Management

Ramesh Hariharan — Founder and President

Has more than 20 years experience in the Information Technology industry. Has a Masters' degree in electrical power systems from Osmania University in India. Has designed and developed SCADA/EMS systems for use in Electric Utilities, Railways, Airports, etc. Has held senior management and technical positions in BRI and CMC. He has a passion for providing software services with emphasis in timely and cost-effective delivery.

Tim Fontenot — Vice President - Strategy

Is a seasoned professional in marketing, business development, corporate communications, customer relationship management, planning, budgeting and contract administration. Prior to joining CompuSharp, he served as Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Technology Council, an organization he helped found while earlier serving as Vice President Operations for BRI Inc.

Tim joined BRI in 1992, to help start their I.T services and grew it to $42 million in annual revenue. Earlier experience includes working for U.S. Robotics, where he was responsible for selling to and managing major national, federal and OEM accounts, along with development of a chain of distribution channels.

Dr.  Mani Vadari — Advisor — Technology

Is the President of Modern Grid Solutions (MGS), delivering consulting and training services to a global set of companies seeking deep subject matter expertise in setting the business, technical and strategic direction for the next-generation electric/energy system. Dr. Vadari has been consulting to electric utility industry for over 25 years focusing on Transmission/ Distribution/generation operations, Energy markets, and Smart Grid.

Prior to MGS, he held senior positions at Accenture, Battelle, and Alstom grid. Dr. Vadari’s book “Electric System Operations – Evolution to the Modern Grid” is being received with 5 Star reviews by industry leaders. Dr. Vadari is also the Technical Consultant to the New York State Smart Grid Consortium participating in an architecture role in the core team for the REV effort and Director of Sector Services at the Global Smart Cities Council.

Dr.  Ramu Ramanathan — Advisor — Technology

Is a dynamic Senior Executive with broad experience in solving the organizational, technology and business problems of small, mid-sized companies and large companies. Developed and maintained high growth businesses through strong strategic planning, hiring right people, team building, technical skills, marketing and sales skills. Strong developer of new business areas and market focus.

Dr. Ramanathan has been instrumental in winning and executing several multi-million dollar contracts. A results-oriented, team player with proven leadership abilities. He focuses constantly on innovating and leveraging technologies to improve quality and productivity of business processes.

Ramu holds a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and has held senior positions in Boeing, Ferranti International Controls, CEGELEC ESCA, National Systems & Research and CIBER. He has a solid technical experience and has authored more than 25 technical papers. He is a senior member of the IEEE, is a Professional engineer and certified Project Management Professional.

Dr. Ram Adapa — Advisor for Legal Support Services

Joined the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Palo Alto, California in June 1989. At EPRI, he is currently Technical Manager, Increased Power Flow, in the Power System Assets, Planning, and Operations (PSAPO) area of Power Delivery & Markets Sector. As a Product Line Leader, he developed the research portfolio for Grid Operations and Planning areas as well as business plans to execute this research portfolio. This portfolio focuses on both operations and planning tools that are needed in a deregulated utility environment. Some of these tools include market restructuring, transmission pricing, ancillary services, and security tools to maintain the reliability of the grid.

Dr. Adapa is a Fellow of the IEEE Power Engineering Society; member of several committees, past chairman of the local IEEE Santa Clara Valley PES/IAS chapter, and winner of several prestigious awards. He has authored / coauthored more than 125 technical papers published in various technical journals. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Wisconsin. Dr. Adapa is also an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer under the IEEE Distinguished Lecturer Program (DLP) and he is frequently invited by IEEE PES chapters all around the world to deliver DLP lecturers.

Dr. Adapa received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Anil Pahwa — Honorary Technical Advisor

Is the head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Kansas State University (KSU). He received the Bachelor of Engineering (Honors) degree in Electrical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India in August 1975; the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Maine at Orono in May 1979 and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A & M University in December 1983.

Dr. Pahwa has been with KSU since August 1983. His main research interests are applications of intelligent computational methods and advanced computer and communication technology in electricity distribution systems to improve their efficiency, reliability, and quality. He has worked on several projects sponsored by Kansas Electric Utilities Research Program, National Science Foundation, and industrial organizations.