Paul Choe

Manager, Smart Grid Team, Corporate Development Department; ITOCHU Corporation
Paul F. Choe is Manager of Smart Grid Team, Corporate Development Department, ITOCHU Corporation.  He is responsible for creating innovative new growth strategies in smart grid and smart community areas involving sustainable new energy and integrated energy infrastructure solutions. Prior to the current position, he was actively involved in the development and implementation of cross-border market development and entry strategies for over 25 years through strategic alliance and M&A efforts in sectors such as cleantech, IT, media, food, machinery, pharmaceutical , retail, and private equity. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of Political Science & Economics at Korea University, after attending Premedical School at Catholic University of Korea.
+*-Paul F. Choe is Manager of Smart Grid Team, Corporate Development Department, ITOCHU Corporation. He is responsible for creating innovative new growth strategies in smart grid and smart community areas involving sustainable new energy and integrated energy infrastructure solutions. Prior to the current position, he was actively involved in the development and implementation of cross-border …
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Dr. Hideki Hayashi

General Manager - Smart Grid Technology, Transmission & Distribution Systems; Toshiba Corporation
Hideki Hayashi is General Manager-Smart Grid Technology, Transmission & Distributions Division and Chief Engineer of Smart Community Div. of Toshiba Corporation Principal Office. He has been assuming leadership roles in some of the most technically challenging smart grid projects such as Miyako-Island Micro Grid (already in operation), US-Japan Collaboration of New Mexico Smart Grid Project, Integrated Energy Storage Systems for Smart Community, Next Gen. Optimal T&D Smart Grid Projects, Japan Smart Communities, etc. He is the Japan Representative of IEC SMB SG3, Expert of TC8 AHG4 and convener of Jisc/Cenelec Smart Grid WG, member of International Standardization Working Group of Japan Smart Community Alliance (JSCA), Japanese Committee of IEC-ACTAD, and Power System Technical Committee of the Japan Electrical Manufacturers’ Association (JEMA) etc. In these capacities, he is actively participating in international and domestic committees for the next generation power network and smart grid global standards. He recently spearheaded Toshiba’s engineering efforts in the photovoltaic systems and smart grid systems. He completed his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Graduate School of Engineering Research at the University of Tokyo in March, 1978. He then joined Toshiba Corporation in April, 1978, and has been pursuing engineering, development, design of electric power systems monitoring and control systems, and electric power system solutions. He completed his doctorate (engineering) at the University of Tokyo in 1996.
+*-Hideki Hayashi is General Manager-Smart Grid Technology, Transmission & Distributions Division and Chief Engineer of Smart Community Div. of Toshiba Corporation Principal Office. He has been assuming leadership roles in some of the most technically challenging smart grid projects such as Miyako-Island Micro Grid (already in operation), US-Japan Collaboration of New Mexico Smart Grid Project, …
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Dr. Dan Hirleman, Jr

E. Daniel Hirleman Jr. joined Purdue University as Chief Corporate and Global Partnerships Officer in 2014, with responsibility for growing strategic private sector partnerships as well as for global alliances with nations, universities, and NGOs. He also oversees the Global Policy Research Institute, and Purdue’s International Programs operation which currently serves over 9,000 students and scholars. Hirleman received the BSME with Highest Distinction from Purdue, followed by MSME and Ph.D. He received Howard Hughes Doctoral and NSF Graduate Fellowships, did six industry internships, and was a visiting researcher at the Technical University of Denmark. He joined the Arizona State University faculty where he received teaching and research awards and held multiple administrative positions culminating in associate dean for research.  In 1999 he joined Purdue as the William E. and Florence E. Perry Head of ME, and in 2010 became dean of Engineering at the University of California, Merced.  He has received: the Hon. George Brown Award for International Scientific Cooperation, and the Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award of ASME/Pi Tau Sigma. He is a Fellow of ASME and chaired Engineers for a Sustainable World. Prof. Hirleman has about 200 technical publications, 6 U.S. patents, and has presented 80 invited lectures in 14 countries on laser-based detection and identification of cells and colonies, semiconductor manufacturing, and global engineering.  His research has been supported by 70 grants from 31 companies and 10 government agencies with total funding of over $21M.  Ten inventions/technologies developed in his lab have been licensed to the private sector and/or are in commercial products. Hirleman is married to Laura Kennedy Hirleman, M.C., who has a counseling practice. They have 3 children, and serve on various boards and ministries.  For stress relief Hirleman plays competitive racquetball.
+*-E. Daniel Hirleman Jr. joined Purdue University as Chief Corporate and Global Partnerships Officer in 2014, with responsibility for growing strategic private sector partnerships as well as for global alliances with nations, universities, and NGOs. He also oversees the Global Policy Research Institute, and Purdue’s International Programs operation which currently serves over 9,000 students and …
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Caren Anders

