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Cybersecurity of the power grid workshop

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Workshop on the Cybersecurity of the Power Grid

Hosted by Commonwealth Cyber Inititiative Southwest Virginia and the Power and Energy Center

Tuesday, April 25, 2023
In person: Kelly Hall 310 (325 Stanger St, Blacksburg, VA 24061)
Zoom: Available; link will be emailed after registration

The goal of the workshop is to provide a platform to increase awareness across the Commonwealth about power grid-related research within the scope of CCI and to foster collaboration for larger research and proposal efforts.



9:00 AM – 9:15 AM


Welcome remarks
Prof. Gretchen Matthews, CCI SWVA Director, Professor

9:15 AM – 9:40 AM                         

          Power Grid as a Cyber-Physical System
Prof. Chen-Ching Liu, American Electric Power Professor 

9:40 AM – 10:00 AM                 

          5G Communication Needs and Potential for the Power System
Prof. Ali Mehrizi-Sani, Associate Professor 

10:00 AM – 10:20 AM                     

          Cybersecurity of the Power System
Prof. Chen-Ching Liu, American Electric Power Professor

10:20 AM – 10:40 AM                

          Cybersecurity of Distributed and Renewable Energy Resources
Prof. Ali Mehrizi-Sani, Associate Professor 

10:40 AM – 10:50 AM                        



10:50 AM – 11:30 AM                  


Ideas Hall: Five-Minute Idea Presentations

  • Brett Malone, CEO, VT Corporate Research Center

  • Nam Nguyen, Senior Director & Deputy AVP, Virginia Tech 

  • Prof. Jeff Reed, Professor, Virginia Tech

  • Prof. Lishan Yang, Assistant Professor, George Mason Univ

  • Caitlin Miller, Director of Public Affairs, CTIA 

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM                           

          Updates on CCI/NSF/DOE Projects

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM                    


Opportunities for Collaboration; Next Steps

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM                        

          Demo of 5GPG Testbed
Halah Shehada, Milad Beikbabaei, Akshay Jain, Baza Somda