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Plenary Speakers

Andy Bochman, Idaho National Laboratory
Andy Bochman

Andy Bochman is Senior Cyber and Energy Security Strategist for Idaho National Lab’s National and Homeland Security directorate. A frequent speaker and adviser on topics at the intersection of grid modernization and national security, Andy has provided expert testimony and analysis on energy sector standards and gaps to FERC, NERC, DOE, DoD, NIST, NARUC and state utility commissioners.

Richard Danzig, Center for a New American Security
Richard Danzig

Richard Danzig is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of The RAND Corporation, a member of the Defense Policy Board, The President's Intelligence Advisory Board, and the Homeland Security Secretary's Advisory Council, a Trustee of Reed College, a Director of the Center for a New American Security and a Director of Saffron Hill Ventures (a European investment firm). In recent time he has been a director of National Semiconductor Corporation (NY Stock Exchange) and Human Genome Sciences Corporation (NASDAQ). He has also served as The Chairman of the Board of The Center for a New American Security and Chairman of the Board of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

Dr. Danzig served as the 71st Secretary of the Navy from November 1998 to January 2001. He was the Under Secretary of the Navy between 1993 and 1997. From the spring of 2007 through the Presidential election of 2008, Dr. Danzig was a senior advisor to Senator Obama on national security issues.

Dr. Danzig is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group and The National Research Council Forum on Cyber Resilience. He has served in recent years as a consultant to the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security on national security issues, particularly related to terrorism, biological terrorism and cyber security.

Dr. Danzig was born in New York City in 1944. He received a B.A. degree from Reed College, a J.D. degree from Yale Law School, and Bachelor of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Upon his graduation from Yale, Dr. Danzig served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron White.

Patricia Hoffman, U.S. Department of Energy
Patricia Hoffman

Patricia Hoffman is the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability at the U.S. Department of Energy. The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability leads the Department of Energy's (DOE) efforts to modernize the electric grid through the development and implementation of national policy pertaining to electric grid reliability and the management of research, development, and demonstration activities for "next generation" electric grid infrastructure technologies.

Hoffman is responsible for developing and implementing a long-term research strategy for modernizing and improving the resiliency of the electric grid. Hoffman directs research on visualization and controls, energy storage and power electronics, high temperature superconductivity and renewable/distributed systems integration. She also oversees the business management of the office including human resources, budget development, financial execution, and performance management. Before joining the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Hoffman was the Program Director for the Federal Energy Management Program which implements efficiency measures in the federal sector and the Program Manager for the Distributed Energy Program that developed advanced natural gas power generation and combined heat and power systems. She also managed the Advanced Turbine System program resulting in a high-efficiency industrial gas turbine product.

Hoffman holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Ceramic Science and Engineering from Penn State University.

Pramod Khargonekar, National Science Foundation
Pramod Khargonekar

Dr. Pramod Khargonekar was appointed Assistant Director for Engineering at the National Science Foundation in March 2013. Prior to joining NSF, he served as the U. S. Department of Energy's ARPA-E Deputy Director of Technology. Pramod's research interest and scholarly work in the theory and applications of systems and control have led to recognition as a Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher, the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, and the American Automatic Control Council's Donald Eckman Award. Pramod received a B. Tech. Degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, and a M.S. degree in mathematics and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida.

Nassim Taleb, New York University School of Engineering
Nassim Taleb

Nassim Nicholas Taleb spent 20 years as a derivatives trader/risk taker before becoming an philosophical essayist and mathematical researcher in probability.

He is currently Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at NYU's School of Engineering. His main subject matter is "decision making under opacity", that is, a map and a protocol on how we should live in a world we don't understand. He is also concerned with the properties of systems that can handle disorder ("antifragile") .

Taleb is the author of the Incerto (The Black Swan, Fooled by Randomness, and Antifragile) a multivolume philosophical essay on uncertainty which has been translated into 35 languages. He has also published academic papers in physics, mathematical statistics, political science, philosophy, ethics, finance, international affairs, and economics, all around the notion of risk and probability.