presenters, panelists, technical committee

Here are some of the people who are a part of Battcon. These people have contributed much time and effort towards writing papers, creating presentations, and participating in Battcon panels, workshops and committees.

Curtis Ashton, Senior Lead Power Technical Support Engineer, CenturyLink
(Battcon Technical Committee) Curtis has 25 years of experience in telecom power and has been published numerous times. He is a former Battcon Battery Person of the Year, former vice-chair of ATIS-STEP, member of the Intelec Executive Committee, and presently vice chair of IEEE PES ESSB. Outside of work, his interests include Spanish, Scouting, and basketball and soccer refereeing.

Dave Battle, Chief Technology Officer, NDSL, Inc.
David Battle has a B.Sc. in Electronics and an MBA, along with 40 years of experience developing industrial measurement equipment. His career started at Harwell, the UK’s primary atomic energy laboratory, from where he moved into color and optical thickness measurement. David is considered an international expert in color measurement. He is now responsible for technology development at NDSL, where he leads a team developing the latest Cellwatch battery monitoring technology.

Dan Borneo, Principal Investigator, DOE/OE Energy Storage Systems Projects, Sandia National Laboratories
Dan Borneo is a Professional Electrical Engineer and Principal Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories. He holds both a BSEE and MSEE from the University of New Mexico. He serves as the principal investigator and project leader for the Department of Energy/Office of Electricity Electrical Energy Storage Systems Testing and Demonstration Program. His primary focus is collaborating with representatives of the energy storage industry, academia, and state energy groups to facilitate moving innovative electrical energy storage technologies and systems to commercialized products and services.

Mark Bricker, Assistant Plant Manager, Metals Division, East Penn Manufacturing Company
Mark Bricker is the Assistant Plant Manager of the Metals Division at East Penn Manufacturing. In his thirty-six years at East Penn, Mark spent the first nineteen in the Engineering group attaining the position of Chief Analytical Chemist prior to joining the Metals Division. Mark has co-authored two patents assigned to East Penn, "Method and apparatus for selenium removal from solution" and "A process for the extended use of strip acid for battery reclamation."

J. Allen Byrne, Consultant, Brass Tacks Power System Advisors
(Battcon Technical Committee emeritus) Allen is a 40 year veteran of the battery-backed power industry. He has worked in all aspects of the field, including DC power systems, UPS, and batteries. Allen is one of the initiators and founders of Battcon and has acted as co-chair and moderator for 17 years. He has contributed to IEEE, ATIS, BICSI, NFPA and other code and standards setting bodies. Allen has had numerous articles and technical papers published in industry magazines and journals and has presented many times at national and international conferences. For several years, he was a contributing editor for Power Quality Assurance Magazine. He is the original author of the Power Distribution chapter of the Telecommunications Distribution Methods Manual published by BICSI. Allen is a Senior Member of the IEEE and is honored to be a member of the Battcon Hall of Fame.

Dale Campbell, Engineering Manager, Principal, BRPH Architects and Engineers
(Battcon Technical Committee emeritus) Dale is a Senior Electrical Engineer and Engineering Manager at BRPH’s Lynnwood, WA office. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Oregon and Washington and Senior IEEE Member. Dale was on the Battcon Technical Committee from 2009-2014. He has 25 years of experience with UPS and battery systems.

Bill Cantor, Engineer, TPI
(Battcon Technical Committee) William (Bill) Cantor is the Vice President of Technology for TPI. He earned a BS degree from Pennsylvania State University and an MS degree in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Bill has 26 years of experience in the battery industry. He has authored / co-authored six INTELEC papers and was inducted into the Battcon Hall of Fame in 2014. Mr. Cantor has been the chair of the IEEE 1188 working group since 1995 and is a member of the IEEE Stationary Battery Technical Committee of the Power and Energy Society since 1992. He is also the past Chair of this organization and a member of SCC-18, where he represents IEEE on NFPA 70 and NFPA 70B technical committees. He is also a Senior Instructor in the Information Sciences and Technology Department at Pennsylvania State University and is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE).

