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Nov. 13-14, 2017 
The Electric Power Industry Conference at the Swanson School of Engineering continues to lead the way in exploring energy production and delivery potential.
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Mark McGranaghan, Vice President - Power Delivery & Utilization 
Electric Power Research Institute 

1markMark McGranaghan is Vice President of the Power Delivery and Utilization (PDU) Sector for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He leads the teams responsible for EPRI’s research involving technologies, systems, and practices for the power delivery system from the generator to the plug and for the devices and technologies that use the electricity. 

Mark has been with EPRI since 2003 and has had a strong influence on EPRI’s research in the areas of power quality, advanced distribution systems, and the smart grid. He has worked closely with government and industry research organizations, both in the United States and International. 

Prior to joining EPRI, Mark was with Electrotek Concepts (1998-2003) and McGraw-Edison/Cooper Power. Mark has BSEE and MSEE degrees from the University of Toledo and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He has taught seminars and workshops around the world and is very active in standards development and industry activities. He is an IEEE Fellow.   


Lidija Sekaric

Lidija Sekaric  - In her role as Director of Strategy and Marketing, Lidija provides strategic direction for Siemens business units on the topic of Distributed Energy Systems with strong focus on photovoltaic (PV) and thermal energy generation, energy storage, and electrical and advanced control systems, including microgrids.

Prior to joining Siemens she served in a variety of executive and advisory roles at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) where she managed a portfolio across all applied energy programs with recent focus on synchronizing renewables for integrated grid approaches. Her experience also includes serving as Director of the DOE SunShot Initiative where she led the near and long-term solar program strategy.

Lidija has nearly 15 years of strategic experience, technical knowledge and high achievements in industry and government, with expertise in domestic and international energy policy. A frequent speaker at industry conferences, she is a recognized leader in renewable energy technology and policy.

She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Applied Physics from Cornell University, an A.B. in Physics from Bryn Mawr College and has served at the Executive Committee level on both the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the American Physical Society. She also holds 30 US patents and has over 40 scientific publications.




Dan Carnovale, PE is the Manager for Eaton's Power Systems Experience Center where PQ problems are created and mitigated for demonstration and testing purposes.  He has developed and teaches CEU certified technical seminars on Power Systems, Energy Management and Power System Analysis, and he has conducted several hundred Power Quality site investigations for commercial, industrial and utility power systems: evaluating electrical issues and applying solutions.

Prior to Eaton, Dan worked for Westinghouse Engineering Services and ABB Power T&D where he performed Power Quality field investigations and electrical distribution system analysis.  

Dan received his B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering from Gannon University in Erie, PA, his M.S. Degree in Power Systems from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and an MBA from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh.   He is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Pennsylvania, California and Alaska, a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and a Senior Member of IEEE.


T. Patterson

Brian T. Patterson - is President and a founder of the EMerge Alliance. He is a 30 plus year veteran of the electrical and electronics industry, has an extensive technical and work history in electronics, fiber optics and building electrical systems technologies and holds multiple patents in those fields.  He is currently Managing Director of B. L. Coliker Associates, a market and technology consulting firm. Prior positions include General Manger at Armstrong World Industries, Director of AMP Incorporated’s Fiber Optic Business, and President of an Electronic Interconnect Division of Kollmorgen Corporation.

He is the US National Council International Electrotechnical Commission’s System Evaluation Group 4 on Low Voltage (under 1500V) Direct Current. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standards Association, the IEEE Power and Energy Society, the Continental Automated Buildings Association, the Power Supply Manufacturer’s Association, and the UL/NEMA/EMerge ad hoc NFPA National Electrical Code task group on DC power. Mr. Patterson is also past chairman of the NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Panel Distributed Renewable Generation and Storage Distributed Energy Work Group Microgrid Subgroup.

Patterson has been a featured speaker at: US Green Building Council International, Lightfair International, American Institute of Architect, Applied Power Electronics, International Telecommunications Energy, International Electrotechnical Commission, International Facility Management Association, and numerous other national and international industry, government and academic forums. He is a professionally accredited course author and instructor for the American Institute of Architects, the US Green Building Council and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. He has also authored articles for major industry and professional trade magazines and is the official spokesperson of the EMerge Alliance.

About the EMerge Alliance:

The EMerge Alliance is an open industry association developing standards for the rapid adoption of hybrid AC/DC microgrids in buildings. The standards integrate building and campus infrastructures, power, controls and devices in microgrid platforms to facilitate the hybrid use of AC and DC power.  The standards facilitate buildings to achieve greater energy efficiency, safety, resiliency, and sustainability while maximizing the potential to use of clean, renewable on-site energy.

In order to achieve rapid and widespread adoption of its standards, EMerge engages marketplace stakeholders on a number of levels and scales. They regularly participate in conferences and facilitate demonstrations at national exhibitions, beta test sites and in production buildings. Most recent projects include the “NextHome,” a solar dc microgrid powered residence located at the NextEnergy Center in Detroit, and the solar hybrid ac/dc microgrid powered “Greenbuild 2015 Net Zero Zone” in Washington DC. Its next major demonstration is scheduled for Solar Power International in Las Vegas held in September 2016, where interconnected residential and commercial live microgrids will use photovoltaic generation and battery storage to power portions of the show’s exhibit space