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Thursday, November 17, 8:30–9:45 am

Vint Cerf, PhD, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google Inc.

Vinton G. (Vint) Cerf, PhD, an acknowledged Father of the Internet, identifies enabling technologies to support the development of advanced, internet-based products and services for Google. Mr. Cerf was the co-creator of the TCP/IP protocols that became the standard for what is now called the internet.

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Thursday, November 17, 10:00–11:00 am

Steve Collier, Director, Smart Grid Strategies, Milsoft Utility Solutions

Steve Collier is Milsoft’s resident smart grid expert and industry thought leader. Since the early 1970s, he has been a professional, executive, or consultant with energy, telecommunications, and technology companies in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Collier is an IEEE Technical Expert who writes, speaks, and consults widely on new and emerging energy, telecom, and information technologies and their applications for a modern, intelligent grid.

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Thursday, November 17, 11 am–12 pm

Charlie Cook, Political Analyst

Charlie Cook is widely regarded as one of the nation’s leading authorities on U.S. elections and political trends.  Mr. Cook is editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report and a political analyst for National Journal magazine. He writes a regular column for Washington Quarterly, published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He has served as a political analyst and election night analyst for CBS, CNN, and NBC News and is a frequent political analyst for all three major broadcast news networks. Mr. Cook also has appeared on “Meet the Press” and “This Week.”

Thursday, November 17, 1:45–3 pm

Donald Leavens, PhD, Vice President and Chief Economist, NEMA

Don Leavens, who holds a doctorate in economics, specializes in the analyses and forecasts of the economic forces affecting the electrical manufacturing industry and provides these outlooks at business meetings sponsored by manufacturers, electrical contractors and distributors, and engineering societies throughout North America. In addition to writing articles on public choice and public finance economics that have appeared in academic journals, he has contributed articles to several books. Mr. Leavens was a member of the Governor of Virginia’s Advisory Board of Economists.

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