Board Members

Henry Chao

Vice President, RTO/ISO Markets, Quanta Technology.

Dr. Chao has over 27 years of experience in electric utility planning, market and grid operations, and asset management. At Quanta Technology, Dr. Chao is leading the market design and development practice to ensure and enable efficient resource integrations in the competitive marketplace. As Vice President, System and Resource Planning at the NYISO, Dr. Chao was responsible for resource planning, competitive capacity market product development, renewable integration and electric facility interconnections, and transmission reinforcements and expansion in accordance with the strategies and objectives of the NYISO. He represents NYISO in various FERC, New York State PSC, NERC/NPCC and NYSRC Committees dealing with market competition issues, enabling technologies, bulk power system reliability and economics.

Prior to joining NYISO, Dr. Chao was an ABB Group Vice President in Services Technologies directing consulting and software development leveraging ABB's advanced technologies and know-how which were built to analyze energy markets, manage grid assets, relieve transmission congestion, and foster improved understanding of the competitive forces underlying the changes in the electric power sector. Prior to joining ABB, he also developed and worked on two industry standard reliability assessment packages for utilities.

Henry Chao obtained his Ph.D. degree from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA.

Fangxing Li

James McConnell Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, The University of Tennessee at Knoxville(UTK).

Professor Li, also know as Fran Li, received his BSEE and MSEE degrees both from Southeast University(China) in 1994 and 1997, respectively, and then his Ph.D. degree from Virginia Tech(USA) in 2001. He had worked at ABB Electrical System Consulting in Raleigh, NC, from 2001 to 2005, as a senior engineer and then a principal engineer. He joined the faculty of UTK as an Assistant Professor in August 2005, and was promoted to an Associate Professor in 2011, a Professor in 2016 and an endowed chair professor in 2017. His current research interests include power markets, renewable energy integration, demand responses, and distributed energy resources. He has published more than 100 journal papers and 120 conference papers and holds a US patent.

Professor Li is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of IET(formerly IEE), and a registered Professional Engineer(P.E.) in North Carolina. He served as the President of NACPPA from 2013 to 2015.

Xing Wang

VP Technology and Product Development at Distributed Energy&Power, Centrica.

Dr. Xing Wang is also member of Centrica Innovation Extended Board. Dr. Wang has over 20 years' experience in technology, product development, and engineering management in the power industry. Before joining Centrica, he was Director of R&D and Application Engineer at GE/Alstom Grid Solutions, responsible for global digital solutions of transmission/distribution grid operations, oil and gas pipeline operations, and energy market operations.

Dr. Wang holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Brunel University, UK. He is based in Redmond, WA.

Power Zhao

Senior Manager of Transmission & Distribution Services, Oncor.

Previously, he worked as a worldwide engineering operation manager for Texas Instruments at Dallas. He also worked as a section manager with GSM wireless communications for Siemens at Shanghai.

He received his Ph.D. in E.E. from Texas A&M University, and is a registered Professional Engineer(P.E.). He had his summer internships at ABB Network Management at Houston.

He is a senior member of IEEE and a registered professional engineer in Texas. He also serves as the vice chair for Chinese Institute of Engineers/USA.

Tongxin Zheng

Technical Manager, Independent System Operator of New England Inc.(ISO-NE)

Dr. Zheng manages both research and development projects for the regional wholesale electricity market design and operation, and collaboration projects with the research community. He provides technical consultation to market and system operations, and oversees the development of the market clearing engine and the market simulation software. Prior to ISO-NE, he was a senior software engineer at Interface Technology, Inc(ITI), and an application engineer at ABB information system.

He received his Ph.D degree from Clemson University in electrical engineering. He has published more than 60 journal and conference papers in the area of power system operation, optimization and power quality, and delivered many presentations at various conferences, forums, workshops, NACPPA seminars and universities. He is currently the president of NACPPA.

Bo Yang 

Director at Hitachi America

Dr. Yang is leading the energy solution R&D team in Hitachi America. She has extensive academic and professional experiences on DER integration, distribution automation, smart grids and AI data analytics. Dr. Yang has over 6 years of experiences on team building, product development and technology incubation. she has proven track records building team of top talents and managing cross-functional and distributed geo teams. Dr. Yang led the development of pioneer AI and IoT platform, i.e. HERO, serving utility and C&I customer needs on DER monitoring, control and report. She was PI to several projects in public sectors under DOE and CA. Her work lays solid foundation on the industrial adoption of advanced AI analytics and state-of-art IoT technologies.

Ziwen (Michael) Yao

Principal Engineer, BC Hydro, British Columbia, Canada

Dr. Ziwen (Michael) Yao earned his BSEE and MSEE from the North China Electric Power University; and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Lorraine, France. Dr. Yao has over 35 years of experience in both power industry and academy. From 1984 to 2001, Dr. Yao worked for Wuhan University, China, DER-EDF (Division de Recherche - Electricité de France), University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières, TEQSIM-Hydro Quebec, and SNC-Lavalin. His research interests include power quality, power system stability analysis and control, real-time operations of power systems, and energy management systems. Since 2001, Dr. Yao has been working at BC Hydro, Canada, as a Senior Engineer, and then as a Principal Engineer. Dr. Yao is a Registered Professional Engineer of the EGBC in British Columbia, Canada.