Welcome and Keynote Speakers

  Danny Kassis
Danny Kassis, SCE&G

Welcome Speaker: Tuesday, September 4th,
6.45 pm-7.15 pm, Ballroom C1

Title: Power Systems of the Future - Evolution or Revolution

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Biography:Danny Kassis is the Vice President of Customer Relations and Renewables for South Carolina Electric and Gas. His leadership and oversight includes solar and renewable energy, customer service engineering, lighting, right of way, demand side management, and large customer accounts. Kassis has worked for SCE&G for more than 30 years, and has held the top operating position in both the gas and electric businesses in the Charleston area. Kassis was promoted to Vice President in February of 2012. Kassis graduated from Clemson University in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, and is a registered professional engineer in the state of South Carolina. He currently serves as a member of Clemson's Board of Visitors, and is serving as the Chairman for the 2018-2019 term. Kassis also currently serves on the Clemson CURI Executive Advisory Board and as a Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond Charleston Industry roundtable member. Kassis has served on boards of various nonprofit and business boards including the Executive Association of Greater Charleston, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, and the Bon Secours Saint Francis Hospital. He is married to the former Amy Nicholson of Columbia, SC, and they have two children, Anna (21) and Daniel, Jr. (17). Kassis and his family are members of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

John S. (Sam) Holeman III
John S. (Sam) Holeman III, Duke Energy

Opening Keynote I: Wednesday, September 5th, 8.20 am - 9.10 am
Title:It's A Brave New World

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Abstract:Our industry is certainly in a state of change. One could argue the most significant infrastructure change since the nuclear generation expansion during the 1970s and 1980s. More and more inverter based solar and wind generation is being developed and operated across North America and the world. Battery resources on the immediate horizon appear to be on a faster scalable implementation trajectory than solar and wind. Power electronics based distributed generation continues to be a growing part of our generation, transmission, and distribution resource portfolio. We are replacing known and predictable capability with less known and potentially less predictable capability. This is an amazing time to be in our industry. Our challenge across the globe is to manage all this rapid change while still ensuring reliable, secure, and safe electrical service to our millions upon millions of customers who depend on us to keep their lights on.

Biography:Sam Holeman is vice president of transmission system planning and operations for Duke Energy. He leads the group responsible for the real-time monitoring and control of the company's bulk electric transmission system. He assumed his current position in October 2016. Previously, Holeman was Duke Energy's director of engineering and training for the system planning and operations function. During his 31-year career with the company, Holeman has held leadership positions in various areas of system planning and operations, including system operations, engineering and training. Holeman holds master's and bachelor's degrees in electrical engineering from Clemson University. He also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Queens University. Holeman is certified by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) as a system operator and is a registered professional engineer in North Carolina and South Carolina. He is a past chairman of the operating committees for both NERC and the SERC Reliability Corporation. SERC is a nonprofit regulatory authority that promotes effective and efficient administration of bulk power system reliability in all or parts of 16 central and southeastern states. Holeman grew up in North Augusta, S.C. He and his wife, Jodi, have three daughters and two grandchildren. In addition to spending quality time with his family, Holeman enjoys teaching children's Life Group at his church and coaching high school softball.

Dr. Marilyn A. Brown
Dr. Marilyn A. Brown, Georgia Institute of Technology

Opening Keynote II: Wednesday, September 5th, 9.10 am - 10 am
Enabling the Great Energy Transition: Technology and Policy Challenges and Opportunities

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Biography:Marilyn A. Brown is a Regents and Brook Byers Professor of Sustainable Systems in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she created and directs the Climate and Energy Policy Lab. Her research focuses on the design and modeling of energy and climate policies, with an emphasis on the electric utility industry, energy efficiency, and resources on the customer side of the meter. She has authored more than 250 publications and six books. Among her honors and awards, she is a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for co-authorship of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on Mitigation of Climate Change. She has served on eight committees of the National Academies and is in her second term on the U.S. Department of Energy's Electricity Advisory Committee. From 2010 through 2017, she served on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority where her efforts have helped put the agency on track to reduce its CO2 emissions in 2020 by 60% relative to 2005.

