Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky

 
 
 

PEIK Seminar Series

The Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky is pleased to be continuing it’s seminar series* regarding energy issues during the Spring 2016 semester. 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.

 

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.

 

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.

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 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)

Flyer can be found here:PEIK Seminar Heins Sept 16 2016

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

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 

Time:  2:00-2:50 pm

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”.


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



 

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

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm

 

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 Brazil. He is the recipient of the IEEE 2015 Nikola Tesla Award.


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


 

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

Time: 2:00-2:50 pm

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.

 

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


 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

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

Speaker: Tom FitzGerald, Kentucky Resources Council

Time: 2:00-2:50 pm

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.

 


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



 

 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Title: “Fracking in Kentucky”

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

Time: 2:00-2:50 pm

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.


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



 

Fall 2015 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.

 

Monday, October 19, 2015

Title:  Rapid Changes in Energy

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

Time: 2:00-2:50 pm

 

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.

 


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


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

Time: 2:00-2:50 pm

 


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


 

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

Speakers:
Tim Worthington, Technology Manager Electronics, GE Appliances

Time: 2:00-2:50 pm

Biography for Tim Worthington: 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.

 


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



 

SPRING 2015 Seminars:

Wednesday, April 22, 2015:
“Energy, Economic Growth, and Geopolitical Futures: Eight Long-Range Scenarios”

Speaker: Dr. Stacy Closson, Assistant Professor, Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce

Time: 2:00-2:50pm

Biography: Dr. Stacy Closson is an Assistant Professor at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. She received her PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science in International Relations. She came to UKY from the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, D.C. where she was a fellow researching Russian energy politics. Dr. Closson was also a Transatlantic Post-Doctoral Fellow in think tanks in Switzerland and Germany.  From 1996-2002 she worked in the US Department of Defense as a political-military analyst, entering as a Presidential Management Fellow. Dr. Closson was named an “Emerging Leader in Environmental and Energy Policy” by the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C. She was just awarded a Fulbright to teach in Taiwan in 2016.  She will present on her newest book with MIT press Energy, Economic Growth, and Geopolitical Futures: Eight Long-Range Scenarios


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


 

Thursday, April 9, 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.


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



 

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

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

TIME: 2:00-2:50 pm

 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


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


 

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

Time: 2:00-2:50 pm

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).


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


 

MARCH 5TH SEMINAR IS CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS

WILL BE RESCHEDULED AT A LATER DATE

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

Time: 2:00-3:30 pm

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.


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


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

Speaker: Dr. Asimiyu (Sim) Oyetunji
Time:  2:00-2:50 pm

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.


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


 

 

Fall 2014 Seminars:

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

 

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.



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


 

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

Jim Rogers, former CEO of Duke Energy

Time: 2:00-2:50 pm

Live Stream: view the live stream below, or on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8V4vkV9Os0

 

Biography: 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”.


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


 

October 17, 2014 – Renewable Energy – Opportunities and Limitations

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

Time: 2:00-2:50 pm

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.


 

September 19, 2014 – The Case for Fossil Fuels

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

Time: 2-2:50 pm

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.


 

Spring 2014 Seminars:

March 28, 2014 – Bulk Electrical Transmission Today

Mr. Derek Rahn, LG&E/KU Manager of Policy & Tarriff

Time: 2:00-2:50 pm

Topic: What is Transmission overall and in Kentucky? (Transmission Overview)

Biography: Derek has more than 9 years’ experience in the utility industry.  He leads in the interactions of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the LG&E/KU Transmission Team, that include FERC mandates of compliance with all NERC Standards and FERC Orders.   Some of the most interesting and recent activities that transmission is participating in are equipment temperature rating verification and compliance with FERC Order 1000.   From Derek’s work in transmission and in power plants, prior to joining the transmission team, he has lead the full restack/rewind of a +500MW generator, implementation of digital controls for generator and transmission equipment, developing an operations engineering team process for evaluating day to day and future activities, and participating in the restoration work on the transmission system during the 2008 Ice Storm.

He is a University of Kentucky EE grad of 2003 originally from Houston, TX. He received his MBA from Bellarmine University in 2009.

