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Dr. Greg Reed discusses 2012 EPIC conference and nation's power grid on "Our Region's Business"

PITTSBURGH (January 24, 2013) ... Gregory Reed, PhD, Director the Center for Energy's Electric Power Initiative and Associate Professor in the Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept. in Pitt's Swanson School of Engineering returned for another appearance on WPXI TV's "Our Region's Business" program hosted by Bill Flanagan. Prof. Reed and Mr. Flanagan covered a range of topics, starting with a recap of the 7th Annual Pitt Electric Power Industry Conference held in November 2012, which featured keynote addresses from John A. Swanson, PhD, founder of ANSYS, Inc., and C.D. (Dan) Mote Jr., PhD, Regents Professor and Former President, University of Maryland and Nominee for President of the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Swanson earned his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in 1966.

Dr. Reed also discussed subjects related to the nation's power grid reliability as a result of the impacts from Super Storm Sandy; to the need for both new technology developments and more highly-trained engineers in the electric power and energy sector; to an informative discussion on the fictional and non-fictional aspects of the new television series 'Revolution'; and finally a short introduction to the new National Academies of Science and Engineering energy ambassador program that is being piloted in Pittsburgh.

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Our Region's Business is a Sunday-morning business affairs program co-produced by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and WPXI-TV that aims to play a positive role in the Pittsburgh region by providing business news, information and commentary in a lively and entertaining format. The program is hosted by veteran broadcast journalist Bill Flanagan, who is executive vice president, corporate relations at the Allegheny Conference and its affiliated organizations. Our Region's Business airs on Sundays at 11 a.m. on WPXI-TV and is rebroadcast on PCNC-TV at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. that day, and 3:30 p.m. on the subsequent Monday. The program also appears on WJAC-TV (Johnstown - Altoona) at 6 a.m. and WTOV-TV (Wheeling - Steubenville) at 6:30 a.m.

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