Grid Modernization and Resiliency: Frameworks and Case Study 🗓

— (IEEE SmartGrid) – readiness determination, clear goals, application of resiliency concepts …

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Webinar Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM (PT)
Speaker: Aaron F. Snyder, Director of Grid Technology Consulting, EnerNex
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: smartgrid.ieee.org
Summary: This presentation will describe the origins of Grid Modernization and propose a readiness determination methodology. This methodology will then show how to develop a grid modernization project in a rigorous fashion to meet clearly defined goals. Following this, a framework for one aspect of Grid Modernization, resiliency, will be presented along with a case study to highlight the application of resiliency concepts to meet Grid Modernization goals.
Bio: Mark Snyder obtained his BSEE (1993) and MSEE (1997) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and his Diplôme d’Études Approfondies (1996) and Diplôme de Docteur (1999) from the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble in Grenoble, France. As the Director of Grid Technology Consulting at EnerNex, Aaron works with utility and vendor clients on metering, AMI, Smart Grid, and Grid Modernization projects. In recent years he has been supporting AMI, DA, Microgrid, and ADMS projects in the USA and Middle East, including enterprise architecture, strategy development, requirements, equipment specifications, procurement support, and pre-deployment activities. He is a Board member of the UCA International Users Group, and participates in standards development activities at national and international levels. He is a Senior Member of IEEE.

The Importance of the IEEE 2030 Smart Grid Interoperability Reference Model 🗓

— (IEEE SmartGrid) – overview, NIST framework, standardization, systems-level approach, communications, information technology …

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Webinar Date: Thursday, September 6, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM (PT)
Speakers: Mark Siira, Director of Utility Compliance and Solutions, ComRent International; Charlie Vartanian, Storage Reliability and Integration, PNNL; Sara Biyabani, Founder and CTO of a stealth GridComm startup
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: smartgrid.ieee.org/
Summary: This presentation will review the concept of interoperability and the IEEE Std 2030-2011, Guide for Smart Grid Interoperability of Energy Technology and Information Technology Operation with the Electric Power System (EPS), and End-Use Applications and Loads. It provides an overview the smart grid interoperability reference model (SGIRM).
A smart grid standardization roadmap was developed in 2010 by the IEC that is similar to the framework and roadmap developed by NIST. Standards developing organizations (e.g., IEEE), using an open and balanced consensus process, are establishing standards for the smart grid, building off of the conceptual reference models produced by NIST.
IEEE Std 2030-2011 supports EISA, the NIST framework coordination efforts, IEC interests, and additional smart grid applications. It focuses on a systems-level approach to understanding and guidance for interoperability components of communications, power systems, and information technology platforms.
Bio: Mark Siira is the Director of Utility Compliance and Solutions for ComRent International, a leader in load testing solutions for critical facilities and utility-scale systems. Mark is responsible for technology strategy, external communication content.
Mark is a senior member of IEEE and currently active as a leader in several standards making organizations; Chair of IEEE Standards Coordinating Committee 21. In this role, he leads the development of all interconnection and interoperability standards for Fuel Cells, Photovoltaics, Dispersed Generation, and Energy Storage. Concurrently, he is Vice-Chair for IEEE1547-2018 Interconnection Standard, and is sub-group chair of IEEE P1547.1 installation evaluation and commissioning. Mark was a member of the writing committee for IEEE 2030-2011 and was the chair of IEEE 2030.2-2015. He has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering Degree from GMI Engineering and Management Institute (now Kettering University), and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Charlie Vartanian is a Sr. Technical Advisor for Storage Reliability and Integration, within PNNL’s Electrochemical Materials and Systems Group. His focus is the advancement of reliability and integration of grid connected energy storage systems.
Charlie has over 25 years of power industry experience deploying advanced grid technologies, performing electric system studies, and contributing to technical standards development. He has worked previously for Mitsubishi Electric, UET, DNV KEMA, A123 Systems, Enron, the California Energy Commission, and Southern California Edison. During his 15 years at Southern California Edison, Charlie’s activities spanned traditional T&D planning through R&D. He is a currently Secretary of the IEEE 1547.9 Guide for DER Energy Storage Interconnection working group, and Co-Chair of the IEEE Energy Storage Task Force. Charlie received his BSEE from Cal Poly Pomona, and his MSEE from USC. Charlie is a licensed professional Electrical Engineer.
Sara Biyabani is the Founder and CTO of a GridComm startup in stealth mode. She is a Computer Systems Architect with extensive expertise in Computer and Distributed Systems hardware and software, as well as architectures for Smart Grid systems and Distributed Energy Resources in Power Distribution Systems. Sara is an IEEE Senior Member and member of IEEE Standards Association. She has actively contributed to the development of Interoperability Standards IEEE 2030-2011, IEEE 2030.2, IEEE 2030.5, and IEEE 1547. She was 2030.2-2015 ICT Sub-Group Technical Lead. Currently, she is the Co-Chair of IEEE P1923.1 and P1924.1, and also serves in California Rule 21 Smart Inverter WG and SunSpec Alliance Inverter Model Update WG. She has a Masters in Electrical & Computer Engineering from University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Bachelors in Physics and Computer Science from Smith College.

