Technical Committee

Tom  Carpenter

Tom Carpenter, Senior Program Manager, NERC/SERC Reliability

Tennessee Valley Authority

Tom Carpenter provides Governance and Oversight for TVA's compliance with NERC/SERC reliability standards. He has over 35 years of 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 (ESSB) Committee, is a former Principal Member of the NFPA 70E Technical Committee, and is a certified high and low voltage electrical safety trainer.

Curtis   Ashton

Curtis Ashton, Director of Training

American Power Systems (an EastPenn DC services subsidiary)

Curtis Ashton has 27+ years of experience in the battery/power industry. He has been involved with Battcon for about 2/3 of that time. In addition, he served a term on IEEE RevCom, is the former vice-chair of ATIS-STEP, the former vice-president of the IEEE PELS Intelec Executive Committee (TC7), and is the present IEEE PES ESSB chair. He is also an NFPA member, and has a patent to his name dealing with line-powering of fiber networks. He has been published numerous times in many publications, and has presented at many conferences, along with being a primary author of a few IEEE standards.

John   Kim

John Kim, Director of Utility Market


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.

Dan   Lambert

Dan Lambert, Senior Product Manager, Data Center Solutions


Dan Lambert has over 30 years of commercial and industrial electrical experience and has worked with AC and DC power systems since 1983, with a primary focus on mission-critical power systems. Dan has experience in the Electrical industry from the perspectives of an Electrician, Service Technician, Service Manager, Systems Engineer, and Product Manager. Working with stationary battery systems since 1985, he has worked with many battery chemistries and has contributed to large scale energy storage analysis projects, as well as testing other storage systems. Dan is currently a member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society serving as the chairperson for the IEEE Energy Storage and Stationary Battery Committee’s IEEE 1679.4 Alkaline Chemistries Working Group.

Bill   Cantor

Bill Cantor, Vice President Technology


William (Bill) Cantor is the Vice President of Technology for TPI. He has 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 was inducted into the Battcon Hall of Fame in 2014. Additionally, Mr. Cantor has been the chair of the IEEE 1188 working group since 1995 and is a member of the IEEE ESSB 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, NFPA 70B and NFPA 855 technical committees. He is also a Assistant Teaching Professor in the Information Sciences and Technology Department at Pennsylvania State University and is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE).

Jim  McDowall

Jim McDowall, Senior Technical Advisor, Transportation, Telecom Grid Division

Saft America

Jim McDowall has worked in the battery industry since 1977 and is currently in the position of Senior Technical Advisor 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.

Mike  Nispel

Mike Nispel, Director of Catalyst Products

Philadelphia Scientific

BATTCON TECHNICAL COMMITTEE MEMBER Mike Nispel has been in the industrial battery field for over 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 an active member in the IEEE/PES Battery Standards Committee.

Lesley  Varga

Lesley Varga, President Emeritus

Lesley Varga has been in the standby power industry for over 30 years. She was the founder and president of Quality Standby Services until she sold the company in June 2019 to Exponential Power (previously Nolan Power Group/Storage Battery Systems). She currently serves on the board of Exponential Power. Her career has been focused on engineering solutions for dc powered stationary, standby systems. Her experience includes sizing and selecting the dc equipment with a focus on the practical side: installation, testing, and maintenance of the systems. She continues participating in the standby power industry in a technical support and consulting role. Lesley is a member of the Battcon Technical Committee, a Senior member of IEEE, a past Chair and active member of the IEEE PES Energy and Stationary Battery Committee and a registered Professional Engineer.

Brian  Zimmerman

Brian Zimmerman, Manager, Technical Support Engineering, Reserve Power Division

East Penn Manufacturing

Brian Zimmerman has been with East Penn Manufacturing for 15 years and currently serves as the manager for their engineering technical support group in the Reserve Power division. He has a BS degree in chemical engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He is a member of the Battcon Technical Committee, has participated in the IEEE Stationary Battery Committee and presented at the 7x24 Exchange data center conference.

Jeff  Gruseck

Jeff Gruseck, Lead Engineer / Program Manager

Duke Energy

BATTCON TECHNICAL COMMITTEE MEMBER Jeff Gruseck is an Electrical Engineer, licensed Professional Engineer with >35 years in design, applications, plant engineering, and project management. Broad range of experience with primary focus in electrical power and controls. Currently serving as Program Manager for several NERC Standards, and Fleet Expert and Designated Technical Authority for Stationary Batteries and DC Systems within Duke Energy Generation.

J. Allen  Byrne

J. Allen Byrne, Consultant

Brass Tasks Power Systems

BATTCON TECHNICAL COMMITTEE MEMBER Allen Byrne 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 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.