Michael Pesin is Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Advanced Grid Research and Development Division at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity. His organization is responsible for the development and management of projects for “next generation” electricity delivery technologies and supporting activities to accelerate their introduction to the marketplace. Mr. Pesin has over 30 years of experience in the electric utility industry. He is a licensed professional engineer and most of his career worked at electric utility companies leading engineering and technology organizations and directing development and execution of advanced technology programs spanning entire electric grid infrastructure from generation to transmission, distribution, and customers. Prior to joining DOE Mr. Pesin was also the founder and president of a management consulting company working with utilities, technology companies, and investors. He was a board member at several technology organizations, is actively involved with a number of electric power industry groups and is frequent speaker at the industry events.