Speakers

Frank Lambert

 

Bio
Frank C. Lambert (S’70-M’73-SM’87), IEEE PES Vice President for Chapters, serves as the Associate Director of the National Electric Energy Testing Research and Applications Center (NEETRAC) at Georgia Tech (Atlanta). He is responsible for interfacing with NEETRAC’s members to develop and conduct research projects dealing with transmission and distribution issues. Mr. Lambert previously worked at Georgia Power Company for 22 years in transmission / distribution system design, construction, operation, maintenance and automation. He participates in the IEEE PES Switchgear Committee and Distribution Subcommittee and is serving as the Vice President for Chapters for PES. Mr. Lambert holds a Bachelors and M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. 

 

 

 


John D. McDonald

Bio
John D. McDonald, P.E., is SmartGrid Business Development Leader – North America in the Global SmartGrid Strategy Group for GE Energy Connection’s Grid Solutions business.  John has 43 years of experience in the electric utility industry.He is a sought-after industry leader, technical expert, educator, and speaker. John was elected to the Board of Governors of the IEEE-SA (Standards Association), focusing on long term IEEE Smart Grid standards strategy. John was the Chair of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Governing Board for 2010-2015 (end of 1Q) coordinating Smart Grid standards development in the US and global harmonization of the standards.  John is Past President of the IEEE PES, Past Chair of the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) Board, member of the IEEE PES Region 3 Scholarship Committee, the VP for Technical Activities for the US National Committee (USNC) of CIGRE, and the Past Chair of the IEEE PES Substations Committee. He was on the IEEE Board of Directors as the IEEE Division VII Director. John is a member of the Advisory Committee for the annual DistribuTECH Conference, on the Board of Directors of the GridWise Alliance and Chair of its Technical Committee, Vice Chair of the Texas A&M University Smart Grid Center Advisory Board, and member of the Purdue University Strategic Research Advisory Council. John received the 2009 Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award from Purdue University.John teaches a Smart Grid course at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Smart Grid course for GE, and substation automation, distribution SCADA and communications courses for various IEEE PES local chapters as an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer. John has published 80 papers and articles in the areas of SCADA, SCADA/EMS, SCADA/DMS and communications, and is a registered Professional Engineer (Electrical) in California, Pennsylvania and Georgia.John received his B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. (Power Engineering) degrees from Purdue University, and an M.B.A. (Finance) degree from the University of California-Berkeley. John is a member of Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical Engineering Honorary) and Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honorary), a Life Fellow of IEEE, and was awarded the IEEE Millennium Medal in 2000, the IEEE PES Excellence in Power Distribution Engineering Award in 2002, the IEEE PES Substations Committee Distinguished Service Award in 2003, the IEEE PES Meritorious Service Award in 2015, the 2015 CIGRE Distinguished Member Award and the 2015 CIGRE USNC Attwood Associate Award.John was Editor of the Substations Chapter, and a co-author, for the book The Electric Power Engineering Handbook, co-sponsored by the IEEE PES and published by the CRC Press in 2000. John is Editor-in-Chief for the book Electric Power Substations Engineering, Third Edition, published by Taylor & Francis/CRC Press in 2012. John co-authored the book Power System SCADA and Smart Grids, published by Taylor & Francis/CRC Press in 2015.

 


Wayne Bishop Jr.

Bio
Wayne Bishop Jr. has worked in electric power industry for 25 years.  He has been Marketing Manager of OMICRON since 2009.  Prior to OMICRON, Wayne was employed at Doble Engineering for more than 16 years in several senior management positions.  He is an active member of IEEE PES where he Chairs the PES Marketing Committee, and is also a member of the IEEE PES Long Range Planning Committee.  Wayne often presents at Industry Conferences, has authored several trade publication articles, and serves on the planning committee for DistribuTECH and TechCon Conferences.  

Wayne is a graduate of Merrimack College, Harvard University, and the Executive MBA Program at Suffolk University in Boston, graduating with honors.  The topic of his MBA experiential thesis was “Managing Knowledge Loss as More Utility Workers Retire.” Wayne is an Eagle Scout, and serves on several non-profit and volunteer boards including the Merrimack College Leadership Council.

 

 

 

 


Christopher E. Root

Bio

Mr. Root has over 30 years of utility operations and engineering leadership experience.  He is currently the Chief Operating Officer for Vermont Electric Power Company in Rutland, VT.  He is responsible for the engineering, construction and operation of the transmission system in the state of Vermont.Previously, he was the Senior Vice President of Network Strategy at National Grid USA responsible for engineering and asset management of the electric and gas networks in the US.  He was a Senior VP for 17 years in various roles in Transmission and Distribution Operations, Engineering and Construction for operations in MA, RI, NH and NY.  He oversaw several operational mergers and was Incident Commander for over 70 significant events through the years. 

