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Sun Valley, Idaho | March 2–3, 2016

Keynote Speaker

Rudolph Wynter

President & COO
Federally Regulated Businesses

National Grid

This year’s keynote speaker is Rudolph Wynter, president and COO of Federally Regulated Businesses at National Grid. He has P&L responsibility for electric transmission, electric generation, liquefied natural gas storage in Providence, Rhode Island, and gas transmission pipeline investments.

Rudolph represents National Grid on the Board of Millennium Pipeline Corporation. Prior to taking this role he was senior vice president of U.S. Shared Services. Rudolph has more than 25 years of experience in the utility sector. He has held various positions in customer operations, strategic planning, engineering and operations.

He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Gas Association. Rudolph is active in the community serving as a member of the Board of Directors for the United Way of New York City and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. He also is on the Board of the American Association of Blacks in Energy.

Rudolph earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Pratt Institute, an MBA from Fordham University and has completed executive development at Harvard University.


Speakers

Chris Hoffman from Stepherson & Associates Communications

Chris Hoffman

Stepherson & Associates Communications

Guy Dickes from Constellation Group

Guy Dickes

Constellation Group

John Brunke from POWER Engineers

John Brunke

POWER Engineers

Ken Donohoo from Oncor

Ken Donohoo

Oncor Electric Delivery

Erik Ruggeri from POWER

Erik Ruggeri

POWER Engineers

Shawn Schukar from Ameren

Shawn E. Schukar

Ameren

David Gianamore from MEPPI

David Gianamore

MEPPI

Collin Martin from Oncor

Collin Martin

Oncor Electric Delivery

Randy Grass from POWER

Randy Grass

POWER Engineers

John Conidi from POWER

John Conidi

POWER Engineers

Gary Sibilant from the Electric Power Research Institute

Gary Sibilant

Electric Power Research Institute

Mike Mueller from POWER

Mike Mueller

POWER Engineers

Dennis Johnson from POWER

Dennis Johnson

POWER Engineers

Jon Leman from POWER

Jon Leman

POWER Engineers

Josh Stepherson from Stepherson & Associates Communications

Josh Stepherson

Stepherson & Associates Communications

Joseph Rezutko from Southwire

Joseph Rezutko

Southwire Company

Lawrence Willick from LS Power

Lawrence Willick

LS Power

Bart Hoelle from POWER

Bart W. Hoelle

POWER Constructors

Tim Johnson from POWER Constructors

Tim Johnson

POWER Constructors

Bill Esposito from NV Energy

Bill Esposito

NV Energy

Steve Walker from POWER

Steve Walker

POWER Engineers

Thorn Dickinson from AVANGRID

Thorn Dickinson

AVANGRID

Dave Grassbaugh from Deepwater Wind

Dave Grassbaugh

Deepwater Wind

Christian Selmek from AEP

Christian Selmek

American Electric Power

Mark McVey from Dominion Virginia Power

Mark McVey

Dominion Virginia Power

Jason Minalga from ITC

Jason P. Minalga

ITC Holdings

Andy Stewart from EDM

Andy Stewart

EDM International

Alfred Mendelsohn from Power Delivery Solutions

Alfred Mendelsohn

Power Delivery Solutions

Ben Gallay from Xcel Energy

Ben Gallay

Xcel Energy

Jason Pfaff from POWER

Jason Pfaff

POWER Engineers

Bill Rusciolelli from POWER

Bill Rusciolelli

POWER Engineers

Alan Snider from Laney Directional Drilling

Alan Snider

Laney Directional Drilling

David Treichler from Oncor

David Treichler

Oncor Electric Delivery

Antonio P. Smyth from Transource Energy

Antonio P. Smyth

Transource Energy

Brian Lathrop from POWER Engineers

Brian Lathrop

POWER Engineers

Evan Wilcox from BOLD Transmission

Evan Wilcox

BOLD Transmission

Eddie Hannah from AEP

Eddie Hannah

American Electric Power

Roman Vazquez from SCE

Roman Vazquez

Southern California Edison

Peter Catchpole from POWER Engineers

Peter Catchpole

POWER Engineers

Buck Fife from POWER Engineers

Buck Fife

POWER Engineers

Rama Ravindranathan from POWER Engineers

Rama Ravindranathan

POWER Engineers

Sessions and speakers are subject to change without notice.

