Miriam P. Sanders

Miriam has worked in power systems communications for well over 30 years.  Currently a senior communications application engineer with Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc., she held positions earlier in her career at Westinghouse, ABB Power, Booth and Associates, Pulsar Technologies, Ametek Power and Quanta Technology.  Miriam has published several papers on the application of Power-Line Carrier for use in protection systems.  She also participates in the University of Wisconsin Communications for Power System Protection, Automation, and Smart Grid Technology courses.  Activities in the IEEE and PES have included officer positions in the Power Systems Relaying and Control Committee, the Executive Board of the PES, and currently the IEEE Direction VII Delegate-Elect.  Miriam is a registered Professional Engineer in Florida and North Carolina. Miriam loves nature, and in her spare time enjoys exploring the outdoors.

James Formea

James Formea earned his BSEE from Marquette University and is Engineering Manager for Control Systems & Technology in the Power Systems Division of Eaton, where he leads a diverse team of engineers in the specification, implementation, and field support of system protection, communications, automation, and cybersecurity features across Eaton’s portfolio of medium voltage distribution system controls. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and is currently the Secretary of the IEEE PES Power System Communications and Cybersecurity Committee. He is also a member of IEC Technical Committee 57 Working Group 15. When not working on utility solutions or industry standards, he can be found supporting public safety communications interoperability and incident management initiatives as an officer with his local fire department.
James is also a volunteer firefighter, and in his leisure time he likes traveling and going to places of interest with his wife.

Frances Cleveland

Frances Cleveland has a B. Sc. degree in Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering from Harvard University, a M. Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley, and MBA from San Jose State University. She is President of Xanthus Consulting International and has consulted on Smart Grid information and control system projects in the electric power industry for over 36 years. She is currently consulting to NIST as a Technical Champion for the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) on DER and cybersecurity, and to EPRI on the National Electric Sector Cybersecurity Organization Research (NESCOR). In the IEC, she is convenor of IEC TC57 WG15 for IEC 62351 cybersecurity standards for power system operations and is the editor for IEC TC57 WG17 for IEC 61850-7-420 information standards for DER, EV, and DA. In the IEEE, she is past chair of the IEEE PES PSCC.

Carlos Diago Torrente

Carlos Diago Torrente is a Lead Product Applications Engineer of GE Grid Solutions. He is responsible for support of all communication related features of networks and devices involved in digital substation environments and has been involved in several modern communications projects for smart grids like FITNESS in the UK and POSTE Intelligent in France.  Carlos worked for four years at Promigas Telecomunicaciones S.A. a Colombian Telecommunications provider now part of Columbus International. His main achievement was deploying an IP/MPLS network for four major cities that provided backhaul services for mobile networks. Carlos is part of a highly qualified global team supporting skilled protection and communications solutions. His main areas of interest are Ethernet and networking solutions, including digital substations and optimized networks.

While not working, Carlos enjoys karting.  This photo is from the Cannock Raceway.

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