Presenters

The following are confirmed presenters for the U.S. DOE State Energy Risk Assessment Workshop:

Christine Brennan
Project Manager/Analyst, HAYSTAX Technologies

Ms. Brennan is a Project Manager and Analyst, overseeing and supporting the implementation of state and local projects related to risk and emergency management, mitigation, critical infrastructure protection, homeland security planning, and other analytic services. She works directly with State and Local customers to develop and maintain risk-optimized homeland security and emergency management solutions, including threat/vulnerability and risk analysis programs, and to ensure their understanding and effective utilization of Haystax Technology’s software and services, including the Digital Sandbox 7 (DS 7) platform and services, as a basis for risk-informed programs and strategic planning. Ms. Brennan has overseen and/or supported ongoing projects with at least ten states and twenty major urban areas across the United States, including more than twenty risk analyses and thirty THIRAs.


Ms. Brennan has particular expertise in critical infrastructure protection, emergency and special event management, emergency management and homeland security strategic planning, and regional collaboration with public and private partners.  She has provided DSI support for emergency activations and special events, including several Super Bowl Events, the Boston Marathon, several July Fourth events and large parades, NBA All-star games, the Red Bull Crashed Ice Championship, and other activations; as well as emergency management and terrorism exercises, and more.


Prior to joining Digital Sandbox/Haystax Technology, Ms. Brennan served as the Homeland Security Program Manager for North Carolina Emergency Management. She served as Program Manager of the state-wide risk analysis and capability assessment program; which was managed using the DS 7 software platform. Ms. Brennan was also the Program Manger of North Carolina’s HSGP program, and the State’s DS 7 Administrator; State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) Coordinator; and Privacy, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Officer for the NC Fusion Center, NC-ISAAC. During State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) activations for emergencies, special events, and exercises, Ms. Brennan served as the Intelligence Unit Leader and as Plans staff for the North Carolina State Emergency Response Team (SERT). She also has prior experience in City-level Planning and Program Management. Ms. Brennan holds many certifications for coursework completed through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI), U.S. Department of Justice, and State of North Carolina. She is a certified NC Emergency Management Coordinator IV, and Protected Critical Infrastructure Information (PCII) Officer.


Ms. Brennan holds a bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University, in Pennsylvania; and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Security Studies from East Carolina University, in North Carolina.

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Dale Christiansen
Program Manager, National and Homeland Security Division, Idaho National Laboratory

Dale is currently managing the Department of Homeland Security’s Infrastructure Information Collection Division (IICD) Support Program for Idaho National Laboratory (INL).  He has over 29 years of experience in technical, operational, management, and executive positions. He has led the design of large, multi-million dollar, mission critical database applications as well as numerous business applications for private industry.  He has worked with industrial control systems cyber security for over 8 years and designed and lead the development of the Cyber Security Evaluation Tool (CSET) from its inception to a hand-off in 2013.  He received national recognition along with team members in 2014 for innovative work on the IICD program.  Dale has received one US patent and is listed on numerous invention disclosures at INL.  He was a co-recipient of the Federal Laboratory Consortium award for Technology Transfer, Far West Region.  He has also received a Lab Director Award in 2015 while at INL.   Dale received a B.S. from Brigham Young University in 1984 in Design Engineering Technology and has held increasingly responsible positions at companies including McDonnell Douglas, Bechtel Petroleum, Halliburton NUS, Thiokol Corporation, and ML Technologies where he served as a vice president, prior to working at Idaho National Laboratory.  He also formed and was the principle for a consulting and software development company (CAEC) for several years.

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Douglas DeGrote
Chief Information Security Officer and Director of IT Security and Risk Management, Xcel Energy

Douglas DeGrote is the Chief Information Security Officer and director of IT Security & Risk Management at Xcel Energy. In this role, he has leadership responsibility for developing and delivering IT security, disaster recovery and business continuity strategies for a major U.S. electricity and natural gas utility with operations across eight states. He oversees the effective creation and coordination of strategy, architecture and program execution for enterprise-wide cyber security, disaster recovery and business continuity programs.

Ensuring the reliability and resiliency of the energy grid and protecting infrastructure and customer information is a top priority for the utility. Ever-evolving technologies are at the core of grid security designed to protect networks, computers, programs and data from attack, damage or unauthorized access.

Xcel Energy’s IT Security & Risk Management organization develops preventative, detective and response programs to ensure security of critical systems and data. It also plans and prepares for adverse events to ensure full, fast mitigation and recovery from any cyber event that may occur.

