WPI Energy Symposium
Engineering Impacts from Energy Policy

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September 28, 2017

Rubin Campus Center
Campus Center Odeum
151 Salisbury St, Worcester, MA 01609



  • Connect with WPI students who are considering a career in the energy industry 
  • Learn more about current technical and policy concerns and opportunities
  • Meet some of the most influential individuals in the industry
  • Learn how your colleagues are dealing with the energy challenges facing our nation

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Networking and Continental Breakfast
7:30am - 8:00am

Keynote and General Session
8:00am - 12:00pm

Networking and Lunch
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Breakout Sessions (NEW)
1:00pm - 4:30pm

Keynote Speaker:


  • Topic: "EMP Knots Untied"
  • Professor Emeritus, James Madison University
  • CEO of Baycor, LLC
  • A member of the Board of Directors, Foundation for Resilient Societies
  • A member of the Congressional EMP Commission 

General Session:

Topic: Paving the Way to Grid Modernization: Reinventing U.S. Power Education

  • Vice President, Education IEEE Power and Energy Society
  • Associate Director, Power Systems
  • Adjunct Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Panel Discussion: Careers in the Power Industry

  • Carol Sedewitz, Vice President, Electric Asset Management, National Grid
  • Paul Cody, Chief Executive Officer, CE Power           
  • Dr. Joseph Bush, Executive Director, Worcester CleanTech Incubator
  • Silvia Valerio, Manager, Protection & Control Engineering, United Illuminating, AVANGRID


  • Worcester CleanTech Incubator Presents: Micro-grid Panel
    • Moderator: Dr. Joe Bush, Executive Director of Worcester CleanTech Incubator
      • Dr. Babak Enayati, Lead R&D Engineer, National Grid
      • Susan Buchan, Director, Energy Projects, E4TheFuture
  • Worcester CleanTech Incubator Presents: Nano-Grid Experience
    • Moderator: Dr. Joe Bush, Executive Director of Worcester CleanTech Incubator
      • Dr. Charles Agosta, Professor, Department of Physics, Clark University
  • State Policies Driving Engineering Changes
    • Moderator: Michael Ahern
      • Dr. Jason Bank, Electrical Distribution Design (EDD)
      • James Tarpey, Senior Partner, Grey Hare Advisors LLC
      • Jennifer Schilling, Director, Engineering Strategy & Performance, Eversource Energy
      • Hantz Présumé, Manager, Transmission Planning, Vermont Electric Company
      • Judith Jedson, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resource and Chair of the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council
  • Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP)
    • Moderator: Dr. George Baker
      • Robert Bradish, Vice President, Grid Development, American Electric Power
  • High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Transmission
    • Moderator: Michael Henderson, Director of Regional Planning and Coordination, ISO-New England
      • Neil Kirby, HVDC Business Development Manager, GE
      • Brian Gemmell, Vice President of Strategy and Performance, National Grid
      • Girish Behal, Senior Project Manager, Strategic Initiatives, SNC-Lavalin


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