Board of Directors

Carl Besaw, Chairman

Carl Besaw is a Senior Project Manager with Southern California Edison’s (SCE) New Program Development and Launch group where he manages residential pilots that use a variety of technology and program strategies to expand SCE’s Energy Efficiency and Demand Response portfolios. He previously led demand response (DR) emerging markets and technology efforts at SCE.
Carl began his career working for effectiveness expert Steven R. Covey where he supported software planning tools and other technology solutions. Prior to coming to SCE, Carl held project/product management and consulting positions with several niche software companies managing the development of software and other technology solutions for the insurance, finance, automotive, and equipment rental industries.

Carl holds a Bachelor degree from Brigham Young University and a MBA from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and currently serves as Chairman of the OpenADR Alliance Board of Directors.



Mary Ann Piette, Vice-Chairman

Mary Ann Piette is a Staff Scientist and Director of the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She oversees LBNL’s building energy research activities with the US Department of Energy and many other R&D sponsors.  She is also the Director of the Demand Response Research Center that evaluates and develops new technology to improve the capability of demand responsive end-use loads. Mary Ann is lead PI on the automated demand response technology known as OpenADR which is in used in over 10 countries around the world. OpenADR is the most prominent open standard for communication between electricity providers and customers. It has been used over 5000 customers in homes, large buildings, and industrial facilities. Mary Ann conducts research related to demand-response load control, open standards, building energy use, sensors, controls, information systems, and fault diagnostics, simulation, and end-use analysis. She has authored over 170 papers on efficiency and demand response.  Mary Ann has worked at LBNL since 1983 and has an MS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley and a Licentiate in Building Services Engineering from the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden.





Albert Chiu, Secretary/Treasurer

Albert Chiu is a Lead Product Manager in the Integrated Demand Side Management (IDSM) Department at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). In his 12 years in IDSM, he has developed and implemented residential, 3rd party, low income, commercial and local government energy efficiency and demand response programs for utility customers. He is the lead of the DR Technology and Solutions Team in the Demand Response Emerging Market Department at PG&E and his team is also responsible for all Auto DR/PLS technologies development and implementation. At PG&E, he focuses on how to utilize the new technologies to integrated DR with CA electric Wholesale Market and addressing Intermittent Renewable Resource challenges.

Albert chairs the OpenADR Task Force within the Utility Communication Architect Internal User Group (UCAIug) and serves at the OpenADR Alliance board of directors. He also participates in the NIST National Smart Grid activities such as Priority Action Plan 3, 4 and 9. He is in multiple Technical Advisor Groups with CA universities and national labs.




Venki Ramachandran, Director

Venki is currently the Director, Professional Services at AutoGrid. In this role he is eading the Professional Services team whose main charter is to manage the customer deployments in terms of scope definition, timeline creation, solution definition, solution testing, deployment, training to ultimately hand over the solution to the customer team and drive customer acceptance and satisfaction. Also, responsible for device integration, pre-sales support, demonstration of our solution and running the quality assistance team. 

Venki is an accomplished smart grid executive, who can read the utility market trends and translate that into concise vision for products and services. In the past, he has led several start up companies and has held various senior management positions within CellNet and Trilliant, having joined both of the companies at an early stage. He holds a M.S in Industrial Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso and a B.S. Mechanical Engineering from V.J.T.I Bombay University, India.



Jay Nelson, Director

Jay Nelson is the Director of Technology for Honeywell’s Smart Grid Solutions (SGS) team. In this role Jay is responsible for all SGS product development, including the Akuacom DRAS. During his seven year career at Honeywell, Jay has also lead multi-discipline development teams for both residential and commercial environmental control systems at Honeywell.

Prior to joining Honeywell, Jay worked with multiple companies providing high reliability systems. These product areas included storage area networks, process control, and automated testing for telephony and medical devices. He has over twenty years of experience leading product development teams, including eighteen years of experience in leading multi-national groups. As a developer, Jay has worked in multiple areas of software development ranging from embedded firmware to advanced graphical user interfaces. Jay has a degree in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University.



Pierre Mullin

Pierre Mullin leads the Siemens Smart Grid software R&D team that develops Demand Response products for the global market.  

Pierre is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick Computer Science program and began his professional career at NB Power, working on the development and deployment of applications for the utility’s generation, engineering, marketing and customer service organizations. During his 20+ year career in the IT industry he has held leadership roles in product development start ups, consulting firms and corporate IT organizations.

Prior to joining Siemens, he was a Software Development Manager in Research In Motion's R&D organization.

He is currently sits on the boards of the OpenADR Alliance and the New Brunswick Information Technology Council.


Robert Nawy

Robert Nawy has served in the roles of Managing Director and CFO of IPKeys since its inception in 2005 and oversees the development and delivery of IPKeys’ Municipal and Smart Grid products and services. In addition to the Sponsorship Position with the Board of Directors of the OpenADR Alliance, Robert is an active member of the newly formed Advanced Energy Management Alliance (AEMA) that is committed to a mission that empowers and compensates customers to manage their energy usage to make the electric grid more efficient, more reliable, more environmentally friendly, and less expensive.

Robert led IPKeys efforts in delivering the "Prices to Devices" demonstration within the Energy Interop (EI) standard as part of their National Institute Standards and Technology (NIST) contract in 2010 and has supported the conformity of OPEN ADR 2.0  to the NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Framework.

Previously, Mr. Nawy also served as CFO & VP Business Development of Exenet, the first Application Infrastructure Provider (“AIP”) and as CFO of Maden Technologies, a DoD focused high technology services provider.

Robert also holds MBA, CPA and Civil Engineering credentials from Rutgers University and has successful capital raising, merger and acquisitions, strategic partnership and solution implementation and delivery experience in evolving IP technologies.