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Dr. Alfonso Tarditi will give a specail seminar on Thursday, April 28 entitled Electromagnetic Environmental Effects for the Power Grid. The seminar will be from 4:00pm 5:00pm in MHK 124 and will be a Webex as well. 

Date: Thurday, April 28, 2016

Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST

Location: Room 124, Min H. Kao Building, Knoxville, TN

Title: Electromagnetic Environmental Effects for the Power Grid

WebEx Info: Meeting Number: 295 954 820 Password: power 
Call-in Number: 1-650-479-3208 Access Code: 295 954 820

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Presenter: Dr. Alfonso Tarditi

Abstract: The electric power grid is going through a rapid technology transition characterized by a closer integration of power and control electronics, data processing, and telecommunication technologies. This process is leading to an increasingly complex electromagnetic environment that is associated, in general, with a higher power grid vulnerability to electromagnetic disturbances. This talk will introduce the Electromagnetic Environmental Effects (E3) discipline, that includes and extends the area of electromagnetic compatibility, discussing technologies and methods that are particularly relevant for the electric power industry. In this context, selected research directions that may answer some longer term industry challenges for nuclear generation will be also presented.

Biography: Dr. Tarditi completed his academic education at the University of Genoa, in Genoa, Italy (B.S. and M.S. degree in Electronics Engineering, Doctorate in Electrical Engineering). He was then awarded a N.A.T.O. fellowship for a post-doctoral appointment at the University of California at Berkeley, in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department. Dr. Tarditi conducted research in support of the US Dept. of Energy fusion program, first at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Livermore, CA) and at Science Application International Corporation (SAIC, San Diego, CA), involved in modeling and simulation, and high-performance computing. He then worked at the NASA Johnson Space Center (Houston, TX), in the Shuttle, Constellation, and International Space Station programs, focused on both hardware and software R&D in plasma propulsion, electromagnetic compatibility, and space power systems. During that time Dr. Tarditi also developed academic liaisons at University of Houston - Clear Lake (Houston, TX), as Adjunct Professor, and then Research Assistant Professor, in the Physics Department. Dr. Tarditi then served as a project manager at the Electric Power Research Institute (Knoxville TN), in the Power Delivery and Utilization sector, and as Chief Scientist at NPL Associates Inc. (Urbana, IL), a small firm focused in plasma and nuclear technologies. More recently, Dr. Tarditi joined the Senior R&D staff at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in the Electrical and Electronics Systems Research Division.