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Nuclear Power, An Engineering Perspective

The Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center at Farmingdale State College in collaboration with the IEEE Senior Engineers Group on a special topic concerning Nuclear Power. In this seminar we will hear from Edward Gellender, P.E.

Abstract:
In the past few years, the effect of power generation on global warming has become big news. Many formerly arcane terms such as fracking, fossil fuels, renewables, plug-in hybrids, and many others are now part of everyday conversation.

Meanwhile, the perennial monster-under-the-bed that everyone loves to hate, nuclear power, has also risen, phoenix like, as historic enemies have banded together against the common foe: the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, climate change, and global warming. Some avid environmentalists have even reconsidered their position on the risks of nuclear power and nuclear wastes, seeing a viable carbon-free transition to the inevitable, but painstakingly slow, changeover to renewable energy. 

There has been a tremendous amount of heated argument, most of it uninformed. Few understand the benefits and risks of nuclear power, certainly as compared to the alternatives. This presentation compares the detailed functioning of nuclear and fossil fuel powerplants, their benefits, and their risks. Everyone can rattle off the same list of nuclear accidents and waste disposal hysteria, but here they are dispassionately analyzed. Also, the perennial bugaboo of mass evacuations is investigated.

Speaker:
Edward Gellender, P.E.

Bio:
Ed Gellender has worked on a wide variety of electronic - related programs including Radios, Radars, aircraft carrier landing systems, automatic train controls and even weather balloons. Recently, Ed was the cognizant engineer for the APX-122 IFF interrogator on the Navy's new E-2D radar plane, notably flight testing anti-fratricide combat ID ("Mode 5").

Ed has also worked on high power electrical distribution networks in New York City with Con Edison and the Triboro Bridge and Tunnel Authority.

Ed has previously delivered presentations based on IFF, radio, and redundancy in power distribution. Ed has found it intriguing how much power generation has been in the news lately, and has decided to address the current status of nuclear power and the underlying physics.

Ed received a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) Degree from CCNY exactly half a century ago, followed by some post-graduate study at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. Ed is a registered Professional Engineer, licensed in New York State.

Date:
October 4th, 2018
Farmingdale State College
Lupton Hall room T101
12:00pm to 2:00pm

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Transforming the Electric Utility Industry with a Smart Grid

The Renewable Energy & Sustainability Center at Farmingdale State College along with the Power & Energy Society of IEEE and IEEE Technical Activities Speakers' Bureau has scheduled a technical meeting.

Abstract:
The electric grid has been undergoing significant transformation including the introduction of digital technologies, growth of renewables and increasing engagement of electricity customers. An underlying driver of the transformation is securing a clean energy future. As the transformation is underway, consumers' expectation of performance and dependency on the grid is increasing. At the same time, the risk for widespread outages from extreme natural events and manmade cyber-attacks are also on the rise creating interest in increased resiliency for electrical infrastructure.
This presentation discusses a vision for the electric grid of the future that is more flexible balancing affordability, resiliency and security. Case studies highlighting state-of-the art automation, renewable, storage and microgrid deployments will be discussed. The presentation will also contemplate how technologies will be utilized for electric grid transformation to facilitate a more interconnected world enabling society-at-large to be greener, cleaner, more reliable and more efficient in the future.

Speaker:
Wanda Reder, IEEE Fellow

Bio:
Wanda Reder, an IEEE Fellow, is a National Academy of Engineering inductee for leadership in electric power delivery and workforce development. She is the President and CEO of Grid-X Partners, a WBE-certified management consulting company that is focused on electric grid transformation. Earlier, she chaired the IPERC Board of Directors, was Chief Strategy Officer at S&C Electric Company and served as its Vice President of Power Systems Services significantly expanding field and project-related service work globally. Ms. Reder held leadership positions at Exelon and Northern States Power (now Xcel), with increasing responsibilities in areas such as asset investment strategy, standards, engineering, systems planning, reliability, work management, automated metering and demand-side management.

She is the Vice-Chair for the Department of Energy Electricity Advisory Committee and the Past President of the IEEE Power & Energy Society, where she launched and successfully led the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative and IEEE Smart Grid. She serves on the Board of Directors for Technical Diagnostic Services, the Singapore Energy Grid 2.0 Advisory Board (chair) and on the IEEE Foundation Board. Ms. Reder has a B.S. in Engineering from South Dakota State University where she is a Trustee and has an MBA from the University of St. Thomas.

Date:
October 12th, 2018
Farmingdale State College
Lupton Hall room T101
12:00pm to 4:00pm

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