John D. McDonald, P.E., IEEE Life Fellow, is Smart Grid Business Development Leader for GE Power's Grid Solutions business. John has 47 years of experience in the electric utility transmission and distribution industry.
John received his BSEE and MSEE (Power Engineering) degrees from Purdue University, and an MBA (Finance) degree from the University of California-Berkeley. John is a Life Fellow of IEEE, and was awarded the IEEE Millennium Medal, the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Excellence in Power Distribution Engineering Award, the IEEE PES Substations Committee Distinguished Service Award, and the IEEE PES Meritorious Service Award.
John is Past President of the IEEE PES, past member of the IEEE Global Public Policy Committee, and the Past Chair of the IEEE PES Substations Committee. John was the IEEE Division VII Director and on the IEEE Board of Directors. John was on the Board of Governors of the IEEE-SA (Standards Association), focusing on long-term IEEE Smart Grid standards strategy. John is currently on the IEEE Foundation Board of Directors. John received the 2009 Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award from Purdue University. John teaches a Smart Grid course at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Smart Grid course for GE, and substation automation, distribution SCADA and communications courses for various IEEE PES local chapters as an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer. John has published one hundred fifty papers and articles in the areas of SCADA, SCADA/EMS, SCADA/DMS and communications and has co-authored five books.
With 45 years experience in the field and as an IEEE Member, John McDonald brings invaluable knowledge and insights to grow professionally. Learn the ins and outs of networking, mentorship, and strategic career planning in this essential session.