marketing experience to Schneider Electric, Aravind had previous roles at Tyco as Vice President Product Development, and at Dell, as Senior Director Product Development. Aravind has a MS degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M University, and an MBA from Cal Berkley, with an emphasis in Technology Management.
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