Dr. Erfan Ibrahim is the Founder and CEO of The Bit Bazaar LLC (TBB) since August 2001. TBB offers a full suite of professional services in IT, networking, communications and cybersecurity to service providers, corporate enterprises, academia, healthcare and government agencies. Erfan’s professional career spans over 30 years and includes hands-on experience in nuclear engineering, information technology, communications, networking, cybersecurity, smart grid and renewable energy. He is an expert in helping organizations align their digital technology goals with their strategic business goals.
During his 3-decade career Erfan has worked for Lawrence Livermore National Lab, UCLA, Pacific Bell, Jyra Research, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL). At EPRI he led the Smart Meter and Cybersecurity R&D Programs during 2008 – 2011 for electric utility and high tech companies. At NREL he led the Cyber-Physcial Syatems Security & Resilience Center between 2015 – 2018.
Erfan’s current activities include assisting utilities, vendors, integrators, government agencies and enterprise customers secure their critical infrastructure from cyber threats. Erfan is also working with industry experts on an innovative approach to build smart communities (25,000 – 50,000 people) powered by small modular nuclear reactors (SMR), renewable energy and hydrogen and using desalination and electric furnaces to meet fresh water and recycling needs. Erfan is also advising the Colorado Community College system to develop an innovative research program for its students to give them new career options and revitalize the State’s economy.
Erfan has a Bachelor of Science in Physics with honors from Syracuse University in 1983, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering with emphasis in Nuclear Engineering from University of Texas Austin in 1984 and a PhD in Nuclear Engineering from University of California Berkeley in 1987.