Columbus Section Senior Member Upgrade Night



Check out the requirements:


Reynoldsburg Library Meeting Room
1402 Brice Road Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
(near Brice and Main Streets  next to KMART)


We will help you through the process.

Light Refreshments served

(If you are already a Senior or Fellow Member and want to help out with references, please attend as well)

RSVP to:  Sol Black

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Title: ” SynchroPhasor System: Measuring state of a dynamic system at a speed at which it changes. “

Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Refreshments: 5:30 to 6:00 PM

Meeting: 6:00 to 7:00 PM Earn 1.0 CPD Hours

Location: AEP Office, Conference Room 2C, 700 Morrison Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230

Abstract: Phasor Measurement Units (PMUs) measure the state of an electric power grid (a dynamic system) at a rate of 1-120 samples/second. These measurements, when taken in a synchronized fashion across the grid, tell us the state of the electrical grid, a key indicator of system’s overall behavior and its expected future trajectory. These fast measurements also give us insight into the dynamics of the grid during perturbations like line faults, generator switching, and abrupt load changes which can help us validate the models of system components like generators & their associated controls. Synchrophasor systems, therefore, provide information and insights on the electric grid that are not available using traditional Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, and can help us operate the grid more efficiently and reliably.

Presenter: Prashant Kansal

       Prashant Kansal received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering, India and M.S. degree  in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University, USA. He has worked as Substation Design Engineer at Engineers India Limited, in Delhi, India and as a Research Engineer at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, in Pullman, WA. Currently, he is a member of the Advanced Transmission Studies and Technology group at AEP where is working on AEP’s SynchroPhasor System, Wide Area Power Quality, Geomagnetic Induced Current studies, and System Stability studies.


Please RSVP to Richard Smelker by email to Or by phone at 614-552-1697 by 1:00PM, September 22, 2014

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“Overview of Protection Systems & Misoperations”

Date: Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Location: EASi Office, Suite 150, 630 Morrison Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230

                       Refreshments: 5:30 to 6:00 PM                                     Meeting: 6:00 to 7:00 PM

                                                                                                Earn 1.0 CPD Hours

Abstract: You will learn,
• Overview of Electric Reliability Organization
• Overview of transmission protection systems
• Misoperation data analysis and metrics
•           Root causes
•            Suggestions to reduce the number of misoperations

Presenter: Jeff Mitchell PE, Director Reliability Assessments and Performance Analysis ReliabilityFirst

Jeff has been with the ReliabilityFirst staff since its inception in January 2006. He oversees the regional resource and transmission reliability assessments and has served as the past chair of the NERC Planning Committee and the Eastern Interconnection Reliability Assessment Group (ERAG) Management Committee. Previously, Jeff had over eight years experience with ECAR as Manager of Transmission Services and Senior Engineer supporting the planning, protection, and equipment activities within the region. Prior to joining ECAR, Jeff worked for the Ohio Edison Company (now part of FirstEnergy) for over 17 years in various positions, including experience in transmission planning and distribution protection. Jeff is a registered Professional Engineer in Ohio and Pennsylvania and received his BSET degree from the University of Akron.

Please RSVP to Richard Smelker by email to Or by phone at 614-552-1697 by 1:00 PM, July 14, 2014




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IEEE PACE & PES Joint PROGRAM May 21, 2014

Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2014                   Refreshments: 5:30 to 6:00 PM

Meeting: 6:00 to 7:00 PM                             Earn 1.0 CPD Hours

 Location: AEP Office, Conference Room 2C, 700 Morrison Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230

Title:”Better Decision Making for Engineers”

 Abstract: You will learn simple, easy to use tools and methods for making better decisions

*             Identify the  “basic” decision-making framework
*             Review several useful methods
*             Learn what is most important in decision-making

Presenter: Ray Waite, MS

Ray Waite, M.S., manages a team of engineers responsible for performance and systems engineering of B2B commerce products at IBM. He has a broad range of experience as a development manager and engineer at Alcatel-Lucent and AT&T Bell Laboratories. Waite has a master’s degree in computer science. He holds a certificate in project management from the Project Management Institute and a Competent Toastmaster award from Toastmasters International.

Please RSVP to Richard Smelker by email to

Or by phone at 614-552-1697 by 1:00PM, May 19, 2014

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IEEE Columbus Spring Awards Banquet 2014


IEEE would like to invite you to join your friends and colleagues as we celebrate an outstanding year in our chapter. We will recognize the achievements of students, members, and newly inducted Fellows throughout our chapter. We will also tour the A. Ray King Transmission Training Center, where guests will see firsthand the equipment used in substations, the structures used to carry extra-high-voltage transmission lines, the facilities that monitor and control the electrical grid, and more.

Please join us for this opportunity to network among your fellow peers, check out the impressive transmission facilities, and recognize the outstanding work of your fellow section members.

