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Babak D. Beheshti

Babak D. Beheshti is Professor and the Associate Dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, New York Institute of Technology; where he has served since 1987. Babak's areas of interest include wireless sensor networks, embedded real time systems, wireless and cellular systems. Dr. Beheshti has been in the higher education for 27 years, with the last ten years in academic leadership positions. He also has over 20 years of concurrent experience in the industry, having been involved in R&D for embedded systems and wireless technology industry. He has successfully managed joint R&D programs with many Asian, European and US companies including Siemens Mobile, Nokia, Samsung, KDDI and LG.

Dr. Beheshti has been an active member of IEEE since 1991 having held positions at section, region and major board levels. He is currently member of Publication Services & Products Board of IEEE, as well as Region 1 Student Activities Chair.

He is a recipient of the IEEE Millennium Medal, the IEEE Long Island Section Athanasios Papoulis Outstanding Educator Award, and three IEEE Region 1 Awards, including 2008 IEEE Northeastern Region Technical Innovation Award “For Providing Technical Leadership in the Development of State-of-the Art Reconfigurable Wireless Technologies”.

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Corinne Johnson Rutzke

Corinne Johnson Rutzke, Ph.D., earned a BS in Plant Pathology from The Ohio State University, MS in Seed Technology & Physiology from Cornell University and PhD in Controlled Environment Agriculture from Cornell University. Rutzke's research in plant physiology originally focused on the influences of light and gravity on plants and later led to using light and other environmental cues to improve the nutritional value of food crops. Rutzke worked as a scientist and teacher on NASA Life Sciences contracts through University of Pennsylvania, and through Bionetics Corp and Dynamac Corp at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Plant Space Biology laboratory where she led the Space Flight Experiment Development section of the Space Life Sciences Training Program (an educational summer program at Kennedy for college students).

Rutzke gained experience in adult education and training as Science Coordinator and Astronaut/Cosmonaut Crew Trainer for several Space Shuttle mission life sciences experiments. Currently Rutzke serves as Director of the multi-state, multi-institution Bioenergy and Bioproducts Education Programs (BBEP). Meeting energy and products needs through agriculture is the focus of BBEP, a professional development program for STEM educators, funded through a grant from the USDA NIFA AFRI. Dr. Corinne Rutzke lives in Ithaca, NY working at Cornell University and running a small vegetable farm with her husband Mike and two children.

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David M. Daly

David M. Daly was named President and Chief Operating Officer of PSEG Long Island in October 2013.

PSEG Long Island LLC was selected by the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) in Dec. 2011 to manage LIPA’s electric transmission and distribution system beginning Jan. 1, 2014. Mr. Daly has been leading the transition to PSEG on Long Island since 2012.

Mr. Daly previously served as vice president -- asset management and centralized services at Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), with responsibility for electric and gas asset strategy, asset reliability, electric delivery planning, gas system operations and technical services, basic generation services and basic gas supply services, and energy supplier services.

Since joining PSE&G in 1983, Mr. Daly has held a variety of positions in utility operations and support services, including vice president of energy acquisition and technology, where he led the implementation of the cutover to a new SAP-based customer information system. He also served as division manager-merger integration, director of utility operations services, director of corporate strategy, and general manager of transmission planning.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Daly held various first and second line supervisory positions in fossil generation plant operations, and was a senior consultant at Metzler & Associates and UMS Group, where he focused on performance management and benchmarking, process reengineering, and competitive strategy development. He has an electrical engineering degree from the State University of New York Maritime College, and a Master of Business Administration from Rutgers University.

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Kamal Shahrabi

Dr. Kamal Shahrabi received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ, in 1983, the M.E. Degree in Electrical Engineering from City College in New York, New York, NY, in 1985 and M. Phil. and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from City University Of New York, New York, NY, in 1992. Kamal Shahrabi is a Dean of School of Engineering Technologies and Professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology. He has been a professor in the Technology Department at Kean University of New Jersey since 1986-2007 and has been a Chairperson of the department since September 1998-2007. Dr. Shahrabi has published several papers in various areas of Communication, Robot Tracking in Space, Wireless Communication, Impact of Globalization of Advanced Telecommunication Technologies in Developing Countries, and High Speed Optical Satellite Communication and Femtosecond Pulse Shaping. Dr. Shahrabi has several years of experience in the areas of digital signal processing, space tracking, communication and satellite control systems while doing research at City University of New York for NASA.

In addition, he has worked as a Visiting Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department with Institut Teknologi Tun Hussein Onn, Parit Raja, Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia and he developed an engineering curriculum with DSP specialization for the institute (ITHO) during his stay.

His research interests are in the fields of Digital Signal Processing Algorithms, Spread Spectrum, nanotechnology, and Wireless Communication Systems.

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Paul DeCotis

Paul DeCotis is a director in West Monroe Partners’ Energy & Utilities practice, based in New York City. He leads the firm’s Energy & Utilities team on the East Coast and is a leader for the Energy & Utilities regulatory offering. He has more than 30 years of experience as an industry executive, consultant, and educator.

Paul is an accomplished and respected executive and thought leader with deep expertise in trends and issues facing today’s energy and utility leaders. Among other responsibilities, he works with utilities, independent power and distributed energy generators, and government agencies.

Paul joined West Monroe Partners in 2014 from Long Island Power Authority, where he served as managing director for contract oversight and previously as vice president of power markets. His responsibilities included oversight of the PSEG Long Island (Public Service Electric & Gas) utility services contract for transmission and distribution operations, customer service, business services, and emergency planning and storm restoration. He was a member of the utility’s Risk Management Committee. As vice president of power markets, Paul oversaw power generation, project development, integrated resource planning, and FERC and RTO market policy.

He served as deputy secretary and chair of the state energy planning board for two New York Governors. As the senior energy advisor to the governors, he oversaw strategy, policy, legislation, and implementation activities for the state’s energy agencies. He also founded the Governor’s Clean Energy Collaborative and led establishment of the state’s “45 by 15” clean energy portfolio standard among other initiatives.

Paul’s previous roles included director of energy analysis for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, as well as chief of policy analysis and senior policy/financial analyst for the New York State Energy Office. He also served as president of Innovative Management Solutions, a consulting organization, and as adjunct faculty member for the Rochester Institute of Public Policy Department, the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and The Sage Colleges MBA Program.

Paul holds numerous memberships and board/leadership positions with energy and utility industry organizations NAS. He has also chaired several Peer and Expert Review Panels for US DOE.

He has published more than four dozen articles and papers on topics ranging from renewable energy to energy efficiency, performance management and evaluation, energy independence, and policy.

Paul has a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business Management from State University of New York College at Brockport, a Master of Arts degree in Economics from the University at Albany, and an MBA degree in Finance and Management Studies from The Sage Colleges Graduate School.

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Marjaneh Issapour

She is a graduate of Columbia University with the Master Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. She is a full time faculty at the department of Electrical /Computer Engineering Technology and an active member of the Solar Energy Center at the college. Currently she serves as the Program Director of Renewable Sustainable Energy Center at Farmingdale State college.

Marj holds the Professional Engineering License in New York state. She is also a Cisco certified (CCNA). Her area of research is Renewable and Alternative energy sources. She has been employed by AT& T Information Systems, Siemens Data Switching and NEC. She has received the prestige’s Chancellor’s Award for excellence in faculty service in 2007. She has also been a recipient of Rene Chasmen Affirmative action Award. She is a motivational speaker for women in Science and Engineering.

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