2019 Welcome
Program
Schedule
Panel
Keynote and Luncheon
Ethics
Music and Dancing
2017 Schedule
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UNOEF+SSCET 2019


Parviz Rastgoufard, Ph.D.
UNOEF General Chair

Welcome to the 2019 UNO Engineering Forum (UNOEF) and 2019 Southeast Symposium for Contemporary Engineering Topics (SSCET). And so many thanks for your partnership and support of the events since 2009 -- this is our 10th anniversary of collaboration in serving the community. We're growing and have continuously exceeded our annual goals since then!

The theme of this year's UNOEF+SSCET is Smart Cities. Check out the panel and the schedule for details on the program.

The joint event will be held on Friday, September 13, 2019 in the University Center of the Lakefront Campus. It will offer several parallel technical tracks providing solutions to contemporary engineering topics in almost all aspects of engineering practices by providing up to Eight Professional Development Hours in a one-day span including keynote speaker, luncheon speaker, panel of experts on Smart Cities topics, individual 30-minute presentations, up to Two Ethics Hours, networking, lunch, coffee breaks, and live music mid day! We look forward to your support and to seeing you again at the University of New Orleans on Friday, September 13, 2019.

Friday, September 13, 2019
7:30AM Light Breakfast
8:00AM - 5:30PM
UNO Lakefront Campus
2nd Floor of University Center

$175 Registration Fee (online before September 6)
$190 (on-site)

Receive up to 8 PDHs
Networking Opportunities
Breakfast/Lunch Included
Complimentary Parking

Watch this site for updates. In the meantime, take a look over 2017's website to see the kinds of things you can expect from the Forum.

2017 UNOEF Website

2017 Closing Remarks

Thanks a lot for making 2017 a huge success! While you wait for the next Forum, please enjoy some presentations and photos from 2017.

(Some presentations are over 25MB, so they may take a moment to download.)


The presentations from the cybersecurity discussion panel are online.

Irfan Ahmed Marc Chevis David Druker Qinghua Li Tommy Morris Golden Richard Vassil Roussev


Dr. Millard's excellent luncheon presentation also is online.

Don Millard

Thanks for making this a great year!

We hope to see you again! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email us.

Ethics hours are awarded only for Norma Jean Mattei's and Ray Areaux's presentations in Track E. Student presentations (Track H) do not award PDHs.
Keynotes, Panel, and Lunch
Everyone
Track
Z

Rm 203
07:00
am
Registration and Breakfast
for Everyone
08:00
am
Welcome Statement
John Nicklow (UNO President)
08:15
am
Program Overview
Parviz Rastgoufard (UNOEF General Chair)
08:30
am
Keynote
Rick Riley (Entergy Corporation)
09:00
am
Panel on Smart Cities Session (i/iv)
Jason Williams (NO City Council), Stephanie Dreher (City of NO), Jim Benson (General Electric), Brandon Freeman (Leidos), Hector Artze (Navigant), Omar El Shal (Entergy Corporation)
09:30
am
Panel on Smart Cities Session (ii/iv)
for Everyone
10:00
am
Panel on Smart Cities Session (iii/iv)
for Everyone
10:30
am
Panel on Smart Cities Session (iv/iv)
for Everyone
11:15
am
Networking, Vendor Exhibition, and Live Band
for Everyone
12:00
pm
Lunch Starts
for Everyone
12:15
pm
Luncheon Speaker (i/ii)
Amit Kumbasi (Texas Instruments)
12:45
pm
Luncheon Speaker (ii/ii)
Amit Kumbasi (Texas Instruments)

STEM Round Table
Thomas Reddoch (EPRI)
Track
Y

Rm 201C
09:00
am
STEM Round Table Panel (i/ii)
Thomas Reddoch (Electric Power Research Institute)
09:30
am
STEM Round Table Panel (ii/ii)
for Everyone
10:00
am
Break
10:15
am
STEM Round Table Discussion (i/ii)
for Everyone
10:45
am
STEM Round Table Discussion (ii/ii)
for Everyone

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr. Tommy Morris (UAH) and Dr. John Ball (MSU)
Track
A

Rm 204
01:30
pm
Critical Infrastructure Protection: Cyber Security, SCADA, and ICS Threats and Vulnerabilities
Gordon Skelton (Security and Analytics)
02:00
pm
Big Data in Network Intrusion Detection
Lidong Wang (Mississippi State University)
02:30
pm
Review and Applications of Cryptographic Algorithms in Network Security
Alak Bandgopadhyay (AA&M)
03:00
pm
Network Function Virtualization for 5G Small Cells
John Daigle (University of Mississippi)
03:30
pm
Break
03:45
pm
Optical quantum bits using laser coupling on a dielectric surface
Cristian Bahrim (Lamar University)
04:15
pm
Engineering or Engineering Technology?
Andrew Sung (University of Southern Mississippi)
04:45
pm
TIM: Brain-Inspired Artificial Intelligence and Its Application in Management
Chreyl Alexander (Technology & Healthcare Solutions, Inc.)
05:15
pm
Adjourn

Civil, Coastal, and Environmental Engineering
Dr. Robert Whalin (JSU) and Dr. Frank Tsai (LSU)
Track
B

Rm 211A
01:30
pm
Data-driven Civil Engineering Informatics and its Potential Impacts on Artificial Intelligence Application for Civil Engineering Practice
Wei Zheng (Jackson State University)
02:00
pm
Numerical modeling of storm surge barriers in Barnegat Bay, NJ
Gregory Slusarczyk (U.S. Army Engineer R&D Center)
02:30
pm
Sustainable approach toward urban stormwater treatment by biochar: from pine needles to in situ adsorber of stormwater contaminants
Danuta Leszcynska (Jackson State University)
03:00
pm
Highway slopes made of Yazoo clay: Failure Mechanism and Possible Repair
Sadik Khan (Jackson State University)
03:30
pm
Break
03:45
pm
Viability Assessment of Rice Rusk Ash in Flowable Fill Concrete
Zahid Hossain (Arkansas State University)
04:15
pm
Designing materials for thermal energy storage and grid-interactive buildings
Hongyu Zhou (University of Tennessee Knoxville)
04:45
pm
Recent Advancements in High Capacity Grouted Helical Piles
Firouz Rosti (McNeese State University)
05:15
pm
Adjourn

