2014 Symposium

“Building the Talent Pipeline for the Energy Industry”




WPI – Campus Center Odeum

Meeting Objectives

The objectives of this meeting are to:
1. Learn about the educational implications of current developments in electric energy policy, grid modernization, and cybersecurity.
2. Share our progress in building a pipeline of well qualified, diverse people to lead the industry in the future.
3. Stimulate current students to consider careers in the industry.

7:30 a.m.

  • Networking Breakfast

8:30 a.m.

  • Welcome Greeting
    • Stephen Flavin, Vice President, Academic and Corporate Development
    • Phil Ryan, Chairman, WPI Board of Trustees

9:00 a.m.

  • Keynote Address – “The New Energy Economy: Challenges and Opportunities"
    • Cheryl LaFleur, Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • WPI Progress since 2013:
    • On-campus Education and Research – Dr. John Orr, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • Corporate and Professional Education – Mike Ahern, Director, Power Systems
    • Partnership with Outreach to Middle and High Schools – Marcy Reed Video

10:30 a.m.

  • Break


10:45 a.m.

11:15 a.m.

  • Panel Discussion – Smart Grid: How the Power System is Becoming Part of the “Internet of Things”
    • Moderator – Dr. Edvina Uzunovic, Associate Director of Power Systems and Adjunct Professor
    • Dr. Bryan Gwyn, Senior Director, Protection and Control Asset Management, Quanta Technology
    • Steve DeCarlo, Director of Energy Services, Maser Consulting
    • Dr. Tony McGrail, Solutions Director, Doble Engineering


  • Lunch

1:00 p.m.

  • Panel Discussion – Cybersecurity: Preparing the Modern Workforce
    • Moderator – Dr. Kathi Fisler, Director of the Cybersecurity Program and Professor, Computer Science
    • Tim Gallagher, President & CEO, Reliability First
    • Jamshid Afnan, Vice-President of Information Services, ISO-New England
    • Dr. Ed Goldberg, Manager, Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery and Threat Assessment

2:00 p.m.

  • Panel Discussion - Energy Industry Careers
    • Moderator – Larry Gelbien, Director, Navigant
    • Generation – Alicia Barton, CEO, Mass Clean Energy Center
    • Transmission – Dr. Laurel Hennebury, Director of Enterprise Learning & Organizational Development, ISO-New England
    • Distribution – Chris Kelly, Vice-President of Electric Systems Engineering, National Grid
    • Gas – Amos Barnes, Director of Corporate Engineering, UIL/Southern Connecticut Gas Company and Connecticut Natural Gas Company

3:00 p.m.

  • Tour Options – Chris Kelly, Vice-President, Network Strategy, National Grid
  • Tour sign-ups and student networking with Industry Representatives