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Date:       Thursday,  September 21, 2006
Subject: "Tour of USS-POSCO Industries"

The September 21st meeting of the Industry Applications Society for Oakland East Bay Section
will feature a tour of USS-POSCO Industries.  USS-POSCO Industries is located in Pittsburg, California,
approximately 40 miles east of San Francisco. The company employs almost 1,000 people and converts
hot rolled steel coils into three main product lines: cold rolled sheet, galvanized sheet, and tin plate. 
These products are shipped to customers who manufacture a wide range of products including: office furniture,
computer cabinets, metal studs, culvert, metal building material, downspouts, and food packaging.  See the
following web link for more details: <>
The tour will last approximately two hours.  Please wear close-toe shoes, long pants, and long-sleeve shirt
(or jacket) for this tour.  Be prepared to walk approximately 1 mile and climb 66 stairs, and to present
valid picture identification at the security gate.

Date:       Thursday,  June 15,  2006
Subject: "Automatic Transfer Switches - Design and Application"

Speaker:  George Williams,  Cummins Power

The June 15th meeting of the Industry Applications Society for Oakland East Bay Section will feature a talk entitled "Automatic Transfer Switches – Design and Application".  The speaker will be George L. Williams, Western Regional Sales Manager, Cummins Power Generation.  This presentation will cover design and application of automatic transfer switches (ATS) as well as UL standard 1008 testing.  The presentation will cover switchboard designs as they apply to ATS, when to apply transfer switches, and when bypass transfer switches are required.  This presentation will answer the question of 3-wire versus 4-wire and questions regarding grounding.

About the Speaker: Mr. Williams has 25 years of experience in various phases of the power industry.  His experience includes: Acting as a trainer for paralleling systems at ASCO Emerson Network Power and at the Engine Generators Systems Association (EGSA); Certification as Journeyman Line Technician through the IBEW, Master Electrician licensed in 1979 by the Arkansas Board of Labor.  Mr. Williams worked for 13 years at Emerson Network Power / ASCO through various jobs as an application engineer, project manager, marketing manager.  He worked for 2 Years with GE Zenith as Western Regional Sales Manager.   He started with Cummins Power Generation in April 2004 as Western Regional Sales Manager for Power Electronics.  Mr. Williams holds a BA in Management from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California and an Associate of Business from North Arkansas Community College.  Mr. Williams is an Associate Member of IEEE Power Engineering Society.

Date:       Thursday,  May 18, 2006
Subject: "ANSI  C37  Switchgear and UL489 Switchboard Comparison"

Speaker:  Finn Schenk, Sr. Sales Executive, Square D Company

The May 18th meeting of the Industry Applications Society for Oakland East Bay Section will feature a talk entitled "ANSI C37 Switchgear and UL 489 Switchboard Comparison".  The speaker will be Finn Schenk, Sr. Sales Executive, Square D Company. 

Engineers frequently ask, "...Should I specify Switchgear or a Switchboard for my application?"  What is a switchboard, and what is switchgear?   In our discussion, we will review the differences between a switchboard and switchgear.  We will review UL and ANSI standards for both the switchgear and circuit breakers.   We will clear up any questions regarding the confusing titles "Switchgear" and "Switchboard" and focus on the physical differences, performance, and application issues associated with each product.  In recent years, manufacturers have narrowed the gap between the two products.   What does this mean for the specifier and the user?   We will look at how to get the features you want with the correct product that meets your project's needs.  What is "two step stored energy"?  Power Breaker or Insulated Case? Can I maintain this breaker?  What about the 30 cycle withstand rating?   ANSI rated, UL rated, or both?  You will have the answers to all of these questions, and more.

About the Speaker:

Mr. Schenck has been selling Square D Company distribution and controls equipment, in the Bay Area, for 18 years.  Finn has a BS from San Jose State University in Mechanical Engineering.  He has held many leadership positions in IEEE and is currently the Treasurer of the SF IEEE/IAS and is a past Chairman of both SF IEEE/IAS and Oakland East Bay IEEE/IAS.

Date:       Wednesday,  April 12, 2006
Subject: "Improving Reliability through an Organizational Approach to Problem Solving"

Speaker:  Aaron Cross,  Engineer/Problem Consultant, ThinkReliability

The April 12th meeting of the Industry Applications Society for Oakland East Bay Section will feature a talk entitled "Improving Reliability through an Organizational Approach to Problem Solving".  The speaker will be Aaron Cross, Engineer/Problem Consultant, ThinkReliability.  Improving reliability is about focusing on the causes of unreliability.  A cornerstone for an effective reliability program is an organizational approach to identifying and controlling these causes.  Root cause analysis is a common term used throughout a variety of industries.  It’s used for equipment failures, scheduling delays, production outages and many other types of issues.  Most organizations inappropriately use root cause analysis to find the single root cause of the issue they are investigating.  This singular perspective creates a right-answer approach that undermines the prevention theme.  Root cause analysis is really the process of identifying the system of causes for an issue.  It is this system of causes that reveals the potential solutions to prevent occurrence.  The objective is effective solutions, not a root cause.  Effective root cause analysis is really a visual process of mapping the system of causes.  This presentation outlines the three basic steps of an effective causal analysis:  assessing the value of the incident within the business’ overall goals, developing a visual map of the causes and determining effective solutions.  A demonstration will also be provided on a simple and effective method to electronically document and store the analysis.

About the Speaker:

Mr. Cross received the B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Kansas State University.  He has been providing workshops and consulting services in the area of reliability with an emphasis on cause and effect analysis for the past 3 years.  Mr. Cross’s work spans several industries including petrochemical, power, aviation, refining, telecommunications, information technology, marine and transportation.  His past experience, which helped to develop his process framework, also includes 4 years at Sprint where he led company wide process improvement initiatives that included significant process design and development and causality analysis.

Date:       Thursday, March 16, 2006
Subject: "A Diagnostic Testing Program for Large Lead Acid Storage Battery Banks"

Speaker:  Robert D. Soileau,  I/E Maintenance Manager,  Valero

The March 16th meeting of the Industry Applications Society for Oakland East Bay Section will feature a talk entitled "A Diagnostic Testing Program for Large Lead Acid Storage Battery Banks".  The speaker will be Robert D. Soileau, I/E Maintenance Manager, Valero.  This presentation will present a justification for the need and a discussion of the methods to perform Capacity Discharge and Intercell Resistance Tests on large storage industrial battery banks in standby applications.  Reliability and economic data will be presented that will help demonstrate battery bank criticality, consequence and cause of failure, and the need for comprehensive battery maintenance programs, which include battery diagnostic testing.  Recommended test frequencies and replacement criteria will be discussed, along with the equipment required to perform these tests, as well as the capability to maintain a standby power source during testing.

About the Speaker:

Mr. Soileau received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.  He joined the Louisiana Division of Dow Chemical, U.S.A. in 1987 and served as Senior Electrical Engineer in an Electrical Technical Support Group.  His primary function was to improve the reliability of electrical systems and equipment throughout the Division by establishing preventive, predictive maintenance programs.  During this time, Mr. Soileau was an instructor in an Electrical Apprenticeship Program for the Pelican Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., Baton Rouge.  Mr. Soileau left Dow Chemical in 2001 and went to work for Timbec Paper Mill in St. Francisville, Louisiana for 6 months as Electrical Supervisor before joining Valero in Benicia California in 2002 as the I/E Maintenance Manager where he continues to work on improving the reliability of I/E systems throughout the refinery through the implementation of preventive predictive maintenance programs.   Mr. Soileau also continues to instruct in the Electrical Apprenticeship Program at the ABC Golden Gate Chapter in Concord, California.  Mr. Soileau is a member of the Working Group for the revision of the IEEE Orange Book (ANSI/IEEE Standard 446) Recommended Practice for Emergency and Standby Power Systems for Industrial and Commercial Application, and PAR 1375, IEEE Guide for Protection of Stationary Battery Systems.

Date:       Thursday, February 16, 2006
Subject: "
  Solving the Battery Problem--New IEEE Battery Monitoring Standard,
                 New Approaches in Ensuring Battery Reliability
Speaker:  Bart Cotton & Steve Cotton,  Data Power Monitoring Corporation

The February 16th meeting of the Industry Applications Society for Oakland East Bay Section will
feature a talk entitled "Solving the Battery Problem – New IEEE Battery Monitoring Standard,
New Approaches in Ensuring Battery Reliability". There will be two speakers – Steve Cotton,
President, Data Power Monitoring Corporation and Bart Cotton, Founder, Data Power Monitoring

Batteries are the culprit for well over 75% of UPS System Load Losses. Batteries are considered
to be the weak link in reliability ecostructure of UPS, Telecom, Switchgear, Emergency
Generators and other mission critical applications. Bart and Steve will present new developments
in addressing the battery reliability challenge we all face. The focus of the presentation will be the
new IEEE 1491 Standard "Guide for Selection and Use of Battery Monitoring Equipment in
Stationary Applications". In addition to presenting the components of the standard, history of the
standard, and future plans for this new standard, Bart and Steve will present a discussion on how
a combination of Standards, Equipment, Process, Analysis and Methodologies can effectively
eliminate the battery problem all together.

About the Speakers:

Bart Cotton is a Senior Member and past San Francisco Chapter Chairman of the Institute of
Electrical and Electronics Engineers (I.E.E.E.), Industry Applications Society. These societies
lead and educate engineers on the latest technology advancements and applications in the power
conversion, control, distribution, and power electronics area. He is also a member of the IEEE
Standards Coordinating Committee 29, which generates and maintains IEEE battery standards.
Bart is the chairperson for the IEEE 1491 Battery Monitoring Standard released in December,

Steve Cotton joined Data Power Monitoring Corporation in December of 2001 bringing over 15
years of experience in building successful teams in the technology industry with Octel
Communications, Lucent Technologies, and Sendmail. Steve is responsible for Data Power
Monitoring’s software development efforts and overall corporate strategy. Steve earned a
Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology and Telecommunications from California
State University, Chico in 1988.

Date: Thursday, January 19, 2006
Subject: "
Overview of the Stationary Fuel Cell Market"
Speaker:  Joseph R Heinzmann, FuelCell Energy

The January 19 meeting of the Industry Application Society for Oakland East Bay Section will feature a talk entitled "Overview of the Stationary Fuel Cell Market " The speaker will be Joseph R Heinzmann Director of Business Development - West Region FuelCell Energy.

This presentation will provide an overview of the Stationary Fuel Cell Market, the drivers that are propelling this market and an overview of the world’s leading supplier of high temperature stationary fuel cells, FuelCell Energy.

About the Speaker:

Mr. Heinzmann is the West Region Director of Business Development for FuelCell Energy. He has a dual degree in Marine and Mechanical Engineering from the California Maritime Academy.  His practical expertise encompasses onsite-distributed generation, generator controls and protection, automated control systems and onsite generation project economics.

Prior to joining FuelCell Energy, At FuelCell Energy Mr. Heinzmann is responsible for working with both end customers and FuelCell Energy’s Distributors to develop economically justified solutions that promote the use of Fuel Cells in the commercial marketplace.  Additionally Mr Heinzmann works within the regulatory arena to develop sound policy that benefits all Californians with ultra clean, efficient and reliable power. Mr. Heinzmann was formerly the West Region Power Users Technical Sales Leader for the General Electric Company.  

Date: Thursday, November 17, 2005
Subject:  Arc Flash Studies using Electrical Engineering Software
Speaker: Michael Nakamura, East Bay Municipal Utility District

Recently, there have been numerous presentations regarding arc flash that provided a general overview of the
topic. This presentation will go deeper and focus on how to perform an arc flash study using electrical
engineering software. The presenter will first provide a brief review of the basics - what is arc flash, what are the
Codes and Standards related to arc flash, and how does one determine the required PPE. The presenter will
then follow this with a live demonstration of how to perform an actual arc flash study using electrical engineering
software, such as SKM Power*Tools for Windows. A basic example will be discussed, constructed, and
analyzed. Following the demonstration, there will be a discussion of the lessons learned from actual arc flash
studies performed at EBMUD facilities.

