URI to host cyber-physical systems security workshop, Oct. 18-19

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KINGSTON, R.I. — October 9, 2019 — The security of the electrical grid will be the subject of a two-day workshop at the University of Rhode Island on Oct. 18-19. Titled “Cyber-Physical Systems Security,” the event will feature local and national experts from academia, industry and government.

Day one of the workshop will focus on how advancements in science and technology are being used to mitigate threats. Day two will focus on building a workforce to meet the growing challenges in this field.


  • URI President David M. Dooley
  • URI Vice President for Research Peter Snyder
  • URI Provost Donald H. DeHayes
  • URI College of Engineering Dean Raymond Wright

Local and national experts from academia, industry and government, including,

  • Mukund Ravipaty, director, Enterprise Security Architecture, National Grid
  • Michele Andersen, program manager, Office of Naval Research
  • Gwen Holdmann, director, Alaska Center for the Energy and Power
  • Chen-Ching Liu, director, Power and Energy Center, Virginia Tech University
  • Erik Brine, executive director, National Institute for Undersea Vehicle Technologies
  • Arun Shukla, URI Simon Ostrach Distinguished Professor and co-director, National Institute for Undersea Vehicle Technologies
  • Molly Donohue Magee, executive director, Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance (SENEDIA)/Maritime Cybersecurity Center/Undersea Technology Innovation Consortium
  • Dave Kring, senior vice president of Science and Technology, Navatek LLC
  • Anthony R. Shaw Jr., scientist, Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific (NIWC Pacific)


Friday, Oct. 18, Smart Grid Security: Science and Technology Advancements and Challenges

7:15 a.m. – 7 p.m., Memorial Union Ballroom, 50 Lower College Road, Kingston Campus

Saturday, Oc. 19: Cyber-Physical Systems Security: Education and Workforce Development

7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering, 2 East Alumni Avenue, Kingston Campus

The workshop is free to attend, but registration is required.