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FORNL talk Jan. 11 on electrified infrastructure – Oak Ridger

Richard A. Raines, director of the Electrification and Energy Infrastructures Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will speak at noon Tuesday, Jan. 11, to Friends of ORNL on “An Electrified U.S. Infrastructure Ecosystem: Opportunities and Challenges.”
He will address his division’s work with public and private partners to develop breakthroughs for the resilience and security of the electrical power grid, as well as for the management of microgrid resources — solar power and battery energy storage — and smart home appliances to give homeowners precise control over their power supply and demand at a lower cost while ensuring reliable service. 
To view the virtual lecture, according to an FORNL news release, click on the talk title on the homepage of the www.fornl.org website and click on the Zoom link near the bottom of the page describing the lecture.
Below is Raines’ summary of what he will talk about, according to the release.
“No one doubts that we live in a highly interconnected world. Near real-time data and information from around the globe inform us as never before. The rapid melding of operational and information technologies allows us to remotely perform tasks such as controlling home thermostats and checking to see if our refrigerator is out of milk, each at a click or swipe of a smart device.  
“As the U.S. continues to move towards the increased use of clean energy sources, which are efficient and cost-effective, several opportunities and challenges exist in achieving near- and long-term goals. My presentation lends insights into opportunities and challenges that the U.S. faces in developing next-generation energy infrastructures.” 
At ORNL Raines manages the research and development (R&D) efforts of 150 scientists, engineers and other staff who are focusing on energy systems electronics and cyber-physical systems development and analysis. He previously served as director for ORNL’s Cyber and Data Analytics Initiative.
Before joining ORNL in March 2013, he served as the founding director of the Air Force Cyberspace Technical Center of Excellence, as the Department of Defense Force Transformation chair and as professor of electrical engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. 
Raines was the founding director of the Center for Cyberspace Research, a National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security Center of Academic Excellence, Air Force designated Cyberspace Technical Center of Excellence, and a National Science Foundation CyberCorp institution. He has served as a senior mentor to the commander of the Air Force Cyberspace Command (Provisional).
He has authored or co-authored more than 150 technical and strategic publications on computer and satellite communications, communications theory, vulnerabilities of communication systems and cybersecurity. 
In 2007, he was inducted into the Association of Old Crows’ Hall of Fame for significant and lasting contributions to information operations. He was the 2008 recipient of the Air Force Science and Engineering Educator of the Year award.  
A professor emeritus at the Air Force Institute of Technology, Raines holds a joint faculty appointment at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
He earned a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Florida State University, an M.S. degree in computer engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.


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