2019 Keynote Speakers


Wei-Jen Lee
“Arc Flash Hazard and Electrical Safety – The New Revision of IEEE Std. 1584”

Thursday, Feb. 7, 9:00 AM – 9:40 AM

Wei-Jen Lee is currently a professor of the Electrical Engineering Department and the director of the Energy Systems Research Center at the University of Texas at Arlington.

He has been involved in the revision of IEEE Std. 141, 339, 551, 739, 1584, and 3002.8 development. He is the President Elect of the IEEE Industry Application Society (IAS). He is an editor of IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications and IAS Magazine. Since 2008, he has served as the project manager of IEEE/NFPA Collaboration on Arc Flash Phenomena Research Project.

Prof. Lee has been involved in research on utility deregulation, renewable energy, energy storage systems, smart grid, microgrid, energy internet and virtual power plants (VPP), arc flash hazards and electrical safety, load and wind capacity forecasting, power quality, distribution automation and demand side management, power systems analysis, online real-time equipment diagnostic and prognostic system, and microcomputer based instrument for power systems monitoring, measurement, control, and protection. He has served as the primary investigator (PI) or Co-PI of over one hundred funded research projects with the total amount exceed US$15 million dollars. He has published more than one hundred and fifty journal papers and two hundred sixty conference proceedings. He has provided on-site training courses for power engineers in Panama, China, Taiwan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and Singapore. He has refereed numerous technical papers for IEEE, IET, and other professional organizations.

Prof. Lee is a Fellow of IEEE and registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.


Don Morrow
“Toward a 100% Renewable Future – Lessons from the City of Los Angeles”

Thursday, Feb. 7, 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

Don Morrow is a Managing Director for Navigant’s Transmission Operations and Planning group. He has over 36 years in the energy industry.  Don has advised clients in transmission business models, organizational design, transmission business strategy, transmission technology strategy/implementation, system operations, system planning, and NERC compliance.   He has provided support for many clients evaluating competitive transmission development opportunities enabled by FERC Order 1000. He has led a wide range of projects in strategic advisory services related to transmission development, system operations, system planning, economic transmission planning, asset renewal, asset valuation, economic assessments, strategic resource/business planning, and NERC standards compliance. He spent 26 years working for utilities in system operations and planning, most notably he was part of the startup team for American Transmission Company where he served as the first Director System Operations and then later as Director System Planning and Protection.


Tim Davis
“Suite Sparse: a widely-used suite of sparse direct solvers”

Friday, Feb. 8, 8:30 AM – 9:10 AM

Tim Davis is a Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at Texas A&M University.  His primary scholarly contribution is the creation of widely-used sparse matrix algorithms and software (suitesparse.com).  His software is relied upon by a vast array of commercial, government lab, and open source applications, including MATLAB (x=A\b when A is sparse), Apple, Mathematica, Google (Street View, Photo Tours, and 3D Earth), Octave, Cadence, MSC NASTRAN, Mentor Graphics, and many more.  As an NVIDIA Academic Partner, he is creating a new suite of highly-parallel sparse direct methods that can exploit the high computational throughput of GPUs.  He recently created the reference implementation for GraphBLAS, a library for creating graph algorithms in the language of linear algebra on semirings.  He was elected in 2013 as a SIAM Fellow, in 2014 as an ACM Fellow, and in 2016 as an IEEE Fellow, and was honored by Sigma Xi in 2018 with the Walston Chubb Award for Innovation.  He serves as an associate editor for ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software, the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, and the SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing.  Tim is a Master Consultant to The MathWorks.  Work is fun, but for pure fun he creates algorithmic art from music (notesartstudio.com), using graph algorithms, FFTs, MATLAB, and force-directed graph visualization; his artwork appeared on billboards all across London as the theme art for the 2013 London Electronic Arts Festival.  The image in the SuiteSparse:GraphBLAS logo is Davis’ rendering of Also Sprach Zarathustra, by Strauss (commonly known as the theme music to 2001: A Space Odyssey).


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