Michael Nakamura has been with East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) for nearly seven years and
holds the position of Senior Electrical Engineer. Prior to joining EBMUD, he worked for various local
engineering consulting firms almost exclusively in the municipal water/wastewater industry. Mr.
Nakamura has performed numerous short circuit, load flow, transient motor starting, protective device
coordination, and arc flash studies for systems up to 21 kV. He is an active participant in EBMUD's
electrical safety workgroup. Mr. Nakamura's experience includes design of electrical, controls, and
instrumentation systems for wastewater treatment plants, water treatment plants, pumping plants, and
hydroelectric plants. He is experienced in the programming, testing, startup, and commissioning of
power distribution equipment, protective relays, and PLC control systems.

Mr. Nakamura received the B.S.E.E. degree from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis
Obispo. He is a past chairman of the IEEE Oakland/East Bay Power Engineering Society, and is a
current member of IEEE, IAS, and PES. Mr. Nakamura holds a Certificate in Project Management from
UC Berkeley Extension, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of California.

Date: Thursday, October 13, 2005
Subject Title: "AC Control Power and Digital Protective Relays: Avoiding the Pitfalls"
Speaker: Gary Fox (GE Industrial)

The October 13 meeting of the Industry Application Society for Oakland East
Bay Section will feature a talk entitled "AC Control Power and Digital
Protective Relays: Avoiding the Pitfalls." The speaker will be Gary H. Fox,
P.E., Systems Engineer with GE Industrial.

Batteries are considered to be the most reliable control power source used
in medium voltage switchgear. But applying batteries can cause headaches for
the design professional, or owners simply don't like the amount of space
they use up. So ac control power is often used as an alternative. This would
be fine if we were still using electromechanical relays for protection. But
digital relays have become the default choice for protection on modern
switchgear and most digital relays require a separate control power source
for their operation. If that control power is an ac source derived from the
primary circuits, the voltage to the protective relays cannot be considered
to be reliable and compromises the protection of the circuit.

At this chapter meeting, an IEEE paper originally presented at the 2005 IAS
Pulp and Paper Industry Conference will be discussed that explores the
issues surrounding ac control power, and techniques that can be applied to
mitigate those issues.

Gary H. Fox received his BSEE from California Polytechnic State University,
San Luis Obispo in 1978. He became a Member of IEEE in 1989, and a Senior
Member in 2001. He has been employed by General Electric Company for 27
years. His current assignment is a Systems Engineer for GE Industrial in
Concord, CA, providing application and technical support for power
distribution and control equipment. Mr. Fox is a member of the IEEE Industry
Applications and IEEE Power Engineering Societies. He has held several IEEE
officer positions including Chair for the San Francisco Chapter, IAS; Chair,
San Francisco Section; and Chair, San Francisco Bay Area Council. In
addition, he has lectured at several local IEEE workshops covering the
subjects of high voltage substation design, short circuit calculations, and
power system protection. He has been a Professional Engineer licensed in
California since 1982.

Date: Thursday, September 15, 2005
Subject: "Power System and Equipment Grounding and Personnel Protection
Dev Paul  (Earth Tech Inc.)      

The September 15 meeting of the Industry Application Society for Oakland East Bay Section, will feature a technical presentation on the subject of  "Power System and Equipment Grounding and Personnel Protection."  The speaker will be Mr. Dev Paul of Earth Tech Inc.  He will also cover issues related to grounding and the bonding of down conductors involved in the design of a Lightning Protection scheme.

Recently Mr. Paul presented technical papers at IEEE/IAS conferences on the two different subjects:  1) Lightning Protection and  2) Shore-to-Ship Power Supplies (Cold Ironing)-Power System Grounding and Safety Analysis.  The technical highlights from both of these papers,as related to personnel and equipment protection, will be combined and covered in this presentation. 

The speaker will add further interest to the discussion of personnel protection by providing  examples of actual designs taken from industrial, commercial, rapid transit systems and Port facilities.  Contradicting and conflicting design issues will also be addressed.  Lastly, for a better understanding of personnel protection, the equivalent electrical circuit of the human body will be reviewed and discussed from a present day and historical viewpoint.  There will be ample time for questions and answers during and after the presentation.
Mr. Dev Paul is a senior member of IEEE, his membership with IEEE started in 1973. He received the B.Sc. degree with honors in mathematics and the M.S.E.E. degree in electrical engineering in 1969 and 1971, respectively. He has completed further studies in power systems at the University of Santa Clara.

He joined Kaiser Engineers, Oakland, CA. in 1972 as a design engineer and now the same company is EARTH TECH Inc, part of TYCO International.  Mr. Paul has worked on a variety of heavy industrial, co-generation, commercial, DOD and DOE facilities, and rapid transit rail projects. In his present position as a Chief Electrical and Project Manager,  he is responsible for the overall design, analysis, studies, specifications, installation, project management, system startup and system integration work on variety of projects. He has authored twelve (12) technical papers, which are published in IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) Transactions and American Public Transit Association (APTA) conference proceedings. His main fields of interests are power system analysis, protection, grounding and harmonics.

Mr. Paul is an active member of several IAS Committees. He has served as a treasurer and vice chairman for the local IEEE Chapter. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the States of California, Nevada, and Oregon. He received the IEEE Ralph H Lee Award for his Technical Paper on DC Power System Grounding in 2003. He is presently a Chairman of the Power System Surge Protection Standard.

Date: Thursday, May 19, 2005
Subject: "
Arc Flash Hazard Assessment and Electrical Safety in the Workplace
Anthony Mazy  (Consulting Engineer)

The May 19 meeting of the Industry Application Society for Oakland East Bay Section will feature a talk on "Arc Flash Hazard Assessment and Electrical Safety in the Workplace".

An arc flash hazard evaluation should be performed prior to working on any energized electrical equipment.  Various manual calculation methods as well as computer program packages can be used for this task.  Results from such analyses will help determine the appropriate level of personal protective equipment required to be worn.  In addition to these topics, the talk will also cover the following relative to arc flash hazards:

*  OSHA Requirements and What Has Changed
*  Regulatory History and the NFPA 70E
*  Applicable Situations
*  Protective Measures
*  Calculating Incident Energy
*  Methodology of Hazard Assessment
*  IEEE Calculations
*  IEEE Standard 1584 -2002
*  Short Circuit & Coodination Studies are needed 
*  Engineering Aids -- Tables, Spreadsheets, Simulation Software

About the Speaker:
Anthony Mazy received his BSEEE from California State University, Sacramento, in 1977.  He has been an energy analyst with a national consulting firm, a project engineer at several military installations including Base Utilities Engineer at Mather and McClellan AFBs, in Sacramento, and a design engineer in projects as diverse as remodeling of the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, the B-2 (strategic bomber) consolidated flight test facility at Edwards AFB, and the 54,000 Sq. ft. private residence of Aaron Spelling.  Most recently a forensic engineer with the California Public Utilities Commission, Mr. Mazy is a recognized expert in Advanced Meter-Reading systems and the utility interconnection of Distributed Generation. 
Mr. Mazy is a registered Professional Engineer, in California.  He consults privately, with a small group of electrical engineers, who have performed a number of Arc Flash Hazard Assessments in recent months, and regularly participates in IEEE activities, particularly the Industry Applications and Power Engineering societies. In October, Mr. Mazy will be the moderator for two panel discussions on "Rethinking T&D Architecture for DER" at the IEEE-PES T&D Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans.   

Date: Thursday, April 21, 2005
Subject: "Electrical Power Generation, Distribution, and Plant Automation on Modern Marine Vessels"
Speakers:  Robert Jackson; Robert Hammaker; Kirk Allen  (Marine Engineers)

The April 21 meeting of the Industry Application Society for Oakland East Bay Section will feature a talk entitled "Electrical Power Generation, Distribution, and Plant Automation on Modern Marine Vessels".
Today's modern sea-going vessels are designed to carry very specific cargos and therefore the power generation and electrical distribution systems have to be as specialized as the vessel to meet those demands.  Marine electrical systems will vary depending upon whether the sea-going vessel is a tanker, a freighter, or a passenger ship.  Some other aspects which affect vessel design are the ever increasing requirements to provide for safety, reliability, and efficiency of the vessel.  This meeting discussion will provide an overview of the most common types of electrical systems found aboard modern vessels and how they are integrated into the mission of the vessel.

Specific topics to be covered will include:

* Marine electrical power generation and distribution systems and how they are affected by the type of vessel service and prime mover.

* Various types of electric propulsion commonly used aboard merchant vessels.

* Overview of marine control systems and automation.

* Use of shaft generators to improve plant efficiency or provide emergency propulsion.

* Improvement of plant efficiency by production of electricity from waste heat.

* Overview of common vessel types and methods of propulsion.

By attending this meeting you will be informed and educated on how the electrical world aboard a marine vessel is different than what you may be used to on dry land. Come and join us for this interesting voyage!

About the Speakers:
The presentation will be made by three marine engineers who are all former graduates of the local California Maritime Academy in Vallejo.  Their personal backgrounds are as follows:

Bio for Robert Jackson:
B.S. Marine Engineering Technology, California Maritime Academy, 1976.
United States Coast Guard License, Chief Engineer Unlimited Horsepower on Motor, Steam, or Gas Turbine Vessels.
ISA CCST Level 1 Instrumentation Certification.
ISCET Electronics Technician Certification.
Twenty four years experience as an engineering officer on mechant vessels.
Teaching at California Maritime Academy as a Maritime Vocational Instructor since 2000.

Bio for Robert Hammaker:
B.S. Marine Engineering Technology; California Maritime Academy, 1976.
M.S. Industrial and Systems Engineering; CSU San Jose 1992.
U.S.C.G. Licenses Chief Engineer Steam Ships UNL. HP/3rd Asst. Eng. Motor Ships UNL. HP.
P.E. Control Systems Engineering (State of California).
Education Chair NORCAL Section of ISA.
Instructor in Instrumentation and Measurement and Automation at CMA

Bio for Kirk Allen:
B.S. Marine Engineering Technology, California Maritime Academy, 1980.
United States Coast Guard License, Chief Engineer Unlimited Horsepower on Motor, Steam, or Gas Turbine Vessels.
ISA CCST Level 1 Instrumentation Certification.
ISCET Electronics Technician Certification.
Member of San Francisco Bay Port Engineers Association.
Twenty five years experience as an engineering officer on mechant vessels.

Date: Thursday, March 17, 2005
Subject: "
Considerations in the Application of AFDs"
Gregg Boltz, P.E.   (Brown and Caldwell)    

 “Considerations in the Application of AFDs” will be presented both as an introduction for those unfamiliar with AFDs and as a review for those who are more familiar with them.    Affects of Adjustable Frequency Drives (AFDs) on the electrical power distribution system, the driven motor and the cables will all be discussed.  The audience is encouraged to bring their own personal experiences (lessons learned regarding AFDs) which can be shared at the meeting for the mutual benefit of all.  So a portion of this technical meeting will be audience participation as facilitated by the speaker.   The AFD topics to be covered will include harmonics, input filters (passive and active), output filters, motor cable (lead length) considerations, resonant frequencies to be avoided, and inverter-duty motor construction.

The presentation will be given by Mr. Gregg Boltz, P.E.  Mr. Boltz has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and is a registered professional engineer in the State of California.  Mr. Boltz has been studying and applying AFDs for 15 years.  Mr. Boltz is employed by Brown and Caldwell, where he routinely applies AFDs in his work to control motors.  In his spare time, he also serves as Vice Chairman for the IEEE-IAS-OEB chapter.

Date: Thursday, February 17, 2005
Subject: "Short Circuit and Coordination Analysis Studies
Glyn Lewis, P.E.   (Applied Power Co.)  

  Producing electrical short circuit and coordination studies today is now more of a science than an art as in years gone by.  The new science is by virtue of the plethora of computer programs now available at comparatively low cost for the use of electrical engineers.  These software tools are created by people who have rigorously studied the multitude of electrical standards and incorporated the methodology into their programs.  However, we are still left with the  longstanding problem of interpreting the final results.   Usually this requires further knowledge of the specific hardware devices and their application standards. 

 This month’s meeting will offer some helpful guidelines and advice from an industry veteran on producing and then analyzing the computed and graphical results of electrical system studies.   The presentation marks a return to the basics for our IEEE chapter and will be educational for both younger engineers as well as seasoned veterans.   All interested parties are welcome to attend.

