2019 Speakers

Tom Alrich NERC-CIP Consultant, Founder Tom Alrich, LLC Tom Alrich is a well-known consultant and blogger about cyber risk management and the NERC CIP cybersecurity standards for the electric power industry. Tom has consulted on cybersecurity and CIP compliance since 2008, working previously for Honeywell and Deloitte. Tom has spent approximately one year working on... Read more
Richard (Dick) Brooks Senior Consultant and Co-founder Reliable Energy Analytics LLC Richard “Dick” Brooks is a Professional Software Architect with over 30 years of software engineering accomplishments, primarily serving the Energy industry. He has been a member of the IEEE and ACM for over 30 years. He currently serves as co-chair of the FERC/NAESB e-forms... Read more
Eric Byres CEO aDolus Inc. former CTO of Belden Inc. and CTO of Tofino Security Inc. Eric Byres is one of the world’s leading experts in industrial control system (ICS) and IIoT cybersecurity. He invented the Tofino Security technology – the most widely deployed ICS-specific firewall in the world. Eric's accomplishments include founding the BCIT... Read more
Sam Chanoski Director of Threat Intelligence Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC) North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Sam Chanoski is the Electricity ISAC’s Director of Threat Intelligence, where he works with government and private sector organizations to share and analyze threat intelligence in the context of the electric sector, develop mitigation strategies for... Read more
Katherine Davis, PhD Assistant Professor Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Texas A&M University (TAMU) Katherine Davis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University (TAMU), previously a Research Scientist with the Information Trust Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Software Engineer and... Read more
Marc DeNaire Chief Technology Officer & Cofounder DeNexus, Inc. A long time veteran of the Public and Federal utility energy sectors, Marc has over three decades of experience in executive management, technical leadership, and power operations management. Marc is well known throughout the Western Interconnection United States for his expertise in Technology Innovation, Cyber Security,... Read more
Sajjad Fekriasl, PhD Technical Manager ABB Sajjad Fekriasl received his PhD degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal (2006) and B.S.(Hons) and M.S.(Hons) degrees in electrical engineering (1995, 1997). He has held a number of technical leadership positions in the field of electrical engineering. He was principal engineer at... Read more
James Formea Engineering Manager Control Systems & Technology Power Systems Division, Eaton James Formea joined Cooper Power Systems in 2007, and held various positions in marketing and engineering before moving into his current role as Engineering Manager – Controls Systems & Technology in Eaton’s Power Systems Division. In this role, Mr. Formea leads a diverse... Read more
Santiago Grijalva, PhD Southern Company Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Director of the Advanced Computational Electricity Systems (ACES) Laboratory Georgia Tech University Santiago Grijalva is the Southern Company Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Advanced Computational Electricity Systems (ACES) Laboratory at Georgia Tech. His research interest is on... Read more
Hadis Karimipour, PhD, PE Assistant Professor School of Engineering University of Guelph Dr. Hadis Karimipour is the director of SCPS Lab and an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Guelph. Her research mainly focuses on intelligent AI-based monitoring and security analysis of critical infrastructure including large scale control systems and... Read more
Steven A. Kunsman Director of Product Management and Applications ABB Power Grids Grid Automation, North America Steve joined ABB Inc. in 1984 and has over 33 years of experience in substation automation, protection and control. He presently is leads the ABB North American Grid Automation technical team for Automation and Communications. Steve graduated from Lafayette... Read more
Gonda Lamberink Cybersecurity Senior Business Development Manager UL Gonda is an experienced business development manager in UL’s Identity Management & Security division. Gonda focuses on cybersecurity for IoT market segments globally including smart home, smart building and Industry 4.0. Gonda is driving thought-leadership, identifying business opportunities and building capabilities within UL to provide IoT manufacturers... Read more
Madhav Manjrekar, PhD Associate Professor, UNC Charlotte Assistant Director of EPIC Dr. Madhav Manjrekar, SMIEEE, is an Associate Professor at the UNC Charlotte and also serves as an Assistant Director of EPIC center. Named as an e4 Carolinas Emerging Leader in Energy in 2015, He has led technology and innovation teams in the areas of... Read more
Brian Romansky Chief Innovation Officer Owl Cyber Defense Brian Romansky has over 25 years' experience in security technology and innovation in automotive security, payment systems, healthcare and logistics. He is currently Chief Technology Officer at Owl Cyber Defense, focused on shaping and executing the company's growth strategy through advanced technology development and entry into new... Read more
Danish Saleem DER Cybersecurity Standards Lead Cyber-Physical Energy Systems Security Group National Renewable Energy Laboratory Danish Saleem is the DER Cybersecurity Standards Lead in the Cyber-Physical Systems Security Group in National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) where he works with the public and private sector to identify security requirements at the device and system level and... Read more
Christopher Sistrunk, PE Principal Consultant Mandiant (a FireEye Company) Christopher Sistrunk is a Principal Consultant at Mandiant (a FireEye company) focusing on ICS and critical infrastructure. Before Mandiant, he was a Senior Electrical Enginer with Entergy for 12 years, 10 of which were involved with the Transmission and Distribution SCADA systems where he was a... Read more
Nathan Wallace, PhD, CSSA Co-Founder, Director of Cyber Operations Cybirical Nathan has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, B.S. in Physics, a M.S. in Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Cyberspace from Louisiana Tech University. He started his career as an Intern with Entergy’s Relay Settings and Configuration group. He then joined a small utility as... Read more
Tobias Whitney Technical Executive in Cyber Security for the Electric Sector Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) formerly Senior Manager of Critical Infrastructure Protection North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Tobias Whitney is a Technical Executive in P183. He has over 20 years of experience in cyber security and regulatory policy for the electric sector and... Read more
Andrew West Regional Technical Director SUBNET Solutions Andrew West is an electrical engineer who has spent over 35 years working with SCADA system software. He has worked for utilities, equipment vendors, integrators, training organizations and consulting firms. He has been active in SCADA standards development since 1996, currently chairs the DNP Technical Committee and is... Read more