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Company Founder


Vikram Budhraja

President

Mr. Budhraja heads Electric Power Group as its President. He was formerly at Edison International in senior executive positions, including: President, Edison Technology Solutions; Senior Vice President and Head of Power Grid Business Unit, Southern California Edison; Vice President, System Planning, Fuels and Operations, Southern California Edison. Mr. Budhraja has extensive experience in power systems planning and operations, electric industry restructuring, reliability management, new ventures and technologies.



Meet Our Team


Krish Narendra

Krish Narendra, Ph.D, is the COO and Technology Lead of EPG. Krish joined EPG in September 2017, and brings over 27 years of experience in power system protection, monitoring, control and analysis. Krish is an internationally recognized expert in power systems protection, monitoring and control. Krish’s vision is to leverage his expertise and extend and expand EPG’s industry leading portfolio for real time grid monitoring, visualization and analytics to address

industry needs for asset health monitoring, digital solutions for power grid automation, and control. Krish’ s skills span power systems disturbance analysis, protection, synchro phasor technology (PMUs), micro grid protection, sub-harmonics in power systems, SSR (sub synchronous resonance), Ferro- resonance, HVDC controls, neural networks, artificial intelligence, fuzzy logic, and the application of IEC 61850 protocols for digital substation protection and control. His expertise in innovative design; commercialization of protective relays and disturbance monitoring recorders; use of advanced digital signal processing technologies on embedded systems; and in Windows development environments makes him uniquely skilled to lead the convergence of real time grid security, analytics; asset health and automation. Prior to joining EPG, Krish was the CTO and Board Member of ERLPhase Power Technologies Ltd. of Canada. Krish has published over 40 papers in various IEEE/IEC journals and conferences, and is an innovator holding several patents. He is a valued IEEE member for over 15 years and an active participant in the IEEE PRSC working groups, a member of the PRTT of NASPI, a member of the CIGRE C4-B5 working group and NERC SMS committee.

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Ken Martin

Ken Martin has over 30 years of experience in the electric utility industry. He has extensive experience with SCADA and time-synchronized phasor data collection and use, including collection, system communications, system architecture and design, and applications for protection, control, monitoring, data management and display. Ken's work covers instrumentation and measurement systems for research, test, validation and controls.


Jim Dyer

Jim Dyer was formerly Manager of System Operation and Energy Control Center, Southern California Edison. He led his Edison team to implement Independent System Operator and Power Exchange structure. Jim has extensive experience in WECC and NERC on operations, transmission, reliability, and dispatch. He has led assessments of ISO design and operations, transmission bottlenecks, and reliability standards and metrics.


Vivek Bhaman

Vivek Bhaman has an interdisciplinary background covering product management, engineering, all aspects software life-cycle and project management. Vivek has over two decades of experience in commercializing new technologies. Mr. Bhaman leads EPG's synchrophasor technology solutions business including products, projects and customer deployments. He has successfully led the establishment EPG's leadership position in

synchrophasor technology and relationships with PJM, NYISO, Duke, Dominion, ERCOT, Consolidated Edison, SCE, and other companies. Vivek has held senior management and executive positions leading business units and technology organizations globally, including Hewlett Packard, VeriFone, Unique Business Systems, and the Interpublic Group.

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Simon Mo

Simon Mo, Ph.D is Chief System Architect and Technologist responsible for design, architecture and development of EPG applications. He is an expert in advanced visualization technologies and interfaces with stakeholders on requirements, technologies, and development. Since 2002, he has been involving in architect, design, and implementation of Real-time Dynamics Monitoring System (RTDMS) which is now in third

generation and expanding from real-time monitoring and visualization to synchrophasor based EMS by integrating Linear State Estimator and One-line diagram. He architected and implemented a high performance data concentrator (ePDC) which can handle hundreds of input PMU/PDC streams and tens of output streams in a single instance. He designed the relational database Phasor Archiver for synchrophasor data which is very fast to write and very efficient on disk usage without compression. He also serves as the head of development team. He manages the development process through Agile methodology and tools for issue tracking, source control, code review, automated build, and continuous integration. In addition, he actively involved/involves in research projects for DoE, ISOs and Utilities about data validation, data conditioning, state estimation, system simulation & training, and advanced visualization. Recently he is working on highly available highly scalable Cloud solution for synchrophasor applications & analytics to accommodate ever expending PMU network. He is also working on system extendibility across multi-platform multi-language through established standards such as ICCP and other simple to use protocols based on latest software technologies. He joined EPG in 2002. Before that he was a senior software engineer at a startup company working on 2D/3D graphic imaging for mobile devices. Prior to that, he was a post-doctoral researcher at University of Wisconsin – Madison working on Virtual Reality and CAD/CAM. He resides in Los Angeles area.

