John D. McDonald, P.E.
Smart Grid Business Development Leader, GE Grid Solutions
John D. McDonald, P.E., is the Smart Grid Business Development Leader for GE Grid Solutions. John has 45 years of experience in the electric utility transmission and distribution industry. John received his B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. (Power Engineering) degrees from Purdue University, and an M.B.A. (Finance) degree from the University of California-Berkeley. John is a Life Fellow of IEEE, and was awarded the IEEE Millennium Medal in 2000, the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Excellence in Power Distribution Engineering Award in 2002, the IEEE PES Substations Committee Distinguished Service Award in 2003, and the IEEE PES Meritorious Service Award in 2015. John is Past President of the IEEE PES, the VP for Technical Activities for the US National Committee (USNC) of CIGRE, the Past Chair of the IEEE PES Substations Committee, and is the SECC Finance Committee Chair and on the SECC Board. 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 was elected to Chair the NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Governing Board, coordinating Smart Grid standards development for the United States. John is a member of the Advisory Committee for the annual DistribuTECH Conference, Vice Chair of the Texas A&M University Smart Grid Center Advisory Board, on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the GridWise Alliance and Finance Chair, on the NIST Smart Grid Advisory Committee and Chair of its Technical Subcommittee, a member of the Purdue University Strategic Research Advisory Council, and 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 over one hundred papers and articles in the areas of SCADA, SCADA/EMS, SCADA/DMS and communications, has co-authored five books and has one US Patent (9,853,448) on Systems and Methods for Coordinating Electrical Network Optimization (December 26, 2017).