Alan Snider

President, Laney Directional Drilling

Alan Snider is a civil engineer with more than 25 years of experience in international and domestic pipeline and river crossing designs, primarily trenchless projects consisting of horizontal directionally drilled (HDD) and Direct Pipe® (DP) installations. He leads the construction, engineering and estimating teams at Laney. He was instrumental in bringing the DP technology to Laney more than three years ago. Alan has specialized training and experience in all areas of HDD and DP design and construction. Alan holds a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Arkansas.

Alfred Mendelsohn

President, Power Delivery Solutions

Alfred Mendelsohn has more 30 years of experience in the development and applications of materials for electric power cables. Al was associate director of research and development at Union Carbide and at Dow Chemical, after its merger with Union Carbide. At Dow he led research and development for improved materials for wire and cable applications. He also has been active in the electric utility industry, with participation and papers at key industry meetings worldwide. After his retirement from Dow, Al formed Power Delivery Solutions and has been actively involved with the application of partial discharge technology to the condition assessment of critical electrical components. Power Delivery Solutions, in conjunction with Techimp HQ, a global leader in partial discharge technology and its application, have become a leading provider of AC and partial discharge commissioning testing of underground transmission cables, as well as a provider of permanent partial discharge monitoring of high-voltage cables and transformers. Al earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and physics at City University of New York City College, an M.E. and B.E. from City University of New York.

Andy Stewart

President, EDM International

Andy Stewart joined EDM International, Inc., in 1983. Andy’s career encompasses engineering and research and development related to power delivery infrastructure and he holds several related patents. He chairs the IEEE working group on management of existing overhead transmission lines and led the formation of a task force on application of unmanned aerial systems to overhead lines. His working group also has developed guidelines to assist utilities in responding to the NERC Alert and IEEE standards for collecting and managing inspection and maintenance data. Andy is a director of Intec Services, Inc., a leading provider of transmission and distribution maintenance services, and a member of ASCE and the NACE-IEEE Joint Committee on corrosion of utility assets. He holds a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Rhode Island and an M.S. in civil and structural engineering from Colorado State University, where he helped to develop reliability-based design procedures for transmission lines.

Antonio P. Smyth

President, Transource Energy, and Vice President, American Electric Power

As president of Transource Energy, a subsidiary of AEP, Antonio P. Smyth is responsible for the development, ownership and operation of competitive regulated electric transmission infrastructure projects across the United States. Antonio also is responsible for AEP’s portfolio of FERC jurisdictional electric transmission joint ventures. He serves as president or on the board of directors of joint ventures with Berkshire Hathaway Energy, Duke Energy, Exelon Corporation, Westar Energy and First Energy. Prior to his role in the transmission organization, Antonio managed the strategic initiatives organization, which is responsible for corporate strategy and mergers and acquisitions. He also managed the corporate finance organization, which is responsible for debt and equity capital markets and rating agency activities. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Ohio State University, and is a graduate of the university’s management development program. He is a veteran and serves on the board of the Childhood League Center, Inc.

Bart W. Hoelle

Senior Project Manager, Project Management, POWER Constructors

Bart W. Hoelle has 31 years of experience in global construction projects, program development and staffing management. His background includes the technical aspects of construction, mechanical engineering, fabrication, inspections, assessments, remediation, testing and operations. He has worked in many industries conducting and overseeing project construction activities and as a technical advisor on global construction projects for 50 to 750 MW power plants, including solar. He also has acted as a consultant and owner’s representative for quality management and technical services. Bart has developed, implemented, conducted and managed programs and training for high-energy piping and support systems inspections and assessments, supplier qualification assessments, vendor surveillance, compliance audits, inspection, testing, welding, codes and standard industry practices. Bart’s certifications include American Welding Society certified welding inspector and certified radiographic interpreter, American Petroleum Institute 510 pressure vessel inspector and ISO 9001 lead auditor.

Ben Gallay

Senior Engineer, Transmission Line Engineering, Xcel Energy

Ben Gallay has 14 years of electrical engineering experience across a wide range of power delivery fields including substation, and distribution and transmission line design. Ben worked for several years as a private consultant serving U.S. and international clients. He joined Xcel Energy in 2007 and his current role includes engineering and project management of Xcel’s outsourced engineering to consulting firms, such as POWER. He also serves as the key contact for customer, regulatory and legal questions concerning electrical effects of overhead line projects. Ben holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of North Dakota.

Bill Esposito, P.E.

Manager, Power Systems Engineering, NV Energy

Bill Esposito has more than 40 years of experience in the electric utility business. He currently is responsible for engineering and design of all substations and transmission line projects in NV Energy service territories, including Las Vegas, Reno and Tahoe. Bill has worked in various design engineering and engineering management positions for several utilities and engineering consulting firms. Bill is a registered P.E. in New York and Nevada and holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Bill Rusciolelli, P.E.

Department Manager, Carolina Lines, POWER Engineers

Bill Rusciolelli has 16 years of experience designing transmission and distribution lines. His experience includes new line upgrades to existing systems as well as studies involving feasibility, reliability and economic analysis. Besides his design responsibilities, Bill also directs projects from the planning stages to successful conclusion. This work includes project management, contract development, land acquisition and mediation between client and contractors. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Boston University.

Brian Lathrop

Visual Resource Specialist, Visualization Technology, POWER Engineers

Brian Lathrop is highly skilled in all aspects of visualization technology. He has many years of experience with public involvement and the use of visualization tools to help developers and planners communicate about their projects with the public. He has a background in computerized architectural modeling and has created highly detailed simulations of potential visual impacts for design review and quality control. His responsibilities include resource management, production management, project development, video and DVD production, 3-D modeling and rendering. Brian holds three degrees from the University of Idaho: a bachelor and master of architecture, and a B.S. in virtual technology and design.

Buck Fife

Electrical Engineer, Power Delivery Overhead Lines, POWER Engineers

Buck Fife has performed a variety of engineering design roles related to overhead transmission systems. His experience includes the detailed design and layout of overhead transmission lines, line routing, cost estimating, project coordination and supervision, field engineering, conductor selection and drawing preparation. He also has experience in rating analysis, insulation coordination, grounding system design, damage analysis and the design of remedial steps on existing transmission lines. He is proficient with several different CADD drafting systems, line design and engineering software packages, and survey data processing software packages. Buck studied electro-mechanical drafting and design at Idaho State University and has a B.S. in electrical engineering from Portland State University. He co-authored The Structural Engineering of Transmission Lines with Peter Catchpole in 2014. Buck is an active member of the IEEE and CIGRE.

Chris Amick

Business Development Manager, Southwire Company

Chris Amick has 16 years of varying experience in the testing and power cables arena. Launching his career as a product safety engineer with Underwriters Laboratories, he evaluated products for risk of fire, shock and personal injury through various testing protocols. Looking for new challenges, he then engaged in the power cable industry as an application engineer for low- and medium-voltage cable products. Over his eight-year span in this role, he performed a multitude of calculations for electrical and mechanical characteristics regarding power cable designs in efforts to maximize the outcomes for customers in the utility, industrial and renewables industry. Chris then decided to enter the high-voltage realm of the industry, striving to meet customers’ needs for complete cable systems up to 400 kV operations. Today, Chris is a business development manager with Southwire Company and is based at the Huntersville high-voltage cable facility in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area.

Chris Hoffman

Senior Account Manager, Stepherson & Associates Communications

Chris Hoffman has more than 15 years of experience designing and managing public programs on large and complex projects, and facilitating groups with diverse interests on a broad range of issues. Chris’s primary strength is the development and implementation of processes that inform and engage a wide range of participants in order to facilitate, communicate and incorporate positive change. As a senior account manager at Stepherson & Associates Communications, he has been responsible for managing a multi-year public involvement process for Seattle City Light’s Denny Substation project, which includes a substation and an underground distribution network. He is also leading City Light’s communications efforts on its program to replace more than 400,000 analog meters with smart meters. Chris holds a M.S. in conservation social sciences from the University of Idaho and a B.A. in English literature from the University of New Hampshire.

Christian Selmek

Engineering Supervisor, American Electric Power

Christian Selmek spent the first seven years of his career in automotive manufacturing development as an electrical designer with SSOE, Inc. before joining American Electric Power in 2006. Christian served as an engineering technologist for AEP, East Ohio until 2013 and currently is an engineering supervisor for AEP, Virginia-Tennessee. He has traveled repeatedly across the country by motorcycle, completed three marathons and is focused on a 2016 Ironman event. Christian earned a B.S. in electrical engineering technology at University of Toledo in 2004 and a B.S. in electrical and computer engineering at Ohio State University in 2013.

Collin Martin, P.E.

Director of Transmission Engineering, Real Estate and ROW, Oncor Electric Delivery

Collin Martin joined Oncor Electric Delivery in 2002 and currently serves as director of Transmission Engineering, Real Estate and ROW. His team is responsible for the detailed engineering and design of switching station, substation and transmission line facilities; the development of construction, material and design specifications related to transmission facilities; and the acquisition of easements, fee title property and applicable permits for transmission infrastructure. Collin has previously held various roles and positions covering many aspects of engineering, operations and executive support functions within Oncor, including system protection, transmission operations, transmission engineering and the transmission PMO. Collin holds a B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University and is a registered professional engineer in Texas.

Dave Grassbaugh

Transmission Manager, Deepwater Wind

Dave Grassbaugh’s focus is on project technical development and execution planning for the electric generation, distribution and transmission industry. As the transmission manager for the Block Island Wind Farm, the first U.S. offshore wind farm, he is responsible for power production, distribution, control and market participation. His role with Deepwater Wind includes that of technical development manager and risk analysis for onshore solar and near-shore, wind-based renewable power production proposals within the NYISO, ISO-NE and CAISO regions. Before joining Deepwater Wind, Dave served as a consultant to Nalcor Energy’s Muskrat Falls hydroelectric transmission project, Emera’s Maritime Link HVDC project and Chile’s electric market deregulation initiative. He has more than 37 years of engineering and project management experience in upstream oil and gas, power generation and renewable energy projects worldwide, including a 30-year career with BP Amoco. Dave holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University and an engineering management certificate from the University of Manchester, U.K.

David Gianamore

Assistant General Manager, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products

David Gianamore focused his career on application, development and marketing in the energy industry. David, a lifelong resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, obtained a wide ranging view of utility applications from holding positions in companies serving generation (Westinghouse), distribution (Eaton) and transmission (Mitsubishi Electric). He holds a B.S. from Pennsylvania State University.

David Treichler

Director, Business Development & Financial Modeling, Oncor Electric Delivery

David Treichler joined Oncor in 2013 and in his current role seeks to grow the utility and focus on strategy and technology integration. His diverse background includes 15 years of management experience in classified intelligence, defense and aerospace. He has held primary positions in strategy, global business development, program management, technology infusion including mergers and acquisitions, and performance improvement. David holds an MBA, Ph.D., and Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

Dennis Johnson, P.E.

Senior Project Engineer, Power Delivery Underground Lines, POWER Engineers

Dennis Johnson has served as a design and project engineer on numerous substation, overhead and underground transmission projects at voltages through 345 kV, and has been involved in various EPC projects. His experience includes design and inspection of overhead and underground distribution systems, transmission line relocation projects, and the development of a distribution automated mapping/facilities management (AM/FM) and analysis software package. Dennis is an active voting member of the IEEE Insulated Conductors Committee (ICC) and participates on various ICC subcommittees that are developing guides and standards for high-voltage underground cable systems. He has taught seminars around the nation, focusing on underground power systems. Dennis has a B.S. in electrical engineering from Brigham Young University.

Eddie Hannah, P.E.

Supervisor, Transmission Line Engineering, American Electric Power

Eddie Hannah has more than 17 years of experience working in the transmission engineering department at AEP. Eddie started out his career with AEP as a transmission line engineer before advancing to the lead engineer role for the Indiana region. In his current supervisory role, Eddie’s group is responsible for the Ohio and Indiana regions. He is responsible for the scoping, engineering, design and management of large transmission projects ranging from 69 kV to 765 kV, including the lead role on the first BOLD 345 kV transmission line. Eddie holds a B.S. in civil engineering from Purdue University and is a registered engineer in Indiana and Ohio.

Erik Ruggeri, P.E.

Senior Project Engineer, Power Delivery Overhead Lines, POWER Engineers

Erik Ruggeri is a transmission line design engineer and has spent the last 20 years with POWER Engineers. In that time, Erik has gained extensive experience in civil and structural design for transmission lines in the 69 kV to 500 kV voltage range. His experience is wide ranging and encompasses all aspects of transmission line design, including lattice steel, steel pole, concrete and wood structure design; foundations; conductor selection; sag and tension; transmission line surveys; structure siting and environmental compliance. He has designed new transmission lines, rebuilds of existing lines, and thermal uprating projects from 69 kV to 500 kV. Erik has extensive knowledge of PLS-CADD, and is also experienced in dynamic analysis and finite element modeling, specializing in analysis of EHV steel transmission towers. He holds a M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics from the University of Washington, and a B.S. in mathematics and B.S. in physics from the University of Puget Sound.

Evan Wilcox, P.E.

President, BOLD Transmission

Evan Wilcox leads the efforts of BOLD Transmission, an affiliate of American Electric Power, for the development and commercialization of the patented BOLD™ transmission line design. Formerly, he was the director of east transmission planning at AEP, where he oversaw all transmission planning and project development functions for AEP’s seven states in the PJM Interconnection region. Evan has 15 years of experience with AEP, all within the transmission organization. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Ohio State University, an MBA from Capital University and is a registered professional engineer in Ohio.

Gary Sibilant

Senior Technical Leader, Transmission and Substation, Electric Power Research Institute

Gary Sibilant joined EPRI in 2008 as a project manager in the HVDC program. Since then, he has expanded his responsibilities to cover research on all overhead transmission lines and components especially in the areas of conductors and connectors. His research involves studying the performance of HVAC and HVDC lines and components. Currently, he is evaluating the long-term performance of overhead conductors and connectors as well as studying the performance of high-temperature, low-sag conductor and connector systems. Before joining EPRI, Gary worked for Eskom, South Africa. Starting in 2000, he first worked in the transmission substation design area and then the research division where he studied the electrical phenomenon of HVAC and HVDC transmission lines.

Guy Dickes

President, Constellation Group

Guy Dickes, president of Constellation Group, has been doing long-distance thermal grouting since 2006 and performed the first such project in Austin, Texas. Since then, Guy has designed and supervised thermal grout installations in more than 15 long-distance projects as well as dozens of short-bore crossings. Notable projects include Vancouver’s VCCT and the 6,131-foot-long line at Wolf Bay in Orange Beach, Alabama. Completed in 2014, the Woodbridge Energy Center represents the largest thermal grout project to date, in both total footage and yardage. In addition, Guy has worked with numerous engineering and construction groups to ensure successful thermal grout projects—both long and short bores—across the country. Guy has written numerous articles and technical papers on the subject.

Jared Mraz, P.E.

Electrical System Studies Engineer, Power Delivery SAS, POWER Engineers

Jared Mraz performs a variety of electrical system studies for power transmission and distribution projects. With a background in power system analysis, protective relaying, grounding studies, load flow studies, motor starting studies, arc flash studies, real time digital simulation and substation electrical design. He also has experience in the design, implementation and testing of protection and control schemes using IEC 61850 GOOSE messaging. Jared holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Idaho and is a registered professional engineer in Washington, Texas and Louisiana.

Jason P. Minalga

Director, U.S. Regulated Grid Development, ITC Holdings Corp.

Jason P. Minalga is responsible for identifying partnerships and strategic business alliances with transmission owners and others. He also is responsible for identifying opportunities for transmission asset acquisition and for developing regulated electric transmission infrastructure within U.S. regional transmission organizations. Jason’s experience includes RTO relationships, regulatory affairs in the United States and Canadian provinces, corporate modeling of market demands, retirements, rate schedules, forward price projections and renewable energy requirements. Prior to joining ITC in 2015, Jason served as the manager of regulatory affairs and commercial analytics for Invenergy. He holds a B.S. in finance and management and an MBA in finance from North Central College.

Jason Pfaff

Department Manager, Visualization Technology, POWER Engineers

Jason Pfaff is an expert in the application of visual solutions relating to planning and engineering, with more than 23 years of experience in the field. He specializes in visual analysis reporting, visual simulations, 3-D animations, interactive and graphics. Jason uses his experience with public involvement and visualization tools to bridge the gap between developers, planners and the public. His responsibilities include overall project development, project management, client correspondence, GIS visualizations, video and DVD authoring, and 3-D modeling and rendering. He also manages unmanned aircraft systems services. Before joining POWER, he was president and CEO of Visual Genesis, Inc. Jason holds a B.S. in landscape architecture from the University of Idaho.

John Brunke, Ph.D., P.E.

Senior Project Manager, Power Delivery SAS, POWER Engineers

John H. Brunke has a B.S. in engineering and applied science and M.S. in applied science from Portland State University. He also has a doctor of technical sciences in electrical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ) in Zürich, Switzerland. John was with the Bonneville Power Administration for more than 30 years, and with Siemens Energy for five years. He worked as a consulting engineer before joining POWER Engineers in 2013. He is the past chairman of the IEEE Switchgear Committee and the CIGRE Study Committee 13 (switchgear). He is a retired Naval Reserve Engineering Duty Officer and a registered professional engineer in Oregon and Washington.

John Conidi, P.E.