 The speaker will be Glyn J. Lewis , P.E., who is a consulting electrical engineer with the firm Applied Power.    Mr. Lewis has a 40 year career in the electrical industry.  He graduated from the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology in 1964 and worked for two switchgear suppliers in the UK as a commissioning engineer.

 Mr. Lewis joined General Electric Company in 1968 and worked in a number of positions until forming his own company Applied Power in 1981.   He is a member of IEEE, NFPA, NETA, IAEI and ASE and he is a registered P.E. in the State of California.

 Glyn has performed over 400 analytical studies on electrical distribution systems in the areas of short circuit analysis, coordination, load flow and motor starting.  He has been responsible for the design of numerous generating and cogenerating plants.   He has served as the principal instructor for many training seminars presented by General Electric Company in the fields of electrical safety, switchgear and protective relaying.

On the local IEEE level, Glyn was selected as an instructor in the San Francisco short course on high voltage substation design.  He was also selected by IEEE as an instructor in 1984, 1985, 1987, 1991, 1993 and 1994 to conduct the San Francisco and Los Angeles, Industrial Application Society's and the Power Engineering Society's short courses on fault calculations and coordination studies. 

Date: Thursday, January 20, 2005
A Technical Perspective on Hybrid Electric Vehicles--Design, Technology, and Environmental Impact
Mark Duvall, Electric Power Research Institute   
The automotive industry has entered a period of unprecedented technological development, driven by increasingly stringent emissions regulations, growing concerns about globally constrained petroleum supplies, and the looming prospect of limitations on vehicle carbon dioxide emissions.  Most of this work is focused on the use of electric-drive systems to dramatically improve vehicle efficiencies and to ultimately promote sustainability and fuel diversity by enabling the use of energy carriers like electricity and hydrogen in the transportation sector.

The modern evolution of electric-drive vehicles began in the 1990s with the introduction of pure battery electric vehicles, like the General Motors EV1.  The high-power electric drive technologies and other advanced components developed for these vehicles were applied to combustion engine hybrid electric vehicles, which entered the U.S. market in 1999 and show promising consumer appeal.  Further technical advances could enable the development and market introduction of fuel cell hybrid electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles---applications which support long-term objectives to reduce the petroleum consumption and the carbon dioxide emissions of the transportation sector. 
This talk will present some of the key technologies behind electric-drive vehicle design, including advanced battery systems, electric traction systems, fuel cell power devices, and hybrid-electric powertrain controls and energy management.  The potential for these technologies to improve vehicle efficiency and performance, as well as their likely cost and commericalization challenges will also be discussed.  Energy and environmental impacts will be discussed from a national and global perspective.  The speaker will also share his experience with advanced vehicle design and the automotive development process---including both advanced research objectives and the practical realities of collaborating with automotive manufacturers to introduce new technologies.
Questions and discussion on these and other transportation topics will be welcome throughout the evening.
The speaker will be Dr. Mark Duvall of the Electric Power Research Institute.  Mark has worked at EPRI for four years and is the Manager of Technology Development in Electric Transportation.  In this position he is responsible for the technical development of all of EPRI's advanced transportation research programs, including battery electric, hybrid electric, and fuel cell vehicles for commercial, passenger, and transit applications. 

Prior to joining EPRI, Mark held a research position at the University of California, Davis in the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Center. 

Mark Duvall holds B.S and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. 

Date: Thursday, November 18, 2004
Subject: "
Advanced Energy Meters and Power Quality Monitors
Speaker:  Ron Weiss  (Electro Industries/GaugeTech)

Electric energy meters have come a long way since the single application use as a source of revenue calculations.  Today’s advanced meters offer capabilities to perform a multitude of tasks simultaneously.  In industrial applications, meters are being used to perform many complicated process control functions, monitor power quality, and perform load shedding operations both under manual and automated commands.  The goal is to keep energy costs down and improve overall efficiency of the plant.  In Utility applications, operating personnel are looking to advanced revenue meters to also provide them with data on systems reliability, as well as with fault analysis capability.   These enhancements help improve the utility’s service to its customers.  Today’s energy meters, with on-board intelligence and built-in communications capabilities, provide end users with powerful tools for managing their electric systems more effectively. This month’s presentation will explain how the key features found in advanced energy meters help meet the challenges of today’s energy systems.   An actual case study will also be presented and examined.

The speaker will be Ron Weiss of Electro Industries/GaugeTech.   Ron Weiss has been with Electro Industries/GaugeTech for three years and holds the position of Senior Regional Manager for the Western Division.  In this position, Ron supervises all aspects of EIG’s business activities, sales, projects and after sales support.

Prior to joining EIG, Ron Weiss was based in Singapore for 16 years where he served in positions as regional sales manager, and managing director for Rochester Instruments with responsibility for the entire Asia-Pacific region. Ron also worked for TRICONEX for six of his 16 years in Singapore, promoting and designing advanced control systems for gas/steam turbines, emergency plant shutdown systems and boiler control systems. 

Ron received a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University, a B.A. degree in Biology from the University of Western Connecticut and an MBA in International Business from Oklahoma City University. 

Date: Thursday, October 21, 2004
Subject: "
Circuit Breaker Protection
Speaker:  Dale Gilkey, Square-D Co.

Our subject this month is Circuit Breaker Protection.  In this discussion we will cover a number of topics related to Low Voltage Circuit Breakers.  Here is an outline of the topics that will be covered:

Summary of Breaker Basics
      Types of Overloads

 Thermal Magnetic versus Solid State (Electronic)
      Physical make up
      Coordination Curves
      Current Limiting Technology

ANSI Style Breakers versus UL Style Breakers
      Equipment they are used in
      Long Short Time Withstand Ratings

Circuit Breakers and Some NEC Code issues
      Wire Selection
      100% Rated Breakers
      Adjustable Trip Ratings
      Arc Fault Interrupters

Series Ratings
      What are they ??
      Where do you find Listings
      Proprietary Information
      Incorrect information

Our speaker will be Dale Gilkey, who is Consulting Engineer Specialist for Square D Company in Northern California and Nevada.  He has been in the electrical industry for more than 25 years.  Dale Gilkey began his career with Westinghouse Electric Corporation in 1978.  He worked in the engineering department of their switchboard and panelboard manufacturing facility for two years.   Transferring to the San Francisco Bay area in 1980, he worked for Westinghouse in the Field Sales Office and Distribution Offices until 1990.   He then worked for the local assemblies builder, IEM, for two years before joining Square D Company in 1992.  Dale worked as a Senior Industrial Sales Engineer until 1995 when he then took the position he currently holds as Consulting Engineer Specialist for Square D in Northern California and Nevada.  In this position he works closely with the Electrical Engineering community on project layouts, budgets, specifications, and training.

Dale received his BS in Electrical Engineering at Manhattan College in New York City.  There he was a member of IEEE and Eta Kappa Nu Association-the National Honor Society of Electrical Engineers.

Date: Thursday, September 23, 2004
Subject: "Changes in Industrial Power Management Systems"
Speaker:  Marilyn Self 

Changes in Power Management Systems are being driven by Microsoft and
customers' demands for integration while preserving their legacy
investments.  The guest speaker will talk about the changes in power
management systems being driven by the PC operating systems, what technology
is available for easier integration of power management into computer
systems, the move away from the traditional HMI (human machine interface),
the use of artificial intelligence to maintain power quality, and the
technologies being implemented through the WEB.

The speaker, Marilyn Self, is a product specialist with GE Multilin.  She
earned her degree in Chemistry and Computer Science at Grand Canyon
University in Phoenix, Arizona.  She previously worked for Honeywell,
developing and implementing the Global network strategy for the networked
DCS line.  In her current role with GE Multilin, Marilyn is responsible for
Power Management software and hardware.

Thursday, June 17th, 2004
Subject: "Bus Protection and Current Transformer Theory"
Speaker: Mr. John Horak (Basler)

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The June 17th meeting of the IEEE Industry Applications Society, for the Oakland East Bay Area, will feature a talk by John Horak, Basler Electric, Inc. His topic is Bus Protection methods and will tie the subject into some extensive evaluation of current transformer theory and how CT operation affects the bus protection scheme.

Bus faults are uncommon, but when they occur they are very high profile events. Bus faults involve such issues as personnel safety, outage to an extensive collection of loads, may involve equipment damage that could prevent feeding these loads for an extended period or prevent generators from operating, and can cause system stability issues such as generators pulling out of step and islanding of sections of the power system. For these reasons and more, such as relay coordination concerns, a bus fault is frequently one of the highest speed tripping systems found in the protective relay business.

In an opposition to high speed, one needs a scheme that is secure against tripping for out of zone faults. One needs to be aware of some of the issues that can make systems mis-measure bus current. In order to understand the issues with CT performance in bus protection, the presentation will delve into how current transformers (CTs) work and how the CT performance affects the bus protection scheme. The presentation will begin with a detailed review of CT operation, covering the burden ratings of CTs, the ANSI C class definitions, some means of determining if a CT is prone to AC saturation during a fault, DC offset and how it arises, and CT saturation induced by DC offset current, and CT performance on high impedance differential systems during in-zone faults.

The presentation will discuss the various bus protection schemes, including various forms of high impedance bus protection using single and dual ratio CTs and the calculation of settings for such systems; low impedance current differential schemes using time overcurrent, including an analysis of the use of a with a stabilizing resistor and how this resistor is sized; interlocked feeder and bus relays; multiple restraint systems using a system similar to transformer differential relaying; and lastly, the basic overcurrent or partial differential overcurrent approach.

John Horak has been the Regional Application Engineer for Basler Electric for the California area for 7 years. Prior to joining Basler Electric John worked for Stone and Webster Engineering for 10 years, 6 of them on assignment at the System Protection offices of Public Service of Colorado. Prior to joining Stone and Webster John worked with Chevron and Houston Light and Power. John has and MSEE in Power System Studies and is a licensed professional engineer.

Wednesday, May 12, 2004
Topic: "Medium Voltage Switchgear and Circuit Breaker Ratings Structure"
Speaker:  Jim Bowen (Powell Electrical Manufacturing Co.)

On Wednesday May 12 the Industry Applications Society of the Oakland East Bay Area will offer a technical talk on "Medium Voltage Switchgear and Circuit Breaker Ratings Structure".   

The speaker/presenter for this meeting will be Jim Bowen.  Jim was well received in his previous talk before our chapter last year on the topic of arc resistant switchgear.  We are pleased to bring him back by popular request for another talk on the subject of electrical switchgear.   

His presentation this time will be an in-depth review of the ratings structure of medium voltage switchgear and circuit breakers. The continuous current, dielectric strength, short circuit ratings and the mechanical endurance rating of the breaker and cell will all be discussed in depth. The implications of each of these parameters on the design of an electrical substation will be explored. You will also investigate the latest changes to the ANSI/IEEE standards as they apply to the momentary, interrupting, and the short time short circuit ratings of equipment being tested today.  Topics like the MVA method,symmetrical interrupting rating, and adoption of the uniform K factor of 1.0 for the voltage range factor will all be discussed.

Whether you are a new engineer or seasoned veteran, you will find Jim's easygoing style of educating others will quickly bring you up to speed in this wide-ranging review of the important issues concerning the ratings structure for medium voltage switchgear and circuit breakers.  

Jim Bowen has been with Powell Electrical Mfg. Co. for six years and he holds the post of Technical Director.  In this position, Jim provides technical leadership, training and mentoring in the utilization of equipment rated 38 kV and below.   He also authors the Powell Technical Briefs, a popular series of articles (1 to 3 pages in length) that addresses technical problems commonly found in the Electrical Power work place.  Powell Electrical Manufacturing Company is based in Houston, Texas and is a major supplier of electrical power
distribution equipment.

Prior to joining Powell, Jim Bowen worked at Exxon for 18 years in a variety of positions in engineering, maintenance, and start-up.  He also held the post of the Regional Engineer for Exxon Chemicals Europe for three years.  Jim has worked in all facets of Electrical Engineering involved with the petrochemical process and he was assigned to large projects which included co-generation, high
voltage gas insulated switchgear, and large variable speed drives.   Prior to Exxon, he spent 3 years with SIP Engineering.  Jim received his BSEE degree from Texas A&M University and he holds a P.E. license in Texas.   He is author of a number of papers presented at the IEEE PCIC conference and has taught at the PCIC Electrical Safety Workshop.

