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February 2017 Technical Society Program

Fangxing “Fran” Li, Ph.D., P.E., James W. McConnell Professor,The University of Tennessee will be the speaker at the Technical Society of Knoxville meeting on February 13, 2017. He will talk about demand response for modernized grid control. Our electrical power distribution system is so important that everyone needs to understand as much as they can about it. ( If you are reading this you are included in “everyone”).

The title will be: “Demand response for modernized grid control”. He plans these three parts:
1) General introduction of electric power systems with emerging technologies under the smart grid paradigm such as renewable energy.
2) General discussion of demand response, an emerging technology in smart grid control.
3) His most recent research results in demand control for power grid frequency regulation.
He will have 1) and 2) for the benefit of non-EE or non-power folks , since he will also include some high-level big-picture discussions.

Dr. Li is presently the James W. McConnell Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at The University of Tennessee. He also serves as the UT Campus Director for CURENT, an NSF/DOE Engineering Research Center. He is also an adjunct researcher at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). His current research interests include renewable energy integration, demand response, distributed energy resources, energy markets, reactive power, power system computing and synchrophasor-based technologies.

Professor Li had worked at ABB Electrical System Consulting (ESC), a.k.a. ABB Consulting, in Raleigh, NC, from February 2001 to August 2005 as a Senior Engineer and then a Principal Engineer before joining UT. During his employment at ABB, he has been significantly involved first in power distribution systems and then in power market analysis, particularly in GridView related R&D and consulting service for power generation and transmission companies. He had also worked as a part-time engineer at Electrical Distribution Design (EDD) Inc., Blacksburg, VA from 1998 to 2000 and an engineer intern at NARI (China) in 1997. He is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the state of North Carolina.

Professor Li is a Fellow of IEEE (Class of 2017) and a Fellow of IET (formerly IET, elected in 2011). Also, he is serving or has served as an Editor or Editorial Board Member for a number of journals, such as: IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, IEEE PES Letters, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, Journal of Modern Power and Energy Systems, and CSEE Journal of Power and Energy Systems. He is presently serving as the Vice Chair for the IEEE PES PSOPE committee and in other positions within IEEE PES (Power and Energy Society).

Professor Li has received a number of honors, such as the 2006 Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Teacher Award at UT, UT EECS Faculty Early Career Fellowship Awards (2008, 2009 & 2010), 2009 UT College of Engineering Research Fellow Awards, 2011 UT Chancellor’s Award for Professional Promise in Research and Creative Achievement, 2013 EECS Gonzalez Family Award for Faculty Excellence in Research, 2015 UT College of Engineering Professional Promise in Research Award, 2015 IEEE PES Technical Committee Distinguished Service Award, an Outstanding Reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Power Systems in 2015. His research team has been honored with Best Conference Papers/Posters seven times at various conferences.

Dr. Li is a member of the NSF/DOE Engineering Research Center – CURENT.

Ph.D from Virginia Tech, 2001
M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing, China, 1997
B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing, China, 1994

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Posted by on January 26, 2017 in Meetings


January 2017 Technical Society Program

The Technical Society of Knoxville will meet on January 23, 2017.

The featured speaker will be board certified family physician Jim Reynolds, MD, who will present a talk entitled “If There Were an Olympics of Health Care, Would the U.S.A. Medal?” Since the news is full of health care talk these days this will be an excellent opportunity to hear an opinion about the topic from a professional person.

Dr. Reynolds’ talk will include a frank assessment of our current healthcare system as well as what can be done to make it better. This event and other local meetings are actions initiated in response to the serious need for Americans to improve our healthcare system.

“Despite having the most expensive healthcare system, the United States ranked last among 11 industrialized countries in a 2014 Commonwealth Fund report. This report measured quality, efficiency, equity, access to care, and healthy lives. The other countries included in the study were France, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland. While there was room for improvement in every country, the United States stood out for having the highest costs and lowest performance. The United States spent $8508 per person per year versus the United Kingdom’s $3406 per person per year. The United Kingdom placed first overall,” said Dr. Reynolds.

Dr. Reynolds, Diplomate American Board of Family Medicine is a member of Physicians for a National Health Program, (PNHP) an advocacy organization of some 20,000 American physicians, medical students, and health professionals that supports a single-payer system of universal national health care.

The presentation will be followed by a short Technical Society annual meeting.

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Posted by on January 2, 2017 in Meetings