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Free Software Engineering Institute Webinar Introduces Utilities to the Smart Grid Maturity Model

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Pittsburgh, Pa., February 24, 2011 —A massive public-private effort is under way to modernize the electric power grid to enable important advances in energy efficiency, reliability, and security.The term "smart grid" is commonly used as shorthand for this effort but it is also open to widely varying interpretation.Consumers, utilities, regulators, and other stakeholders are all trying to determine what this transformation means for them and how to strike an appropriate balance between hype and real progress.

A free webinar from the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI), held at 1:30 p.m. EST Thursday, March 10, 2011, will explore the Smart Grid Maturity Model (SGMM), a management tool that helps utilities plan smart grid implementation, prioritize options, and measure progress. Developed by utilities for utilities, the model is hosted by the SEI as a resource for industry transformation with the support of the US Department of Energy and input from a broad array of stakeholders.

Presented by David White, a member of the SGMM team at the SEI, this 60-minute webinar, Empower Your Smart Grid Transformation, will introduce attendees to the SGMM and how it can be used to help utilities assess their current state of smart grid implementation, define their goals, and generate inputs into their road mapping, planning, and implementation processes. For more information about the SEI Webinar Series, or to register for the Empower Your Smart Grid Transformation webinar, please visit www.sei.cmu.edu/events/webinars/index.cfm.

About the Presenter
David White is a member of the Resilient Enterprise Management (REM) team in the CERT Program at the SEI. The REM team performs research and development in the areas of operational resilience, critical infrastructure protection, and smart grid deployment.

He is the project manager and a core member of the development team for the SEI SGMM, a management tool to assist utilities in planning and tracking progress on their grid modernization efforts.

White is also a core member of the development team for the CERT® Resilience Management Model (RMM), a process improvement model that provides guidelines for converging and managing security and business continuity from an operational risk perspective. He is an instructor for the Introduction to the CERT Resilience Management Model course and a lead appraiser for the RMM capability appraisal method. He has a bachelor's and a master's degree in engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. White is currently based in New York City.

About the Software Engineering Institute
The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and operated by Carnegie Mellon University. The SEI helps organizations make measurable improvements in their software engineering capabilities by providing technical leadership to advance the practice of software engineering. For more information, visit the SEI website at www.sei.cmu.edu.

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