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January 22: Challenges in Interconnecting Renewable Energy Resources to the Grid


Location:Cover 3, 2700 W Anderson Ln #202, Austin, TX 78757


Check In - 6:30 to 7:00 PM

Social & Business Meeting - 7:00 to 7:30 PM

Program- 7:30 to 8:30 PM

RSVP: RSVPs appreciated (but not required) by sending an email to

Cover Charge: We pay Cover 3 to use their private meeting room and ask that all attendees help defray our costs by ordering dinner or paying a $20cover charge. We will reimburse up to $20 of meal expense for IEEE student members, take your receipt to the Treasurer after the meeting.


What does it take for a renewable generator to connect to the grid? What are the struggles faced by the renewable industry in connecting to the grid? Rules and requirements for connecting generation, and specifically renewable generation, to the electric grid have been evolving and creates both technical and business challenges. We will talk about these issues and how we are addressing these to work with the utilities and RTO/ISO organizations.

Speaker: Jennifer Ayers-Brasher, PE, Director, Transmission & Market Analysis, E.ON Climate and Renewables, NA


Jennifer Ayers-Brasher is a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines as an Electrical Engineer. She also earned her Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from Drexel University. She spent a little over 6 years at PPL Electric Utilities in system operation and transmission planning. For the past 12 years she has worked in the renewable energy arena, with 11 of those at E.ON, a global energy company. The focus at E.ON is transmission, generation interconnection and electric market impacts. Currently the Director, Transmission & Market Analysis she leads a team that addresses these issues across the county and in several markets, with recent focus on interconnection queue reforms for several RTOs and ISOs and the associated FERC proceedings.


January 29: M3 Design Tour


Location: M3 Design Inc., 575 Round Rock West Dr. Suite 100, Round Rock, TX 78681


5:45 – 6:15: Arrival / Networking

6:15 – 6:30: Welcome / Introductions / Overview of M3 Design

6:30 – 7:00: Studio Tour (we may break-up into small groups, depending on number of people)

7:00 – 8:00: Open Q&A / Networking

We will plan to have Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments available for attendees.

RSVP: RSVP by sending an email to


M3 Design is a leading product development firm focused on Industrial Design / Mechanical Engineering solutions for our clients.

Since our founding in 1996, we’ve accumulated experience in almost every industry; everything from delicate medical devices to large-scale, multi-system industrial equipment to consumer-centric wearables. We help our clients solve impossible problems and have launched countless products into their markets. Whether our clients need support conducting research and setting strategy, showcasing conceptual designs, or gearing up for manufacturing, M3 is ready to dive in. No matter the challenge, our team is passionate about crafting the best solution for every product and executing that vision with the utmost quality.



February 5: Thermon Tour


Location: Thermon Manufacturing Company, 100 Thermon Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666


TBA (evening)

RSVP: RSVP by sending an email to





March 27: IEEE (PI)² Workshop: Grounding for Electrical Engineers


Location: Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street, Austin, TX 78701


Program- 8:00AM to 5:00PM

RSVP: RSVPs appreciated (but not required) by sending an email to

Upon completion of the workshop, participants will receive a 16 PDH certificate.

Register here:

Early registration discount through March 7th
Registration closes after March 23rd

This two-day workshop will provide educational instruction for electrical engineers and electricians on the grounding and bonding requirements of the 2017 NEC and on important topics such as short circuit current ratings, selective coordination, and incident energy as well as practical and theoretical instruction for electrical engineers on how to comply with the NEC grounding and bonding requirements.
The Workshop is formatted for Electrical Engineers and Designers of electrical systems that are governed by the NEC
Highly recommended as a review supplement for those preparing to take the Electrical P. E. exam.
Workshop fee includes: A copy of Soares Book on Grounding and Bonding, 13th Edition, as well as breakfast tacos, beverages, break refreshments, door prizes, and industry exhibits.
Attendees are advised to bring a laptop, an engineering calculator, and a copy of the 2017 NEC, either electronic or paper.

Instructor: 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® Accredited Professional, a licensed Professional Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Gannon University.



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