Industry Advisory Committee Biographies

Robert B. Catell

Robert B. Catell
Chairman of the Board of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC), Stony Brook University

Mr. Catell was formerly the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of KeySpan Corporation and KeySpan Energy Delivery, the former Brooklyn Union Gas. His career with Brooklyn Union Gas started in 1958. Following National Grid’s acquisition of KeySpan Corporation, Mr. Catell became Chairman of National Grid, U.S. and Deputy Chairman of National Grid plc.

He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) at Stony Brook University, the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, the New York State Smart Grid Consortium, Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School, and Futures in Education Endowment Fund.

Mr. Catell serves on the Board of the following not for profit organizations: Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, Department of Education; Diocese of Rockville Centre, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, St. Francis Hospital Foundation, and the New York City Police Foundation.

He also serves on the Board of the following business organizations: A+Technology & Security Solutions, Inc., Applied DNA Sciences Inc., BioRestorative Therapies, Long Island Angel Network (LIAN), Long Island Association (LIA), National Petroleum Council, ThermoLift Inc., and the Water Company, LLC.

He Chairs the Advisory Board for Applied DNA Sciences Inc., and serves on the Advisory Board for: Advanced Power North America (APNA), CAI Investments, EC Infosystems, Gold Coast Bank, Our Energy Policy Foundation, Posillico Inc., the President’s Advisory Council at Adelphi University, and VNG.CO.

Mr. Catell is an Executive in Residence at Hofstra University and was named the first “John J. Phelan, Jr. Fellow” of the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business at Adelphi University.

Mr. Catell is a former Chairman of Alberta Northeast Gas Ltd., the American Gas Association, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, KEYERA Energy Management Ltd., Long Island Association, Partnership for New York City, Inc., U.S. Energy Association (USEA), Business Council of NYS, the Advisory Board of the City College of New York’s School of Engineering, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, and Winthrop Hospital Board of Regents.

Mr. Catell is a former board member of: the Brooklyn Public Library Foundation, City College of New York 21st Century Foundation, Edison Electric Institute (EEI), Energy Association of NYS, Long Island Foreign Affairs Forum, National Grid Foundation, New York Academy of Sciences, New York State Economic Development Power Allocation Board (EDPAB), New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA), Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation, the advisory board of the Center for Urban Sciences & Progress (CUSP), HeartShare for Human Services, and the Brooklyn Law School (Member Emeritus).

Mr. Catell is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers, CUNY Business Leadership Council, National Society of Professional Engineers, NYS Society of Professional Engineers, and the Society of Gas Lighting.

Mr. Catell received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the City College of New York and is a registered Professional Engineer. He has attended Columbia University’s Executive Development Program, and the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

Jeffrey S. Katz

Jeffrey S. Katz
Head of Grid Technology, Energy, Environment and Utilities industry, IBM Corporation

Jeffrey S. Katz is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology. He is a co-chair of the Industrial Internet Consortium’s Energy Task Group, and is a member of the Internet2 working group on the Internet of Things.
He was chair of the Smart Grid Session of the Yale Alumni in Energy conference in 2012, and was a co-chair of the IEEE 2030 Standard on Smart Grid Interoperability Guidelines, IT Task Force. He was on the External Advisory Board of the Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid, and is on the Advisory Board of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center. He was on the “Networked Grid 100: The Movers and Shakers of the Smart Grid in 2012” list from Green Tech Media. He was appointed to the IEEE Standards Association Standards Board for 2014. He is an Open Group Distinguished IT Specialist and an IBM Thought Leader level Distinguished IT Specialist, as well as the holder of an IBM First Plateau Invention Achievement Award. He co-chaired the first IEEE Power and Energy Society workshop on Big Data in Utilities in September 2017, and the first PES workshop on Utility Cybersecurity in December 2017. He has given several industry keynote presentations, including the 2017 ISA Power Industry Division and the inaugural 2016 National Renewable Energy Lab Cyber Security workshop.

Prior to IBM he was the Manager of the Computer Science department at the U.S. Corporate Research Center of ABB, and then of ALSTOM.

He is an author on seven patents, in tele-medicine, robotics and computer vision, intelligent electric power distribution, energy aware cloud computing, with others pending. He has a Commercial General Radiotelephone license from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, belongs to Sigma Xi, and is a member of Mensa.

Jeff has organized or taught several volunteer activities around robotics for education, including FIRST, FIRST Lego League, and VEX Robotics. Jeff is also a long time amateur (ham) radio operator. He was a Region 1 finalist in the Johns Hopkins National Search for Computing Applications to Assist Persons with Disabilities. He is the Connecticut District Vice President of the Yale Science and Engineering Association, and is also a Fellow of that organization.