DeGrote and his team work together with internal and external experts as well as government entities to identify, assess, respond to and defend against cyber threats. With his leadership, the company has implemented, and continues to enhance, a cyber security program aligned with known and effective industry standards.

DeGrote is an experienced leader with a proven track record of aligning business objectives to technology solutions. He joined Xcel Energy in 2011 and prior to his current position; he served as CISO and sr. director of Information Security & Risk Management and Enterprise Architecture at MoneyGram International. He has a deep, broad scope of IT experience not only within the utility sector, but also in financial services, non-profit organizations, consultancy services, environmental services, government and the healthcare field; holding such roles as vice president of Technical Services, director of Information Services, principle consultant and manager of Operations.

DeGrote currently serves on the Advisor Board to the Cyber Security Summit held in Minneapolis each year and is also Co-Chair of the governing body for the CISO Executive Summit presented by Evanta in Minneapolis each year.

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Stephen Folga
Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory

Stephen M. Folga is a senior manager in the Infrastructure Assurance Center at Argonne National Laboratory. He has been involved for the last twelve years in projects related to infrastructure assurance. During that time, he contributed to the development of systems analysis methodologies to use in natural gas and petroleum fuels infrastructure assessments. He also developed methodologies for estimating the potential consequences of component disruption and the time needed to return disrupted components into service. Dr. Folga has helped to determine the interdependencies between the natural gas and petroleum infrastructures with other critical energy infrastructures, such as electric power and telecommunications.


Dr. Folga has been employed by Argonne for 20 years. He received a Ph.D. and an M.S. in gas engineering, and a B.S. in chemical engineering, all from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

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Susan Grissom
Supervisory Operations Research Analyst, Energy Information Administration

Susan Grissom manages petroleum market analysis for the Energy Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy. She leads the analysis of U.S. and global crude oil, gasoline, diesel fuel and other liquids fuels markets and provides expert advice on petroleum markets to the Secretary of Energy, Congress, federal agencies and the American public. Her work informs the Energy Information Administration’s Short Term Energy Outlook, Annual Energy Outlook, and International Energy Outlook and also includes This Week in Petroleum, a discussion of petroleum market emerging issues and trends that is published to the EIA website at http://www.eia.gov/petroleum/weekly/. 

Ms. Grissom joined EIA in 2012 after twenty-five years in the energy industry. Her industry experience includes global petroleum product trading, logistics and distribution as well as energy economics, finance and corporate development, including long-term strategy and M&A.   Ms. Grissom holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics from Mount Holyoke College.

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Seth Guikema
Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Seth Guikema is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at Johns Hopkins University with joint appointments in Civil Engineering and Earth and Planetary Sciences as well as an Adjunct appointment in the Department of Industrial Economics, Risk Management, and Planning at the University of Stavanger. He is also a Senior Analyst with Innovative Decisions, Inc. His research focuses on developing, testing, and implementing predictive risk methods for disaster risk analysis, sustainability and resilience for infrastructure and urban areas, terrorism risk analysis, and climate change impacts. While much of this work focuses on the development of data-driven predictive models, he also works on game theoretic approaches for terrorism risk analysis, multicriteria decision analysis, and large-scale simulation modeling. His work has been funded by NSF, DOE, DHS, USDA, and private utilities. He received the Chauncey Starr award as the outstanding young risk analyst from the International Society for Risk Analysis in 2010 and two best paper awards for the journal Risk Analysis for 2012 as well as earlier publication awards. He is the Area Editor for Mathematical Modeling for the journal Risk Analysis and an Associate Editor for the ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems. He will be moving to the University of Michigan as an Associate Professor in August 2015.

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Jennifer Hendrickson
Risk Policy Analyst, Binera, Inc.

Jennifer Hendrickson, a risk policy analyst for Binera, Inc., is the lead technical analyst for risk assessment efforts at Binera.  Ms. Hendrickson has extensive experience managing and conducting multi-hazard risk assessments for critical infrastructure and systems across a range of Federal, State and Local clients - including DHS, Amtrak, the City of Chicago Urban Area, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ).  These assessments include establishing the expected likelihood of dissimilar events and evaluating system interdependencies to determine cascading consequences across networked systems.

Ms. Hendrickson specializes in helping stakeholders establish robust risk management programs that integrate risk assessment data and results into planning and decision-making processes, as well as the larger policy and decision framework.  Specialties include regularly performing risk reduction and cost-benefit evaluations of potential mitigation solutions in order to assist stakeholders in identifying projects that offer a high return on investment.