Tom Carpenter, Senior Program Manager, NERC/SERC Reliability, Nuclear Power Group, Tennessee Valley Authority
(Battcon Technical Committee) Tom Carpenter oversees the TVA's Nuclear Power Group's compliance with NERC/SERC reliability standards. He has over 30 years' experience in the electrical power industry and is a Senior Member of the IEEE, including membership in the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) and IEEE Standards Association (SA). Tom has a BSEE and is a licensed electrician and licensed professional engineer. He serves as the treasurer of the IEEE Energy Storage & Stationary Battery Committee, is a former Principal Member of the NFPA 70E Technical Committee, and is a certified high and low voltage electrical safety trainer.

Rick Caudill, Senior Product Manager, AC Power, Vertiv
Rick Caudill has more than 37 years of experience with UPS systems in product development, application engineering, and product management. In his current role, he focuses on large UPS units and batteries. Rick presented Battcon papers in 2001 and 2002 and is co-author on a presentation on the application of emerging lithium ion batteries. He has an undergraduate degrees in electrical engineering technology.

Garth P. Corey, Consultant, Energy Storage Systems (Retired)
(Battcon Technical Committee emeritus) In November, 2006, Garth retired from Sandia National Laboratories as a Principal Member of the Technical Staff, working in the US DOE Energy Storage Systems Program. During his tenure, he developed broad expertise in utility scale energy storage devices and was responsible for many R&D activities. He managed projects that span the utility scale energy storage arena that includes flywheels, ultracapacitor systems, sodium sulfur, nickel cadmium, lead acid, (including advanced lead-acid technologies), flow batteries (plating and redox), and Li Ion batteries. Since retirement, he has been a consultant to companies bringing new energy storage technologies and systems through R&D to commercialization. As Consultant, Energy Storage Systems, Garth has become a recognized subject matter expert in utility scale energy storage applications and systems and frequently provides expert advice on emerging energy storage systems and energy storage device development and deployment. He is now considering full retirement and is looking forward to some idle time.

Pete DeMar, President, Battery Research and Testing Inc.
Pete is a co-founder of Battery Research and Testing, the oldest independent stationary battery service group in the US. He was the first person from an independent service company to join the IEEE Battery Working Group, and served on that group for over 30 years. Pete was the lead from Battery Research and Testing that developed the IOVR+™ process, the original “Special Recovery Process” for 2 volt VRLA cells. He has presented at INTELEC, Battcon, and INFOBATT and other conferences, and received the Battcon Hall of Fame award in 2009 for leadership and contributions to the stationary battery industry.

Jeff Donato, National Marketing and Product Development Manager, EnviroGuard
Jeff Donato has over 20 years of sales and management experience in the industrial battery industry. He has sold and represented leading battery manufacturers and compliance products in data center, utility and telecommunications applications. Jeff presents standby power system environmental health and safety training to engineering, architect and OEM manufacturing firms. He also delivers stationary battery room solutions training to end users and specifying engineers.

Jay Frankhouser, Director, Product Management and Applications Engineering, C&D Technologies, Inc.
Jay has been in the energy storage industry for 29 years at C&D Technologies in various capacities including engineering, marketing, business development, and sales, and is currently Director of Product Management and Applications Engineering. Jay has worked with various energy storage technologies including lead acid, lead carbon, lithium ion, and fuel cells. Jay is a member of IEEE and has a degree in Engineering from Penn State and an MBA from the University of New Haven.

John Gagge, Vice President, Reserve Power Sales and Service, EnerSys Americas
With EnerSys for 20 years, John has P&L responsibility for sales throughout the Americas for reserve power needs. He has input into M&A activity, manufacturing, and branding. Responsibilities include new energy and energy storage technologies, such as Li-ion, Ni-Cd, Ni-Zn and supercapacitors, into markets such as energy storage, wireless, UPS, utility, and outdoor enclosure. He is involved in the IEEE standards committees, BCI technical committees, and IEC TC21 working group. John is a management committee member and co-chair of the INTELEC '10 and '12 program committees, publicity chair for INTELEC 2014, and a contributor to numerous battery conferences.

Stuart Gettis, National Battery Sales Manager, Vertiv Services
Stuart has been in the industrial battery business for 25 years, with experience installing, servicing, teaching and leading sales teams for telecom, industrial and UPS battery systems. Prior to entering the battery industry, he served four years in the Navy as an Aircraft Electrician and seven years at Boeing. In his current position as the Battery Sales Manager for Vertiv Services, he leads a team of eight regional sales managers responsible for $66M in battery replacement business.

