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DTC Leading Edge Seminar Series

Smart Grid Technologies and Applications for Homes, Buildings, and Industry


Tariq Samad
Corporate Fellow
Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions
Minneapolis, U.S.A.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
3:30 p.m. reception
4:00 p.m. seminar

401/402 Walter Library

SamadOne of the principal points of differentiation between smart grids and traditional power systems is the prominence accorded to electricity consumers and customers—residential, commercial, and industrial facilities are all part of the smart grid system of systems. Homes, buildings, and factories are starting to play a more active role in energy management on a gridwide scale. With increasing interest in distributed generation and storage, and with communication and control systems linking the "demand" side with the grid, customer facilities can no longer be considered just passive loads. I will motivate the critical role of such facilities in the vision of smart grids and present several examples of the current state of the practice—several innovative and exciting projects are under way, in the U.S. and globally. Specific smart-grid technologies discussed will include automated demand response, microgrids, and energy efficiency. Where available, economic and energy benefits will be quantified. Priority areas for research and development will also be presented.


Tariq Samad is a Corporate Fellow with Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions, based in Minneapolis, U.S.A. During his 26-year career with Honeywell he has contributed to and led automation and control technology developments for applications in electric power systems, the process industries, building management, automotive engines, unmanned aircraft, and clean energy. His research interests relate broadly to automation, intelligence, and autonomy for complex engineering systems. Dr. Samad served as the President of IEEE Control Systems Society in 2009 and he is the President Elect for the American Automatic Control Council. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the recipient of a few other distinctions including the 2008 IEEE CSS Control Systems Technology Award. He was editor-in-chief of IEEE Control Systems Magazine from 1998 to 2003 and the General Chair for the 2012 American Control Conference (Montréal). Dr. Samad holds 17 patents and has authored or coauthored over 100 publications, including the recent online report, The Impact of Control Technology ( He currently serves on the editorial board of IEEE Press. He represents Honeywell on the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute and he is a member of the Governing Board of the U.S. Smart Grid Interoperability Panel. Dr. Samad holds a B.S. degree in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.