Fall 2017 ECE Colloquium Lecture Series

Title: Visualization of Tubular Objects: Theory and Applications in CT Colonoscopy

Guest Speaker: Aly A. Farag, PhD., Fellow IEEE and IAPR, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Director, Computer Vision and Image Processing Laboratory

Date: Friday, October 27, 2017

Time: 2:00-2:50 pm

Location: RMB 323 (Robotics Building)

Abstract: Tubular-like objects are abundant in the human anatomy, underground infrastructure of water supplies and waste management, air ducts in buildings and various other applications. Assuming that a mesh representation for a tubular object is available – how to best visualize its internal surface? The optimum datum for visualization of such object is the medial axis (centerline). Visualization (by human or automatic) can be performed by virtual camera(s) with optical axes constrained by the medial axes. This talk will examine a scenario of tubular objects resulting from segmentation and 3D reconstruction of the human colon from abdominal computed tomography (CT). Visualization of the colon representation is known as Virtual Colonoscopy or CT Colonoscopy (CTC), which aims to diagnose the human colon from an abdominal CT scan using the same prep in optical colonoscopy (OC). Proper coordination of CTC and OC provides best scenario for early detection and removal of colonic polyps, thus preventing/treating of colon cancer. We derive a variational level sets representation for medial axis generation in the form of Eikonal Equation, which can be solved by fast marching, multi-stencil and other methods. With the medial axis in place, visualization can be performed using various topologies for the virtual cameras. We shall consider three scenarios: i) fly-through, which uses a single camera with its optical axes parallel to the medial axis; ii) fly-over, which slices the 3D colon, piece-wise around the medial axis, and two virtual cameras are used for visualization, one per half with optical axis perpendicular to the media axes; iii) fly-within which performs fly-over without slicing, by adaptive adjustment of the visualization frustum of multiple virtual cameras with optical center on the medial axis. The CTC process is a computer vision problem, in which computational geometry and graphics algorithms are invoked to carryout the visualization. We demonstrate a front-end system for CTC, designed to work in concert with OC for detection and classification of colonic polyps, as a tool for early detection and treatment of colon cancer; which is a very curable disease if caught at early stage.
Speaker Biography: Aly A. Farag, Ph.D, Fellow IEEE and IAPR received the bachelor degree from Cairo University, Egypt and the PhD degree from Purdue University in Electrical Engineering. He joined the University of Louisville in August 1990, where he is currently a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. At the University of Louisville, he founded the Computer Vision and Image Processing Laboratory (CVIP Lab) which focuses on imaging science, computer vision and biomedical imaging. Dr. Farag’s main research focus is scene analysis, object reconstruction from multimodality imaging, statistical and variational methods for object modeling, and facial biometrics. He has authored over 350 technical papers, edited two volumes on Deformable Models for Biomedical Applications (Springer 2007). He is the author of the text book “Biomedical Image Analysis: Variational and Statistical Approaches” – Cambridge University Press, 2014. During the past two decades, Dr. Farag has been the principal investigator of a number of major projects funded by the NSF, DoD, NIH and various federal and industrial organizations in the United States. He graduated 34 MS and 26 PhD students, and mentored over 20 postdoctoral researchers. He holds several US patents on object modeling, computer-aided diagnosis, and visualization. Dr. Farag is a regular reviewer for the NSF and NIH, and various technical journals and international conferences. He was associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing (2000—2004) and presently associate editor of the IET-CV British Journal. He was guest editor of IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security Special Issue on Facial Biometrics in the Wild, December 2014. He was co-general chair of the IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP’2009). He received various University of Louisville awards: research award in 1999, the ECE Department teaching award in 2008, university scholar designation in 2002 and the University Trustees Award in 2015. He was elected Fellow of the IEEE and IAPR for his contribution to the theory and applications of object modeling.

All faculty, staff, students, and visitors are invited to attend. 

Distinguished Lecture on Cybersecurity Series

Title: Security of the Internet of Things: Are We Paranoid Enough?

Speaker: Swarup Bhunia, Professor and Steven Yatauro Faculty Fellow, Electrical and Computer Eng., University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

Date: Monday, October 9

Time: 4:00-4:50pm

Location: Davis Marksbury Building, James F. Hardymon Theater

Abstract: Security has become a critical design challenge for modern electronic hardware. With the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) regime that promises exciting new applications from smart cities to connected autonomous vehicles, security has come to the forefront of the system design process. Recent discoveries and reports on numerous security attacks on microchips and circuits violate the well-regarded concept of hardware trust anchors. It has prompted system designers to develop wide array of design-for-security and test/validation solutions to achieve high security assurance for electronic hardware, which supports the software stack. At the same time, emerging security issues and countermeasures have also led to interesting interplay between security, verification, and interoperability. Verification of hardware for security and trust at different levels of abstraction is rapidly becoming an integral part of the system design flow. The global economic trend that promotes outsourcing of design and fabrication process to untrusted facilities coupled with the prevalent practice of system on chip design using untrusted 3rd party intellectual property blocks (IPs), has given rise to the critical need of trust verification of IPs, system-on-chip design, and fabricated chips. The talk will also cover spectrum of security challenges for IoTs and describe emerging solutions in creating secure trustworthy hardware that can enable IoT security for the mass.