Mr. Root has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University and a MEng in Electric Power Engineering from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute.  He attended the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School.  Mr. Root is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of MA and RI.Mr. Root is currently the elected Treasurer of the IEEE Power and Energy Society.  He has been on the Governing Board since 2007, serving as a Member at Large and as Secretary (4 years).  He is member of the North American Transmission Forum Board of Directors and is on the Executive Committee of the US National CIGRE Committee. He is on the Editorial Board of the Power and Energy Magazine.  He was awarded the 2009 Outstanding Engineering Award by the Boston Chapter of the Power and Energy Society.  He has given many technical presentations throughout the world on various utility topics.


Edvina Uzunovic

Bio

Dr. Edvina Uzunovic has more than 15 years of experience with a range of responsibilities in the power systems industry. She has been a vital contributor to the overall success of several leading power industry organizations while serving different roles as a Technical Officer, Smart Grid Transmission Applications, Senior Quantitative Analyst and Senior Research and Technology Development Engineer. She is currently the Associate Director of Power Systems Engineering and an adjunct professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Edvina has a B.Sc. from the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, M.A.Sc. and doctorate degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. 

During the course of her career, Edvina has made numerous contributions to the body of knowledge in power systems, which have been shared in many technical publications. She has received a number of awards for her work in power systems. These include:

 

  • Two awards from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for contributions to the Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS) technology – the Innovators Award and the EPRI Technology Award
  • Two recognition awards from the US National Committee of CIGRE (the International Council on Large Electric Systems) for noteworthy technical papers in 2002 and 2006.

She is also very active in her volunteer work with the IEEE Power and Energy Society, currently serving as Vice President of Education. In her new role as VP Education she is responsible to co-chair the Scholarship Plus initiative for PES Regions 1-6 (US Footprint), and to initiate new programs within education jurisdiction.


Thomas J. Gentile

Bio

Thomas J. Gentile, PE, Vice President, Transmission Strategy, is based in Massachusetts and is responsible for developing and managing the Northeast Regional Office of Quanta Technology. 

He has over 33 years of experience and proven leadership with transmission and distribution system planning, analysis, engineering, program/project management and interfacing with RTOs/ISOs and regulatory agencies. Tom has participated in various planning, operating and market committees at NERC, NPCC, NYISO and ISO-NE.

 


Babak Enayati

Bio

Babak Enayati received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY in 2009. He is currently a Lead Research Development and Demonstration Engineer at National Grid, Waltham, MA and chair of the Massachusetts Technical Standards Review Group (MA TSRG). Over the past ten years Babak has also worked on Distributed Generation interconnection, power system protection, control of micro-grids, modeling and aging analysis of electrical asynchronous machines, optimization of electrical drives, multi-generation power system dynamics analysis, and control of switched reluctance motors. He joined IEEE in 2006 and currently is Senior Member, IEEE and the IEEE PES Boston Chapter Chair. Babak is the Vice Chair of the IEEE 1547, Standard for Interconnecting Distributed Resources with Electric Power Systems

 

 

 


Reynaldo Salcedo

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Reynaldo Salcedo received his B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York University (Brooklyn, NY). Currently, he is Technical Staff in the Energy Systems Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. His interests include electromagnetic transient analysis in power systems, low-inertia electric grids, power system modeling and analysis, and real-time simulations.

 

 

 

 


Daniel C. Toland 

Bio

Dan has worked for IEEE for over 25 years joining the IEEE Power & Energy Society in 2011 as the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Program Director.   He is responsible for the promotion, management, and day-to-day operations of the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus program which includes the continued definition of the scholarship program and related career experience program initiatives.  He has helped distributed scholarships to 723 undergraduate students and more than half these students have begun working full time positions within the power industry.

Dan also supports the IEEE PES Policy Technical Support Task Force which provides support to and cooperates with governments and regulatory organizations globally on technical issues.  He is also provide oversight on PES Student Activities and assists the PES Technical Council with their operations.

 


Natalie R. Krauser McCarthy

Bio

Natalie R. Krauser McCarthy, CFRE is a Development Officer of the IEEE Foundation. She is responsible for cultivating and stewarding major gift donor relationships in support of educational initiatives for students. In addition, Krauser McCarthy provides assistance in the development of programming, engages and strengthens board and volunteer relationships and assists in marketing and branding of the Foundation's development program. 

Before joining the IEEE, she was recruited to work at New Jersey-based nonprofit supporting intellectually and developmentally disabled children and adults to diversify their funding partners by developing corporate donors.

Prior to joining the nonprofit agency, she was responsible for account development for a global travel company. This included sales and marketing for both retail and consumer channels in North America. 

Natalie is a Board Member for the New Jersey Chapter of the Association for Fundraising Professionals, and earned her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential, the first globally-recognized accreditation for fundraising professionals in 2016. She is Past President of Greater New York Mensa, and received a Bachelor of Science, Marketing and Bachelor of Arts, Performing Arts from Alfred University. 

