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Seventh annual Electric Power Industry Conference announces keynote speaker for November 12-13

PITTSBURGH  (August 27, 2012) … Returning for its seventh year with a sharpened focus and new name, the seventh annual Electric Power Industry Conference  has announced that John A. Swanson, founder of ANSYS, Inc., will be the keynote speaker for the November 12-13 event at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association in Oakland. Presented by the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering and the Center for Energy, the conference, formerly known as the Power and Energy Industry Conference, will highlight research and advances in electrical energy production and delivery. 

"As this event has continued to grow, we wanted to focus more on the tremendous advances of electric power transmission and distribution research and technologies throughout the region," explains Conference Chair Gregory Reed, Ph.D., director of the Electric Power Initiative at the Center for energy and associate professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the Swanson School. "Ever since George Westinghouse developed the first electric power transmission and distribution systems in the 1800's and early 1900's, Pittsburgh has been a leader in energy. Today, thanks to research efforts led by private and public entities like the University of Pittsburgh and the National Energy Technology Laboratory, our region is once again at the forefront of developing new electric power technologies."

The conference is expected to attract approximately 30 energy-related companies as well as over 200 participants, including invited talks from industry professionals on emerging topics and new technology developments, and participation from university faculty and students who are given the opportunity to present their own research. This year's keynote speaker, John A. Swanson, is also a Pitt alumnus, having earned his PhD there in 1966.

"We are very excited to have an innovator and entrepreneur like John Swanson as our keynote," Dr. Reed says. "His research reshaped engineering analysis across so many industries, and his focus today is exploring alternative energy resources. We're looking forward to gaining his insight."

Early-bird registration is $99 until October 15, and $125 after. Registration is free for University faculty, staff and students with valid ID. The Electric Power Industry Conference is also soliciting partners and sponsors. For more information or to register visit the Conference web site at  engineering.pitt.edu/epic . The full conference schedule will be announced at a later date. 

Contact: Paul Kovach