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.

Joseph Yan

Principle Manager of Price Forecasting and Modeling, Southern California Edison(SCE).

For the past decades, Dr. Yan has led the strategy development of SCE's generation portfolios to optimize the value of these resources and reduce the cost of serving its customers. He has also actively engaged in California electricity market stakeholder processes representing SCE and made extraordinary contributions to the development of the ISO markets. His research interest includes operation research, optimization, unit commitment/scheduling and transaction evaluation, and optimal simultaneous auction in deregulated ISO/RTO markets. Joseph Yan holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Systems Engineering of the University of Connecticut.

Lei Wang

Director of Software Technologies at Powertech Labs Inc., BC Hydro, Canada.

Dr. Wang started his professional career more than 28 years ago when he joined Ontario Hydro, where he contributed to the development of leading-edge techniques for power system stability analysis. He joined Powertech Labs in 1993.

He currently leads a technical team at Powertech for the development and commercialization of software tools, including the well-known power system analysis software package DSATools™, which is used by engineers and researchers in more than 30 countries on six continents. The on-line dynamic security assessment technology developed by his team has been licensed to over 40 utilities worldwide, including the operators of some of the largest grids in the world. Dr. Wang has also led and participated in many technical consulting projects that help clients to solve practical problems in their power systems. A noteworthy example is the annual effort for the development of the US/Canada eastern interconnected power system models for power system analysis by utilities in this region. As a renowned technical expert, Dr. Wang has delivered technical training courses to universities and utilities in more than 10 countries.

Dr. Wang is active in the technical community. He has authored or coauthored more than 45 peer-reviewed technical papers and contributed to 8 books.

Dr. Wang is member of the Association of Professional Engineers of British Columbia and Ontario, Canada. He is also Vice chair of the Bulk Power System Operation Subcommittee of the Power System Operation, Planning an Economics(PSOPE) Committee of IEEE Power and Energy Society. And he is a Fellow of IEEE.

He received his Ph.D degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Toronto.

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.