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Frank Carrera

Frank Carrera works in the area of Synchrophasor Product Solutions for Electric Power Group. Frank has extensive experience in deploying, implementing, trouble-shooting, and training clients on synchrophasor products developed by EPG. He has worked with clients throughout the United States and abroad to collect phasor data using EPG's enhanced Phasor Data Concentrator (ePDC), visualize and monitor phasor data at

a wide-area level using Real-Time Dynamics Monitoring System (RTDMS), analyze phasor data using Phasor Grid Dynamics Analyzer (PGDA) and store phasor data in full fidelity using Phasor Archiver. Frank's background is in IT solutions and includes application development, database administration, network administration, and server administration, and Network Architecture and Design. Frank received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Cal Poly Pomona.

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Prashant Palayam

Prashant Palayam leads EPG's analytic studies and is the Product Manager for EPG's offline data analysis tool, Phasor Grid Dynamics Analyzer (PGDA) as well as the Phasor Simulator for Operator Training (PSOT). He was responsible for all of the analytic tasks associated with a 5 year multi-million dollar DOE funded Discovery Across Texas (DAT) demonstration project including data mining for oscillations, impact of inertial frequency response with wind

characteristics, data quality investigation of the ERCOT synchrophasor network including transmission owners and baselining analysis. He is the lead for the DOE funded project, Phasor Simulator for Operator Training (PSOT) in coordination with ERCOT & SCE and is responsible for PSOT deployments at SCE and ERCOT as well as commercialization of PSOT. Prashant is a graduate of Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL with a Master's degree in power systems engineering.

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Kevin Chen

Heng (Kevin) Chen is a Sr. Power Systems Engineer and product manager of RTDMS and PhasorNXT synchrophasor applications. He has been engaged in research, design and implementation on applications of synchrophasor technology, and utilization of synchrophasor data for grid stability analysis and real-time wide area monitoring. Kevin has worked with large ISO's and utilities on use of synchrophasor applications in control centers for monitoring of

phase angles, voltage sensitivities, oscillations and other power system applications. He represents EPG in many industry forums such as the North American SynchroPhasor Initiative (NASPI), WECC Joint Synchronized Information Subcommittee (JSIS), NERC Synchronized Measurement Subcommittee (SMS), and IEEE MetroLA Power and Energy Society Chapter. Kevin Chen is a licensed Professional Engineer in Electrical Engineering in the State of California. Kevin joined EPG after his completion of M.S. Electrical Engineering at University of Wisconsin-Madison with specialization in Power Systems.

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Lin Zhang

Lin Zhang received his PhD in power systems from Washington State University under Prof Anjan Bose. His dissertation was on linear state estimation. At EPG, he is responsible for development of production grade applications based on Linear State Estimator technology. Lin has led the EPG effort on development of the enhanced Linear State Estimator (eLSE) that has been tested and validated for

the WECC/BPA and ERCOT systems. He has worked on several LSE related projects such as WECC SDVCA, PhasorNXT and DataNXT.

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Wayne Schmus

Mr. Schmus earned a BS in Engineering at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA. His 34 year career at Southern California Edison Company included 25 years in transmission and generation planning attaining the position of Manager of Transmission Planning. His specialties were stability, interconnections and reliability. He also held the positions of Chief Engineer Distribution Automation, Manager

Distribution Maintenance, and Manager System Protection. For two years, he chaired the NERC Subcommittee on Reliability Assessment .After retirement from Edison, Mr. Schmus consulted in the electric power industry in the fields of reliability and project licensing. For 10 years, he also worked as investigator in electric forensics. At EPG, Wayne is responsible for research initiatives, project management and special projects. Wayne is leading the EPG team on a DoE funded project on Development of a Direct Non-Iterative State Estimator that utilizes Synchrophasor and SCADA data. Mr. Schmus is a Registered Professional Electrical Engineer in California.

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Lupe Garcia

Lupe has been with Electric Power Group, LLC since start of operations in 2000. Lupe is responsible for:

. Management of Contracts
. Project Administration
. Accounts Receivables and Payables
. Research
. Human Resources
. Office Management

Lupe was formerly at Southern California Edison and worked in a variety of administrative and executive support functions for different functional areas including:

. Information Technology Department
. System Planning and Fuel Supply
. Power Contracts
. Power Grid Business Unit

At EPG, Lupe has handled all the contract management, budgeting, and administration functions for key clients including Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Consortium for Electric Reliability Technology Solutions, ISO’s ( including PJM, NYISO, ERCOT, MISO and CAISO), California Department of Water Resources-California Energy Resources Scheduling, and North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC).