Jeff Gruseck, Lead Engineer, Duke Energy Corporation
Jeff is an electrical engineer and a licensed Professional Engineer in Ohio. He has 32 years in design and applications engineering, plant and project engineering, and project management. He has a broad range of experience, with a primary focus in electrical power and controls. Jeff's current responsibilities include electrical application and technical support for generating stations, and compliance support for NERC standards. For the past ten years, he has served as the fleet expert and Designated Technical Authority for stationary batteries and DC systems.

Brian Hanking, Chief Technology Officer, Canara
Brian has 30+ years' experience in product design, manufacture, and sales in electronics control. Trained with the Royal Air Force, Brian has excelled in fields from electronics and software design through electronics production management. In 1984, Brian co-founded Topform Electronics, which produced robotic production equipment, test computers, and electronic controls for the nuclear and automotive industries. Brian formed NDSL for the technology group in 1995 and, as CEO/CTO, conceived the first modular, fiber optic based battery monitoring system for critical power applications. Prior to joining Canara, Brian spent 12 years managing a global sales team selling critical power monitoring solutions.

William Kaewert, President, SENS – Stored Energy Systems, LLC
William Kaewert is President and CTO of Colorado-based Stored Energy Systems, LLC (SENS), an industry leading supplier of non-stop DC power systems essential to electric power generation and transmission, energy production, and other critical infrastructures. Mr. Kaewert received his AB in history from Dartmouth College and MBA from Boston University. He has served on the board of directors of several economic development organizations and the Electrical Generation Systems Association (EGSA). He is an active member of the FBI InfraGard Electromagnetic Pulse Special Interest Group.

John Kim, Director, Utility, EnerSys
John Kim has been in the battery industry for 30 plus years. Currently, John is a Director of Utility Market at EnerSys. He has written numerous papers and presented at many industry related conferences, including Battcon, Doble, Eurobat, Intelec, Infobatt, and IEEE chapter meetings. His battery background includes engineering (technical support, R&D, project management, and manufacturing), sales, and technical marketing. He is also knowledgeable in battery selection, specification writing, maintenance, and troubleshooting.

Jack Mack, President, Jack Mack Technical Writing, Inc.
(Battcon Organizing Committee) Jack has worked in technical, production and quality management in the electronics industry since 1969, in areas as diverse as phototypesetter development, nuclear instrumentation, and battery monitoring. He became an independent technical writing contractor in 1998. In 2004, he founded Jack Mack Technical Writing, Inc., which creates user guides, manuals and brochures, engineering and quality assurance documentation, marketing and advertising materials, and Web sites for the industrial, commercial, medical, and electronics markets. He processes literature for Battcon and is the Battcon publications liaison. Jack was the conference coordinator for four years and has been associated with Battcon since 2000.

Jim McDowall, Business Development Manager, Transportation, Telecom & Grid Division, Saft America, Inc.
(Battcon Technical Committee) Jim McDowall has worked in the battery industry since 1977 and is currently in the position of Business Development Manager with Saft, primarily associated with grid systems. Involved in the energy storage market since 1998, Jim was a Director of the Energy Storage Association for 14 years and is a past Chair of the organization. Jim is a Senior Member of IEEE and is Standards Coordinator of the IEEE Stationary Battery Committee, the Chair of two of its working groups, and a past Chair of the main committee. Jim is a frequent speaker at energy storage conferences and related events.

Dan McMenamin, President, Dan McMenamin and Associates, Inc.
Dan is an telecom consultant with a 53 year career, the first 36 with Verizon Communications (formerly Bell Atlantic). His background includes network equipment engineering and maintenance engineering posts covering analog and digital switching systems, transport and radio/microwave systems, cellular systems, data centers, power systems and grounding. Dan is a member of the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI), United Lightning Protection Association, International Code Council, Power Sources Manufacturer's Association, National Fire Protection Association and a Senior Member of IEEE. Dan has presented at NEBS conferences and has authored more than 30 papers, many for the ATIS PEG group, INTELEC and Battcon.

Andrew Miraldi, Product Applications Manager, FZSoNick, Inc.
Andrew is responsible for all technical details of sodium metal chloride products for the North American region. He has over 35 years of experience in electronic design, development, business operations, and planning. He is versed in the skills necessary to design, develop, produce, and install telecom facility infrastructure, including AC and DC systems, battery plants, primary and secondary distribution power cable sizing, grounding system design, superstructure and cable ladder design per customer, and industry standards and specifications.

