Meet the Presenters of
Engineering Education: Power Systems Series
Michael F. Ahern P.E. is the Director of Power Systems at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). He is responsible for developing energy related graduate education programs delivered through WPI’s Corporate and Professional Education department. Mike began his career in 1978, at the Pratt & Whitney division of UTC. He joined Northeast Utilities (NU) in 1981, and rose through a series of increasingly responsible positions at the Millstone nuclear power plant. He then served as NU’s Director of electric Distribution Engineering. He led NU’s Transmission Operations and Planning in 2004, and was promoted to vice president in 2005. In this role, he was responsible for a variety of functions, including engineering and training. Following his retirement from NU in 2012, Ahern joined WPI in his current capacity. (Webinar Title: US Energy Policy: Trends and Results)
Dr. Edvina Uzunovic has over 15 years of experience with a range of responsibilities in the power systems industry. She has been a vital contributor to the overall success of several leading power industry organizations while serving different roles as a Technical Officer, Smart Grid Transmission Applications, Senior Quantitative Analyst and Senior Research and Technology Development Engineer.She is currently the Associate Director of Power Systems Engineering and an adjunct professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. During the course of her career, Edvina has made numerous contributions to the body of knowledge in power systems, which have been shared in many technical publications. She has received a number of awards for her work in power systems, specifically for her work on FACTS. She is also active in her volunteer work with the IEEE Power and Energy Society, currently serving as IEEE PES Region 1 Representative. (Webinar Title: HVDC and FACTS Devices: Future of Power Systems).
Will O’Brien, MBA, JD, has over 40 years in business, the information technology industry, and consulting. He is committed to developing current and future business leaders to become environmental stewards (i.e. reducing carbon emissions, energy consumption and operating costs). As an accomplished business executive, professor, and change agent, Will understands the strategic importance of energy management to minimize operating costs for corporate profitability and competitiveness. His specialties include energy management, consulting, sustainability management, and change leadership. (Webinar Title: Energy Management Best Practices and Career Opportunities)