Biography: Swarup Bhunia is a preeminence professor of cybersecurity and Steven Yatauro endowed faculty fellow of Computer Engineering at University of Florida, FL, USA. Earlier he was appointed as the T. and A. Schroeder associate professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA. He has over twenty years of research and development experience with 250+ publications in peer-reviewed journals and premier conferences and six authored/edited books. His research interests include hardware security and trust, adaptive nanocomputing and novel test methodologies. Dr. Bhunia received IBM Faculty Award (2013), National Science Foundation career development award (2011), Semiconductor Research Corporation Inventor Recognition Award (2009), and SRC technical excellence award (2005) as a team member, and several best paper awards/nominations. He is co-founding editor-in-chief of a Springer journal on hardware and systems security. He has been serving as an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on CAD, IEEE Transactions on Multi-Scale Computing Systems, ACM Journal of Emerging Technologies, and Journal of Low Power Electronics; served as guest editor of IEEE Design & Test of Computers (2010, 2013) and IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics in Circuits and Systems (2014). He has served as co-program chair of IEEE IMS3TW 2011, IEEE NANOARCH 2013, IEEE VDAT 2014, and IEEE HOST 2015, and in the program committee of several IEEE/ACM conferences. Dr.Bhunia received his PhD from Purdue University on energy-efficient and robust electronics. He is a senior member of IEEE.

All faculty, staff, students, and visitors are invited to attend. 

Fall 2017 ECE Colloquium Lecture Series

Title: As Time Goes By

Guest Speaker: Dr. Hank Dietz, James F. Hardymon Chair in Networking and Professor, University of Kentucky Electrical and Computer Engineering

Date: Friday, September 29, 2017

Time: 2:00-2:50 pm

Location: RMB 323

Abstract: Using film, there wasn’t much choice but to capture and display visual data as either a static image or a time sequence of such
images — frames.  However, some things change quickly with the passage of time while others do not. Why not take advantage of
this property by using frameless computational rendering and image capture?  This talk will discuss some of the basic concepts, advantages, and implementation methods. Several
examples will be given of things TDCI (Time Domain Continuous Imaging) can do that conventional imaging cannot.

All faculty, staff, students, and visitors are invited to attend. 


Spring 2017 ECE Colloquium Lecture Series

Title: From Zero Hertz to Terahertz: Modern Challenges in Computational Electromagnetics

Guest Speaker: Dr. John Young, Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky Electrical and Computer Engineering

Date: Friday, February 17, 2017

Time: 2:00-2:50 pm

Location: Gatton College of Business & Economics room 283

Abstract: Computational methods are used to simulate electromagnetic problems across the frequency band ranging from dc into the terahertz band.  Electromagnetic simulation can drastically cut analysis and design time as well as mitigate the need for expensive and difficult physical experiments and measurements.  Computational electromagnetics, however, presents wide-ranging challenges to the software designer.  Not only are they faced with a wide-variety of computational methods to choose from but they also must choose one suitable for the problem at hand while simultaneously devising techniques to prevent the rapid growth in computation time and memory as the problem size grows.  Furthermore, the need for multi-physics simulation software that incorporates more than just electromagnetic physics is ever growing.  A variety of challenges in computational electromagnetics as well as solutions developed at the University of Kentucky will be discussed.  Applications presented include quasi-magnetostatic modeling of hysteretic materials, techniques for efficiently modeling extremely large-scale problems, and terahertz-band antenna analysis.

Speaker Biography: John C. Young received the B.E.E. degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University in 1997, the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Clemson University in 2000, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering also from Clemson University in 2002.  From January 2003 to April 2003 he served as a post-doctoral researcher at Clemson University, and from 2003 to 2005, he served as a post-doctoral researcher at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan. From 2005 to 2008 he worked at Japan Radio Co.  From 2008 to 2014 he was a research assistant professor and since 2014 an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.  Dr. Young’s research interests include integral equation methods, finite element methods, electromagnetic theory, waveguides, array antennas, and magnetic signature modeling of hysteretic materials.  He is a member of the IEEE, URSI Commission B, Tau Beta Pi, and Eta Kappa Nu.

All faculty, staff, students, and visitors are invited to attend. 

Title: Assessing the Security Strengths and Vulnerabilities of
Emerging Nanoelectronic Computing Systems
Guest Speaker:
Garrett S. Rose, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Date:Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Time: 2:00-2:50 pm

Location: Davis Marksbury Theater

Abstract – As a case study for security in emerging nanoelectronic computing, this talk will focus on memristor based systems. Given their low power operation and small footprint, memristors have emerged as excellent candidates for future memory and logic. However, the non-volatility of memristors presents certain security challenges whereby sensitive data may be vulnerable. At the same time, memristors also show promise for effective security primitives such as physical unclonable functions and random number generators. In this talk we will consider the security pros and cons of nanoelectronic systems and also discuss design techniques that best balance security concerns with performance needs.

Speaker Biography – Garrett S. Rose received the B.S. degree in computer engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, in 2001 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, in 2003 and 2006, respectively. His Ph.D. dissertation was on the topic of circuit design methodologies for molecular electronic circuits and computing architectures.

