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IIT Presentation

To launch the project, the Galvin Electricity Initiative and Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) held a Webinar on November 19, 2008 to discuss how Perfect Power's ground-breaking approach to electricity distribution and management will help the university eliminate power outages, incorporate renewable energy sources, meet rising demand for high-quality power and lower electricity bills.

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Webinar Speakers' Bios

John Kelly
Deputy Executive Director, Galvin Electricity Initiative


Mohammad Shahidehpour, Ph.D.
Department Chair, Bodine Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Armour College of Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology

Dr. Mohammad Shahidehpour is Carl Bodine Distinguished Professor and Chairman in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Illinois Institute of Technology, where he has been a faculty member for the past 25 years. He is the author of more than 300 technical papers and five books on electric power systems planning, operation and control. Shahidehpour is the recipient of 2007 IEEE/PES T. Burke Hayes Faculty Recognition Award in Electric Power Engineering, 2005 IEEE/PES Best Transactions Paper Award, 2004 IEEE/PSO Best Transactions Paper Award, Edison Electric Institute’s Outstanding Faculty Award, HKN’s Outstanding Young Electrical Engineering Award, Sigma Xi’s Outstanding Researcher Award, IIT’s Outstanding Faculty Award and University of Michigan’s Outstanding Teaching Award. He was the president of National Electrical Engineering Honor Society (HKN) and served on its executive board for eight years. He was editor of the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems for 15 years, and is currently the vice president of Publication for IEEE/PES. He is a member of the editorial board of KIEE Journal of Power Engineering (Korea), International Journal of Emerging Electric Power Systems, IEEE Power and Energy Magazine and International Journal of Electric Power Systems Research. Shahidehpour is an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer and has lectured across the globe on electricity restructuring issues. He is also an Honorary Professor at North China Electric Power University in China and Sharif University of Technology in Iran. He is a Fellow of IEEE.

Tom Tobin
Vice President, Research and Development, S&C Electric Company

Tom Tobin is the vice president of Resource and Development for S&C Electric Company, a major manufacturer of high-power and high-voltage switching, protection and control systems for utilities and large industrial power users. In this position, Tobin is responsible for the major new product development projects, supporting the five operating divisions. These products span the range of circuit breakers, rated up to 230 kV and 25 kA interrupting rating to giant uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) rated up to 20 MVA. In addition, the R&D organization is responsible for advance technology development that can be used in new products, and for the high power and high voltage electrical laboratories and the chemical analytical laboratories. Tobin is responsible for introducing good product development practices and techniques for innovating new products starting with the customer problems and ending with production units. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with bachelor and master degrees in electric power engineering. His career has spanned 39 years with S&C Electric Company in various roles from product development engineer to director of engineering for all of S&C products. His expertise lies in the design, testing and application of switching devices and controls for large electric power systems. Tobin is a fellow of the IEEE and a member of various IEEE standards development committees in the area of switchgear, and is active in international standards development through the IEC where he is the U.S. Technical Advisor to Technical Committee 17 — Switchgear and Controlgear. He has also participated in several CIGRE Committees (International Council on Large Electric Systems), providing analysis and guidance for future standards writing. He holds 23 U.S. patents with another five pending, and several international patents related to high-voltage switches, fuses or circuit interrupters. He is a registered professional engineer in Illinois.

Kurt E. Yeager
Executive Director, Galvin Electricity Initiative