Smart Grid Innovator Wayne R. Longcore to Keynote SATURN 2010 Conference

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Pittsburgh, Pa., March 9, 2010— Wayne R. Longcore, recognized industry thought leader and key contributor to the nation’s high profile efforts to modernize the electric power grid, will deliver a keynote address at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) Architecture Technology User Network (SATURN) 2010 Conference, May 17-21, in Minneapolis, Minn., the SEI announced today.

Longcore is director of enterprise architecture & standards and chief architect for Consumers Energy, an investor-owned utility providing natural gas and electricity to more than six million of Michigan’s nearly 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties. His responsibilities cover information, operational, and network technologies. In this role, Longcore works to assure that Consumers Energy and the utility industry pursue an optimal standards-based architectural direction for the communications and control infrastructure of the evolving smart grid.  Recently, his work has been almost entirely dedicated to establishing a consistent vision, architecture, and set of standards for the future of the smart grid.

“The architecture-centric engineering practices that the SEI has developed and applied across government and industry can be of great benefit to the utility sector as it undergoes this important transformation,” says Longcore. “I’m honored to speak at SATURN 2010 and share my experiences in working to modernize today’s power grid.”

In addition to his current roles at Consumers Energy, Longcore serves as a governing board member of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), a board member of the Department of Energy’s GridWise Architecture Council, and a board of directors member of the Utility Communication Architecture International users group (UCAIug). A member of the original team that co-authored the national smart grid conceptual model, Longcore was chosen to be a part of the SGIP Architecture Council and a member of the Open Smart Grid (OpenSG) Technical Committee.

“The modernization of the power grid is one of the largest, most complex software, systems, and system-of-systems architecture challenges we’re facing today,” said Linda Northrop, director of the SEI’s Research, Technology, and System Solutions Program. “Wayne Longcore is a driving force in addressing issues including smart grid architecture, interoperability standards, and cyber security. We are delighted that he will be sharing his ideas and experiences with all in attendance at the SATURN 2010 Conference.” 

About SATURN 2010
Each year, the SEI Architecture Technology User Network (SATURN) Conference brings together experts from around the world to exchange best architecture-centric practices in developing, acquiring, and maintaining software-reliant systems. Architects at all levels meet to share ideas and lessons learned, network, and learn about new and existing technologies. The SATURN 2010 Conference is being held in collaboration with IEEE Software magazine, which will publish selected papers from the conference. For more information, go to http://www.sei.cmu.edu/saturn/2010/

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About the Software Engineering Institute
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