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The IEEE (PI)2 Austin Newsletter is a monthly publication of the Austin Chapters of the
Power & Energy, Power Electronics, Industrial Applications, Industrial Electronics, and Product Safety Engineering Societies.

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IEEE (PI)2 Austin Technical Meetings: In-Person & Virtual 

IEEE (PI)2 Austin Closed out its Technical Meeting Schedule with three great events in October! We’ll resume our monthly technical schedule on Tuesday January 24th, and wish all a wonderful holiday season with family and friends.

Recent Technical Events


October 25th, IEEE (PI)2 Austin Technical Meeting: The Shocking Truth of Cybersecurity’

Matthew Ragsdale of DEFCON Network Security, LLC

Folks arrived early at the Pecan Street Projects HQ for a networking session with food by Salata.  Matthew opened the eyes to many threats of which even many of the technically savvy audience not aware.  Matthew describes himself as a Licensed Ethical Hacker and discuss topics such as what Hackers are really after and what kind of tools Hackers use to compromise networks. He had great stories such as the time they hacked a facility in front of a Sheriff, along with a lot of very useful information that applies to everyone. Learning the truth about what Hackers are really trying to accomplish opened eyes and help better prepare the attendees to face the future cyber threats of tomorrow.

The crowd.                                                   Scott Hinson, Pecan Street & Andrew Bluiett, Past Chair

Chair Ruth Sulzer, and Past Chair James Mercier

About the Speaker:

Matthew Ragsdale is a Cybersecurity professional with over 20 years of experience in the field. He served in the US Army for 10 years and has worked with many government agencies over the years in order to help assist and secure their networks from the threats of tomorrow. Matthew is the Owner of DEFCON Network Security, LLC., and currently operates out of Austin Texas. His primary clients are government facilities located within Texas as well as small businesses. Matthew is a Licensed Ethical Hacker through the EC Council, a Department of Defense recognized certification authority, and holds many other certifications, some of which are CISSP, CCNP, CND and OSCP. His mission is to bring the highest quality of security possible to agencies nationwide while spreading cybersecurity awareness.



Wednesday, October 26 & Thursday, October 27, 2022

Speaker: Tom Domitrovich, Eaton, Corp. & National Electric Code Guru

  • Once again, Tom Domitrovich of Eaton Corp. kept the attention of engineers for two days, reviewing the changes to the National Electric Code for 2023, with many anecdotes and real examples to liven up the workshop.  A major areas of focus were power distribution systems, which are affected by the latest changes.  He provided applications to be worked through by the attendees in class regarding how these NEC changes will change how power distribution systems are engineered. Participants received a PDH certificate for sixteen hours, upon completion of the workshop, and the workshop included breakfast, snacks, a copy of the NEC and tickets for door prizes, including several AEMC 6417 Clamp-on Ground test meters..

Speaker:  Mr. Thomas A. Domitrovich is an Electrical Engineer within Eaton Corporation’s electrical group with experience in engineering, sales & marketing, business development, and product management. Domitrovich is actively involved with various electrical industry organizations and most recently has focused on the continued growth of electrical safety. Mr. Domitrovich is an author with a wide range of trade magazine articles including columns in two industry trade magazines focused on electrical safety. He sits on NFPA Code Making Panel 2 for the continued development of the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70). He is also on the NFPA committee for the continued development of NFPA 73 and chairs various committees for other electrical industry organizations. Mr. Domitrovich is a LEED(R) Accredited Professional, a licensed Professional Engineer, and holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Gannon University.

Monday,October 31st, IEEE (PI)2 Austin Distinguished Lecturer Tutorial: “Power System Analysis and Inverter-Based Technologies”

Speaker: Babak Badrzadeh of Aurecon & Monash University

Not to be outdone, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer,  Babak Badrzadeh of Aurecon & Monash University, presented a 4-hour tutorial that is increasingly critical for power utilities facing the growth of inverter-based technologies (grid forming and grid-following), including topologies, operating principles, HVDC,  on their systems. Held at ERCOT Austin, to a moderate in-person audience and a large on-line audience, this topic will continue to be a focus for the foreseeable future.

About the Speaker:

Babak Badrzadeh holds BSc, MSc and PhD all in the area of electrical power systems. Prior to joining Aurecon in March 2021, he was with AEMO as the Manager of Operational Analysis and Engineering team. He is currently the Technical Director, Power Systems with Aurecon, and an Adjunct Professor with Monash University. His focus area is power system modelling and analysis, including the impact of grid-connected and distributed inverter-based resources from operational, connections and planning perspectives. He has played a key role in the worldwide establishment of wide-area electromagnetic transient (EMT) modelling, and the overarching area of system strength. Babak is currently the Convener of CIGRE Working Groups B4.83, C2.26 and C4.56, a member of CIGRE SC C2 Strategic Advisory Committee. In January 2021 Babak was appointed as a Distinguished Lecturer by IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES). He is also a recipient of 2019 ESIG Engineering excellence award. In March 2021 Babak was appointed as the chief editor of CIGRE Green Book on ‘’Power system dynamic modelling and analysis in evolving networks’’.


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