Mechanical Engineering and Systems Engineering
Dr. Randy Buchanan (ERDC)
Track
C

Rm 208
01:30
pm
An Integrated Experimental-Computational Investigation of Electroplastic Behavior of Nonferromagnetic Ductile Metals
Yucheng Liu (Mississippi State University)
02:00
pm
Sound Quality- How to Engineer the Right "Sound" into a product
Mohan Rao (Tennessee Technical University)
02:30
pm
A Wargaming Approach to Modeling System -of-Systems Sensor Detection and Defense
Will Leonard (U.S. Army Engineer R&D Center)
03:00
pm
Approximating the Pareto Set using Surrogate Models
Jonathan Storey (Mississippi State University)
03:30
pm
Break
03:45
pm
An Overview of Prescribed "Readiness Levels" Applicable to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Industrial Base
Larry Dalton (Mississippi State University)
04:15
pm
Application of Value Modeling and Metric Development for USACE Civil Works Portfolio Risk Informed Investment Decision Making
Kayla Cotterman (U.S. Army Engineer R&D Center)
04:45
pm
Using 3D Scanning Technology to gain better understanding of system needs and assets
Wall Emily (Mississippi State University)
05:15
pm
Discussion of Inlet Cooling Methods for boosting Gas Turbine Degraded Performance in Hot Summer
Ting Wang (The University of New Orleans)
05:45
pm
Adjourn

Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Dr. Femi Olorode (LSU) and Dr. Bhuvnesh Bharti (LSU)
Track
D

Rm 206
01:30
pm
Microstructure formation of multicomponent eutectic alloys
Amrita Mishra (University of Mississippi)
02:00
pm
Atomistic Design of Single-Atom Catalysts with Atomic Layer Deposition
Yu Lei (The University of Alabama in Huntsville)
02:30
pm
Plant-based nanomaterials for oil spill cleanup
Bhuvnesh Bharti (Louisiana State University)
03:00
pm
Mass Transfer Kinetics of Gas Influxes in Non Aqueous Fluids During Riser Gas Management
Yuanhang Chen (Louisiana State University)
03:30
pm
Break
03:45
pm
Numerical Modeling of Multiscale Fractures in Unconventional Oil and Gas Reservoirs
Femi Olorode (Louisiana State University)
04:15
pm
Examples of Predictive Analytics in Petroleum Engineering Applications
Mayank Tyagi (Louisiana State University)
04:45
pm
Adjourn

Ethics and Engineering Education
Mr. Henry Dulaney (ACOE) and Dr. Tom Reddoch (EPRI)
Track
E

Rm 203
01:30
pm
Ethics Hour 1 (i/ii)
Norma Jean Mattei (The University of New Orleans)
02:00
pm
Ethics Hour 1 (ii/ii)
Norma Jean Mattei (The University of New Orleans)
02:30
pm
Ethics Hour 2 (i/ii)
Ray Areaux (Carver Darden)
03:00
pm
Ethics Hour 2 (ii/ii)
Ray Areaux (Carver Darden)
03:30
pm
Break
03:45
pm
The Most Common Assessment and Accreditation Issues in Engineering Programs: Perspectives from a Program Evaluator
J.W. Bruce (Tennessee Technical University)
04:15
pm
Experimental Centric Pedagogy in 13 HBCU ECE Programs
Abdelnasser Eldek (Jackson State University)
04:45
pm
Adjourn

Power Systems Engineering
Dr. Roy McCann (UofA) and Dr. Jian Shi (UH)
Track
F

Rm 211B
01:30
pm
Campus Microgrid with CHP Generators and its Integration to the Energy Infrastructure
Kaisar Khan (Entergy Corporation)
02:00
pm
Classification of Emergent Dynamics in Microgrids Utilizing an Entropic Complexity-Based Feature Extractor
Farzad Ferdowsi (University of Louisiana Lafayette)
02:30
pm
Solid State Transformers: Technology for a Smarter Power Conversion
Harish Krishnamoorthy (The University of Houston)
03:00
pm
Smart control strategies in Solid State Transformer (SST): State of the art
Seungdeog Choi (Mississippi State University)
03:30
pm
Break
03:45
pm
How Enhanced Conductor Heat Dissipation From High Emissivity ACSS helped Accommodate Unplanned Load Growth
Joe Coffee (General Cable)
04:15
pm
Changes to the IEC Technical Reports 61000-3-X for the Determination of Power Quality Disturbance Emission Limits
Mark Halpin (Auburn)
04:45
pm
The Importance of Model Accuracy in Power System Analysis
Hamzeh Davarikia (McNeese State University)
05:15
pm
Power System Fault Analysis
Mike McAnelly (PCS 2000 Power and Control Systems)
05:45
pm
Adjourn

Naval Architecture Engineering
Dr. Vincent Yu (UNO)
Track
G

Rm 210
01:30
pm
Autonomous Watercraft and Swarm Self-Organization
Nikolaos Xiros (The University of New Orleans)
02:00
pm
Investigating Ship Motions for Asymmetric Conditions
Kyle Marlantes (Creative Systems Inc.)
02:30
pm
Trajectory Prediction of Freely Dropped Cylinders into Water Using Unscented Transformation Method
Haozhan Meng (The University of New Orleans)
03:00
pm
Constraint Programming for Automated Early Stage Ship Hull Design
Luke McCulloch (Bently Systems)
03:30
pm
Break
03:45
pm
Reliability Analysis of Dropped Cylindrical Objects Hitting on the Pipeline
Hanqi Yu (The University of New Orleans)
04:15
pm
A Numerical Study of Laminar and Intermittently Turbulent Flow over a Flat Plate Using Pseudo-compressibility Model
Shivank Srivastava (The University of New Orleans)
04:45
pm
Adjourn

Student Presentations
Dr. Chris Maggio (MC) and Ms. Christina Rinaudo (ERDC)
Track
H

Rm 201C
01:30
pm
A Hybrid Classification-Regression Learning Algorithm to Construct Truncated ACOPF
Fouad Hasan (Louisiana State University)
02:00
pm
The Effects of High Penetration of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) on the Transmission and Distribution System
Mohammad Rezvani (Louisiana State University)
02:30
pm
A Spreadsheet Tool for Evaluating Motor Load Response to Fault-Induced Low Voltages
Anna Davis (Auburn)
03:00
pm
Diagonal Quadratic Approximation for Decentralized Collaborative TSO+DSO Optimal Power Flow
Ali Mohammadi (Louisiana State University)
03:30
pm
Break
03:45
pm
BLE/WiFi Interference in an Industrial Environment
George Humphrey (University of Mississippi)
04:15
pm
Metal Culvert Corrosion Risk Mapping for the State of Arkansas
MdAriful Hasan (Arkansas State University)
04:45
pm
Numerical Evaluation of Channel Fracturing Technique in Enhancing Shale Gas Productivity
Xuewei Ning (University of Louisiana Lafayette)
05:15
pm
Adjourn




07
:00
(am)

Track
Z

Rm 203
Registration and Breakfast
for Everyone




08
:00
(am)

Track
Z

Rm 203
Welcome Statement
John Nicklow (UNO President)




08
:15
(am)

Track
Z

Rm 203
Program Overview
Parviz Rastgoufard (UNOEF General Chair)




08
:30
(am)

Track
Z

Rm 203
Keynote
Rick Riley (Entergy Corporation)




09
:00
(am)

Track
Z

Rm 203
Panel on Smart Cities Session (i/iv)
Jason Williams (NO City Council), Stephanie Dreher (City of NO), Jim Benson (General Electric), Brandon Freeman (Leidos), Hector Artze (Navigant), Omar El Shal (Entergy Corporation)
Track
Y

