IEEE Texas Panhandle Section

Professional Development Seminars

Fall 2019 Professional Development Seminar

8:45am to 5:00pm, Thursday, October 17, 2019

Amarillo College Business and Industry Center

1314 South Polk Street, Amarillo, Texas

Join us for this valuable Continuing Education Seminar!

You’ll have a chance to win one of five $50 gift cards! To be eligible for the giveaway, you must be registered for the

Seminar and present for the drawings.

Tolk Synchronous Condenser – 9:20am

Mr. Taylor joined Southwestern Public Service in 1974 as a Mechanical Design Engineer where he designed

pump and piping systems for Harrington and Tolk Stations. He later became Resident Mechanical Engineer

for Construction at Tolk Station. He remained there after the plant was constructed and worked as Plant

Services Superintendent. In 1997 he went to Utility Engineering, where he did mechanical design on new

combined cycle power plants around the country. In 2005, he was brought back into the main Xcel Energy

office doing capital project work for all the SPS power plants. He is now a Project Manager working on

emergent and Major capital projects. Mr. Taylor has been a licensed engineer in the state of Texas since 1979.

TSPE/TEF – 10:35am

Trish Smith, CAE and Jennifer McEwan, Ph. D. will be joining us to present the recent Texas state legislative

session and its impact on the practice of engineering in Texas. Trends in other states as well as political tides in

Texas and their potential impacts on the profession will be discussed. Trish B. Smith, CAE (Certified Association

Executive) is the Executive Director of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. Trish has been with TSPE for

20 years overseeing the programs and staff of the organization. She is also the Executive Director and a Trustee of

the Texas Engineering Foundation and manages the TSPE Political Action Committee for Engineers (PACE). She is

currently serving a third term as a member of the NSPE Executive Committee, Board of Directors and House of

Delegates. Jennifer McEwan, Ph. D. is widely known for her transportation expertise and knowledge of project

development and advancement. Prior to founding Grace & McEwan Consulting, Jennifer served as Senior Policy

Director at the international law firm Greenberg Traurig. She currently serves as TSPE Legislative & Governmental

Affairs Director, Treasurer of the Transportation Advocates of Texas, and policy director for the Texas Transportation


WT A&M Senior Design projects on Display – 11:35am-1:15pm (over lunch)

Ethics– 1:15pm


Static VAR Compensator’s – 2:25pm

Martin Cameron has a Bachelors’ Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in Golden,

Colorado and a Masters’ Degree in Engineering Management from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has

over 25 years of industry experience in hydro generation, substation protection and substation controls. In 2014

he started his involvement with FACTS projects and has successfully completed a SVC protection and controls

refurbishment and two new SVC projects all in New Mexico. With the two new SVC projects in New Mexico, an

advanced control function was implemented between these two SVC’s where an IEEE paper was written and published.

He is acting secretary in the IEEE I9 working group, which is the Guide for Protecting Transmission Shunt Compensators.

He is also the secretary for the IEEE I2 working group, which is the Guide for Thyristor Controlled Series Capacitors. If he

is not working, you probably can find him on his road bike.

What’s New in Tech. – 3:45pm

We will welcome back Mr. Eric Spellmann to enlighten us on what is new and best in the world of Technology. Eric

Spellmann is the President of Spellmann & Associates. Eric has established himself as a leader in helping customers meet

their online goals through practical, hands-on-application. In addition, he is a featured speaker at a number of national

technology conferences. His unique style appeals to all levels of audiences. He is often hired to convey technically

challenging topics to non-technical people. He is often labeled a “Technology Evangelist.

Don’t forget the After Party!!

Cinergy @ 5:30 – 7:30

¨ The Seminar is open to everyone! – Please invite others who might be interested

¨ There will be 1 hour of ethics education

¨ Seminar will begin at 9:15am with Late Registration Opening at 8:45am

¨ Lunch will be served beginning at 11:35 am and is included in the fee for the Seminar.

¨ Dress for this Seminar is casual

¨ Amarillo College will issue CEU certificates for 0.7 unit ( 7PDH) to attendees who are present for the ENTIRE Seminar.

¨ Cost:

Current member of a sponsoring organization $35

Current student member or retired member of IEEE $15

Anyone not a current member of a sponsoring organization $55

If you are a New York/Florida PE, IEEE CEU certificate cost at check in $10

**The exorbitant additional cost of $1 dollar will be

added for online registration due to credit card fees**


On-Line Registration:

Credit Card registration for seminar go to:

To Issue CEUs Amarillo College Requires:

Date of Birth or Last 4 of SSN



To register by cash or check:

Complete and return the attached registration form, together with your payment.

If you need additional information, please call or text Bobby Clift at (806) 378-2581 email at

The proper Seminar fee must be enclosed with your mail-in form to complete your registration.

A single check may be used for multiple registration, however individual registration form must be used and a

list/table of names and associated cost mused be stapled or taped to check.


2019 Fall Registration Form