IEEE PES Schenectady Webinar

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IEEE PES Schenectady Chapter Engineering Colloquium Webinar Series 2022

Date: Sep 7, 2022
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
Location: Virtual Event
$25 for IEEE Members (Includes 2 PDH credits)
$30 for Non-Members (Includes 2 PDH credits)
$10 for General Admission (No PDH credits)
$5 for Student Members and Graduate Student Members (No PDH credits)
No Fee for Guest Speakers and Event Volunteers (No PDH credits)

All payments must be received by Sep 6, 2022

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Jonathan Grant of National Grid


Operational Technology Cybersecurity Challenges in Critical Utilities

As utility owners, operators and providers of critical services that support them, we feel that at any time, without warning, we could be the victim of a cyber incident. As if it’s not difficult enough to keep the lights on, we must worry about someone intentionally trying to keep us from serving our customers. Ransomware is pervasive, with amateurs and professionals alike trying to earn a quick buck by taking advantage of the need to maintain the grid. In addition, the geopolitical climate has changed drastically in recent months, increasing the possibility that a politically motivated action could occur as well. To borrow a phrase from the immortal Kermit the Frog, “It’s not easy being green.”
This presentation will examine the challenges that utility system owners and operators face in protecting their operational technology (OT) assets from cyber threats. We will view the topic through the lens of the PPT Framework (People, Process and Technology) in order to identify not only the risks and concerns, but also potential actions to be taken. There is no ‘silver bullet’, but everyone can assess their current environment, prioritize the vulnerabilities with the greatest impact and take meaningful actions to ‘move the needle’ and reduce cybersecurity risks. The hope is that everyone attending will take away a few thoughts and ideas they can apply to their own situation and improve their security posture.


Jon is an instrumentation and controls (I&C) engineer with over 20 years of experience designing and implementing operational technology (OT) systems, including Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA). In 2014, while working in the municipal water/wastewater SCADA industry, he recognized that cybersecurity was becoming ever more critical in OT and gained specialization in OT cybersecurity. After spending most of his professional life as a consultant, Jon decided to see what it was like from the other side of the table and joined an electric utility, experiencing life as a system owner. He currently acts as the OT PAW deployment lead for National Grid in the US and is happy to talk with anyone in earshot (willingly or not) about its merits and benefits. Jon graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He has been a member of multiple industry organizations and is a senior member of ISA. He currently holds professional engineering licenses in multiple jurisdictions, as well as Certified Information Security Systems Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Systems Management (CISM) and ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Expert certifications.


Address:New York, United States

Harsh Dinesh of Eversource


Microgrid Modeling Challenges

With increased penetration and rapid growth of inverter based generation across the distribution system, the conventional methods of modeling and studying the grid for transmission planning are facing new challenges. This presentation is aimed to share these challenges being faced in the utility industry and provide a high level overview on how these challenges are being addressed in the areas of system modelling, steady state, stability and EMT (Electromagnetic Transient) Analysis.


Harsh is a Senior Planning Engineer at Eversource Energy based out of Hartford CT. Harsh has over 5 years of experience in the fields of system modeling, transmission planning and grid integration. His responsibilities include performing studies to assess the impact of renewable energy resources proposing to interconnect across the Eversource service territory. Harsh graduated from Michigan Technological University with a MS in Electrical Engineering in 2016 and has worked at the New York ISO and First Solar prior to joining Eversource.In his free time, Harsh enjoys hiking, badminton and traveling.


Address:Connecticut, United States


Operational Technology Cybersecurity Challenges in Critical Utilities, Jonathan Grant, Senior OT Cybersecurity Engineer, National Grid, 4pm-5pm

Microgrid Modeling and Challenges, Harsh Dinesh, Senior Planning Engineer, Eversource, 5pm-6pm