Building a Smart Community: Perspective from an Energy Company
Friday, February 22, 2019
11:45 AM CT – 12:45 PM ET
In cooperation with TD World
As the winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s “Smart City Challenge,” Columbus, Ohio received a $40 million prize to develop smart technology for their city. Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Inc. contributed another $10M to bring the total to $50M.
Columbus beat out 77 other U.S. cities, including tech bastions like San Francisco, Calif., Austin, Texas and Denver, Colo. to win the title of the country’s first Smart City.
As one of the fastest-growing cities in the Midwest and currently the second largest in the region — after Chicago — Columbus has much to offer. This funding is helping them use data analytics to improve access for residents to the city’s assets.
Speaker Ram Sastry, American Electric Power’s (AEP) Vice President of Enterprise Innovation and Resiliency, walks us through the opportunities and challenges that supporting Columbus’ journey will present to AEP and its utility customers. From developing smart city goals to detailed electric vehicle and energy storage deployment, we continue to gain insights into our future.
Vice President — Enterprise Innovation & Resiliency
American Electric Power
Ram Sastry joined American Electric Power as the Director of Information Technology Audits in 2002. His previous roles included Distribution Research and Technology, Utility Research, Processes and Systems and Distribution Services. Currently he is the Vice President of Enterprise Innovation and Resiliency, where he is responsible for operational risk management, enterprise innovation and technology, business continuity, crisis management and resiliency. Ram is responsible for leading the activities of AEP’s Smart City Program.
Ram has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Bombay. He is a Project Management Professional, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Certified Information Security Auditor and Certified Fraud Examiner.
Burns & McDonnell
Mike Beehler is a Vice President at Burns & McDonnell. Mike has written and presented extensively on the subjects of security, reliability-centered maintenance, program management and the smart grid. More recently, Mike has written, presented and consulted on industry megatrends, the integrated grid and smart cities. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix. Mike is a registered professional engineer in eight states, a member of IEEE and CIGRE, and a Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Bill Wolpin – Moderator
Associate Publisher & Editorial Director
American City & County