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May 6-8, 2012
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Sunday, May 6
1:00 - 5:00
Project Management Workshop

Tarek Lahdhiri, PhD, PE, PMP, SM-MIEEE

Workshop Overview
The Project Management workshop is intended for engineers, technical leads, project leaders, and functional managers who want to practice the fundamentals of project management to help themselves and their groups accomplish their endeavors, whether at work, at home, or in the community. Participants will learn basic project management techniques, and most importantly, how to apply them in real life without excessive paperwork or overhead! The workshop will include templates and checklists to take away, and examples of how to apply project management techniques to engineering, and personal projects.

Workshop Content

  1. Introduction
    • Definition of a Project
    • Typical phases of a project
  2. Starting and Planning a Project
    • Defining the project scope and requirements
    • Project risks
    • Scheduling and estimating
    • Creating milestones
    • Refining the Plans
  3. Managing the Project
    • How do we use planning deliverables to tell if we are on track?
    • How do we use meetings and status to measure progress?
    • How are design reviews and testing critical to gauging project progress?
    • Risk Management
  4. Running Meetings
    • Planning Meetings
    • Attitude: pre-selling, pre-coaching
    • Meeting Roles and Responsibilities
    • Design/Document Reviews
  5. Closing the Project
    • Ensure adequate hand-offs to all groups
    • Conduct a lessons-learned meeting

Dr. Lahdhiri received the degree of MS-EE in Communication Systems in 1990 and the PhD degree in Control Systems in 1995. Dr. Lahdhiri is currently working for General Motors LLC in Warren, Michigan, where he is holding the position of Strategy Leader for Real-Time Control Systems Simulations within the Advanced Development, Validation & Analysis Department.

Dr. Lahdhiri is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Michigan and a licensed Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Dr. Lahdhiri authored and co-authored over 15 journal papers and 35 conference papers and his areas of interest include Control Systems, Systems Engineering, Real-Time Modeling and Simulation, and Engineering Management.

Dr. Lahdhiri is a Senior IEEE member and has been leading several activities within the IEEE organization. Currently, he is the IEEE Region 4 (Central USA) PACE Chair, Co-chair of the IEEE-USA Career Workforce Policy committee (CWPC), and member of the IEEE-USA Employment & Career Service (ECS) Committee.

Dr. Lahdhiri is the recipient of the 2001 IEEE-USA Professional Achievement Award, the 2004 IEEE-USA Professional Leadership Award, and the 2007 IEEE-USA Citation of Honor Award.

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Monday, May 7
Monday, May 7
10:30 AM
EV 101 – An Electric Vehicle Workshop
(1 PDH)

Eric Dietz
Director, Purdue Homeland Security Institute
Purdue University

EV 101 – An Electric Vehicle Workshop is an introduction to Electric Vehicle (EV) technology analysis and configuration. It explores the integrated mechanical and electrical power and control systems in electric vehicles including the management of integrated power and control systems within an electric vehicle. Discussion covers system configuration, power requirements, structure, power system, control and energy storage media, and some of the various social implications and aspects of electric vehicles. Additional technologies discussed include battery chemistry, vehicle dynamics, battery management systems, and the information technology to effectively integrate the electric vehicles into the power grid and the implications with Smart Grid technology.

Participants will leave the course with a basic understanding of:

  • The differences in hybrid and electric vehicle design
  • Characteristics of modern electric vehicles and components interaction
  • Battery storage technology power charging, systems theory
  • Safety considerations
  • Implications and interface with Smart Grid (electric grid)

Rejoining Purdue University in March 2008, J. Eric Dietz is the Director of the Purdue Homeland Security Institute, Associate Director of the e-Enterprise Center and Associate Professor in the Computer and Information Technology Department at Purdue University. An Indiana native, Eric was graduated in 1984 from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology after earning a bachelors of science in chemical engineering. He also earned a masters of science from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 1986 and a PhD in Chemical Engineering in 1994 from Purdue University.


Monday, May 7
11:15 AM
Duke Energy’s Distribution Automation Program
(1 PDH)

Jim Farley, PE, PMP
Manager, Distribution Automation
Duke Energy

Summary of Duke Energy’s plans to update voltage regulators, reclosers and other components of the distribution system with automation to improve reliability and performance.