Dr. Ulrich Muenz
Dr. Ulrich Muenz, Siemens Corporate Technology

Lunch Keynote III: Wednesday, September 5th, 12.30 pm - 1.30 pm
Future Power System Control Functions: An Industry Perspective

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Abstract:This talk provides an overview of recent research on new control functions for future power systems. It covers two main topics: First, adaptive power oscillation damping based on H-infinity optimization techniques is introduced. This technology increases the N-1 reliability of power systems by optimal tuning of controller parameters embedded in the distributed generators. We discuss the current state of our work for transmission and distribution systems and show results from field tests. Second, robust power flow optimization is presented which increases power system resilience in power systems with high share of volatile and uncertain generation. It's effectiveness is shown in several application examples.

Biography:Ulrich Muenz leads the Research Group Autonomous Systems and Control at Siemens Corporate Technology in Princeton, NJ. Prior to this appointment, he was a senior key expert research scientist for power system stability and control at Siemens Corporate Technology in Munich, Germany. Ulrich Muenz received his Ph.D. degree in Automatic Control from the University of Stuttgart, Germany in 2010, and MSc degrees in Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications from the Universities of Stuttgart, Germany, and Madrid, Spain, both in 2005. He received the EECI European Ph.D. Award on Embedded and Networked Control in 2010. From 2010 to 2011, he was a systems engineer at Robert Bosch GmbH. His main research interests are autonomy and control technologies based on model- and data-driven methods for applications in power systems and industrial manufacturing.

Ty Roberts, Itron

Lunch Keynote IV: Thursday, September 6th, 12.30 pm - 1.30 pm
Title:Internet of Everything-Leveraging Multi-Purpose Networks for New Utility & City Applications

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Abstract:The rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming industries and business operations across the globe. As hundreds of millions of devices become connected, many are now capable of gathering and analyzing data at the edge and communicating directly with each other – working together to make our lives more convenient and our communities more sustainable. This presentation will highlight key IoT use cases for utilities and cities, as many are now deploying the network foundations to build out ecosystems of IoT-connected applications that aim to improve operational efficiency, safety and quality of life.

Biography:Ty Roberts serves as vice president of marketing for Itron's Networked Solutions group. He has 20 years' experience with the design, development and delivery of advanced solutions for global utilities. Early in his career, he specialized in the design of software solutions and business processes to support deregulated electricity markets in the United States, Canada and Australia, specifically related to financial settlements. He was a pioneer in the definition and realization of meter data management as a utility business function and has been involved with many of the largest global smart metering deployments over the last 10 years. Most recently, he led smart grid solution marketing for Itron's Europe, Middle East and Africa region and has been responsible for defining market strategy for Itron's multi-service, IPv6 network solution.

Peter Hoffman, P.E., Grid Solutions Engineering and Technology

Keynote V: Thursday, September 6th, 1.30 pm - 2.20 pm
Preparing for the Dynamic Grid of Future

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Abstract:With the growth of distributed energy resources impacting the traditional radial operation of a distribution system and the continued growth in utility customers expectations of an experience of reliable service, Duke Energy is embarking upon investments that prepare the grid for the dynamic operation of the grid of the future that will enabled two-way power flows and allow for enhanced hosting capacity of DER. These investments will allow our customers be empowered with more control over their power utilization by providing them with more information, along with a grid that experiences fewer interruptions and better service. The presentation will review the approaches that Duke Energy is embarking on to achieve these goals to move its grid toward the grid of the future.

Biography:Peter Hoffman is Manager, Grid Monitoring, Control and Intelligence within Grid Architecture of Grid Solutions Engineering and Technology, an organization within Duke Energy's Grid Solutions department. Grid Monitoring, Control, and Intelligence is focused on the technical aspects of effectively unlocking the value of future grid investments for customers and operations that are part of Duke Energy's Grid Investment Plan, focusing on the development, evaluation, and enablement of both near term and strategic paradigm shifting solutions and capabilities within the operational technology space of the Distribution circuit, segment, and device levels. Peter has worked in several roles for Duke Energy, including Technology Evaluation Manager, Strategic Grid Business Investment Planning, Distribution Standards, Corporate Protection Engineer for Distribution, and various field engineering positions. He also has worked in Transmission Protection with the Tennessee Valley Authority. Peter is a registered professional engineer in SC and NC and is a graduate of NC State University with a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA with a focus on Innovation and Services Management. Peter and his family reside near Charlotte.

