SF PES Chapter Fall Banquet, October 19, 2016


SF PES Chapter Fall Banquet - 10/19/2016

Topic: Industry Trends and Innovation: Past, Present and Future

Speaker:  Damir Novosel, President, Quanta Technology LLC, 2016-2017 IEEE PES President

Abstract:  Reliable and efficient electrical grid operation is critical to society. Electrical utility industry has been experiencing significant changes in the last decade caused by new technology trends, environmental drivers and weather patterns, changing public needs, and regulatory requirements. The electrical power and energy industry in the next decades will be different than it is today to meet the demands of the society and address challenges. We are at a crossroads in making business and technical decisions that will allow us to optimally and cost-effectively manage the grid.  

The presentation will include IEEE involvement in leading and supporting our industry. The IEEE volunteers and staff possess unparalleled, integrated knowledge of technical, economic, environmental, security, and safety aspects to significantly help industry participants, including policymakers, with an all-inclusive and rigorous approach.   For example, the IEEE Joint Task Force on presidential Quadrennial Energy Review (consisting of IEEE leaders from its membership) delivered a report to the DOE. IEEE tapped volunteers to provide an unbiased and independent response benefiting from synergies between private and public sectors (utilities, vendors, academia, national labs, regulatory organizations, and other industry participants).

The presentation will address how electrical grid developed since the first electric power plant in New York in 1882, what some of the challenges and opportunities facing modern grids are, and how industry trends and innovation will shape the future grid. It will include the IEEE role in building, operating, and maintaining the sustainable power grid.

Some of the topics addressed are:

  • Asset management, including grid hardening and reliability improvements
  • Distributed energy resources, microgrids, renewable intermittency and the role of storage
  • Integration of electric vehicles in the grid
  • Smart city trends
  • Wide area monitoring protection and control
  • Education and workforce needs

It also includes key success factors to prepare for the grid of the future. 


Date: October 19, 2016

Time: 5:30 PM to 8 PM

Location: Delancey Street Restaurant

Menu (Family Style Serving)


Corn Chips and Salsa Cruda

Baskets of Onion Rings


Organic Field greens with balsamic vinaigrette served with baskets of assorted breads


Spit Roasted Rosemary & Garlic Chicken served with grilled asparagus

Grilled Salmon Filet with a light ginger glaze served with roasted bok choy and fire-charred husked corn

Fettucine Arrabiata served in a spicy red sauce (vegetarian)


Vanilla Bean ice cream with homemade chocolate dipped biscotti


IEEE Members (Early Bird):                 $25

IEEE Non-Members (Early Bird):          $35

IEEE Members (After 10/5/16):            $30

IEEE Non-Members (After 10/5/16):     $40

Students and Life Members:                $15

Corporate Sponsorship (Table of 8):   $350

Volunteers:                                        $10

Address & Directions

Delancey's Street Restaurant
600 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94107


  Date and Time




  • 600 The Embarcadero
  • San Francisco, California
  • United States 94107
  • Building: Delancey Street Restaurant
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  • Ends 12 October 2016 05:00 PM
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Damir Novosel, President, Quanta Technology, LLC, 2016-2017 IEEE PES President

Damir Novosel, President, Quanta Technology, LLC, 2016-2017 IEEE PES President of Quanta Technology, LLC


Industry Trends and Innovation: Past, Present, and Future


Damir Novosel (SM 1994, F 2003) is president of Quanta Technology, a subsidiary of Quanta Services, a Fortune 500 company.  Previously, he was vice president of ABB Automation Products and president of KEMA T&D US. He has led development and implementation of a number of pioneering concepts, methods, and products that improved reliability and efficiency of power grids.

Damir is elected to National Academy of Engineers in 2014. Dr. Novosel is IEEE PES President (2016-2017). He served as chair of the PES Technical Council, Vice President of Technology, and a member of the PES Governing Board from 2010 to 2012. Damir is also member of the CIGRE US National Committee.

Damir holds 16 US and international patents and published over 100 articles in Transactions, Journals and Proceedings, receiving PES 2011 and 2013 Prize Paper Awards. He has led or participated in numerous IEEE standards, publications and other initiatives.

He holds PhD and MSc degrees in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University, where he was a Fulbright scholar, and the University of Zagreb, Croatia, respectively.

Damir Novosel, President, Quanta Technology, LLC, 2016-2017 IEEE PES President of Quanta Technology, LLC


Industry Trends and Innovation: Past, Present, and Future



Banquet will be held between 5:30 – 8:00 PM

Schedule of Events
5:30 PM: Networking / Registration 
6:00 PM: Dinner
6:45 PM: Presentation
8:00 PM: Adjourn