Senior Program Manager, Power Delivery Project Management, POWER Engineers

John Conidi is an experienced operations and project management professional in the electric power industry. He has deep project management and engineering expertise in transmission and distribution system projects in addition to traditional and renewable energy projects. John has extensive due diligence and independent engineer experience in electrical system infrastructure. Project experience includes air-insulated and gas-insulated substations, overhead and underground transmission lines, wind farms and biomass-fueled generating stations. Consulting assignments have included transmission and distribution system technical due diligence projects, owner’s representative on EPC projects and leading large transmission system EPCM projects. John earned an MBA in operations management from DePaul University and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Southern Illinois University.

Jon Leman, P.E.

Senior Project Engineer, Power Delivery SAS, POWER Engineers

Jon Leman has been with POWER Engineers since 2005. He is a member of POWER’s SCADA and Analytical Services group, where he is primarily involved in electrical analysis of high-voltage AC and DC power delivery systems. Jon’s technical interests are in finite element analysis, power system electromagnetics, transient simulation and HVDC. Prior to working for POWER Engineers, he served in the U.S. Navy as an instructor of electrical engineering. Jon holds an M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Idaho, where he researched real-time simulation of DC voltage source converter technology. Jon and his wife Miriam have five children. In his spare time Jon enjoys backpacking, fishing and ham radio.

Jorma Haapanen

Senior Project Manager, Power Delivery Project Management, POWER Engineers Finland

Jorma Haapanen has an extensive career as a project engineer, project manager and sales manager. He has been responsible for the organization and management of various medium-voltage and high-voltage underground cable projects, domestic and foreign sales organizations, and cable production units. He has worked extensively in the electrical utility and telecommunication sectors and currently works in the wind generation sector, where he manages the execution of design and related services to wind developers. His projects in the wind industry have ranged from preliminary studies to cable design build-out. Jorma has worked on projects around the globe, including in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United States. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Tekniska Läroverket i Helsingfors.

Joseph Rezutko, P.E.

Design Engineer, Southwire Company

Joseph Rezutko joined Southwire in 2015 as a design engineer focusing on HV and EHV cable system design. He is currently responsible for the design, thermal and electrical analysis, performance characteristics and bid of high-voltage cable systems. In this role he works closely with sales and marketing, the engineering team, as well as the production and manufacturing groups. Prior to joining Southwire, Joseph worked for ABB as a cable design engineer. There he was responsible for creating bid proposals for HVAC and HVDC cable system designs. Prior to that he worked for Florida Power & Light, where he was responsible for all aspects of FPL’s high-voltage cable system, including both pipe type and XLPE cables. He has extensive experience supervising crews during installation on both underground and overhead projects, including HDD work, duct bank installation, commissioning testing as well as splicing and terminating of HV cables. Joseph has a B.S. in electrical engineering from Purdue University.

Josh Stepherson

Founder and Principal, Stepherson & Associates Communications

Josh Stepherson has more than 16 years of experience in engaging communities, key stakeholders and civic leaders around high-profile and controversial projects. His public involvement programs on behalf of public agencies have a track record of building the support necessary to meet critical project milestones and advance organizational goals. Josh oversees strategic communications for the Seattle City Light Advanced Metering Program, a project that is replacing more than 400,000 analog meters with smart meters. He also oversees strategic communications for design and construction of City Light’s largest capital project, the Denny Substation. Josh holds a B.A. in public policy from Washington State University.

Kari Tuomala

CEO, Merus Power

Kari Tuomala has 28 years of experience in power engineering and industrial management. He is one of the founders and CEO of Merus Power located in Nokia, Finland. Before founding Merus Power in 2008, Kari worked eight years as a CEO of Nokian Capacitors, a company famous for its capacitors, SVCs and series compensation systems for transmission utilities. His earlier industrial career was in international projects and operations within Wartsila Inc., were he held engineering and management positions in Finland, Singapore, Hong Kong and Netherlands. Kari holds an M.S. in engineering from the University of Technology, Helsinki, Finland.

Ken Donohoo, P.E.

Director, System Planning, Oncor Electric Delivery

Ken Donohoo joined Oncor Electric Delivery in 2007 as director of System Planning. His team administers distribution and transmission planning analysis, including steady-state, dynamic analysis (voltage and transient), harmonic analysis, generation interconnection or change request studies, NERC support and reporting, regulatory support, planning reports, and collection and development of power system planning data. Ken’s extensive background also includes engineering budget analysis, insulation coordination, surge arrester application, switching analysis, wheeling impact, loss analysis, project management and engineering management. He received a BSEE from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1982 and is a registered professional engineer in Texas. Ken is also a senior member of Institute of IEEE, active in the Utility Variable-generation Integration Group; serves on the ERCOT Reliability Operations Subcommittee, NERC Planning Committee, NERC System Analysis and Modeling Subcommittee; and is chairperson of the NERC Geomagnetic Disturbance Task Force.

