Learn how electric power systems work, and how they fail



'Blackout 101' is designed to help you understand blackouts: why they happen; how they can be prevented; why they're difficult to stop once they start; and how to prevent large-scale outages like the one last August. Participants will become familiar with power system terminology, operating fundamentals, failure modes and factors affecting reliability, while learning from four IEEE Fellows.


The IEEE Power Engineering Society and IEEE-USA are sponsoring the seminar.


Friday, 6 Feb., Noon to 2 p.m. (Lunch provided)


Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-340, Washington, D.C.


Mr. John McDonald, P.E.
Manager of automation, reliability and asset management, KEMA, Inc.
Past Chair of the IEEE Power Engineering Society Substations Committee

Dr. B. Don Russell, P.E.
Regents Professor of Electric Power Engineering, Texas A&M University
Past President of the IEEE Power Engineering Society
Member, National Academy of Engineering

Dr. Pete Sauer, P.E.
Grainger Chair of Electric Power Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Site Director, Power Systems Engineering Research Center
Member, National Academy of Engineering

Dr. Bruce Wollenberg
Professor, electrical and computer engineering, University of Minnesota
Director, UM's Center for Electric Energy


To attend the seminar, contact Chris McManes, senior public relations coordinator, IEEE-USA, at [email protected] or 202-785-0017, ext. 8356.

The IEEE Power Engineering Society provides the world's largest forum for sharing the latest in technological developments in the electric power industry; for developing standards that guide the development and construction of equipment and systems; and for educating members of the industry and the general public. See http://www.ieee.org/pes/.

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