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David Whitehead

Chief Operating Officer
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.


Areas of Expertise:

Energy Efficiency, Energy Security, Innovation, Power Sector, R&D, Regulation, Smart Grid

David E. Whitehead is chief operating officer at Schweitzer
Engineering Laboratories where he leads the company's global
operations, overseeing the research and development, quality,
sales, engineering services, manufacturing, and business areas.

A passionate driver of product and talent development,
Whitehead has had a hand in the steady stream of inventions
and innovations to come out of the SEL. He has been awarded
more than 60 patents around the world.

Whitehead is a leader in utility and industrial control system
cybersecurity. He has presented at conferences, testified before
FERC, is the past chair of the IEEE Power and Energy Society
Substations C6 group that addresses serial cryptographic
protocols and has authored numerous papers on the topic.

After joining SEL in 1994, Whitehead served in a variety of
roles within the company, including hardware engineer,
research engineer, chief engineer of the Government Services
Division, and vice president of Research & Development.

Whitehead serves on the board of directors of SEL and Veracity
Industrial Networks. He received his BSEE from Washington
State University and his MSEE from Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute. He is a registered Professional Engineer in
Washington, New York, Michigan, and North Carolina and is a
senior member of IEEE.

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