Presently, he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where his work is focused on research in the areas of nanoelectronic circuit design, neuromorphic computing and hardware security. Prior to that, from June 2011 to July 2014, he was with the Air Force Research Laboratory, Information Directorate, Rome, NY. From August 2006 to May 2011, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, Brooklyn, NY. From May 2004 to August 2005 he was with the MITRE Corporation, McLean, VA, involved in the design and simulation of nanoscale circuits and systems. His research interests include low-power circuits, system-on-chip design, trusted hardware, and developing VLSI design methodologies for novel nanoelectronic technologies.

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All faculty, staff, students, and visitors are invited to attend. 

Spring 2017 Electrical and Computer Engineering Speaker

Title: Vehicle Cyber Security: Where the Rubber Meets the Code

Guest Speaker: Dr. Stacy Prowell, Director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Vehicle Security Center

Date: Monday, January 23, 2017

Time: 1:00-1:50 pm

Location: Whitehall Classroom Building room 122

Abstract – Modern vehicles include an average of 100 million lines of code and 60 control units.  With automotive manufacturers adding an increasing array of safety, entertainment, navigation, and autonomous driving features, the potential threat vectors for vehicle cyber attacks are rapidly expanding.  In this talk, Dr. Stacy Prowell, Director of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Vehicle Security Center, will discuss the current state of security, the issues to be addressed, and some of the work being done to address these issues.

Speaker Biography – Dr. Stacy Prowell serves as the Director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Vehicle Security Center. Dr. Prowell is also the laboratory’s Chief Cyber Security Research Scientist, leads the Cyber Warfare Research Team, and is the Program Manager for the lab’s Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems program. Dr. Prowell’s research focuses on exploiting physical sensors and properties to detect and prevent intrusion, and on deep semantic analysis of compiled software. Dr. Prowell’s work on a system for deep analysis of compiled software led to the Hyperion system, which received a 2015 R&D 100 award and two awards for technology transfer. Previously, Dr. Prowell worked in the CERT Program of the Software Engineering Institute on automated analysis of malware. Dr. Prowell is an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for the Transportation Electrification Community. In his spare time Dr. Prowell is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee, and is a member of Sigma Xi and a senior member of the IEEE.

All faculty, staff, students, and visitors are invited to attend. 

Fall 2016 Ethics Lecture

William and Patricia Stacy Endowed Ethics Lecture

Guest Speaker: Dr. Clinton Andrews, Professor and Associate Dean for Planning and New Initiatives, Rutgers University

When: Thursday, November 11, 2016

Where: James Hardymon Theater, Davis Marksbury Building

Time: 3:30-4:30 pm

Title: How do Society and the Internet of Things Interact?

Demographic, economic, and sociotechnical trends will influence the context of IoT deployments in the short and long run. Especially relevant will be continued population growth, the aging of the population and workforce, increased urbanization, continuing high rates of international migration, high rates of workforce disruption requiring retraining, jobs that are less tethered to particular locations, more leisure time, persistent income inequality, and continued concerns about security and personal safety.

IoT will influence society by facilitating the untethering of work from workplaces, increasing the potential for migration without losing touch with family and friends, making physical environments more user-friendly for old people, and improving personal security through surveillance. It will also bring negative consequences including exposure of formerly private personal behaviors, loss of privacy and trade secrets, and vulnerability to serious cyber-disruptions. There will be unintended consequences that we cannot yet foresee, requiring adaptive responses by courts, public policymakers, enterprises, and individuals. Standards and regulations will often lag perceived need, placing significant responsibility on individuals to protect themselves. New insurance products, contracting norms, and litigation opportunities will help individuals and enterprises manage these risks.

Fall 2016 PEIK Seminars

Please note: Due to construction on campus, the locations of our PEIK Seminars may vary. All locations will be listed under the Seminar date, with a map link provided for participants interested in attending.

*Each seminar is worth one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for industry and professional participants. Participants wanting to receive certificates for Professional Development Hours should sign in on the request form at the seminar.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Seminar Title: “The Impacts of the US Shale Revolution”
Speaker: Greg Harper, President, Gas Pipelines & Processing, Enbridge, INC.

When: 2:00-2:50 pm

Where: UKAA Auditorium, W.T. Young Library

Biography: Mr. Harper, appointed President of Gas Pipelines and Processing on Jan. 30, 2014, has spent his entire career in the energy sector. As the head of Enbridge’s natural gas business, Mr. Harper brings deep and proven operational, commercial, and developmental experience, thanks to an extensive background in the natural gas industry. Based in Houston, Mr. Harper joined Enbridge from Southwest Energy, where he served as Senior Vice President, Midstream, and also held senior leadership positions with CenterPoint Energy, Spectra Energy and Duke Energy. In 2013, he served as Chairman of the Board of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA).
A native of Owensboro, Ky., Mr. Harper is actively involved in community service, including educational, industry, professional, and arts organizations; he serves on the Board of the University of Houston’s Bauer School of Business and is also immediate past Chairman of the board of directors of Theatre Under the Stars. He holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Kentucky, as well as a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Houston.

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Walking Map from Parking Structure #5 to W.T. Young Library: (http://maps.uky.edu/campusmap/?Route=0202%20-%200456&Map=Perspective)

All faculty, staff, students, and visitors are invited to attend. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Seminar Title: “From Solar Cars to the Industrial Development of Axial Flux Electric Motor Technology”

Speaker: Dr. Greg Heins, Head of Research and Development, Regal Beloit Corporation, Asia Pacific

When: 2:00-3:00 pm

Where: Chemical and Physics Building, Room 153

Biography: Dr. Greg Heins is currently the Head of Research and Development for Regal Beloit Corporation, Asia Pacific. He received the B.Eng. (Hons.) degree in mechanical engineering and the University Medal from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, in 2000 and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia, in 2008. Earlier in his career he worked as a Manufacturing Engineer with Robert Bosch Australia and as faculty at Charles Darwin University. In 2011 he was awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. He is the holder of six patents with many other applications pending.