Rm 201C
STEM Round Table Panel (i/ii)
Thomas Reddoch (Electric Power Research Institute)




09
:30
(am)

Track
Z

Rm 203
Panel on Smart Cities Session (ii/iv)
for Everyone
Track
Y

Rm 201C
STEM Round Table Panel (ii/ii)
for Everyone




10
:00
(am)

Track
Z

Rm 203
Panel on Smart Cities Session (iii/iv)
for Everyone
Track
Y

Rm 201C
Break




10
:15
(am)

Track
Y

Rm 201C
STEM Round Table Discussion (i/ii)
for Everyone




10
:30
(am)

Track
Z

Rm 203
Panel on Smart Cities Session (iv/iv)
for Everyone




10
:45
(am)

Track
Y

Rm 201C
STEM Round Table Discussion (ii/ii)
for Everyone




11
:15
(am)

Track
Z

Rm 203
Networking, Vendor Exhibition, and Live Band
for Everyone




12
:00
(pm)

Track
Z

Rm 203
Lunch Starts
for Everyone




12
:15
(pm)

Track
Z

Rm 203
Luncheon Speaker (i/ii)
Amit Kumbasi (Texas Instruments)




12
:45
(pm)

Track
Z

Rm 203
Luncheon Speaker (ii/ii)
Amit Kumbasi (Texas Instruments)




01
:30
(pm)

Track
A

Rm 204
Critical Infrastructure Protection: Cyber Security, SCADA, and ICS Threats and Vulnerabilities
Gordon Skelton (Security and Analytics)
Track
B

Rm 211A
Data-driven Civil Engineering Informatics and its Potential Impacts on Artificial Intelligence Application for Civil Engineering Practice
Wei Zheng (Jackson State University)
Track
C

Rm 208
An Integrated Experimental-Computational Investigation of Electroplastic Behavior of Nonferromagnetic Ductile Metals
Yucheng Liu (Mississippi State University)
Track
D

Rm 206
Microstructure formation of multicomponent eutectic alloys
Amrita Mishra (University of Mississippi)
Track
E

Rm 203
Ethics Hour 1 (i/ii)
Norma Jean Mattei (The University of New Orleans)
Track
F

Rm 211B
Campus Microgrid with CHP Generators and its Integration to the Energy Infrastructure
Kaisar Khan (Entergy Corporation)
Track
G

Rm 210
Autonomous Watercraft and Swarm Self-Organization
Nikolaos Xiros (The University of New Orleans)
Track
H

Rm 201C
A Hybrid Classification-Regression Learning Algorithm to Construct Truncated ACOPF
Fouad Hasan (Louisiana State University)




02
:00
(pm)

Track
A

Rm 204
Big Data in Network Intrusion Detection
Lidong Wang (Mississippi State University)
Track
B

Rm 211A
Numerical modeling of storm surge barriers in Barnegat Bay, NJ
Gregory Slusarczyk (U.S. Army Engineer R&D Center)
Track
C

Rm 208
Sound Quality- How to Engineer the Right "Sound" into a product
Mohan Rao (Tennessee Technical University)
Track
D

Rm 206
Atomistic Design of Single-Atom Catalysts with Atomic Layer Deposition
Yu Lei (The University of Alabama in Huntsville)
Track
E

Rm 203
Ethics Hour 1 (ii/ii)
Norma Jean Mattei (The University of New Orleans)
Track
F

Rm 211B
Classification of Emergent Dynamics in Microgrids Utilizing an Entropic Complexity-Based Feature Extractor
Farzad Ferdowsi (University of Louisiana Lafayette)
Track
G

Rm 210
Investigating Ship Motions for Asymmetric Conditions
Kyle Marlantes (Creative Systems Inc.)
Track
H

Rm 201C
The Effects of High Penetration of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) on the Transmission and Distribution System
Mohammad Rezvani (Louisiana State University)




02
:30
(pm)

Track
A

Rm 204
Review and Applications of Cryptographic Algorithms in Network Security
Alak Bandgopadhyay (AA&M)
Track
B

Rm 211A
Sustainable approach toward urban stormwater treatment by biochar: from pine needles to in situ adsorber of stormwater contaminants
Danuta Leszcynska (Jackson State University)
Track
C

Rm 208
A Wargaming Approach to Modeling System -of-Systems Sensor Detection and Defense
Will Leonard (U.S. Army Engineer R&D Center)
Track
D

Rm 206
Plant-based nanomaterials for oil spill cleanup
Bhuvnesh Bharti (Louisiana State University)
Track
E

Rm 203
Ethics Hour 2 (i/ii)
Ray Areaux (Carver Darden)
Track
F

Rm 211B
Solid State Transformers: Technology for a Smarter Power Conversion
Harish Krishnamoorthy (The University of Houston)
Track
G

Rm 210
Trajectory Prediction of Freely Dropped Cylinders into Water Using Unscented Transformation Method
Haozhan Meng (The University of New Orleans)
Track
H

Rm 201C
A Spreadsheet Tool for Evaluating Motor Load Response to Fault-Induced Low Voltages
Anna Davis (Auburn)




03
:00
(pm)

Track
A

Rm 204
Network Function Virtualization for 5G Small Cells
John Daigle (University of Mississippi)
Track
B

Rm 211A
Highway slopes made of Yazoo clay: Failure Mechanism and Possible Repair
Sadik Khan (Jackson State University)
Track
C

Rm 208
Approximating the Pareto Set using Surrogate Models
Jonathan Storey (Mississippi State University)
Track
D

Rm 206
Mass Transfer Kinetics of Gas Influxes in Non Aqueous Fluids During Riser Gas Management
Yuanhang Chen (Louisiana State University)
Track
E

Rm 203
Ethics Hour 2 (ii/ii)
Ray Areaux (Carver Darden)
Track
F

Rm 211B
Smart control strategies in Solid State Transformer (SST): State of the art
Seungdeog Choi (Mississippi State University)
Track
G

Rm 210
Constraint Programming for Automated Early Stage Ship Hull Design
Luke McCulloch (Bently Systems)
Track
H

Rm 201C
Diagonal Quadratic Approximation for Decentralized Collaborative TSO+DSO Optimal Power Flow
Ali Mohammadi (Louisiana State University)




03
:30
(pm)

Track
A

Rm 204
Break
Track
B

Rm 211A
Break
Track
C

Rm 208
Break
Track
D

Rm 206
Break
Track
E

Rm 203
Break
Track
F

Rm 211B
Break
Track
G

Rm 210
Break
Track
H

Rm 201C
Break




03
:45
(pm)

Track
A

Rm 204
Optical quantum bits using laser coupling on a dielectric surface
Cristian Bahrim (Lamar University)
Track
B

Rm 211A
Viability Assessment of Rice Rusk Ash in Flowable Fill Concrete
Zahid Hossain (Arkansas State University)
Track
C