Mike Nispel, Director of Technical Services, Quality Standby Services, LLC
(Battcon Technical Committee) Mike Nispel has been in the industrial battery field for 30 years and has worked for major battery manufacturers in varied aspects of battery manufacturing, engineering and marketing. He has experience in lead-acid and lithium batteries as well as the related fields of grid storage, renewables and battery monitoring. He holds a BS and an MS degree in Chemical Engineering and is a frequent, invited speaker on industrial battery technologies. He is on the Battcon Technical Committee and is an active member in the IEEE/PES Battery Standards Committee.

E. Carey O'Donnell, Jr., Principal/Vice-President, Mesa Technical Associates, Inc.
Carey is a graduate of Colgate University (1978), with a major in Economics. He has spent the last 30+ years in the power systems and battery industry, holding management positions with firms like Emerson, C&D Technologies, and Invensys plc. In 2001, he co-founded Mesa Technical Associates, Inc., a leading provider of nationwide EF&I services, systems integration, and DC power product solutions. In 2016, Mesa launched a major initiative into Mass Energy Storage Systems with a national partnership with Sea Box, Inc., a global leader in containerized systems, integration, and design. Carey is married with two children, one dog, and one old warbird that he enjoys flying.

George Pedersen, Principal Associate, Carrann Associates, LLC
For over 40 years, George Pedersen has been involved in the design, installation, commissioning, and operation of both communications and secure power systems on four of the seven continents. In recent years, his focus has been on improving battery reliability through data analysis and management. Although he officially retired 2015, he has continued his efforts with training and mentoring services through his own company, Carrann Associates, LLC.

Vance Persons, Senior Engineering Consultant / Director of Engineering, La Marche Manufacturing Co.
Vance started with La Marche Manufacturing in 1969, and has more than three decades of experience in designing battery charger, inverter, converter and UPS systems. He is a DeVry University alum with an AAS in Electronics Engineering. Vance has held various positions at La Marche, designing, supporting and promoting La Marche products. As a Senior Engineering Consultant and Director of Engineering, Vance overseas complex engineering projects, designs and product development. He serves as a leading mentor to our engineers and is essential when solving unique engineering problems.

John Polenz, Supervisor, Battery Technical Support, Vertiv
John has worked at Vertiv (formerly Emerson Network Power) for 35 years in various positions, of which the last 30 years have been dealing with batteries. He provides technical guidance concerning batteries for all field service engineers, customers, and all staff within the company. He is an active member of the IEEE PES ESSB and the working group Chair of IEEE 1187, IEEE 1578, and the SDS Working Group. John enjoys the great outdoors and has a great family, including his wife, two daughters, three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Gregory Ratcliff, Director, Life Cycle Management, Vertiv
When taking responsibility for life cycle management and remote systems in 2011, Gregory brought more than 15 years' experience with critical systems management. Currently, he focuses on increasing the business of “bringing usable data to customers” via Big Data and Internet of Things (IOT) technologies. Prior to joining Vertiv Services, Mr. Ratcliff led the monitoring group product management and marketing efforts at Liebert North America. He has several patents in remote control and power management and has published many articles and white papers. He has undergraduate degrees in applied mathematics and information systems, and a Master’s degree in business administration.

Sal Salgia, Senior Staff Engineer, Exelon Corporation
Surendra (Sal) Salgia is a senior staff engineer at Exelon Corporation in Warrenville, IL. Prior to joining Exelon, he worked at Palisades Nuclear Station in Michigan and Sargent & Lundy Engineers in Chicago. Sal obtained his MSEE from the University of Kansas.

Randy Schubert, Senior Systems Engineer, Telcordia NIS, a Division of Ericsson, Inc.
Randy Schubert has over 22 years Telcordia-NIS consulting experience that includes hundreds of engagements working at customer sites in response to service-affecting disasters. His background in telecom hardware includes product qualification testing, root-cause failure analysis, and participating and/or facilitating industry standards for stationary battery systems and network equipment. He participates in industry technical committees, including NFPA-110, 75, and 72, as well as IEEE ESS working groups. Randy holds a B.S. in electrical engineering and an M.S. in environmental engineering.

