October, 24, 2016

Inauguration of the SPARK Computational Lab

pigmansparkinaugTime: 10:00-12:30pm

Location: Woodward Hall, 3rd Floor, Gatton College of Business and Economics, University of Kentucky Campus

The morning session will include national and regional leaders, opening remarks by Secretary of Energy Snavely, keynote speeches by Directors from technology leading companies, ANSYS and RTDS, unveiling of the PEIK Partner and Sponsor Plaque with Dean Holloway, PEIK Board, industrial and utility key representatives.

The lunch session will feature the official inauguration of the SPARK computational lab with Philanthropist L. Stanley Pigman and L. Stanley Pigman Chair in Power, Dr. Dan M. Ionel.


October 24th, 2016

The Impacts of the US Shale Revolution

Greg Harper, President, Gas Pipelines & Processing, Enbridge, INC.

Time: 2:00-2:50 pm

Location: WT Young Library Auditorium on UK’s campus (parking info)

Bio: Mr. Harper, appointed President of Gas Pipelines and Processing on Jan. 30, 2014, has spent his entire career in the energy sector. As the head of Enbridge’s natural gas business, Mr. Harper brings deep and proven operational, commercial, and developmental experience, thanks to an extensive background in the natural gas industry. Based in Houston, Mr. Harper joined Enbridge from Southwest Energy, where he served as Senior Vice President, Midstream, and also held senior leadership positions with CenterPoint Energy, Spectra Energy and Duke Energy. In 2013, he served as Chairman of the Board of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA). A native of Owensboro, Ky., Mr. Harper is actively involved in community service, including educational, industry, professional, and arts organizations; he serves on the Board of the University of Houston’s Bauer School of Business and is also immediate past Chairman of the board of directors of Theatre Under the Stars. He holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Kentucky, as well as a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Houston.


All faculty, staff, students, and visitors are invited to attend.


Friday, September 16, 2016

From Solar Cars to the Industrial Development of Axial Flux Electric Motor Technology

Dr. Greg Heins, Head of Research and Development, Regal Beloit Corporation, Asia Pacific

Time: 2:00-2:50 pm

Location: Chemical and Physics Building, Room 153

Bio: Dr. Greg Heins is currently the Head of Research and Development for Regal Beloit Corporation, Asia Pacific. He received the B.Eng. (Hons.) degree in mechanical engineering and the University Medal from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, in 2000 and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia, in 2008. Earlier in his career he worked as a Manufacturing Engineer with Robert Bosch Australia and as faculty at Charles Darwin University. In 2011 he was awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. He is the holder of six patents with many other applications pending.


Flyer can be found here:PEIK Seminar Heins Sept 16 2016

All faculty, staff, students, and visitors are invited to attend.

This seminar is presented in partnership with the IEEE Power and Energy Society, Lexington Chapter.


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The Dawn of Infotricity: Combining Electric Power and Information

William (Billy) Ray, P.E., CEO, Glasgow Electric Plant Board

Time: 2:00-2:50 pm

Location: WT Young Library Auditorium on UK’s campus (parking info)

Biography: WILLIAM J. RAY, P.E. – Billy serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Glasgow Electric Plant Board. He is closely involved in all areas of the municipally owned utility, including the implementation of radical changes to it. Under his direction, the Glasgow EPB, starting in 1988, constructed a ubiquitous broadband network throughout the community that incorporates the provision of cable television, telephone, utility telemetry, and high-speed Internet access into a new “Infotricity Utility” for the benefit of the people of Glasgow. This project has won many awards including the Energy Innovator Award from the American Public Power Association, the “Innovations in State and Local Government” award from the Ford Foundation in conjunction with Harvard University; the James H. McGraw Award from the McGraw-Hill publishing company; and once tied with Insight Communications for most innovative cable company in the annual Interop Infrastructure Awards Program from Interactive Week magazine.

In 2015 Glasgow EPB was awarded a Smart Energy Technology Grant by TVA, which has Billy and his team installing the latest array of technology available today in the hope of proving that his “infotricity” theories will indeed demonstrate that daily energy takings can be reshaped to match the output of the most efficient generation sources.

