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The Electric Power Industry Conference at the Swanson School of Engineering continues to lead the way in exploring energy production and delivery potential.

Presented by: ¬†University of Pittsburgh, Energy GRID Institute and the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania


Where: The Energy Innovation Center, Downtown Pittsburgh

EPIC welcomes industry leaders, regional investors, researchers, academics, and students to discuss and debate the opportunities and challenges of our industry. As the Pittsburgh region continues to develop and grow into one of the nation’s centers for energy production and delivery, the Energy GRID Institute at the Swanson School of Engineering continues to lead the way in exploring the industry’s potential.


8:00 – 9:00 AM – Registration and Networking
Note:  Breakfast will be set up in Innovation Hall

Graduate Student Researcher Poster Session

Posters will be available for viewing at distinct locations throughout the Energy Innovation Center.  The time frame is set aside specifically for when the students will be at their posters to present, discuss, and answer questions prior to the start of the conference.

9:00 – 9:15 AM – Welcome

David Vorp, Ph.D., Acting Director of Energy GRID Institute

9:15 – 9:30 AM – Opening Remarks

Brandon Grainger, Ph.D., Associate Director of Energy GRID Institute

9:30 – 10:30 AM – Conference Keynote Address (Covestro Bright Space)

Craig Gob – Senior Vice President and General Manager, Electrical Systems and Services Division, Eaton

10:30 AM-12:00 PM – Graduate Student Research Symposium with Poster Session (Covestro Bright Space)

Session Moderator: Alvaro Cardoza – RK Mellon Graduate Student Fellow & PhD Candidate

Presentations from Pitt Electric Power Engineering PhD and M.S. students providing overview of the group’s research activities, and introducing elements of the GSR poster session.

12:00 Noon
¬†–¬†1:15 PM¬†– Lunch / Exhibits (Roadway around Labs)
Note: Exhibits with strolling lunch.

1:15 Р2:00 PM РTechnology Spotlight (Covestro Bright Space)

Brian Anderson, Ph.D. – Director, National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)


2:00 Р4:30 PM РTechnical Program Sessions (concurrent tracks)

Session 1 (Innovation Hall): Intelligent Grid Design through Power Electronics

Session Moderator:

Santino Graziani РUniversity of Pittsburgh, Ph.D. Student,  Electric Power Systems Laboratory, RK Mellon Graduate Student Fellow


Michael Mazzola, Ph.D. – University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Duke Energy Distinguished Professor, Director, Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC)

Neal Clements, Ph.D. & Marc Aiello– Siemens Industry, R&D Specialist Engineers

Subhashish Bhattacharya, Ph.D. – North Carolina State University, Duke Energy Distinguished Professor, NSF FREEDM Center Core Founder

Shyam Ramamurthy, Ph.D. – Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc., Principal Engineer – Electric Distribution Division

Christopher Lee – Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc., Senior Engineer

Arash Khoshkbar-Sadigh, Ph.D. РPenn State University, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering


Session 2 (Covestro Bright Space): Advanced Techniques for Grid Modernization

Session Moderator:

Aryana Nakhai¬†–¬†University of Pittsburgh, MS Candidate, Electric Power Systems Laboratory, IEEE Student Branch PES President


Joseph Petti– Dominion Energy, Engineer II, System Protection

Masoud Barati, Ph.D. – University of Pittsburgh, Assistant Professor, Swanson School of Engineering

Elizabeth Cook– Duquesne Light Company, Senior Manager, System Planning

Amy Babay, Ph.D. – University of Pittsburgh, Assistant Professor, School of Computing and Information (SCI)

Shailesh Vora, Ph.D. – National Energy Technology Laboratory, Technology Manager, Fuel Cell Program


4:30 to 6:30 PM – Reception and Viewing of the Electric Power Technologies Laboratory
Note:  Beverages and a light dinner will be provided during this time.

Reception and Exhibits (Raceway at the Energy Innovation Center – Following Keynote)


Conference Adjourns at 6:30 PM