IEEE Smart Village Executive Committee

IEEE Smart Village stimulates social enterprise by providing renewable electrical systems, start-up training and ongoing support to help poor, energy-deprived communities globally build toward sustainable prosperity.

Ray Larsen Ray Larsen is co-founder and Chair of IEEE Smart Village, which combines the talents of IEEE members with community-owned business partners in energy-impoverished regions to create self-sustaining, micro-utilities and education programs. As Chair of the organization’s Executive committee, Ray is responsible for leading IEEE Smart Village’s total operation  including nurturing ten new partnerships per year, each of which pledges to grow to serve a million people. Ray is past head of the Electronics Department at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University, Past President of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society, an IEEE Life Fellow and currently  a part-time  Special Projects engineering manager at the SLAC in Menlo Park, California.
Dr. Robin Podmore Dr. Robin Podmore is co-founder and co-chair of IEEE Smart Village (previously known as “Community Solutions Initiative”), as well as Vice President for IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) New Initiatives and Outreach. He is also founder and President of Incremental Systems Corp. (IncSys), a private company that helps organizations train system operators to ensure reliability of the bulk power system. Robin is passionately dedicated to using his own expertise and inspiring others, including industry partners to help energy-impoverished communities build toward sustainable prosperity. In the markets that IEEE Smart Village serves, he is actively promoting IEEE Smart Village’s open-source products and encouraging industry to participate in consensus development of technology-interoperability standards needed for market acceptance and ISV Partner investor confidence.
Derek Welbourn Derek Welbourn is a major contributor to IEEE Smart Village’s business model, which is based on a franchise model run by local village operators. First pioneered by an ISV partner in post-quake Haiti and proven sustainable, this model was subsequently  introduced to several African countries where it was also proven successful. Derek took a year-long volunteer Executive Director role in refining and verifying the model during the Haiti buildup.  He is a Business graduate of the University of British Columbia and Founder and CEO of inhaus Surfaces Limited, a fast growing flooring products company headquartered in Vancouver.
Dr. Dan Wessner Dr. Dan Wessner works extensively among international nonprofits committed to just and sustainable development. He works with IEEE Smart Village on its goal of Learning Beyond the Light Bulb through educational opportunities that link North American campuses and engineers to communities that now enjoy electricity and connectivity through partnership with IEEE. Dan serves on the board of the Posner Center for International Development, a consortium of 60 nonprofit and for-profit tenant organizations based in Denver, Colorado. He is a professor of politics at Regis University in Denver, and holds degrees in international development, theology, law and history.
Joe Lillie is a member of the IEEE Smart Village Steering Committee and serves as the Finance Chair. He has 43 years of experience in telecommunications engineering and management, and was employed by BellSouth Telecommunications from 1973-2002. When Joe retired in 2002, he was on the Louisiana State Staff providing engineering and construction support. In 2003 Joe joined NorthStar Communications as Director of Corporate Quality.  In September 2005 Joe returned to BellSouth working on Hurricane Katrina restoration. Joe has been an active IEEE volunteer since joining as a Student in 1972, becoming a Member in 1974 and Senior Member in 1987.  His IEEE activities include past service on the IEEE Board of Directors as the Vice President of MGA, IEEE Treasurer and Region 5 Director.  He is an IEEE Foundation Director Emeritus having served on the IEEE Foundation Board of Directors as a Director and Treasurer. Joe is currently serving on the IEEE Awards Board as Treasurer and the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society Board of Governors as a Member and Treasurer. Joe received the B.S. in Electrical Engineering (1974) and an M.S. in Telecommunications (1997) from the University of Southwestern Louisiana.
Margaret Goodrich has over 30 years of experience in project management in the Software Industry. She founded PsyCor International, Inc., which  became a leader in software development using CIM standards.  Margaret currently provides consulting and integration solutions to the Utility industry around the world. She is a current member of the UCA International Board of Directors and has also served on several IEC groups to establish utility industry standards for data exchange and application programming interfaces. Margaret received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and her Master’s work in Computer Science was completed at East Texas State University.