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Song Xue

Song Xue is Senior Research Analyst of Electric Power Group. She joined EPG in 2004 and is responsible for research, analyzing and identifying North American Interconnections load-generation control adequacy performance for the Consortium for Electric Reliability Technology Solutions (CERTS), North America Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), and the

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). She has been involved in Synchrophasor System Data Baselining and Analysis for both Eastern interconnection and ERCOT interconnection.

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Neeraj Nayak

Neeraj Nayak is a Masters Graduate in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California (USC) with a strong background in power systems. His Masters was focused on power systems analysis and design, protection and impact of renewable energy on the power grid. At EPG, he is involved in research and development related to generator model validation and phasor simulations for operator training.


Ajay Das

Ajay has extensive experience in the areas of scientific programming, statistical data analysis, and designing data-centered graphics and visualization systems. At Electric Power Group, he has performed various long term Phasor data analysis for projects involving baselining synchrophasor data and performing event analysis for Eastern, Western and ERCOT Interconnections. Ajay is also responsible for research, design and

development of software applications. He has worked on design and development of Synchrophasor data visualization and analysis application such as Real Time Dynamics Monitoring System (RTDMS) and Phasor Grid Dynamics Analyzer (PGDA) and other applications used by reliability coordinators and ISOs/RTOs such as ACE-Frequency Monitoring (Resource Adequacy) application, and Frequency Monitoring and Analysis (FMA) application.

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Iknoor Singh

Iknoor Singh is responsible for power system simulations for use in operator training, analysis, and research and development of synchrophasor applications. . He is involved in studies for setting grid alarm limits for use with synchrophasor metrics utilizing SCADA data, assessing data quality and research and development for advanced visualization of the Real Time Dynamics Monitoring System and Phasor Grid Dynamics Analyzer.

He is currently working on phasor simulations of the Southern California Edison (SCE) grid for use to train operators on using synchrophasor technology. Previously, he worked as a power plant layout engineer at Siemens, India. Iknoor joined EPG after completing his MS in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University, Tempe. His MS thesis focused on effect of increased renewable resource penetration on power system stability.

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Uday Kothapa

Uday Kothapa is an Engineer and has a Master's of Science in Information Systems and Management, Master's degree in Business Administration and is a certified Microsoft professional. Uday has over 15 years of experience in Client/Server application development, web-based application development and Systems Management. At EPG, Uday led the development of Intelligent Synchrophasor Gateway (ISG), which allows third-party access without

connecting directly with the database. This middleware solution provides authentication capability and services can be consumed over Internet or Intranet. Prior to joining EPG, Uday worked for a variety of companies to design, develop and deploy state of the art mission-critical applications, including systems dedicated for real-time forex trading.

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Mahesh Shamaiah

Mahesh Shamaiah is an Engineer, has a Master's of Technology degree in Software Engineering from National University of Singapore and is a certified Microsoft professional. Mahesh has extensive experience in Microsoft & Java technologies. At EPG, he is involved in implementing real time dynamic monitoring system of electric grids, alarms, and events to the ISO operators. He is responsible for working with the Application Services and other Infrastructure Services

groups to plan and execute integration strategies. He has expertise on databases (Oracle & Microsoft SQL Server) and is responsible in storing/retrieving the real-time data streams, archiving and analysis of big data sets, configuration, monitoring, maintenance and security of databases.

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Young Zhang

Tingyang(Young) Zhang is an electrical engineering and a software developer. With the crossing background, He not only has a deep understanding in electrical field but also has strong skills in software developing. At EPG, his assignments include phasor applications development, power system analysis and research design, prototype and delivery real-time monitoring systems and analysis applications for electric power industry.


Suresh Kumar

Suresh Kumar, Senior System Engineer, Automation & Development, He has over 9 years of experience in Design, Development and maintenances of SynchroPhasor and Wide Area Monitoring based software application and specifications. He is also expertise in IEEE Standards for power system. At EPG he is let and responsible for development of various power system application and utilities. He did his electronics and communication engineering in Anna University 2005.


About EPG

Electric Power Group, LLC (EPG) has been pioneering the development and deployment of synchro-phasor technologies since 2000. Our principals have extensive experience in running and managing utility grids, investigating root causes of major blackouts (WECC 1996, EI 2003), and leveraging this deep domain knowledge to develop industry leading synchrophasor technology applications for wide area real time monitoring, visualization and situational awareness.

The EPG team has extensive hands-on experience with synchrophasor standards, networks, system architecture, deployments and performance analysis through work at EPG for leading ISO's and utilities including PJM, NYISO, ERCOT, CAISO, MISO, BPA, TVA, SCE, AEP, LADWP, SRP, Duke, Dominion, NYPA and other companies.