Parking: Parking Structure #5 on South Limestone (http://www.uky.edu/pts/parking-info_lots-and-structures_parking-structure-5 )

Walking Map from Parking Structure #5 to Chem Phys building: (http://maps.uky.edu/campusmap/?Route=0202%20-%200055&Map=Perspective)

PEIK Seminar Heins Sept 16 2016 Flyer can be found here: http://www.engr.uky.edu/ece/files/2011/04/PEIK-Seminar-Heins-Sept-16-2016.pdf

All faculty, staff, students, and visitors are invited to attend.   

This seminar is presented in partnership with the IEEE Power and Energy Society, Lexington Chapter.

Spring 2016 PEIK Seminars

Please note: Due to construction on campus, the locations of our PEIK Seminars may vary. All locations will be listed under the Seminar date, with a map link provided for participants interested in attending.

*Each seminar is worth one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for industry and professional participants. Participants wanting to receive certificates for Professional Development Hours should sign in on the request form at the seminar.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Seminar Title: “The Dawn of Infotricity:  Combining Electric Power and Information”

Speaker:  William (Billy) Ray, P.E., CEO, Glasgow Electric Plant Board 

Biography: WILLIAM J. RAY, P.E. – Billy serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Glasgow Electric Plant Board. He is closely involved in all areas of the municipally owned utility, including the implementation of radical changes to it. Under his direction, the Glasgow EPB, starting in 1988, constructed a ubiquitous broadband network throughout the community that incorporates the provision of cable television, telephone, utility telemetry, and high-speed Internet access into a new “Infotricity Utility” for the benefit of the people of Glasgow. This project has won many awards including the Energy Innovator Award from the American Public Power Association, the “Innovations in State and Local Government” award from the Ford Foundation in conjunction with Harvard University; the James H. McGraw Award from the McGraw-Hill publishing company; and once tied with Insight Communications for most innovative cable company in the annual Interop Infrastructure Awards Program from Interactive Week magazine.

In 2015 Glasgow EPB was awarded a Smart Energy Technology Grant by TVA, which has Billy and his team installing the latest array of technology available today in the hope of proving that his “infotricity” theories will indeed demonstrate that daily energy takings can be reshaped to match the output of the most efficient generation sources.

Billy has provided expert testimony before the Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. House of Representatives Telecommunications Subcommittee, the United States Senate Communications Subcommittee, the Commerce Department and others on the subjects of municipal ownership of broadband communications systems, competition in telecommunications services, and the concept of combining electric power and broadband to produce “infotricity”.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Title: Half a Century of UK and UPT Contributions to the Theory and Technology of Electric Machines and Drives – A Summary of Professors S. A. Nasar (UK) and I. Boldea (UPT) Groups’ Collaboration

Speaker: Ion Boldea, Professor at University Politehnica of Timisoara, Romania

Biography: Ion Boldea is a Professor at University Politehnica of Timisoara, Romania, a member of the Romanian Academy, and a Life Fellow of IEEE. Since 1973, when he was a Senior Fullbright Scholar at University of Kentucky, he has returned to Lexington 15 times as a Visiting Professor and spent here more than 5 years altogether. He has also been a Visiting Professor at Oregon State University, UMIST and University of Glasgow in Britain, and Alborg University in Denmark.

In 1977, Professor Boldea was part of the original team who established at UK under the leadership of Professor Nasar the Electric Power Components and Systems Journal, now part of the Taylor and Francis collection. He is the director and founder since 2001 of the internet-only international “Journal of Electrical Engineering”, www.jee.ro, and served as General Chairman of the biannual IEEE sponsored International Conference OPTIM in between 1996 and 2010, www.info-optim.ro.

Professor Boldea published extensively in linear and rotary motion electric machines design and controls, more than 200 papers, including 6 that received IEEE best paper awards, and 18 books in USA and the United Kingdom. He has been consulting, lecturing, giving keynote addresses, and holding intensive courses in USA, Europe and Asia for the last 25 years. He has been an IEEE-IAS Distinguished Lecturer since 2008 and lectured in this capacity in USA, Denmark, Italy, and Brasil. He is the recipient of the IEEE 2015 Nikola Tesla Award.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Title: “The Future Grid and the Integration of Renewables”

Speaker: Ben Kroposki, Director of the Power Systems Engineering Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, Colorado

Biography: Dr. Ben Kroposki is the Director of the Power Systems Engineering Center, where he leads NREL’s strategic research in the planning and operations of electrical power systems. His expertise is in the design testing and integration of renewable and distributed power systems, and he has more than 100 publications in these areas. As an IEEE Fellow, Dr. Kroposki was recognized for his leadership in renewable and distributed energy systems integration. He has served on a number of IEEE technical standards working groups and chaired IEEE 1547.4, the first international standard on microgrid design and operation. He has also served as an editor for IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, and IEEE Power & Energy Magazine. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and his Ph.D. from the Colorado School of Mines.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Title: “The Clean Power Plan and its Effect on Kentucky”

