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LightWorks Lecture Series: Challenges for the Future Energy Grid

October 28, 2013

Join LightWorks and IEEE PES Oct. 28 for a two-part series on challenges for the future energy grid and a discussion on the impact of smart grid, renewables and transportation electrification with Lee Krevat, the director of San Diego Gas & Electric's (SDG&E) smart grid initiative and others.

RSVP is highly recommended. Seating is limited and walk-ins will only be accepted if seats are available. Reserve your seat today.

Download summit flyer and agenda here.

Monday, October 28 at 11:00 am - ASU Tempe Campus, Memorial Union, Ventana Room 241A

Speaker Bios and Abstracts

Keynote: Mr. Lee Krevat

Director of Smart Grid

San Diego Gas and Electric


Lee Krevat leads enterprise-wide smart grid strategy, policy, and project alignment for SDG&E.  In 2010, he was named one of the top 100 movers and shakers who are influencing the smart grid market by GreenTech Media and was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the GridWise Alliance, a smart grid advocacy coalition with the mission to transform the electric grid to achieve a sustainable energy future through the advocacy of well-reasoned smart grid policies at the federal, state, and local levels.
SDG&E has built a strong foundation in Smart Grid technologies, including self-healing grid technology, automated sub-station condition-based maintenance, advanced outage and distribution management systems, and microgrid projects funded by DOE and CEC.  SDG&E filed a 10 year Smart Grid Deployment Plan on June 6, 2011 which described a vision for the future as well as a roadmap composed of 82 projects. Krevat graduated with university honors and holds a Bachelor of Science in applied mathematics/computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.

Mr. Micheal Austin

Vice President

BYD America: Chicago, IL


Entering his eighth year as Vice President, Micheal Austin has played an integral role in bringing BYD to the Americas.  Originally from Colorado, Micheal attended Brigham Young University (BYU) earning a Bachelor’s degree in Design Engineering as well as a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering.  Prior to joining BYD, Micheal was with Motorola for 15 years serving as a Senior Director and in Engineering, honored with Motorola’s Distinguished Innovator award for receiving twenty three patents.  Though he spends much of his time serving as BYD’s spokesman leading the Overseas PR & Marketing departments, he remains actively involved in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and is a founding board member of the IEEE Transportation Electrification Initiative (TEI) as well as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE’s TEI monthly publication.  Together, Micheal and his wife Shelley of 26 years have five children, and live near Chicago.

Dr. Mahesh Morjaria

Director, Global Grid Integration

First Solar


Dr. Morjaria leads the development of First Solar’s grid integration capability for utility scale PV plants. He brings more than 25 years of advanced technology, engineering and product development expertise in energy and other fields. He has held leadership roles in solar and wind generation and also grid integration over the past decade. Dr. Morjaria previously worked at GE where he held various leadership positions. He is an author of numerous papers and patents in the area of renewable grid integration, PV plant and wind turbine controls, monitoring, diagnostics, and services technologies. His academic credits include B.Tech from IIT Bombay and Ph.D. from Cornell University in USA.

Dr. Pourya Shamsi

Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering

Missouri University of Science and Technology


Pourya Shamsi received his BSc and PhD from University of Tehran, Iran, and The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas, respectively. He was the chief R&D engineer of PSP Co., Iran, for six years. He was a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Texas at Dallas.

He is mainly focused on applications of power electronic converters in smart micro-grids. Moreover, he has worked on modern drive systems for transportation electrification.  His research interests include but are not limited to smart grids, distributed generation, modeling and stability analysis of power electronic converters, V2G, motor drives, and high frequency power conversion. He has several patents and publications in peer reviewed journals and conferences. He is also a reviewer for many journals in the area of power electronics and energy systems.


Session 1: Talk

“From smart meters to electric vehicles to rooftop solar to solar farms to batteries; almost everything about the electric delivery system is changing.”

A presentation by Mr. Krevat with a question and answer session.

October 28, 2013 at 11:00 am

Arizona State University, Tempe Campus, Memorial Union Building, Ventana Room 241A

This is a free event. Visitor parking is available at the Apache Boulevard Parking Structure.


Session 2: Panel Discussion

“The Impact of Smart Grid, Renewables, and Transportation Electrification”

A panel discussion and reception with Mr. Lee Krevat, Mr. Micheal Austin, Dr. Mahesh Morjaria, and Dr. Pourya Shamsi.

October 28, 2013 – reception at 5:30 pm, panel discussion at 6 pm

Arizona State University, SkySong Campus, Convergence Room 150

This is a free event. Free visitor parking is available at this facility.