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Lighting The Way: Getting Smart About Electricity

UCLA Anderson Office of Alumni Relations

Monday, April 18, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

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Southern California Edison

 

Southern California EdisonChange is constant when it comes to the delivery and consumption of electricity. Power sources continue to evolve as consumers become more conscious of consumption and its impact on the environment. A panel of experts will share the latest information – including new sources, smart grids, smart cars, demand response, energy storage – on a topic relevant to consumers and businesses alike.

Don’t miss this special UCLA Anderson evening, filled with insights and new connections!

Seating is limited. Networking reception to follow.

Panelists:

Lisa Cagnolatti B.S '83 
Vice President, Business Customer Division 
Southern California Edison

Dr. Rajit Gadh  
Professor & Director, UCLA,
WINMEC & Smart Grid Energy Research Center

Oded Rhone B.A. '87, MBA '90
Vice President, Strategic Planning 
Edison International



Speaker Bios:

Lisa Cagnolatti B.S '83 
Vice President, Business Customer Division 
Southern California Edison

Lisa Cagnolatti B.S '83 Lisa Cagnolatti is vice president of the Business Customer Division of Southern California Edison’s (SCE’s) Customer Service Operating Unit. She oversees the company’s relationships with its major industrial, commercial, and government customers as well as SCE’s efforts to stimulate business development in the 15 counties the company serves.

Cagnolatti joined SCE in 1996 and has held a variety of duties with the company in a broad range of management positions. She previously was the director of the company’s call center operations, which handles more than 13 million calls a year. In addition, Cagnolatti was the director of SCE’s billing, payment, and credit activities; a region manager in SCE power delivery and construction organization; and the manager of SCE’s rural district organization, which encompasses approximately 39,000 miles and serves 150,000 customers, some of whom also get water and gas from SCE.

Before joining SCE, Cagnolatti worked 11 years with Southern California Gas Company in a variety of positions of increasing responsibility including sales management, marketing, environmental policy, and regulatory affairs. Cagnolatti worked two years for Procter & Gamble as a paper manufacturing team manager before joining the Gas Company.

In addition to her professional responsibilities, Cagnolatti serves in a leadership capacity for numerous community organizations focused on improving educational opportunities for under-served youth and enhancing the lives of women and girls around the world. She is Board Chairwoman for the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles, and a Board Member of the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute, The American Association of Blacks in Energy, and the National College Resources Foundation.

Cagnolatti earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University.

 

Dr. Rajit Gadh 
Professor & Director, UCLA,
WINMEC & Smart Grid Energy Research Center

Dr. Rajit Gadh Dr. Rajit Gadh is Professor of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA, Founder and Director the Smart Grid Energy Research Center or SMERC (http://smartgrid.ucla.edu) and Founder and Director of the UCLA WINMEC Consortium (http://winmec.ucla.edu). Dr. Gadh has a Doctorate degree from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), a Masters from Cornell University and a Bachelors degree from IIT Kanpur all in engineering. He has taught as a visiting researcher at UC Berkeley, has been an Assistant, Associate and Full Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and was a visiting researcher at Stanford University.

Dr. Gadh's current research interests include modeling and control of Smart Grids, wireless monitoring and control of distribution and consumer-premise power grids, Electric Vehicle aggregation, modeling and control, optimized EV charging under grid and local constraints, Grid-tovehicle, Vehicle-to-grid and Grid-to-home architectures, automation and home area network for Demand Response, Micro-grid modeling and control, and, wireless-sensor and RFID middleware architectures. Dr. Gadh is author of over 150 articles in journals and conference proceedings and 4 patents. His team has developed the WINSmartEVTM and WINSmartGridTM research platforms at UCLA.

Dr. Gadh's research has recently been funded by the following sources: (i) LADWP (in turn funded by DOE) in which UCLA is one of three academic cooperating partners along with USC, and, JPL/Caltech in which DOE funding is roughly $60M) (ii) Korean Institute for Energy Research (KIER), (iii) EPRI NESCOR Grant (funded by DOE), (iv) California Energy Commission, and (v) the UCLA Smart Grid Industry Partners Program or SMERC-IPP consisting of over a dozen industry members.

He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He has received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award, NSF Research Initiation Award, and, NSF-Lucent Industry Ecology Fellow Award, Society of Automotive Engineers Ralph R. Teetor Educational award, IEEE WTS second best student paper award, ASME Kodak Best Technical Paper award, AT&T Industrial ecology fellow award, Engineering Education Foundation Research Initiation Award, the William Mong Fellowship from University of Hong Kong, and other accolades in his career. He has lectured and given keynote/distinguished addresses worldwide in countries such as Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Holland, Hong Kong, Japan, S. Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, and, Thailand. Dr. Gadh serves as advisor to a handful of technology-based startups.

 

Oded Rhone B.A. '87, MBA '90 
Vice President, Strategic Planning 
Edison International

Professor Sanjay Sood Oded J. Rhone is vice president of strategic planning at Edison International. He focuses on developing new growth opportunities for the company, currently concentrating on the solar generation segment by establishing a platform to serve commercial and industrial customers.

Previously, Rhone was vice president of development at Edison Mission Energy (EME), at the time a subsidiary of Edison International, where he focused on the development of renewable energy projects. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing the company’s wind energy development program, including all work with EME joint-development partners and internal EME teams.

Rhone joined Edison Capital, an Edison International affiliate, in 1990, working in a variety of areas including affordable housing, project finance and leasing operations. Rhone then headed Edison Capital’s office in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for the company’s activities in Latin America.

Rhone also worked at Washington, D.C.-based Emerging Markets Partnership, where he originated, executed and oversaw private equity investments in Latin America and Central Europe. Rhone’s investment activities were in infrastructure companies and projects, where he executed transactions in the energy, natural resources and telecommunications sectors. Rhone holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, summa cum laude, from the University of California - Los Angeles, where he also earned an MBA in finance.

Have questions about Lighting The Way: Getting Smart About Electricity? Contact UCLA Anderson Office of Alumni Relations

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Southern California Edison
2244 Walnut Grove Avenue
Rosemead, CA 91770

Monday, April 18, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)


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