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Schweitzer Drive

The Schweitzer Drive podcast explores what goes on between the generation of electricity and the light switch. In each episode, host Dave Whitehead, CEO of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, talks with the entrepreneurs, innovators, and experts who are inventing the future of electric power. Electricity is so fundamental to our daily lives, and yet it’s something so many take for granted. Come learn about, explore, and celebrate electric power on Schweitzer Drive!

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Ep. 47
The Challenges of Inverter-Based Resources: Integrating the New with the Old
Dr. Normann Fischer
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Ep. 46
A Firewall for the Future: Educating the Next Generation of Cyber Professionals
Jim Alves-Foss
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Ep. 45
Can You Hear Me Now? Why “Best Effort” Isn’t Good Enough for Mission-Critical Telecommunications
Ken Fodero and Paul Robertson
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Ep. 44
Human Factors Engineering: Improving Power System Safety and Reliability
James Merlo
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Ep. 43
Power System Oscillations: Maintaining Balance and Keeping the Lights On
Mani Venkatasubramanian
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Ep. 42
Securing Industrial Control Systems Amid Increased Risk
Dale Peterson
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Ep. 41
Powering the Future: Delivering Specialized Training at the Speed of Innovation
Hector Altuve
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Ep. 40
Powering the Future: Inspiring the Next Generation of Innovators
John Cassleman
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Ep. 39
Powering the Future: Recruiting for STEM Careers in a Demanding Job Market
Stacey Doty
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Ep. 38
Solving Recloser High-Density Coordination Challenges: Innovation That Keeps the Power On
John Thorne
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Ep. 37
Zero Trust: A Look at Information Security and the Role Trust Plays
Nicholas Seeley
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Ep. 36
Getting to Root Cause: The Importance of Being Able to Turn a Problem On and Off
Gurvinder Singh
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Ep. 35
Better, Faster, Simpler, Safer: A New Approach to OT Network Communications
Rhett Smith
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Ep. 34
Built to Last: What Does “Utility Grade” Really Mean?
Adrian Genz
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Ep. 33
The Clean Energy Transition: Balancing Reliability, Innovation, Cost, and the Environment
Heather Rosentrater
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Ep. 32
Safe, Reliable, Clean and Cost-Effective: A Timely Look at Nuclear Power
Bob Schuetz
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Ep. 31
An Interview with the Host
Stephanie Schweitzer
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Ep. 30
Decarbonization, Government Mandates, and the Future of Electric Power
Thomas J. Pyle and Edmund O. Schweitzer III
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Ep. 29
People: The First and Last Line of Defense
Frank Harrill
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Ep. 28
Culture: An Essential Ingredient for Creating an Exceptional Company
David Costello and Tony Lee
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Ep. 27
Protecting the Grid: What Are Electromagnetic Pulses, and How Do They Affect the Power System?
Travis Mooney
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Ep. 26
The Drive Toward Electric Vehicles: Powering Mobile Loads, Part 2
Steve Pekarek, Ph.D.
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Ep. 25
The Drive Toward Electric Vehicles: Powering Mobile Loads, Part 1
Dr. Brian Johnson
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Ep. 24
Protecting the Grid: Creating Cyber Solutions That Are Inherently Secure
Dr. Edmund O. Schweitzer, III
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Ep. 23
Predictive Power System Control in an Unpredictable Environment
Steve Pekarek
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Ep. 22
People, Power Density, Cost and Scale: The Challenges of Renewable Energy
Robert Bryce
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Ep. 21
Protecting Critical Cyber Systems: Building a Threat-Aware Network
Samantha Madrid
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Ep. 20
Unleashing the Power of Women in STEM
Noel Schulz
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Ep. 19
Electricity—Empowering People
David Dolezilek
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Ep. 18
It Can't Be That Simple: How Creativity and Simplicity Combine to Create Innovative Solutions
Dr. Edmund O. Schweitzer, III
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Ep. 17
Vertical Integration: Supplying Customers with Products and Services Faster, Better, and Cheaper
Jessi Hall
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Ep. 16
IT-OT Convergence: When One + One = Three
Phil O'Reilly
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Ep. 15
Texas Blackout: Why the Lights Went Out and How to Keep Them On
Dr. Edmund O. Schweitzer, III
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Ep. 14
Safeguarding Civilization: A Few Thoughts on Cybersecurity
Robert M. Lee
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Ep. 13
"How May I Help You?"–The Customer Service Playbook
Todd Bridges
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Ep. 12
Product Developers: Better to Have Skills a Mile Deep or a Mile Wide?
Tony Lee
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Ep. 11
Employee Ownership: Owning a Career Vs. Renting a Job
Joey Nestegard
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Ep. 10
Application Engineers: When You Really Need to Phone a Friend
Dr. Edmund O. Schweitzer, III
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Ep. 9
Creating Value for Customers
Laura Stento
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Ep. 8
Free Enterprise: America’s Innovation Engine
Dr. Edmund O. Schweitzer, III
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Ep. 7
FLISR, VVO, and DERMS, Oh My! Putting Distribution Automation to Work
Bryan Fazzari
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Ep. 6
Turning the Lights Back on After a Blackout
William J. Cook
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Ep. 5
Supply Chain Management: Getting Parts to Make Parts
Diane Maceri
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Ep. 4
The Need for Speed and the Future of Power System Protection
Dr. Edmund O. Schweitzer, III
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Ep. 3
The Eyes and Ears of the Power System
Greg Zweigle
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Ep. 2
Starting a Company, Building SEL—Part 2
Dr. Edmund O. Schweitzer, III
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Ep. 1
Starting a Company, Building SEL—Part 1
Dr. Edmund O. Schweitzer, III
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Welcome to Schweitzer Drive
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Meet the Host

David Whitehead

CEO, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

A recognized leader in utility and industrial control system cybersecurity, Whitehead has testified before the U.S. Senate and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on the importance of innovation and protecting against cyberattacks. He has presented at numerous cybersecurity conferences and authored dozens of papers on the topic.

For more than a decade, Whitehead led the SEL Research and Development Division, an 800-person multidisciplinary team responsible for the research, design, development, and testing of systems that manage, monitor, and control critical electric infrastructure.

Since joining SEL in 1994, he has been a driver of product and talent development and been instrumental in the development of the steady stream of inventions to come out of SEL. He has been awarded more than 73 patents around the world.

Whitehead received his BSEE from Washington State University and his MSEE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a senior member of IEEE and a registered Professional Engineer in Washington, New York, Michigan, and North Carolina.

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