Large disasters may ripple across cities, regions or even nationally through interconnected critical infrastructure systems.
Right now, many of those connections are invisible, making it very difficult to put effective mitigation strategies in place. Critical links are often uncovered too late, causing greater impacts to infrastructure and challenging recovery efforts on the ground.
Join us for the Resilience Week 2021 Symposium to discuss how private and public partners can work together to ensure a secure and reliable flow of energy across the nation.



Societal Benefits of Resilience

Community & Infrastructure Modeling Tool

The Heat is On: An Interactive Cyber Exercise

DOE GMLC Resilience Distribution Systems (RDS) Projects – What we learned and what’s next

Domain Components of the Impending Cyber-Physical Energy System Transformation

Power Grid Resilience


Cyber City: A Platform for Researching Critical Infrastructure Resilience

DoD Achieving Resilience for Control Systems Across Government-Owned and Commercially-Owned Assets

The National Cybersecurity Workforce Development Program: An Innovative and Scalable Framework to Expand the Critical Infrastructure Security Human Capital

Cybersecurity Workforce Development for Small Distribution Utilities

Prognostic Sensing and Modeling for Resilience Management of Extreme Events

Challenges and Opportunities for Resilient and Sustainable Energy Transition in Rural and Island Communities

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Resilience Thrusts WETO/SETO/WPTO

DOD All Hazards Analysis Presented with the Army Cyber Institute


Autonomous Intelligence for Cyber Defense Agents

Convergence of Resilience and Equity

“Homeland” Critical Infrastructure Resiliency Tabletop Exercise

Supply Chain Security for Industrial Control Systems

Secure and Resilient Wireless Communications for Distributed Electric Grid Operations, 5G Capabilities


Is Mission Decomposition the Key to Unlocking Energy Resilience?

Applying Advanced Grid Technologies for Improving Resiliency of Critical Loads

Learning Large-Scale Real-World Data for Characterizing and Improving Energy System Resilience

Protecting Energy Infrastructures from Climate Physical Risks

EV and Grid Integration: Tools for a Resilient Electrified Transportation Future

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Digital Twins a New Frontier in Critical Infrastructure Protection

Water and the Built Environment

Structured Threat Intelligence Graph Case Studies and Use

Commercial Routing Assistance Capability with the CISA Integrated Operations Division and All Hazards Consortium

American Water Works Association and West Yost


RW PowerPoint Template

Virtual Guidelines RW2021


  • Call for Special Sessions & Workforce Development Submissions – CLOSED
    • Submissions due:  June 21
    • Acceptance notification:  June 28
    • Special Session & Workforce Development Submission Site – CLOSED
  • Call for Papers – CLOSED
    • Submissions due:  July 12
    • Acceptance notification:  September 7
    • Final paper submissions due:  September 30
    • Paper Submission Site

Call for Submissions Flyer

Plenary Speakers


Senator Risch of Idaho

Resilience Week Welcome


Jim Risch, currently serving a third term as Idaho’s 28th Senator, holds a longstanding commitment to public service and a passion for good government. Known for “pragmatic decision-making,” Risch is what his peers call a “no-nonsense, get-the-job-done leader” with more than four decades of experience in elected office. He has been recognized by the National Journal as the “Most Conservative” Senator in the United States Senate.

Risch brings his pragmatic, results-focused approach to governance to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he serves as ranking member for the 117th Congress. As the lead Republican on the committee, Risch is focused on protecting the security and interests of the American people, in addition to continuing to advance U.S. prosperity and leadership in the world. He is confronting many issues that hit home across Idaho, like advancing the interests of Idaho citizens and businesses in international trade and investment, promoting Idaho exports, guarding Idaho interests in the Columbia River Treaty talks, supporting human rights and confronting the problem of sex trafficking.

During the 115th Congress, Risch served as chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship where he successfully passed several initiatives to improve cybersecurity resources for small businesses, cut red tape and reduce regulations, and improve small business access to capital. He remains commited to working for Idaho’s small businesses as a senior member of the committee during the 117th Congress.

Craig Rieger

Idaho National Laboratory, Chief Control System Research Engineering and Directorate Fellow

Foundations of Resilience: Transformation of Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration in Dialogue


Craig Rieger, PhD, PE, is the Chief Control Systems Research Engineer and a Directorate Fellow at the Idaho National Laboratory, pioneering interdisciplinary research in next generation resilient control systems. The grand challenge provided an integrated research strategy to address the cognitive, cyber-physical challenges of complex control systems into self-aware, trust-confirming, and threat-resilient architectures.

