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Thursday, March 26, 2015 in Roanoke, VA

Power Systems

Jaime De La Ree, PhD
Professor and Associate Department Head
The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Virginia Tech

Presentation Slides, PDF

Electric Power Systems have been one of the most reliable large-interconnected-operating systems in the world. For many years, "the grid" was operating with excess capacity (generation, transmission and distribution) and as a single business unit. Load growth, deregulation, public concerns and the recent events have demonstrated that we need to take a new look at the ways we monitor, protect and operate the power system.

During this talk, we will explore new advancements on Intelligent Electronic Devices (Relays, Digital Fault Recorders, Phasor Measurement Units) that, supported with GPS timing, permit the assessment of the state of "health" of the network. We will also propose changes in the protection paradigm with the hope that we can, in a more secure way, operate the system with less interruptions and/or mitigate the effect of faults and conditions that in the past could propagate and grow to catastrophic events.

Jaime De La Ree received his BsEE from Monterrey Tech (ITESM) in Monterrey, Mexico in 1980 and his MsEE and PhD EE from University of Pittsburgh in 1981 and 1984 respectively. In 1984 he joined the faculty of The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech where he is today Professor and Associate Department Head.

His teaching and research interest is in Electric Machinery and Power Systems Area with special emphasis in advanced monitoring, operation and protection.

In the area of academics, he is the recipient of the Wine Award and Sporn Award at Virginia Tech for teaching undergraduate introductory level courses in engineering. He was also nominated by the President of Virginia Tech for the National Faculty of the Year Award.

Dr. Jaime De La Ree
Associate Department Head and Associate Professor
ECE Department
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0111
(540) 231-6625 Office
(540) 231-3362 FAX
(540) 250-2502 Cell E-Mail

Meeting Details:

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Social: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 6:45 PM
Presentation: 7:30 PM

Members and Guests: $20, Students $10

Let us know if you have special dietary restrictions (vegetarian, dairy or gluten allergy, etc.)

Holiday Inn - Roanoke
3315 Ordway Drive
Roanoke VA 24017

Directions to Holiday Inn - Roanoke:
Directions to Holiday Inn: From I-581 take exit 3W Hershberger Rd. Turn right at the first traffic light (near WDBJ-7 studios & Zaxby's) onto Ordway Drive. Continue past Big Lots and the Holiday Inn is on the right.

Continuing Education Credit:
One Continuing Education Credit will be awarded for this meeting. Please see a member of the executive committee to sign up for this credit.

RSVP by 5 PM, Monday March 23 to George Williams, Vice-Chairman, at

Please specify the number of attendees and any dietary restrictions.

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