Spring 2010 UMASS Amherst
Operations Research / Management Science Seminar Series

Date: Friday, March 5, 2010

Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Isenberg School of Management, Room 112

Speaker: Richard Brooks

Principal System Architect
ISO-New England
Holyoke, MA

Biography: Richard Brooks is a Principal System Architect with responsibility for ISO-NE’s Enterprise Architecture since 2004. He is the primary author of ISO New England’s Smart Grid White Paper that was published in February 2009. Before joining ISO New England, he was a cofounder and the Chief Technical Officer for eight years at Group 8760 (http://www.8760.com), the leader in Business-to-Business e-commerce software based on the NAESB EDM standard, for the deregulated Retail Electric Industry since 1995.

Mr. Brooks majored in Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and is a Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute Certified Professional Software Architect. He has been instrumental in the development of standards since 1992 within the Internet Engineering Task Force (IEFT), World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB), OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards), and the International Electrotechical Commission (IEC) TC 57. In 2001 he received the prestigious ANSI Meritorious Service Award for his work in the development of Energy Industry Standards (http://www.naesb.org/pdf/082801pr.pdf). The ISO New England’s Smart Grid White Paper is available at:

Title: Smart Grid Development
Abstract: This presentation will give an overview of current activities related to the development of Smart Grid including: Laws mandating the development of a Smart Grid, standards development activities, DOE funding opportunities, FERC’s Smart Grid Policy. The technologies that might one day play a role in the Smart Grid (e.g. Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEV), Smart Appliances, Home Energy Management Systems and Home Area Networks) will also be discussed with actual pilot project results from industry.
This series is organized by the UMASS Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter. Support for this series is provided by the Isenberg School of Management, the Department of Finance and Operations Management, INFORMS, and the John F. Smith Memorial Fund.

Dr. Anna Nagurney, the John F. Smith Memorial Professor of Operations Management in the Isenberg School of Management,  is the Faculty Advisor of the Speaker Series.