Speaker: Tom FitzGerald, Kentucky Resources Council

Biography: Tom FitzGerald is an environmental attorney and is Director of the Kentucky Resources Council, a nonprofit organization focused on Kentucky’s environment and natural resources. As Director of the KRC, he informs the public about environmental issues and lobbies the Kentucky legislature. He has won several awards, including the Heinz award, the Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission “Lifetime of Service Award”, the Biological Diversity Protection Award, and the “Cleaning Air Award” from the American Lung Association. In 2014 he was appointed by President Obama to serve on ORSANCO, the commission that establishes water quality standards for the Ohio River. He is an alumnus of the UK College of Law.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Title: “Fracking in Kentucky”

Speaker: Brandon C. Nuttall, Geologist, Kentucky Geological Survey, University of Kentucky

Biography: Brandon Nuttall received a BS in Geology from Eastern Kentucky University in 1975. He joined the Kentucky Geological Survey 34 years ago where he concentrates on oil and natural gas resources, activity and development, database and GIS, and related research.

Fall 2015 PEIK Seminars:

Monday, October 19, 2015

Title:  Rapid changes in Energy

Speaker:  Pat Atkins, former Director of Environmental Affairs for Alcoa

Biography: Dr. Patrick Atkins has over 35 years of experience in environmental management, sustainability, building and alternative energy sectors.  Until recently, Dr. Atkins was an Operating Partner of Pegasus Capital Management.  He was previously with Alcoa, from 1972 until 2007, serving a variety of roles associated with environmental affairs, environmental control, and environmental engineering, eventually serving as Alcoa’s Director of Environmental Stewardship. He directed Alcoa’s alternative energy development program at the Alcoa Technical Center from 2005-2007.

Dr. Atkins received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky and a MS and PhD in environmental engineering from Stanford University.  Prior to his joining Alcoa, he was a professor of Environmental Health Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.  He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He is the author of over 50 technical articles and the editor of two books.

Monday, October 26 2015

Title:  “Why I am (still) in favor of nuclear power”
Speaker:  Joseph P. Straley, University of Kentucky Department of Physics and Astronomy

Biography: Professor Straley has been teaching at the University of Kentucky since 1973.
His research area is condensed matter physics, specifically the physics of phase transitions.
He’s active in explaining science (and  especially energy issues) to the general public.

(Notification of seminar of interest sponsored by Dept. of Physics)

Topic:  “Automobiles:  end of the road?”

Speaker:  Fred Schlachter, American Physical Society

Friday October 30, 2015.  3:30 PM in Chem-Physics 155

Biography: Dr. Schlachter will discuss energy resources, options for portable fuels for transportation needs, and requirements and limitations of a practical automobile powered by electricity.  He will propose a new model for transportation: to use the electric cars we already have to solve our transportation issues without having to wait for a breakthrough in battery chemistry.

Dr. Schlachter is a physicist employed as a consultant and policy analyst by the American Physical Society following his retirement from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He was co-author of a 2008 APS report on energy efficiency; he wrote the chapter on transportation. He has since published several articles on batteries and electric cars, including pieces in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and APS News.

Monday, November 2, 2015—CANCELLED

Speaker:  Joe Sussman, MIT

Topic:  Transportation, Energy, and the Environment: A Complex Sociotechnical System Perspective

Monday, September 28, 2015
Title: “Future of Energy Efficiency in the home”

Tim Worthington, Technology Manager Electronics, GE Appliances

Biography: Tim Worthington has been with GE for over 30 years. He has made significant impact to the success of the appliance business with more than 30 submitted patents and more than 20 patents issued. Tim began his career with GE Aircraft Engine. He served as part of the startup and manufacturing of engine electronic controls in Fort Wayne, IN. for three years prior to moving to Cincinnati, OH. For 10 years with aircraft engine, Tim supported and tested electronic engine controls and components for commercial and military customers. During this time, Tim built a solid base for electronics engineering by working both hardware, software and project management. Tim has spent the past 21 years at GE Appliances where he has worked in both the electronics and system engineering for innovation, cooking products, refrigeration and laundry products. Tim has always enjoyed the challenges of engineering, continually learning about the latest technologies to better design and improve products.

SPRING 2015 Seminars

William And Patricia Stacy Endowed Lecture on Ethics

Is Scientific Misconduct Getting Worse Or Just More Apparent? And Why Should Engineers Care About the Problem?”

Speaker: Dr. Ken Foster, Professor, Department of Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania


Abstract: Science and engineering have long been among the most esteemed and trusted professions in America. However, the perceived integrity of our research establishment is being challenged by a number of troubling developments. These include many well publicized incidents of research misconduct and retractions of research papers by journals on grounds of authors’ misconduct, by the appearance of hundreds of “predatory” online journals, and by publication of papers by prominent scientists alleging that “most published research findings are false”. This talk will review recent research on the prevalence of scientific misconduct. Distinguishing a real increase in the incidence of misconduct from an increased awareness of the problem is difficult, but in any event the issue is becoming more visible to the public and to the scientific community itself. This can potentially erode public trust in science and engineering. Students beginning their careers in science and engineering need to be aware that they will be under closer scrutiny in their work than their predecessors might have been, and that work practices that that might have gotten by in former years might now be subject to career-damaging sanctions. There are also new opportunities for the research community to work together to improve the reliability and integrity of science.

