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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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2018 Conference Schedule

 The 13th Electric Power Industry Conference

October 15th, 2018

Typhoon-HIL Complimentary Training
October 16th, 2018
(First 50 to Sign-Up through Registration Portal)

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 
Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept. 
Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh


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Monday October 15th

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: Gregory Reed, PhD

9:15AM-9:30 AM - Opening Remarks: Dean James Martin II, PhD

9:30AM-10:30 AM - Conference Keynote Address (Covestro)  
David Roop - Director, Electric Transmission Operations & Reliability, Power Delivery
Dominion Energy

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

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.

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

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM - Technology Spotlight (Covestro)
John Vernacchia
- Eaton
Segment Manager, Renewable Energy

2:00 PM til 3:45 PM - Technical Program Sessions (concurrent tracks)

Session 1 (Innovation Hall): Latest Developments in Power Electronics
Session Moderator: 
Santino Graziani - University of Pittsburgh
PhD Student, Electric Power Systems Laboratory


Mark Scott, PhD - Miami University
Assistant Professor

Magnus Forsen- Bombardier Transportation
Head of Propulsion Product Engine - Medium Powered Propulsion

Fred Wang, PhD - University of Tennessee at Knoxville CURENT Center
Condra Chair of Excellence in Power Electronics
NSF CURENT Technical Director

Michael McIntyre, PhD - University of Louisville
Associate Professor

Session 2 (Covestro): Equipment for Grid Modernization
Session Moderator: 
Patrick Lewis
University of Pittsburgh
PhD Candidate, Electric Power Systems Laboratory


Ronald Chebra - Enernex
Vice President, Grid Modernization

Eric Udren - Quanta Technologies, LLC
Executive Advisor 

Adam Sparacino - Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.
Senior System Studies Engineer

Colleen Lueken, PhD - Fluence - A Siemens and AES Company
Market Analytics Director


Session 3 (Side Classroom): Unique Power Engineering Applications
Session Moderator: 
Zachary Smith - University of Pittsburgh
MS Candidate, Electric Power Systems Laboratory


Anthony Locker - Switched Source, LLC
Chief Commercial Officer

Jason Hoover - Siemens Industry
Director of Business Development 

Paul Ohodnicki, PhD - National Energy Technology Laboratory
Technical Portfolio Lead 

Col. Matt Baker - Typhoon-HIL
Director, Microgrids and Critical Power


4:00 to 5:45 PM - Donor Appreciation Reception in the New High Voltage Laboratory
Presentations by various donating manufacturers and utilities will be given.


6:00 PM - Evening Keynote Address (Energy Innovation Center)
Evening Keynote Address (Covestro Bright Space - Energy Innovation Center): 
Ronald Gdovic, PhD - Windstax Energy
Founder and CEO

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)

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM:  Student Networking Industry Event

All of 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.

Note:  Beverages and a light dinner will be provided during this time.

Conference Adjourns at 9:00 PM


Tuesday October 16th

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM - Morning Refreshments
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM - DC Bay of the Electric Power Technologies Laboratory at the Energy Innovation Center

Typhoon-HIL, hardware in-the-loop specialist, will be providing a complimentary training of their platform.  This will only be given to the first 50 interested attendees who register through the appropriate registration portal.