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October 28, 2019 
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The 14th Electric Power Industry Conference

October 28, 2019

Energy GRID Institute at the Energy Innovation Center
1435 Bedford Avenue, Floor 1

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Conference Chair: Brandon Grainger, PhD

Associate Director, Energy GRID Institute
Associate Director, Electric Power Engineering Laboratory 
Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering 
Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh

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Monday, October 28

8:00-9:00 AM - Registration and Networking
Note:  Breakfast will be set up in Innovation Hall

Graduate Student Researcher Poster Session

Posters will be available for viewing at distinct locations throughout the Energy Innovation Center.  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.

9:00AM-9:15 AM - Welcome: David Vorp, PhD - Swanson School of Engineering Associate Dean for Research and Acting Director, Energy GRID Institute

9:15AM-9:30 AM - Opening Remarks: Brandon Grainger, PhD - Associate Director, Energy GRID Institute

9:30AM-10:30 AM - Conference Keynote Address (Covestro Bright Space)  
Craig Gob - Senior Vice President and General Manager, Electrical Systems and Services Division

10:30AM-12:00 PM - Graduate Student Research Symposium with Poster Session (Covestro Bright Space)

Session Moderator: Alvaro Cardoza - RK Mellon Graduate Student Fellow & PhD Candidate
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.

12:00 PM
- 1:15 PM - Lunch / Exhibits (Roadway around Labs)
Note: Exhibits with strolling lunch. 

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM - Technology Spotlight (Covestro)
Brian Anderson, PhD
- Director, National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)

2:00 PM til 4:30 PM - Technical Program Sessions (concurrent tracks)

Session 1 (Innovation Hall): Intelligent Grid Design through Power Electronics
Session Moderator: 
Santino Graziani - University of Pittsburgh PhD Student,  Electric Power Systems Laboratory, RK Mellon Graduate Student Fellow


Michael Mazzola, PhD  - University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Duke Energy Distinguished Professor
Director, Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC)

Neal Clements, PhD & Marc Aiello- Siemens Industry R&D Specialist Engineers

Subhashish Bhattacharya, PhD - North Carolina State University 
Duke Energy Distinguished Professor
NSF FREEDM Center Core Founder

Shyam Ramamurthy, PhD- Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc
Principal Engineer - Electric Distribution Division

Christopher Lee- Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc 
Senior Engineer - Electric Distribution Division

Arash Khoshkbar-Sadigh, PhD - Penn State University
Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Session 2 (Covestro): Advanced Techniques for Grid Modernization
Session Moderator: 
Aryana Nakhai
University of Pittsburgh
MS Candidate, Electric Power Systems Laboratory
IEEE Student Branch PES President


Joseph Petti- Dominion Energy
Engineer II, System Protection

Masoud Barati, PhD- University of Pittsburgh
Assistant Professor, Swanson School of Engineering

Elizabeth Cook- Duquesne Light Company
Senior Manager, System Planning

Amy Babay, PhD- University of Pittsburgh
Assistant Professor, School of Computing and Information (SCI)

Shailesh Vora, PhD- National Energy Technology Laboratory
Technology Manager, Fuel Cell Program


4:30 to 6:30 PM - Reception and Viewing of the Electric Power Technologies Laboratory
Note:  Beverages and a light dinner will be provided during this time.


Reception and Exhibits (Raceway at the Energy Innovation Center throughout the Day) 
List of Exhibitors : Pitt Entities (Online Learning, Center for Energy, Office of Technology Management), Sargent Electric, Duquesne Light Company, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Premier Automation, Eaton, Measurement Instruments, National Energy Technology Laboratory, Penn Power Systems and Northeast Energy Systems

Conference Adjourns at 6:30 PM