Google’s Dr Edward Lu, who flew on two Shuttle flights and spent six months on the International Space Station after the Columbia disaster, will give the plenary address at the 10th Annual Metering, Billing/CIS America conference in Miami on 23 March, 2009.

Dr Lu, who has a doctorate in astrophysics from Stanford University and a strong background in the academic research environment, has been working on a series of advanced projects for the online giant.

Although Google have remained rather tight-lipped on its venture into the energy business, Dr Lu has alluded to investigating energy information. In a recent New York Times article, he uses the analogy: ‘Buying electricity today, is a bit like going to a grocery store where the items have no prices and where you get billed a month later for your purchases. We are working on tools to turn energy buyers into more informed consumers.’

After obtaining his Ph.D., Dr. Lu was a research physicist working in the fields of solar physics and astrophysics. He was a visiting scientist at the High Altitude Observatory in Boulder, Colorado, from 1989 until 1992, the final year holding a joint appointment with the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics at the University of Colorado. From 1992 until 1995, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Astronomy in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. Lu has developed a number of new theoretical advances, which have provided for the first time a basic understanding of the underlying physics of solar flares. He has published articles on a wide range of topics including solar flares, cosmology, solar oscillations, statistical mechanics, plasma physics, and near Earth asteroids.

10th Annual Metering, Billing/CIS America Conference & Exhibition
March 22 – 25, 2009 – Miami, FL

Learn, connect, explore and gain the edge in the metering and customer-end utilities sector at this powerhouse event! The Metering, Billing/CIS America 2009 conference and exhibition is the ideal environment for electricity, water and gas utilities to converge and deliberate the industry’s most pressing concerns.

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