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IEEE (PI)2 Austin hopes its members are staying safe during this difficult time of social distancing, self-isolating and concerns for family and friends, local small businesses and especially for the people at the front lines trying to help those afflicted with COVID-19. 

IEEE (PI)2 Austin presents opportunities for on-line technical presentations, many with PDH,  here on our website, and in our Newsletter, and Facebook and LinkedIn pages. 

IEEE (PI)Austin July 28, 2020 Virtual Technical Meeting “Commercial Lighting Controls – The Path to Code Compliance and an Amazing User Experience”

Abstract:  Say farewell to your toggle switches!  The future is here and like so many other things, lighting is becoming automated.  Driven by government mandated energy programs, lighting control requirements are becoming more stringent but also more useful.  During this presentation you’ll learn about the why and how of lighting controls as well as a look at what the future may have to offer.

Register here: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/234186

Registrants will receive an email with the WebEx meeting details a day or so before the meeting.

Douglas Braun is a lighting specialist who has worked in the lighting industry for over 15 years.  His role is to help specifiers and installers meet energy code and performance requirements using lighting controls.


Other Upcoming Central Texas Section Events:

Click on the title for more information and to register for these Virtual events:

July 10 6:00 PM: UT Austin IEEE TEMS Graduate student chapter – Postdoc Quest series talk

July 20 6:30 PM: CTS WIE/TEMS/EdSoc Virtual Meeting. Increase your Productivity! Work from Home! Redux!

July 21 6:30 PM: IEEE CTS LIFE MEMBER And CTCN July 21 Joint Meeting – 5G Internet

August 29th 7:30 AM: IEEE Central Texas Section Summer/Fall ExCom & SecCom Meeting 


Recent Events

On June 16, 18, 23 & 25, 2020 IEEE (PI)Austin hosted its first virtual Workshop on Energy StorageThe current COVID health emergency forced the postponement of the planned 8-hour in-person workshop scheduled for March. Rising to the challenge, (PI)officers James Mercier and Andrew Bluiett worked with David Hood and Daniel Youngs of Saft Battery Systems and Thomas Domitrovich of Eaton to reschedule the Worksop into four2 ½ hour segments on Tuesday and Thursday of two consecutive weeks. The workshop provided comprehensive coverage of battery development, current capabilities and use of lithium ion batteries in energy storage applications, and the diverse National Electric Code requirements in many diverse and relevant NEC Articles. Thirty-four people registered, although some planned to watch the recordings provided for registrants at a later time. Four copies of Linden’s Handbook of Batteries were given out by drawing, one at the end of each session, and the registrants all received a discount code to join the Industrial Electronics Society (IEEE IES). The workshop was free to all who fully registered due to the sponsorship of IES as well as Yarcom, Inc., and Yotta Energy, Inc., both of Austin.


Battery Technology Comparisons and Sizing Concepts

David Hoodbegan his electrical background in the U.S. Navy’s advanced electronics program. He has been in the standby battery and power industry for 30 years including 8 years of experience with UPS and charger OEM’s in both technical, engineering, sales, and management capacities. He has worked as a battery sales rep for 18 years representing the Saft battery line and has been a Saft America regional sales engineer for a total of 3 years. David earned a BS in Computer Information Systems from University of Houston Clear Lake in Texas.

Introduction to Lithium-Ion Batteries

Dan Youngs has spent over 25 years working in the Energy and Power Industry. Having experience in Utility Power Plants, Electric Vehicles and Energy Storage, Dan has worked on energy storage systems based on chemistries including Lead Acid, Li-LFP, Li-NMC, LTO, Nickel Metal Hydride, Nickel Sodium as well as Ultra-Capacitors. Dan is currently specializing in the application of advanced battery systems for Standby Applications.  Dan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Watson School of Engineering at Binghamton University, New York State. He also been Chairman of the SAE Bus and Truck Battery Standards Committee. He is Listed as inventor on patent PCT/US2011063695, ESS for Hybrid Electric Vehicle,  Specialties: Li-Ion Energy Storage Systems, Hybrid Vehicle, Power, Energy.

NEC for Energy Storage Systems, Article 706 and other related Articles

Thomas A. Domitrovichis 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. 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. Domitrovich is a LEED® Accredited Professional, a licensed Professional Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Gannon University.


Scott Hinson, CTO for Pecan Street, Inc, provided insights on energy use changes due to the COVID pandemic “Stay-At-Home” orders.  The Pecan Street unique Real-Life test bed is ideally suited to provide detailed data on residential energy usage changes. The Pecan Sweet staff conducts groundbreaking data research and product testing that accelerates the development and deployment of innovative climate and conservation solutions. Look for new in-depth reports as they digest all the new information and provide their insights.

Scott leads activities and electrical research at the Pecan Street Lab. He worked at a thin film CIGS solar module manufacturer where he led module packaging, performance, certification and reliability efforts. Prior efforts include work in the military, medical, consumer and oil industries developing power supplies, precision measurement equipment and inductive heating technologies. Scott received his B.S.E.E. from The University of Texas at Austin with undergraduate specializations in both communications systems and power distribution. Scott was awarded the 2015 Outstanding Engineering Award for “transforming the world’s understanding of consumer and community electricity usage” by the the IEEE Power Engineering Society Central Texas Chapter. He is also a contributing author to Transmission & Distribution World Magazine.



UT Austin Energy Symposium Series:

Missed one of this spring’s UT Energy Symposium talks? Each presentation is recorded and saved to their online archive, so you can watch anytime.

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