2018 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Monday Morning
David Roop, Director - Electric Transmission Operations & Reliability, Power Delivery Group
David W. Roop is currently Director of Electric Transmission Operations & Reliability in the Power Delivery Group.
He is responsible for the operation of Dominion Energy’s transmission assets, including substations in three states. This includes over 6600 miles of transmission lines, 390 substations and 42,000 relays. Presently manages an organization that provides technical support and engineering resources for electrical equipment, protective relays and operations including research activities to support Transmission System development. His organization also provides technical support for Dominion Generation
substations, including protective relaying, for both regulated and merchant plants.
Mr. Roop has a 42-year career in the electric utility industry focused on electric transmission and substation operations and management. During his career he has developed innovative approaches to improving operating procedures, resulting in cost savings to the Company. He serves as chair of Dominion Energy Virginia’s resiliency strategy team resulting in industry leading initiatives.
He is an active member of CIGRE presently serving as the President of the CIGRE U.S. National Committee. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2018 and the Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. Mr. Roop is currently a Senior Member of the IEEE and is a recipient of the IEEE Power Engineering Society, 2014 Leadership in Power Award for industry-wide leadership in: changing the landscape of utility human performance and safety; reliability driven asset strategy development; novel catastrophe recovery planning; and the renaissance of the power engineering research and education.
His other professional activities include membership on various advisory committees for EPRI and the North American Transmission Forum (NATF) that support resiliency and nuclear power. He is past Chair of the NATF Nuclear Power Plant Practices committee. He also actively supports Virginia Tech, University of Pittsburgh and the University of Tennessee Electrical Engineering departments to further develop future engineers for the electric industry.
He earned his Bachelors of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1976 and is a registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He currently resides with his family in Henrico, VA.
INDUSTRY STUDENT NETWORKING KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Monday Evening
PhD is the founder and CEO of WindStax Energy, based in Pittsburgh. WindStax
Energy is a full-service developer of integrated alternative energy solutions.
The company is a pioneer in large vertical wind turbines and microgrids that
are changing industry’s perspective of energy as a commodity to energy as an
opportunity. He is the Co-Director of CEO’s for Sustainability, a leadership
network recognizing the strong link between sustainable business practices,
profit, and quality of life. Ron is the former Executive Director of the
Institute for the Study of Information Technology and Society and Adjunct
Faculty at Carnegie Mellon University. Considered an authority in
infrastructure policy and an agent of change, Ron has appeared as a visiting
scientist on the Discovery Network’s Mythbusters series. He recently received
the Pittsburgh Mayor's Award for Public Art for illuminating the Rachel Carson
Bridge with wind energy. He has helped launch several companies in varied
industries in energy, consumer products, information technology, land
development, and construction. A University of Pittsburgh alumnus, he holds a
degree in economics and advanced degrees in urban and regional planning.
TECHNOLOGY SPOTLIGHT KEYNOTE SPEAKER
John Vernacchia is the Segment Manager for Renewable Energy solutions within Eaton's electrical business. Vernacchia has over 35 years of experience in marketing, sales, product management and operations and has played a major role in
the development of Eaton’s Renewable Energy solutions to help customers connect solar, wind and energy storage resources to buildings and the utility grid. Vernacchia is a member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society and holds a Bachelor of Science in
Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech.