Presenters, Panelists, Instructors, Technical and Organizing 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.
Allen Byrne, Technical Support and Services Manager, Interstate PowerCare, A Division of Interstate Batteries
(Battcon Technical Committee emeritus) Allen is a 38 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. He has chaired the battery portion of the Power Systems World conference for 16 years and was, for several years, 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.
Bill Cantor, Engineer, TPI
(Battcon Technical Committee) 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 25 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. Additionally, 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.
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.
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 and brochures, engineering and quality assurance documentation, marketing and advertising materials, and Web sites for the industrial, commercial, medical, and electronics markets. He publishes literature for Battcon and is the Battcon publications liaison. Jack was the conference coordinator for four years and has been on the Battcon Organizing Committee 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's Transportation, Telecom & Grid Division. 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. He 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, DC Power Specialist
(Battcon Technical Committee) Mike Nispel has been in the industrial battery industry for over 25 years, in varied aspects of manufacturing, engineering, and marketing. He has experience in lead acid as well as lithium and other batteries chemistries. He holds a BS and an MS in Chemical Engineering and is an active member in the IEEE/PES Battery Standards Committee and the Battcon Technical Committee.
Mark Sherwood, Technical Support Manager, Reserve Power Engineering Division,
East Penn Manufacturing Co., Inc.
(Battcon Technical Committee) Mark Sherwood has been with East Penn Manufacturing for over 23 years in various engineering roles including Technical Support, Design, and Process Control. He currently oversees technical support for standby applications, including UPS, telecom, switchgear, and various specialty applications. Mark holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, is a member of the ASME, and holds one patent.
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 35 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. Kurt has been an active member of the IEEE PES Stationary Battery Committee (SBC) since 1988, is the current Secretary of the SBC, and 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.