The Energy Thought Summit (ETS) will honor University of Minnesota professor Massoud Amin, considered by many to be the father of the smart grid, as its Thought Leader of the Year during ETS15. The award recognizes an individual whose vision inspires the global energy ecosystem.
Amin notes, “I have had the privilege of presenting at several superb venues, including TEDX, PopTech and many other great events, but truly appreciate and enjoy participating in ETS because of its unique focus on energy and its diverse audience. I’m humbled and honored by this recognition and look forward to another terrific ETS filled with thoughtful conversations, seeing old friends, making new partnerships, and most importantly, powering progress with tangible outcomes for our industry.”
Amin is the director of the Technological Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota and a distinguished teaching professor of electrical and computer engineering within the university’s College of Science and Engineering.
ETS chairman Andres Carvallo says, “Massoud Amin’s teachings and work on power grid theory and research over the last 30 years, plus his industry contributions…have blazed many trails and helped deliver much better reliability and security to our power infrastructure. His passion, dedication, and tireless quest for the best answers have inspired so many across the globe in this industry and we are thrilled to add another achievement to Dr. Amin’s long list of accomplishments.”
ETS president Andrew Johnston adds: “We are elated to recognize Dr. Amin as our inaugural Thought Leader of the Year to and look forward to standing alongside this inspirational individual as he shows us and ETS’s attendees how to take on the growing challenges confronting the energy industry, such as maintaining and expanding critical infrastructure and ensuring the security, health, welfare and safety of our nation’s nearly 400 million citizens.”
ETS15 is Wednesday, March 25 and Thursday, March 26 at the AT&T Conference Center in Austin.