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Schedule

 The Global Grid

November 13-14, 2017

Doubletree Hotel and Suites
One Bigelow Square
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
&
Energy GRID Institute at the Energy Innovation Center
1435 Bedford Avenue, Floor 1

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Conference Chair: Gregory Reed, PhD

Director, Center for Energy and the GRID Institute
Director, Electric Power Systems Laboratory  
Professor of Electric Power Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept. 
Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh


Conference Co-Chair: Brandon Grainger, PhD

Affiliate, Center for Energy and the GRID Institute
Associate Director, Electric Power Systems Laboratory  
(Research) Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept. 
Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh

  


Monday November 13

9:00 AM - Registration and Networking (Pennsylvania Ballroom)

Graduate Student Researcher Poster Session
Posters will be available for viewing at distinct locations throughout the hotel venue. The time frame is set aside specifically for when the students will be at their posters to present, discuss, and answer questions prior to the start of the conference.

10:00 AM - Welcome and Opening Remarks: Gregory Reed, Ph.D.

10:10 AM - Conference Keynote Address   
Mark McGranaghan - Vice President, Power Delivery & Utilization
Electric Power Research Institute

11:00 AM - Graduate Student Research Symposium

Session Moderator: Brandon Grainger, Ph.D.
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.

12:30 PM
 - Lunch (Pennsylvania Ballroom)

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM - Technology Spotlight (Pennsylvania Ballroom)
Lidija Sekaric, PhD
- Siemens
Director, Strategy and Marketing for Distributed Energy Systems
Former Director, DOE Sunshot Initiative

2:30 PM - Technical Program Sessions (concurrent tracks - Three Rivers Ballroom)


Session 1 (Ohio Room): European Experiences with Grid Transition
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Session Moderator: 
Michael Rooney - University of Pittsburgh Center for Energy
Manager, District Energy Initiatives

Speakers: 
Zhe Chen, PhD - Aalborg University (Denmark)
Professor, Department of Energy Technology

Anders Bostrom - ABB Power Grids: FACTS (Sweden)
Lead Power Systems Engineer

Timothy Kreukniet - EVBox
Vice President of Business Development

Niels Malskaer - Danish Embassy, Washington DC
Commercial Advisor


Session 2 (Allegheny Room): International Perspectives on Infrastructure Design
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Session Moderator: 
Hashim Al Hassan
University of Pittsburgh
PhD Candidate, Electric Power Systems Laboratory

Speakers: 

David Roop - Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.
Senior Engineer, Power Systems Engineering Services Division

Razvan Panati, PhD - Siemens Industry, Inc.
Director, Power Conversion Infrastructure

David Ortiz, PhD - Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Deputy Director, Office of Electric Reliability

Kyle Thomas, PE - Dominion Energy Virginia
Supervisor, Electric Transmission Operations

Session 3 (Monongahela Room): Global Technology Developments
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Session Moderator: 
Patrick Lewis - University of Pittsburgh
PhD Candidate, Electric Power Systems Laboratory

Speakers: 

Davianne Duarte, PhD - Intel Corporation
Energy Solutions Architect 

Shimeng Huang, PhD - ANSYS, Inc.
Research and Development Engineer

Thomas Hawes - Direct Energy
Director, Distributed Energy Enterprise Sales

Russell Garcia - Johnson Controls
Director, Higher Education for North America

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4:30 to 6:00 PM - AFTERNOON-to-EVENING BREAK

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6:00 PM - Student-Industry Networking Event and Evening Keynote Address (Energy Innovation Center)
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 (Covestro Bright Space - Energy Innovation Center): 
Daniel Carnovale, PE - Eaton
Manager, Power Systems Experience Center

Reception and Exhibits (Raceway at the Energy Innovation Center - Following Keynote) 
List of Exhibitors : Pitt Entities (Online Learning, Center for Energy, Office of Technology Management)

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Tuesday November 14

8:00 AM - Registration and Networking (Covestro BrightSpace)

9:00 AM to 12:15 PM (Covestro BrightSpace)
DC Technology Symposium in partnership with the Emerge Alliance  

9:00 AM  - Introduction:  Gregory Reed, Ph.D.

Morning Keynote Address (Covestro Bright Space - Energy Innovation Center): 
Brian Patterson - Emerge Alliance
President

9:15 AM - 11:30 AM:
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Session Moderator:
Gregory Reed, PhD
- University of Pittsburgh
Director, Center for Energy and GRID Institute

Panelists: 

Bernd Wunder - Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems & Device Technology
Group Manager, DC Grids

Keiichi Hirose, PhD - NTT Facilities
Executive Director

Paul Savage - Nextek Power Systems
Chief Executive Officer

Larisa Dobriansky, JD - General Microgrids, Inc
Chief Business & Policy Innovation Officer

Brian Reinhart - Cross-Sound Cable Company, LLC
Director of Operations

Brian Patterson - Emerge Alliance
President

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11:30 AM - 12:15 PM  - Open Discussion with Q&A

 

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12:15 PM to 12:30 PM - Conference Chair Closing Remarks  

Conference Adjourns with Lunch at 12:30 PM