The Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky is pleased to continue its seminar series* regarding energy issues. We look forward to providing more seminars in the Fall 2017. Thanks to all of our Spring speakers. There are still opportunities to participate in online seminars. Details will be provided as they become available. Please join us. All faculty, students, staff, and visitors are welcome.

*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.

November 27th, 2017

Improving Performance of Water Heaters and Purifiers via Sensors and Electronic Controls and the Use of Thermal Storage to Stabilize the Electric Grid

Dr. Robert Heideman, Senior Vice President – Chief Technology Officer, A.O. Smith Corporation, Milwaukee, WI

Credit: 1.0 PDH

Time: 2:00 pm-3:00 pm

Location: WT Young Library Auditorium on UK’s campus (parking info)

Bio: Dr. Bob Heideman was named Senior Vice President – Chief Technology Officer at A. O. Smith in December 2010. He had served as Vice President of the Milwaukee-based research and engineering facility since February 2008. The Corporate Technology Center consists of technology platforms that concentrate on advanced concepts and emerging technologies supporting the long-term product development strategies of the company. Bob joined A. O. Smith Corporation in 1994 as a Project Engineer at Corporate Technology. In that role, he worked on a wide range of projects for a number of the company’s operating units. He returned to A. O. Smith in 2002 as a Section Manager, responsible for the Metallurgy and Prototyping Group. In 2005, he was promoted to Director-Materials and Processes at Corporate Technology. Bob holds a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering and a bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

Abstract: The seminar will share from the experiences of the A.O. Smith Corporation, a S&P 500 company and a world leading manufacturer of water heating and purification equipment. The world-wide increased need for hot and clean water will be discussed in the introduction along with a brief review of the company’s historic evolution from a Milwaukee, WI based diversified manufacturer, to a specialized global water technology/manufacturing company. Advanced technologies developed for energy efficiency and for meeting the specifics of the diverse major regions around the world will be exemplified. The final portion of the seminar will emphasize the sensors and electronic controls being developed at the A.O. Smith Corporate Technology Center in Milwaukee to enhance the efficiency and performance of water heaters and purifiers. In addition, the use of water heaters, including µCHP devices, to store energy and balance the electric grid will be discussed.


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


October 19th-20th, 2017

The Kentucky Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment

On October 19 and 20, 2017 the Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky (PEIK) will be represented at the Kentucky Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment at the Lexington Convention Center by Dr. Dan M. Ionel, Professor of Electrical Engineering and L. Stanley Pigman Chair in Power, and the current Director of PEIK, Dr. Donald Colliver, Professor of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, and Director of KIAC, and Jason Souders, PEIK/KIAC/FEEDER Coordinator. PEIK will have an exhibition booth providing information on the program’s education, outreach and research activities and facilitating engaging discussions with attendees, current and prospective supporters.

As per the event organizers, the Kentucky Governor’s Conference is bringing together some of the state’s top minds in the energy and environment arenas. Some will be speakers and presenters, other will be there to participate and network. Sessions will look at how we can make wise choices about the energy we use on a daily basis, how we safeguard the environment now and for future generations while enabling growth, and how an aging water infrastructure and legacy of waste dumps throughout the Commonwealth are presenting funding challenges.