Ron Cunningham

Ron Cunningham is an IT Enterprise Architect in the Enterprise Architecture and Strategy group at American Electric Power (AEP), focusing on: grid modernization architecture; IT/OT interoperability industry standards development and use; use of enterprise architecture frameworks, development and refinement of grid and IT architectural metamodels, system modeling, formal ontologies; enhancing cybersecurity and grid related telecommunication technologies and architectures.

Over his 44-year career in the electric utility industry, Ron has worked in various areas including: power systems analysis; economic dispatch algorithms development e.g. hydro thermal optimization; EMS/SCADA systems specifications; generation production and fuel forecasting; nuclear plant construction scheduling and project control systems; management of general engineering and CIS application development and support groups; computer, AI/neural network field experimenting, and telecommunications research and development; standards assessment and development in the OSI, IGOS, initial UCA development days.

For past 30 years Ron's career has focused on: IT technical domains and enterprise architecture; Internet/intranet web-enabled services/support including firewalls/dmz deployment and support along with architecting in cybersecurity policies, procedures, risk mitigation measures; facility initial fiber/copper LAN design and deployments; enterprise wide business application, information, infrastructure requirements definition, architecting, design, acquisition/build/integration, deployment, and support as system admin. The last 10 years has been focused on internal AEP smart grid and grid modernization projects (AMI, DER, FLICR, VVO-CVR) with focus on feasibility and pilot/project selection including projected total-cost-of-ownership, telecommunication technology architecture designs including cybersecurity, project risk mitigation, business modeling.

This work also included active participation in external smart grid efforts e.g. UCAIug-OpenSG-SG Network TF deliverables, SGIP PAPs 01 and 02 deliverables including contribution to NISTIR 7761, other SGIP work groups e.g. Smart Grid Architecture Committee (includes standards reviews, ontology development, EA framework assessments, past chair), Technical Committee, Transactive Energy Coordinating Group, Grid Management (DERMS requirements), Grid 3.0 coordinating efforts and workshops, and an advisor/presenter and contributor on several research papers and reports in several EPRI research ICT program sets. Ron has double major Mathematics and Physics undergrad degree, with 2 years graduate work in Industrial Engineering - specialty in operations research system modeling and project economic evaluation/selection, and EIT certificate.