EPIC Energy Bootcamp

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December 16, 2019 - 9:00 AM to December 18, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Interested in enhancing skills that relate to the energy and power industry?  The 3-day EPIC Energy Bootcamp will cover topics in power system protection, the distribution grid, utility-scale solar, and soft skills. 

The Bootcamp is open only to UNC Charlotte students and is FREE! Registration is required and students must register for each session. Space is limited!



9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

An Overview of Power System Protection and Relay Testing

This Bootcamp session is intended to provide a high-level overview of power system protection and protective relay testing from the lens of a relay engineer. It will cover topics like power system basics, balanced and unbalanced faults, symmetrical components, and per-unit system. Next, it will discuss the protection system for a line and a transformer. A high-level comparison between a conventional substation and a digital substation will be discussed. Following the presentation, we will switch to a hands-on exercise, where we will discuss different methods to set and test a protective relay. The session will cover the topics listed below.

  • Presentation on power system protection
    • Power system basics
    • Balanced and unbalanced faults
    • Symmetrical components and per-unit system
    • Protection system for a line and a transformer
    • Conventional and digital substation
  • Relay Testing
    • Relay coordination study in ASPEN OneLiner software
    • Settings a relay using AcSELerator Quickset software
    • Testing a relay using Omicron test set
    • Testing a relay using Real-Time Digital Simulator (RTDS)
Speaker: Arun Shrestha, Ph.D., P.E., Lead Power Engineer

Arun Shrestha received his BSEE from the Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University, Nepal in 2005, his MS and PhD in electrical engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2009 and 2016 respectively. He joined Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (SEL) in 2011 as an associate power engineer in R&D. He is presently working as a lead power engineer. His research area of interest includes power system protection and control design, real-time power system modeling and simulation, wide-area protection and control, and power system stability. He is a member of IEEE.




9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Grid Distribution Simulator

The SOS Electrical Distribution Simulator is designed to instruct students on how to perform normal and emergency tasks. Students will learn to recognize potential problems and identify solutions to avoid system outages. Given various scenarios, students will also practice isolating equipment for maintenance and trouble-shooting day-to-day issues that arise in control rooms.

 Equipment modeled in the simulator includes:

  •  LTC transformers
  • Voltage regulators
  • Capacitor banks
  • Fuses
  • Reclosers
  • Breakers, switches, and disconnects
Speaker:  Andy Burch, NCSO, Manager of Training Services

Andy has more than two decades of solid systematic training experience. At SOS, he is responsible for online and instructor-led training content development, including ensuring the NERC Certification: Exam Preparation program is updated with current NERC standards.

In addition, Andy manages the classroom instructors as they design, facilitate, and deliver results-oriented training programs that are aligned with utility company objectives. He also assists in establishing compliance systems, monitors regulatory developments, and responds to clients’ daily training questions.  Currently, Andy is working on building a Distribution Operations Simulator. 


Presentation Skills

Presenting information clearly and effectively is a key in getting your message across whether you’re a CEO of a large corporation or a college student about to embark on an exciting career. Today, presentation skills are required in virtually every field, and most of us are required to give presentations on a daily basis. While some people take this in stride, others find it much more challenging. In this half-day class, students will receive tips and techniques to move their good presentation skills to great ones.

Skills covered in this class include:

  • Preparing Your Elevator Speech
  • Connecting With Your Audience
  • Establishing Your Credibility
  • Speaking Effectively
  • Gesturing Appropriately
  • Taming Presentation Nerves
  • Developing Strong Openings and Conclusions
Speaker: Melissa Sease, Director of Public Relations

At SOS, Melissa is Director of Public Relations and Certified Master Trainer, a position that builds on her 25 years of communications and power industry experience. Melissa is in charge of organizing media and public relations, member and employee communications, and development of training certification.  

Prior to SOS, she served as the Public Affairs Officer for Southeastern Power Administration, an agency of the United States Government. She was responsible for media, customer, and congressional communications and liaisons.

In 2001, Melissa received her Master Trainer and Facilitator Certifications. She provides training on various subjects for utilities and other organizations across the United States.


9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Development of Utility-Scale Solar

Carolina Solar Energy (CSE) develops utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) solar energy projects in the Southeastern US. Since 2004 CSE has provided design, financing, construction, and operation management to a diverse customer base of commercial, nonprofit, utility and government clients.  

Topics covered will include:

  • Siting of Utility-Scale Solar Facilities: How to Choose the Right Parcel of Land
  • Interconnection Process: Steps a Utility-Scale Solar Developer Goes Through to Connect the Project to the Grid


Speaker: Tyler Carson, Solar Developer

Tyler Caron is a Solar Developer with Carolina Solar Energy, a utility-scale solar development company based in Durham, NC. Tyler joined the Carolina Solar Energy team in 2018.  His primary responsibilities include site selection, initial layout, and project management for new development projects.

Tyler graduated from NC State University in 2018 with a BS in Environmental Technology and Management and completed a summer internship with Strata Solar in 2016. He went to high school at the North Carolina School of Science and Math in Durham. He lives in Raleigh, NC.


For more information, contact Christina Kopitopoulou at 704-687-1933 or christina.k@uncc.edu.