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John D. McDonald

John D. McDonald, P.E.
Smart Grid Business Development Leader, GE’s Grid Solutions

John D. McDonald, P.E., is Smart Grid Business Development Leader for GE Power’s Grid Solutions business. John has 44 years of experience in the electric utility transmission and distribution industry. John received his B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. (Power Engineering) degrees from Purdue University, and an M.B.A. (Finance) degree from the University of California-Berkeley. John is a Life Fellow of IEEE, and was awarded the IEEE Millennium Medal, the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Excellence in Power Distribution Engineering Award, the IEEE PES Substations Committee Distinguished Service Award, and the IEEE PES Meritorious Service Award. John is Past President of the IEEE PES, the VP for Technical Activities for the US National Committee (USNC) of CIGRE, the Past Chair of the IEEE PES Substations Committee, and the IEEE Division VII Past Director. John was on the Board of Governors of the IEEE-SA (Standards Association). John was elected to Chair the NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Board from 2010-2014. Currently, John is on the NIST Smart Grid Advisory Committee (SGAC) to provide updates on NIST Smart Grid activities and the intersections with Cyber-Physical Systems program activities, and to discuss development and stakeholder engagement for the NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 4.0. John received the 2009 Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award from Purdue University. John teaches a Smart Grid course at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Smart Grid course for GE, and Smart Grid courses for various IEEE PES local chapters as an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer. John has published one hundred papers and articles and has co-authored five books.

Tom Murad

Tom Murad, Ph.D., P.Eng. F.E.C., SM.IEEE
Country Lead – Engineering, Technology & Academic Relations; Head of Siemens Canada Engineering and Technology Academy

Dr. Tom Murad, Country Lead – Engineering, Technology & Academic Relations for Siemens Canada, and a member of PEO Engineering Order of Honour is a respected leader, thinker, and distinguished speaker on the topics of Engineering, Technology and Technical talents/skills development and education.

Joined Siemens Canada in 2010 and he is the founder of the Siemens Canada Engineering and Technology Academy “SCETA”, that he established and directed since October 2014. He is also serving as a member of various advisory Boards of Directors in the Industry and Academia.

Tom has about 40 years of Professional Engineering and Technical Operations Executive Management including Academic and R&D work in Electrical power, Industrial Controls and Automation.

Dr. Murad holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical & Electronics), and a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Power Electronics and Industrial Controls from Loughborough University of Technology in the UK, with a Leadership Program Certificate from Schulich Business School, York University in Ontario, Canada.

  • Fellow of Engineers Canada “F.E.C”.
  • Licensed P.Eng.; (PEO & OSPE) in Ontario; APEGA in Alberta, & NAPEG in the North Western Territories.
  • Senior Member of IEEE, Member of Board of Directors – IEEE Canada & Chair of Executive committee – IEEE Toronto Section (2016-2017).
  • Member of PEO Licensing “Engineering Experience Review”- ERC Committee Since 2002.
  • Member of OSPE’s Hamilton- Halton Engineering week Committee.
  • Member of Board of Directors – Canadian – German Centre for Innovation and Research.
  • Member of Francophone Workforce Development Council (FWDC).
Qing-Chang Zhong

Dr. Qing-Chang Zhong.
Founder and CEO of Syndem LLC, McGraw Endowed Chair Professor of Energy and Power Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology

Qing-Chang Zhong, Fellow of IEEE and IET, received two Ph.D. degrees, one from Imperial College London in 2004 and the other from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2000.

He is the Founder & CEO of Syndem LLC, Chicago, USA and holds the Max McGraw Endowed Chair Professor in Energy and Power Engineering at Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. He serves/d as a Steering Committee member for IEEE Smart Grid, a Distinguished Lecturer for three IEEE societies (PELS/CSS/PES), an Associate Editor for IEEE TAC/TIE/TPELS/TCST/Access/JESTPE, and a Vice-Chair for IFAC TC Power and Energy Systems. He spent nearly 15 years in the UK and was the Chair Professor in Control and Systems Engineering at University of Sheffield before moving to Chicago. He was a Senior Research Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering, UK, and the UK Representative to European Control Association. He proposed to continue adopting the synchronization mechanism of synchronous machines to unify the integration of non-synchronous distributed generators and flexible loads in a synchronized and democratized (SYNDEM) manner to achieve autonomous operation of power systems. He is the (co-)author of four research monographs.