IEEE Power and Energy Society

Chicago Chapter 2016-2017

Smart Cities

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Mehdi Ganji

Willdan Energy Solutions

About the Topic

A smart city is an urban development vision to integrate information and communication technology and Internet of things (IoT) technology in a secure fashion to leverage cross functional benefits and manage a city's assets. These assets include local departments' information systems, schools, libraries, transportation systems, hospitals, power plants, water supply networks, waste management, law enforcement, and other community services.

In this presentation, Dr. Ganji will talk about the dimensions of Smart Cities, what the building blocks are to deploy smart cities efficiently and cost effectively, what the starting point is to develop these projects, and who the major players are.

About the Speaker

Dr. Ganji is a Vice President of the Willdan Group and leads the Smart cities Team, expanding the knowledge of smart grid technology across the company-with particular emphasis on power system grid resiliency, reliability improvement, and smart grid technologies. He is also Smart Grid Ambassador, collaborating with Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) on a number of smart grid research and implementation projects focusing on demand response and ancillary services procurement, electrical vehicle fleet as mobile storage units, transactive energy, energy management systems, and optimal load scheduling in commercial- and residential-based microgrids.

With 10 years of experience in energy studies including electric power simulation and analysis, power market simulation and forecasting, renewable energy resources integration, and microgrid planning, operation and control, Dr. Ganji has developed an in-depth understanding of the challenges involved in microgrid projects and the integration of smart grid technologies. He is a nationally published author and has served as a key tem member conducting groundbreaking research in the areas of electricity grid technology implementation and development; microgrid design, operation, and control; renewable energy integration; power system operation and planning; power system economics; modeling and optimization of large-scale power systems; power systems operation, reliability, and security; home/building energy management system, and; wireless sensor network. As Power System Engineering Society (PES) and IEEE Chicago Section executive officer, he remains actively engaged in the planning and coordination of ongoing technical workshops, conferences, and competitions.

Location       Time  
Sargent & Lundy, 24th floor Conference Room   11:30 AM   Social
55 East Monroe St   11:45 AM   Lunch (optional)
(Enter from Monroe or Adams, near Wabash)   12:00 PM   Presentation
Chicago, IL 60603   1:00 PM   Adjourn


Please make your reservation by noon on Monday 10 Apr 2017 via the Online Reservation Form.

Directions to Luncheon Location

You can reach the 24th floor of 55 East Monroe Street from the South (Adams Street entrance) elevator bank only.

Please bring your lunch with you. If you would like to purchase lunch, then the Under 55 dining room, in the basement on the North end of the building, is recommended.

Take the elevator to 24 and sign in with the Sargent & Lundy Receptionist. Please note that food is only permitted in the Hospitality Area outside the Conference Room. Food is not permitted in the Conference Room.

As you sign in, you may request a Discount Parking coupon. When you depart, you must pay for parking at the Automated Pay Station in the Parking Garage elevator lobby on the floor where you parked. First insert the parking ticket, then insert the discount coupon, then make payment. If you pay at the Garage Exit, then the discount is NOT available. With the discount, parking is $18, without $40.

Continuing Education

IEEE technical meetings may be acceptable as continuing education where required for maintenance of professional engineering licensure. Refer to the individual state's requirements for details. A receipt for one Professional Development Hour (PDH) will be provided.

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