8:45am to 5:00pm, Thursday, October 17, 2019
Amarillo College Business and Industry Center
1314 South Polk Street, Amarillo, Texas

Join us for this valuable Continuing Education Seminar!
You’ll have a chance to win one of five $50 gift cards!  To be eligible for the giveaway, you must be registered for the Seminar and present for the drawings


  Date and Time




  • Date: 17 Oct 2019
  • Time: 08:45 AM to 05:00 PM
  • All times are US/Central
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  • 1314 South Polk Street
  • Amarillo, Texas
  • United States 79109
  • Building: Amarillo College Business and Industry Center

  • 790 S. Buchanan - 6th Floor

    Amarillo, TX 79101


  • Starts 17 September 2019 09:20 AM
  • Ends 17 October 2019 12:00 PM
  • All times are US/Central
  • Admission fee ?
  • Menu: Youngblood's, Vegetarian


Tolk Synchronous Condenser– 9:20 am

Mr. Taylor joined Southwestern Public Service in 1974 as a Mechanical Design Engineer where he designed pump and piping systems for Harrington and Tolk Stations.  He later became Resident Mechanical Engineer for Construction at Tolk Station.  He remained there after the plant was constructed and worked as Plant Services Superintendent.  In 1997 he went to Utility Engineering, where he did mechanical design on new combined cycle power plants around the country.  In 2005, he was brought back into the main Xcel Energy office doing capital project work for all the SPS power plants.  He is now a Project Manager working on emergent and Major capital projects.  Mr. Taylor has been a licensed engineer in the state of Texas since 1979.

TSPE/TEF– 10:35am

Trish Smith, CAE and Jennifer McEwan, Ph. D. will be joining us to present the recent Texas state legislative session and its impact on the practice of engineering in Texas.  Trends in other states as well as political tides in Texas and their potential impacts on the profession will be discussed. Trish B. Smith, CAE (Certified Association Executive) is the Executive Director of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers.  Trish has been with TSPE for 20 years overseeing the programs and staff of the organization. She is also the Executive Director and a Trustee of the Texas Engineering Foundation and manages the TSPE Political Action Committee for Engineers (PACE). She is currently serving a third term as a member of the NSPE Executive Committee, Board of Directors and House of Delegates. Jennifer McEwan, Ph. D. is widely known for her transportation expertise and knowledge of project development and advancement. Prior to founding Grace & McEwan Consulting, Jennifer served as Senior Policy Director at the international law firm Greenberg Traurig. She currently serves as TSPE Legislative & Governmental Affairs Director, Treasurer of the Transportation Advocates of Texas, and policy director for the Texas Transportation Alliance.

WT A&M Senior Design projects on Display– 11:35am-1:15pm (over lunch)


Ethics– 1:15pm


Static VAR Compensator’s– 2:25pm

Martin Cameron has a Bachelors’ Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado and a Masters’ Degree in Engineering Management from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has over 25 years of industry experience in hydro generation, substation protection and substation controls. In 2014 he started his involvement with FACTS projects and has successfully completed a SVC protection and  controls refurbishment and two new SVC projects all in New Mexico. With the two new SVC projects in New Mexico, an advanced control function was implemented between these two SVC’s where an IEEE paper was written and published. He is acting secretary in the IEEE I9 working group, which is the Guide for Protecting Transmission Shunt Compensators. He is also the secretary for the IEEE I2 working group, which is the Guide for Thyristor Controlled Series Capacitors. If he is not working, you probably can find him on his road bike.

What’s New in Tech– 3:45 pm

We will welcome back Mr. Eric Spellmann to enlighten us on what is new and best in the world of Technology. Eric Spellmann is the President of Spellmann & Associates. Eric has established himself as a leader in helping customers meet their online goals through practical, hands-on-application. In addition, he is a featured speaker at a number of national technology conferences. His unique style appeals to all levels of audiences. He is often hired to convey technically challenging topics to non-technical people. He is often labeled a “Technology Evangelist.


Don’t forget the After Party!!

Cinergy 5:30 – 7:30