Call for Papers
1 May 2012
Paper submission deadline
17 Dec 2012
Acceptance Notifications
28 Feb 2013
Camera ready papers
15 Apr 2013
1-4 July 2013

Panel session: IEEE Standards-Related Activities and Trends in Smart Grid

Session chair
Samuel Sciacca, SCS Consulting, LLC.

  • Samuel Sciacca, SCS Consulting, LLC., President
    • IEEE-SA Aligning Opportunities with Global Standards
    • IEEE-SA Standardization and Related Activities for Smart Grid in Power & Energy
  • Max Reigel, Head of IEEE Standardization, Nokia Siemens Networks
    IEEE-SA Standardization Activities for Smart Grid in Communications & Networking Interactive Q&A


The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) offers an expansive base of global Smart Grid knowledge and intellectual property that is unmatched by other Standard Development Organizations (SDOs). The IEEE-SA has the expertise, range of disciplines, and the global reach and synergy of 45 societies and technical councils of IEEE, and that makes us the partner of choice for developing and implementing Smart Grid technology. In this session, we will provide an overview of the IEEE-SA’s Smart Grid activities, and highlight our power and communications standards and standards-related activities.

Speakers' biographies

Samuel C. Sciacca
Mr. Sciacca is a recognized authority on utility automation and Smart Grid technologies, and has been a speaker/advisor in these topics for over 25 years. From a strong technical background in utility automation, Mr. Sciacca went on to form Automation Technologies and Services, LLC. As CEO of ATS, he led the growth and strategic direction of the company, and planned both merger and acquisition activities of the company and its successors in the Smart Grid market space.
Mr. Sciacca also brings a global perspective to utility automation and Smart Grid efforts, and has spoken at international conferences and gatherings including Latin Smart Grid Forum, Korean Agency for Technology and Standards, European Patent Office, and the Association Française de Normalisation.
In addition to his role as USNC Council Member, Mr. Sciacca is active in several IEEE standards in the utility market space, including serving as chair of IEEE-1686, IEEE PC37.240, and IEEE-2030, the first comprehensive guideline for Smart Grid System Interoperability. He is a graduate of Clarkson University in Power Engineering and a registered Professional Engineer.

Max Riegel
Max Riegel ( received his Dipl.-Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University Munich, Germany. Currently he is head of IEEE standardization within Nokia Siemens Networks and is leading various technical and strategic initiatives related to mobile offload and deployment and operation of IEEE 802.11/Wi-Fi access networks. His responsibilities comprise standardization activities in IEEE 802 and IEEE 1900 as well as the regulatory aspects of license exempt spectrum use.
He is personally engaged in IEEE standardization projects for more than 10 years, participates regularly in the IEEE sponsor ballot process and is currently chair of the IEEE 802 OmniRAN ECSG as well as voting member of the IEEE802.11. He is member of the IEEE for more than 25 years and member of the IEEE Standards Association since 2001.
Previously he contributed to standardization for cognitive radio and dynamic spectrum access systems in ETSI RRS and various IEEE 1900 working groups, supported IEEE DySPAN-SC as vice chair and parliamentarian and was engaged in the WiMAX Forum for 6 years as the vice-chairs of the Networking Working Group. He served in the 16ng working group of the IETF as technical advisor and contributor on Ethernet over cellular systems. Prior to Nokia Siemens Networks, he held management positions within Siemens Communications on Advanced Standards and IETF and Internet standardization and within Philips Communication Industry and Teleprocessing Systems on product development of multimedia communication systems and data communication equipment.
His current focus is on technology development and standardization for future mobile broadband access networks to provide sufficient capacity for the strongly growing mobile access to the Internet. He has several publications and numerous patents on technologies for broadband mobile Internet access and authored a book on 'Deploying Mobile WiMAX'.