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2013 ESEI Distinguished Lecture Series lineup announced (updated)

The speakers for the 2013 Energy Systems Engineering Institute Distinguished Lecture Series have been announced, spanning a wide range of topics including the engineer's role in the mitigation of depleted energy, smart grid technologies as well as SGK's role in Marcellus Shale.

On Monday, February 25, John McDonald, Director, Technical Strategy and Policy Development at GE Digital Energy, will discuss "Smart Grid Technologies" at 4:30 p.m. at 101 STEPS Building. McDonald's lecture will look to familiarize participants with Smart Grid status and solutions, including Distribution Optimization, Transmission Optimization, Asset Optimization, Demand Optimization, Smart Meters and Communications, and Workforce and Engineering Design Optimization. Smart Grid industry standards efforts will also be discussed, including NIST, IEEE, CIGRE and IEC. Smart Grid standards vision, the next generation, is the transition from the NIST gpvernment funded model to the member funded model that began in 2013.

McDonald received his B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. (Power Engineering) degrees from Purdue University, and an M.B.A. (Finance) degree from the University of California-Berkeley. He is a member of Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical Engineering Honorary) and Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honorary), is a Fellow of IEEE, and was awarded the IEEE Millennium Medal in 2000, the IEEE PES (Power & Energy Society) Excellence in Power Distribution Engineering Award in 2002, and the IEEE PES Substations Committee Distinguished Service Award in 2003.

McDonald, who has over 38 years of experience in the electric utility transmission and distribution industry, teaches a SCADA/EMS/DMS course at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Smart Grid course for GE, and substation automation, distribution SCADA and communications courses for various IEEE PES local chapters as an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer. He has also published forty papers and articles in the areas of SCADA, SCADA/EMS, SCADA/DMS and communications, and has co-authored three books.

Josh Silverstein '03, Equity Research - E&P at Deutsche Bank and General Partner at SGK, will hold a lecture Tuesday, March 19 on "SGK's investment in Marcellus Shale," also at 4:30 p.m. at 101 STEPS Building.

As General Partner at SGK, GP, Silverstein is part of a Partnership founded to invest in all facets of the Marcellus Shale natural gas basin in Northeast PA and Upstate NY. The partnership currently has leased acreage in Susquehanna County, PA, available surface rights in Susquehanna, PA for potential development and currently looking to acquire additional oil and gas leases, mineral rights, and surface rights for drilling, industrial, or commercial use.

On Monday, April 1 at 4:30 p.m., Jeremy Garfield '95 and Ted Salkin '81 of Dome-Tech Inc. will engage attendees in a discussion on "Energy Sufficiency and Sustainability." The location of this lecture will be announced shortly.

Ted Salkin, PE. LEED AP is Director of Commissioning Services for Dome-Tech, s responsible for the overall management of commissioning projects. With over 25 years of experience as design engineer and mechanical contractor, he performs construction inspections and testing protocols while offering practical engineering solutions to commissioning, energy and operations and maintenance issues. Salkin, who has been with Dome-Tech for over eight years, received his BS in Mechanical Engineering at Lehigh University.

Jeremy Garfield, LEED AP, CEM is Dome-Tech's Director of Sales, providing clients with outstanding service, sharing his knowledge of the industry, assisting with problem-solving, and utilizing his strategic planning skills. Garfield specializes in the optimization of compressed air and gas systems. He has performed audits and worked on compressed air audit teams to reduce the cost of compressed air, while working to increase productivity and reliability. Garfield has been with Dome-Tech since 2008 and graduated from Lehigh in 1995 with a Bachelor's Degree in International Finance.

Finally, energy, oil and gas industry exceutive David Ritter '78, President of The Haymarket Group, will speak at the final lecture of the series on Thursday, April 11, providing "Oil and Gas perspectives in 2013" at 4:00 p.m. at 101 STEPS Building.

The Haymarket Group is an Independent consulting and business advisory firm providing a wide range of services to clients in the energy/oil and gas industries through a network of affiliated professionals and strategic partners.

Ritter's recent engagement work with The Haymarket Group includes: venture capital/private equity support, interim C-level leadership, downstream strategic positioning, integrated value chain design, LNG business process work, joint venture structuring, shale gas project scoping, enterprise risk assessment, refinery shutdown/option analysis/sale support and assorted competitive intelligence projects across downstream, upstream and ancillary businesses.

On Monday, January 28, Dr. Henry Louie, Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Seattle University gave a talk entitled "Power to the People: The Role of the Power Engineer in Alleviating Energy Poverty."

Louie's research includes modeling of wind power, wind power data compression and humanitarian engineering. He is the Vice President of Membership and Image of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) and the past chair of the Seattle Chapter of the IEEE PES.

On Thursday, January 31, Jim Mooney, Project Engineer at Con Edison, New York, and Greg Forsyth, P.E., PMP, Section Manager, Civil and Transmission Design Engineering at Con Edison, New York, discussed "Con Edison’s Feeder M29 Harlem River Tunnel." Both lectures took place at Whitaker Lab.

Mooney is a former Nuclear Energy consultant and was licensed by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission as a Reactor Operator and Senior Reactor Operator. In his current position Mr. Mooney is responsible for managing the engineering of large capital projects for Con Edison.

Forsyth was responsible for the design and construction support of many overhead and underground transmission projects, electric substation projects, and most recently the Feeder M29 Harlem River Tunnel. In his current role, he is responsible for all civil and electric transmission design within Con Edison’s substations, generating stations, and transmission facilities.

The Spring 2013 Energy Systems Engineering Institute Distinguished Lecture Series is sponsored by IEEE-Power & Energy Society and the Lehigh Engineering Minor Program.

For more information on the Energy Systems Engineering Institute, visit http://www.lehigh.edu/engineering/academics/graduate/energysyseng.html.

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