In addition, he has organized and chaired thirteen co-sponsored symposia and one National Science Foundation workshop in this new research area and authored more than 70 peer-reviewed publications.

Craig received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University in 1983 and 1985, respectively, and a PhD in Engineering and Applied Science from Idaho State University in 2008. Craig’s PhD coursework and dissertation focused on measurements and control, with specific application to intelligent, supervisory ventilation controls for critical infrastructure.

Craig is a senior member of IEEE and has 20 years of software and hardware design experience for process control system upgrades and new installations. Craig has been a supervisor and technical lead for control systems engineering groups at several INL nuclear facilities and various control system architectures.

Ron Fisher

Idaho National Laboratory, Infrastructure Assurance & Analysis Director

Building a Resilient Nation


Dr. Ron Fisher is the Director of Infrastructure Assurance & Analysis (IAA) in the National & Homeland Security (N&HS) directorate at Idaho National Laboratory (INL). IAA was established in 2015 to further the strategic partnership with U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through leveraging N&HS and INL core capabilities. The DHS portfolio at INL is diverse and over $50M annually. This portfolio includes control systems security, infrastructure analysis and technology development, and life-line infrastructure resilience.

He provides over 20 years of critical infrastructure protection experience including serving on President Clinton’s Presidential Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection. As part of the Presidential Commission, he was instrumental in initial cyber security work on energy supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems. He also served as a senior consultant to the National Petroleum Council on their critical infrastructure protection study and participated in the start-up of the Energy Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Energy ISAC).

David D. Woods

The Ohio State University, Professor Emeritus in Department of Integrated Systems Engineering

A look back: Progress in Resilience Engineering, A look forward: Prospects for Outmaneuvering Complexity Penalties


David Woods, Professor Emeritus in Department of Integrated Systems Engineering at the Ohio State University and Principal at Adaptive Capacity Labs (PhD, Purdue University) has worked to improve systems safety in high risk complex settings for 40+ years. He contributed to the start of Resilience Engineering by highlighting the dangers of brittle systems and the need to invest in sustaining sources of resilience beginning in 2000-2003 as part of the response to several NASA accidents. His results on proactive safety and resilience are in the book Resilience Engineering (2006) & dozens of highly cited works since (H index =93 with over 37K citations). He developed the first comprehensive theory on how systems can build the potential for resilient performance despite complexity. He started the SNAFU Catchers Consortium an industry-university partnership to apply the new science to build resilience in critical digital services (see ). He is a frequenct keynote speaker with many talks avaiable online (see Why Do Reliable Systems Fail? at

He has received many awards including the Laurels Award from Aviation Week and Space Technology (1995), IBM Faculty Award, Google Faculty Award, Ely Best Paper Award and Kraft Innovator Award from the Human Factors and Ergonomic Society, the Jimmy Doolittle Fellow Award from the Air Force Association (2012).

He provides advice to many government agencies, companies: International examples include Air France (following the 447 accident), TNO, Foundation pour une culture de sécurité industrielle, Eurocontrol, DFS, Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority, UK MOD, NHS, Haute Authorité de Santé; Domestic examples include US National Research Council on Dependable Software (2006), US National Research Council on Autonomy in Civil Aviation (2014), the FAA Human Factors and Cockpit Automation Team (1996; and its reprise in 2013), National Patient Safety Foundation, the Defense Science Board Task Force on Autonomy (2012), and he was an advisor to the Columbia Accident Investigation Board.


Kate Gordon

Department of Energy, Senior Advisor to Secretary of Energy

Energy Equity and Economic Development Opportunities on the Path to Zero Carbon


For nearly two decades, I have focused on the intersection of clean energy, climate, and economic growth–first at the Apollo Alliance, then the think tanks Center for American Progress, Center for the Next Generation (where I became the founding Executive Director for the Risky Business Project), and the Paulson Institute.

My passion is working across the range of issues that underpin this question: How to achieve a more sustainable economic model that acknowledges the reality of climate change, but also the reality of existing industries, regional geographies and cultures, and workforce skills. Thrilled to have brought these perspectives to Governor Gavin Newsom’s office as the Director of the Office of Planning and Research, as well as Senior Policy Advisor on Climate to the Governor — and now to the U.S. Department of Energy as a Senior Advisor to Secretary Jennifer Granholm, a longtime ally and friend.

