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Keynote Speaker

George Maracas
Program Director
Energy, Power and Adaptive Systems (EPAS) area
Division of Electrical, Communications,
and Cyber Systems (ECCS)
National Science Foundation

George Maracas is a Program Director in the Energy, Power and Adaptive Systems (EPAS) area within the Division of Electrical, Communications, and Cyber Systems (ECCS) at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Maracas joined NSF from Arizona State University in January of 2010. His program is in Energy, Power and Adaptive Systems and supports research in renewable energy collection, conversion and interfaces to the electric power grid. He is also Program Director for the Sustainable Energy Pathways Program. At Arizona State University he is on the Faculty of the school of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering (ECEE) and a Senior Sustainability Scientist in the School of Sustainability.

Dr. Maracas received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University (1982) and a B.A. in Physics from New York University (1977). In 1982 he joined North Carolina State University in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. In 1984 joined the Arizona State University Department of Electrical Engineering where he became Associate and Full Professor.

In 1994 Dr. Maracas joined Motorola where he established the Molecular Technology Lab which had programs in quantum devices, molecular self-assembly and molecular diagnostics. He was the Founder and Director of Advanced Technologies of Motorola Life Sciences. In 2005 he became Director of Nanotechnology at Motorola Labs where he was responsible for coordinating R&D efforts in nanotechnology.

Dr. Maracas received the Motorola Master Innovator award, elected to the Motorola Scientific Advisory Board Associates (SABA) and received the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator award. He received the Green Pioneer Award for his contributions to furthering research, education and the Solar economy in Arizona and NSF Director’s Award "Collaborative Integration for Accelerating Innovation Research." He is a Senior Member of IEEE and has authored/co-authored over 110 technical publications and presentations, 2 book chapters and holds 32 issued US patents

Keynote Speaker

Hojjat Adeli
Abba G. Liechtenstein Professor
The Ohio State University

Hojjat Adeli received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1976 at the age of 26. He has authored 450 research and scientific publications in various fields of computer science, engineering, applied mathematics, and medicine including 14 books such as Machine Learning - Neural Networks, Genetic Algorithms, and Fuzzy Systems (Wiley, 1995); Wavelets in Intelligent Transportation Systems (Wiley, 2005); Intelligent Infrastructure (CRC Press, 2009); and Automated EEG-based Diagnosis of Neurological Disorders - Inventing the Future of Neurology. He is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, now in 25th year of publication and Integrated Computer-Aided Engineering, now in 18th year of publication. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Neural Systems. In 1998 he received the Distinguished Scholar Award from OSU, "in recognition of extraordinary accomplishment in research and scholarship". In 2005, he was elected Honorary/Distinguished Member, ASCE: "for wide-ranging, exceptional, and pioneering contributions to computing in civil engineering and extraordinary leadership in advancing the use of computing and information technologies in many engineering disciplines throughout the world." In 2007, he received the OSU College of Engineering Peter L. and Clara M. Scott Award for Excellence in Engineering Education "for sustained, exceptional, and multi-faceted contributions to numerous fields including computer-aided engineering, knowledge engineering, computational intelligence, large-scale design 1optimization, and smart structures with worldwide impact," as well as the Charles E. MacQuigg Outstanding Teaching Award. In 2008 he was Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, "for distinguished contributions to computational infrastructure engineering and for worldwide leadership in computational science and engineering as a prolific author, keynote speaker, and editor-in-chief of journals."

Keynote Speaker

Jeffrey S. Katz
Chief Technology Officer
Energy and Utilities industry
IBM Corporation

Jeffrey S. Katz is the Chief Technology Officer of the Energy and Utilities industry at IBM. He is involved with the application, development, and innovation of IBM products, services, technology and research for electric power companies and related organizations. Jeff has contributed to the industry’s framework, Solution Architecture For Energy (SAFE), the industry group’s strategic growth case, the IBM Innovation Jam workshops, the IBM Intelligent Utility Network initiative, and is the primary industry liaison with IBM Research. He is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology. He led the IBM internal Innovation Jam brainstorming project for Nuclear Power and was an invited speaker to the IBM European Sector Technical Institute, the follow-on Energy and Utilities University, and the Technical Leadership Exchange. He has presented on behalf of IBM at many industry conferences, including the international Conference of the Electric Power Supply Industry and the Department of Energy’s Grid Wise Grid Inter-Op. He was an invited speaker to the Fourth Annual Carnegie Mellon University Conference on the Electricity Industry and to the inaugural Yale Alumni in Energy conference, and is a co-chair of the IEEE P2030 Smart Grid Interoperability Guidelines IT Task Force. Recently he has presented in several forums on Smart Grid Security, including Grid Week and at a panel convened by the federal GAO and NAS. He is on the Technical Program Committee of IEEE SmartGridComm 2012 Symposium – Standards, and session chair of the Smart Grid Session at the 2012 Yale Alumni in Energy conference. He is on the "Networked Grid 100: The Movers and Shakers of the Smart Grid in 2012" list from Green Tech Media.

