Orlando, Florida, is hosting the IEEE PES Transmission & Distribution Conference and Exposition May 7-10 at the Orange County Convention Center. The March 2012 issue of T&D World provided extensive coverage of what attendees can expect to see and learn at the upcoming conference, who will be exhibiting and where they will be located on the show floor, as well as what products will be demonstrated. Here are some last-minute updates of this show, the biggest event in T&D in 2012.

Women and Minorities in Engineering Panels

The Women in Energy panel provides an opportunity to meet other professionals and compare experiences in the energy market. The panelists include women who are a part of utilities, developers, engineering firms and universities who have diverse expertise in sustainability, operations, engineering consulting and contracting. The panel experts will discuss their career paths, lessons learned and challenges faced.

The panel will be on Tuesday, May 8 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Shay Bahramirad of S&C Electric will moderate the discussions featuring the following panelists:

  • Cheri A. Warren, vice-president, smart grid, National Grid, Waltham, Massachusetts, U.S.

  • Deborah Le Vine, director of system operations, California Independent System Operator Corp.

  • Marija D. Ili, professor of electrical and computer engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, and honorary chaired professor for control of future electricity network operations, Delft University of Technology

  • Noel Schulz, IEEE Power & Energy Society president, Paslay professor of electrical and computer engineering, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, U.S.

The Minorities in Engineering panel will discuss the roles and importance of women and minorities in the power industry. The session will explore the following topics: the aging workforce, the importance of diversity in the power industry, and women and minorities in the power industry. The panel will be held May 8 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Chris LaRussa (FRCC) and Kristy Baksh (PEF) will be moderating.

  • “Building Our Energy Future One Person at a Time,” Wanda Reder, vice president of power systems services, S&C Electric Co.

  • “Diversity and Inclusion Powers Innovation,” DeWanda Smith-Soeder, senior diversity and inclusion consultant, Progress Energy

  • “Women in the Power Industry,” Beth Young, director of energy control center, Tampa Electric

  • “Minorities in the Power Industry,” Andre Uribe, senior vice president of business development and co-founder, Power Grid Engineering Inc.

Schedule of Events

Monday, May 7
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. International Visitors Center Open
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tutorials (purchased ticket required)
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Technical Tours
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Opening Reception, Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel (badge required)
Tuesday, May 8
7 a.m. - 5 p.m. International Visitors Center Open
8 a.m. - 10 a.m. Opening Session
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Exposition Open
12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Technical Tours
12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Ethics/Florida Laws and Rules
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Technical Sessions
Wednesday, May 9
7 a.m. - 5 p.m. International Visitors Center Open
8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Ethics/Florida Laws and Rules
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Technical Sessions
8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Smart Grid Day at T&D
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Technical Tours
9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Student Job Fair
9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Info Sessions
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Super Session I
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Exposition Open
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Collegiate/GOLD/Industry Luncheon (ticket required)
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Student Job Fair
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Super Session II
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Student Job Fair
4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Networking Reception in Exhibit Halls
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Poster Session Reception (conference registration required)
Thursday, May 10
7 a.m. - 2 p.m. International Visitors Center Open
7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Technical Tours
8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Technical Sessions
9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Info Sessions
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Super Session III
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Exposition Open
2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Closing Reception

IEEE Show Blog

Visit the IEEE Show Blog where you will be provided a unique first-person tour of the events that make up the 2012 IEEE PES T&D Conference and Expo. Blog postings begin a week prior to this Orlando event and run continuously during the May 7-10 show. Our blogger is Gene Wolf, former chairman of the IEEE PES T&D committee. Join Gene as he participates in events major and minor, wanders the show floor, meets intriguing individuals and investigates the latest in technologies: http://ieee-pes-td.com.

EXHIBITOR UPDATES

(As of April 26, 2012)

Company Booth
(Melec) Shanghai Jiameng Electrical Equipment Co. Ltd. 4348
Aerotec 4470
Alcan Cable 4455
Aluminum Fastener Supply Co. Inc. 4442
Brockhaus Messtechnik 1895
Classic Connectors Inc. 4342
Dalian Ceramic Technic Co. Ltd. 1713
Dalian Insulator Group Co. Ltd. 1709
Desma USA Inc. 4349
DILO Co. Inc. 4444
EJ 272
Electrical Consultants Inc. (ECI) 4446
Electricas BC 246
Forward Engine (Beijing) Machinery Equipment Co. Ltd. 4195
Global Choice International, LLC 3393
GMI Composites Inc. 4566
Graybar 4489
HEDRICH Group Wilhelm Hedrich Vakuumanlagen GmbH & Co. KG 3581
Helicopter Services Inc. 284
Henan Pinki Electric Power Equipment Group Co. Ltd. 270
High Voltage Partial Discharge Ltd. (HVPD) 4344
InStep Software, LLC 4356
Intelligent Access Systems of NC, LLC 4449
IPEC Ltd. 4353
IPS-ENERGY USA Inc. 593
Longsper Insulation Technology (TIANJIN) Co. Ltd. 4493
MADI, LLC 4456
Matco Services Inc. 4352
Midsun Group Inc. 4454
Milbank Manufacturing 4571
MWH Global 4465
Parts Super Center 4482
Ponovo Power Co. Ltd. 4354
Power Consulting Associates, LLC 4562
Rubadue Wire Co. Inc. 4346
Shanghai Airic Cable Accessories Co. Ltd. 1711
Skipper Ltd. 4445
Smart Wire Grid Inc. 4345
Specialized Camera Sales, Div. of Ox Creek Energy Assoc Inc. 4443
Tollgrade Communications Inc. 4347
Tri-Data Solutions Inc. 4452
Volani Metais Industria E Comercio Ltda. 2967

Looking Ahead to 2013

Join the crowd on Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. as guests lay to rest the 2012 IEEE PES T&D Conference and Exposition in Orlando and look to 2014 for the next big celebration, as the conference returns to one of America's best convention cities: Chicago, Illinois. IEEE PES will be ready to point the way to the next T&D Conference and Exposition and enjoy a small sampling of what Chicago has to offer. The center of the world for power delivery, Chicago is a city with a magnificent skyline and a splendid shoreline along Lake Michigan.