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First Principles: The Foundation of Innovation

Moderator: Dr. Edmund O. Schweitzer, III
President, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

First principles have been at the foundation of every lasting technological and economic advancement. But what are those first principles? Can we even recognize them anymore through the guise of complexity that surrounds every process, standard, and transaction? Executives from diverse industries will discuss the fundamental principles that guide their decisions every day.

Kimberly S. Greene, Southern Company
James L. Mahoney, Koch Industries
Dr. John Tomkowiak, Washington State University
Dr. Noel Schulz, Washington State University
Dave Whitehead, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

Almost everywhere you look—in protection, control, communications—there is a push to increase performance and accuracy. But there is also a push for simplicity and resiliency. Power systems move energy at the speed of light, but how can we account for today’s quickly changing dynamics and increased sensitivity? With ultra-fast traveling-wave relays and increasingly fast switching, communications, and breakers, how should protection and control change? We will explore new methods for increasing the speed and simplicity of protection and control so that we can get the most out of our power systems.

Jonathan Sykes, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
James P. Crane, Exelon Utilities
Dr. Fritz Rettberg, TU Dortmund University
Haroon Inam, Smart Wires
Prakash Moparthi, NextEra Energy

3:15–5:00 p.m.

Measuring the Value of Energy

Moderator: Dr. Greg Zweigle 
R&D Engineering Director, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

Newton’s First Law and Its Application to Developing the Medical School of the Future

Dr. John Tomkowiak M.D., MOL
Founding Dean of the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, Washington State University

2017 Agenda

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

How Can We Make the Most Out of Energy Moving at the Speed of Light?

Dr. Edmund O. Schweitzer, III
President, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

Electric energy travels 186 miles in a millisecond. Supply meets demand nearly instantaneously over vast areas. Have we put these basic facts to work to best match our intermittent sources to the instantaneous demands of all who use electric power? We will revisit some first principles and imagine if and how we can do even better.

Pushing the Limits of Modern Power Systems

Moderator: Dr. Normann Fischer
Fellow Engineer, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

In an era of intermittent sources and distorting loads, it’s time to think through metering anew. How are we measuring the value of balanced power flows, improved power quality, availability, and resiliency? We’ll discuss new approaches to placing a value on energy that reflect today’s changing power systems.

Dr. Emanuel Bernabeu, PJM Interconnection
Dr. W. Mack Grady, Baylor University
Alex McEachern, Power Standards Lab
John H. Holmes, University of California, San Diego

Engineering Communications for Demanding Power System Applications

Moderator: Rhett Smith
Senior Product Manager, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

Power systems are moving at the speed of light—communications need to keep up. Let’s revisit how first principles shed light on faster and more dependable communications for critical infrastructure systems.

Dr. Tim Yardley, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Jason Dearien, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
Scott Duncan, Central Electric Power Cooperative
Mark Siira, ComRent International

What Are the Roots of Cyber Insecurity?

Moderator: Paul Robertson
Senior Product Manager, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories