The Women and Minorities in Engineering Reception, to be held Tuesday, May 8 at 5:15 p.m., will feature Sarah Rogers as keynote speaker. Rogers is the retired President and CEO of the Florida Reliability Coordinating Council, a not-for-profit company incorporated in the State of Florida, whose purpose is to ensure and enhance the reliability and adequacy of the bulk power supply in Florida. FRCC serves as a Regional Entity with delegated authority from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation for the purpose of enforcing reliability standards within the FRCC region. In this role, she served as the CEO over all of the activities at the FRCC. She also served on the Regional Entity Management Group.

Rogers was formally with Progress Energy for over 22 years where she served in a variety of roles primarily in the electric transmission area. She was promoted to VP – Transmission in 1997 and had responsibility for planning, engineering, construction and maintenance of the transmission grid in NC and SC. In 2000, she was transferred to Progress Energy Florida. In Florida, she was responsible for improving transmission reliability by 25% and safety performance by 900%. In addition, Rogers led the restoration efforts for transmission following the four hurricanes in 2004 where over 680 transmission structures were severely damaged. In 2005 she took on responsibility for the transmission grids in FL, NC, and SC.

Rogers has an electrical engineering degree from San Diego State University and a masters of business administration from Duke University. She is a registered professional engineer in the States of Florida and North Carolina.