2013 Symposium

WPI's 2013 Energy Symposium - "Building the Pipiline" - was held on September 25, 2013. Links to presentations and speaker bios are provided within the agenda below. Please enjoy these photos of the event. Contact us if you would like more information about WPI's Annual Energy Symposium.  

2013 Energy Symposium

  • Featured left to right: Carlton Simpson of Unitl; Stephen DeCarlo of Maser Consulting; Mike Ahern of WPI

  • Linda Looft, WPI Government Affairs, and Sharon Deffeley, WPI Corporate Engagement

  • Monika Maslen, Sr. Account Executive WPI; Gordon van Welie, President and Chief Executive Officer of ISO New England Inc (Keynote Speaker)

  • Featured: Tim Horan, President National Grid Rhode Island and Marie Jordan Sr. Vice President Network Strategy National Grid

  • National Grid Engineering Ambassadors Mai Tomida and Veronica Rivero Gorrin

  • Tanek Zhang, Power Systems Engineering graduate student, discusses his research paper on the economic benefits of battery energy storage systems

  • Michael Ahern, WPI Director of Power Systems Engineering, discusses the progress WPI's has made in helping to support industry needs for new talent

  • Dr. George Gela from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) provides an overview of the research being conducted at their Lenox facility.

  • Mark Olson, Reliability Standards Developer from NERC, discusses managing risk to the North American Power Grid from Geomagnetic Disturbances

  • Panel Discussion on Energy Industry Careers

  • Bryan Gwyn of Quanta Technologies shares some insights with Marie Jordan of National Grid

  • WPI representatives left to right: Mike Ahern Director; Edvina Uzunovic Associate Director; Tony Mangano, Associate Dean & Associate Vice President

  • Steven Flavin, Vice President; Rachel LeBlanc, Director; Tony Mangano, Associate Dean & AVP


PDFs of each presentation are available in the links below.

7:30 a.m.

Networking Breakfast

8:30 a.m.

Welcome Greeting – Stephen Flavin, Vice President, WPI Academic and Corporate Development

9:00 a.m.

10:15 a.m.


10:30 a.m.

12:00 noon


1:00 p.m. - Students Join the Symposium

  • Panel Discussion - Energy Industry Careers
    • Moderator – Marie Jordan, Senior Vice President, National Grid
    • Industry Careers - Valerie Taylor, Educational Consultant, Center for Energy Workforce Development
    • Generation – Bill Bottiggi, General Manager, Braintree Electric Light Department
    • Transmission – Emilie Nelson, Director, New York Independent System Operator
    • Distribution – Doug Foley, Vice President, Northeast Utilities

2:30 p.m.

Student networking with industry representatives

3:30 p.m.



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Events Manager