Ms. Hendrickson holds a M.A. in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in International Politics and Latin from Pennsylvania State University.

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Cabell Hodge
Policy Advisor, Colorado Energy Office

Cabell Hodge is a Policy Advisor at the Colorado Energy Office where he works on energy assurance, alternative fuel vehicles, oil and gas, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.  Cabell manages the State’s Liquid Fuels Emergency Action Plan and the State Heating Oil and Propane Program.  He has also developed programs to fund alternative fueling and charging infrastructure and legislation that addresses market barriers.  Cabell is currently working on an update to the Colorado Energy Assurance Emergency Plan in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Public Utilities Commission.  He has a J.D. and Graduate Energy Certificate from the University of Colorado and a B.A. in Economics from Syracuse University.

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David Jenkins
Director of Commercialization and Market Development, Wisconsin State Energy Office

David Jenkins has been supervisor of the Wisconsin State Energy Office since 2011. He supervises a staff of 8 people.

From 1995-2007 he was the manager of the Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association;

Prior to that he worked in the petroleum marketing business for ten years, and served as a Congressional staff member.

His responsibilities include expanding markets for clean energy in Wisconsin, assisting entrepreneurs and businesses in commercializing new fuel and power technologies, helping to direct federal  funding to increasing Wisconsin’s clean energy resources.

He holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin (1975) and an MBA from UW-La Crosse (1985).

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Miles Keogh
Director of Grants and Research, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners

Miles Keogh oversees and directs all aspects of NARUC's domestic grant activities. Miles serves as a liaison between NARUC members, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other key organizations with respect to NARUC's Energy and Environmental Programs and security programs. Miles also supports the the Energy Resources and Environment and the Committee on Critical Infrastructure.

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Eric Lee
Energy Analyst, Commodities Resarch Team, Citi

Eric G. Lee is an energy analyst on Citi's Commodities Research team in New York, and has contributed to major publications including the Energy 2020 series of reports on the shale revolution, prospects for North American energy independence, and the global economic and political impacts. He covers fundamental, macroeconomic and geopolitical research of global commodity markets, with a focus on oil price forecasting, and is regularly cited in major media publications including the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the New York Times, CNBC, Bloomberg and Foreign Affairs. Prior to joining Citi, Eric received his Master's degree in International Relations and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC, where he focused on energy markets and policy

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Alice Lippert
Senior Technical Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy

Ms. Alice Lippert has over 30 years in federal service.  She is currently employed with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) where she serves as the Senior Technical Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy Infrastructure Modeling and Analysis (EIMA). She was formerly the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for EIMA.  Ms. Lippert specializes in energy infrastructure risk and reliability analyses and has over 25 years dealing with energy supply disruptions and emergency response events. She is a resident senior expert on domestic energy markets, critical infrastructure and energy-supply trends.  She has extensive experience in working with State and local governments on risk assessment, energy assurance planning and contingency programs. She holds an M.S. from the University of Wisconsin and a B.A. from the University of North Dakota.

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Charles Miller
President and Chief Executive Officer, Priority 5 Holdings, Inc.

Mr. Miller brings over thirty years of management experience to Priority 5, including five years as an executive vice president of Raytheon, three years as the CEO of United Engineers & Constructors, two years as a managing partner of Bunker Hill Capital, and five years as a management consultant, which included three years serving as CEO of startup companies.


In addition to his broad business background, which includes companies engaged in engineering, construction, manufacturing, operations, maintenance, and private equity, he has extensive experience in the development and deployment of simulation software.


Mr. Miller is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, and received an MS in applied mechanics from Stanford University, and a JD from Rutgers University. He is a licensed professional engineer and a member of the bar in several states.

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Michael Norman
Director, Infrastructure Information Collection Division, Office of Infrastructure Protection, National Protection and Program Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Mike Norman serves as the Director of Infrastructure Information Collection Division within the Office of Infrastructure Protection in the Department of Homeland Security. His current responsibilities include System Owner for the Infrastructure Protection Gateway (IP Gateway) and the overall project management and development for the IP Gateway investment. Mike is responsible for Office of Infrastructure Protections data management and information protection including the management and implementation of the Protected Critical Infrastructure Information (PCII) program for the Federal Government, he is also the lead for the implementation of the single assessment methodology that includes the voluntary assessment tools used by the Office of Infrastructure Protection and their mission partners. Mike previously worked in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for IP serving as the Director of Management and was responsible for finance and budgetary planning, procurement, human capital, facilities, office management, security, and training. Prior his position as the Director of Management he served as the Deputy Director of Protective Security Coordination Division in IP and had responsibilities over the Protective Security Advisors of Field Operations Branch, Vulnerability Assessment’s Branch and the Office for Bombing Prevention. Prior his position as the Deputy Director of Protective Security Coordination Division he was the Branch Chief of Field Operations Branch and Program Manager of the Protective Security Advisors. He has also served as the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Chief with DHS’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis. Prior to DHS Mike has worked for the Department of State and Department of Defense on programs and activities related to physical and personnel security. Mike also served honorably in the United States Marine Corps with 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Force Reconnaissance Company and the Marine Combatant Diver Course prior to joining the civilian workforce.