Rm 208
An Overview of Prescribed "Readiness Levels" Applicable to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Industrial Base
Larry Dalton (Mississippi State University)
Track
D

Rm 206
Numerical Modeling of Multiscale Fractures in Unconventional Oil and Gas Reservoirs
Femi Olorode (Louisiana State University)
Track
E

Rm 203
The Most Common Assessment and Accreditation Issues in Engineering Programs: Perspectives from a Program Evaluator
J.W. Bruce (Tennessee Technical University)
Track
F

Rm 211B
How Enhanced Conductor Heat Dissipation From High Emissivity ACSS helped Accommodate Unplanned Load Growth
Joe Coffee (General Cable)
Track
G

Rm 210
Reliability Analysis of Dropped Cylindrical Objects Hitting on the Pipeline
Hanqi Yu (The University of New Orleans)
Track
H

Rm 201C
BLE/WiFi Interference in an Industrial Environment
George Humphrey (University of Mississippi)




04
:15
(pm)

Track
A

Rm 204
Engineering or Engineering Technology?
Andrew Sung (University of Southern Mississippi)
Track
B

Rm 211A
Designing materials for thermal energy storage and grid-interactive buildings
Hongyu Zhou (University of Tennessee Knoxville)
Track
C

Rm 208
Application of Value Modeling and Metric Development for USACE Civil Works Portfolio Risk Informed Investment Decision Making
Kayla Cotterman (U.S. Army Engineer R&D Center)
Track
D

Rm 206
Examples of Predictive Analytics in Petroleum Engineering Applications
Mayank Tyagi (Louisiana State University)
Track
E

Rm 203
Experimental Centric Pedagogy in 13 HBCU ECE Programs
Abdelnasser Eldek (Jackson State University)
Track
F

Rm 211B
Changes to the IEC Technical Reports 61000-3-X for the Determination of Power Quality Disturbance Emission Limits
Mark Halpin (Auburn)
Track
G

Rm 210
A Numerical Study of Laminar and Intermittently Turbulent Flow over a Flat Plate Using Pseudo-compressibility Model
Shivank Srivastava (The University of New Orleans)
Track
H

Rm 201C
Metal Culvert Corrosion Risk Mapping for the State of Arkansas
MdAriful Hasan (Arkansas State University)




04
:45
(pm)

Track
A

Rm 204
TIM: Brain-Inspired Artificial Intelligence and Its Application in Management
Chreyl Alexander (Technology & Healthcare Solutions, Inc.)
Track
B

Rm 211A
Recent Advancements in High Capacity Grouted Helical Piles
Firouz Rosti (McNeese State University)
Track
C

Rm 208
Using 3D Scanning Technology to gain better understanding of system needs and assets
Wall Emily (Mississippi State University)
Track
D

Rm 206
Adjourn
Track
E

Rm 203
Adjourn
Track
F

Rm 211B
The Importance of Model Accuracy in Power System Analysis
Hamzeh Davarikia (McNeese State University)
Track
G

Rm 210
Adjourn
Track
H

Rm 201C
Numerical Evaluation of Channel Fracturing Technique in Enhancing Shale Gas Productivity
Xuewei Ning (University of Louisiana Lafayette)




05
:15
(pm)

Track
A

Rm 204
Adjourn
Track
B

Rm 211A
Adjourn
Track
C

Rm 208
Discussion of Inlet Cooling Methods for boosting Gas Turbine Degraded Performance in Hot Summer
Ting Wang (The University of New Orleans)
Track
F

Rm 211B
Power System Fault Analysis
Mike McAnelly (PCS 2000 Power and Control Systems)
Track
H

Rm 201C
Adjourn




05
:45
(pm)

Track
C

Rm 208
Adjourn
Track
F

Rm 211B
Adjourn

Smart Cities

The joint 2019 UNO Engineering Forum and 2019 SSCET proudly present the panel on Smart Cities chaired by Dr. Parviz Rastgoufard in the morning of Friday September 13, 2019. Each of the well-recognized panelists will present their respective experiences, share their viewpoints in 15-minute presentations, and gather as a panel for an open Q/A with the audience. It is our intention to approach industry, university, and government sponsors and participants and solicit their questions and concerns for the panel discussion. So, be prepared for the Q/A and engage in conversations with the experts.

Parallel to the panel, we will offer a round table discussion on national STEM programs. The STEM round table discussion also reflects industry, government, and academia viewpoints on STEM programs.

The morning panel and the round table discussion are offered 9:00-11:30 AM on Friday September 13 and participants may earn up to 2.5 PDH. We will conclude the panel and the round table discussion by 11:30 and will take a break with lively music and swing dancing before reconvening for lunch at 12:00 Noon. The luncheon speaker will provide 1 PDH during 12:15-1:15 PM. We look forward to a joyful and rewarding event for all and wish your support of the program.

Panel Moderator

Parviz Rastgoufard, Ph.D.
Entergy Endowed Chair for Power Systems Engineering

Professor of Electrical Engineering, The University of New Orleans College of Engineering

Tulane University Emeritus Entergy Chair in Electric Power Engineering

Tulane University Emeritus Professor of EECS

Parviz Rastgoufard joined the University of New Orleans (UNO) and serves as the Entergy Endowed Chair for Power Systems Engineering – a $2 million endowment established by Louisiana Board of Regents and Entergy Services Inc - since August 2007. He is currently engaged in research and teaching Power Systems Engineering and serves as the Director of Power & Energy Research Laboratory (PERL) and the General Chair of the UNO Engineering Forum since 2009 and chairing panels of experts on Engineering Education, Cybersecurity, and Smart Cities in the years 2016, 2017, and 2019 respectively.

Before joining UNO, he served in many roles at Tulane University from 1987 to 2007, including Professor and Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (1998 – 2007); Director of Electric Power Research Laboratory (1991 – 2007); Chair of American Association of University Professors (2003 – 2007); member of Tulane Senate for six years, and Entergy Endowed Chair in Electric Power Engineering (1998 –2007). Through collaboration between Entergy and Tulane School of Business and School of Engineering, he was instrumental in creation of Entergy-Tulane Energy Institute in 2004-2007. He served as General Chair of Society for Electric Power Research Implementation (SEPRI), a collaboration between universities and industry in State of Louisiana, during 1990-1994, and the co-founder of Tulane Engineering Forum and serving as the member of its organizing committee during 1998-2004. Parviz serves as the Emeritus Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Emeritus Entergy Endowed Chair for Electric Power Engineering at Tulane University since July 2007.