Derek is married to a wonderful U of L grad, so yes red and blue can mix, and they have a 2year old daughter named Kylie and 3 month old son named Jacob.


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


 

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

Time: 2:00-2:50 pm

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.


 

January 17, 2014 – Workshop on 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

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.

 


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



 

November 22, 2013 – EKPC Air Quality Systems

Steve Ricker-Senior Engineer at EKPC

3:00 pm

The seminar will cover the Eastern Kentucky Power Coop Air Quality Systems. The topics will include Major environmental milestones: Historical perspective, Legislative which was passed in a bi-partisan fashion, and Controversial issues which have been addressed by court order or executive action and not by Congress. Mr. Ricker will also present an introduction to EKPC generation facilities, air quality control systems currently installed at EKPC and potential future systems for Carbon Capture and Sequestation.

Biography: Mr. Ricker has been employed at EKPC for 25 years and is a Senior Engineer. He has managed a number of plant improvement projects, including emission reduction systems and distributed control systems. He is from Montgomery, AL and holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech with a certificate in Energy Engineering and also an MBA from Morehead State University.

He spent the first five years of his career with Combustion Engineering as a Field Service Engineer. CE is now a part of Alstom Power. CE/Alstom boilers supply roughly 40% of the power generated in the US. He was responsible for the maintenance of existing facilities and the commissioning of new facilities. His assignments included working in Spain, Venezuela, India and Iraq.


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


 

November 6, 2013 – Electric Utility Regulation:  An Alphabet Soup

Talina Mathews

This seminar will be at 3:00 pm

The Seminar will begin with a brief history of electricity infrastructure development and ensuing regulation of the industry.   The discussion will include economic or monopoly regulation, primarily the history and role of state and federal regulatory commissions.  We will briefly discuss the role of other governmental agencies and their evolving interaction with electric utilities.  Finally, we will conclude with emphasis on the regulatory landscape facing today’s electric utilities in the near future, with an emphasis on environmental regulations.

 

Biography: Talina Mathews is currently the Special Assistant for Policy for the Chairman of the Public Service Commission.  She received a BA from Berea College in Math and Economics and an MA and PhD from the University of Kentucky in Economics.   Dr. Mathews has extensive experience in state government, in the energy and environmental area, having spent time in the Department for Environmental Protection, in the State Energy Office and in the Public Service Commission.


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



November 1, 2013 – Unlocking the Small Hydro Potential in Kentucky

David Brown Kinlock – Locke 7 Partners

This seminar will be at 3:00 pm

This presentation will be an overview of Small Hydropower development in Kentucky and its potential for the future. Mr. Kinlock and his company renovated Locke 7, and it is now called the Mother Ann Lee Hydroelectric Station. More information can be found at this link: http://www.kyhydropower.com/index.html.

Biography: David Brown Kinloch received two Bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Philosophy and two Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and in Science, Technology and Values from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. After leaving college he served two years in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Brooklyn and Philadelphia. He then returned to Louisville and set up his own business, Soft Energy Associates, which develops renewable energy projects.

David Brown Kinloch has worked in renewable energy development in Kentucky for the last 30 years. He has worked primarily on small hydroelectric projects, but also in solar and wind. In 1989, he and his partner Bob Fairchild installed Kentucky’s first small hydroelectric project at the Weisenberger Mill in Midway. Currently he and his partners are restoring the abandoned 2 Megawatt Mother Ann Lee Hydroelectric Station at Lock 7 on the Kentucky River, and are in the process of licensing two new 2.64 Megawatt hydroelectric plants at Lock 12 and Lock 14 on the Kentucky River.


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



 

October 9, 2013 – Richardsville Elementary: The 1st Net Zero Energy School in the United States

The seminar will be held at 3:00 pm

Kenneth L Seibert, PE, LEED, AP, President, CMTA

Mr. Seibert is President of CMTA Inc., a 90 person consulting engineering firm located in Kentucky, Texas and Indiana. He is a 1983 mechanical engineering graduate from the University of Kentucky. During his tenure as President, CMTA has gained a national reputation in the area of high performance buildings and net zero energy designs. Mr. Seibert was recognized by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear with the 2009 Governor’s Energy Leadership Award. Mr. Seibert has published four articles in ASHRAE’s High Performing Buildings magazine.


