2014 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
Industry and Technology in Transition
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Conference Chair: Gregory Reed, PhD
Director, Electric Power Initiative and Interim Director, Center for Energy
Professor of Electric Power Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept.
Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
CONFERENCE SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM (Updated 10/16/14)
Monday November 17
9:00 AM - Registration and Networking
10:00 AM - Welcome from Gregory Reed, PhD
10:05 AM - Opening Remarks
Morgan K. O'Brien - Peoples Natural Gas Company
President and CEO and Chair, Allegheny Conference on Community Development
11:00 AM - Graduate Student Research Symposium
Session Moderator: Brandon Grainger, PhD
Presentations from Pitt Electric Power Engineering PhD and M.S. students providing overview of the group's research activities, and introducing elements of the GSR poster session.
12:15 PM - Swanson School of Engineering Update
Gerald Holder, PhD - US Steel Dean, Swanson School of Engineering
12:30 PM - Lunch
1:30 PM - Technical Program Sessions (concurrent tracks)
Session 1 (Ballroom B - 2nd Floor): "War of the Currents II - Modern DC Architectures and Microgrids"
Session Moderator: Ty Gourley - The Hillman Foundations
Alexis Kwasinski, PhD - University of Pittsburgh
Associate Professor, R.K. Mellon Faculty Fellow in Energy
Tim Martinson - Universal Electric Corporation / Starline DC Solutions
John Camillus, PhD - University of Pittsburgh
Donald R. Beall Professor of Strategic Management, Organizations, and Entrepreneurship
Matt Koenig - Princeton Power Systems
Director of Sales - Eastern Region
John Stevens, PhD - United States Naval Academy
Assistant Professor / Commander - US Navy
Session 2 (Gold Room - 2nd Floor): "Power Electronics - The Future Grid"
Session Moderator: Brandon Grainger, PhD - University of Pittsburgh
Al Hefner, PhD - National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Power Electronics and Smart Grid Team Leader
Paul Ohodnicki, PhD - National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)
Materials Scientist/Team Leader, Electrochemical and Magnetic Materials Team
Mark Aiello, PE - Regal Beloit - Benshaw Division
Ivan Celanovic, PhD - Typhoon HIL, Inc.
Chief Technology Officer
Francisco Velez, PhD - Dominion Electric Power Transmission
Session 3 (Conference Room A - 3rd Floor): "Intelligent Power System Solutions"
Session Moderator: David Loucks - Eaton
Mike Mihuc - OSIsoft, Inc.
Market Principal - Academic / Research and Development
Roger Dugan - Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Senior Technical Executive
Aaron Snyder, PhD - Enernex
Director of Smart Grid Labs
Daniel McCaugherty - Athena Sciences Corporation
President and Chief Executive Officer
Marija Prica, PhD - Case Western Reserve University
4:00 PM - A) Graduate Student Researcher Poster Session (Lobby Areas - 1st and 2nd Floors)
Posters will be available for viewing at distinct locations of the University Club throughout the entire conference. The 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm time frame is set aside specifically for when the students will be at their posters to present, discuss, and and answer questions.
B)Electric Power Systems Lab Tours (8th Floor, Benedum Hall)
Tours will be scheduled (in 20 min. intervals) of the new Eaton-sponsored Electric Power Systems Lab, located on the 8th floor of Benedum Hall (across the street from the conference venue). Attendees will be guided from the University Club lobby to Benedum Hall.
5:30 PM - AFTERNOON-to-EVENING BREAK
6:00 PM - Student-Industry Networking Event and Evening Keynote Address (Ballrooms A and B)
All our students, both undergraduate and graduate who are studying in the electric power and energy fields, join with our industry partners, government sponsors, and other constituents who will have representation in an exhibit area for a networking reception.
Evening Keynote Address (Ballroom B - 2nd Floor):
John Swanson, PhD - Founder, ANSYS Inc.
Reception and Exhibits (Ballroom A - 1st Floor - Following Keynote)
List of Exhibitors
Tuesday November 18
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Ballroom B- 2nd Floor)
Workshop: Grid Academy Program – “The Intelligent Grid – Innovating for Efficiency and Reliability"
Grid Academy is a partnership between the Allegheny Conference on
Community and Economic Development and the National Academies of
Engineering Energy Ambassador Program. The workshop will be an
interactive dialogue with panel speakers and breakout sessions with
attendees on important topics related to grid development.
For more information on the Grid Academy program, please visit the following website: Grid Academy Program
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM - Lunch
1:00 PM to 2:15 PM(Ballroom B- 2nd Floor)
Workshop: “Energy Development Strategies: Why Regions Matter”
In partnership with Sustainable Pittsburgh and its Regional Energy
Baseline initiative, a workshop will be conducted on the role of regions
in energy development strategies, using the four-state regional collaborative Power of 32 as one example.
Moderator: Court Gould - Executive Director, Sustainable Pittsburgh
Jerry Paytas - Fourth Economy
Vice President, Research and Analytics
Michael Blackhurst, PhD- University of Texas at Austin
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering
Barton Kirk - Kirk Consulting
2:15 to 3:00 PM - Pitt Electric Power Program Updates
During this time, attendees will become acquainted with some of the new activities taking place within the electric power engineering program including laboratories.
Post-Conference Happy Hour and Networking - 3:00 PM
Join us for a social gathering for continued networking at the post-conference happy hour!