WPI Annual Energy Symposium

Sixth Annual Energy Symposium

Upgrading the Grid with Renewables for a Sustainable Future Meeting Objectives

The objectives of this meeting are to:

  1. learn about the technical and workforce development challenges in upgrading the electric power delivery system with renewable power generation;
  2. stimulate current students to consider careers in the industry; and
  3. share our progress in building a pipeline of well qualified, diverse people to lead the industry in the future.    

September 29, 2016


  • 7:30 am    Networking Breakfast
  • 8:00 am    Welcome Greeting & Opening Address
    Stephen Flavin, Vice President, Academic and Corporate Engagement
    Matt Beaton, WPI' 00, Massachusetts Secretary for Energy and Environmental Affairs
  • 8:30 am    Keynote
    Wanda Reder, Chief Strategy Officer, S&C Electric Company and Candidate for 2017 IEEE President-Elect
  • 9:30 am    IEEE Scholarship Plus Program
    Dr. Edvina Uzunovic, IEEE Vice President for Education, WPI Associate Director, Power Systems and Adjunct Professor
  • 9:45 am    Break
  • 10:00 am  WPI’s Power Systems Education & Research
    Dr. Yousef Mahmoud, Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
    Mike Ahern P.E., WPI ’78, Director, Power Systems
    Dr. Edvina Uzunovic, Associate Director, Power Systems and Adjunct Professor
  • 10:30 am  Panel Discussion – Technical Challenges, Best Practices and Successes
    Dr. Babak Enayati, Lead R&D Engineer, National Grid (moderator)
    Bryan Gwyn, Ph.D., Vice President Marketing and Business Development at Quanta Technology
    Michael Henderson P.E., Director, ISO-New England

    Gabe Paoletti, P.E., Electrical Application Engineering Manager, Eaton
  • 11:15 am  Panel Discussion – Workforce Development Challenges, Best Practices & Successes
    Chris Root, Chief Operating Officer, VELCo - Vermont Electric Company (moderator)
    Steve Driscoll, Vice President, Operation Services, Eversource Energy
    Natalie Krauser-McCarthy, Development Officer, IEEE Foundation
    Joseph Ryzewski, PMP, P.E. Manager - Competency, Avangrid - United Illuminating
  • 12:00 pm  Networking Lunch
    Including table topics about careers in the energy industry  
  • 1:00 pm    Energy Strategy Breakout Session
    Overview of WPI’s Energy Strategy Board

    Mike Ahern, Director, Power Systems
    Panel Discussion - Research Needs for Grid Modernization
    Pooja Shah, WPI ’11, Senior Engineer, North American Electric Reliability Corporation (moderator)
    Julio Romero Agüero, PhD, MBA, Vice President & Executive Advisor, Strategy & Business Innovation, Quanta Technology  
    Jennifer Schilling, Director, Engineering Strategy and Performance, Eversource Energy
    Jim Perkinson, Manager – Advanced Grid Engineering, National Grid 
  • 2:30 pm    Break

    Worcester CleanTech Incubator Presents: 

  • 3:00     Energy Strategy Breakout Session
    Highways and Byways in a Changing Energy Landscape Panel Discussion
    Aligning the Human, Technical, and Business Aspects of the New Energy Era
    Joe Bush, PhD, WPI '04, Executive Director, Worcester CleanTech Incubator (moderator)
    Eric Niemeyer, Managing Partner – Enerconnex
    Garry Peterson, Northeast Director of Sales, edgeGEN

    Joshua Paradise, Current Ambassador, Current, Powered by GE
    Steve Pike, Interim CEO, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
  • Open Discussion 
    5:00 pm Adjourn  

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