Shontavia Johnson, JD
Shontavia Johnson, JD, Clemson University

Banquet Keynote VI: Thursday, September 6th, 7.00 pm - 8.00 pm
Committing to Innovation: How Academic Institutions Can Collaborate With Industry

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Biography:Shontavia Johnson joined Clemson University in 2018, where she currently serves as Associate Vice President of Academic Partnerships and Innovation. Prior to her current role, Shontavia served as the Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law at Drake University Law School. During her time at Drake, she also directed the university's Intellectual Property Law Center, which was created with a $1.5 million dollar private grant and $750,000 corporate commitment from DuPont Pioneer. Shontavia's academic specialties include intellectual property law, technology and innovation, entrepreneurship, and social justice. Shontavia has been named one of the Top 40 Young Lawyers in the US by the American Bar Association, highlighted as an Inspiring Women in STEM by INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine, and placed on the prestigious Fulbright Specialist Roster. Shontavia's publications have been published widely, and in 2014 her research was awarded the INTA Ladas Memorial Award, which identifies the best article in the world on a trademark law topic. Shontavia received a B.S. in Biosystems Engineering from Clemson University and her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Arkansas School of Law. Shontavia has also studied international law and comparative constitutional law at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa.

Prof. Om P. Malik
Prof. Om P. Malik, University of Calgary, Canada

Keynote VII: Friday, September 7th, 8.00 am - 8.50 am
Emerging Technologies: A Panacea in the March to a Smarter Grid

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Abstract:Power systems engineers have always been on the forefront of exploring and utilizing any new enabling technology, as it became available, to improve the operation of power systems, i.e. making it smarter. Even though the term "Smart Grid" has become ubiquitous very recently, its definition is flexible. Meaning and understanding of Smart grid is usually multifaceted to variable audiences. Although it is difficult to identify exactly what it is or understand its potential advantages and concerns, one generic description is given as; "A smart grid is a digitally enabled electric grid that gathers, distributes and acts on information about the behavior of all components in order to improve the efficiency, reliability and sustainability of electricity services." Developments in digital technology have made it feasible to develop and implement improved controllers based on adaptive and artificial intelligence techniques. It will be shown how the use of modern technologies can improve power system stability and reliability by automatically tracking the system state thus making the system smarter.

Biography:Professor Om P. Malik graduated in 1952 from Delhi Polytechnic, India. After working for nine years in electric utilities in India, he returned to academia and obtained a Master's Degree from Roorkee University, India in 1962, a Ph.D. from London University and a DIC from the Imperial College, London in 1965. He was teaching and doing research in Canada from 1966 to 1997 and continues to do research as Professor Emeritus at the University of Calgary, Canada. Over 100, including 46 Ph.D., students have completed their graduate studies under his supervision. Professor Malik has done pioneering work in the development of adaptive and artificial intelligence based controllers for application in electric power systems over the past 40 years. After extensive testing in the laboratory and in actual power systems, these controllers are now employed on large generating units. He has published over 730 papers including over 360 papers in international Journals such as IEEE Transactions and IET (formerly IEE) Proceedings. He is the coauthor of two books, (i) Distribution Systems and (ii) Power System Stability. Professor Malik has provided volunteer service to a number of non-technical and technical organizations including IEEE at the Section, Council, Region and IEEE corporate level for close to 50 years, and International Federation of Automatic Control. He was Director, IEEE Region 7 and President, IEEE Canada, during 2010-11, and President, Engineering Institute of Canada, from 2014 to 2016. He is also actively involved in the IEEE Power and Energy Society. Professor Malik is a Life Fellow of IEEE, and a Fellow of IET, the Engineering Institute of Canada, Canadian Academy of Engineering, Engineers Canada, Geophysicists Canada (Hon) and World Innovation Foundation. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the Provinces of Alberta and Ontario, Canada, and has received many awards from IEEE, EIC, APEGGA and the University of Calgary.