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David Ortiz
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Infrastructure Modeling and Analysis, U.S. Department of Energy

David Ortiz is Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Infrastructure Modeling and Analysis (EIMA) in the Department of Energy's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. The EIMA Division supports cutting-edge research and development that is focused on enabling new ways of delivering and managing electricity for a reliable, secure, resilient, and advanced U.S. energy infrastructure. The Division’s activities include advanced modeling and visualization, energy infrastructure risk analyses, reliability assessments, and synchrophasor-based tool development.

Prior to joining OE, Dr. Ortiz was a Senior Engineer and Policy Analyst at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee-RAND Graduate School. At RAND, Dr. Ortiz built a multi-million dollar program of research and analysis in energy technology and policy. In 2006, in response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita, he led the RAND team that demonstrated a new approach to coastal planning for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the State of Louisiana.  The State of Louisiana subsequently adopted the approach, using it to develop its 2012 Louisiana Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast.  In support of the 2012 Master Plan, David led a team of RAND researchers and modelers to develop a flood risk model.

David earned the Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan in Electrical Engineering in signals and systems.  He graduated cum laude from Princeton University, earning the B.S.E. degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. David is a member of IEEE, the IEEE Control Systems Society, and the IEEE Power and Energy Society.

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Jeff Pillon
Director of Energy Assurance, National Association of State Energy Officials

Jeff Pillon is Director of Energy Assurance at NASEO and is an expert on energy assurance planning and preparedness issues. Mr. Pillon worked for the state of Michigan for 36 years where was responsible for monitoring energy supply and demand, short term energy forecasting, emergency preparedness, and management of the Commission’s website and information technology applications. He is a graduate of Michigan State University in Political Science.

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Lynn Pisano-Pedigo
Preparedness Analysis and Planning Officer, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region VIII

For the past six years, Ms. Pisano-Pedigo has been coordinating analytical and planning capabilities for preparedness programs for the Region, including working with senior federal, state, local, private sector, and non-governmental organizations to implement the Threat Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) and State Preparedness Report (SPR) at various levels of government.  In this role, she is also the Regional Coordinator for the Regional Interagency Steering Committee which is a compilation of whole community partners in emergency management which meets to exchange information, strengthen partnerships, exercise various concepts, and share lessons learned to improve the profession.

Previous to this appointment, Ms. Pisano-Pedigo held the position of Regional Preparedness Officer in the Grants Preparedness Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Specialist/Action Officer for FEMA Region VIII where she managed the Emergency Management Performance Grants, Metropolitan Medical Response System Grants, and Citizen Corps Grants for the Western Region of the DHS Preparedness Directorate.  

Prior to her appointments with DHS and FEMA, Lynn worked for the USDA Forest Service as Partnership Development Specialist in the Rocky Mountain Region and as Director for the National Campaign for Wildfire Prevention in Washington, DC receiving more than a dozen marketing and communication awards for the year-long campaign.  Previous positions include appointments with the US Treasury Department and the White House Office of Consumer Affairs.

Lynn has responded to a variety of disasters, including as Lead Information Officer with Area Command during Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma; Community Relations Liaison for the 2004 Florida Hurricanes, and was a Type II Information Officer on the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team.  Ms. Pisano-Pedigo earned a Master of Science from the University of Maryland in Community Development and a Project Management Certificate from the George Washington University.  She maintains memberships in a variety of professional associations.

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Steven Quiring
Associate Professor, Texas A&M University

Steven Quiring is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at Texas A&M University. Dr. Quiring holds a Masters of Arts in Geography and a Ph.D. in Climatology. His research focuses on hydroclimatology, drought monitoring and prediction, climate change, and hurricanes. Dr. Quiring is the Director of the Environment Grand Challenge at Texas A&M University.

