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2012 Conference Schedule

The 7th Annual University of Pittsburgh Electric Power Industry Conference
"The Power to Innovate: Shining a Light on Clean Energy Solutions & Grid Integration"

November 12 and 13, 2012
Pittsburgh Athletic Association , 4215 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh

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Conference Chair: Gregory Reed, PhD
Director, Electric Power Initiative and Assoc. Director, Center for Energy
Professor of Electric Power Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept.
Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh


Keynote Speaker: John A. Swanson PhD '66
Founder, ANSYS Inc.

Evening Session Guest Speaker: C.D. (Dan) Mote Jr., PhD
Regents Professor and Former President, University of Maryland
Nominee for President of the National Academy of Engineering

FINAL CONFERENCE SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM SESSIONS

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12 - MORNING SESSIONS

9:00 AM: Registration and Networking

10:00 AM: Welcome and Opening Remarks
Gerald Holder, PhD - US Steel Dean of Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
Gregory Reed, PhD, Director, Electric Power Initiative and Assoc. Director, Center for Energy - Opening and Overview


10:10 AM: Keynote Address:
John A. Swanson, PhD - Founder, ANSYS Inc.
Topic: Solar Energy Today

11:00 AM: Industry Panel Session
Title: Power System Modeling and Analysis Developments for Clean Energy Integration
Moderator: Tom McDermott, PhD - Asst. Professor, Swanson School of Engineering
The panel - consisting of leaders from industry, government, and academia - will discuss the trends and new developments in association with modeling and analysis of power systems in relation to clean energy integration challenges.
Panelists:
Brian Gemmell, PhD - General Manager, Power Technologies International, Siemens Energy
Marius Rosu, PhD - Manager, Electromechanical Product Line, ANSYS
Donald Shoup, P.E. - Manager, Power System Engineering Services, Mitsubishi Electric
Stephen Zitney, PhD - Director, AVESTAR, DOE National Energy Technology Lab (NETL)


12:30 PM: Luncheon - Schenley Lounge/Pennsylvania Room

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12 - AFTERNOON SESSIONS

1:30 PM: Technical Program - Invited Industry Paper Presentations
Title: Electric Power Industry Strategies for Addressing the Challenges of Grid Planning and Operations for Clean Energy Integration
The technical program will feature invited presentations on advanced developments and emerging applications from several of the world's leading electric power technology suppliers, project developers, electric utilities, and academic researchers.

Session A - Pennsylvania Room
Chair: Zhi-Hong Mao, PhD - Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering
Jason Black, PhD - Research Director, Energy Systems, Battelle Memorial Institute
Dan Carnovale - Manager, Power Systems Experience Center, Eaton Corp.
Ken Loparo, PhD - Nord Professor of Engineering, Great Lakes Energy Institute, Case Western Reserve University
Steve Mankevich - Chief R&D Engineering, GE Energy Power Conversion
Open Discussion - Impacts of Super Storm Sandy on Power Grid Infrastructure

Session B - Library
Chair: Ervin Sejdic, PhD - Assistant Professor, Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering
Bruce Campbell - Engineering Manager, Advanced Power System Technologies, Eaton Corp.
John Daniel - Senior Principal Consultant, ABB Inc.
Wayne Galli, PhD - Vice President, Transmission Services, Clean Line Energy Partners
David Roop - Director, Electric Transmission Operations, Dominion Virginia Power
Open Discussion - Impacts of Super Storm Sandy on Power Grid Infrastructure

4:00 PM: Graduate Student Research Symposium and Poster Session
University of Pittsburgh Electric Power Initiative Research Group Students and NETL-RUA Partner Universities

GSR Posters and Paper Presentations:
Graduate students will highlight recent research work, including various poster topics and brief presentations on the following specific titles:
-Ship to Grid: Medium Voltage DC Concepts in Theory and Practice
(Brandon Grainger, Adam Sparacino, Matthew Korytowski, Shimeng Huang)
-Energy Conversion Trends: High Frequency System Operation and Economic Impacts
(Emmanuel Taylor, Raghav Khanna, Ansel Barchowsky, Rusty Scioscia)
-Electric Grid Design, Take Two: Next Generation Grid Network Controls, Power Converters, and Renewable Energy Supply
(Hashim Al Hassan, Patrick Lewis, Alvaro Cardoza, Benoit DeCourreges)

Poster Presentations - Pitt GSR
-Application of Kalman Filter in Power System Diagnostics
Graduate Student Researchers: Hashim Al Hassan, Alvaro Cardoza & Robert J. Kerestes
Academic Advisors: Dr. Gregory Reed and Dr. Thomas McDermott

-Portable Field Tester For Electric Vehicle Chademo Charging Protocol

Graduate Student Researcher: Ansel Barchowsky
Academic Advisor: Dr. Gregory Reed
Industry Advisor: Matthew Guth

-A Novel PWM Scheme With Two Switching Frequencies And Wide Carrier To Improve The THD In Voltage Source Converters
Graduate Student Researcher: Hussain Bassi
Academic Advisors: Dr. Gregory Reed and Dr. Thomas McDermott

-Transient Evaluation of an Intermeshed Medium Voltage AC / Medium Voltage DC Distribution Architecture Utilizing Distributed Energy Storage
Graduate Student Researchers: Alvaro Cardoza, Brandon Grainger, Adam Sparacino, and Hussain Bassi
Academic Advisors: Dr. Gregory Reed and Dr. Thomas McDermott