Biosketch: Kenneth R. Foster (IEEE M’77–SM’81–F’88, LF’13) received the Ph.D. degree in physics from Indiana University in 1971. He served from 1971 to 1976 with the U.S. Navy at the Naval Medical Research Institute. Since 1976 he has been with the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, where he is presently Professor of Bioengineering. His technical work involves the interaction of nonionizing radiation and biological systems, including studies on mechanisms of interaction and health issues related to radiofrequency and microwave energy. Major additional interests are the impact of technology on society and ethics in engineering and science. He has published more than 100 technical papers in peer reviewed journals, numerous other articles, and is the author of two books related to technological risk and the law. He is former president of IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology and is co-editor in chief of BioMedical Engineering Online, an open-access journal published by Springer.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015:“Overview of Energy and Sustainability Management”

Speaker:  Gabe Smith, Schneider Electric Global Solutions – Energy and Sustainability Services

Biography: Gabe Smith has almost 15 years in the energy services business.  He is currently Director of Sales for Schneider Electric’s Global Solutions – Energy and Sustainability Services business (formerly Summit Energy Services, Inc.), that provides energy and sustainability consulting, energy procurement services, and risk management to industrial and commercial companies, globally, across multiple sectors.   The division manages over $30 billion of annual energy spend and more than 40 million metrics tons of CO2 managed.  Gabe began his career with Summit Energy, which later became part of Schneider Electric.  He began with Summit as an analyst and operations specialist in regulated and deregulated energy markets in the USA.  From 2009 – 2011, Gabe moved to Belgium to lead Summit Energy’s European client development team.  He currently is located in Louisville.  Gabe has a double major in Finance and Marketing from the University of Kentucky.

Information on PEIK seminars is available at www.engr.uky.edu/power/seminars

Wednesday, March 11, 2015: “Solar Opportunities in Kentucky”
Speaker:   Robert Chatham, Chatham Energy

Robert Chatham (PE) is owner or Chatham Energy Consulting, LLC (Louisville, KY), but formerly had 31 years of experience in the regulated utility and independent power sector with Tampa Electric Company (FL), Dow Chemical (TX), and Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG, NJ).     He was instrumental in growing a $4B domestic and international energy business including $200 million in renewables.  He has performed regulatory due diligence on over 4,000 MWs of renewable projects, 10,000 MWs of fossil-fueled, hydro and nuclear power plants including electric transmission & distribution systems in over 20 States and 14 countries.  Today, Robert focuses on getting solar projects financed and constructed by identifying project feasibility and developer/investor risk.  Recent accomplishments include the acquisition, construction and operation of several large scale solar projects totaling 80 MWs:  MARS Solar Garden (NJ – 2MWdc), Wyandot Solar (OH – 12MWdc), Jacksonville Solar (FL – 15MWdc), Queen Creek Solar (AZ – 25MWdc), Milford Solar (DE – 15MWdc) and Badger1 Solar (AZ – 15MWdc).


(POSTPONED) Thursday, March 5, 2015:  Toyota Energy Management

Speaker: Brad Reed

Brad Reed (Toyota) joined Toyota in 1991 and has been part of the Toyota Energy Management Team since 1996.  He has been actively involved in development of an exceptional energy management program.  During his tenure, Toyota has received 10 consecutive Energy Star Partner of the Year and two AEE Energy Management awards. Under his tutelage Toyota engineers and projects have also received recognition for the AEE as International Young Energy Professional of the Year (1), Regional Young Energy Professional of the Year (2), and Regional Energy Reduction Projects of the Year (2).

Brad led Toyota’s Energy Star involvement and was a key player in Energy Star’s decision to form the Industrial Focus Groups. Toyota worked with Honda to found the first Industrial Focus Group, the Motor Vehicle Focus Group.  Brad has been actively involved in energy management on the national and international scene as a member of the original ISO 50001 TAG, Superior Energy Performance, and Council for Energy Efficient Manufacturing, among others.  Prior to joining Toyota in 1991 Brad served in various capacities in the U.S. Navy.

February 4, 2015 – Electricity in Nigeria: Generation, Transmission, Distribution and Social Impacts

Speaker: Dr. Asimiyu (Sim) Oyetunji

Biography: Dr. Asimiyu (Sim) Oyetunji (PhD, PE) is a native of Nigeria.  He received his BS from University of Maine (1967), and his MS and PhD from Iowa State University (1969 and 1971), all in Electrical Engineering.  He worked for 30 years as an Electrical Engineer with the Shell Petroleum Development Company in Nigeria and short term assignment in Brunei.

Dr. Oyetunji is a Senior Member of IEEE, and has been a member of IEEE since 1965. He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers.  He is a member of the Council of Registered Engineers in Nigeria (COREN), and is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in Kentucky.