Date: April 22, 2004
Infrared Cameras and Troubleshooting
Speaker:     Eric Hughes  (FLIR Systems)
Performance Contracting & California Energy Rebate Programs
Speaker:  Eugene Gutkin  (Integrated Building Solutions, Inc.)

Topic #1: "Infrared Cameras and Troubleshooting"

Eric Hughes from Flir Systems will begin with basic infrared theory, discuss different applications and uses for infrared cameras, discuss the latest developments with cameras and software, and end with a demonstration.  He will also bring a new Utility CD-Rom for demonstration.   It's a good opportunity for all to review the fundamentals and learn what's new.

Eric Hughes is FLIR System's Northern California District Sales Manager. FLIR Systems is the global leading manufacturer of thermal imaging cameras used for a wide variety of applications in the commercial, industrial and government markets.  Prior to coming to Flir,  Eric Hughes was in the electrical and automated process industry for 10 years, working in the Bay Area since 1992.  He is based in San Carlos, California.

Topic #2: "Performance Contracting & California Energy Rebate Programs"

Eugene Gutkin will discuss the latest California energy rebate programs.  He will also cover the energy details and case studies of several standard performance contracts he has worked on for local Bay Area companies, such as NUMMI, Adobe Systems, and Hewlett Packard.  We will hear what results were accomplished and what lessons were learned. 

Eugene Gutkin is the president of Integrated Building Solutions, Inc. (IBS). IBS is a building automation, systems integration and energy conservation company, based in San Ramon, CA and founded in 1997.   Mr. Gutkin has 20 years of experience with HVAC systems and building automation.  He previously worked with large mechanical contractors and Landis & Staefa (Siemens).

Date: March 18, 2004
Lessons Learned From Electrical Failure Investigations
Speaker:     Wally Vahlstrom (Electro-Test Inc.)

As electrical professionals we all hate to see good electrical equipment ruined due to installation mistakes, lack of maintenance or poor operating procedures. Sadly, people have also been killed or injured due to relatively simple oversights whereas others have miraculously escaped serious injury. What lessons can be learned from these experiences?  This presentation will consist of a review of several failure investigations involving electrical power system failures.  Each case study is instructive and will include photos of the failed equipment and a discussion of the cause.  The photos will show failures involving transformers, fuses, breakers, switchgear, meters, busduct and other power system equipment.  The lessons learned from these failures have been condensed into a handy checklist to help improve electrical equipment maintenance and system reliability practices.  The resulting checklist will be a valuable tool for all who attend the meeting and have responsibility for design, maintenance or operation of critical electrical equipment.

The speaker is Wally Vahlstrom, Director of Technical Services for Electro-Test, Inc (ETI).    In his position, Mr. Vahlstrom is responsible for failure investigation work; energy management and auditing services; Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) services; power system studies & reliability analysis; and instrument calibration & repair services.

Prior to joining ETI, Mr. Vahlstrom held a variety of positions at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).  His last position there was Director of Engineering.  In this assignment he managed a multi-disciplined engineering department that provided project design for fossil and geothermal power plants with a combined capacity of 8000 MW.  During more than 20 years with PG&E, Mr. Vahlstrom held various positions including Chief Electrical Engineer.  Some of his design and project responsibilities included electrical distribution systems and equipment, substations, transmission lines and nuclear, hydro, fossil and geothermal power plants.

Mr. Vahlstrom has a BS-Electrical Engineering degree from California State University, Fresno and an MS-Engineering degree from the University of Santa Clara.  He is a registered professional Electrical Engineer.  His professional affiliations include IEEE, National Association of Forensic Engineers (NAFE), and the Lightning Protection Institute.  He is also the author of articles that have been published in EC&M magazine.

Date: Thursday, February 19, 2004
Application of a High Speed Motor and Adjustable Speed Drive
Speaker:  Barry Wood (ChevronTexaco Energy Technology Company) 

The February 19, 2004 meeting of the IEEE Industry Applications Society, for the Oakland East Bay Area, will feature a talk on "Application of a High Speed Motor and Adjustable Speed Drive".  

This is a case study from a real-life application in industry with useful engineering results that can be shared with everyone.  During the mid-1990's Chevron's El Segundo oil refinery was faced with the need to revise its refining process to produce reformulated gasoline in compliance with the state and federal clean air acts.  They found justification to purchase specially made high-speed electric motors with adjustible-speed drives (ASD).  High-speed motors are defined as those which operate at speeds above 3600 RPM.   Specifically, the motors would be rated at 11,000 RPM and 3,500 HP, a first in the industry.  These would be employed to replace the existing drivers for their steam turbine recycle compressors.   This talk will explain the decision-making process and rationale that led to the purchase ..  It will also describe the product design/development process and testing/approval procedures, as motors having such high speed and large horsepower had never been built before.   

The audience will also learn about what was done during this project in the following areas:
Motor design; vibration analysis; rotor dynamics; critical speed mapping; resonance study;  advance-design of ASD with enhanced reliability features; disturbance ride-through capability; harmonic analysis; and commisioning & startup.

This meeting will be an excellent opportunity for local Bay Area engineers to come and hear an award-winning IEEE technical paper delivered by one of its principal authors.

Our speaker will be Barry Wood of ChevronTexaco.   Barry M. Wood received the B.S.E.E. degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, and the M.S.E.E. degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1972 and 1978, respectively.

From 1972 through 1977, he was employed by Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA, as a Power Systems Engineer for the Industry Services Division.  In 1978 he joined McGraw Edison Company, Canonsburg, PA, as a Senior Power Systems Engineer, and in 1981 he joined Electro-Test, Inc., San Ramon, CA, where he held positions as Senior Electrical Engineer and Supervisory Electrical Engineer. 

Since 1987, Mr. Wood has been with ChevronTexaco where he is currently a Senior Staff Electrical Engineer with ChevronTexaco Energy Technology Company, Richmond, CA.  His primary responsibilities include consulting for company facilities worldwide in the areas of electrical power systems, adjustable speed drives, motors, and generators. Mr. Wood is an IEEE Fellow and a Registered Electrical Engineer in the States of California and Pennsylvania.   At the 1995 IEEE-PCIC conference, held in Denver, Mr. Wood delivered an earlier version of this talk with his colleagues. 

Date: Thursday, January 22, 2004 
Solar Electric Generation    
Speakers:  Matt Muniz (Alameda County Energy Program) & Howard Wenger (PowerLight Corp.)
The January 22, 2004 meeting of the IEEE Industry Applications Society for the Oakland East Bay Area will feature a discussion on the subject of "Solar Electric Generation".     
This meeting will offer everyone an informative update on the current state of the art in solar electric generation by the use of photovoltaic panels. Converting natural sunlight to electric energy is a clean, passive and renewable process.  It is also more environmentally friendly than other methodologies currently in use.  However, as with any construction project, there are economic hurdles that must first be cleared in order for solar projects to be viable.   All of these aspects will be discussed at the meeting. 
We are fortunate that California state has been receptive to alternative forms of generation including solar.  Already some very sizeable solar generation projects have been installed right here in the Bay Area on the rooftops of buildings.  One such project will be will be reviewed in detail. Also a general overview and status summary of what is happening today in the solar electric generation and photovoltaics industry will be provided.  All interested electrical and energy professionals are invited to attend this dinner meeting.  
There will be two speakers for this meeting.  The speaking duties will be shared by Matt Muniz (who is the Energy Program Manager for Alameda County) and Howard Wenger (who is Executive V.P. of PowerLight Corporation).   Matt Muniz will focus on the recently completed 1.18 MW solar generation project at the Santa Rita County Jail facility in Dublin, California.   Fourteen of the jail's housing units were outfitted with rooftop solar panels which cover about three acres of surface area. It is the largest rooftop solar electric installation in the United States.  Howard Wenger will focus on discussing the overall status today of the solar electric generation and photovoltaics industry.
Matt Muniz is the Energy Program Manager for Alameda County.  He has overseen Alameda County's Energy Program for the past 11 years, and has effectively reduced the County's annual energy costs by $4.5 million and secured over $9 million in energy incentives.
Mr. Muniz's first task with the County was to bid on PG&E's first demand-side management pilot program, PowerSaving Partners.  Alameda County was one of eight Partners selected for this 20 mW,  10-year program.  After two year's of implementing energy efficiency projects under this program and achieving over 1 mW of demand savings, the County began receiving monthly incentive checks totaling $360,000 per year and over $1,000,000 in annual energy cost savings.

Prior to the energy crisis in 2000, Mr. Muniz first envisioned reducing the County electrical costs through on-site renewable energy.  He then acted as project manager for the award-inning Santa Rita Jail Solar Power Project. This 1.18 mW installation, completed in 2002, is the largest rooftop solar power system in the U.S, covering over 3 acres of the jail's roof.  

For his achievements, Mr. Muniz was awarded the 2002 International Energy Manager of the Year by the Association of Energy Engineers.  Mr. Muniz is a 1986 engineering graduate from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and is a licensed mechanical engineer in the State of California.

Howard Wenger is Executive Vice President of PowerLight Corporation located in Berkeley, CA.  PowerLight Corporation is a leading provider of large-scale solar electric products and services.  Mr. Wenger's expertise is in developing and implementing business strategies and government policies for transforming solar photovoltaic (PV) power into the mainstream of energy.  He is dedicated to making solar power a significant part of the world's energy portfolio.  Mr. Wenger has been working in the renewable energy and energy efficiency fields for almost 20 years, during which time he authored and helped secure a number of important pieces of national and statewide policy and legislation designed to speed the commercialization of solar power.  

Prior to joining PowerLight, Mr. Wenger served as Vice President, North American Business, for AstroPower Inc., one of the world's largest
independent solar power companies.  Prior to joining AstroPower, Mr. Wenger co-founded Pacific Energy Group, a leading renewable energy consulting firm that developed a new framework and software tools for analyzing the customer-value of solar power generation, as well defining commercialization programs, legislation, and regulatory policy at state and national levels. 

Mr. Wenger also worked for Pacific Gas & Electric Company where he worked in the technical and economic valuation of renewable and distributed energy resources within electric utility grids.  Mr. Wenger received a Bachelors degree in Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Masters of Science in Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder.  He has authored more than 60 technical papers and reports concerning various aspects of the energy business.

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2003
Electricity Market Integration of Distributed Energy Resources   
Speaker:  Angela Chuang (ALSTOM EIA)
This hot topic is closely related to the concepts of distributed generation and deregulation of the power industry, both of which attract high levels of interest as well as controversies.   

Across our country today regional wholesale electricity markets have become widespread  as a result of electric power industry restructuring. The regional market rules and tariffs at the wholesale and retail level drive business opportunities for distributed energy, which in turn impact product requirements, including communication and control requirements for enabling coordinated utilization of distributed energy resources (DER).  A vision for how to integrate distributed resources in regional electricity markets and specific examples of values to be captured will be provided during this talk.

Beyond the benefit to an individual end-use customer, DER can also be operated for the benefit of the electric power system. Distributed energy resources such as curtailable load, distributed generation, and pump storage can capture valuable benefits when made available for dispatch by regional market and grid operators. For example, through coordinated utilization DER can be applied to relieve transmission congestion, provide ancillary services, and defer substation and grid expansion.  Various regional market operators and electric utilities are already utilizing DER as an integral part of power system operations, to support system reliability and to mitigate electricity costs.

This presentation will highlight system-level benefits and other drivers encouraging integration of DER in electric power system operations. A multi-market perspective will be provided spanning across the various regional electricity markets. Market opportunities for end-use customers, necessary equipment, and operational procedures that generally impact participants will also be discussed.

The presenter, Angela Chuang, PhD, product manager for ALSTOM EAI, has over 8 years of experience in formulating and developing solutions for new applications in the electric power industry. At ALSTOM, she is responsible for product strategy and product management of software that enables intelligent utilization of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) in a restructured electric power industry. She has also consulted for a number of companies in the energy industry on business strategy in a deregulated environment, and has participated by invitation of the U.S. Department of Energy in several technology roadmap workshops to define the national research, development, and demonstration priorities for distributed energy system technologies over the next 30 years.