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Jamie Richards
Supervisory Protective Security Advisor, Office of Infrastructure Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Ms. Richards is a Supervisory Protective Security Advisor with the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP).  Currently she serves as the Protective Security coordination Division’s Operations Chief in Arlington, VA.  In this capacity, she oversees the headquarters element that supports the DHS’ 101 Protective Security Advisors across the Nation, managing a wide range of programs involving assessments, outreach, incident response, special event support, and training initiatives.  Among these, she helped design, and has overseen, the Regional Resiliency Assessment Program (RRAP) since its inception.  She also contributed to the development of the Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 8-directed National Mitigation Framework; the design and implementation of infrastructure resilience assessment tools and products; and the development of visual infrastructure assessment platforms.


Prior to joining Federal service, Ms. Richards worked in several DHS components as a contractor.  She was an Exercise Specialist and Crisis Action Team member in the Operations Coordination and Planning Directorate, where she represented DHS on the Exercise and Evaluation Interagency Planning Committee.  She has also planned, conducted, and facilitated countless National, State, and local exercises.  Earlier careers included planning and executing large-scale conventions in top tier U.S. cities.  Ms. Richards has earned two degrees from The George Washington University’s School of Business.  She has two daughters and enjoys running, rock climbing, Italian cooking, and gardening.

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Ethan Sanders
Fellow, ICF International

Ethan Sanders provides human performance consulting services to clients in the public, nonprofit, military, and private sectors. With nearly 20 years of experience, he has held positions as Director of Organizational Development for the U.S. Navy Human Performance Center and Manager of Instructional Design for the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).

He is the coauthor of Models for Workplace Learning and Performance, Performance Intervention Maps: 36 Strategies for Solving Your Organization's Problems, HPI Essential, and ASTD Distance Learning Yearbook. He teaches several ASTD courses offered through public and corporate seminars. He holds a master's in Applied Behavior Science from Johns Hopkins University.

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Tom Sloan
Representative, Kansas Legislature

Rep. Sloan was first elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 1994 and will begin his 11th term in January 2015.  He has a B.A. from Syracuse University, M.A. from Michigan State University, and a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Tom is serving his second term on the U.S. DOE-sponsored GridWise Architecture Council and served two terms on the DOE’s Electricity Advisory Committee.  He also is serving his second term on the FCC’s Intergovernmental Affairs Committee.  He has organized 10 Regional energy and telecommunications Summits that included FERC and FCC Commissioners, DOE Assistant Secretaries, utility company executives, state regulators, consumer advocates, and other stakeholders.


He is Chairman of the Vision 2020 Committee, the Legislature’s long-range planning committee, and has served on the Utilities, Agriculture & Natural Resources, Transportation, Higher Education, Local Government, and other committees.  He has published articles on energy policies in leading industry journals and is recognized as a leader on energy, water, and telecommunications issues within the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and Council of State Governments (CSG).

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David Terry
Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials

David Terry is the Executive Director of the National Association of State Energy Officials and has worked with NASEO in a variety of capacities since 1996. Mr. Terry leads NASEO's programs in support of the nation's 56 State and Territory Energy Offices. The organization communicates the states' views on virtually all national energy issues, including electricity policy, energy efficiency market transformation, renewable energy commercialization and deployment, industrial energy efficiency, energy assurance and reliability, building codes and efficiency, and climate oriented energy programs.

Mr. Terry has 20 years of experience working on a range of energy issues for such organizations as the Association of State Energy Research Institutions, Governors' Biofuels Coalition, National Academy of Sciences, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to working in the energy area, Mr. Terry was a statistical analyst for a market research firm, an analyst with the National Academy of Sciences, and a researcher for The Washington Post. He received a BA degree from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, and he has completed graduate coursework in statistics and marketing at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia.

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Juan Torres
Deputy Director, Renewable Systems and Energy Infrastructure Program, Sandia National Laboratory

