“Electrification of Transportation and it’s Impacts to the Grid”


AMB. Hank Cooper – Chairman of High Frontier

Ambassador Henry (Hank) Cooper is Chairman of the Board of High Frontier, a non-profit, non-partisan educational corporation, formed to examine the potential for defending America against missile attack and Chairman Emeritus of Applied Research Associates, Inc. Previously, Ambassador Cooper was Director of the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (SDIO) during the George H.W. Bush administration and President Reagan’s Chief Negotiator at the Geneva Defense and Space Talks with the former Soviet Union.. As Assistant Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, he backstopped U.S. bilateral negotiations with the Soviet Union and led the development of President Reagan’s space arms control policy; and, as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, oversaw the Reagan modernization program for USAF strategic and space systems. Ambassador Cooper holds a Ph.D. from New York University in Mechanical Engineering, and BS and MS degrees from Clemson University, also in Mechanical Engineering. He serves as a technical resource for Resilient Societies on matters of ballistic missile defense and international arms control.


George H. Baker III, Ph.D. – BAYCOR, LLC.

Dr. Baker is CEO of BAYCOR, LLC – a consulting company primarily devoted to preparedness for and protection against major electromagnetic threats to critical infrastructures including nuclear EMP, solar storms, and RF weapons. Dr. Baker is a Professor Emeritus at James Madison University, where he directed the JMU Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance. Previously, Dr. Baker led the Defense Nuclear Agency’s EMP program, directed the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s assessment arm, and served as a member of the Congressional EMP Commission Staff. Dr. Baker holds an M.S. in Physics from University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Physics from the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology. Dr. Baker serves as a technical resource for Resilient Societies on matters of infrastructure protection.


Maggie Clout, Siemens Microgrid Business Development

Maggie leads and manages Siemens microgrid and distributed energy business development as well as crafts and implements microgrid project development plans for multiple vertical markets including commercial and industrial segments, cities, US Federal Government, universities and other campus environments which include developing clean energy technology usage (including energy storage, solar, wind, co-gen, waste heat recovery and more) for distributed energy and microgrid projects.

Maggie has over 18 year of experience working in power industry from big power plants, distributed energy, demand response and microgrid projects.  Prior to rejoining Siemens, Maggie served as Director of Business Development for Calnetix Technologies, leading a worldwide business development effort for Organic Rankin Cycle Waste Heat Recovery Systems; managing numerous sales channels including global distributors, resellers and partners. During her tenure at Comverge, Inc., Maggie served as Director of Product Marketing/International Business Development in all aspect of Energy Management applications including DR, MDM, work force deployment, call center, AMI, AMS, and ERP; Served as Subject Matter Expert to direct end users, channel partners, developers, consultants and other audiences.

Maggie began her career with Siemens in 2000 as a Proposal Engineer and rose through the ranks over the course of 15 years serving in the roles of Strategic Marketing Management where she analyzed the competitive environment and strategic trends to provide strategic recommendations on go-forward strategies and Marketing Communications Manager leading all aspects of campaign development and implementation for solutions and topics including total power plant automation and electrical solutions, cyber security and smart grid.

Maggie is actively involved in many professional organizations including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), International Society of Automation (ISA), Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Association of Energy Service Professionals (AESP) and American Solar Energy Society (ASES). Her deep understanding of microgrid, distributed energy, renewable integration, power generation, controls and automation, and energy consumption has been well respected. She is regularly featured as a guest speaker or moderator at industry events; has authored and contributed to numerous business cases and white papers; and has been published in industry trade magazines.

Maggie received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Textile Engineering from China Textile University, Shanghai; her Master of Business Administration and Ph.D. of Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University and is a Faculty Member at the School of Business at University of Phoenix teaching courses on Business Research, Quantitative Analysis for Business, Effective Business Communication.


Thomas Golden – EnergyUnited

Thomas Golden is the Chief Strategy Officer at EnergyUnited EMC.  Thomas is responsible for developing groundbreaking strategic initiatives to leverage emerging technology, innovative service models, and disruptive trends in the marketplace to catapult EnergyUnited to the forefront of the electric industry.