Michael Pesin

Department of Energy-OE, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Advanced Grid Research and Development Division

How Do We Maintain or Even Improve Resilience in the Drive Towards Net-zero Carbon


Michael Pesin is Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Advanced Grid Research and Development Division in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity. Mr. Pesin has 30 years of experience in the electric utility industry, much of it directing development and execution of advanced technology programs. His most recent assignment was with Seattle City Light (SCL) where he developed the technology strategy, managed research and development projects and directed strategic programs to management demonstration projects. His subordinate strategic programs included substation automation, distributed automation, advanced metering infrastructure, enterprise OT communication networks, energy storage, microgrids, transactive energy management and distributed management systems.

Mr. Pesin has numerous professional affiliations, publications and patents. He holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University, St. Petersburg (Leningrad), Russia, is a Licensed Professional Electrical Engineer in the State of Washington, a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA).

Alice Caponiti

Department of Energy-NE, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Reactor Fleet and Advanced Reactor Deployment

How Do We Maintain or Even Improve Resilience in the Drive Towards Net-zero Carbon


Alice Caponiti serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Reactor Fleet and Advanced Reactor Deployment in the Office of Nuclear Energy. She leads a diverse portfolio of research, development and demonstration programs focused on the technical and economic sustainability of the existing U.S. fleet of commercial reactors and the development and deployment of innovative advanced reactors, including small modular reactors and microreactors. Ms. Caponiti is managing a new cost-shared program with industry to demonstrate multiple advanced reactor designs that offer improved safety, functionality and affordability, leading to expanded market opportunities for clean energy. Her office also sustains the nuclear talent pipeline through competitive university R&D and infrastructure investment programs. Ms. Caponiti serves on the Generation IV International Forum Policy Group that advises on research and development needed to establish the feasibility and performance capabilities of the next generation nuclear energy systems.

Ms. Caponiti previously led efforts to design, build, test, and deliver safe and reliable nuclear power systems for space exploration and national security applications and conduct detailed safety analyses for each mission. She served as the as the technical advisor to the Department of State and a United Nations working group on space nuclear power sources, as well as a risk communications spokesperson for the New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Mars Science Laboratory mission that delivered the Curiosity rover to the surface of Mars. Prior to joining the Office of Nuclear Energy in 2001, Ms. Caponiti worked on a nonproliferation program to reduce stockpiles of excess Russian weapons plutonium.

Ms. Caponiti has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Maryland and master degrees in nuclear engineering and the Technology and Policy Program from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Alejandro Moreno

Department of Energy-EERE, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power

How Do We Maintain or Even Improve Resilience in the Drive Towards Net-zero Carbon


Alejandro Moreno directs EERE’s renewable energy applied research, development, and demonstration activities for the geothermal, solar energy, and wind and water power technology offices. In addition, he oversees EERE’s energy system integration efforts. Previously, Moreno was the Director for the Water Power Technologies Office. In this role, he managed efforts to develop and commercialize innovative technologies and market solutions for clean, domestic power generation from hydropower and marine energy resources across the United States.

Working with DOE’s national laboratories, academia, and industry, the program funds research, development, and deployment of water power systems through competitively selected, cost-shared projects with businesses, federal, state, and other stakeholder groups. Between his stints at DOE, he served in the energy groups of the World Bank and International Finance Corporation, where he designed and led regulatory reform programs to spur investment in clean energy and rural electrification.

Moreno holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a master’s degree in economics and energy policy from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

Amy Myers Jaffe

Tufts University, Managing Director of the Climate Policy Lab

How Do We Maintain or Even Improve Resilience in the Drive Towards Net-zero Carbon


Amy Myers Jaffe is Research Professor and Managing Director of the Climate Policy Lab. She was formerly the David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations.

A leading expert on global energy policy and sustainability, Jaffe previously served as senior advisor for sustainability at the Office of the Chief Investment Officer at the University of California, Regents and as executive director for energy and sustainability at University of California, Davis where she led research on low or zero carbon fuels and transportation policy. Jaffe has taught energy policy, business, and sustainability courses at Rice University, University of California, Davis, and Yale University. Jaffe is widely published, including as co-author of Oil, Dollars, Debt and Crises: The Global Curse of Black Gold, with Mahmoud El-Gamal.

Her book Energy’s Digital Future: Harnessing Innovation for American Resilience and National Security will be published by Columbia University Press in 2021. She is chair of the steering committee of the Women in Energy Initiative at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy policy.

A frequent media commentator, Jaffe serves on the leadership council of the U.S. Association of Energy Economics and holds a Senior Fellow award from that organization for her career contributions to the field of energy economics.
Jaffe is a member of the Global Future Council on Net Zero Transition at the World Economic Forum (Davos).


