IEEE Las Vegas PES Chapter

January 3rd, 2013

Date: October 24, 2012

Time:  6:00pm-9:00pm

Location:  UNLV, SEB building, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV, 89154

Speakers are Sean Vallesteros,the chairman of both the IEEE Las Vegas Section and the IEEE IAS Society, Joseph Cheung, the chairman of the IEEE PES Society, Paul Madoff, the chairman of the IEEE Computer Society,Ronaldo Manuel, the chairman of the IEEE student branch, and Rama Venkat, the Dean of the College of Engineering at UNLV.  Speakers will be providing highlights and information about each of their respective societies, while Dr. Venkat speaks about engineering at UNLV.

January 3rd, 2013

Subject:Essentials of Grid-Interactive Photovoltaic Inverters

Speaker:  Yahia Baghzouz

Date: October 12,2012

Time: 11:30am-1:00pm

Location: NV Energy, 6226 W. Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV, 89151

About the speaker: 

Dr. Baghzouz received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees from LSU, Baton Rouge, LA.  His area of interest is in electrical power systems.  His field of expertise within this branch of electrical engineering focuses on electric power quality and renewable resources.  He served in the IEEE Las Vegas Section for nearly a decade (1990’s).  He currently serves as co-chair of the executive committee of IEEE-ICHQP.  Dr. Baghzouz authored/co-authored over 150 articles on power quality, machine modeling and distributed generation.  He has been teaching courses in power systems, power electronics, and circuit theory at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas since 1987.

January 3rd, 2013

Subject:  Integration of Solar Resources in Southern Nevada

Speaker:  Vladimir Chadliev

Date:  August 3, 2012

Time:  11:30am-1:00pm

Location:  6226 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV, 89151

September 1st, 2010

Subject: Radiobiology

Speaker: Steven Curtis, President, Alphatech, Inc.

Date: September, 2010 (final date to be determined)

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Dinner starts at 6:00 p.m.)

Atomic Testing Museum, 755 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89119
(between Paradise Rd. and Swenson St.)

$20 for IEEE members
$22 for non-members
Student chapter officers are free
Pay by cash at the meeting – no checks please

RSVP: RSVP with number of attendees to Sean Vallesteros at 702-258-7160

Interactions with ionizing radiation and the biochemistry in humans is the source of damage from radiological exposure events. This talk begins with the methods of interaction and compares them with other toxic and natural detrimental human body reactions.

The presentation is on the level of a health physics novice and is interactive in nature so questions can be asked and answered. The format is designed to relate these changes in DNA biochemistry with radiological damage to the human body, either as prompt radiation sickness or death and the development of cancer. Internal and external exposure are included as are shielding and protection methods involved in accidents.

About the presenter
Steve Curtis holds a BSEE and MS in Health Physics from UNLV. He worked in digital communications in the Army and briefly for the Air Force at Nellis AFB. He served as a radiological emergency team leader for the NEST and national consequence management teams for 15 years.

His current position is president of Alphatech, Inc. and he consults on matters of radiological emergency response, training and exercise, and health physics.

Steve is a program manager for national security research programs at UNLV. He is the incoming President of the Nevada Section of the American Nuclear Society and is a past-president of the Lake Mead Health Physics Society.

May 11th, 2010

Subject: Considerations When Integrating Renewable Energy Sources Into The Transmission Grid

Speaker: James McIver, P.E., Principal Application Engineer, Siemens Power Transformers USA

Date: May 11, 2010

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Dinner started at 6:00 p.m.)

Location: Ricardo’s Mexican Restaurant, 4930 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89103
(northwest corner of Flamingo & Decatur)

$20 for IEEE members
$22 for non-members
Student chapter officers were free

Grid Access Issues for Wind Power
As sizes of planned wind farms (WFs) continue to increase, utility engineers will confront many issues never faced when “wind power” meant an isolated wind tower directly connected to a distribution feeder.

This presentation briefly introduced two levels of technical concerns for integration of WFs into existing power systems:
Interconnection Issues at the Power System Level
Transmission and Operational Impacts

About the presenter
Jim McIver, P.E., has 35 years experience in the North American electric power industry. In January 2004, he joined VA Tech – USA as Technology Director, Transformers Business Division. During Siemens’ acquisition of VA Tech, he assisted integration of the two groups’ R&D staff. He now serves as Principal Application Engineer for Siemens Transformers US, assisting with special product applications.

As Nevada Power Staff Engineer, he managed strategic supply partnerships for design, procurement and maintenance of transformers, breakers and switchgear. During his tenure, over 8000 MVA of Elin transformers, shunt reactors and phase shifters were installed in Southern Nevada.

Mr. McIver was GE Senior Application Engineer and manager of distribution system research that grew five-fold & received 3 GE Managerial awards. As a consultant, he specified phase shifters, provided forensic analysis of transformer field failures and developed gas-in-oil diagnostics for sealed-tank, network transformers.

He began his career with Public Service Co. of NM, before joining GE in transformer R&D. Mr. McIver developed component and assembly techniques for GE’s first fiber optic temperature sensors and investigated winding mechanical integrity in advanced (gas-insulated) transformers.

Mr. McIver is member of Eta Kappa Nu and IEEE Transformer Committee, and is Professional Engineer in the State of New York. He earned his MSEE from Rensellaer Polytechnic Institute and has authored IEEE and CIGRE papers on power transformers, engineering economics and harmonics.