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Online Seminar Opportunities

PEIK offers online seminars to academic and industry professionals at no cost. These seminars qualify for Professional Development Hours (PDH). Join our mailing list to be notified of these opportunities as they become available. Email Jason Souders, PEIK Coordinator to sign up.


December 17, 2020 - 6:30PM EST

Speaker: Dr. Seun Akeyo, Senior Engineer, Sargent & Lundy, Chicago, IL

Title: Integration of Large PV Power Plants and Batteries in the Electric Power System - IEEE Louisville Section and Life Member AG Technical Meeting

Abstract: The presentation will discuss timely topics of electric power engineering and will be substantially based on two published papers. A first one, entitled “Incorporating Battery Energy Storage Systems into Multi-MW Grid Connected PV Systems” received this year the IEEE Industry Applications Society RES Committee Transactions Paper Award - Third Prize, and a second one entitled “Parameter Identification for Cells, Modules, Racks, and Battery for Utility-Scale Energy Storage Systems” was very recently published in the widely circulated IEEE Access journal. The two papers are co-authored by collaborators from the SPARK Lab, which is affiliated with the PEIK Institute at UK, and Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities (LG&E and KU).

Bio: Seun Akeyo is a Senior Engineer with Sargent & Lundy, a global leading power and energy consulting firm headquartered in Chicago, IL, where he focuses on the engineering modeling and simulation of electric power plants and high voltage transmission systems. He recently received the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky (UK). Dr. Akeyo’s doctoral research in the SPARK Lab at UK contributed to projects sponsored by Department of Energy (DOE) and in close collaboration with large utilities, especially LG&E and KU. He has published more than fifteen peer-reviewed journal papers and conference proceedings, which include one that received a Best Poster/Paper Award at the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Renewable Energy Research and Applications (ICRERA) in Birmingham, England, and one that received the 2020 IEEE Industry Applications Society RES Committee Transactions Paper Award - Third Prize for integration studies of large battery energy storage systems into multi-MW grid connected PV systems.

The main organizer for this event is the IEEE section in Louisville, KY. To RSVP contact Andy Dozier, Section Secretary at adozier@awdozier.com or call 502-523-0785.

June 25, 2020 - 11:00AM EST

Speaker: Mr. Rodger Reiswig

Title: Power over Ethernet and its Impacts on Industry Codes and Standards

Abstract: Power over Ethernet is converging into the life safety industry. With the desire of integrating more systems together and for a user to be able to interact with their building’s life safety systems the need for codes and standards to allow this has changed dramatically. This seminar will cover those changes as well as provide a glimpse into where the life safety industry is going and how not only the Internet of Things but the Internet of Everything is affecting these systems. 

Bio: Rodger Reiswig has been employed with Johnson Controls for over 33 years. Rodger started his career as a Technical Representative and has held several positions throughout his career with Johnson Controls. Positions include Sales, Field Sales Engineer and Sales Manager. Rodger’s current position is that of Fellow and Vice President, Industry Relations. As Vice President of Industry Relations, Rodger represents Johnson Controls worldwide and is able to devote his time to representing Johnson Controls on various codes and standards committees as well as serving on various association and organization boards and committees. 

Rodger holds a certification from Two Rivers Technologies as a Master in Telecommunications, and from Eastern Technical holds a certification in Electronics Technology and Microprocessor Design. Rodger also has a Master’s Degree in Theology from Evangelical Theological Seminary. Rodger holds NICET certification in both Fire Alarm and Special Hazard Layout. NICET level IV Fire Alarm Systems Certification and NICET level I Special Hazards Layout Certification.

This seminar is organized through the Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky in partnership with the IEEE Power and Energy Society, Lexington Chapter and the IEEE PES & IAS Student Branch at UK.

Email PEIK coordinator Jason Souders for online access information.

June 17, 2020 - 10:00AM EST

Speakers: Dr. Aaron Cramer, Dr. Walmir Freitas, Dr. Jonas Nøland

Title: How to Become an Effective Reviewer for IEEE PES Transaction Papers

Abstract: This panel-style webinar will share ideas on how to conduct effective paper reviews and become a dependable reviewer for PES papers. Three seasoned reviewers and editors of PES Transactions will discuss their experiences on paper reviews. Topics covered include how a reviewer is selected, how to assess various types of papers, what types of review comments are effective, and how does an editor evaluate a reviewer's comments, editor-reviewer relationship and so on. Although the main purpose of this webinar is to support reviewers, the information can also be very useful to authors who are interested in submitting papers to PES transactions.

This seminar is organized and presented by the IEEE Power & Energy Society. Online registration and additional details can be found here.