Angela graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1992, 1995, and 1999, respectively. She holds a Management of Technology certificate from Berkeley's Haas School of Business, and has been a member of the IEEE Power Engineering Society since 1995. She has also served on the Board of the Peak Load Management Alliance, an industrial trade organization that promotes and educates suppliers and end-users on the value of distributed resource management in response to market price signals and as a risk management

Date: Thursday, October 16, 2003
Medium Voltage Arcing Faults and Arc Resistant Switchgear "
Jim Bowen  (Powell Electrical Manufacturing Co.)   

The October 16 meeting of the IEEE Industry Applications Society for the Oakland East Bay Section will feature a talk on the subject: "Medium Voltage Arcing Faults and Arc Resistant Switchgear"

The presentation will focus on medium voltage arcing faults and how an arcing fault behaves in a switchgear environment. The nature of the arcing fault is different from bolted faults and medium voltage arcing faults are very different when compared to low voltage arcing faults.
Switchgear that is designed and tested to protect personnel for the arcing fault is becoming more and more common place. This presentation will cover the standards which arc resistant equipment are tested to and the acceptance criteria that apply. The safety enhancement features typically found in the arc resistant switchgear will also be reviewed.  In addition, the discussion includes videos of fault in a test lab environment and an understanding of what is involved in the testing.   This talk will be an informative update for all electrical professionals.
The speaker will be Jim Bowen from the Powell Electrical Manufacturing Co.   Jim Bowen has been with Powell Electrical Mfg. Co. for five years and he holds the post of Technical Director.  In this position, he provides technical leadership, training and mentoring in the utilization of equipment rated 38 kV and below.   He also authors the Powell Technical Briefs, a popular series of articles (1 to 3 pages in length) that addresses technical problems commonly found in the Electrical Power work place.  Powell Electrical Manufacturing Company is based in Houston, Texas and is a major supplier of electrical power distribution equipment.

Prior to joining Powell, Jim Bowen worked at Exxon for 18 years in a variety of positions in engineering, maintenance, and start-up.  He also held the post of the Regional Engineer for Exxon Chemicals Europe for three years.   Jim has worked in all facets of Electrical Engineering involved with the petrochemical process and he was assigned to large projects which included co-generation, high voltage gas insulated switchgear, and large variable speed drives.   Prior to Exxon, he spent 3 years with SIP Engineering.     Jim received his BSEE degree from Texas A&M University and he holds a P.E. license in Texas.   He is author of a number of papers presented at the IEEE PCIC conference and has taught at the PCIC Electrical Safety Workshop.

Date: Thursday September 18, 2003 
"Fundamentals of UPS Systems"
Speaker:  Vaman Ganu  (Ametek Solidstate Controls) and David Eng (Technical Marketing & Sales Co.)     
The topics to be covered in this talk include the following:
*  Topologies employed in the UPS industry today
*  Differences between "Commercial" grade and "Industrial" grade UPS systems
*  Differences between Ferroresonant and PWM conversion technologies
*  Common UPS configurations
*  Properly sizing a UPS system
*  Static switch considerations
*  Bypass source considerations
*  Battery technologies
This talk promises to be a helpful update on how to select and apply uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems.  All interested electrical professionals are encouraged to attend.  
There will be two speakers for this presentation.   The speaker duties will be shared by Vaman Ganu (who is the western regional sales manager at Ametek Solidstate Controls) and David Eng (who is currently chairman of this IEEE chapter).
Vaman Ganu has worked for SCI (now known as Ametek Solidstate Controls) for over 7 years.  Currently, he is the Western Regional Sales Manager and his office is located in Irvine, CA.   His territory also extends to Alaska and Hawaii which, as we might imagine, deserves a fair share of his time.  Vaman has a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Systems Engineering.  Having over 20 years experience in the UPS industry, Vaman has a tremendous knowledge base that he offers to his clients on UPS matters. Ametek Solidstate Controls makes industrial grade UPS systems that are designed for demanding applications in the process industries and power generation plants.  
David Eng is a manufacturer's agent who represents multiple product lines in the power electrical and electronics fields.   He has worked for more than 20 years in the electrical equipment industry and was previously employed at GE, Westinghouse and CH, with over 7 years served at each company.  David earned a BSEE degree from UC Berkeley and an MBA degree from California State University at Hayward.   Presently, David serves as chairman of the IEEE - IAS chapter for Oakland East Bay.  During the year 2000, the chapter was recognized by IEEE-IAS headquarters as the "Outstanding Large Chapter of the Year" when David was its chairman.  He claims to still be just as "energized" and enthusiastic about the IEEE today.

Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2003
Joint Mtg with PES, EMS, and San Francisco PACE:
 "LifeCourse Navigation"
Speaker:  Pat Vitucci  (SunAmerica Securities)

We, engineers, like any other profession work hard in our lives with the hope to enjoy life when we retire. Unfortunately, with the unknown and increasing downturn of the economy, it appears that we may work longer, say 10 years longer  before reaching retirement age. " Old age" is suddenly being redefined and postponed.

The OEB PES is very pleased to join OEB IAS, EM Societies and San Francisco PACE to feature this month's speaker  Mr. Pat Vitucci, who presently is a registered Principal of SunAmerica Securities, in Walnut Creek California, to present "LifeCourse Navigation" a fun, interactive seminar that offers unique perspective on the relationship  of lifestyles, attitudes and financial needs. This excellent seminar addresses the following important issues:

1.      Longevity revolution and the impact it will have on society, our community, our lives and our families.

2.      The difference between traditional linear lifespan and the new cyclic lifespan we are experiencing.

3.      The reinvention of adulthood and how you might prepare for the different key lifestages that might be up ahead.

4.      Which retiree segment you fall into: "Ageless Explorers", "Comfortably Contents", "Live for Todays" or "Sick and Tireds" ?

5.      How your attitude towards life and retirement affects the important life decisions you make

6.      How to envision your future and how you might navigate toward your own unique retirement plan.

Pat Vitucci was the President of a $100 million financial institution before founding his own firm. As a very well-known radio talk show host of his daily radio broadcast on local KDAR, KFAX and KFIA stations, Pat offers excellent market analysis and realistic financial advice.

Date: Thursday, June 19, 2003
Subject: Twin Topics!
"Failure Analysis for Engineers"
Speaker:  James S. Edmonds  (Exponent - Failure Analysis Associates)
#2 "Financial Analysis & Planning for Engineers"
Speaker:  Suzanne Krasna  (Certified Financial Planner)

The June 19 meeting of the Industry Applications Society of the Oakland East Bay Area will offer you something different.  It will be a "double-header" featuring two worthy topics and speakers.  The two different topics are failure analysis and financial analysis.  In both disciplines we know that when you do things right you avoid unpleasant surprises.  And the two expert speakers are guaranteed to educate and inform you, so come prepared to learn and profit. 
Topic #1: "Failure Analysis for Engineers"

This talk will discuss an actual failure analysis investigation relevant to electrical engineers.  On November 24, 2000, PacifiCorp experienced a massive generator failure at its Hunter Power Plant in Castle Dale, Utah.   The Unit 1 generator rated at 460MW was at a steady-state base load of 430MW when bearing monitoring sensors began giving erratic readings. The operators quickly ascertained a serious problem in the generator that rapidly progressed into an automatic shut down of the unit.  Later inspection of the generator revealed a serious failure of the 225 inch-long stator core structure. Core damage was so extensive that it required an intense, around the clock, six month outage to completely rebuild the generator's damaged stator core.
After the unit had been repaired and was back on line, Exponent was brought in to conduct a detailed failure analysis and determine what conditions could have led to this generator failure after 22 years of virtually trouble free service. The runaway energy market on the west coast greatly aggravated the impact of this six month generator outage.

At PacifiCorp’s request, Exponent initiated a multidisciplinary program to conduct this failure analysis, which involved:

·                     Review of all documentation related to the failure

·                     Review of the detailed operating and maintenance records

·                     Performing extensive mechanical and material analysis on evidence remaining from the failed generator

·                     Mathematical model studies, including 3-D finite element and P-Spice simulations, that enabled investigators:

                         **       to establish the starting point of the failure,

                      **       to confirm the physical characteristic of the melt-zone, and

                         **       to estimate the failure time it took the extensive core melt damage to occur.

 About the Speaker: 
Mr. James S. Edmonds is a Senior Managing Engineer in Exponent’s Electrical Engineering practice.  He specializes in power systems for electric power generation, covering all aspects of electric rotating machinery including on-line machine condition monitoring and power plant equipment diagnostic techniques, which includes electronic processing equipment and communication technologies. For 13 years Mr. Edmonds was a Project/Program Manager for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), where he led advanced-technology research and development programs for improved power generation. EPRI’s management selected Mr. Edmonds to serve at the National Science Foundation for one year as an electric utility industry research advisor.  Prior to joining EPRI, he held a similar management position at DOE-ERDA.  While at ERDA, he was chosen to chair a Source Evaluation Board for the selection of a contractor to develop a 300-MVA superconducting generator for power plant demonstration and co-managed three Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) demonstration projects. 
As Staff Electrical Engineer with American Electric Power, Mr. Edmonds was responsible for all aspects of electric rotating machinery applications.  This included evaluation of new equipment designs, establishing existing plant maintenance and refurbishment programs, and management of the decommissioning and disposal of retired rotating machinery systems as well as coordination of equipment contracts for new power plant construction. 

Mr. Edmonds is affiliated with the IEEE's IAS and PES Societies.  He has held a number of Chairmanships at the Committee, Sub-committee and Technical Council levels, within PES.  Mr. Edmonds is also a member of CIGRE.

Topic #2:  "Financial Analysis & Planning for Engineers"
The economy, the world, 911, job insecurities, questionable accounting, and unpredictable markets.  These are all part of today's kaleidoscope of  constant change affecting our lives. But what about your personal life? Your goals? Your children’s college? Your retirement plans  and dreams? Your Family? Your job?  For some things you have control; and for some things you don't.  How do you make it all work in your favor?
Our speaker, a certified financial planner, will cover all the following actions steps that we engineers (and others) need to take for a more secure financial future:

Analysis of your income and spending habits which support today’s lifestyle. How much do you need to spend today and how much will you need in the future?
Analysis of your savings and investments. Are you saving as much as you can, as ‘fast’ as you can, in the most efficient ways possible?
Analysis of risk enables you to protect assets and that includes your ability to work and create income. Risk management comes in many forms. When was the last time you reviewed all your insurance and benefits?
What are your future goals? Retire, go fishing, play golf, travel, hang out? What about your kids? What about Mom and Dad? Are you in the middle? What about YOU?
Are you willing to take the necessary action steps to see your dreams come true?
About the Speaker:

Having worked with hundreds of clients throughout California since 1982, Suzanne Krasna, CFP provides personalized, in-depth and knowledge-based financial planning and consulting services. Ms. Krasna is continually quoted in numerous newspapers and business journals and locally in the Contra Costa Times’ article series called “Money Make Over” since 1998.  Her firm provides professional money management, consulting and analysis for individuals seeking to have more control over their ‘today’ for an even better tomorrow.

Having 20 years of advisory and consulting experience for hundreds of clients throughout California, Ms. Krasna specializes in fee-based comprehensive financial planning including asset management, college and retirement/benefit plans. She is a Registered Investment Advisor and acquired her CFP (Certified Financial Planner) designation in 1989.

She established a thriving practice throughout the 1980’s in Southern California, while doing radio and other speaking forums for the private sector.  Ms. Krasna became well known in the business community as well as served on boards and speaker bureaus for Boy Scouts of America and Big Sisters of Los Angeles. 

Today's clients value having Ms. Krasna as their “Personal Financial Coach” to coordinate their personal and business financial matters. A good listener, with ‘client first’ at the heart of her business philosophy, her dynamic, caring and professional approach are hallmarks of her success.

Date: Thursday, May 15, 2003
Subject: " Electrical Safety, Arc-Flash Hazard, and the Coming New Edition of NFPA 70E-2003, Standard for Electrical Safety Requirements for Employee Workplaces "  
Paul Hamer (ChevronTexaco)  

Our speaker has graciously provided his presentation slides here .. 

It is National Electrical Safety Month in May!   So on May 15 the IEEE Industry Applications Society for the Oakland East Bay Area will feature a talk on the subject of:  "Electrical Safety,  Arc-Flash Hazard, and the Coming New Edition of NFPA 70E-2003, Standard for Electrical Safety Requirements for Employee Workplaces. 