Prior to joining Tulane University, he was a member of faculty of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at North Carolina State University in the years 1983-1987 and founding member of Electric Power Research Center - established by Department of Nuclear Engineering and ECE with membership from electric utilities, government agencies, and Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

Parviz has served as Principal Investigator on more than 80 funded grants and projects resolving issues related to Power Systems Engineering reliability, planning, operation, safety, prevention of blackouts, hardening of transmission network, system resiliency, smart grid, cybersecurity, and hurricane preparedness of industrial plants in Gulf States. Through the funded grants and projects, Parviz successfully created the Master and Ph.D. programs in Power Systems Engineering at Tulane University and University of New Orleans resulting in more than 75 Master and Ph.D. students including 4 post-doctoral fellows. Several of his students have leading roles in different sectors of workforce nationally and internationally including universities, government, and industry. Parviz has served as Principal Consultant on more than 20 projects.

Parviz is a senior member of IEEE and a member of New Orleans ACE Board, and has served as professional engineer, member of industry Board of Directors, member or chair of 25 Search Committees, and as research and engineering consultant for several local and national companies since 1988. Dr. Rastgoufard received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from State University of New York in Buffalo in 1976, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Systems Science from Michigan State University in 1978 and 1983, respectively.

Panelists

Jason Rogers Williams
Jason Rogers Williams was first elected Councilmember-at-Large on March 15, 2014 and re-elected October 14, 2017. A native of New Orleans, Councilmember Williams has worked tirelessly for the betterment of New Orleans and continues to do so as a member of the City Council. He had the opportunity to spend his formative years in both Atlanta, GA and New Orleans. He graduated from the prestigious Woodward Academy in College Park, Georgia (formerly the Georgia Military Academy) before returning to New Orleans to earn a Bachelor's Degree from Tulane University on a full football scholarship as well as the Martin M. Kelly Leadership Award. Williams is also a graduate of Tulane Law School, where he received the honor of being inducted into the prestigious Order of the Barristers based for his three years of excellence in the art of courtroom advocacy.

Shortly after graduation, Councilmember Williams started his own law firm, Jason Rogers Williams & Associates, which he continues to manage to this day. As a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association, he was appointed to serve as a State court Judge at Criminal District Court by the Louisiana Supreme Court in 2003 after tackling a series of high profile cases as a criminal defense attorney. In addition to working as an adjunct professor at Tulane Law School, Williams has also worked as a legal analyst at WDSU, WWL, WBOK, WGNO, FOX 8 and the Times-Picayune. Councilmember Williams also serves on the Conflict Panel for the Orleans Parish Public Defenders Office and the Federal Public Defenders Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana. He was selected as a fellow in 2016 for the American College of Trial Lawyers.

As a staunch advocate for community development programs, Williams has served as a Board Member of The Audubon Nature Institute, Partnership for Youth Development, and The Children's Bureau of New Orleans. He still serves as a Board Member of the Innocence Project of New Orleans. In 2015 he received the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center’s Mondale-Brook Award for Fair Housing Leadership and Civic Participation. In 2017 Williams received the Forum for Equality Acclaim Award in Advocacy for the LGBTQ community.

In addition to spearheading New Orleans’ revolutionary “Smart City” initiative, Councilmember Williams has and continues to focus on fiscal responsibility, public safety and criminal justice reform. He was the leading advocate on Municipal Bail Reform and for the first ever budget allocation by City of New Orleans to early childhood education. He has three children, Zoe, Graham, and Xavier, who serve as his motivation to make New Orleans an even better place to live in the future.
Stephanie Dreher
Stephanie Dreher is a professional civil engineer with experience in roadway and pavement design, environmental permitting and storm water management, with extensive policy and technical experience in disaster recovery program management. Assisting dozens of clients post-disaster in the past 15 years, Ms. Dreher has forged relationships with many dedicated leaders of state agencies, local governments and private institutions in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Texas. Currently serving as a Sustainable Infrastructure Project Manager for the City of New Orleans, she manages storm water storage and green infrastructure improvements in the St. Anthony and St. Bernard neighborhoods. Ms. Dreher has Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in civil engineering from Auburn University.
Jim Benson
Jim Benson is the Head of Strategic Alliances for Current by GE’s Intelligent Cities business. In this role Jim partners with city leaders to turn their ubiquitous lighting footprint into a digital infrastructure that delivers positive economic, social and environmental impact as populations grow and infrastructure needs are stretched. He is responsible for building an eco-system of Smart City partners who utilize the data this digital infrastructure collets to drive unprecedented outcomes for cities.

His passion is driven by the possibilities an interoperable IoT platform, that captures real-time ubiquitous data can deliver, from reducing traffic congestion, driving new economic development and job creation to reducing gun violence and increasing pedestrian safety. He believes by building an ever-expanding ecosystem of partners and engaging the innovative developer community, thousands of applications can be built to drive desired outcomes for cities.

Before this role Jim ran Marketing and Business Development for GE’s Commercial Lighting business and was a key member of the founding intelligent Cities startup inside of GE that lead to the creation of Current by GE’s CityIQ™ platform.

Jim has gained valuable experience working with its GE’s Power, Energy, Appliances and Lighting businesses. He has more than 20 years of experience leading solution development and commercial teams at both GE and The Hoover Company. He was also a GE Ecomagination steering committee member and has lead multiple GE leadership training development programs.

Jim is a member of the Smart Cities Council and on various committees and represents GE as a Platform Partner for US Ignite and NIST’s Global Cities Team Challenge.

Jim has degrees in finance and economics from The Ohio State University and is a graduate of GE’s Financial Management Program, Experience Financial Management Program and Northwestern University’s Executive Marketing Program. A native of Canton, Ohio, Jim and his wife Robyn have five children.
Brandon Freeman
Smart Cities Practice Lead, Leidos

Brandon Freeman is the Smart Cities Practice Lead and a Solutions Architect at Leidos, where he oversees the development of smart city, utility grid modernization, intelligent transportation, and IoT cybersecurity initiatives. In this role, Brandon draws upon his experience in building the Internet of Things space as a former executive at Ingenu. Prior to joining Leidos, Brandon was the first Chief of Staff at HTC America, where he led management of the sales & marketing framework and oversaw special projects for the region.

Brandon joined private industry from EvoNexus where, as its founding COO, he oversaw the creation and management of one of California's most successful technology incubators. Prior to working with early-stage companies, Brandon served in academia at the State of California's Institute for Science and Innovation in wireless communications (Calit2) where he worked with principal investigators at the institute to operate research programs and innovation centers.