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



 

September 25, 2013 – Transition in the Energy Industry, Causes and Effects

The seminar will be held at 3:00 pm

Roy M. Palk, President & CEO, New Horizons Consulting

Mr. Palk, a 42 year veteran of the energy industry, is a retired President and CEO of East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC), having served in that capacity for 13 years. During his tenure he he led a $2.5 billion generation and transmission program to meet its future power supply requirements, including coal-fired baseload, natural gas and oil-fired peakers, renewable power resources (landfill gas to electricity and residential geothermal installations) and the associated fuels and transmission facilities. Palk also led a successful effort to syndicate a $650,000,000.00 credit facility to fund capital improvements for the cooperative.

Prior to joining EKPC, Palk served as the director of internal operations for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), the national trade association of electric cooperatives, in Washington, DC and, subsequently, became its assistant general manager in 1991. Palk, an attorney, also served as NRECA’s corporate counsel.

Mr. Palk is now the president and CEO of New Horizons Consulting with offices in Bradenton, Florida and Lexington, Kentucky. He represents and advises various energy and energy-related clients on matters regarding new and expanded business development, energy production technologies, project development, strategic planning, corporate governance and policy matters, staff development, fuel issues, environmental issues, legislation, public policy topics and financing resources.


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



March 25, 2013 – Lifting the Hood on Campus Energy Use: Myths, Metrics, and More

Shane Tedder, Sustainability Coordinator, University of Kentucky

Shane holds a BA in Anthropology and a MS in Forestry from UK. Key areas of responsibility are:

  • Communicating to the University Community about UK’s sustainability-related initiatives and efforts
  • Serving as staff to the President’s Sustainability Advisory Committee,
  • Serving as the staff adviser to the Student Sustainability Council
  • Chairing the Facilities Team for the Bicycle Advisory Committee
  • Special assistant to campus sustainability projects as needed
  • Tracking sustainability metrics and measuring campus progress

The seminar will be held at 2:00 pm in CRMS 323 (RMB 323).


MancheMarch 20,2013 – Workshop on National Electric Code (NEC) 2014 Changes

Alan Manche PE, Director, Industry Standards, Schneider Electric

Fee: $50

Credit: 4.0 PDHs

Time: 8am-12:00pm

Industry standards, installation codes, and enforcement will be covered. Changes will be discussed section by section.

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.

Registration is required.


February 26, 2013 – Nuclear Energy/Engineering Workshop

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

As part of their Spring 2013 meeting on UK Campus, ASME board members are conducting a Nuclear Energy/Engineering Workshop. Topics covered include:

  • Brief Intro to Standards and Certification
  • Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster (+ design of a BWR system)
  • Nuclear Fusion Devices
  • New Nuclear Construction
  • Small Modular Reactors (SMRs)

The workshop will be offered twice and are scheduled to fit into the normal Tuesday/Thursday class scheduling, 9:30 am and 3:30 pm. It will be held in the Lexmark Room of the Main Building.


February 25, 2013 – EPA Impacts to KY Coal Generation

Jerry B Purvis, East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC)

Jerry Purvis reports to the East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) Chief Operations Officer with responsibility for environmental affairs. EKPC generates over 3,000 megawatts of coal-fired, natural gas/renewable energy through 2900 plus miles of transmission serving 87 of the 120 counties in Kentucky. The company is the last remaining KY-owned electric utility company. His environmental role and experience of late includes permitting coal gas-fired generation stations, coal combustion landfills, and supplemental environmental impact statements under the National Environmental Policy Act.

The meeting will be held in Room 359 UK Student Center. Lunch will be served.


January 24, 2013Breaker Coordination – Selectivity

James Howlett PE, Specification Engineer, GE Energy

Selective Coordination Defined, Interpretations and Current Trends, Best Practices for Design & Selective Systems, How Circuit Breakers Coordinate, & Using Selective Coordination Tools.

James Howlett, P.E., has 14 years of experience as an Electrical Engineer, and 2 plus years as a Specification Engineer. He is based out of Columbus, OH, but covers Lexington, Cincinnati, Columbus & Dayton.