Billy has provided expert testimony before the Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. House of Representatives Telecommunications Subcommittee, the United States Senate Communications Subcommittee, the Commerce Department and others on the subjects of municipal ownership of broadband communications systems, competition in telecommunications services, and the concept of combining electric power and broadband to produce “infotricity”.

This seminar is presented in partnership with the IEEE Power and Energy Society, Lexington Chapter.


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Half a Century of UK and UPT Contributions to the Theory and Technology of Electric Machines and Drives “ A Summary of Professors S. A. Nasar (UK) and I. Boldea (UPT) Groups’ Collaboration

Ion Boldea, Professor at University Politehnica of Timisoara, Romania

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm

Biography: Ion Boldea is a Professor at University Politehnica of Timisoara, Romania, a member of the Romanian Academy, and a Life Fellow of IEEE. Since 1973, when he was a Senior Fullbright Scholar at University of Kentucky, he has returned to Lexington 15 times as a Visiting Professor and spent here more than 5 years altogether. He has also been a Visiting Professor at Oregon State University, UMIST and University of Glasgow in Britain, and Alborg University in Denmark.

In 1977, Professor Boldea was part of the original team who established at UK under the leadership of Professor Nasar the Electric Power Components and Systems Journal, now part of the Taylor and Francis collection. He is the director and founder since 2001 of the internet-only international “Journal of Electrical Engineering”, www.jee.ro, and served as General Chairman of the biannual IEEE sponsored International Conference OPTIM in between 1996 and 2010, www.info-optim.ro.

Professor Boldea published extensively in linear and rotary motion electric machines design and controls, more than 200 papers, including 6 that received IEEE best paper awards, and 18 books in USA and the United Kingdom. He has been consulting, lecturing, giving keynote addresses, and holding intensive courses in USA, Europe and Asia for the last 25 years. He has been an IEEE-IAS Distinguished Lecturer since 2008 and lectured in this capacity in USA, Denmark, Italy, and Brazil. He is the recipient of the IEEE 2015 Nikola Tesla Award.

This seminar is presented in partnership with the IEEE Power and Energy Society, Lexington Chapter.


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Future Grid and the Integration of Renewables

Ben Kroposki, Director of the Power Systems Engineering Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, Colorado

Time: 2:00-2:50 pm

Biography: Dr. Ben Kroposki is the Director of the Power Systems Engineering Center, where he leads NREL’s strategic research in the planning and operations of electrical power systems. His expertise is in the design testing and integration of renewable and distributed power systems, and he has more than 100 publications in these areas. As an IEEE Fellow, Dr. Kroposki was recognized for his leadership in renewable and distributed energy systems integration. He has served on a number of IEEE technical standards working groups and chaired IEEE 1547.4, the first international standard on microgrid design and operation. He has also served as an editor for IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, and IEEE Power & Energy Magazine. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and his Ph.D. from the Colorado School of Mines.

This seminar is presented in partnership with the IEEE Power and Energy Society, Lexington Chapter.


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Clean Power Plan and its Effect on Kentucky

Tom FitzGerald, Kentucky Resources Council

Time: 2:00-2:50 pm

Biography: Tom FitzGerald is an environmental attorney and is Director of the Kentucky Resources Council, a nonprofit organization focused on Kentucky’s environment and natural resources. As Director of the KRC, he informs the public about environmental issues and lobbies the Kentucky legislature. He has won several awards, including the Heinz award, the Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission “Lifetime of Service Award, the Biological Diversity Protection Award, and the “Cleaning Air Award” from the American Lung Association. In 2014 he was appointed by President Obama to serve on ORSANCO, the commission that establishes water quality standards for the Ohio River. He is an alumnus of the UK College of Law.

This seminar is presented in partnership with the IEEE Power and Energy Society, Lexington Chapter.


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Fracking in Kentucky

Brandon C. Nuttall, Geologist, Kentucky Geological Survey, University of Kentucky

Time: 2:00-2:50 pm

Biography: Brandon Nuttall received a BS in Geology from Eastern Kentucky University in 1975. He joined the Kentucky Geological Survey 34 years ago where he concentrates on oil and natural gas resources, activity and development, database and GIS, and related research.

This seminar is presented in partnership with the IEEE Power and Energy Society, Lexington Chapter.