 


Valentina Cecchi

Bio

Valentina Cecchi is an Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, and she is an associate of the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) power system modernization research cluster. Her main research interests revolve around electric power delivery systems, specifically power system modeling and simulation, integration of renewable and distributed generation, optimized operation of the distribution system. She is active in IEEE PES and is currently the IEEE PES Student Branch Chapter Coordinator for the US -Canada Student Congress

 

 

 


Stephen Brogan

Bio

Stephen Brogan is the Assistant Substation Department Manager for the Transmission & Distribution Division at Burns & McDonnell. Stephen graduated from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 2008 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. After graduation, he joined Burns & McDonnell and spent four years as a design engineer for various utility clients on high voltage substation projects, and was also actively involved in community service and outreach events sponsored by Burns & Mac.  In his current role, Stephen manages the performance and development of electrical engineers in his department in Kansas City, and works with the Project Management group on resource forecasting and staffing for current and future Substation projects. He collaborates with Department Managers in other offices to continue to position the organization to make our clients successful. Outside of work, Stephen enjoys golfing, traveling, home renovation projects, attending sporting events, and spending time with his wife, Mindy, and his daughter, Mila.

 

 

 


Matt Rosentreter

Bio

Matt Rosentreter is a College Recruiter at Burns & McDonnell, where he recruits entry-level and intern electrical engineers for Burns & Mac’s 30+ offices nationwide. Matt travels to colleges and universities all over the country to help identify and recruit top talent and has recruited over 500 electrical engineers to the company since joining in 2011. Matt graduated from Kansas State University in 2010, with degrees in Human Resources and Marketing. Outside of work, Matt enjoys golfing, traveling, attending sporting events and spending time with his wife Stephanie

 

 

 


Jorge Rodriguez 

Bio

A recent graduate from Suffolk University (class of 2016), with a degree in electrical engineering. He is currently at Eversource energy as a supervisor in the field engineering department and an active participant in the IEEE Young Professionals community. He thrives working with others and plans to invest his professional life to learning more about power engineering and improving the industries procedures and processes. 

 

 

 

 


Demetrios A. Sakellaris

Bio

Born and raised in the greater Boston area as a first generation Greek – American, Demetrios earned his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at Northeastern University. Upon graduating in 2010 and starting his full time position in the Transmission Engineering group at legacy NSTAR Electric (now Eversource), he made a decision to continue his higher education. In 2014 Demetrios completed his masters degree in Power Systems Engineering and a second degree in Business Administration. He continues to play a critical role in the transmission organization at Eversource, most recently assisting in the  the company’s successful winning competitive bid for what is referred to as the “Greater Boston Suite” of projects. His experience includes all types of transmission line design (overhead and underground across various cable technologies), substation design, strategic planning and system hardening to developing multi-year capital budget programs. In 2016 he successfully obtained his Professional Engineering (P.E.) license in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 2016

 

 

 


Matthew Robinson

Bio

Matthew Robinson P.E., Senior Engineer with CE Power Solutions. Mr. Robinson has over a decade of experience in the power engineering field.  In addition to his work for CE Engineering solutions, Mr. Robinson is an adjunct professor of Building Electrical Systems at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

 

 

 

 

 


Henry Chao

Bio

Henry Chao obtained his Ph.D. degree from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA. Dr. Chao has over 27 years of experience in electric utility planning, market and grid operations, and asset management. At Quanta Technology, Dr. Chao is leading the market design and development practice to ensure and enable efficient resource integrations in the competitive marketplace. As Vice President, System and Resource Planning at the NYISO, Dr. Chao was responsible for resource planning, competitive capacity market product development, renewable integration and electric facility interconnections, and transmission reinforcements and expansion in accordance with the strategies and objectives of the NYISO. He represents NYISO in various FERC, New York State PSC, NERC/NPCC and NYSRC Committees dealing with market competition issues, enabling technologies, bulk power system reliability and economics. Prior to joining NYISO, Dr. Chao was an ABB Group Vice President in Services Technologies directing consulting and software development leveraging ABB’s advanced technologies and know-how which were built to analyze energy markets, manage grid assets, relieve transmission congestion, and foster improved understanding of the competitive forces underlying the changes in the electric power sector. Prior to joining ABB, he also developed and worked on two industry standard reliability assessment packages for utilities

 


Scott Secrest

Bio

Scott Secrest is Vice President of Engineering for 3C Electrical Company in Westborough, MA with over 30 years of experience as an Electrical Power Engineer.  Prior to 3C, Mr. Secrest worked for Greenman Pedersen, Inc., Sage Engineering Services Company, R. W. Beck and Associates (now part of Leidos), and McGraw-Edison (now part of Eaton).  He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Electric Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.  Mr. Secrest is a registered professional engineer in 15 states, is a senior member of the IEEE and is Chairman of the Boston Chapter of the Power and Energy Society.

 


Dr. Lisa Shatz

Bio

Dr. Lisa Shatz is currently a professor at Suffolk University and professor and Chair of the Electrical Engineering program at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology.  She has performed research and has numerous publications in biomechanical modelling, and in engineering education. While chair of the ECE department at Suffolk University, she made the decision, along with the other ECE faculty, to emphasize electric power in the EE curriculum.  Currently, her interest is in modelling air reactors and transformers, and to encourage young people to consider careers in electric power. To that end, she organizes the annual Power Engineering Day, whereby Boston high school students learn about electrical engineering from electrical engineering majors and industry engineers.  She has a BS, MS and PhD in electrical engineering from MIT.

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