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2023 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
Facilitators: Profs. Ali Mehrizi-Sani and Chen-Ching Liu

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.


  8:30-9:00 AM           Breakfast and registration

9:00–9:10 AM


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


9:10–9:40 AM                         

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

9:40–10:00 AM                 

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

10:00–10:20 AM                     

          Practical Considerations for Cyber Security for Inverter-Based Resources, Paul Duncan, Practice Leader, MPR Associates, Inc.

10:20–10:40 AM                

          Securing the Bulk Power System: Reliability and Security Perspectives in a Changing Electricity Sector, Ryan Quint, Director, NERC

10:40–10:50 AM                        




10:50–11:30 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 


11:30–12:00 PM                           


Opportunities for Collaboration; Next steps


12:00–1:00 PM                    


Demo of the 5GPG testbed 
PEC Students: Halah Shehada, Milad Beikbabaei, Akshay Jain, Baza Somda