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CURENT Seminar Series


The Center hosts expert researchers and industry leaders on the last Friday of each month to present for the CURENT Seminar Series. Presentation topics will cover a broad range of power electronics and power systems engineering topics.

The CURENT Seminar Series is held at the University of Tennessee, and presentations can be streamed live or downloaded for future use.

Upcoming Seminars

April 29, 2016

Title:  Genscape Overview - an overview of the company’s operations including Real-Time Generation & Transmission Monitoring Services

Presenter:  Dr. Nathan Pinney and Mr. Hudson Gilmer, Genscape, Inc.

Past Seminars

February 26, 2016

Title:  Shared Spectrum: Implications for Dense Deployment of IoT Devices and Systems in Utility Settings

Presenter:  Mr. Peter Fuhr, ORNL


January 29, 2016

Title: Toward Fully Renewable Electric Energy Systems

Presenter:  Dr. Antonio Conejo, Ohio State University


November 6, 2015

Title:  Distributed Algorithms for Wide-Angle Monitoring of Power Systems Using Synchrophasors

Presenter:  Dr. Aranya Chakrabortty


October 30, 2015

Title: GPA Open Source Software for the Power Industry

Presenter:  Mr. J.Richie Carroll 


August 28, 2015

Title:  Applications of Precise Time in the Power Industry

Presenter:  Mr. Bill Dickerson 


April 23, 2015

Title:  Computational Approaches to Smart Grid Operations

Presenter:  Dr. Kumar Venayagamoorthy 


March 20, 2015

Title: ABB’s HVDC and SVC Light  - Technology and Applications

Presenter:  Dr. Jan Svensson


March 6, 2015

Title: Operation of Distribution Systems with PEVs and Smart Loads

Presenter:  Dr. Isha Shama


February 20, 2015

Title: Cultural Perceptions

Presenter:  Dr. Araceli Espinoza


February 6, 2015

Title: Technical Conference Presentations:  Best Practices and Suggestions

Presenter:  Dr. Daniel Costinett


January 30, 2015

Title: Defining Big Data in the Utility Industry

Presenter:  Mr. Stan McHann


November 21, 2014

Title: Adaptive PI Control for Dynamic Gain Tuning in Voltage Regulation 

Presenter:  Dr. Fran Li


October 31, 2014

Title:  Future of the Grid

Presenter:  Wanda Reder, Vice President, Power Systems Solutions, S&C Electric Company


September 26, 2014

Enhancing Network Security Using 'Learning-From-Signals' and Fractional Fourier Transform Based RF-DNA Fingerprints

Presenter:  Dr. Mark Buckner, Power and Energy Systems Group Leader of Oak Ridge National Laboratory


September 4, 2014

Low Carbon Integrated Energy Systems:  Challenges and Opportunities

Presenter:  Dr. Mark O'Malley, Founder and Director of the Electricity Research Centre and Director of the University College Dublin Energy Institute


August 12, 2014

The Inevitable Evolution of Smart Grids

Presenter:  Andres Carvallo, CEO & Founder, CMG Consulting, LLC


April 4, 2014

Women in Power

Presenter: Jacinda Woodward, Senior Vice President, TVA; Karen Forsten, Director, Renewable Integration, Operations & Planning, Electric Power Research Institute


March 28, 2014

Overview of HVDC & Its Converter Technologies

Presenter: Fred Wang, Condra Chair of Excellence and Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, University of Tennessee


Feb. 28, 2014

Cyber Security - A Brief Introduction

Presenter: Joe Gipson, Senior Operation Manager, Advanced Securities Initiatives Group (ASIG), Cisco Systems Inc.


Jan. 31, 2014

A Systematic Approach for Dynamic Security Assessment and the Corresponding Preventative Control Scheme Based on Decision Trees

Presenter: Kai Sun, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, University of Tennessee


Nov. 22, 2013

Impact of Wind Active Power Control Strategies on Frequency Response of an Interconnection

Presenter: Vikas Singvhi, Senior Engineer, Electric Power Research Institute


Nov. 1, 2013

Utility Applications of Multilevel Converters

Presenter: Leon Tolbert, EECS Department Head & Min H. Kao Professor, University of Tennessee


Sept. 27, 2013

Integrating Magnetic Amplifiers into Power Systems Research

Presenter: Aleksandar Dimitrovski, Power and Energy Systems Group Leader, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)