A UC San Diego alumnus with a B.S. in Management Science and focus in Computer Engineering, Brandon is a 2008 Webby Award Honoree and is also the author of a (HEP theory) physics book, entitled Grand Symphony. Brandon serves on the board of the UC San Diego Alumni Association and is actively involved in the community. His interests include volleyball, the arts, and philanthropy.
Hector Artze
Hector Artze is a Managing Director in Navigant’s Energy practice. His professional career spans more than 30 years in the electrical utility field. Mr. Artze assists utility and government clients craft their Grid Modernization strategy, explore new business models to take advantage of distributed grid resources, leverage the integration of new technologies to transform their business and organization, and improve their operations through operational excellence and continuous improvement. Mr. Artze’s relevant expertise includes distribution operations; asset management; reliability; and the evaluation and selection of operation technologies (including among others EMS, ADMS, etc.), and how these technologies impact utility processes and organizations. Prior to consulting, Mr. Artze spent 14 years at Florida Power and Light, a major investment-owned electric utility (IOU) in Florida focusing on emergency restoration processes, process and quality improvement, key customer accounts management, energy conservation, as well as electrical distribution engineering and construction. He manages key investor owned utilities, and the U.S. Navy client relations. He is a member of Navigant's Diversity & Inclusion Council, and Co-Chairs the Latino Ancestry ERG. Hector is a Certified Energy Manager.
Omar El Shal
Omar El Shal is Manager, Emerging Technology in Distribution Operations and Asset Management at Entergy Services, LLC (Entergy). In this role, he is responsible for new and emerging technology strategy development across Entergy’s five utility operating companies in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Texas.

Omar is also Manager, Emerging Technology Transfer (METT) for Entergy at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). In this capacity, he leads research and development strategic alignment and coordination in the generation, power delivery and utilization, environment, and technology innovation sectors.

Prior to joining Entergy, Omar was a strategy and operations management consultant at Navigant Consulting Inc. (Navigant) in the Global Energy Practice. At Navigant, Omar advised leading electric, gas, and water utilities on new products and services strategies, organization design, operational technology deployment, and process improvements.

Morning Keynote and Luncheon Speaker

The opening keynote will be given by Rick Riley, Senior Vice President of Distrbution Operations and Asset Management at Entergy. Later in the day, earn a PDH while you enjoy lunch! We are thankful to have Amit Kumbasi from Texas Instruments as our luncheon speaker this year.

Rick Riley
Senior Vice President, Distribution Operations and Asset Management Entergy Services, Inc.

Rick Riley promoted to Senior Vice President, Distribution Operations and Asset Management for Entergy Services, Inc. in July 2018. In this role, Riley is responsible for the operations, planning and modernization of over 100,000 miles of distribution circuits across Entergy’s four state service territory. Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 9,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of approximately $11 billion and nearly 13,000 employees.

Prior to this role, Riley served as the CEO of Entergy Arkansas, Inc. starting on May 2, 2016. Riley was directly responsible for EAI's electric transmission and distribution systems, customer service, resource planning, economic development, regulatory and public affairs, as well as the company's overall financial performance. Entergy Arkansas is the largest electric utility in the state of Arkansas, serving more than 700,000 customers in 63 Arkansas counties, covering more than 40,880 square miles of service territory.

Riley served as vice president of transmission for Entergy Services, Inc. (ESI) from 2010 to 2015. As the leader of the Transmission organization, Riley was responsible for the planning and operations of the Entergy Transmission System, which comprises over 15,700 circuit miles of transmission lines and 1,500 substations spread over a 115,000 square-mile area spanning four states. He began his utility career in 1985 at Gulf States Utilities in Beaumont, Texas, as a transmission and distribution engineer. Starting in 1990, Riley held various engineering positions at Texaco Chemical Company and Fina Oil & Chemical Company in Port Arthur, Texas, before joining Entergy Services, Inc. as a senior lead engineer, power quality, in 1995.

In 1996, Riley was named manager of engineering field services, system protection and control for ESI. He also held management positions at ESI in the market management group and transmission operations planning before being named director of transmission policy in 1999. Riley later served as vice president of transmission regulatory compliance for ESI in New Orleans and then was named director of transmission and distribution operations for Entergy Mississippi, Inc. in 2008.

Riley holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in engineering management from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. He earned a master’s degree in business administration from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Riley is a registered professional engineer in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
Amit Kumbasi
Systems Manager at Texas Instruments

M.S (ECE) – Texas Tech University, M.B.A – University of Arizona

Amit collaborates with Grid Infrastructure Customers’ worldwide to solve their system design challenges. He has 15 years of experience working in the semiconductor industry in product development, operations, marketing and business development.

His group has introduced 50+ innovative system solutions during the last 5 years for power transmission and distribution R&D teams. His expertise in grid management includes developing and optimizing:

• Sensor signal acquisition systems in transmission and distribution end equipment

• Data processing systems for computation on-the-edge and cloud for grid asset monitoring

• Wired and wireless networks for IoT and smart cities

• Power optimization for AC to DC conversion, isolation, energy harvesting and storage.

Engineering Ethics

This year's Engineering Ethics presentations will be given by Dr. Norma Jean Mattei, professor in the University of New Orleans, and Raymond Areaux, patent attorney in the firm Carver, Darden, Koretzky, Tessier, Finn, Blossman & Areaux LLC.

Norma Jean Mattei, P.E., Ph.D.
Norma Jean Mattei, PhD, PE, is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of New Orleans. In the past she has served as Chair of the Department and Interim Dean of the College of Engineering at UNO. She now serves as one of two civilian civil engineer Commissioners of the seven-member Mississippi River Commission, nominated by President Obama. She is the 2017 President of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Norma Jean also has chaired of several National Council of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors (NCEES) committees, most recently the NCEES Education Committee. She was named by the Governor of Louisiana to Louisiana’s licensing board for professional engineers, LAPELS, and served as Chairman of that Board during the final year of her term in 2011-12. She is a lifelong resident of New Orleans, married to Richard Louis Mattei and is the proud mom of Helen Claycomb, PE in civil/structural engineering, and Genevieve Mattei, a biomedical engineer.
Raymond G. Areaux
Ray Areaux is the founder of, and continues to lead, the firm’s intellectual property practice group. He is a founding member of the firm, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. For thirty-three years he has practiced primarily in the IP field, including a strong emphasis on software and computer issues. In connection with the software and computer contract aspects of his IP practice, Ray became involved many years ago in rendering advice on related data breach, privacy and security issues. Ray is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (since 1989); and, has taught “Trademarks and Unfair Competition” (since 1999) and Informational Privacy Law (since 2015) at Loyola University School of Law. He co-founded and co-hosts the annual Gulf Coast Data Breach, Security and Privacy Summit. He frequently lectures to business and academia on IP topics as well as informational privacy, data breach and security topics.

Ray served as the firm’s first managing member during its founding year; and, again served as the firm’s managing member for the three-year term from 2010 through 2012.

Ray received his J.D. from Loyola University (1985) where he was a member of the Law Review. Ray holds both a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a B.S. in Computer and Information Systems (both from Tulane University, 1978). Prior to starting his law practice, he was a product development engineer with IBM at its lab in Austin, Texas (1978-1981) and then later a systems engineer with Conoco in New Orleans (1981-1985).

Ray, and his bride Dana, are natives of Metairie, Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans, and have been married for forty years; and, they are blessed with a son, daughter and daughter-in-law and three beautiful and precious young granddaughters.