Sudha Vyas

Department of Defense, Office of the Chief Information Officer,Chief Cybersecurity Architect

Policies and Priorities to Advance Cyber Resilience in Critical Facilities and Infrastructures


Ms. Sudha Vyas is the Department of Defense’s Chief Cybersecurity Architect. She is responsible for the Department’s Cybersecurity Reference Architecture and for strengthening collaboration and partnership across the Government and Industry.

Previously, Ms. Vyas was the Cybersecurity Division Director at Naval Information Warfare Command (NAVWAR), where she led cybersecurity transformation initiatives, including leveraging model based systems engineering to conduct cyber risk assessments and instituting cyber data analytics and standards. Ms. Vyas also led the cyber risk and resiliency initiative for the Department of Navy (DON) CISO under the DON CIO’s Information Superiority Vision.

As Director of the NAVWAR Cybersecurity Safety (CYBERSAFE) Program, Ms. Vyas led and managed its execution to provide maximum reasonable assurance of survivability and resilience of mission critical information technology in a cyber-contested environment in order to maintain mission capabilities.

Prior to government service, Ms. Vyas served in various cyber-related technical and leadership positions within industry.

David Mussington

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency, Executive Assistant Director for Infrastructure Security

Policies and Priorities to Advance Cyber Resilience in Critical Facilities and Infrastructures


Dr. David Mussington serves as the Executive Assistant Director for Infrastructure Security at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) as of February 2021. As Executive Assistant Director, he helps lead CISA’s efforts to secure the nation’s critical infrastructure in coordination with government and the private sector. Key areas of focus include vulnerability and risk assessments; securing soft targets and crowded places; training and exercises; and securing high-risk chemical facilities.

Dr. Mussington has a Doctorate in Political Science from Canada’s Carleton University. He also received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Toronto. He undertook post-doctoral work at Harvard’s Belfer Center where he was a MacArthur Scholar, and at the U.K.’s International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).

Puesh Kumar

Department of Energy, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response

Policies and Priorities to Advance Cyber Resilience in Critical Facilities and Infrastructures


Kumar leads DOE’s mission to address cyber, physical, and natural hazards and threats to the U.S. energy infrastructure. Kumar has over 15 years of experience in grid modernization, cybersecurity, and emergency response within the energy sector.

Most recently, Kumar was the principal manager for cybersecurity engineering and risk management at Southern California Edison. There, he led a team that addressed cyber threats to critical infrastructure at one of the largest electric utilities in the United States.

Kumar previously served as director of preparedness and exercises for CESER’s Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration division and as senior advisor for policy and strategy at CESER. In those capacities, he led the development of national-level policies, strategies, and programs related to energy sector hazards and threats.

Kumar has also held industry positions at the American Public Power Association as director of engineering and operations and at Memphis Light, Gas, and Water as a power systems engineer.

Zach Tudor

Idaho National Laboratory, National & Homeland Security Associate Laboratory Director

Policies and Priorities to Advance Cyber Resilience in Critical Facilities and Infrastructures


Mr. Zachary (Zach) Tudor is the associate laboratory director of Idaho National Laboratory’s National and Homeland Security (N&HS) directorate. INL’s N&HS is a major center for national security technology development and demonstration, employing 550 scientists and engineers across $300 million in programs. N&HS is responsible for INL’s Nuclear Nonproliferation, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Defense Systems and Homeland Security missions. These missions include safeguarding and securing vulnerable nuclear material, enhancing the overall security and resilience of the nation’s infrastructure, and providing protective system solutions and heavy manufacturing of armor for national defense. N&HS supports major programs for the Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Intelligence Community.

Tudor was previously a program director in the Computer Science Laboratory at SRI International, where he served as a management and technical resource for operational and research and development cybersecurity programs for government, intelligence and commercial projects. He supported DHS’ Cyber Security Division on projects including the Linking the Oil and Gas Industry to Improve Cybersecurity consortium, and the Industrial Control Systems Joint Working Group. He has served as a member of the (ISC)2 Application Security Advisory Board and the NRC’s Nuclear Cyber Security Working Group, and vice chair of the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection at George Washington University.

Topical Areas

Elements of Resilience

Accepting Special Session Proposals and Papers

Control Systems

Chairs: Kevin Schultz, Johns Hopkins App. Physics Lab — Quanyan Zhu, New York University — Kris Villez, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Topical areas include: anomaly detection, adaptive, fault-tolerant, and resilient control systems; distributed and robust sensing; monitoring/control security; data analytics and machine learning for control and optimization, diagnostic and prognostic tools, computational intelligence; cyber-physical power and energy systems; robotic systems; cyber-physical system security; cybersecurity for industrial control systems; autonomous cyber defense; internet of things; intelligent transportation systems; control of critical infrastructures; smart manufacturing and smart health.

