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CURENT’s 2019 Industry Day and NSF/DOE Site Visit 

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CURENT’s 8th Annual Industry Day and NSF/DOE Site Visit was held on Nov. 5-6, 2019. Tuesday, Nov. 5th was Industry Day and the NSF/DOE Site Visit was on Wednesday, Nov. 6th. 


This year's site visit was held at the downtown Hilton at 501 W Church Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. The Hilton is less than 1/2 mile from CURENT headquarters. 

Agenda                                                                         Event Guide

An agenda for the event is here.                                             A copy of the event guide is here.   

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Helpful Maps 

Industry Speakers 

Gilbert Bindewald, Director of Grid Communications and Control, Office of Electricity, U.S. Department of Energy - DOE Grid Research in Transmission. (Gil Bindewald is replacing Michael Pesin who is unable to attend)

Burak Ozpineci, Group Leader, Power Electronics and Electric Machinery, ORNL - Charging of Electric Vehicles

Hao Huang, Technology Chief, GE Aviation  – New Roadmap, New Challenges, New Aviation Era

Emanuel Bernadeau, Director Applied Innovation & Analytics, PJM – 3 Things You Need to Know About Electricity Markets

Nick Miller, Principal, HickoryLedge LLC – Power System Operation is a Near Zero Carbon Grid

Jiuping Pan, Senior Principal Scientist, ABB - Grid Enhancement and Modernization with HVDC Transmission Technologies

Said Sidiqi, Senior Program Manager, TVA - Diversity and Inclusion at TVA (Cancelled, unable to attend)

Faculty Presentations 

Dr. Kevin TomsovicCURENT Center Director, UTK - CURENT Overview

Dr. Kevin Tomsovic, CURENT Center Director, UTKInfrastructure and Sustainability

Dr. Yilu Liu, Deputy Director and Thrust Leader - Monitoring Thrust Overview

Dr. Ali Abur, NEU Campus Director and Thrust Leader Modeling & Estimation Thrust Overview

Dr. Joe Chow, RPI Campus Director and Thrust Leader Control Thrust Overview

Dr. Fred Wang, Technical Director and Thrust Leader Actuation Thrust Overview

Dr. Leon Tolbert, Thrust Leader - CURENT Engineered Systems Overview

Lisa Beard, Industry Liaison Industry Collaboration and Innovation Program Overview

Dr. Daniel Costinett - Co-Director of Education - Culture of Inclusion and Diversity

Dr. Anne Skutnik - Education Coordinator - University and Pre-College Education


Sleeping rooms were blocked at the Downtown Hilton and at Four Points (about 3 blocks ways from Hilton and 1 block from Min H. Kao building).  

Downtown Hilton - 501 W Church Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902

Four Points - 1109 White Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916