Practical Discussion of Advanced Engineering Topics

Bloomington, Minnesota
Wednesday, May 01, 2019
Come learn with seasoned engineers, who will share their experience, knowledge and real-world examples from projects.

Jeff Eggebraaten 
is a project engineer with POWER Engineers. He has a broad range of experience in system studies including transmission planning, reliability modeling, protective relaying, AC interference analysis, and ground grid design. He is the technical manager of the transmission discipline and has experience in generation interconnect, NERC TPL, and model verification studies.

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.

Dr. Michael Ropp is president and principal engineer of Northern Plains Power Technologies in Brookings, South Dakota. He has over 20 years of experience in power engineering, power electronics, and photovoltaics. He has authored more than 70 technical publications and holds four patents. He is a senior member of the IEEE and is active in standards creation, and is a registered Professional Engineer in South Dakota and Hawaii. His primary technical interests are in the planning, design, modeling and simulation, control, dynamics, protection, reliability, diagnosis and event analysis of low-inertia, distributed and inverter-dominated power systems. Dr. Ropp also has a long-standing fascination with electrified transportation. He holds a bachelor's degree in music from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a master’s and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Chris Smith is a department manager for the Testing and Energization (PTE) group at POWER Engineers. He graduated with a BSEET from University of Maine. He has eight years of experience as a field service engineer, focusing primarily on protection and controls testing and site commissioning for a wide spectrum of transmission, distribution and generation systems ranging from 50 V to 500 kV.

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.

Chris Zubia is a project engineer with POWER Engineers with over 13 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.

    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 19, 2019.

    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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