Johan Morren

Johan Morren received his M.Sc. and Ph.D degree in Electrical Power Engineering both from the Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands in 2000 and 2006 respectively. Since 2006 Johan is with the Asset Management department of Enexis B.V., one of the largest Distribution Network Operators of the Netherlands. First as a consultant and since 2014 as a network strategist. His main areas of interest are protection, automation and control, distributed generation, switchgear and network planning. He is also assistant professor (part-time) at the Electrical Energy Systems group at the Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands. Further he is the Dutch Representative in Study Committee B5 – Protection and Automation of Cigre.

In his spare time and during holidays he enjoys biking, both in his own environment and in other countries.


Nicole Zurcher

Dr. Nicole Zurcher is a research fellow at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She has a MSc in Biology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich and a PhD in Neuroscience from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). During her PhD studies, Nicole investigated social cognition in individuals with autism spectrum disorder using functional magnetic resonance imaging. She is the author of several peer-reviewed publications in the field of neuroscience and is currently investigating neuroinflammation in adults with autism spectrum disorder using combined magnetic resonance and positron emission
tomography technology.

In her spare time Nicole enjoys attending a pilates class or spending time outdoors. Inline skating and wildlife spotting while hiking are some of her favorite activities.


Ralf Wimmer

Dr. Ralf Wimmer is a postdoctoral research fellow at the New York University Langone Medical Center, where he studies the impact of attentional states on sensory information processing at the thalamic micro-circuit level. In 2006 he obtained a Master of Science degree in Biological Sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Z├╝rich and in 2012 a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Ralf uses both in vivo and in vitro electrophysiological techniques in combination with optogenetic approaches to record from and manipulate activity in identified neuronal populations in the brain. He has published several peer-reviewed research articles and is a member of the Swiss Physiological Society as well as the Society for Neuroscience.

Outside the lab, Ralf likes outdoor activities, especially hiking in the mountains. On long week-ends he enjoys setting up a tent and spending the evening by the campfire.


Eric A. Udren

Eric A. Udren has a 45 year career in design and application of protective relaying and substation control. He programmed the world’s first computer based transmission line relay, led development of the world’s first LAN-based substation protection and control system, and managed relay development and application at Westinghouse, ABB, and Eaton Electrical. He is Executive Advisor with Quanta Technology, LLC of Raleigh, NC, USA. Eric is IEEE Fellow, and Vice Chair of the Relaying Communications Subcommittee of the IEEE PSRC. He is US Technical Advisor for IEC TC 95 relay standards; and is a member of the IEC TC 57 WG 10 that develops IEC 61850. Eric serves on the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) SPCS, and the NERC Protection System Maintenance Standard Drafting Team developing NERC Standard PRC-005-2. He has written and presented over 90 technical papers and book chapters, and has 7 patents.

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