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Dr. Jessica Bian

Dr. Jessica Bian is a visionary leader and architect. She has spearheaded electric industry’s reliability metrics and grid risk assessment. She is currently with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in USA. Prior to FERC, she was the Director of Performance Analysis at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). Under her leadership, a total of 18 industry-wide reliability indicators and three composite indices were established first time to determine the reliability, adequacy, and associated risks to the interconnected North American bulk power system. In spring 2012, she steered multiple technical industry groups and directed completion of the first-ever industry-wide State of Reliability report. It marked a major step forward in benchmarking the North American grid reliability. She is widely recognized as a pioneer and trusted world leader in the field.

Before joining NERC, Dr. Bian was with PJM Interconnection and ERCOT, responsible for real-time operations support, resource economic dispatch and operator training simulator projects. She started her career at Westinghouse Electric; was involved in generator design and Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS) applications.

Dr. Bian holds two patents and published over 70 articles in transactions, journals and proceedings. She received the 2014 IEEE PES Wanda Reder Pioneer in Power Award for her technical accomplishments and being an inspiring role model to young women engineers in power. She earned her Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Tulane University. In 1988, she obtained her Master degree from Electric Power Research Institute, Beijing, China; and her Bachelor degree from Taiyuan University of Technology in 1985. She is the 2016-2017 IEEE Power and Energy Society Secretary.

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