Fall 2014 Seminars:

December 4th, 2014 – Reversible Computing: Revisiting and Revising Certain Critical
Assumptions in Serial and Parallel Computing

Speaker: Kalyan S. Perumalla, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee, USA

What if a new computing hardware technology can (nearly-perfectly) reuse/recycle energy for all instructions except (unconditional) reset-to-zero? What if storage and retrieval to/from random access memory is several orders of magnitude slower (and more energy-consuming) than computation such as combinational logic? What if non-volatile memory in a parallel computer is destined to scale only sub-linearly (or worse) with the number of processors? What if fault tolerance becomes an issue that makes or breaks the next generation of supercomputers? What if blocked time in a parallel program dominates total time? What if trace-based debugging at the instruction-level becomes infeasible for very large parallel programs? What if quantum computing becomes practically available? Enter Reversible Computing as one of the most promising approaches to addressing all these questions and more at once. In this backdrop, the talk will outline the role of reversible computing, especially focusing on its software-level aspects. Reversible computing-based approaches will be shown to be ideal in addressing, among others, fault tolerance for feasibility, parallel synchronization for efficiency, and debugging for usability, at very large parallel processing scales.

November 14, 2014 – Carbon Limits for Coal-fired Plants: Carbon Capture and Utilization

Dr. Rodney Andrews, Director of University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research
Time: 2:00-2:50 pm
Location: UK Student Center Theater
Biography:  Dr. Rodney Andrews has been the Director of the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research since 2007.  Prior to that appointment, he served as Acting Director and was an Associate Director of CAER responsible for the Carbon Materials group since 2001.  His research interests include production of pitches and heavy aromatics from coal and other fossil resources, thermochemical conversion processes for coal and biomass, carbon fiber and composites, activated carbon materials, pitch chemistry and characterization, synthesis and application of carbon nanomaterials. He is an Associate Professor for the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at UK.  Dr. Andrews has directed major multi-university and industry-academic collaborative projects. He has published more than 50 peer reviewed journal articles and three book chapters. He has been granted four patents.  In addition to his UK achievements, he is on the Executive Council of the American Carbon Society and Dr. Andrews is Program Director of Kentucky NSF EPSCoR, a statewide initiative to increase research infrastructure within the Commonwealth. He is on the Honorary Editorial Advisory Board for the journal Carbon. He serves on the statewide STEM Taskforce.

October 31, 2014 – The Transformation of Electric Utilities in America

Jim Rogers, former CEO of Duke Energy

Live Stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8V4vkV9Os0

Location: UK Student Center Worsham Theater (Please note different location)

Jim Rogers, retired chairman and CEO of Duke Energy Corporation, has served for over 25 years as a CEO in the electric utility sector.  He has served more than 50 cumulative years on the boards of directors of eight Fortune 500 companies, currently serving as a board member of Cigna Corp. and Applied Materials Inc. as well as the Asia Society, The Nature Conservancy and the Aspen Institute.  He is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  Recognized as an outspoken and accessible voice for business, Rogers earned the reputation as a “CEO Statesman.” In 2009, Newsweek named him one of “The 50 Most Powerful People in the World.”  In 2013, Power Engineering Magazine named him as “The Power Generation Industry’s Most Influential Person”.

October 17, 2014 – Renewable Energy – Opportunities and Limitations

Dr. David Link, Manager of R&D, LG&E/KU

Biography: Dr. David Link manages the Research and Development Department at Louisville Gas and Electric (LG&E) and Kentucky Utilities (KU), part of the PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL) family of companies.  LG&E and KU are regulated utilities that serve a total of 1.2 million customers and have consistently ranked among the best companies for customer service in the United States. LG&E serves 321,000 natural gas and 397,000 electric customers in Louisville and 16 surrounding counties. KU serves 543,000 customers in 77 Kentucky counties and five counties in Virginia.

Dr. Link’s areas of research include renewable and distributed generation, carbon capture and sequestration, environmental controls and technology, and advanced water treatment systems.  He also manages a portfolio of research projects conducted by researchers throughout the organization that cover all aspects of power generation, transmission, distribution, and end use.  The goal of all their research is to enable LG&E and KU to provide lower cost, cleaner, and more reliable electricity to their customers.  Dr. Link received his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Berea College and his doctorate in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Kentucky.

This seminar is presented in partnership with the IEEE Power and Energy Society, Lexington Chapter.

*Each seminar is worth one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for industry and professional participants. Participants wanting to receive certificates for Professional Development Hours should sign in on the request form at the seminar.

September 19, 2014-The Case for Fossil Fuels

Mr. Heath Lovell, Vice President – Operations with Alliance Coal 

Biography:  Heath Lovell is Vice President – Operations with Alliance Coal overseeing Indiana, Illinois and parts of Western Kentucky.  This includes River View Coal in Waverly KY, White County Coal in Carmi IL, Gibson County Coal in Princeton IN and the Mt. Vernon Indiana Transfer Terminal.  Alliance Coal is currently the largest coal producer in the Illinois Basin.

Prior to his current position, Heath has served as the General Manager of River View Coal and the General Manager of Webster County Coal.  Prior to working for Alliance Coal, Heath was a founding member and Vice President of operations at Dodge Hill Mining which was later sold to a subsidiary of Peabody Coal Company.

Heath has a BS in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Kentucky where he was both a Singletary Scholar and Singletary Fellow.  Currently, Heath is serving on UK’s College of Engineering Deans’ Advisory Council.

Heath is a board member of the Illinois Coal Association and the Indiana Coal Council and has been a past board member of both St. Anthony’s Hospice and Union County First, Union County’s Economic Development Board.  He has also served as a past President of Union County First.