Cyber Systems

Chairs: Char Sample, Idaho National Laboratory — David Manz, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory — Nate Evans, Argonne National Laboratory

Topical areas include: cyber architecture; human machine interaction and cyber social understanding; human systems design, human and systems behavior; education and workforce development; sensor architectures; data fusion; computational intelligence; resilient cyber frameworks and architectures, adaptive/ agile/ moving defenses; resilient cyber-physical power and energy systems

Cognitive Systems

Chairs: Katya Le Blanc, Idaho National Laboratory — Nathan Lau, Virginia Tech — Roger Lew, University of Idaho

Topical areas include: selection, training and performance in complex sociotechnical systems; human performance models of event response; cognitive readiness in high-consequence environments, macroergonomics, systems design, and safety, human factors of security, privacy, and trust, situated cognition in cyber, physical, and hybrid environments, procedures, checklists, and skilled performance, human supervisory control and complex systems performance; distributed cognition, expertise coordination, and teamwork; human-machine interaction with automation, computers, and robots, and autonomous and semi-autonomous systems/technology.

Communications Systems

Chairs: Brad Nelson, Idaho National Laboratory — Eyuphan Bulut, Virginia Commonwealth University — Kemal Akkaya, Florida International University

Topical areas include: architectures, threats and failures, remediation and recovery, characterization, experiments and measurements, networks and infrastructure, military applications, civil applications, security, privacy and trust in communications, communications for cyber-physical systems (including but not limited to: power transmission and distribution, transportation, autonomous vehicles, aerial networks, industrial automation, building management systems, health care, agriculture, logistics, etc.), cloud, edge and fog computing.

Complex Environments

Accepting Special Session Proposals and Papers


Chairs: Abraham Ellis, Sandia National Laboratories — Ray Byrne, Sandia National Laboratories — Emma Stewart, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association – Stephanie Pilkington, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Topical areas include: governance and resilience policy; temporary housing, impacts on affordable housing, and long term housing recovery; effects of human factors in recovery; intersection of social and physical vulnerability; business interruption and interruption of critical social services and institutions; models, metrics and systematic approaches to resilience planning; interdisciplinary approaches to resilience; capacity building and sustainability challenges; role of distributed community-based assets (utility and customer owned, including social services and the local economy) in recovery; resilience assessment methodologies and incorporation of sociotechnical approaches; application of advanced visualization methodologies (e.g., geospatial and virtual reality) that enhance critical infrastructure analysis reports and information sharing processes; and techniques to improve critical infrastructure resilience to all-hazards.

Committee Members

Craig RiegerIdaho National LaboratoryGeneral Chair
Justin WelchIdaho National LaboratoryDeputy General Chair
Jodi GrgichIdaho National LaboratoryGeneral Organizing Chair
Tim McJunkinIdaho National LaboratoryTechnical Program Chair
Eleanor TaylorIdaho National LaboratoryWorkforce Development Chair
Kevin SchultzJohns Hopkins App. Physics LabControl Systems Program Chair
Quanyan ZhuNew York UniversityControl Systems Program Chair
Kris VillezOak Ridge National LaboratoryControl Systems Review Chair
Char SampleIdaho National LaboratoryCyber Systems Program Chair
David ManzPacific Northwest National LaboratoryCyber Systems Program Chair
Nate EvansArgonne National LaboratoryCyber Systems Review Chair
Katya Le BlancIdaho National LaboratoryCognitive Systems Program Chair
Nathan LauVirginia TechCognitive Systems Review Chair
Roger LewUniversity of IdahoCognitive Systems Program Chair
Brad NelsonIdaho National LaboratoryCommunications Systems Program Chair
Eyuphan BulutVirginia Commonwealth UniversityCommunications Systems Program Chair
Kemal AkkayaFlorida International UniversityCommunications Systems Review Chair
Abraham EllisSandia National LaboratoriesCommunities and Infrastructures Program Chair
Ray ByrneSandia National LaboratoriesCommunities and Infrastructures Review Chair
Emma StewartNational Rural Electric Cooperative AssociationCommunities and Infrastructures Program Chair
Stephanie PilkingtonThe University of North Carolina at CharlotteCommunities and Infrastructures Program Chair

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