Nigel Scott, Company Director, Custom & Contract Power Solutions, Ltd.
Nigel has over 35 years of experience in the battery industry and has authored several patents in battery and analytical systems, including the first multi-frequency, standby battery analyser, awarded UK government 'millennium product' status. His experience includes successful patent projects working with Manchester-UMIST, Aachen, Edinburgh, Strathclyde and Heriot Watt universities, in addition to the Belgian VITO institute. His industry recognition includes four international industry awards for innovation and five awards for the advancement of technology.

Chris Searles, National Director of Business Development, BAE Batteries USA
Chris Searles is Chair of the IEEE Energy Storage and Stationary Battery (ESSB) Committee. He has been an active member of the IEEE PES Society since 2006, and has served for several years as Chair of a special NERC task force within the ESSB Committee. He has served as National Director of Business Development at BAE Batteries USA for the past ten years, with over 30 years experience in the DC power industry, and currently lives with his wife in Dallas, TX.

Mark Sherwood, Senior Director, Industrial Battery Engineering, East Penn Manufacturing Co., Inc.
(Battcon Technical Committee) Mark Sherwood has been with East Penn Manufacturing for over 24 years, holding various engineering positions including technical support, design, and process control. He currently oversees the Industrial Engineering Division, which includes both Reserve Power and Motive Power batteries. Mark holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, is a member of BCI and ASME, and holds one patent.

Travis Simpkins, President, muGrid Analytics, LLC
Dr. Travis Simpkins, President of muGrid Analytics, is a recognized expert in the techno-economic optimization of battery storage and microgrids. Prior to muGrid, he was a Senior Engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Dr. Simpkins has an SM and PhD in Electrical Engineering from MIT and a BS in Electrical Engineering from CWRU. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and has published numerous papers on energy modeling.

Rick Tressler, President, Rick Tressler, LLC
(Battcon Technical Committee) Rick has been working with stationary batteries deployed in a variety of industrial applications since 1985. Over his time in the industry, Rick has held positions in field service, management, technical support and training. He currently owns and operates Rick Tressler, LLC, where he draws from his more than 30 years of experience providing end users, service operations and other clients with installation oversight services, technical support, maintenance and testing workshops, and test equipment training. Rick is a senior member of the IEEE, serving as a member of the Energy Storage and Stationary Battery Committee. Rick is also a member of the IEEE Standards Association and the Power and Energy Society.

Kurt Uhlir, President, Standby Power System Consultants, Inc.
(Battcon Technical Committee) Kurt Uhlir, founder, principal owner and President of Standby Power System Consultants, Inc. received a BS in Electrical Engineering and Technology from Southern Illinois University in 1981. For the past 36 years, he has specialized in stationary battery, DC power system and energy storage design, installation, maintenance and testing for electric utility, communications, industrial, mission critical sites and renewable energy applications. At Commonwealth Edison Company (Exelon Corporation) in Chicago from 1981 to 2001, Kurt held the position of Stationary Battery and DC Auxiliary Power System Technical Expert for the Nuclear Generation Division and Transmission and Distribution Division. He is a member of the IEEE, has been an active member of the IEEE PES Energy Storage and Stationary Battery Committee (ESSB) since 1988, and is the current Chair of the ESSB Stationary Battery & Electrochemical Energy Subcommittee. He has been on the Battcon Technical Committee since 2004.

Lesley Varga, President, Quality Standby Services, LLC
(Battcon Technical Committee) Lesley Varga has been in the standby power industry for over 25 years. Lesley’s primary job functions include specifying standby power equipment for telecom, switchgear and control, and UPS applications. Her company provides engineering, furnishing and installation services, including the application of equipment to site specific requirements, system design, project management, installation and maintenance services, and system load testing. Lesley has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Professional Engineering license in Georgia and is an active member of the IEEE PES Stationary Battery Committee.

Stephen L. Vechy, Senior Director, Engineering and Quality Assurance, EnerSys
Steve is a member of the IEEE, the PELS, the PES, and is active in INTELEC. He serves on the IEEE Energy Storage and Stationary Battery Committee, where he is chairman of the DC Power and Related Systems Subcommittee, and participates in the Standards Coordinating Committee on Fuel Cells, Photovoltaics, Dispersed Generation, and Energy Storage (SCC21). He is currently Chairman Emeritus of NAATBatt, chairman of the Battery Council International Industrial Battery and Charger committee, and was the General Chairman of the Intelec 2012 conference. Vechy received his BSEE from the Pennsylvania State University and his MBA in management from Lewis University.


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