Ray’s experience includes:

• counseling clients on state and federal database breach, security and privacy issues (including HIPAA, GDPR and GLB);

• litigating software and computer contract disputes;

• negotiating large software and computer contract matters, including SaaS, on-premise, hosting and outsourced arrangements for both users and software providers;

• serving (28years) as an arbitrator and mediator for computer contracts, IP transactions or infringement disputes;

• litigating patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright infringement disputes as well as licensing disputes, including patent claims against the U.S. Department of Defense;

• negotiating many and varied brand licensing, distribution, and franchise agreements;

• obtaining patents (electrical/electronics, software, web-based delivery, biotech and machinery);

• rendering patent and trademark clearance, validity and infringement opinions and counsel;

• obtaining and maintaining all forms of trademarks, service marks and brands;

• preparing and negotiating organizational and operating documents for corporations and limited liability companies, including capital investment, as well as agreements for the acquisition or divestiture of companies and/or their assets.

Live Music and Dancing

From 11:30am to 1:30pm, there will be live music and dancing on the first floor of the UC. The second floor balconies overlook the music and dance space, so you can watch from upstairs during the breaks. You will not be awarded PDHs for time you spend on the dance floor, but if you make your way down, you will meet students, other Forum attendees, and many dancers! Plus, we are certain you will have a great time.

Giselle Anguizola and the Swinging Gypsies

2017 UNOEF

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Venue

The University Center (UC)

The 2019 UNO Engineering Forum will be hosted on the second floor of the University Center (UC). Just off Elysian Fields Ave, the UC provides a number of large, open spaces that lends itself to events and serves as a natural gathering spot.

Parking will be provided in the lot adjacent to the UC at the corner of Elysian Fields Ave and Alumni Dr. The Forum itself will be held on the second floor of the UC.


Accommodations

All of our block's rooms have been taken. Thank you all for your support! If you would like help locating other accommodations, please contact us.

We have made arrangements with the
Hotel St. Marie
for the 2019 UNO Engineering Forum. The hotel is located on Toulouse, less than one block away from the infamous Bourbon street.

The Forum has negotiated special rates: $136 for a Deluxe room, $154 for a Courtyard room, and $171 for a Balcony room. These prices are fixed for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights when you book into our reserved block. Details on how to enter our reserved block will be in your registration's confirmation email. If you have any issues or questions, please email us at info@unoef.org.








UNOEF Organizers

Parviz Rastgoufard, Ph.D.
Entergy Endowed Chair for Power Systems Engineering

Professor of Electrical Engineering, The University of New Orleans College of Engineering

Tulane University Emeritus Entergy Chair in Electric Power Engineering

Tulane University Emeritus Professor of EECS

Parviz Rastgoufard joined the University of New Orleans (UNO) and serves as the Entergy Endowed Chair for Power Systems Engineering – a $2 million endowment established by Louisiana Board of Regents and Entergy Services Inc - since August 2007. He is currently engaged in research and teaching Power Systems Engineering and serves as the Director of Power & Energy Research Laboratory (PERL) and the General Chair of the UNO Engineering Forum since 2009 and chairing panels of experts on Engineering Education, Cybersecurity, and Smart Cities in the years 2016, 2017, and 2019 respectively.

Before joining UNO, he served in many roles at Tulane University from 1987 to 2007, including Professor and Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (1998 – 2007); Director of Electric Power Research Laboratory (1991 – 2007); Chair of American Association of University Professors (2003 – 2007); member of Tulane Senate for six years, and Entergy Endowed Chair in Electric Power Engineering (1998 –2007). Through collaboration between Entergy and Tulane School of Business and School of Engineering, he was instrumental in creation of Entergy-Tulane Energy Institute in 2004-2007. He served as General Chair of Society for Electric Power Research Implementation (SEPRI), a collaboration between universities and industry in State of Louisiana, during 1990-1994, and the co-founder of Tulane Engineering Forum and serving as the member of its organizing committee during 1998-2004. Parviz serves as the Emeritus Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Emeritus Entergy Endowed Chair for Electric Power Engineering at Tulane University since July 2007.

Prior to joining Tulane University, he was a member of faculty of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at North Carolina State University in the years 1983-1987 and founding member of Electric Power Research Center - established by Department of Nuclear Engineering and ECE with membership from electric utilities, government agencies, and Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

Parviz has served as Principal Investigator on more than 80 funded grants and projects resolving issues related to Power Systems Engineering reliability, planning, operation, safety, prevention of blackouts, hardening of transmission network, system resiliency, smart grid, cybersecurity, and hurricane preparedness of industrial plants in Gulf States. Through the funded grants and projects, Parviz successfully created the Master and Ph.D. programs in Power Systems Engineering at Tulane University and University of New Orleans resulting in more than 75 Master and Ph.D. students including 4 post-doctoral fellows. Several of his students have leading roles in different sectors of workforce nationally and internationally including universities, government, and industry. Parviz has served as Principal Consultant on more than 20 projects.

Parviz is a senior member of IEEE and a member of New Orleans ACE Board, and has served as professional engineer, member of industry Board of Directors, member or chair of 25 Search Committees, and as research and engineering consultant for several local and national companies since 1988. Dr. Rastgoufard received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from State University of New York in Buffalo in 1976, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Systems Science from Michigan State University in 1978 and 1983, respectively.
Rastin Rastgoufard, Ph.D.
Rastin Rastgoufard, Ph.D. created and operates the company Unocity to provide Machine Learning Consulting and Data Analytics based on his doctoral research. He completed his Ph.D. in 2018 from the University of New Orleans after receiving his Master's degree from the same university in 2012. He was in Tulane University's last Electrical Engineering graduating class in 2008 where he received his Bachelor of Science.

Rastin has been on the Organizing Committee of the UNO Engineering Forum since 2014. He is in charge of many of the technical issues pertaining to the operation of the Forum, including website management, registration handling, and audio/visual configuration.
Ebrahim Amiri, Ph.D.
Dr. Ebrahim Amiri received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, USA, in Dec 2013. He is currently an Assistant Professor with the Electrical Engineering Department, University of New Orleans (UNO). His current research interests include design and optimization of electrical machines and drive. He is a member of the IEEE and serves as a reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Application, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, IET Transaction on Electric Power Application and multiple international conferences. He has developed researched-based Variable Speed Drives Laboratory, and educational-based Power Electronics Laboratory at UNO.
Ittiphong Leevongwat, Ph.D.
Itti earned his B.Eng. in Control Engineering from King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology, Thailand in 1996; Master of Manufacturing Management from the Pennsylvania State University in 2002; Master and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Tulane University in 2007 under Dr. Parviz Rastgoufard’s advising. He worked in petrochemical and software industries. His research interests are power systems optimization and economics, energy efficiency, software development, and business intelligence. He has worked with more than 20 Masters and Ph.D. students. He has been PI, co-PI, and project participant in more than 15 research grants and projects including the Department of Energy Smart Grid Initiative grant and Louisiana Board of Regents' WISE grant.
This site is the creation of Rastin Rastgoufard, Ph. D., owner of Unocity, a company that provides Machine Learning Consulting and Data Analytics. If you like the site, leave some feedback by emailing info@unoef.org. Thanks!