-Stability Analysis and Optimal Control Design for AC-DC Power System with Constant Power Load
Graduate Student Researcher: Jean-Marc Coulomb
Academic Advisors: Dr. Zhi-Hong Mao and Dr. Gregory Reed

-Optimal Control Design for Multi-Terminal HVDC
Graduate Student: Benoit de Courrèges
Academic Advisor: Dr. Zhi-Hong Mao and Dr. Gregory Reed

-Investigating Mode Transitions & Power Management in Medium Voltage DC Networks
Graduate Student Researcher: Brandon M. Grainger
Academic Advisors: Dr. Gregory Reed and Dr. Thomas McDermott

-Control and Communication Co-Design of Multi-Terminal DC (MTDC) Systems

Graduate Student Researcher: Shimeng Huang
Academic Advisors: Dr. Zhi-Hong Mao, Dr. Gregory Reed and Dr. Thomas McDermott

-Effects of Parasitic Capacitances on Gallium Nitride HFETs
Graduate Student Researcher: Raghav Khanna,
Academic Advisors: Dr. William Stanchina and Dr. Gregory Reed

-Stability and Control of a MVAC & MVDC System with Weak AC Grid Connection
Graduate Student: Matthew Korytowski
Academic Advisors: Dr. Gregory Reed and Dr. Thomas McDermott

-Design and Prototype Construction of the Eaton Power Systems Laboratory

Patrick T. Lewis, Ansel N. Barchowsky, Alvaro D. Cardoza, Brandon M. Grainger, Matthew J. Korytowski and Emmanuel Taylor
Daniel J. Carnovale, Dr. Gregory F. Reed, Dr. Thomas E. McDermott, James A. Lyle and William E. McGahey

-Control System Model for Analysis of Electricity Market Bidding Process
Graduate Student: Ang Li
Academic Advisor: Dr. Gregory Reed and Dr. Zhi-Hong Mao

-Nanocomposite Magnet Technology for High Frequency MW Scale Power Converters
Pitt Graduate Student Researchers: Emmanuel J. Taylor, Brandon M. Grainger, Oreste V. Scioscia
CMU Graduate Student Researchers: Alex Leary, Vince DeGeorge
Academic Advisors: Dr. Gregory Reed, Dr. Thomas McDermott, and Dr. Michael McHenry

-Design and Simulation of a DC Electric Vehicle Charging Station Connected to a MVDC Infrastructure
Graduate Student Researchers: Adam R. Sparacino and Brandon M. Grainger
Academic Advisor: Dr. Gregory F. Reed

-Voltage Transient Propagation in AC and DC Datacenter Distribution Architectures
Graduate Research Assistant: Emmanuel Taylor
Academic Advisor: Dr. Gregory Reed
Sponsored By: PA BFTDA, US DOE


NETL-RUA GTC Posters
The NETL-Regional University Alliance Grid Technologies Collaborative (GTC)

Decomposed Stochastic Model Predictive Control for Optimal Dispatch of Storage and Generation
Graduate Student Researcher: Dinghuan Zhu
Academic Advisor: Prof. Gabriela Hug

5:30 PM: Adjourn Afternoon Session

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12 - EVENING SESSIONS

Student-Industry Networking Event

6:00 PM: Evening Session Guest Speaker - Pennsylvania Room
C. D. (Dan) Mote, Jr., PhD - Former President and Regents Professor, University of Maryland; and Nominee for President of the National Academy of Engineering

7:00 PM - Networking Reception and Industry Exhibits - Main Ballroom
An evening social event bringing together Pitt students studying in the electric power and energy fields with participating industry organizations, as well as business-to-business contacts among the industry participants. The evening session provides networking and information exchange opportunities focused in the electric power and energy sector.

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 13th - MORNING SESSIONS

Workshop Series - Sessions A & B


8:45 AM: Review of Day 2 Workshops and Re-cap from Day 1 Sessions - Pennsylvania Room

9:00 AM: Workshop Sessions A
A-1) National Academy of Sciences and Engineering (NAS/NAE) Energy Ambassador Program - Library
Session Moderators:
Emmanuel Taylor - Energy Ambassador Program Representative and Pitt Graduate Student Researcher
Barbara Kline Pope - Executive Director for the Office of Communications and the National Academies Press
The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine

A-2) Technology Regional Innovation Cluster (T-RIC) Program- Patriarch Room

Session Moderator:
Petra Mitchell - President and CEO, Catalyst Connection

10:00 AM: Workshop Sessions B
B-1) APRA-E Solar ADEPT Program Project - Energy Conversion Technologies for Solar Integration - Library
Session Moderators:
Brandon Grainger - Pitt Graduate Student Researcher
Alex Leary - CMU Graduate Student Researcher

B-2) DOE-414 National Offshore Wind Energy Grid Interconnection Project - Patriarch Room

Session Moderators:
John Daniel - Senior Principal Consultant, ABB Inc.
Hashim Al Hassan - Pitt Graduate Student Researcher


11:00 AM: Workshop Sessions C
C-1) DOE NETL Regional University Alliance (RUA) Grid Technologies Collaborative - Library
Session Moderator:
Wayne Honath - Director of GTC Program Development and Industry Relations, University Energy Partnership
Steve Bossart - Lead Energy Analyst, Project Management Center, DOE National Energy Technology Lab (NETL)

C-2) DOE-152 Workforce Training - The Keystone Smart Grid Fellows Program - Patriarch Room

Session Moderators:
Matthew Korytowski and Rusty Scioscia - Pitt Graduate Student Researchers


12:15 PM Lunch and Closing Remarks - Pennsylvania Room / Schenley Lounge

1:00 PM: Adjourn