Dinner will be provided, which will feature chicken and beef kabobs, chicken pallow, hummus, bread, and mixed vegetables, alongside salad, refreshments, and dessert.

Saturday, May 10, 2014
6:00 pm
A. Ray King Transmission Training Center

6501 Mink St. SW
Pataskala, OH 43062

$10 for IEEE members and their spouse
$20 for guests
FREE for IEEE student members and advisers

Registration is required for all attendees.  Click here to register and process payment for admission.

For more information, please e-mail Howard Jones at

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770 Twin Rivers Drive

Columbus, OH

Date:  April 16, 2014

6:45 PM Light Refreshments           7:00 PM Tour

Tour Leader and Speaker: Mr. Marvin Hite, P.E.
Mr. Hite is Supervisor of Transmitters and RF at WBNS

Attendance is limited – YOU MUST RSVP to by April 13th
with your name and IEEE Member number

To RSVP, please respond to with your name and IEEE Member number.

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Utilizing the Precious Asset of Right-of-Way to its Maximum

Date:   Tuesday, March 18, 2014                               Refreshments: 5:30 to 6:00 PM

Meeting:  6:00 to 7:00 PM                                                    Earn 1.0 CPD Hour

Location: AEP Office, Conference Room 2C, 700 Morrison Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230

Abstract:With the increasing difficulty in acquiring right-of-way for overhead transmission, existing right-of way is a precious asset. There are ways in which maximum power transfer on a right-of-way can be achieved. This includes conversion of AC circuits to DC and the various configurations that can be applied and increase in power transfer capability that can be achieved. The main issues in the conversion process will be presented. When new overhead transmission is necessary for high power transfers, compact HVDC transmission is possible for sharing existing right-of-way including roadside and rail side. This new topic of compact HVDC transmission will also be presented.


Lionel Barthold

Mr. Barthold, an honors graduate in Physics from Northwestern University, joined General Electric in 1954 following a brief tenure in the planning department of Public Service Co. of Indiana.  Following several power equipment design assignments, he joined GE’s analytical engineering group in Schenectady where he is credited with a number of innovations in transmission line and system theory including the first rigorous solution of radio interference from transmission lines. In 1959 he was named Technical Director of GE’s “Project EHV,” an 800 kV transmission research center and was later responsible for converting the site to ultra-high voltage, for ultimately transferring the facility to EPRI, and for initiating the first edition of the widely used EPRI “Red Book” of EHV line design.

Barthold left GE to found Power Technologies, Inc. (PTI) in 1969, served as President until 1986 and as chairman until 1999.  The company, since acquired by Siemens, is internationally recognized as a leader in high voltage transmission and system technologies and as the developers of PSS/E, still an internationally used model for system planning. Under his direction PTI developed joint ventures and affiliations in major countries throughout the world.

A Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Barthold has chaired several IEEE Power Engineering Society technical committees and served as President of that society from 1981-1983.  In 1989 he was granted IEEE’s Power Life Award for his work in promoting harmonious integration of power systems and the environment. He was elected a member of the U.S National Academy of Engineering in 1981.

Barthold has served as US technical advisor to several CIGRE and IEC committees and  served as chairman of a CIGRE Study Committee (41) focusing on the future of electric power transmission and systems, and as a member of a committee addressing changes in CIGRE for the new century.

Author of over one hundred technical papers in U.S. and International publications, Barthold has been awarded six US patents dealing with high voltage power transmission; one dealing with efficient conversion of three phase ac transmission lines to dc.  

Mr. Barthold was a Director of Trustco Bank New York from 1975 to 2001, was co-founder and chairman of Cellutech, llc, a chemical development company in Everett Massachusetts, and is a former trustee and past President of the Adirondack Nature Conservancy and Land Trust. He serves a director of several upstate New York arts organizations.  

Currently a resident of Lake George, N.Y., Barthold serves as a consultant in ac-to-dc line conversion technology under the corporate name iMod, Inc.

 Dennis Woodford

Dennis Woodford was Special Studies Engineer in Transmission Planning of Manitoba Hydro where he worked on the Winnipeg –Twin Cities 500 kV interconnection and the Nelson River HVDC project. He is the original developer of the PSCAD/EMTDC simulation software, which he started in 1975 while at Manitoba Hydro.

He joined the Manitoba HVDC Research Centre as Executive Director (’86 – ’01) and is now President of Electranix Corporation, a consulting company based in Winnipeg. He is participating in system studies, preparation of the technical specification, project engineering and commissioning of a number of HVDC, VSC and SVC projects.

He is a registered Professional Engineer with the Province of Manitoba and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Manitoba.  He is the recipient of the IEEE Power Engineering Society Uno Lamm Award and a Life Fellow of the IEEE.  He is Past-Chairman of the IEEE Subcommittee on HVDC and FACTS, and is active in CIGRE.

Please RSVP to Richard Smelker by email to rdsmelker@aep.comOr by phone at 614-552-1697 by 6:00PM, March 17, 2014

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