Tuesday NOON BALLOON with Professor Roger Anderson


Con Edison/Boeing/Columbia/NYCEDC Smart Grid Project:
An update on progress towards electric economy

Prof. Roger Anderson

Tuesday December 1st
Room 417 Schermerhorn Hall


Summary: The Con Edison/Boeing/Columbia/NYCEDC Smart Grid Project aims to build an automated, scalable, secure, interoperable smart electric grid prototype for New York City and suburbs that increases reliability and energy efficiency, and is cost effective, scalable and cyber-secure. In addition, the system will enable greater use of renewable energy, distributed generation and storage, electric vehicle charging and consumer participation in the energy mix.

Suggested reading (pdf)
Official Columbia University Press Release

Roger Anderson

Roger has been at Columbia University for 34 years, where he is a Doherty Senior Scholar at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of the Earth Institute and an adjunct Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. He holds a joint appointment at the Center for Computational Learning Systems in the Fu School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). Roger is Principal Investigator of a team of 15 scientists and graduate students in Computer Sciences at Columbia who are jointly developing with Con Edison the next generation Machine Learning software for intelligent control of the smart electric grid of New York City. At Lamont, he founded the Borehole Research, Global Basins, 4D Seismic, Reservoir Simulation, Portfolio Management, and Energy Research Groups. Roger also teaches Planet Earth, a science requirement course in the core curriculum at Columbia College. He co-founded the Alternative Energy program at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia, and  has a visiting appointment at the Urban Utility Center of the Polytechnic Institute of New York University.

Roger received his Ph.D. from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego. He is the inventor of 10 Patents, and has written 3 books, & more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers. In addition to his onsite presence at Con Edison for the last 6 years, he has had technical, business, computational, and working collaborations with many companies, including Baker Hughes, Boeing, BBN, BP, Chevron, IBM Research, KBR Halliburton, Lockheed Martin, Pennzoil, Schlumberger, Siemens, Shell, United Technologies, and Western GECO. Roger is co-founder of two energy companies: Bell Geospace, Inc. ( http://www.bellgeo.com) and CALM Energy, Inc. ( http://www.calmenergyinc.com); and he was Chairman of the Board for vPatch Technologies Inc. He also cofounded 4D Technology, Inc, a software company, the assets of which were acquired by Baker Hughes.

Roger’s specialties include the Smart Grid, Optimization of Control Center Operations of Energy Companies, Real Options and Portfolio Management, 4D Reservoir Management, and Alternative Energy Research. His new book, Computer-Aided Lean Management, from PennWell is available on Amazon.com. He has written scientific and opinion pieces for magazines such as CIO Insight, Discover, Economist, EnergyBiz, Forbes, National Geographic, Nature, New York Times, Oil and Gas Journal, Scientific American, Wall Street Journal, and Wired. Roger assisted in the design of the Wiess Energy Hall at the Houston Museum of Natural History, was technical consultant for the NBC News/Discovery Channel documentary “Anatomy of a Blackout,” and has been a frequent contributor to business radio and TV.

Future talks are scheduled for Tuesdays from 12:15-1:00pm in Room 417 Schermerhorn Hall.  Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.

All are welcome to attend!