2012 Symposium

WPI's Energy Symposium was held on October 22, 2012. Links to meeting notes, including observations and insights from the breakout sessions, can be found in this PDF. The full agenda is provided below. 

WPI's Energy Symposium 2012

  • Marie Jordan, SVP of Network Strategy at National Grid, leads a breakout session

  • Ed White, Vice President National Grid

  • Aleta Fazzone, Director - Community & Customer Management, National Grid

  • Carlton Simpson, WPI Graduate Student or Electrical & Computer Engineering and Power Systems Engineering

  • Dana Louth, Vice President Unitil, WPI Alum

  • Professor Jon Orr, WPI Electrical & Computer Engineering

  • Ideas captured during the Solutions for Fuel Diversity breakout session

  • Brian Gwynne, Quanta Technology

  • Rachel LeBlanc, Director of WPI Corporate and Professional Education (front); Emilie Nelson, ISO New York

  • Thomas Meissner, CEO Unitil (left); Tony Mangano, Associate Dean WPI Corporate and Professional Education, AVP Academic and Corporate Development

  • Stephen Rourke, Vice President System Planning for ISO New England and WPI Alum

  • Breakout session to discuss Cyber Security

  • Professor Kathy Fisler, head of WPI's Cyber Security program; Pat Guida, Sr. Manager Research & Development for WPI Corporate & Professional Education

  • Monika Maslen, WPI Senior Account Executive



• Review WPI’s Programs in support of the Energy Industry
• Discuss Selected Industry Challenges
• Collaborate on Initiatives to Meet These Challenges

Meeting notes and break-out session observations and insights can be found in this PDF


7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast & Networking

8:30 a.m.

Welcome to WPI! - Stephen Flavin 
Power Program Overview - a record of Success - Mike Ahern

9:00 a.m.

Selected Industry Challenges – Issue Definition:

  • Cyber Security - How can we increase the Industry’s expertise in cyber security?
  • Smart Grid Implementation – How can we educate engineers and other stakeholders on the optimum integration of smart grid elements like:
    • renewable generation
    • micro-grids
    • distribution SCADA
    • new metering technology
    • time-of-day/real-time pricing options?
  • Operational Risk - What can we do to minimize the operational risk from the region’s growing dependence on a single fuel, natural gas, to supply electric generation?
  • Building a Pipeline of Well Qualified People - How can we better assure that we attract and retain sufficient numbers of well qualified people to staff the Industry at all levels?

9:30 a.m.

Breakout Discussions for each Challenge
Collaboration on Initiatives to Meet These Challenges

10:30 a.m.

Reconvene and Hear Reports from Each Group

11:00 a.m.

Summarize Conclusions
Discuss Next Steps

11:30 a.m.




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