Good Girls Ask: Negotiations For Women 🗓

— preparation, money, butterflies, best timing, anxiety, fairness …

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Webinar Date: Thursday, August 16, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM (PT)
Speaker: Elizabeth Lions, writer and coach
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: www.ieeeusa.org
Summary: This powerful presentation has been given globally, as well as locally. No woman is ever the same after hearing Elizabeth’s talk on money and negotiations. The days of having butterflies in your stomach while discussing your promotion, a raise or an increase to your fees are over. Money is not emotional, it’s the ideas you attach around money that stick. Elizabeth will demonstrate how to make friends with your finances — for good!
Participants will learn: — The best time to ask for a raise; — Why women get anxious around asking for money or the promotion; — How skills = money and how to ask for what is fair; — How to ask for money without having your stomach in knots
Bio: Elizabeth Lions is the Author of three books, “Recession Proof Yourself” and “I Quit! Working for You Isn’t Working For Me.” Her third book will be released on leadership and is entitled, “Hear Us Roar: Unapologetic Women Leading in Corporate America.” She has designed and developed leadership, career courses, webinars and even a radio show entitled, “Leadership Lessons from the Lioness,” featured on Plaid for Women. Over the course of her career, Elizabeth estimates she has read more than 100,000 resumes and hired thousands of professionals in some of America’s top organizations, including Intel, Fiserv, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, Precision Castparts and AT&T, to name a few. An expert adviser on career conundrums, Elizabeth has been quoted in Yahoo, The Ladders, and Dice job boards. Her words have reached as far as the front page of the Philadelphia Tribune, PBS, CBS Money Watch, Dale Carnegie and John Tesh’s blog. In 2014, she took her leadership courses to Dubai and the Middle East. Bottom line: Elizabeth knows why someone is hired, fired or promoted – often before they do. Today, Elizabeth can be found writing, coaching and collaborating with the who’s who of the Corporate America. When she isn’t working, Elizabeth can be found traveling across state lines with her husband on their Harley Davidson motorcycle or in the yoga studio twisting for hours on end.

PV-Rich Communities, Storage, and Flexibility: The Need for Distribution System Operators 🗓

— (IEEE SmartGrid) – residential PV, daytime storage, flexible networks, participants, technical challenges opportunities …

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Webinar Date: Thursday, August 23, 2018
Time: 6:00 AM (PT)
Speaker: Luis (Nando) Ochoa, Professor of Smart Grids and Power Systems, University of Melbourne
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: smartgrid.ieee.org
Summary: Australia has currently the largest residential photovoltaic (PV) penetration in the world, with almost 1 in 5 houses with the technology. Battery storage systems are also becoming attractive as they allow storing excess PV generation during the day to use it later at night. However, PV-rich communities will pose significant technical and economic challenges on distribution networks – but also some opportunities.
For this PV-rich future to thrive, more intelligent, flexible electricity networks, also known as Smart Grids, are likely to play an important role. But for Smart Grids to emerge, the traditional Distribution Network Service Provider (DNSP) needs to evolve into an engaged, flexible Distribution System Operator (DSO) in which network elements and participants (consumers, generators, and those that do both) are actively managed to fulfill technical, economic, and environmental objectives.
This talk will present and discuss the different challenges of PV-rich communities, the role of adequately controlling storage to create more flexibility, and the vision, potential future roles, and challenges to ensure the transition to DSOs.
Bio: Luis (Nando) Ochoa is Professor of Smart Grids and Power Systems at The University of Melbourne, Australia and part-time Professor of Smart Grids at The University of Manchester, UK. His expertise in network integration of low carbon technologies and his extensive portfolio of industrial and academic projects have led to 140+ publications, 60+ technical reports, and one patent filed by Psymetrix Ltd. Prof Ochoa is an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer and has also several leadership roles within IEEE PES, including Member-At-Large of the Governing Board and Editorial Board Member of the IEEE Power and Energy Magazine. Prof Ochoa is an IEEE Senior Member since 2012. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from UNI (Peru), and a Research MSc and a PhD in Electrical Power Engineering, both from UNESP Ilha Solteira (Brazil).

