IEEE Buenaventura Section. © Copyright 2012, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc Smartgrid Efficiency Research Center - UCLA UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center or SMERC - http://smartgrid.ucla.edu/ - performs research, creates innovations, and, demonstrates advanced wireless/communications, Internet and sense-and- control technologies to enable the development of the next generation of the electric utility grid - The Smart Grid. SMERC also provides thought leadership via partnership between utilities, government, policy makers, technology providers, electric vehicle and electric appliance manufacturers, DOE research labs and universities, so as to collectively work on vision, planning and execution towards a smart grid of the future. The Smart Grid of the future would allow integration of renewable energy sources, reduce losses, improve efficiencies, increase grid flexibility, reduce power outages, allow for competitive electricity pricing, allow for integration of electric vehicles and overall become more responsive to market, consumer and societal needs. SMERC is currently working on the topics of Automated Demand Response, Electric Vehicle Integration (G2V and V2G), Microgrids, Distributed and renewable integration, and Cybersecurity. KEYNOTE SPEAKER DR. RAJIT GADH Dr. Rajit Gadh is a Professor at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA, and the Founding Director of the UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center or SMERC - http://smartgrid.ucla.edu/. He is also Founder and Director of the Wireless Internet for Mobile Enterprise Consortium or WINMEC (http://winmec.ucla.edu) of which major organizations including Boeing, ETRI, Hewlett Packard, Hughes Network Systems, Intel, ISBM-Italy, InterDigital, ITC Infotech, Lucent Technologies, Microsoft, Motorola, Northrop Grumman, Qualcomm, Raytheon, Sprint, Siemens, TCS, Verizon Wireless and others have been sponsors/members over the last several years. Dr. Gadh's research interests include Smart Grid Architectures, Smart wireless communications, sense and control for Demand Response, Micro Grids and Electric Vehicle Integration into the Grid, Mobile Multimedia, Wireless and RFID Middleware, RFID and Wireless sensors for Tracking Assets, RF-sensor-control interfaces,and Visualization. He has over 150 papers in journals, conferences, and technical magazines and 3 patents granted. James Zuber, Quality Logic Jim Zuber, Chief Technical Officer, was the principal architect of the testing methodologies that made QualityLogic one of the leading suppliers of test solutions to the computer peripheral and telecommunications industries, and is considered an expert in emerging technology trends. QualityLogic is the official test tool vendor to the OpenADR Alliance and has recently completed test suite for the the OpenADR 2.0 specification. Developed by the Demand Response Research Center of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, OpenADR is a low-cost, speedy, reliable communications infrastructure that allows utilities and grid operators to send Demand Response signals directly to building automation and control systems on customers’ sites, using a common language and existing communications technology, such as the Internet. Zuber was a cofounder and served as President of Genoa Technology before its merger with Revision Labs to form QualityLogic. Zuber is the founder and principal architect of the Internet's most popular free trail resource, LocalHikes.com, which over half a million people use each month to plan their outdoor adventures. Tom McGrath Channel Islands BioEnergy Channel Islands BioEnergy (CIB) is bringing an advanced fuel cell technology to market.  The alkaline-hydrogen fuel cells are 60-70% efficient and will run on gases refined from existing industrial and municipal waste streams: hydrogen, methane, and digested bulk organics.  Fuel cells are built from low-cost materials and can be scaled up in manufacture and in delivered capacity. CIB Founder Tom McGrath has worked in film production, marketing and business development, and most recently before CRE as the founder of LABS Renewable Energy.  He is also a board member of the Clean Technology Council and has worked in the sustainable business technology arena for over five years.