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Technical Team


Stephen W Chapel, S.Chapel Associates

Mr. Chapel, formerly of EPRI and now heading S.Chapel Associates, created the original analytical asset management group at EPRI and spearheaded the efforts for over twenty years. Chapel has expert knowledge of utility business analysis methods and has proven problem solving and analytical capabilities. He is well known for his ability to take projects from the conceptual stage to a practical implementation. Working with VMN Group LLC, Chapel led the development of analytic methods for (1) repair / replace decision making of T&D infrastructure and (2) utility project prioritization and project portfolio management.

In addition to several journal articles and white papers Chapel is also a co-author with Mukund Thapa of an unpublished but useful reference book on programming using C and C++ Pointers. For a unique perspective on Chapel read "CHARACTERS With Character."

Dr. Charles D. Feinstein, Professor, Santa Clara University and VMN Group LLC

Dr. Feinstein is Associate Professor of Operations and Management Information Systems at the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University.

Dr. Feinstein is cofounder of VMN Group LLC, a quantitative consulting company. He also teaches in the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University and in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Feinstein has over 25 years of experience in research, teaching and application of mathematical methods and modeling. His areas of expertise include optimization methods, dynamic systems analysis, and probabilistic modeling

Peter A. Morris, VMN Group LLC and Consulting Professor, Stanford University

Dr. Morris is the Co-founder of VMN Group LLC. He is also a Consulting Professor in the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University where he teaches the art of mathematical modeling and probabilistic systems.

Dr. Morris served as Chief Executive Officer of Applied Decision Analysis, Inc. until ADA was acquired by Pricewaterhouse Coopers in August, 1998; then he served as Managing Partner of the ADA subsidiary until May 31, 2001. Dr. Morris is an expert at solving problems that do not fit standard textbook patterns. He is recognized for his ability to provide practical solutions through the application of probability theory and decision science methods.

  Mukund N. Thapa, President, Stanford Business Software, Inc.; Consulting Professor, Stanford University

Dr. Thapa has been developing custom numerically robust, computationally efficient software for analytical models for over 20 years. He holds a consulting faculty appointment at the Department of EESOR, Stanford University and has co-authored books on linear programming (with George Dantzig) and soon to be published book on C pointers (with Steve Chapel). His areas of expertise include: mathematical programming, numerical algorithms, and GUIs.

Dr. Miley W. (Lee) Merkhofer, Lee Merkhofer Consulting

Dr. Miley W. (Lee) Merkhofer is a well-known author and practitioner in the field of decision analysis. His specialty is project portfolio management (PPM). For more than 25 years Lee has helped clients create defensible, accurate, and practical systems for prioritizing complex and sometimes controversial project investments, working in such areas as consumer products, energy, financial services, health care, and transportation. He teaches courses on PPM, publishes papers on the subject, and has received awards for his work in the area. Lee has served on advisory panels for the EPA, DOE, NASA, NSF, NIH, and USDA.