Mr. Juan Torres is Deputy Director for Sandia’s Renewable Systems and Energy Infrastructure Program.  He currently leads the Security and Resilience team for the DOE Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium.  He is also Senior Manager of the Renewable Energy Technologies Group at Sandia National Laboratories where he manages four departments (wind, water power, concentrating solar, and materials for renewables) and oversees Sandia’s renewable energy research portfolio (wind, water, concentrating solar, photovoltaics, geothermal) of approximately $65M/yr.  Prior to this position he was manager of the Energy Surety Engineering & Analysis Department that conducted research in advanced Smart Grid concepts, novel techniques for improving management and control of transmission and distribution power grids, Energy Surety MicrogridsTM, and grid integration of renewable energy resources.  Mr. Torres is the former Assistant Technical Manager on the SPIDERS microgrid project, a DoD-DOE collaborative project demonstrating cyber secure microgrids with renewable energy resources at three military installations.  He collaborated with the state of Vermont on a state-wide Smart Grid initiative, with Japan on Smart Grid demonstration projects in New Mexico, and led Sandia support of the DOE sponsored Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative to help Hawaii achieve a goal of obtaining 70% of its energy from clean energy sources by 2030. In 1998, Mr. Torres was a member of the DOE Critical Infrastructure Protection Task Force assigned with developing a national plan to protect the US energy infrastructure and the DOE infrastructure.   From 1999-2005, Mr. Torres led Sandia’s Center for SCADA Security, which is a core element of the DOE National SCADA Test Bed, to secure the US energy infrastructure from cyber attack. 

Mr. Torres has been employed by Sandia National Laboratories since 1990, working in the areas of command and control systems, energy, cyber security, and critical infrastructure protection.  He is the Chair of Sandia’s Hispanic Leadership and Outreach Committee.  Mr. Torres received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics Engineering Technology in 1990 from the University of Southern Colorado, a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1993 from the University of New Mexico, and has completed additional graduate work in electrical engineering and management science at Stanford University.

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Stephen Unwin
Manager, Energy and Environment Directorate Nuclear Market Sector, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Dr. Unwin's 32-year career has centered on the development of uncertainty and risk-analytic methodologies, their application to multi-domain problems of national and commercial importance, and the founding of businesses on those capabilities. He has developed methods  and models for uncertainty analysis, probabilistic risk assessment, and risk-informed decision-making in numerous sectors including nuclear power, renewable energy systems, cyber security, national security, the chemical process industries, and the fossil energy sector. Before joining PNNL in 2006 he founded Brookhaven National Laboratory's Safety Integration Group (1988), SAIC's Risk & Reliability Management Division (1990), Battelle's Integrated Risk Management Group (1994), and Unwin Company - Integrated Risk Management (1996) which is a continuing risk management resource to commercial and government clients. He is the author of more than 50 publications in risk/uncertainty topics, having contributed substantially to the international body of literature on risk methodology and applications. He holds a bachelors degree in physics from Imperial College, London and a doctorate in physics from the University of Manchester, UK. He currently oversees PNNL's programs for the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and commercial nuclear sector clients.

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Bryan Ware
Chief Technology Officer and President, HAYSTAX Technologies

Mr. Ware is a pioneer in the development and application of analytic methods and tools for enterprise risk management, high consequence/low probability events, critical infrastructure protection, and risk-based resource allocation. He has worked with the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, the intelligence community, leading States and urban areas, and international corporations over the last 20 years on critical security and risk matters.


At Haystax, Mr. Ware leads the company’s analytics business, technology strategy and research and development activities, particularly in enterprise threat management, real-time threat intelligence, and public safety applications. Mr. Ware was previously the Co-Founder of Digital Sandbox, Inc., a leading provider of security risk management and intelligence fusion products.


Mr. Ware serves on the Board of Advisors of a “big data” trading index firm. Mr. Ware holds three Patents for risk management and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Optics from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He is an alumni of the MindShare executive program.

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Richard White
Senior Regulatory Analyst, California Public Utilities Commission

Mr. White is a Senior Policy Analyst in the Policy and Planning Division of the California Public Utilities Commission. His areas of emphasis are strategic safety planning for utilities, grid optimization, and the energy-water nexus.  He was the chief architect of the CPUC rulemaking that integrated risk management processes into the General Rate Case for electric and gas utilities.  

Prior to joining the CPUC, he spent a combined 10 years at Lawrence Livermore and Lawrence Berkeley National Labs.  At Livermore Lab he was a Mathematician in the Decision sciences group where he  developed  economic  and  risk  models  of  complex  and  interdependent energy and water systems. He also modeled the physical security of critical infrastructure. At Berkeley lab he served as principal research associate and developed energy efficiency standards for the US Department of Energy.

Early in his career, Mr. White was an Engineer at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center where he was responsible for implementing the daily experimental physics programs of the Accelerator - acknowledged at the time as “The World’s Most Complex Machine”

Mr. White has a BA in Physics from Hampshire College and a M.S. in Engineering Economic Systems and Operations Research from Stanford University and is a member of the Institute of Operations Research and the Management Sciences.

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