There have been rapid developments in electrical safety over recent years.  The initial OSHA regulations for electrical safety
(SubParts R and S) have expanded and evolved to include the requirements of the NFPA 70E document.  This month's technical dinner meeting will cover the latest developments in electrical safety; arc-flash hazard and associated personal protective equipment; and the coming 2003 Edition of NFPA 70E. You will be able to take away ideas to start or improve your
organization's electrical safety program, or to learn about the new NFPA requirements for worker electrical safety.  This talk, by an industry expert, will be a helpful update for all electrical professionals and your attendance is encouraged.

The speaker will be Paul Hamer from ChevronTexaco.   Paul Hamer received his BSEE from Virginia Tech and a MSEE from Oregon State University.  He has been with ChevronTexaco for 23 years, where he is currently a Consulting Engineer, Electrical Systems, with the ChevronTexaco Energy Research and Technology Company.  His responsibilities include electrical safety and power system, motor, and generator application and consultation.  Prior to ChevronTexaco, he worked for Westinghouse Electric Corporation for five
years in various assignments with the Large Generator Department and the Industry Services Division.

Paul represents the American Petroleum Institute (API) on the NFPA 70E Technical Committee on Electrical Safety Requirements for Employee Workplaces, and is the alternate representative for API on the National Electrical Code Panel 11.  He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Registered Electrical Engineer in the State of California.

Date: Thursday, April 17, 2003
Joint Meeting with the Power Engineering Society of Oakland/East Bay
Subject: "IEC Controls and Hazardous Locations"  
Ken McFarland   (Cooper - Crouse Hinds)  


The topics that will be covered in this talk include the following:
  * Hazardous Locations and the NEC 500-505.
  * The IEC Approach to Hazardous Locations - Are we ready for zone classification system yet?
  * Comparison between the NEC and the IEC - The differences and similarities.
  * Cost difference between the NEC and the IEC approach.
  * Some new materials and products arising from marriage of  the NEC and IEC manufacturing approaches are allowing longer operating life in hazardous areas.

Date: Thursday, March 26, 2003
Joint Meeting with the NPSS and Power Engineering Society of Oakland/East Bay
Subject: "Nuclear Power for the 21st Century "
Speaker: Professor Jasmina Vujic, Ph.D (UC Berkeley Nuclear Engineering Dept. )  

The IAS, PES, and NPSS societies of Oakland East Bay are very pleased to invite you to their Joint Meeting meeting on Wednesday March 26, 2003 which features a presentation by Professor Vujic of UC Berkeley Nuclear Engineering Department.

With the energy shortage experienced by most states, and with the prospect of further reduced oil production in the middle east, nuclear power appears to be reconsidered seriously in easing the national crisis related to energy. Contrary to common belief, modern nuclear power plants can be designed and built in a relative short time say several years, and with modest costs.

Professor Vujic will present an update regarding the engineering aspect of building nuclear power plants, their safe guard in operations, maintainability and the management of the nuclear waste which is the main concern for the environment. Professor Vujic will focus on Generation IV Roadmap, six innovative systems that were chosen by the US DOE and International participants for future development.

Professor Vujic has been teaching at UC Berkeley, Nuclear Engineering Department since 1992. She received her PhD degree in nuclear engineering from University of Michigan in 1990. As a very well-known nuclear scientist, Professor Vujic’s main specialties are radiation transport, radiation shielding, biomedical application of radiation and nuclear reactor core analysis and design. She has authored and co-authored hundreds of technical papers related to nuclear engineering and has received numerous awards and research grants.

Date: Thursday, February 20, 2003
Joint Meeting with Power Engineering Society of Oakland/East Bay
Subject: "Tutorial on Control Logic Basics "
Speaker: Gregg Boltz   (Brown and Caldwell)

You are invited to attend the February 20 meeting of the IEEE Industry Applications Society and the Power Engineeering Society for the Oakland East Bay.   This is a joint chapter meeting.   The technical subject will be a tutorial seminar on "The Basics of Control Logic with Applications".
The ability to read and develop control circuit schematics is a vital skill for successful electrical engineers, so we are offering a one-evening refresher course.  The Basics of Control Logic will be presented as an introduction for those unfamiliar with controls and as a refresher course for those who already are.   Applications for basic control functions will also be presented.   
You can upgrade or review your skills by attending this meeting.   Space is limited, so reserve your spot early.
This one-evening seminar will be taught by Mr. Gregg Boltz, who is a registered professional engineer in the state of California.  Mr. Boltz is a Supervising Engineer at Brown and Caldwell, where he routinely applies the principles of control logic to the control of motors, PLC's, switchgear, and other equipment.   Gregg Boltz also serves as the current IEEE vice chairman of the IAS society for Oakland East Bay.  Brown and Caldwell is an engineering consulting firm specializing in water, wastewater, and environmental projects.

Date: Thursday, January 16, 2003

Subject: "Extending Battery Life With Automated Battery Management Systems
Speaker: Daniel Lambert  (Autocap Company)

The January 16 meeting of the IEEE Industry Applications Society
for the Oakland East Bay Area will feature a talk on the subject of:
"Extending Battery Life With Automated Battery Management Systems."  
The topics that will be covered in this talk include the following:
*  Battery life extension
*  Battery self-discharge
*  Improving battery reliability & life through individual cell charging
*  Automated single cell charging versus float charging
*  Advanced communications for battery condition and parameter reporting
*  Continuous monitoring and active interaction with cells
*  Battery managment software
*  Industrial Applications
*  Telecommunication Applications
The speaker will be Daniel Lambert, product engineer with the Autocap Division
of APC.  This talk promises to be a helpful update to electrical engineers on the
latest state of the art for battery management systems.  

Date: Thursday, November 21, 2002
Subject: "Tour of the Master Substation at SLAC"
Speaker: Forrest Brown (SLAC)

The November 21 meeting of the IEEE Industry Applications Society,
of the Oakland East Bay Area, will feature a special tour of the new
SF6 gas insulated master substation that provides power to the Stanford
Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC).

If you ever wondered what a modern high voltage SF6 substation looks like,
then this is your big chance for a guided tour. Our IEEE members will have
the opportunity to see and hear from the SLAC representative who will
explain and show the equipment in their dual 230 kV and 60 kV
SF6 master substation.

This unusual substation has both 230 kV and 60kV incoming service lines
which are stepped down to a common 12 kV distribution voltage for SLAC.
SLAC employs a phase-shifting & regulating transformer to tie the two
systems together.  Another interesting feature on the tour is the Metalclad
SF6 switchgear which is located indoors and stands almost three stories

Tour participants will have a chance to see the following equipment:

    *  242 kV class - SF6  circuit breakers
    *  69 kV class - SF6 circuit breakers
    *  12 kV / 25 kV class - SF6 Metalclad indoor switchgear.
    *  230 kV motor-operated air disconnect switches
    *  Dual function combination PT/CT's for metering
    *  230 kV-12kV, 83 MVA, Step-down oil transformer
    *  60 kV-12 kV, 83 MVA, Step-down oil transformer
    *  60 kV - 12 kV, 26.6 MVA,  Phase-Shifting & Regulating transformer
    *  Relaying and control boards special-built by SLAC
    *  SF6 gas maintenance cart - computer operated

Our tour guide will be Mr. Forrest Brown, Facility Engineering Coordinator
at SLAC.    Forrest graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in electrical
engineering.  His professional career includes stints with Westinghouse,
General Electric, and SLAC.  He specializes in plant facilities engineering,
field service engineering, and electrical repair.   Forrest is a Senior
Member of the IEEE, and is a member of the IEEE Standards Association which
reviews and publishes IEEE Standards.  At SLAC, Forrest works in the Plant
Engineering Department (now the Site Engineering and Maintenance Department)
In his spare time, Forrest participates in horseback riding and Amateur
Radio, his call sign being WN6WTV.

This IEEE tour will be of interest to all electrical engineers, especially
those involved in substation equipment.  Our thanks to SLAC for their
cooperation in making this special tour possible for us.  Stanford Linear
Accelerator Center is a national laboratory operated by the Leland Stanford
Jr. University for the United States Department of Energy.

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2002
Subject: "Tour of Calpine's Delta Energy Center"
Hosts: Calpine Representatives

The October 24 meeting of the IEEE Industry Applications Society, of the
Oakland East Bay Area, will feature a special tour of Calpine's new
Delta Energy Center in Pittsburg, CA.   If you ever wondered what goes on
inside a modern combined-cycle power generation plant, then this is your big
chance.   Our IEEE members will have the opportunity to see and hear from
Calpine representatives who will explain the operations of the Delta Energy
Center.  This is an event you won't want to miss so register early to
attend.   Our thanks to Calpine Corporation for their cooperation in making
this tour possible.

The energy crisis has underscored the need for new sources of electricity in
California.   The Delta Energy Center is answering that call by supplying
880 Megawatts or enough electric energy to power about 880,000 homes.
Delta operates as a combined-cycle natural gas fueled project.  Three
combustion gas turbines generate power from natural gas, three heat recovery
steam generators turn the exhaust from that power into steam, and a steam
turbine converts that steam into more power.   Reflective of the technical
advances that have occurred over that past several decades, Delta is 60-90
percent cleaner and 40 percent more efficient than the comparable
utility-built power plants that are currently in operation.

Delta is the third major power project to enter operation in a decade.
And, more importantly, it is the second significant addition of generating
capacity to occur in the Bay Area in 30 years.  The first was the nearby Los
Medanos facility.

On this plant tour our members will need to adhere to Cal-OSHA dress
requirements.  Closed toed shoes are mandatory and skirts and shorts are not
allowed.  Calpine will provide hard hats, eye protection, and hearing
protection.   Once again, space is limited to 30 people maximum, so register

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2002
Subject: "Tour of Underwriters Laboratories in Santa Clara"
Speaker: Tom Chue et al.  (UL)

For the September 19 meeting of the IEEE Industry Applications Society
of the Oakland East Bay Area, we have arranged a special tour of
Underwriters Laboratories in Santa Clara.   If you ever wondered what goes
on inside a UL testing facility, then this is your big chance.   Our IEEE
members will have the opportunity to see and hear from UL representatives
who will be explaining the work they conduct inside the UL - Santa Clara
test facilities.  This is an event you won't want to miss so register early
to attend.

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is an independent, not-for-profit
organization specializing in product safety testing and certification.
They are the largest and oldest nationally recognized testing laboratory
(NRTL) in the USA.   The UL organization has been in operation for over a
century and has divisions located at Northbrook Illinois;  Santa Clara, CA;
and elsewhere.  Each year, over 17 Billion UL marks appear on products

The UL Santa Clara Division has many capabilities which first will be
covered in a general overview presentation to our members.  Then during the
tour we will have a chance to visit the following laboratory test areas:

* General Test Labs
* Materials Lab
* Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Lab

Thursday, June 13, 2002

Subject:     Tour of PG&E's TES Facility in San Ramon

Speaker:  Steve Noland, et al. (PG&E)

The June 13 meeting of the IEEE Industry Applications Society
for the Oakland East Bay Area will feature a tour of the PG&E testing lab in
San Ramon, which is better known as the Technical & Ecological Services
(TES) Facility.    If you ever wondered what goes on inside that large
golf-ball shaped building complex located near the center of downtown San
Ramon, then this is your big chance.   IEEE members will have the
opportunity to see and hear from PG&E representatives who will be explaining
the work they conduct inside this testing facility.  They can also perform
testing for outside groups.

The TES Lab has many specialized capabilities and equipment which will be
covered in a general overview presentation.  Then during the tour we will
focus on the following specific laboratory test areas, which should be of
primary interest to our electrical engineers:

* High Voltage & High Current Lab  (up to 720kV and 100 kA)
* Metrology (Calibration)  Lab  (traceable to NIST)
* Nondestructive Test Lab
* Modular Generation Test Facility
* Vibration Lab

So come and join us to learn what activites go on inside the dome-shaped
building complex known as the PG&E TES facility.  Reservations are required
for this meeting, as space is limited to the first 25 people who RSVP.

Here are the driving directions to get to the PG&E TES Facility:
Take Hwy 680 to San Ramon.  Exit at Crow Canyon Road, and head EAST.  After
passing the second cross street, marked Camino Ramon, keep driving straight
past the Burger King but move into the left lane.  Start looking for the
large golf ball shaped building on the left, and turn left into their
parking lot at 3400 Crow Canyon Road.  Park anywhere space is available or
see the front desk.  (If you reach the Alcosta Blvd intersection, you went
too far.)

