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Meeting Thursday, January 26, 2017 in Roanoke.

An Overview of Transformer Design and Construction

Joe Hartwell of Schaffner MTC Transformers

Transformers are an important part of any power transmission or distribution system. This presentation will provide an overview of the design and construction of common types of both oil-filled and dry-type transformers..

Speaker's Bio:
Joe Hartwell is an electrical engineer who has worked for three transformer manufacturers, and has designed both oil-filled and dry-type transformers. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech, and is a professional engineer licensed in West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee. Joe is also a past vice-chairman and current chairman of the Virginia Mountain Section of IEEE, and enjoys motorcycling, playing guitar, and home remodeling in his spare time. He and his wife Heather reside in Roanoke with their six-year old daughter Sophie, and they attend Shenandoah Baptist Church.

Meeting Details:
Thursday, January 26, 2017
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:

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. The Holiday Inn is on the right.

Reservations:  Please RSVP by noon, Monday January 23.  Please specify the number of attendees and any dietary restrictions.  Please RSVP to George Williams, Vice-Chairman, at

Credit: One continuing education credit will be awarded for attending this presentation.

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The Virginia Mountain Section (VMS) of the IEEE has been serving members in the Southwest corner of the Commonwealth of Virginia since 1949.

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  • Virginia Military Institute
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and the VMS Consultants Network Affinity Group.

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