The Outbreak of Smart Grid Cyber-Security: The Modern Campfire Story 🗓

— (IEEE SmartGrid) – vulnerability, impacts, outage costs, improving resilience, importance and urgency …

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Webinar Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018
Time: 7:00 AM (PT)
Speaker: (Dr. Abedalsalam Bani-Ahmed, Power Systems Cyber-Security, Eaton Corporation
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: smartgrid.ieee.org
Summary: Recent cyber-security incidents have caused severe power outages in distribution system operations, which have highlighted the importance and urgency of improving the resilience of the electric distribution systems. Unlike IT networks, vulnerability of Smart Grid (SG) infrastructure has a direct impact on the vulnerability of system assets and operational outage costs. SG infrastructure can be secure, but yet not safe. Recent trends in cyber-security solutions have a broader necessity, not only on communications security, but the resiliency to cyber-attacks. This webinar is intended to provide a list of cyber-security definitions and technical considerations of SG critical infrastructure.
Agenda: — Overview and Definitions; — The Path from philosophy to science to corpo-reality; — Cyber-physical perspective (Requirements and developments); — Where to go (resources, targets), and how to go (backgrounds, starting point); — Conclusions.
Bio: Abedalsalam Bani-Ahmed was born in Sakib, Jordan in 1984. He received a B.Sc degree (2007) in Engineering Technology from Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan, a M.Sc degree in Computer Engineering (2011) from Jordan University of Science & Technology, Irbid, Jordan, and a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering (2017) from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Wisconsin, specializing in the cyber-physical integration in decentralized smart microgrid control systems. He has worked as research assistant at the Center for Sustainable Electrical Energy Systems (UW-Milwaukee) from 2012 to 2017, and a Power Systems Engineer at Eaton Corporation in 2017.
Currently, Dr. Bani-Ahmed is a Lead Engineer of Power Systems Cyber-Security at Eaton Corporation, Corporate Research and Technology. His research interests include Smart Grids, Microgrids and DERMS, IIoT communications infrastructure, protocols, cyber-security, and standards, and has published numerous technical journal and conference papers, and white papers on related topics. In addition, he is active with IEEE Smart Grid R&D (operations & education committees) and IEEE Smart Cities (R&D, Education, and Publication committees). He also serves as a reviewer to multiple IEEE PES and IAS transactions, and various international Smart Grid related journals.
Dr. Bani-Ahmed is an active member in the following societies: IEEE Member, IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES), IEEE Computer Society (CS), IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS), IEEE Young Professionals & IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc).

The Changing Landscape of Software Refactoring Research in the Last Decade 🗓

— advances, what, when, where, why, adoption of research, making a difference …

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Webinar Date: Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM (PT)
Speaker: Danny Dig, Associate Professor, Oregon State University
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: event.on24.com/wcc/r/1774397/248A058EA0392E4AB56BD6B71385BF43
Summary: In the last decade refactoring research has seen exponential growth, with thousands of peer-reviewed research papers. I will attempt to map this vast landscape and the advances that the community has made by answering questions such as who does what, when, where, why, and how. I will muse on some of the factors contributing to the growth of the field, the adoption of research into industry, and the lessons that we learned along this journey. This will inspire and equip you so that you can make a difference, with people who make a difference, at a time when it makes a difference.
Bio: Danny Dig is an Associate Professor of Computer Science in the School of EECS at Oregon State University, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois. He enjoys doing research in Software Engineering, with a focus on interactive program transformations that improve programmer productivity and software quality. He successfully pioneered interactive program transformations by opening the field of refactoring in cutting-edge domains including mobile, concurrency and parallelism, component-based, testing, and end-user programming. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where his research won the best Ph.D. dissertation award, and the First Prize at the ACM Student Research Competition Grand Finals. He did a postdoc at MIT.
He (co-) authored 50+ journal and conference papers that appeared in top places in SE/PL. According to Google Scholar his publications have been cited 3000+ times. His research was recognized with 8 best paper awards at the flagship and top conferences in SE (FSE’17, ICSME’17, FSE’16, ICSE’14, ISSTA’13, ICST’13, ICSME’15), 4 award runners-up, and 1 most influential paper award (N-10 years) at ICSME’15. He received the NSF CAREER award, the Google Faculty Research Award (twice), and the Microsoft Software Engineering Innovation Award (twice). He released 9 software systems, among them the world’s first open-source refactoring tool. Some of the techniques he developed are shipping with the official release of the popular Eclipse, NetBeans, and Visual Studio development environments (of which Eclipse alone had more than 14M downloads in 2014). He has started two popular workshops: Workshop on Refactoring Tools, and Hot Topics On Software Upgrades, both had at least five instances. He chaired or co-organized 14 workshops and 1 conference (MobileSoft’15), and served as a member of 35 program committees for all top conferences in his area. His research is funded by NSF, Boeing, IBM, Intel, Google, and Microsoft.

