SF IAS/ Evolution of Medium Voltage Switchgear


Facility electrical load requirements are increasingly surpassing the limits of low voltage services and medium voltage service equipment is needed to supply power. In many cases, enhanced equipment performance and expanded design capabilities are requested. The following will be discussed:

  • Overview of medium voltage switchgear construction
  • Advancements made in breaker technologies, identifying the current state-of-the-art in breaker design
  • Where is the industry headed? Present and future trends in medium voltage switchgear equipment

Pre-register now!  The restaurant is not flexible to allowing casual walk-ins that have not pre-registered.


  Date and Time




  • 600 The Embarcadero
  • San Francisco, California
  • United States 94107
  • Building: Delancey Street Restaurant
  • Click here for Map

Staticmap?size=250x200&sensor=false&zoom=14&markers=37.7843591%2c 122
  • Chair: Bob Formicola - rformicola@bcew.com

    Vice Chair: Ali Vakili - alivakili@eaton.com

    Treasurer: Gary Fox - gary.fox@ge.com

    Secretary: Alex Lotz - Alex.Lotz@Emerson.com



  • Starts 27 January 2016 06:05 PM
  • Ends 23 May 2016 05:00 PM
  • All times are America/Los_Angeles
  • Admission fee ?
  • Menu: Buffet Dinner
  • Register


Kevin Henkes, P.E., Sr. Product Manager of GE Energy Connections/ Industrial Solutions


Kevin Henkes is the IEEE MV Equipment Sr. Product Manager for GE Energy Connections, Industrial Solutions and has held this position since May 2014.

Kevin joined GE in September 1988 as a Full Line Account Manager with responsibility for large project construction and the pulp & paper market in Maine, USA. In April 2004, he relocated to North Carolina where he assumed the role of switchboard/panelboard application support leader and then COE (Center of Excellence) Large Project Coordinator at our manufacturing facility in Mebane. In May of 2008, Kevin was promoted to the role as Specification Engineer Leader for Latin America & the Caribbean where he grew the team from 3 to 10 people supporting consultants, EPC’s and end customers . In May 2014 Kevin became the IEEE MV Equipment Senior Product Manager. In this role Kevin has helped direct & drive the development of GE’s new SecoGear metalclad switchgear that will be manufactured directly by GE. He also has responsibility for the GE LimitAmp MV Motor Control equipment.


5:30 pm (Arrival/relax time)
6:00 pm (Presentation)
7:00 pm (Dinner)

Dinner Fee:

IEEE Members and Non-Members: $25.00

Student Members: $10 (at the door) discounted cost for first 5 reserved IEEE Student Members.

Dinner fee covers meal.