Showcase: Industry/Research Partnership

Abstract: This session will present a case study of CREDC-Industry partnership. Old Dominion University (ODU) and ReliabilityFirst (RF) are collaborating on a CREDC research activity on developing cyber resilience metrics for bulk power systems. The case study would discuss how the partnership was established, overview of the collaborative research project, relevance to power utilities, challenges faced and how they were overcome, timeline for transferring technology, and plans for technology transition.

About the Speakers:

Sachin Shetty is an Associate Professor in the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center at Old Dominion University. He holds a joint appointment with the Department of Modeling, Simulation and Visualization Engineering and the Center for Cybersecurity Education and Research. Sachin Shetty received his PhD in Modeling and Simulation from the Old Dominion University in 2007. Prior to joining Old Dominion University, he was an Associate Professor with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Tennessee State University. He was also the associate director of the Tennessee Interdisciplinary Graduate Engineering Research Institute and directed the Cyber Security laboratory at Tennessee State University. He also holds a dual appointment as an Engineer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Indiana. His research interests lie at the intersection of computer networking, network security and machine learning. He has received over $10 million in funding from National Science Foundation, Air Office of Scientific Research, Air Force Research Lab, Office of Naval Research, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Energy, and Boeing. He has authored and coauthored over 125 research articles in journals and conference proceedings and two books. He is recipient of DHS Scientific Leadership Award and has been inducted in Tennessee State University’s million dollar club. He has served on the technical program committee for ACM CCS, IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE ICDCN, and IEEE ICCCN. He is an Associate Editor for International Journal of Computer Networks.

Bheshaj (Bhesh) Krishnappa joined ReliabilityFirst in August 2012, a regional regulator overseeing electric service reliability across 13 U.S. States and Washington D.C. Initially, he worked as Critical Infrastructure Protection Compliance Auditor and currently works as a Principal in the Risk Analysis and Mitigation Department. With over 20 years of experience, he has worked for Utility, Software & Services, Manufacturing, Aerospace, Mortgage, and Finance companies in consulting and senior roles. He was instrumental in leading several small to large scale IT and security projects that have enabled businesses to transform and be resilient in delivering their mission. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Bangalore University, India, and an MBA in Sustainable Business (Renewable Energy), Marylhurst University, USA. He actively holds CISSP, CISM, and Carnegie Mellon University’s Executive CISO certifications.