May 28, 2020 - 11:00AM EST

Speaker: Mr. Keith Waters

Title: Supplying Secure Power with Properly Installed Energy Storage Systems (ESS)

Abstract: The growth of Energy Storage Systems (ESS) used to supply secure power to larger systems created the need to develop more standards around performance and safe installation. These standards are especially true when ESS are installed in residential, commercial, and industrial installations. These areas are now seeing much larger battery systems and newer Lithium Ion technology. The standards that will be reviewed during this presentation will be focused on NFPA 70 (National Electric Code) Articles 705 (Interconnected Electric Power Production); 706 (Energy Storage Systems); and 710 (Stand Alone Systems). These code articles provide the statutory requirements based on what version of the NEC that an individual state has adopted. A brief overview of the current state of NEC adoption will be included. There are other standards that will be covered briefly to give the attendee a view of ESS codes/standards’ future.

Bio: Keith is an Industry Standards Manager for Schneider Electric USA and is based in Lexington, Kentucky. He is responsible for overcurrent protective device and automation/control product standards, installation codes, enforcement, and holds BSEE degree from the University of Kentucky. Keith is also engaged in applying codes and standards addressing energy efficiency & sustainability. He also participates in the Power & Energy Institute of Kentucky’s Industry Advisory Council. Keith is a licensed Professional Engineer and a Certified Energy Manager. Keith has been an employee of Schneider Electric for 33 years as a Product Application Engineer, Proposal Development Engineer, Price Manager, Merchandise Marketing Manager and Multiple Business Development positions including Strategic & Global Account Management as well as managing several strategic segment engineering teams. Keith frequently speaks on various energy efficiency, sustainability, product application, and code compliance topics. He is a member of numerous industry technical committees. Keith is a NEMA representative to NEC Code Making Panel 11. He has published articles on Energy Management and Electrical Controls.

This seminar is organized through the Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky in partnership with the IEEE Power and Energy Society, Lexington Chapter and the IEEE PES & IAS Student Branch at UK.

Email PEIK coordinator Jason Souders for online access information.

April 30, 2020 - 11:00AM EST

Speaker: Mr. Remi Bolduc

Title: Harmonics and Mitigation Techniques

Abstract: During this session you will learn about:

  • The high frequencies voltage and current that exist in our Low Voltage networks,
  • we will review together what harmonics are, how they are generated and how to quantify them,
  • the dominant harmonic standard in North America (IEEE 519-2014) and some of the Utilities grid code requirements for harmonics,
  • then we will proceed to review the harmonic mitigation solutions available on the market,
  • and we will finish with a focus on Active Harmonic Filtering.

Bio: Remi Bolduc is the Competency Center Manager for Digital Power in Schneider Electric. He started his career with the Hydro-Quebec Utility in service and maintenance of HV switchgear, followed by 6 years with S&C Electric in application of MV switchgear. For the past 20 years, he has held various technical and commercial roles for Schneider Electric where he has specialized in Power Quality Correction. Mr. Bolduc graduated with a degree in Electrodynamics and has lectured in over 200 Power Quality seminars around the world.


Email PEIK coordinator Jason Souders for online access information.

The University of Kentucky is part of FEEDER, a consortium of universities, utility companies, and industry partners, collaborate on research, curriculum development, education and training activities aiming at widespread adoption of distributed renewable energy resources and deployment of smart grid technologies. As part of this relationship, we are pleased to offer online seminars to faculty and industry professionals.

Past online seminars:

Mr. Huangjie Gong
University of Kentucky                      
A Computational and Experimental Study for Low-cost Low-income Near Net-Zero Energy Residences Apr 12, 2019
Mr. Michael Angelo
University of Hawaii
Assessing how Residential Utility Customers are Incentivized to Purchase Residential PV and Battery Energy Storage Systems Under Different Energy Policy Incentives in Hawaii Mar 29, 2019
Dr. Toru Namerikawa
Keio University
Reach Set-based Attack Resilient State Estimation Mar 15, 2019
11:00 AM 
Dr. Mads Almassalkhi
University of Vermont
Real-time, scalable coordination of flexible demand with packetized energy management Mar 1, 2019
Dr. Mohammad Shahidehpour
Illinois Institute of Technology
Distributed Power Systems Feb 25, 2019
11:00 AM 
Jianhui Wang
Southern Methodist University
Grid Modernization: Challenges, Opportunities, and Solutions Jan 18, 2019
Mr. Seun Akeyo
University of Kentucky
Energy Storage Integration Evaluation with Results from a 10MW PV and 1MW/2MWh Battery Experimental Facility Nov 16, 2018
HEC 356