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CURENT Power and Energy Industry Seminar Series


The monthly Industry seminar is now called the Power and Energy Industry Seminar (formerly the SLC Industry Seminar). The Power and Energy Industry Seminar invites CURENT students, industry leaders and academic experts to participate in monthly seminars at the center's lead institute, the University of Tennessee. These industry seminars are typically on the last Friday of each month from 12:20 pm to 1:10 pm and usually available for those offsite through ZOOM, WebEx or Webcast. Many of these seminars are recorded as well. The seminars cover a variety of topics related to the ongoing research and technical development of the nation's power grid.

Emails will go out a week in advance about the speaker and topic and the seminar will also be announced on the CURENT website in News and on the CURENT calendar.  Again, most presentations can be streamed live or downloaded for future use. Here is a catalogue of the recorded seminars. 

Due to certain scheduling opportunities, some seminars may be held at times other than the last Friday of the month. 

Recorded Seminar Catalog

A catalog of all the Industry Seminars that were recorded by UT's OIT department are listed on this page.  A list of the recorded seminars can be found below.  

Upcoming Power and Energy Industry Seminars

Friday, September 27, 2019

Title: From AlphaGo to Power System AI - Achieving 100x Acceleration for Security Screening with Uncertain Scenarios Using Deep CNN

Presenter:  Dr. Fran Li, University of Tennessee


Recorded Seminars in Catalogue

  • Spring 2019
    • Dr. Stephanie Bohon, University of Tennessee, The Science of Diversity: The Benefits of Inclusion for Your Research Career, March 26, 2019
    • Dr. David Schoenwald, Sandia National Labs, Real-Time Damping of Power Grid Oscillations Using Synchrophasor Feedback, March 1, 2019
  • Fall 2018
    • Kelly Rubin and Allison Cole, University of Tennessee, Unconscious Bias and Inclusion, Nov. 20, 2018
    • Pratap Mysore, Pratap Consulting Servies, LLC, Protection and Control Issues Associated with Shunt Compensated Transmission Lines, Oct. 26, 2018 
  • Spring 2018
    • Dr. Harold Kirkman, PNNL, Reactive Power: The Shocking Truth Revealed, July 23, 2018
    • Mr. Theo Laughner, PowerGrid-RX, Inc., Introduction to Power Quality, March 23, 2018
    • Dr. Garriy Shteynberg, University of Tennessee, Shared Attention: Conceptual foundations and Empirical Evidence, Feb. 23, 2018
    • Dr. Faisal Khan, University of Missouri, Degradation monitoring and failure analysis of high-power semiconductor devices using Spread Spectrum Time Domain Reflectometry, Jan. 26, 2018
  • Fall 2017
    • Dr. Tao Xia, Integrated Power Engineering, How to be a Successful Entrepreneur, Dec. 15, 2017
    • Dr. Kevin Jones, Grid Widget labs, My Transition to Entrepreneurship: A Different Way to Perceive Work and Risk, Oct. 13, 2017
    • Mr. Bob Cummings, NERC, Engineering the Changing Resource Mix - Keeping the Grid Together, Oct. 5, 2017
    • Center-wide Perfect Pitch Competition, Sept. 15, 2017  


Past Power and Energy Industry Seminars

Friday, April 26, 2019

Title:  Grid Mind: A Data-driven Autonomous Grid Dispatch and Control Framework Based on PMU Measurements

Presenter:  Dr. Di Shi, GEIRINA


Friday, March 29, 2019

Title:  MISO Market Design Overview and Evolution

Presenter:  Dr. Yonghong Chen, MISO


Friday, March 1, 2019

Title: Real-Time Damping of Power Grid Oscillations Using Synchrophasor Feedback

Presenter:  Dr. David Schoenwald, Sandia National Labs


Friday, January 25, 2019

Title: Graph Computing and Its Application in Power Systems

Presenter:  Dr. Guangyi Liu, Chief Technology Officer, Geirina


Friday, October 26, 2018

Title: Protection and Control Issues associated with Shunt Compensated Transmission Lines

Presenter:  Pratap G. Mysore, Pratap Consulting Services, LLC


Friday, September 28, 2018

Title: Architecting a Universal Sensor Analytics Platform for Utilities

Presenter:  Mr. Sean Murphy, PingThings, and Mr. Michael Andersen, University of California Berkeley 


Friday, September 14, 2018

Title: Optimization Methods for the Unit Commitment Problem

Presenter: Dr. Jim Ostrowski, University of Tennessee 


Friday, August 24, 2018

Title: Maximizing the Potential of Wide-bandgap Devices for EV Battery Chargers

Presenter: Dr. Hua "Kevin" Bai, University of Tennessee 


Friday, April 13, 2018

Title: Breaking Your Glass Ceiling

Presenter: Ms. Katherine Prewitt, Vice President Transmission, Southern Company 


Friday, March 23, 2018

Title: Introduction To Power Quality

Presenter: Mr. Theo Laughner, PowerGrid-RX, Inc. 


Friday, February 23, 2018

Title: Shared Attention: Conceptual Foundations and Empirical Evidence

Presenter: Dr. Garriy Shteynberg, University of Tennessee


Friday, January 26, 2018

Title: Degradation monitoring and failure analysis of high-power semiconductor devices using Spread Spectrum Time Domain Reflectometry

Presenter: Dr. Faisal Khan, University of Missouri


Friday, December 15, 2017

Title: How to be a Successful Entrepreneur

Presenter: Mr. Tao Xia, Integrated Power Engineering


Friday, December 1, 2017

Title: Inclusivity in a Global Higher Education Community

Presenter: Dr. Dorian McCoy, UTK


Friday, October 13, 2017

Title: My Transition to Entrepreneurship: A Different Way to Perceive Work and Risk

 Presenter: Dr. Kevin Jones, Grid Widget Labs


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Title: Engineering the Changing Resource Mix – Keeping the Grid Together

Presenter: Mr. Bob Cummings, NERC


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Title: Modeling and Simulation of Electrical Power Systems using OpenIPSL.org and GridDyn

Presenter: Dr. Luigi Vanfretti, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and Dr. Philip Top, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Title: Leveraging Hardware-in-the-Loop for Energy Systems Integration Research

Presenter:  Blake Lundstrom, Senoir Research Engineer and Acting Group Manager, NREL


Friday, March 31, 2017

Title: Carbon Capture Utilization Technologies for Carbon Dioxide

Presenter:  Dale Bradshaw, CEO, Electrivation, LLC


Friday, February 24, 2017

Title: Status and Value Proposition of Energy Storage Technologies

Presenter:  Dale Bradshaw, CEO, Electrivation, LLC


Friday, January 27, 2017

Title:  Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) and Their Role in Future Power Generation

Presenter:  Brent Shumaker, Senior Systems Engineer, AMS Corporation


Friday, October 14, 2016

Title: Analytical Capabilities at NERC - Modeling & System Analysis Initiatives

Presenter:  Dr. Ryan Quint, NERC


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Title:  OpenDSS Overview and Application

Presenter:  Mr. Roger Dugan and Mr. Davis Montenegro, EPRI


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.


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)