Heath resides in Evansville, Indiana with his wife, Lori, and their two sons, Aaron and Austin

This seminar is presented in partnership with the IEEE Power and Energy Society, Lexington Chapter.

*Each seminar is worth one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for industry and professional participants. Participants wanting to receive certificates for Professional Development Hours should sign in on the request form at the seminar

Past Spring 2014 Lecture Series:

William and Patricia Stacy Endowed Lecture on Ethics

UK Student Center Theater

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

3:30-4:30 pm

Guest Speaker: Dr. Ronald Arkin

Regents’ Professor and Associate Dean for Research in the

College of Computing at Georgia Tech

How to NOT build a Terminator

Abstract:  Given the present pace, direction, and funding of humanoid technological development, it seems that the science fiction vision of a Terminator robot is becoming more and more of a potential reality.  Many researchers, perhaps unknowingly or unwittingly, are providing the capabilities to achieve such a platform, i.e., perhaps answering the question of “how to build a terminator”.  This talk focuses on the ethical questions surrounding the potential creation of robotic platforms with lethal autonomy, striving to answer the question of “how to NOT build a Terminator”), perhaps by either avoiding or restraining the use of lethal force when (not if) this capability is achieved. Several options are presented that range from complete relinquishment of robotics research (Bill Joy and the Unabomber), to a moratorium (advocated by the United Nations Special Rapporteur to the U.N. Human Rights Council), to banning of such capability (advocated by Human Rights Watch and ICRAC), to directly governing the behavior of lethal robots in a manner consistent with International Humanitarian Law (research in the Georgia Tech Mobile Robot Laboratory).


Biosketch:  Ronald C. Arkin is Regents’ Professor and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech. He served as STINT visiting Professor at KTH in Stockholm, Sabbatical Chair at the Sony IDL in Tokyo, and the Robotics and AI Group at LAAS/CNRS in Toulouse. Dr. Arkin’s research interests include behavior-based control and action-oriented perception for mobile robots and UAVs, hybrid deliberative/reactive architectures, robot survivability, multiagent robotics, bio robotics, human-robot interaction, robot ethics, and learning in autonomous systems.  Prof. Arkin served on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology, the IEEE Robotics and Automation (RAS) Society AdCom, and is a founding co-chair of IEEE RAS TC on Robot Ethics. He is a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology and a Fellow of the IEEE.

Past PEIK Seminar Series

February 28, 2014 – Kentucky’s Energy Landscape
Dr. Leonard K. Peters, Cabinet Secretary, Energy and Enviroment Cabinet

Time: 2:00-2:50 pm

Location: Classroom Building room 114

Biography: Appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear in 2008 to oversee Kentucky’s energy, environmental protection and natural resources programs, Dr. Len Peters has developed and implemented Kentucky’s first comprehensive strategic energy plan to address the state’s growing demands for energy in an environmentally sustainable and economically effective manner. He also has been instrumental in creating a unique partnership opportunity among the Argonne National Laboratory, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and two of the state’s leading research institutions, the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville, to advance lithium battery manufacturing research and development.

Dr. Peters is a recognized leader in research, academia and management. He served at the Battelle Memorial Institute, a leading nonprofit applied science and technology development company, where he was senior vice president and director of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. From 2003-2006, Dr. Peters led the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s 4,200 staff at the multi-program national laboratory to apply their broad scientific and technical capabilities, not only to the mission of DOE’s Office of Science, but also to those of DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration, the Department of Homeland Defense, the Department of Defense, and other agencies.

Dr. Peters has held senior academic and administrative positions at leading universities, including the University of Kentucky and Virginia Tech.

He holds a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and has been recognized as a distinguished alumnus by that university. He has been recognized for his achievements with honors ranging from the National Science Foundation Award for contributions in science and technology, to the Oak Ridge Associated Universities’ Outstanding Leadership Award.

This seminar is presented in partnership with the IEEE Power and Energy Society, Lexington Chapter.

*Each seminar is worth one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for industry and professional participants. Participants wanting to receive certificates for Professional Development Hours should sign in on the request form at the seminar.

March 28, 2014 –Bulk Electrical Transmission Today

Derek Rahn – Manager of Transmission Policy & Tariff-LG&E Kentucky Utilities

Time: 2-2:50 pm

Location: Student Center Theater

More details to follow

Spring 2014 Workshop:

January 17, 2014 – National Electric Code (NEC) 2014

Alan Manche PE, Director, Industry Standards, Schneider Electric

Fee: $75

Credit: 4.0 PDHs

Time: 8:00 am-12:00 pm

Location: Hilary J. Boone Center 500 Rose St. Lexington, KY 40506

Registration is required to attend.

When using a credit card, you must register online at http://www.engr.uky.edu/power/seminars/.

If you need to register using a check, please contact Cassandra Rogers at 859-257-1834 or croge3@uky.edu

Topics: Industry standards, installation codes, and enforcement will be covered.

Alan Manche, an employee at Schneider Electric for 20 years, is responsible for leading company activities relative to product standards, installation codes, and enforcement. His background in product design, certification, and industry standards afforded him many hours in Schneider Electric testing labs reviewing product performance characteristics, and conformity assessment. He has been involved in  the National Fire Protection Association, National Electric Manufacturers Association, National Electric Code, and Underwriters Laboratories. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MBA.

For more information contact Cassandra Rogers. Lunch will be provided immediately following