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IEEE San Diego Section

IEEE PES, PELS, and IAS joint chapter meeting - Industry Trends & Innovation: Past, Present, and Future

on February 27, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Speaker Dr. Damir Novosel, IEEE PES President, also President of Quanta Technology LLC
Topic Info

Reliable and efficient electrical grid operation is critical to society. Electrical utility industry has been experiencing significant changes in the last decade caused by new technology trends, environmental drivers and weather patterns, changing public needs, and regulatory requirements. The electrical power and energy industry in the next decades will be different than it is today to meet the demands of the society and address challenges. We are at a crossroads in making business and technical decisions that will allow us to optimally and cost-effectively manage the grid.

The presentation will address how electrical grid developed since the first electric power plant, what some of the challenges and opportunities facing modern grids are, and how industry trends and innovation will shape the future grid. Topics discussed are:

  • Industry Trends and Transformation Drivers
  • Optimized hybrid grids: Incorporating distributed energy resources, microgrids, storage and electrical vehicles
  • Wide area monitoring, protection, and control
  • Education and workforce needs
  • Key success factors to prepare for the grid of the future.

It will also address how IEEE provides technical leadership by tapping volunteers to offer an unbiased and independent service to the industry, benefiting from synergies between private and public sectors (utilities, vendors, academia, national labs, regulatory organizations, and other industry participants).

Speaker Bio

Damir Novosel (SM 1994, F 2003) is president of Quanta Technology, a subsidiary of Quanta Services, a Fortune 500 company.  Previously, he was vice president of ABB Automation Products and president of KEMA T&D US. He has led development and implementation of a number of pioneering concepts, methods, and products that improved reliability and efficiency of power grids.

Damir is elected to National Academy of Engineers in 2014. Dr. Novosel is IEEE PES President. He also served as chair of the PES Technical Council, Vice President of Technology, and a member of the PES Governing Board from 2010 to 2012. Damir is also member of the CIGRE US National Committee and received the CIGRE Attwood Associate award.

Damir holds 17 US and international patents and published over 100 articles in Transactions, Journals and Proceedings, receiving PES 2011 and 2013 Prize Paper Awards. He has led or participated in numerous IEEE standards, publications and other initiatives.

He holds PhD and MSc degrees in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University (where he was a Fulbright scholar) and the University of Zagreb, Croatia, respectively. He was elected Mississippi State University Distinguished Engineering Fellow in 2015.

Location San Diego gas & Electric, CP6 Seminar rooms, 8326 Century Park Ct, San Diego, CA 92123

From I-5 (North):

Take I-5 S Take I-805 S exit on the left. Take the CA-274/BALBOA AVE exit. Keep LEFT at the fork in the ramp,

Then right (Towards Balboa Ave East) Merge onto BALBOA AVE/CA-274 E Turn LEFT onto KEARNY VILLA RD


From I-15 (North)

Take I-15 S.

Take I-163 South.

Take the CA-274/BALBOA AVE exit.

Keep RIGHT at the fork in the ramp.


Turn LEFT onto BALBOA AVE/CA-274.


Turn RIGHT onto the SDGE complex.

Agenda 6:15 - 6:45 Gather Signatures, Networking, light food  
6:45 - 8:00 Presentation  
8:00 - 8:15 Wrap up

Cost Free for IEEE members, $5 for non-members light food and soft drink

Co-sponsored by San Diego Gas & Electric:

Please RSVP by 5:00 pm on Thursday Feb. 23, 2017, using the following VTOOLS link,

Due to Security requirements, those who have not registered by the date and time shown cannot be admitted.


Contact info:

Hassan Ghoudjehbaklou, Ph.D., PE

Principal Engineer, Transmission Planning, San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E)

IEEE: Senior Member, Chair of PES and Vice-chair of PELS Chapters, San Diego Section

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