Robert E. Hebner, Jr., is the director of the Center for Electromechanics and associate director for technology of the Center for Energy Security, both at the University of Texas at Austin. Throughout his career, Hebner has served on numerous technical committees that develop voluntary standards for the electric utility industry. His personal research focuses on smart grid technologies, microgrids, renewable energy, and energy storage. He is an active contributor to the Pecan Street program that is helping to gather the information needed to design a smart grid architecture that is attractive to both consumers and industry. Hebner has had extensive experience in technical collaborations, being former chair of the Board of the Center for Transportation and the Environment and chair of the Electric Ship Research and Development Consortium. He is also a past member of the Board of Directors of the IEEE. He has been selected as vice president elect for the IEEE with responsibility for all of the IEEE’s technical activities. The combination of the Pecan Street and IEEE activities has provided opportunities for unique insight into smart grid and smart city activities in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He has applied this knowledge to military energy activities. He was a founding member of the Electric Ship Research and Development Consortium. He has made significant contributions to the design and operations of ship power systems, which are isolated microgrids. Research in the two centers has led to modeling techniques for power systems for ships, forward bases, and military bases in the United States. In addition, he has been a member of an Air Force study team that assessed the energy security of Air Force bases. Before joining the University of Texas, he spent many years at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), culminating his time there as acting director. He also worked in the Office of Management and Budget and at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Throughout his career, Hebner has been active technically, having received a Ph.D. in physics and having authored or coauthored more than 150 technical papers and reports. He is a fellow of the IEEE.
Thom J. Hodgson is the James T. Ryan Distinguished University Professor, an Alumni Distinguished Research Professor, co-director of the Operations Research Program, and director of Graduate Programs of Engineering-On-Line at North Carolina State University (NCSU). He served as director of the Integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering Institute at NCSU (‘95-‘11); director of the Division of Design and Manufacturing Systems at the National Science Foundation (‘91-‘93); head of the Industrial Engineering Department at NCSU (‘83-‘90); professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering at the University of Florida (‘70-‘83); operations research analyst at Ford Motor Company (‘66-‘70); and an officer in the U.S. Army (‘61-‘63). He is a fellow of IIE and INFORMS, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He is the author or co-author of over 80 journal articles and book chapters. He served as associate editor, departmental editor (‘81-‘84, ‘88-‘91), and editor-in-chief (‘84-‘88) of IIE Transactions. He served as a member of the U.S. Army Science Board (‘94-‘00).