Prior to IBM he was the Manager of the Computer Science department at the U.S. Corporate Research Center of ABB, and then of ALSTOM. Before that, he was with ABB Power Generation, managing development of computer systems for nuclear and fossil power plants. He has extensive experience in research and development, computerization of power generation systems, real-time computing, computer systems, electronic communications, process control systems, and computer based enterprise engineering tools, scientific computing, and robotics. While there, he presented at conferences for the Electric Power Research Institute and at DaraTech Plant.

He is an author on six patents, in tele-medicine, robotics and computer vision, and intelligent electric power distribution. He has a Commercial General Radiotelephone license from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. He is a member of IEEE and Sigma Xi.

Jeff has organized or taught several volunteer activities around robotics for education, including FIRST and FIRST Lego League. Jeff is also a long time amateur (ham) radio operator. He was a Region 1 finalist in the Johns Hopkins National Search for Computing Applications to Assist Persons with Disabilities.

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Keynote Speaker

David J. Russomanno
Dean of the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology
and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)

David J. Russomanno is dean of the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Before joining IUPUI, he was the R. Eugene Smith Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering within the Herff College of Engineering at the University of Memphis. Prior to his academic career, Russomanno was employed by Intergraph Corporation, Pratt and Whitney Aircraft, and Michelin Tire Corporation as an engineer. During a five year stint, from 2000 to 2005, he also served as president, founder, and chief software architect of AI-GIS Technologies Incorporated, an artificial intelligence and geographical information systems company.

Russomanno has secured several million dollars in extramural funding for basic and applied research, as well as for initiatives to improve the recruitment and retention of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students. Sponsors of his research include the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL), the U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD), the U.S. Army Redstone Technical Test Center (RTTC), as well as several sponsors from the private sector. His research interests include intelligent sensors and supporting software infrastructure, knowledge representation and inference, including Semantic Web applications, data and knowledge visualization, software engineering, logic programming applications, and STEM education.

Russomanno is a senior member of IEEE and ACM, and a member of ASEE. He was awarded the 1999 Outstanding Engineering Educator Award by the Memphis Section of the IEEE, awarded the IEEE Third Millennium Medal in 2000, received the 2005 Herff College of Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award, and the 2006 Herff College of Engineering Outstanding Research Award. He has also served as Chair of the Memphis section of the IEEE.

Russomanno received the B.E.E. in electrical engineering from Auburn University in 1986 and the M.E. in electrical and computer engineering, and the Ph.D. in computer engineering from the University of South Carolina in 1989 and 1993, respectively.

Keynote Speaker

Peter J. Schubert
Director of the Richard G. Lugar
Center for Renewable Energy,
and Professor of Electrical
and Computer Engineering at
(Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis)
in the Purdue School of Engineering & Technology

Peter J. Schubert, Ph.D., P.E. is currently Director of the Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy, and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) in the Purdue School of Engineering & Technology. Schubert received his doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1990 under a General Motors Fellowship. His Master’s degree is also in E.E., from the University of Cincinnati, performed under a Whirlpool Fellowship. Peter's B.A. is in Physics from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois in the field of Electrical Engineering. Dr. Schubert worked in automotive electronics for Delphi Corp. from 1984 to 2006, including assignments in advanced engineering development, work on the factory floor, and systems engineering. In 2003 he was promoted to Technical Fellow, the highest level available to an engineer. In 2006, he left Delphi to join Packer Engineering as the Senior Director for Space, Energy & Education Research. In that capacity he was the principal investigator on over $5M in federal and state projects, including major grants from NASA, DOE, USDA, and DoD. Dr. Schubert has 35 US Patents covering 8 distinct fields, and has published over 75 technical papers and book chapters. He is an instructor with the Society of Automotive Engineers, and has lectured at the Department of Energy on the topic of nanotechnology. Peter has been active in public policy including delivering testimony at the state level, and extensive interaction with Congressional delegations from both Illinois and Indiana. Peter and his wife are empty nesters living in downtown Indianapolis – from which he rides his bicycle to school when the roads are dry.

Keynote Speaker

Stephen E. Johnson
Sr. Marketing Manager - Academic Products
National Instruments

Steve Johnson joined National Instruments in Austin, Texas in 2000 and is currently a Senior Marketing Manager with the Academic Segment focusing on the application of NI's products in education and academic research. National Instrument's academic programs promote the use of interactive hands-on activities and design challenges, spanning STEM programs in elementary school through university undergraduate and graduate research with products and programs covering robotics/mechatronics, controls, analog and digital circuits, instrumentation, and signal and image processing. During his 12 years with NI, Steve has worked in both R&D and sales, helping develop advanced products for key customers designing new state-of-the-art medical and analytical instrumentation. Before joining NI, Steve worked with several medical device manufacturers in the San Jose and Boston areas, including Hewlett-Packard, General Scanning, and Astro-Med/Grass Instruments, performing roles in product design and d evelopment through senior management. Steve is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.