NM EPSCoR SMART Grid Center Webinar Series

This series is for all project team members and will provide a forum to present research results, increase interdisciplinary and cross-cutting collaborations, and learn more about outside projects related to microgrids, commercialization, and other topics of interest to our project.

Webinar Series Facts

  • Webinars will occur monthly from Noon–1PM MT on the fourth Wednesday of the month.
  • Webinars can be accessed via Zoom.
  • Webinars will be recorded and posted on this website afterward.

Please contact us to suggest topics or speakers.



Past Webinars

Dr. Leo Yazhou Jiang

100% Carbon-Free Energy System

Date/Time: Wednesday, July 21, 2021/ 12:00PM - 1:00PM MDT

Presenter: Dr. Leo Yazhou Jiang is an Assistant Professor in the ECE Department at Clarkson University

The recent blackouts in Texas and California have revealed certain vulnerabilities within U.S. energy infrastructure which are not well understood. In particular: (1) a massive winter storm with frigid temperatures caused 4.5 million Texas homes and businesses to lose power for up to 4 days in February 2021; and (2) an… Read More

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George "Rusty" Nail, Graduate Research Assistant at NMSU, NM SMART Grid Center Webinar

Opal RT for beginners

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 26, 2021/ 12:00PM - 1:00PM MDT

Presenter: George "Rusty" Nail, Graduate Research Assistant at NMSU

Things we’ll cover in this webinar:

  • How to use MATLAB Simulink Simscape Blocks to build a 2-Node system
  • Building more complex electrical systesms in MATLAB Simulink
  • Debugging MATLAB Simulink and common compilation Issues
  • An overview of OPAL-RT and RT-LAB as it pertains to Simulink… Read More

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Dr. Hamed Nademi, Assistant Professor, NMSU Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, SMART Grid Center Webinar

Control/Interoperability Challenges in New Energy and eMobility Systems

Date/Time: Thursday, April 29, 2021/ 12:00PM - 1:00PM MDT

Presenter: Dr. Hamed Nademi, Assistant Professor, NMSU Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

The role of distributed real-time control in the future energy and transportation systems is imperative considering large integration of power electronics devices through rapid growth in distributed energy resources (DERs). The requirement for microgrids and electrified transport is being driven for an immediate need for… Read More

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Claus Danielson March 2021 Webinar Event

Exploiting Symmetry in Large-Scale Optimization and Control

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 24, 2021/ 12:00PM - 1:00PM MDT

Presenter: Dr. Claus Danielson, Assistant Professor, UNM Department of Mechanical Engineering

This talk will present theoretical and algorithmic results on exploiting symmetry to reduce the computational complexity large-scale control and optimization problems. First, we will show how symmetry can be used to reduce the memory complexity of explicit solutions of optimization problems. Second, we will show how symmetry… Read More

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GitHub Training Webinar, NM SMART Grid Center Webinar Series, 2021

Github Training Webinar

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 27, 2021/ 12:00PM - 1:30PM MST

Presenters: Karl Benedict, University of New Mexico, Jonathan Wheeler, University of New Mexico

An increasing number of researchers and research teams are using distributed version control systems like Git to enable efficient collaboration around and sharing of analytic code, software tools, and documentation. Whether you are developing analysis code, developing a manuscript in LaTeX, building a web interface for your… Read More

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OPAL-RT Bootcamp

Date/Time: Friday, December 18, 2020/ 12:00PM - 1:00PM MST

Presenters: Olga Lavrova, New Mexico State University, Hamed Nademi, New Mexico State University, Fengyu Wang, New Mexico State University

This training will provide an introduction to MATLAB, Simulink toolbox, and Real-time simulation using OPAL-RT Simulator. One week prior to the training students will receive a list of required pre-coursework which instructors will build upon in the December 18th webinar.

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Entrepreneurship and Innovation Resources in New Mexico

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 28, 2020/ 12:00PM - 1:00PM MDT

Presenters: Robert G. DelCampo, Ph.D., Executive Director, Innovation Academy and Rutledge Professor of Management, Anderson School of Management, Kathryn Renner Hansen, Director, Arrowhead Center

In this webinar, NM EPSCoR will announce the launch of its Certificate Training in Entrepreneurship in partnership with the University of New Mexico (UNM) Rainforest Innovations and Innovation… Read More

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Mike Morrison

Making Effective Academic Posters: the #BetterPoster Approach

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 21, 2020/ 12:00PM - 1:00PM MDT

Presenter: Mike Morrison, Creator of the #betterposter movement

Scientific posters haven't changed in 30 years, which should be alarming to you (nothing in science should be stagnant). And evidence suggests they are incredibly ineffective. In this talk, you will learn the evidence-based design principles that science has discovered in the last 30 years (since the birth of the Internet)… Read More

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Seth Blumsack, Professor, Penn State University

Carrots, Sticks and Other "Smart" Tricks in Making Energy Consumption Smarter

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 23, 2020/ 12:00PM - 1:00PM MDT

Presenter: Seth Blumsack, Professor, Penn State University

Capturing human behavior in engineering models is challenging, in part because humans themselves are challenging. This talk will discuss a series of pilot experiments run with utilities in Vermont, the goals of which were to understand how investments in a smarter grid—primarily advanced metering and distribution systems—… Read More

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Science Communication: Developing Your Elevator Pitch Webinar

Date/Time: Wednesday, August 26, 2020/ 12:00PM - 1:00PM MDT

Presenter: Allison Brody, Director of Education, ¡Explora!

Abstract: Effective communication is organized, relevant, and engaging. The elevator pitch is your first interaction with a colleague, funder, journalist, etc. The key to a good elevator pitch is to develop a good story and convey it effectively. These exercises are designed to help participants tell a… Read More

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