Thursday, May 16, 2002

Subject:     "Gas Reciprocating Engines - Basic Drivers In Today's Marketplace"utions"

Speaker: Greg Nelson (Stewart and Stevenson)

The May 16 meeting of the IEEE Industry Applications Society
for the Oakland East Bay Area will feature a talk on the subject of:
"Gas Reciprocating Engines - Basic Drivers In Today's Marketplace."
This talk will be an excellent primer covering gas reciprocating engine
generators which all electrical engineers and consultants need
to be familiar with in today's power world. The speaker is well-experienced
on the subject.

Among the topics to be covered are:
*What are reciprocating engines?
*Recip engines, gas versus diesel
*Case histories
*Project design considerations
*Maintenance and life cycle costs

The speaker will be Gregory J. Nelson, Gas Engine Product Manager, Stewart &
Stevenson Power Generation. Greg has been in the engine industry for 34
years. He managed the experimental development lab for Generac Corp. for 5
years, worked as Product Engineer Harley Davidson Motor Co. and did engine
development work for Briggs & Stratton and Teledyne Wisconsin Motors. Before
joining Stewart & Stevenson, he was Regional Manager for Waukesha Engine,
holding that position for 17 years. In his spare time he has owned, built
and driven open wheel race cars and anything else with an engine for power.

Wednesday, April 24, 2002
(Annual Joint Meeting with OEB Power Engineering Society)

Subject:     "Power System Harmonics: Causes, Problems and Solutions"

Speaker:  Peter Ouellette, Western Regional Manager, Harmonics Limited

Since the 1992 revision of the 1981 IEEE Standard 519 for Harmonics, more
confusion has been experienced by application electrical engineers, utility
companies, consumers,  manufacturers of non-linear products and the
inspecting agencies regarding harmonic issues. Power quality, especially
power system harmonics, has not gotten any better. On the contrary, it is
getting worse largely due to the increasing use of harmonic generated
products, sources such as switched mode power supplies, uninterruptible
power supplies, variable frequency drives, SCR DC drives, lighting
electronic ballasts, personal computers etc.

This presentation will focus specifically on the following hot issues:
1. Characteristics of the modern power systems and thus harmonics.
2. Application of the 1992 IEEE 519 Standard and most importantly the new
draft of the IEEE P519A/D5 Guide for Applying Harmonic Limits on Power
3. Types of drives: 6-pulse, 12-pulse, 18-pulse and 24-pulse.
4. Symptoms of harmonic problems.
5. Ideal harmonic solutions to power system harmonics: Active filters and
passive filters.
6. Harmonic filter installation and certification.
7. Recommendations to A/E technical specifications regarding harmonic
mitigation in power systems.

The presenter of this topic is Peter Ouellette, a degreed engineer with
Harmonics Limited, LLC located in Monroe, Connecticut. As a frequent seminar
presenter, Peter has over 30 years of experience in the power quality field
and has been Western Regional Manager of Harmonic Limited , manufacturer of
harmonic filters, for the last 5 years.

Wednesday, March 20, 2002

Subject:     IEEE Plant Tour of Industrial Electric MFG., INC. (IEM)

Coordinator:     Brent Simor   (IEM)

The March 20 meeting of the IEEE Industry Applications Society
for the Oakland East Bay Area will feature a tour of the Industrial
Electric Manufacturing (IEM) facility in Fremont, California.
If you ever wanted to see and experience how lighting panelboards,
distribution switchboards,  draw-out circuit breakers, and metal-clad
27,000 Volt electrical switchgear are built, then this is the meeting
for you!

Come and join us to see how IEM turns your plans and specifications
into electrical distribution power equipment.  Our meeting will include
a catered dinner ($10), company overview, manufacturing and design
technique presentation, and a hands-on plant tour.  Our local
coordinator at IEM will be Brent Simor.

IEM's broad product offering is enhanced by its ability to select
components from several manufacturers and integrating them into a
final overall design best meeting the customer's needs.  This design
and production flexibility results in lead times that are typically 30 to 70
percent shorter than industry standard.  As a result, last minute changes
do not mean burdensome schedule delays or mind-boggling cost increases.
Come and join us to learn more about the custom fabrication of electrical
distribution equipment.

Wednesday February 20, 2002

Subject:     Understanding DC Power Engineering in Telecommunications

Speaker:     Kenneth R. Buell   (WRMS Engineering Co.)

The February 20 meeting of the IEEE Industry Applications Society
for the Oakland East Bay Area will feature a talk on the subject of:
"Understanding DC Power Engineering in Telecommunications."
This talk will be an excellent tutorial covering the DC power
considerations which all electrical engineers and consultants need
to be familiar with when working in the telecommunications
industry.  The speaker is an industry expert on the subject.

Among the topics to be covered will be:
* Understanding telcom plant loads
* How to size a DC power plant for telecommunication loads
* A typical Telcom Central Office DC power system
* Reliability of Power
* Redundancy
* DC plant components and modes of operation

The speaker and instructor will be Kenneth R. Buell who is
with WRMS Engineering Company in Walnut Creek, CA.
Having previously worked at AT&T for over 30 years
(prior to joining WRMS Engineering), Ken Buell is a
recognized Subject Matter Expert (SME) on DC Power Systems
for the Telecommunications Industry.  As a consultant, Ken utilizes
his extensive industry experience and technical expertise to assist
company field engineers and telecommunication clients regarding
their complex critical power issues.  He also teaches workshop
courses on this subject.  Ken has been DC power project manager
for the world's largest telecommunication company.
Currently he is design review team leader at WRMS for
new construction and retrofitting of buildings and
infrastructure in the telecommunications industry.

Wednesday, January 16, 2002

Subject:     "Power Fuse Application, Selection and Coordination"

Speaker:     Dean VanFleet   (Cooper Bussman )

The January 16 meeting of the IEEE Industry Applications Society
for the Oakland East Bay Area will feature a talk on the subject of:
"Power Fuse Application, Selection and Coordination."
This will be an excellent tutorial for younger engineers and a useful
refresher for seasoned veterans.

The speaker will be Dean R. VanFleet, District Sales Engineer for
Cooper Bussmann.  Dean has fourteen years experience with
Bussmann and holds a BSEE from Penn State University.
The topics to be covered include specifying Low-Peak fuses,
fully rated and series rated systems, and selective coordination.
In addition, the use of Bussmann's Power Module to meet NEC
and other agency requirements related to elevator circuits will
be discussed.

Wednesday November 14, 2001

Subject:     "Electrical Power System Protective Device Coordination"

Speaker:     Gregg Boltz, P.E.   (Brown and Caldwell)
Time:  No-host social at 5:30 p.m.; Presentation at 6:15pm; dinner at 7:15 pm; 
Presentation continues at 8:00 pm; Adjourn by 9:00 pm.
Place:  Marie Callendar Restaurant - The Garden Room; 
2090 Diamond Blvd in Concord (nearby to Concord Hilton Hotel). 
Call 925-827-4930 if you need directions.
RSVP: Please make reservations by November 13, 
by contacting  Gregg Boltz (925-210-2571) or at
Cost: Cost of dinner is $22 for IEEE members;  $25 for non-members.

The November 14 meeting of the IEEE Industry Applications Society for the Oakland East Bay Area will feature a talk on the subject of:
"Electrical Power System Protective Device Coordination".  Proper coordination helps minimize the portion of a plant’s
electrical system that is affected by a short circuit.  Attendees will learn the techniques for achieving selective coordination
between the various protective devices which typically exist on an electrical distribution system.  Use of computer software tools will
also be demonstrated.  This will be an excellent tutorial for younger engineers and a useful refresher for seasoned veterans.   In
short, engineers of all experience levels are encouraged to attend.

The speaker will be Mr. Gregg Boltz, who is a principal engineer with Brown and Caldwell.  Mr. Boltz received a Bachelor of Science
degree in Engineering from San Francisco State University.  He has worked in the field of electrical power distribution since 1984.
His experiences include power system short circuit and load studies, protective device coordination studies, design of electrical
distribution systems up to 35kV, as well as plant control and instrumentation system.  Mr. Boltz also has extensive field
experience as an on site inspector for construction projects, and has performed field design and troubleshooting during plant
start-up.  Mr. Boltz is a registered professional engineer in the state of California, and serves as vice chairman of the Oakland/East
Bay chapter of the IEEE Industry Applications Society.   Mr.Boltz is employed by Brown and Caldwell in their Walnut Creek office.

Wednesday, October 17, 2001

Subject:     "Building Automation and Management Systems"

Speaker:      Eugene Gutkin  (Integrated Building Solutions, Inc.)

You are invited to attend the June 14 dinner meeting of the IEEE's Industry
The October 17 meeting of the IEEE Industry Applications Society for the
Oakland East Bay Area will feature a talk on the subject of:  "Building
Automation and Management Systems".   Attendees will learn about how to
integrate your various building control sub-systems, such as those
dealing with HVAC; fire and safety; lighting control; security and
access; and energy management.  This meeting and discussion will be
beneficial to consulting engineers, facility engineers, building owners,
and facility managers.

Here are the topics which will be covered:

* A Snapshot of Building Automation over the last 5 years
* Building Automation and Energy Conservation, with Examples
* Building Automation and the Internet
* Live Demo of Web-based Controls
* Evolution of Controls for Next 2-4 years

The speaker will be Mr. Eugene Gutkin, who is with Integrated Building
Solutions, Inc., a systems integration firm based in San Ramon, CA.
Mr. Gutkin and his company were involved in two recent projects
performed for a large Silicon Valley company and involving the
successful integration of these types of building control sub-systems.

Wednesday, September 19, 2001

Subject:     "Tutorial in Corrosion Theory Related to Electrical Engineering"

Speaker:     Mongkol Mahavongtrakul, P.E.  (City & County of San Francisco)

You are invited to attend the September 19 dinner meeting of the IEEE Industry Applications Society for the Oakland East Bay Area.  The subject will be:  "A Tutorial in Corrosion Theory Related to Electrical Engineering".   During this tutorial the following topics will be covered:

1. What is corrosion?
2. The galvanic series
3. Illustration of potential and current measurements
4. How does cathodic protection work?
5. Sacrificial Anode and Impressed current system
6. Stray Current from electrical transit systems
7. Interference current mitigation
8. Electrical Grounding Issues in Cathodic Protection Systems

The speaker is Mr. Mongkol Mahavongtrakul, Associate Electrical Engineer, with the Utilities Engineering Bureau, City & County of San Francisco.  Mongkol received his Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1979 from King Mongkut's Institute of Technology, North Bangkok Campus, Thailand.  He has taught electrical and electronics classes at Bauder College and Westland College in Sacramento for six years. He has worked in the maintenance department at Rancho Seco Nuclear Generating Station in Sacramento for four years. He started his career with the Utilities Engineering Bureau, City & County of San Francisco in 1990. He has worked in the field of corrosion engineering since 1993.

Subject:     "MicroTurbines: Today's Enabling Technology for Distributed

Speaker:      Robert Fick  (Capstone Turbine Corp.)

You are invited to attend the June 14 dinner meeting of the IEEE's Industry
Application Society, for the Oakland East Bay Area.   Our topic will be
distributed generation and how microturbines can be part of the solution for
California's energy crisis.
In view of  our escalating power crisis in California, now is an important
time to know more about this new technology,  which can help businesses to
survive the power shortage and also can help distributed generation become a
reality.   For DG to really work, the sources must be clean, safe, reliable,
continuously available, cost-competitive, and real world proven.
Microturbines can meet this criteria.