Measurement and Data Analysis for Software Engineers – Part 4 🗓

— ACM: robust statistics, non-parametric techniques,correlation analysis, regression analysis, histograms, control charts …

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Webinar Date: Monday, July 23, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM (PT)
Speaker: Dr. Dennis Frailey, Principal Fellow, Raytheon Corporation (retired); ACM Fellow
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: https://event.on24.com
Summary: Analysis Techniques Especially Suited to Software: Unfortunately, software data often don’t satisfy the criteria for use of many popular statistical analysis techniques. This webinar introduces robust statistics and other non-parametric techniques that are suitable for many software situations. It includes discussion of correlation analysis and regression analysis, as well as such techniques as box plots, histograms and control charts.
(Make sure to view Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of this talk, on the ACM website.)
Bio: Dr. Dennis J Frailey retired in 2010 as a Principal Fellow from Raytheon Company, where (among other things) he worked on software metrics and safety critical applications. He has also served for over 40 years as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Southern Methodist University, the U. of Texas at Austin, and the U. of Texas at Arlington. Dennis has been active in the computing profession throughout his career, serving as Purdue Student ACM Chapter Chair, ACM South Central Regional Representative, Vice President of the ACM, Chair of the Dallas Fort Worth Association for Software Engineering Excellence, Board of Governors, Second VP, and Secretary of the IEEE Computer Society, and member of many program boards and committees for these organizations. He has served on the industry advisory boards of five universities, chaired the industry advisory committee for the Texas Board of Professional Engineers, and served on various committees to define bodies of knowledge and model curricula for software engineering. He has spoken to over 300 ACM and IEEE chapters as a distinguished lecturer and served as an ABET engineering accreditation program evaluator in computer science, computer engineering, and software engineering.
Dennis has over 150 technical publications, including articles in three encyclopedias, and has been a keynote speaker at several computer conferences. Dr. Frailey is an ACM Fellow and an IEEE Senior Member. He holds an MS and PhD in computer science (Purdue) and a BS in mathematics (Notre Dame). He was the 2008 recipient of the ACM Lifetime Achievement Award in computer science education and the 2013 recipient of the IEEE Computer Society’s CSEET Nancy Mead Award for contributions in support of software engineering education.

How to Get Invited Into The Boys Club — and Why It’s Important 🗓

— communication, confidence, managing perceptions, advancing, practical suggestions …

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Webinar Date: Thursday, August 23, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM (PT)
Speaker: Elizabeth Lions, Author and Lecturer
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: www.ieeeusa.org
Summary: This webinar will boldly address why women are not received favorably or promoted in male-dominated industries, and offers practical suggestions for advancing. The webinar will look at how communication, confidence and managing perceptions are critical to working your way to the top of the ladder. Elizabeth will also addresses other specific workplace issues, such as how to work with another woman that you don’t like in the office, and why it’s important to your career. Elizabeth believes in identifying other women for promotions and promoting women into key leadership positions. This talk will leave you feeling reflective as well as inspired. Participants will learn:
— What to say and what not to say in meetings and email
— How confidence is built over time and how to develop confidence
— Data around why women aren’t promoted — and how to turn it around
— Collaborative and inclusive ways to work in male-dominated fields such as IT, construction or insurance
Bio: Elizabeth Lions is the author of three books, including “Recession Proof Yourself” and “I Quit! Working for You Isn’t Working For Me.” Her third book will be released on leadership and is entitled, “Hear Us Roar: Unapologetic Women Leading in Corporate America.” She has designed and developed leadership, career courses, webinars and even a radio show entitled “Leadership Lessons from the Lioness,” featured on Plaid for Women. Over the course of her career, Elizabeth estimates she has read more than 100,000 resumes and hired thousands of professionals in some of America’s top organization, including Intel, Fiserv, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, Precision Castparts and AT&T, to name a few. An expert adviser on career conundrums, Elizabeth has been quoted in Yahoo, The Ladders, and Dice job boards. Her words have reached as far as the front page of the Philadelphia Tribune, PBS, CBS Money Watch, Dale Carnegie and John Tesh’s blog. In 2014, she took her leadership courses to Dubai and the Middle East. Bottom line: Elizabeth knows why someone is hired, fired or promoted — often before they do.
Today, Elizabeth can be found writing, coaching and collaborating with the who’s who of the Corporate America. When she isn’t working, Elizabeth can be found traveling across state lines with her husband on their Harley Davidson motorcycle or in the yoga studio twisting for hours on end.