Vice President of Emerging Technology and Transmission Affairs, Duke Energy
Caren Anders serves as vice president of emerging technology and transmission affairs for Duke Energy. In this role, she is responsible for the development and application of technologies that support Duke Energy’s mission of providing electric services in an affordable, reliable and clean manner – while maintaining a strong financial position and responding to an ever-changing business environment. Key emerging technologies include renewable generation, plug-in electric vehicles, energy storage, smart grid, clean combustion, small modular nuclear reactors and water efficiency. In addition, Anders has responsibility for the company’s external transmission relations and industry leadership, as well as managing the transmission compliance team and enhancing transmission risk management efforts. She assumed her current position in January 2015. Anders brings more than 30 years of experience to the position, including engineering and a variety of leadership roles. She joined the company in March 2007 as vice president of transmission operations and planning for Progress Energy. Prior to that, she held numerous leadership roles at Exelon Corp. in the nuclear, fossil and transmission businesses. Following the Duke Energy/Progress Energy merger in July 2012, Anders served as chief transmission officer for Duke Energy. She had responsibility for overseeing the safe, reliable and efficient operation of Duke Energy’s electric transmission system, which included over 30,000 miles of transmission lines and more than 3,000 substations in six states. Her duties included planning, engineering and asset management, construction and maintenance, project management, operations and vegetation management. Anders earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and received her MBA from Drexel University in Philadelphia. She is also a graduate of the Columbia University Advanced Management Program, Leadership Philadelphia and Leadership North Carolina. She is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Pennsylvania and a Fellow of ASME International. Involved in a number of community and professional activities, Anders currently serves as board chair of SERC Reliability Corporation and as a board member of PT Holding Company. She serves on the advisory board of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at N.C. State University, the industry advisory board of ASME International and the board of Florida Reliability Coordinating Council Inc. She is also a board member of Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas. Anders was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa. She and her husband, David, have two children.
+*-Caren Anders serves as vice president of emerging technology and transmission affairs for Duke Energy. In this role, she is responsible for the development and application of technologies that support Duke Energy’s mission of providing electric services in an affordable, reliable and clean manner – while maintaining a strong financial position and responding to an …
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Alec Proudfoot

Engineering Consultant - Proudfoot Design
Alec Proudfoot is the engineer at Google Inc. who started the RechargeIT plug-in vehicle project. He was a member of the engineering team at AeroVironment that created the GM Impact prototype. The Impact entered production as the GM EV1, the first modern high power AC induction electric vehicle. Alec has followed the alternative fuel vehicle scene as an engineer, a consumer, and journalist -- some of his footage appeared in the documentary film "Who Killed the Electric Car." In addition to his alternative fuel vehicle work, Alec has a diverse engineering career, spanning fields from aviation to medical devices to telecommunications, and has also worked as a professional helicopter pilot. Most recently, Alec was a renewable energy engineer at Google working on the RE<C project, and previously worked as an engineering manager on imaging related applications for projects including Google Book Search and Google Maps. In his "20% time," Alec advised Google's philanthropy organization on energy and transportation issues.
+*-Alec Proudfoot is the engineer at Google Inc. who started the RechargeIT plug-in vehicle project. He was a member of the engineering team at AeroVironment that created the GM Impact prototype. The Impact entered production as the GM EV1, the first modern high power AC induction electric vehicle. Alec has followed the alternative fuel vehicle …
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Gary Johansen

Executive Director of Engineering for High Horsepower, Cummins, Inc.
Gary Joined Cummins in 1987 in the Midrange Engine Business as a development engineer focused on emissions, combustion and performance. In 1993, he became group leader for C-Series Engine Performance Development, and in 1995, he assumed responsibility for all midrange engine performance and emissions development. In 1997, Gary became Worldwide Chief Engineer for C and L engines, consolidating platform architecture and complexity across multiple JVs, markets, and six assembly plants. In 2000, he returned to his hometown, Chicago, for family reasons and joined Navistar where he held engineering, purchasing, and strategy leadership roles. In 2005, Gary returned to Cummins in 2005 as Executive Director, Engineering, leading the several Heavy Duty engine programs. Since 2009, Gary has been Executive Director, Engineering in the Power Generation Business Unit, focusing on improvements in product development, technology and innovation, as well as the launch of a number of new large platform programs and the convergence of global product architecture. Gary is very active in several community organizations in Minneapolis focused on issues including STEM education and improving the quality of life for individuals with severe disabilities. Gary earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Trine University in 1987.  He and his wife Linda, who have two children, will be relocating from Minnesota to Indiana.
+*-Gary Joined Cummins in 1987 in the Midrange Engine Business as a development engineer focused on emissions, combustion and performance. In 1993, he became group leader for C-Series Engine Performance Development, and in 1995, he assumed responsibility for all midrange engine performance and emissions development. In 1997, Gary became Worldwide Chief Engineer for C and L engines, …
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John Waters

President, Waters & Associates, LLC
President of Waters & Associates, John Waters is an entrepreneurial and business development professional with over 25 years in energy, enterprise solutions, sustainability, strategic planning, and transportation. He is currently developing multiple global sustainability projects in Africa, China, and across the US. Mr. Waters is a Senior Fellow at the Sagamore Institute, and previously a member of Duke Energy’s “Thought Leaders Council”. He also serves as part-time CTO for multiple “plug-in” start-up companies. In 2008, Mr. Waters led and co-developed a $2B business plan for the energy supply and transportation sectors and was founding CEO of Bright Automotive, Inc. Bright was an automotive OEM developing a 100-MPG plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) for the commercial fleet sector. Prior to leading Bright, Mr. Waters was Vice President of Transportation at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) where he established the consulting practice and provided energy efficiency solutions for Fortune 100 companies. Prior to RMI, he was VP of Business Development for EnerDel, Inc., where he led the joint-venture and was responsible for developing global commercial sales. As Manager of Product Engineering at Delphi Corporation (2001–2004), Mr. Waters was responsible for the design, testing, and production of multiple lithium battery products, including certified solutions for the iBot® and Segway®. Prior to Delphi, Mr. Waters worked for GM where he led numerous projects, including the invention of battery packs for GM’s first electric vehicles, GM’s EV1, and Electric S-10. Mr. Waters has six U.S. patents, two international patents, holds two defensive papers in battery pack designs, and has received numerous industry awards.
+*-President of Waters & Associates, John Waters is an entrepreneurial and business development professional with over 25 years in energy, enterprise solutions, sustainability, strategic planning, and transportation. He is currently developing multiple global sustainability projects in Africa, China, and across the US. Mr. Waters is a Senior Fellow at the Sagamore Institute, and previously a …
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