Thomas has held a variety of other roles in his career, including Program Manager, Technology Innovation at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). At EPRI Thomas and his team were responsible for managing a large portfolio of research focused on emerging

Prior to EPRI, he was as the Manager of Energy Market Design at the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), where he and his team were responsible for the evolution of the NYISO wholesale energy electricity market design. The team was closely focused on improving pricing signals and incentives that closely align with reliability needs and/or policy objectives.

Before leading Energy Market Design, Thomas was the Manager of Technology Management at Duke Energy, where he helped shape the company’s strategy and policy regarding energy storage and emerging technologies. Thomas was a speaker at numerous National conferences and Universities where he delivered a message of thought leadership and change management related to emerging technologies. He was honored as one of the fifty Smart Grid Pioneers of 2015.

Finally, he led the Senior Reactor Operator Initial Licensing Program at Duke Energy’s Catawba Nuclear Station. In this role, Thomas developed future licensed reactor and senior reactor operators who are tasked with operating a two-unit commercial nuclear reactor facility.

Thomas earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as well as a Master of Business Administration from Wake Forest University.

Thomas is a military veteran, serving 12 years on active duty in the US Navy where responsibilities included operating submarine nuclear reactors and land-based prototype nuclear reactors.  Thomas continues to serve today in the Navy Reserve as a Supply Corps Officer.


Tony Chamra, PE – AECOM

Tony Chamra is a Professional Engineer working for AECOM in Charlotte, NC. He has a Bachelors in Civil Engineering from Villanova University and a Masters of Science from Penn State University. Tony has 11 years experience in the transit industry and has been the Systems Engineering Coordinator for streetcar projects in Charlotte and Atlanta. His duties primarily include leading the design review and coordination of traction power, overhead catenary, and communications systems.


Khurram Kazi – Draper Lab

Khurram Kazi is a principal member of technical staff at Draper, where he has concentrated on research and development of fault tolerant flight computers, autonomous services, optical networks and FPGA development. He has over 30 years of industrial hands-on expertise in developing networking system architectures and ASICs/FPGAs for high-speed data/telecommunications, avionics, integrated telemetry networks, and PC/Laptop applications. Prior to Draper he has worked at research institutions (Bell Labs and Sarnoff Corp.), Fortune 500 companies and start-up ventures. His work has resulted in published papers, book chapters and conference tutorials on topics from optical components to ASICs to optical networks and autonomous electric charging services. Khurram received his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. He is the editor/co-author of “Optical Networking Standards: A Comprehensive Guide for Professional”, published by Springer.


Chris King – Siemens

Chris King is Chief Policy Officer of Siemens Digital Grid, leading strategic initiatives worldwide in advanced metering, transportation electrification, grid modernization, and DER integration. In the past, he has held executive roles at three energy start-ups as well as at PG&E. Chris serves on the Boards of Advanced Energy Economy, Smart Electric Power Association and Smart Energy Europe.  He has testified before the U.S. Congress, several U.S. states, and

Chris holds double Masters Degrees from Stanford University and a doctorate from Concord Law School. He also has three patents related to advanced metering and intelligent grids.


Richard Fioravanti:  Director, Transportation Electrification

 Mr. Fioravanti brings over 25 years of experience working with emerging energy technologies in both commercial and consulting roles. He has worked with major manufacturers, utilities, state/federal agencies, and developers to understand and deploy advanced energy systems.   He currently focuses his efforts on electric transportation, EV infrastructure, and distributed energy resources, evaluating electricity grid impacts and linking the technologies to grid modernization, utility of the future initiatives.   In his commercial roles, he helped develop and deploy advanced microturbines, fuel cells, and CHP systems.

He has authored several papers on advanced storage technologies and has been cited frequently as a leader in his field. Mr. Fioravanti also was a founding Board Member of New York BEST (Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium) and served on their Board for five years. He received his M.B.A and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.