Engineering Careers in Social Innovation and Global Sustainable Development 🗓

— career paths, education and passion, tangible improvements, steps to take …

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Webinar Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM (PT)
Speaker: Khanjan Mehta, Vice Provost/Director, Lehigh University
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: www.ieeeusa.org
Summary: As a follow-up to his article “Engineering Careers in Social Innovation and Global Sustainable Development,” in IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, Khanjan Mehta will outline career paths for students/engineers who want to employ their education and passion to directly and tangibly improve the human condition.
Bio: Khanjan Mehta is the inaugural Vice Provost for Creative Inquiry and Director of the Mountaintop Initiative at Lehigh University. Mehta champions the creation of learning environments and ecosystems where students, faculty, and external partners come together to increase their capacities for independent inquiry, take intellectual risks and learn from failure, recognize problems and opportunities, and effect constructive and sustainable change. In a previous avatar, Mehta was the Founding Director of the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) Program, Assistant Professor of Engineering Design, and Affiliate Professor of International Affairs at Penn State. Mehta serves as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Technology and Society Magazine and Contributing Editor for the Engineering 4 Change portal. His latest book, Solving Problems that Matter (and Getting Paid for It), takes a deep dive into STEM careers in social innovation and global sustainable development.

Fundamentals of 5G Small Cell Deployments 🗓

— architecture, challenges, traffic engineering, interoperability, IoT role, modern wireless …

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Webinar Date: Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Time: 7:00 – 11:00 AM (PT)
Instructor: Jonathan Levine, Director of Engineering, Mobilitie LLC
Location: on the Web
Cost: $189 IEEE members; $229 non-members
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: www.comsoc.org/training/product/COMWEB10064
Summary: With mobile data traffic expected to increase dramatically in the foreseeable future, small-cell base stations are set to play an important role in expanding the targeted capacity of wireless networks. Mobile operators are realizing that to meet the increasing demands for data, video, connected devices, and application access from smart phones and other wireless devices, there is a real beauty to going small. The new 5G-New Radio standard brings multi-frequency, multi-technology aspects to small cells, thus enhancing their functionality.
Small cells provide flexibility and significant data performance improvements at an attractive cost. This is especially important with the evolution to Quality-of-Service-based applications such as VoLTE, Internet-of-Things explosion, and growing legacy user demand. Implementing a small cell infrastructure is also more environmentally friendly as it locates a cleaner signal using less overall power to the end user.
In this half day course, you will learn why small cells are needed and if they are the right solution for your network. A detailed description behind deployment challenges including topics such as radio interference, new frequencies used, property rights, power requirements and options, backhaul concerns, spectral efficiency guarantees, scalability impacts and RF propagation control will be addressed. Take this course to come away with the answers to the following questions:
— How will 5G small cells change the way the operator supports the network?
— What are the small cell system architecture options?
— How do small cells change the concept of traffic engineering?
— What are the interoperability concerns of small cells?
— What is the role small cells plays in regards to the Internet of Things (IoT)?
— How does 5G integrated with the small cell approach change the landscape of the modern wireless industry?

Bio: Jonathan Levine currently holds the position of Director of Engineering for Mobilitie LLC based out of Chicago, IL. In his current role he is responsible for leading engineering design and driving the technical deployment process for wireless network evolution. His particular focus is on high-density 4G/5G network deployment and next-generation form-factor innovation. Prior to his current role, he spent over 10 years with U.S. Cellular. His latest role there was Member of Technical Staff for U.S. Cellular’s Technology Development Group where he was responsible for the evolutionary architecture and functionality of the Radio Access Network (RAN). The RAN consists LTE, EVDO, GSM, and CDMA technologies based on both the 3GPP and 3GPP2 standards groups. Before that, he served in the USAF as a member of the 264th Combat Communications Squadron from 1999-2005. His commercial wireless engineering career began in 2005 after completion of his BSEE from Northern Illinois University. Jonathan also holds a MSEE from the Illinois Institute of Technology (2008) and is an IEEE WCP.