Matt Wakefield is Director of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) research for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). This research includes the Cyber Security and IntelliGrid programs along with large scale demonstrations such as the EPRI Smart Grid Demonstration Initiative integrating Distributed Energy Resources and “Big Data” demonstrations for both Transmission and Distribution Applications. He has over 24 years of energy industry experience. Prior to joining EPRI he was Manager of Applied Technology for Integrys Energy Group and also a Nuclear Reactor Operator in the US Navy Submarine Fleet. He received his BS degree in Technology Management from the University of Maryland University College.