Erfan Ibrahim is a well-known engineer, speaker, and executive who is widely recognized as a smart energy thought leader. Erfan has over 27 years of experience in the Energy, Telecommunications and Software industries with specialties in demand response, home area networks, dynamic pricing, smart networks, cyber security, standards development, product management, business development, and entrepreneurship. Erfan has created Smart Grid Educational Series which offers monthly seminars and webinars on Smart Grid, Clean Tech and Energy Efficiency. Over 2700 people in 10+ countries have subscribed to this educational forum since its inception in January 2012.
During 2013-2014 Erfan served as the Chief Scientist and Strategic Innovations Director for the GridSTAR project at Penn State University. GridSTAR is a $10 million DoE funded project that Penn State is leading for workforce development and education in the electric sector. GridSTAR is based at the Philadelphia Navy with a Micro Grid facility connected to an unregulated grid with a Smart Home, Electric Storage, Electric Vehicle charging station and solar panels.
During 2008-2011 Erfan served as a Technical Executive in the Intelligrid program area of the Power Delivery & Utilization Sector of EPRI, where he led the research on the communications, systems management and cyber security infrastructure for the utility Smart Grid with particular emphasis on Demand Response, Home Area Networks, Advanced Metering Infrastructure, Smart Energy Profile, OpenADR and Internet based Wide Area Networking for customer premise integration.
Prior to his consulting days and EPRI, Erfan held the titles of VP of Sales & Marketing at Jyra Research, Product Manager for Network Management at Pacific Bell Network Integration (now AT&T), Science and Math Lecturer at National University, Nuclear Fusion Research Engineer at UCLA and Plasma Physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Lab.
Erfan received a Ph. D. in Nuclear Engineering from University of California Berkeley, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas Austin, and a B.S. Honors in Physics from Syracuse University (Suma Cum Laude).
Erfan is a Phi Beta Kappa, a Tau Beta Pi, Who’s Who amongst American Colleges & Universities and Who’s Who amongst IT professionals. He is a frequent public speaker in Electric Sector conferences and workshops on Smart Grid globally and has been a Competent Communicator in Toastmasters International since 1996.