SSCET Organizers

Tom Field
Tom Field received a BSEE from UNO in 1988 and an MSEE in power from LSU in 1993. He worked for Nashville Electric Service in protection and communications design until 1998 where he started an international EMTP tutorial group called FREEP. He worked until 1999 as the principal engineer of the Real Time Simulator Lab in the ComEd Technical Labs for testing of relays. He worked until 2004 for Southern Company where he performed EMTP simulations on various components and phenomena. He worked until 2007 for Western Area Power Administration in a transmission planning group and he started the Southwest Area Transmission Short Circuit Working Group. He is currently working for Entergy in Transmission Design Basis where he is responsible for the real time simulator lab and university research. He is a member of several IEEE working groups, the IEEE PES, IEEE SA, and IEEE IAS. He is Vice Chair of the IEEE Mississippi Section, started the New Orleans IAS Chapter, started the Jackson PES Chapter, started the IEEE PES online community, started the IEEE Switchgear Committee utility get together, is Chair of the IEEE Surge Arrester Application guide working group and chair of the IEEE EMTP working group on separation distance, chair of the SSCET, and chair of the Jackson State University external ECE advisory board as well as a member of the Mississippi College ECE external advisory board.
Randy Buchanan
Randy Buchanan received his Ph.D. in Engineering from Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, England, and an M.S in Physics, and B.S. in Electronic Engineering from Pittsburg State University. He is currently a Senior Research Analyst at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center. He has served professorial and administrative roles in academia, including Kansas State University and the University of Southern Mississippi. He also served as Assistant Director for the School of Computing and Director of the Instrumentation and Cryogenics Research Laboratory at Southern MS.

Areas of research include transducer/sensor development, laboratory/test instrumentation and automation, acoustics, aerospace instrumentation, coatings/materials/thin films characterization, spectroscopy, computational modeling, control systems, cryogenic instrumentation, space hardware contamination, and automated planetary & space simulation environmental systems. Dr. Buchanan has conducted research and directed projects at NASA Stennis Space Center, Langley Research Center, Marshall Space Flight Center, and Kennedy Space Center. He has also served as PI and collaborated on research with private companies, NASA, DHS, SERRI, NSF, NIH, and ONR.

Professional organizational activity includes being a senior member of AIAA and ISA, where he also recently served as Director, Vice-President, and is an ISA Fellow. He is also a member of ASEE, SPS, and MORS. He has served as an officer for ACM, and is currently an officer for the IEEE MS Section.
Roy McCann
Roy McCann received the BSEE and MSEE from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Ph.D. from the University of Dayton related power electronics for electric power systems. Since 2003 he has been a professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville. He teaches and conducts research in control systems and power electronics for electric utility applications. He is a co-director of the NSF Center for Grid-Connected Advanced Power Electronics (GRAPES) and a researcher for the DOE Center for Evolvable Energy Delivery Systems (SEEDS) in developing cyber security tools for the electric power industry.
Ron Ogan
Mr. Ogan recently was a Senior Research Engineer at Georgia Tech Research Institute working on the Missile Defense Agency program supporting systems engineering and sensor developments. Prior experience at Raytheon Systems Company, Forest, MS and El Sedundo, CA included development, design and testing of advanced Electronically Scanned Phased Array (AESA) radar systems for the F/A-15 and F/A-18 aircraft. Skills include certified Six Sigma Specialist, Integrated Product Design Performance IPDP lead using SLATE and DOORS ® software for systems allocations. Professional experience also includes, telecommunications and space communications system for military and commercial applications in ground based, airborne and space based electronics.

Mr. Ogan, worked as an Industry Adjunct Instructor at the University of North Texas, developed and taught a project-oriented course Radio Frequency Identification technology (RFId) for engineering in support of a National Science Foundation grant.

Mr. Ogan is a certified Six Sigma Specialist with several projects completed that resulted in total program savings in millions of dollars. Analysis skills include MATLAB radar modeling simulations and device characterization electrical design and improvement.

Mr. Ogan is an IEEE Life Senior Member, Civil Air Patrol, USAF auxiliary Pilot and member of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International www.auvsi.org and AOPA.
Mayank Tyagi
Prof. Mayank Tyagi is Chevron #3 designated associate professor at the Craft & Hawkins department of petroleum engineering, Louisiana State University (LSU). He also holds a joint faculty appointment at the Center for Computation & Technology (CCT), LSU since 2007. He obtained his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from LSU and undergraduate in mechanical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur. His current research interests span across high performance computing (HPC) and data analytics for interdisciplinary petroleum engineering applications, image-based pore-scale modeling using lattice Boltzmann method (LBM), multiscale multiphase computational fluid dynamics (CFD), geothermal reservoir engineering, and unconventional reservoir simulations. He has also worked on the issues in the quantitative risk assessment (QRA) of offshore petroleum engineering operations and their impacts on regional economy. He has given numerous invited talks at India, China, and several US universities and published over forty (40) peer-reviewed technical publications. He is an active member of university-industry consortium “Enabling Process Innovation through Computation (EPIC)” at LSU.
Robert Whalin
Dr. Whalin has served as Professor of Civil Engineering, College of Science, Engineering, and Technology, Jackson State University since 2003. He is Education Director, Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Whalin led the new School of Engineering through a highly successful accreditation and reaccreditation evaluations by the ABET. He oversaw completion of design, construction and occupation (in 2009) of a new 90,000,000 square foot Engineering Building. He is Director Emeritus of the Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, MS.

Dr. Whalin completed 36 years of exemplary civilian service in the Department of Army including 20 years in the Senior Executive Service as Director, Army Research Laboratory; Director, USACE* Waterways Experiment Station; and Technical Director, USACE Coastal Engineering Research Center. The ARL program exceeded $1,100,000,000. Dr. Whalin was the recipient of a Distinguished Presidential Rank Award, two Meritorious Presidential Rank Awards, Exceptional Civilian Service Award, three Meritorious Civilian Service Awards, two Department of Army Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Equal Employment Opportunity and the Silver Order of the DeFleury Medal.

A registered professional engineer since 1982, Dr. Whalin holds a BS degree in Physics from the University of Kentucky, a MS degree in Physics from the University of Illinois and a PhD in Oceanography from Texas A & M University. Prior to his service with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he worked six years in southern California for Tetra Tech Inc., National Engineering Science Co., Interstate Electronics Corporation and Hughes Aircraft Co.

Dr. Whalin is a renowned Coastal Engineer, widely recognized for pioneering experimental research of wave transformations in convergence zones and for innovative coastal models of long waves and non-linear wave transformations in harbors, bays, lagoons and estuaries. He has published regularly on coastal natural disasters and engineering education related subjects in recent years. He has authored/co-authored over a hundred journal, conference, or symposia publications and technical reports.

*USACE is United States Army Corps of Engineers