Sanders to Deliver Presentation on Modernized Smart Grid

william_sandersThe College of Engineering’s third Distinguished Lecture Series event of the fall takes place at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, October 26, as the college welcomes William Sanders for his presentation “Challenges and Approaches for a Trustworthy Power Grid Cyber Infrastructure.”

Sanders, the Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering and head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois, is an expert on computing and on the security of critical infrastructures.

He is the current director of the Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid (TCIPG), which helps with national efforts related to the resiliency and security of the power grid.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has developed a number of computing programs in use by engineers today.

Sanders described the vision of a modernized “smart grid” as being one that “involves the use of an advanced computing, communication, and control cyber infrastructure for enhancing current grid operations” to make complex and timely decisions.

“This talk describes some of the research at the Department of Energy– and Department of Homeland Security–funded TCIPG Center,” said Sanders, noting that he will focus on the goal of a more secure grid as well. “Achieving this goal will involve the extension, integration, design, and development of information technologies imbibed with key properties of real-time availability, integrity, authentication, and confidentiality.”

His presentation will take place in Room 622 of the Min H. Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building. Like other lectures in the series, it will be simulcast online.

Those viewing the live webcast will be able to pose questions to Sanders at the end of his discussion, while those who are interested in the presentation but aren’t able to attend can watch an archived video.

C O N T A C T :

David Goddard (865-974-0683,