Jim Farley, PE, PMP, Manager, Distribution Automation Deployment, received a Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, from the University of Cincinnati. Jim is responsible for the Smart Grid distribution automation deployment, planning and implementation at Duke Energy, Ohio. He has been with Duke Energy for 34 years.

Monday, May 7
1:15 PM
Smart Grid's Impact on Asset Management
(1 PDH)

Paul Myrda
Technical Executive

While the benefits of smart grid are frequently presented they do pose some significant impacts on asset management both favorably and unfavorably. This presentation will cover the issues from the viewpoint of the asset manager and how the technology will enable many beneficial asset management techniques but also create some new impacts and challenges.

Paul Myrda is a Technical Executive with the Electric Power Research Institute working in the Power Delivery and Utilization Sector. Currently he is the Smarter Transmission System coordinator. In this role Paul assures program research related to the transmission system is developed and coordinated to support the Smarter Transmission System objectives.

Previously, Paul was Director of Operations and Chief Technologist overseeing planning and asset management functions for Trans-Elect’s operating companies. He championed an innovative protection and control system upgrade project for the Michigan Electric Transmission Company an affiliate of Trans-Elect.

Paul has over 35 years of experience including leading edge technology implementations. His diverse background includes planning, engineering, information systems and project management. He has an MBA from Kellogg (2000) and MSEE and BSEE from Illinois Institute of Technology (1980 and 1977, respectively). He is the President of Technology Management Association of Chicago; licensed professional engineer, and a member of the IEEE and CIGRE

Monday, May 7
2:00 PM
Building and Managing a Smart Grid
(1 PDH)

Barry Feldman, P.E.
Director, Asset Management
Indianapolis Power & Light

Join us for a presentation by Barry Feldman, Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL), that will detail plans to enable two-way communication with devices from power plants to customers’ homes through a "Smart" Grid project for Indianapolis, funded in part by a $20 million grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE). IPL is in the process of implementing automated devices to monitor and operate the electrical grid remotely to optimize the system and restore outages more quickly. Learn about capacitor bank controls, reclosers, cyber security measures and new Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems. In addition, IPL will describe plans to provide energy information for customers on a one-day delay basis to help customers manage their energy costs.

Barry Feldman, P.E., Director, Asset Management, received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Indianapolis. He has worked at IPL for 30 years. Barry is responsible for transmission and distribution assets and serves as the functional project manager for the smart grid project.

Monday, May 7
3:15 PM
Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles
and How They Will Impact the Electrical Industry
(1 PDH)

Joan Soller, P.E.
Manager, Transmission Operations
Indianapolis Power & Light

Come learn about electric vehicles and their impact in Central Indiana. Joan Soller, Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL), will describe its strategy and experience as supporters of electric transportation over the past two years. Collaboration among local and national stakeholders formed the cornerstone of IPL’s efforts, funded in part by a $20 million grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE). Area transportation and electrical models developed jointly with Purdue University to assess potential electrical system impacts will be shared. Challenges addressed to date and future opportunities related to the usage of Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment in customer facilities and public locations will be addressed.

Joan Soller, P.E., Manager, Transmission Operations, received a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Dayton and is pursuing an MBA at the University of Indianapolis. She has worked in the electric utility industry for 22 years including 3 years at IPL. Joan serves as liaison to the DOE and is responsible for the administrative coordination of the smart grid project and grant compliance as a Technical Advisor.

Monday, May 7
4:00 PM
Panel: The Future of Smart Grid
(1 PDH)
Tuesday, May 8
Tuesday, May 8
10:30 - 12:00 & 3:15 - 4:45

Barry Myers
National Instruments

Tuesday, May 8
3:15 PM

Jerry Brusher

In this seminar, we will see how MathWorks Physical Modeling tools can be used to enhance the teaching of System Dynamics. In particular, we will use Simscape to model multi-disciplinary systems for analysis and design. Moreover, we will demonstrate how MATLAB and Simulink can easily interface with hardware to support project-based learning, providing students with a richer educational experience.

Jerry Brusher is a member of the Education Technical Marketing team at MathWorks and collaborates with the academic community to prepare the next generation of engineers and scientists. He has six years of teaching experience in the area of dynamic systems and controls, complemented by nearly 20 years of engineering experience in the automotive and aerospace industries. Jerry holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and BS and MS degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, all in Mechanical Engineering. He has been with MathWorks for two years.