The Grid Resilience Workshop will bring together experts from academia, government, industry, and national labs to discuss and present the most recent research and development and real-world implementation activities to enhance the cyber-physical resilience of power grids. The workshop will discuss the need for intersectoral collaboration and highlights the need for a diverse workforce to support communities in enhancing their grid resilience.

  When: September 8, 2022, 7:30-17:00 MDT

  Where: Sorensen Molecular Biotechnology Building (SMBB) Auditorium, the University of Utah. 

  Live Broadcast: The event will be broadcasted live (Free registration required).


This is a free event but prior registration is mandatory. Please click here to register for this event.


September 7, U-SMART Lab and Testbed Tour*

Time (MDT) Event
13:00 – 14:00 Time Slot #1 (max. 6 people)
14:00 – 15:00 Time Slot #2 (max. 6 people)
15:00 – 16:00 Time Slot #3 (max. 6 people)
16:00 – 17:00 Time Slot #4 (max. 6 people)

*Registration required, first come first serve availability.

September 8, Grid Resilience Workshop

Time (MDT) Event
7:30 – 8:30 Check-in and Breakfast
8:30 – 9:00 Introduction to the Workshop – (Masood Parvania, U-Smart)
9:00 – 9:30 Keynote Speaker 1Towards Energy Resilience (David Walter, DOE / SETO)
9:30– 10:00 Session 1 Cyber-Physical Security (Jairo Giraldo, U-Smart)
10:00 – 10:15 Coffee Break
10:10 – 10:45 Session 2 Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence for Resilient Grid Operation (Mehdi Hosseini, U-Smart)
10:45 – 11:15 Session 3 Visualization for State Awareness of Distribution Grid (Bjorn Vaagansmith, Idaho National Lab)
11:15 – 11:45 Session 4 Grid Resilience in Real-world Applications (Rohit Nair, PacifiCorp)
11:45 – 12:15 Session 5 – Validation of Cyber-Physical Resilience Tools using Hardware-in-the-loop Testbeds (Jairo Giraldo, U-Smart; Anurag Srivastava, West Virginia University)
12:15 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 13:30 Keynote Speaker 2 Branden Sudduth, Vice President, Western Electricity Coordinating Council
13:30 – 14:30 Panel 1 Energy Equity & Workforce Development for Grid Resilience

Moderator: Dr. Tabitha Benney, Department of Political Science, The University of Utah


  • Kerry Case, Chief Sustainability Officer, The University of Utah
  • Milind Deo, Energy & Geoscience Institute, the University of Utah
  • Dean Goggles, Northern Arapaho Environmental Office
14:30 – 15:00 Coffee Break
15:00 – 16:00 Panel 2 Grid Resilience in the Intermountain West: Opportunities for Intersectoral Collaboration

Moderator: Dr. Divya Chandrasekhar, Department of City and Metropolitan Planning, The University of Utah


  • Kathy Holder, Utah Division of Emergency Management 
  • Hisham Othman, Quanta Technologies
  • Rohit Nair, PacifiCorp
16:00 – 17:00 Q&A and Open Discussion




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