The presentation will be made by the leading manufacturer in the field of
microturbines,  Capstone Turbine Corporation.    The following microturbine
subjects will be covered:
*       What exactly are microturbines?  How do they work?
*       Why have they won energy industry awards for innovative technology?
*       Why are they "environmentally friendly"?  What goes in and comes out?
*       And how do you handle safety conformance and grid interconnection

Our speaker will be Robert Fick,  Manager of Customer Service for Capstone
Turbine Corporation.  In his role, Mr. Fick is responsible for addressing
the technical support and related needs of energy service providers,
end-users, and distributors of Capstone's microturbine systems and
accessories.  Prior to joining Capstone in 1998, Mr. Fick was with the Los
Angeles Department of Water and Power, where he worked on issues of
distribution design, control and protection, and power quality.   Mr. Fick
is a registered Professional Engineer in state of California.  He earned his
BSEE at California State University at Northridge and his MSEE at the
University of Southern California.
The Capstone Turbine Corporation, based in Chatsworth, CA,  is providing
innovative energy solutions to water companies, municipalities, hospitals,
hotels, and myriad other businesses.   With over 1000 Capstone microturbines
shipped worldwide, Capstone Turbine Corporation is helping to lead the
modern-day charge towards Distributed Generation.


"The California Energy Crisis"
Speakers: Jake Rudisill  (Calpine Corporation) and Jeffrey Byron (C*Power)

April 25 is the date for the annual joint meeting for three IEEE chapters in the Oakland East Bay Area.   The Power Engineering Society, the Industry Application Society, and the Engineering & Management Society are combining to host a talk on "The California Energy Crisis".

The speakers will be from Calpine Corporation and C*Power.   Together these two affiliated companies comprise the largest independent power producer in the state of California, and they have tremendous impact upon the power generation landscape of this state.

Jake Rudisill, Senior Vice President of Calpine Corporation, will discuss how the energy crisis came about in the state of California, and Calpine's role as a builder, owner and operator of power plants in trying to address the crisis.

Jeffrey Byron, Director of Business Development at C*Power, will discuss how the actions being taken by the state of California in trying to fix the problem are not necessarily helping to prevent rolling blackouts nor improve the reliability of service.   He will also describe the high reliability on-site generation solutions of C*Power.

Jake Rudisill provides leadership for the Western Regional Office of Calpine , which covers all 14 states that are a part of the Western States Coordinating Council (WSCC).   In this region, Calpine has 34 power plants in operation, construction, or announced development totaling 4,600 MW in capacity.  Jake Rudisill has 22 years of geothermal project experience in Utah, Nevada and Hawaii.  He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Geothermal Resources Council for 10 years and a recipient of its Aidlin
> award in recognition of his contributions to the development of geothermal energy.  Jake has a Master's degree from Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor's degree from North Carolina State University.

Jeffrey Byron heads up business development at C*Power, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Calpine Corporation, and is focused on helping to meet the on-site power needs of high-reliability customers.  Until recently, Jeffrey was energy director for Oracle Corporation where he was responsible for the development and implementation of energy solutions to improve the reliability and performance of critical facilities, such as data centers and customer support centers.  Jeff has over 20 years experience in the electric power industry, including design and analysis of generation projects, construction management, and market analysis.  He closely follows deregulation issues and emerging generation technologies.

"Energy Efficient Lighting Options for Industry, Business, and Home"
Speaker : Thomas M. Tolin, LC  (TMT Associates)

Marie Callendar Restaurant - The Garden Room
2090 Diamond Blvd, Concord (nearby to Concord Hilton Hotel)

Energy Efficient Lighting Options for Industry, Business, and Home
In view of our present electric energy crisis in California, this is an important time for all of us to be aware of the latest technology options in lighting so that we can get the most energy efficient lighting possible today. The March 21 meeting of the Industry Applications Society for the Oakland East Bay will feature a talk on the subject of "Energy Efficient Lighting Options for Industry, Business and Home".

Our speaker is certified lighting expert, Thomas M. Tolen. Tom Tolen has been involved in lighting consultation and energy analysis for 17 years. He has authored or coauthored numerous lighting publications, including the Advanced Lighting Guidelines, Lighting Fundamentals Handbook, and the soon to be published California Guidelines for High Performance Schools. Mr. Tolen is the Past President of the Golden Gate Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA). He also served as Education Chair and Program Chair of that organization. As an active member of IESNA's Energy Management Committee, Mr. Tolen is a recognized expert in the field of lighting energy efficiency. He regularly advises the California Energy Commission on changes to the lighting sections of Title 24. In addition to numerous architectural firms and end users, his clients have included Pacific Gas & Electric, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Southern California Edison, and Enron Energy Services. He has been a featured seminar presenter for PG&E, the Pacific Energy Center, and other prominent groups.  In 1998, Mr. Tolen formed the consulting firm TMT Associates, which is a unique design and consulting firm specializing in energy-efficient architectural lighting design, lighting energy efficiency consulting, and lighting education. Mr. Tolen is lighting certified (LC) by the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP) and is a member of the Test Committee of that organization.

 Adobe Acrobat files of Mr. Tolen's slides are available in color (344 kB download)
or black & white (233 kB download) .

THURSDAY, February 15
"Partial Discharge Monitoring for Predictive Maintenance"
Speaker : Gabriel Paoletti, P.E.   (Cutler-Hammer)

Marie Callendar Restaurant - The Garden Room
2090 Diamond Blvd, Concord (nearby to Concord Hilton Hotel)

Partial Discharge Monitoring for Predictive Maintenance

The February 15 meeting of the Industry Applications Society for the Oakland East Bay will feature a talk on the subject of  "Partial Discharge Monitoring for Predictive Maintenance".    The speaker will be Gabriel Paoletti, P.E., of Cutler-Hammer.

Advances in partial discharge monitoring technology are making it an effective on-line predictive maintenance tool for medium voltage equipment such as motors, generators, switchgear, transformers and power cables.   The benefits of on-line testing allow equipment analysis and diagnostics to be performed during normal equipment operation.  Corrective actions can then be planned and implemented, resulting in reduced unscheduled  downtime.   Understanding the principles of partial discharge technology,  and the relationship to early detection of insulation deterioration, is  essential to the proper evaluation and use of this tool for predictive  maintenance.

 This meeting will promote your better understanding of partial discharge  technology,  along with the various implementation and measurement  techniques which have evolved in the industry today.   The speaker will also discuss corona damage causes and effects; surface tracking; partial discharge data interpretation; corrective actions for electrical equipment; and IEEE Draft Standard P1434.   The meeting should provide a useful overall update for all practising electrical engineers.

 The speaker, Gabriel Paoletti, received his BSEE degree from Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA in 1976.  He has over 23 years engineering service experience with Westinghouse, ABB, and Cutler-Hammer.  His electrical distribution experience includes field testing, predictive and preventive maintenance, applications engineering, failure analysis, and power systems studies.  Mr. Paoletti is a registered professional engineer in the states of Pennsylvania and Delaware, and is currently Product Line Manager for Predictive Diagnostics for Cutler-Hammer.


"Stray Currents, Corrosion Control, and Cathodic Protection"

Speaker : Peter Todd, BART (ret.)

Marie Callendar Restaurant - The Garden Room
2090 Diamond Blvd, Concord (nearby to Concord Hilton Hotel)
Call 925-827-4930 if you need directions.
Stray Currents, Corrosion Control, and Cathodic Protection

As engineers,  what can you do about stray currents that tend to cause corrosive deterioration of your metal structures?  This is a significant problem encountered by engineers who work at oil and gas companies; electric companies; water and wastewater districts; airports; harbors and wharfs; marine facilities; and of course rail transit systems.

The January 17 meeting of the Industry Applications Society for the Oakland East Bay will feature a talk on the subject of  "Stray Currents, Corrosion Control, and Cathodic Protection" . The speaker will be Peter Todd,  an expert in this field with over 30 years experience dealing with these problems on the local BART transit system.

BART is an important element in the transportation mix for the Bay Area and provides a vital connection across San Francisco Bay.  The electrified train system has a large public investment in trackage and structures which must be continuously maintained to assure safe reliable service.  Corrosion control is a critical requirement of this maintenance .  Two elements of the BART corrosion control program are cathodic protection of the steel skin of the transbay tube and electrical insulation of the electrified rails so as to prevent stray current.

Mr. Todd will discuss cathodic protection of the transbay tube and control of stray current. He will briefly define the problems and will then describe the design, development, and maintenance efforts during BART's initial 30 years of operation.  The lessons learned can also be useful to your industry.

Peter Todd retired from BART in 1998 after 33 years.  He is a PE in both Electrical and Corrosion Engineering.  He is a life member of IEEE and a  member of ASTM, ASM, NACE and AAAS.  He has published several papers on  stray-current control and has received a patent for a rail-fastener insulation device.


Topic No. 1:  "Infrared Scanning & Inspection Technology"
Topic No. 2:  "Harmonics & Power Quality Concerns in Modern Electronic Offices"

Speaker #1:    Norman Eisenberg  (ThermoTest)
Speaker #2:    Bruce Lonie  (PowerCet)

     Marie Callendar Restaurant - The Garden Room
     2090 Diamond Blvd, Concord (nearby to Concord Hilton Hotel)
     Call 925-827-4930 if you need directions.

Topic # 1:  "Infrared Scanning & Inspection Technology"

     The November 16 meeting of the Industry Applications Society for Oakland
     East Bay will feature a talk on "Infrared Scanning & Inspection Technology".
     Infrared thermography is a detection procedure that converts invisible heat
     energy into a visible picture.  Technicians can use this technology to
     reveal problems in electrical and mechanical equipment before failures can
     occur.   Besides offering the benefit of early detection and avoidance of
     loss,  infrared scanning is non-destuctive, non-contact, and can be
     performed without disruption of normal equipment operation.  It is no wonder
     that many industrial, commercial, and municipal electrical departments have
     invested in their own IR camera, or else contract out for regular infrared
     scanning service.

     While this technology is not new,  improvements have occurred, so the latest
     equipment and techniques will also be discussed.   The speaker will give an
     overview of the industry and the      changes which have occurred during the
     last 20 years.   In addition, case histories of actual problem situations
     encountered in the field will also be discussed.

     The speaker will be Norman Eisenberg, president of ThermoTest Company.   The
     ThermoTest Company has three offices in California and performs IR
     thermographic scanning work all over the  world.   Mr. Eisenberg is
     originally form Johannesburg, South Africa and has lived in California since
     1976.   He will be assisted by his colleague, Bob Savelli, also of

Topic # 2:  "Harmonics & Power Quality Concerns in Modern Electronic Offices"

     Also on  November 16, there will be a second talk focusing on the subject of
     harmonics and power quality problems in our modern-day electronic offices.
     The speaker will be Bruce Lonie, president of PowerCet Corporation.
     PowerCet is a company engaged in providing solutions for customer problems
     related to power quality and harmonics.   The company is located in Santa
     Clara, CA.

OEB Industry Applications Society
Subject: Applications Update on Uninterruptible Power Systems
Speaker: Craig Waterman  (Power Source Inc.)
Time: No-host social at 5:30 PM., presentation at 6:15; dinner break at 7:15; presentation continues at 8:00; adjourn 9:00 PM
Place: Marie Callendar Restaurant - The Garden Room;
          2090 Diamond Blvd in Concord (nearby to Concord Hilton Hotel).
          Call 925-827-4930 if you need further directions.
Cost: Dinner is $20 for members; $24 for non-members; $12 for unemployed members or students with valid school ID.
RSVP: Contact Gregg Boltz (925-210-2571) by October 18 for reservations.

Applications Update on Uninterruptible Power Systems
The October 19 meeting of the Industry Applications Society for the Oakland East Bay will feature a talk on Uninterruptible Power System technology and application lessons learned from two of the hottest industries of today: Telecommunications and Internet Data Centers.   In addition, other industrial applications for UPS will also be discussed.  This is an update discussion that promises to be of value for all practising electrical engineers.

The speaker will be Craig Waterman, president of Power Source Inc., who are representatives for  Powerware UPS systems (formerly Exide).   Mr. Waterman's presentation will focus on UPS Battery Backup and Alternative Power Solutions for high power density facilities.

Internet Data Centers (IDC's) require power densities of up to 200 watts per square foot.  Uninterruptible Power System architecture has changed to facilitate the high power requirements of IDC's.    Mr. Waterman will discuss traditional battery based UPS systems and "Non-Battery" based UPS solutions.

Mr. Waterman  has over fifteen years experience providing power quality solutions for Internet Data Centers, Network Operation Centers, and Telecommunications applications.  Mr. Waterman is the past Chairman of the IEEE Santa Clara PES/IAS.

Power Source is a leading supplier of UPS and Power Quality equipment to companies such as AboveNet, America Online,, Covad, GlobalCenter, Pacific Bell, and Verio.