Considerations and Discussion of Modernizing Aging Utility Infrastructure

Memphis, Tennessee
Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Come learn with seasoned engineers, who will share their experience, knowledge and real-world examples from projects.

Shawn Dolan is the Vice President of Engineering and Technical Services for Kootenai Electric Cooperative in Hayden, ID. He has 29 years of experience in the electrical utility industry, 19 of those with Kootenai Electric Cooperative. He has a bachelor of science and a master of science in electrical engineering, both from Montana State University in Bozeman, and is a registered professional engineer in the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. 

Jason Marenda, project engineer with POWER Engineers, specializes in the oversight and coordination of multi-discipline engineering projects. His diverse background includes the technically challenging design and commissioning of substation SCADA systems and distribution automation systems. He is proficient with all aspects of design and has performed numerous field engineering assignments, including equipment configuration and programming, systems integration, commissioning and start-up. He has been instrumental in establishing POWER’s IEC 61850 testing facility, which provides a laboratory where substation integration engineers can test and validate IEC 61850 design concepts.

Logan Pleasant is director of engineering & operations at Lake Region Electric Cooperative in Oklahoma. He has a background in both the business and engineering sides of the electrical distribution industry and has a proven history of helping electric cooperatives navigate the process of bringing their businesses into the next generation of technology and efficiency. His time with Lake Region Electric Cooperative has given him a great appreciation for the culture that electric cooperatives have and the role they play in the rural community. In addition to his role there, Logan serves as the president of the Oklahoma Power and Communication Association, is a subcommittee chairperson of the IEEE REPC and is a past president of the Oklahoma Statewide Engineers' Association. He is a registered professional engineer in the states of Colorado and Oklahoma.

Josh Reilly, a senior designer in POWER Engineers’ distribution services group, has been involved in projects from scoping to construction. He has broad experience in electrical system design and is skilled in distribution design processes. His background includes overseeing a design team for the conceptual and detailed design of 150 circuits for storm hardening in the Long Island power system and a multi-year project in the Northeast to replace underground secondary cable in a downtown ductbank system.

Ivette Sanchez is a project manager in POWER’s Orlando office. She has nearly two decades in the energy industry in the U.S. and Latin America, including ten years of experience working for an electric and water utility. She has managed large-scale projects involving advanced distribution management system (ADMS)/SCADA deployment, substation RTU testing and installation, and AMI/MDM business case development and implementation strategy. She has also conducted distribution system planning studies and DER interconnection impact studies. She is a member of IEEE PES and the Society of Women Engineers, and is a committee member of IEEE Smart City Working Group.

Brian Tomlinson
is a project manager with POWER Engineers with over 25 years of industry experience in distribution planning and managing projects including transmission, distribution and substations. He has over a dozen years of experience working at electric cooperatives and also served on the NRECA T&D System Planning Subcommittee which has overseen updates to many cooperative (RUS) guides and bulletins.

Nik Urlaub is an electrical engineer with POWER Engineers, skilled in analysis and design of power, SCADA and networking systems, with emphasis on designing and implementing networking solutions focused on cybersecurity. His background includes power system studies, NERC CIP compliance, wind farm voltage control systems, virtual private networks (VPN) and firewall deployments, SCADA and network design. He has worked on projects across the country and in Canada, and has presented at several conferences on network security monitoring.

Chris Zubia is a project engineer with POWER Engineers with over 12 years of experience in protection, substation design, and electrical studies. Chris worked with El Paso Electric Co. for several years before joining POWER and brings a good balance of utility experience to go along with his current role.

Contact Information

  • Rebecca Miraglia: 208 288 6178

Payment Instructions

  • Class size is limited to 40 participants.

    Workshop fee is $250 until April 6, after which it increases to $300.

    Registration includes admission to the workshop, continental breakfast and lunch. Attendees are responsible for registering for IEEE REPC, if desired, as well as making their own hotel reservations.

    If you cannot pay using a credit card, contact Rebecca Miraglia:
    rebecca.miraglia at or 1 208 288 6178

    Cancellation Policy

    All cancellations must be made via this registration site. A $25 cancellation fee applies. POWER will refund the remainder of your registration fee via check two weeks from receipt of your cancellation. No refunds will be available after April 20, 2018.

    Workshop is subject to cancellation or change. Liability is limited to funds remitted for conference registration. Speakers are subject to change without notice.

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