Lawrence Willick

Senior Vice President, LS Power

Lawrence Willick is senior vice president of LS Power, a fully integrated developer and investor in electric generation and transmission projects. Lawrence has 23 years of experience—19 years with LS Power in various roles related to independent generation and transmission development. Currently, Lawrence leads LS Power’s efforts in competitive transmission in North America. Lawrence has a B.S. in engineering, Summa Cum Laude, and an MBA from Tulane University.

Mark McVey

Principal Engineer, Engineering Operations, Dominion Virginia Power

Mark McVey has worked 30 years for Dominion Virginia Power. He is a senior member of IEEE and served as the capacitor subcommittee chair from 2003 to 2011. Mark also served on CIGRE working groups on substations and high voltage equipment as well as an IEC U.S. delegate on power capacitors and their applications. He co-authored section 10.5 on power capacitors for the McGraw Edison Standard Handbook for Electrical Engineers. Mark earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech in 1982.

Mike Mueller, P.E.

Senior Project Engineer, Power Delivery Underground Lines, POWER Engineers

Mike Mueller specializes in design and installation of underground transmission lines, with experience on projects ranging from 46 kV to 345 kV. His experience includes high-pressure fluid filled pipe, high-pressure gas filled pipe, and XLPE-type cables. Mike has worked on transitions from overhead to underground systems and is well versed in power systems analysis, as well as power system operation and control. He has significant experience in horizontal directional drilling, jack-and-bore installations, and in relocating and upgrading existing lines. Prior to coming to POWER Engineers, Mike worked for an underground contracting company and was responsible for the successful completion of a number of underground construction projects. Mike has an M.S. in electrical engineering from Northeastern University and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Marquette University.

Peter Catchpole, P.Eng.

Senior Project Manager, Power Delivery Project Management, POWER Engineers

Peter Catchpole has 45 years of experience in consulting engineering, utility engineering and construction management. His positions have included inspector, surveyor, field engineer, senior design engineer, project engineer and project manager. Since 1977, Peter has worked primarily with or for electric utilities. Before joining POWER, he worked with Ontario Hydro, Great Lakes Power and operated his own engineering design company. Peter’s current role is senior project manager for overhead line projects. His experience and creative outlook have allowed the development of a deep and valuable insight into design principles and the engineering-construction relationship. With Buck Fife, he authored the book The Structural Engineering of Transmission Lines, which was published in mid-2014. Peter holds a B.Sc. in civil engineering from Queen’s University at Kingston.

Rama Ravindranathan, P.E.

Senior Project Engineer, Power Delivery Substations, POWER Engineers

Rama Ravindranathan has 20 years of experience in substation physical design as well as protection and control design. His positions have included design engineer, project engineer and project manager. Since 1993, Rama has worked with electrical utilities and industrial clients on all aspects of substation engineering. Before joining POWER, he worked with several small consulting firms designing the physical and protection-and-control aspects of high-voltage substations. Rama holds a B.S. in electrical engineering and is a registered engineer in several states.

Randy Grass, P.E.

Vice President, Division Manager, Power Delivery Division Management, POWER Engineers

Randy Grass is an experienced engineer and project manager for power delivery projects. His project management experience includes transmission, substation and distribution projects. Randy previously served six years on POWER’s Board of Directors and is currently chair for the ownership transition committee, reporting to the Board. Randy’s positions at POWER have included project engineer, project manager, department manager and business unit director. He is currently the manager of the Power Delivery Engineering division and has the responsibility of all power delivery production resources, including engineers, designers, drafters, etc. Randy is a member of POWER’s Management Committee. Away from work, Randy serves as a board member for HavenHouse St. Louis, a not-for-profit hospitality home for out-of-town sick patients and their families receiving medical treatment in one of the St. Louis hospitals. Randy has a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Roman Vazquez, P.E.

Principal Project Engineer, Tehachapi Renewables Transmission Project, Southern California Edison

Roman Vazquez has more than 15 years of experience in the electric utility industry. His experience includes project engineering, engineering management and performing engineering and design on substations and transmission lines. Roman has been with Southern California Edison since 1999. Since 2010, he has been the engineering manager and principal project engineer on TRTP, more than 200 miles of 500 kV and 220 kV transmission lines through Kern, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. Before leading the TRTP team, Roman was the manager of SCE’s transmission engineering group. Roman received his B.S. in civil engineering from California State University, Los Angeles, and is a registered professional engineer in California.

