October 19, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm America/New York Timezone

Power & Energy Society – 6:00PM, Tuesday, October 19


Planning for Resilience: The Texas Example

Speaker: Damir Novosel, President and Founder, Quanta Technology

Location: Online only via MS Teams; no in-person gathering

Meeting Agenda:

6:00 PM – Welcome and Opening Remarks – Souresh Mukherjee, Chair, IEEE PES Boston Chapter

6:15 PM – 2020 Awards Presentation

  • Outstanding Engineer Award
  • Outstanding Young Engineer Award
  • Outstanding Volunteer Award

6:20 PM – Women in Power (WiP) – Marissa Petersile, WiP Boston Chair

6:30 PM – Keynote Speaker – Damir Novosel, President and Founder, Quanta Technology – “Planning for Resilience: The Texas Example”

7:45 PM – Raffle, Note of Thanks & Wrap-up

The record low temperatures and severe winter storms observed in Texas in the winter of 2021 have caused massive outages, leaving 4.4 million homes without power for long durations. It has further emphasized importance of improving resilience of the Texas electric grid as well as the overall North American grid, particularly under the evolving impacts of climate change. As the modernized and resilient electrical grid is also an enabler to increase penetration of renewable resources and electrification, it is important to review the main causes of the issues in Texas and how it could be avoided in the future. This presentation will also address how an industry-wide holistic framework for resilience planning and investment prioritization is strongly needed to both mitigate and adapt to the evolving impacts on the electric grid.

Damir Novosel is president and founder of Quanta Technology, a subsidiary of Quanta Services, a Fortune 250 company. Previously, he was vice president of ABB Automation Products and president of KEMA T&D US. Dr. Novosel is also an adjunct professor of Electrical Engineering at North Carolina State University. Damir was elected to National Academy of Engineers in 2014. He served as president of the IEEE Power and Energy Society and VP of Technical Activities. He is presently chairing IEEE Industry Technical Support Leadership Committee and is a member of the IEEE Standards Association Standards Board. He is a member of the CIGRE US National Committee and received the CIGRE Attwood Associate and the Distinguished Member awards. Damir holds 17 US and international patents, published over 200 articles and reports, and contributed to 6 books. Damir is an IEEE Fellow since 2003, holds PhD, MSc, and BSc degrees in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University (where he was a Fulbright scholar), the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and the University of Tuzla, Bosnia, and Herzegovina, respectively. Dr. Novosel was selected as Mississippi State University Distinguished Engineering Fellow in 2015.

Free and Open to the Public; RSVP is appreciated

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If you have any questions, please contact Souresh Mukherjee (