EPIC Energy Seminar: The Utility Industry: Past, Present, and Future

January 22, 2019 - 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
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During the Fall and Spring semesters, EPIC presents the Energy Seminar Series with speakers from around the region. These experts share valuable information and their insight into trends and news that is related to energy. Seminars are FREE and are open to students, faculty, and the public. Pizza is included so please register to attend.

Abstract

In 2003, the National Academy of Engineering voted on the 20 Greatest Engineering Achievements of the 20th Century. The number one achievement was Electrification. The development of the utility industry and the electric grid took off in the late 19th century much like the computer industry did in the late 20th century. Ideas developed fast and there was a rush to get products to the market. Codes, standards, and compatibility would come later. Over time, the electric grid developed and the industrial revolution accelerated in the United States. Ultimately, this revolution led to a new one as it transitioned from industry to technology.  Over the past 140 years, the utility industry and the associated infrastructure has provided the means for enormous economic and innovative growth. We will take a look at the beginnings of this remarkable industry, where it is today and what the future may look like.

Speakers

Bill Rusciolelli
Transmission Line Design Engineer
Power Engineers
 Bill Rusciolelli graduated from Boston University in 1989 with a BS in electrical engineering. After serving active duty in the Marine Corps, he started a career in the utility industry first as distribution staking technician and then as a transmission line design engineer for a Charlotte, NC based consulting firm. In 2008, Bill joined POWER Engineers where he continued to design high voltage transmission lines and lead design teams. His projects involve the design of new structures and foundations, the analysis of existing structures, electrical studies and project management. He is a licensed, professional engineer in 8 states.

Kyle McClure
Transmission Line Design Engineer
Power Engineers
Kyle graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Civil Engineering in 2017. Upon graduation, he joined POWER Engineers a Transmission Line Design Engineer. During this time with POWER, Kyle has been a part of a variety of transmission line projects, including re-rating studies and the design of new high voltage lines and the renovation of existing lines. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and is planning on obtaining his Professional Engineer in the near future

Neil Robinson
Transmission Line Design Engineer
Power Engineers
Neil Robinson graduated from UNC Charlotte in 2008 with a BS degree in civil engineering and has been employed by POWER Engineers for his entire career. He specializes in designing transmission line structures for electric utilities throughout the U.S. He has been involved with the design and analysis of transmission line structures and lines for voltages ranging from 13 kV to 500 kV. He specializes in designing structural components such as steel and concrete tubular poles, wood poles, lattice towers as well as customized foundations. He has supported projects with American Electric Power, Blue Ridge Energy, Duke Energy, Entergy, Oncor, Clean Line Energy, Western Farmers, Santee Cooper and Southern Company. Many projects required detailed routing through urban, rural and saltwater wetlands regions. In his spare time he enjoys camping with his wife, fishing and being outdoors.