Ron Halderman, P.E.

Director of Special Projects, Mears Group

Ron Halderman has more than 40 years of extensive design and project management experience in horizontal directional drilling projects, including design-build and EPC delivery methods. Ron has published many articles and presented numerous papers, including topics on firsts in this industry: first mile-long drill, first drill under an airport runway and first mile-long drill in rock. He also has managed several award-winning projects across the globe. He holds patents for “Apparatus and Method for Recirculating Mud When Drilling Under an Obstacle” and “Mud Recovery System.” The North American Society for Trenchless Technology named him to its 2015 Hall of Fame. Ron holds a degree in geological engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and performed graduate studies at the University of Idaho. He lives in Billings, Montana.

Shawn E. Schukar

Senior Vice President, Transmission Business Development, Ameren

Shawn Schukar is senior vice president of Transmission Business Development, where he is responsible for building and developing relationships within the industry and regulatory community to enable growth in transmission investment opportunities. Prior to this position, he was senior vice president of Ameren Energy Marketing, where he was responsible for marketing, trading and asset management activities associated with 5,500 megawatts of generation and more than 500,000 customers. He served on the board of Ameren Energy Marketing, Ameren Energy Resources and Electric Energy, Inc. During his 31 years within the Ameren companies, he has held roles in operations, power marketing, regulatory, risk management, retail pricing, business planning and corporate planning. A licensed professional engineer in Illinois, Shawn earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1983 and an MBA in 1991 from the University of Illinois.

Shawn E. Schukar

Senior Vice President, Transmission Business Development, Ameren

Shawn Schukar is senior vice president of Transmission Business Development, where he is responsible for building and developing relationships within the industry and regulatory community to enable growth in transmission investment opportunities. Prior to this position, he was senior vice president of Ameren Energy Marketing, where he was responsible for marketing, trading and asset management activities associated with 5,500 megawatts of generation and more than 500,000 customers. He served on the board of Ameren Energy Marketing, Ameren Energy Resources and Electric Energy, Inc. During his 31 years within the Ameren companies, he has held roles in operations, power marketing, regulatory, risk management, retail pricing, business planning and corporate planning. A licensed professional engineer in Illinois, Shawn earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1983 and an MBA in 1991 from the University of Illinois.

Steve Walker, P.E.

Director, Power Delivery Transmission Lines, POWER Engineers

Steve Walker is accomplished in all facets of HV and EHV transmission line design. His experience includes conceptual routing studies, development of design criteria, detailed transmission line design for new, upgraded and reconductored lines along with thermal re-rating analysis, cost estimating and expert testimony. His technical specialties are the design of transmission and substation structures and foundations, as well as evaluation of existing lattice transmission towers for conductor upgrades. Steve is a licensed professional engineer in several states and holds a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Idaho and an M.S. in civil engineering from the University of Washington.

Thorn Dickinson

Vice President, Business Development, AvanGrid

Thorn Dickinson is responsible for creating and supporting business development and growth initiatives for AvanGrid (formerly Iberdrola USA). Thorn has worked in the utility industry for more than 25 years. Prior to his current position, he worked in transmission and distribution operations, resource planning, rates and regulatory, strategic planning, investor relations and risk management at Iberdrola USA, Energy East and NYSEG. In these roles, Thorn worked on integrated resource plans, clean-air compliance, industry restructuring, Energy East acquisitions of RG&E and CMP, integration with Iberdrola S.A., the Maine Power Reliability Project and the sale of CNG, SCG and Berkshire Gas companies and numerous other non-utility businesses. Thorn earned an MBA from Syracuse University and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Union College.

Tim Johnson

Senior Project Manager, Project Management, POWER Constructors

Tim Johnson has 18 years of project management and construction expertise in transmission, substation and power generation projects, with a strong background in electrical controls for each. Tim has extensive knowledge in estimating and managing the construction of large-scale energy projects. His project experience includes new-build 69 kV through 500 kV substations, overhead transmission lines and generating facility greenfield builds, as well as upgrades to existing generation plants. The majority of his construction projects were EPC as prime contractor for construction, owner’s representative on EPC projects and large transmission system EPCM projects. Tim is seeking a B.S. in electrical engineering at Arizona State University.