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Reliable Next Generation Distribution Systems
Date/Time: Monday Oct 30, 2-2:50pm
Venue: Education room 7
Presenter: Dr. Visvakumar Aravinthan, Associate Professor
Bio: Dr. Visvakumar Aravinthan is an Associate Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, Wichita State University. He received his Bachelors and Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2002 and 2004 respectively and MS and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Wichita State University in 2006 and 2010 respectively. Prior to joining Wichita State University he was a faculty member at Clemson University for one year. He is a senior member of IEEE and currently serves as the chair of the electric vehicle working group within IEEE-PES renewable technologies subcommittee and the chair of the Task Force on Reliability Consideration in Emerging Cyber-Physical Energy Systems within IEEE-PES Reliability, Risk and Probability Applications Subcommittee. He has served as the Chair of 2016 IEEE International Conference on Information and Automation for Sustainability and serves as the Chair of 2019 North American Power Symposium. His research interests include power distribution reliability analysis, smart grid applications for distribution and transmission, integration of electric vehicles into the power grid and distributed generation
Abstract: Next generation power system, envisioned through smart grid initiative, has brought two new challenges to power distribution system operations. The inclusion of distributed renewable generation and demand side management have brought new challenges in term of control and communication. This has increased the focus on automation, real-time decision tools, sensor technologies, and communication in restructure. Furthermore, the cyber-equipment unavailability and cyber-threats can likely affect the performance of the next generation distribution systems.
This talk focuses on control strategies in the presence of uncertainty into the system introduced by distributed generation, large loads like electric vehicle charging. Strategies in terms of reactive power control, pricing techniques and event driven approached for EV charging will be discussed. Communication infrastructure requirements for distribution system will be addressed in terms for impact of feeder level distributed sensors and MAC protocol development using power system properties. Finally, Distribution level reliability considerations in the presence of cyber infrastructure will be discussed in terms of modeling and evaluation as well as reliability based planning of both power and cyber systems.
BEST PRACTICES: TRANSITIONING FROM BEING A STUDENT TO BECOMING AN ENGINEER
DATE: Thursday, October 12
LOCATION: UND Abbott 119
Presenters: Paul Heyd and Roger French
Bio: Paul Heyd
UND: BSEE '95, ISU: Master of Systems Engineering, 2002, MBA: U of I, 2002
Title and Business unit: Principal Program Manager - Publication and Training Solutions Products
Area of responsibility: Responsible for Commercial Systems Training products, including procedure trainers, desktop trainers, and re-hosted operational flight programs. Support pursuit and execution of new programs, as well as product line management and research and development activities of existing products.
A few interesting facts to share: Paul co-op’d with Rockwell Collins in ’92, '93 and '94 prior to joining full time in 1995. He has been recruiting at UND for Rockwell Collins for more than 15 years and is a member of the UND Computer Science industry board. Paul currently has a son attending UND to be a Meteorologist.
Bio: Roger French
UND: BSEE '78
Title and business unit: Principal Project Manager - Rockwell Collins India Design Center
Area of responsibility: Responsible for new and existing Rockwell Collins India Design Center engineering engagements across our corporation. Roger is also the Engineering focal for the integration of BE Aerospace, a newly acquired acquisition since May 2017.
A few interesting facts to share: Roger has been supporting Rockwell Collins college recruiting drives at UND since 1979. He has been a longtime advocate for UND and was inducted into the UND College of Engineering and Mines Academy in 2015. Roger was a key player in the creation of the Rockwell Collins India Design Center growing the center from 26 to over 1000 engineers in the last nine years.