The meeting will be held in Room 359 UK Student Center. Lunch will be served.


 

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



Fall 2012


November 14, 2012TVA’s Changing Generation Mix

John J. McCormick Jr., Senior Vice President of River Operations and Renewables, TVA

John McCormick, as Senior Vice President of River Operations and Renewables at TVA, is responsible for the operation and maintenance of TVA’s 29 hydroelectric dams, 20 non-power dams, one pumped-storage plant, 14 navigation locks and over 5,600 MW capacity of renewables in operations.


Special Seminar Luncheon Event

11:30-1:00 pm, Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Lighting Control for Commercial and Industrial Buildings

Steve Watson, Schneider Electric

With industrial buildings consuming 31 percent of our total energy usage, it is no wonder that energy efficiency has become a major focus of today’s egineers and our government policy makers. As indicated in IEEE USA’s National Energy Policy Recommendations, the cheapest and cleanest energy is that which does not have to be produced.

 


Special Date and Location

3:00 p.m. Friday, October 19, 2012

Energy Empire:  Russia, Europe, and the Politics of Energy Interdependence

Stacy Closson, PhD, Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce

Dr. Stacy Closson is a Visiting Distinguished Lecturer at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. She received her PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science in International Relations. She came to UKY from the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, D.C. where she was a fellow researching Russian energy politics. Dr. Closson was also a Transatlantic Post-Doctoral Fellow in think tanks in Switzerland and Germany.  From 1996-2002 she worked in the US Department of Defense as a political-military analyst, entering as a Presidential Management Fellow, and focusing on the former Soviet states. Dr. Closson has published in several academic and professional journals on energy security, state weakness, and unrecognized states. Her forthcoming book is entitled Energy Empire: Russia, Europe, and the Politics of Energy Interdependence. Dr. Closson was most recently named an “Emerging Leader in Environmental and Energy Policy” by the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C.


October 3, 2012 – Monopolies and Regulators – The Retail Pricing of Electricity

David Samford, Goss Samford, PLLC

David Samford practices law with Goss Samford, PLLC in Lexington, Kentucky.  He previously served as the General Counsel, Deputy Executive Director and Policy Analyst for the Kentucky Public Service Commission.  David has experience in a wide variety of energy and utility law subjects and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Science and the College of Law.


September 19, 2012 – East Kentucky Power Cooperative – Generation Resources and Energy Issues

Craig Johnson, Senior VP for Power Production, East Kentucky Power Cooperative

Mr. Johnson oversees the operation and maintenance of EKPC’s three coal fired power stations, combustion turbine generating station, and six landfill gas renewable energy stations. He has the responsibility for setting the strategy for the generation assets that ensures safe, reliable, environmentally compliant, and economical operations. He is responsible for major construction projects and engineering. He directs a staff of 360 people and has 23 years of experience at East Kentucky Power Cooperative. Johnson holds a Master of Science Degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Kentucky and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Kentucky. He has served as Production Engineer, Project Manager, Plant Manager, and Vice President prior to being promoted to Senior Vice President in January of 2010.



Spring 2012


February 22, 2012 – Fracture Stimulation in Kentucky

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

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.


March 21, 2012 – Policy Decisions for Uncertain Times

Greg Pauley, President & COO, AEP – Kentucky Power Co.

Greg Pauley is president and chief operating officer for Kentucky Power. As president he oversees distribution operations serving 175,000 AEP customers in Eastern Kentucky as well as the operating unit’s safety, customer services, marketing, communications, community affairs, governmental affairs and regulatory functions.  Pauley was previously director – Public Policy for AEP since 2006, working on policy issues impacting the electric utility industry on a national level.


March 28, 2012 – Introduction to the Power Market

Dr. Yuan Liao, Assc. Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UK

This seminar provides an introduction to the electric power market structure, plus modeling and simulation. Major power markets in the United States are introduced. Both electricity pricing based on the security-constrained unit commitment and the economic dispatch process are illustrated.

Dr. Yuan Liao is currently an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Kentucky. He is also the Associate Director for the Graduate Program of the Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky. His research interests include smart grid and renewable energy.


*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.