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.



Upcoming Webinars

Past Webinars

Mike Morrison NM EPSCoR SMART Grid Center October Webinar Speaker

Mike Morrison is a former User Experience (UX) designer who quit his tech career to become a PhD student in Work Psychology. He says he’s trying to do two things in his career: 1) Bring User Experience design principles to science, to help disseminate knowledge faster and more efficiently 2) Understand the psychological differences between so-called ‘realists’ and ‘dreamers’. He recently released a video introducing a new way to design scientific research posters — which every field in science uses and which are notorious for their bad design. His video went viral, and now scientists across every field in science are trying out his new design — and having more fun sharing their research with other scientists. For virtual conferences, he also released another video on creating animated ‘mini-slideshows’ for sharing research online and on social media.

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

Mike’s webinar will quickly teach you the core design principles that make things engaging (posters, websites, reports, whatever). Then, he’ll show you how he’s applied these principles to scientific posters, both online and virtual, and give you some simple layouts and patterns to try in your own designs. In the end, you’ll… Read More

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Seth Blumsack, Professor, Penn State University

Seth Blumsack is Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics and International Affairs in Energy and Minerals Engineering. He is also on the External Faculty of the Santa Fe Institute. Dr. Blumsack’s research centers on the electricity and natural gas industries; environmental management related to energy and infrastructure; resilience of energy infrastructure; regulation and deregulation in network industries; network science; risk analysis; and managing complex infrastructure systems. He has been studying the electric power industry through academic and consulting affiliations for more than fifteen years. He has authored or co-authored more than fifty scientific papers; book chapters; and articles in industry and popular press, with research funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, and private industry. He has consulted with the American Public Power Association, Bayer Materials, the Congressional Research Service, the Consortium for Risk Assessment and Stakeholder Participation, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Idaho National Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and numerous electric utilities and State Public Utility Commissions.

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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Green Mountain Power Report
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Science Communication: Developing Your Elevator Pitch

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

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

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 compelling story with strategies… Read More

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New Mexico’s Climate Strategy and Electricity Sector Implications

Date/Time: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 / 12:00PM - 1:00PM MDT

Presenters: Laura Tabor and Jacqueline Waite, NM Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD)

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham issued Executive Order 2019-003 on climate change in January 2019. This order established the New Mexico Interagency Climate Change Task Force and included several policy directives for state agencies to implement. This presentation will give an overview of the 2019 New Mexico Climate Strategy… Read More

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Siemens DEOP – Distributed Energy Optimization

Siemens DEOP – Distributed Energy Optimization

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 24, 2020 / 9:00AM - 10:00AM MDT

Presenters: Bill Kipnis, Philipp Dolch, Marcello Pomponi, and Paul Bennison, Siemens

An overview of the development of smart read microgrids from around the world.

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Christine Pfung - May Webinar Speaker

Christine Pfund, Ph.D. is a senior scientist with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research and the Department of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW). Dr. Pfund earned her Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology, followed by post-doctoral research in Plant Pathology, both at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Pfund’s work focuses on developing, implementing, documenting, and studying interventions to optimize research mentoring relationships across science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM). Dr. Pfund co-authored the original Entering Mentoring curriculum and co-authored many papers documenting the effectiveness of this approach. Dr. Pfund is the principal investigator of the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) Coordination Center. She is also director of the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experience in Research at UW-Madison (CIMER). She is a member of the National Academies committee that recently published the consensus report and online guide, The Science of Effective Mentorship in STEMM.

Optimizing Mentorship for your Research Teams

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 / 12:00PM - 1:00PM MDT

Presenter: Christine Pfund, Senior Scientist, Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison

This webinar will feature a presentation by Christine Pfund, PhD, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who studies the science of mentoring in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine). In this webinar, Dr. Pfund will present the current landscape of mentoring in science, summarize the recent… Read More

Abstract and Bio
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Kevin Tomsovic in a suit

Kevin Tomsovic is currently CTI Professor in the Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at University of Tennessee, and director of CURENT, a National Science Foundation and Department of Energy Engineering Research Center. He received the BS from Michigan Tech. University, Houghton, in 1982, and the MS and Ph.D. degrees from University of Washington, Seattle, in 1984 and 1987, respectively, all in Electrical Engineering. From 1992-2008, he was a Professor at Washington State University in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Visiting university positions have included National Cheng Kung University, National Sun Yat-Sen University and the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. He held the Advanced Technology for Electrical Energy Chair at Kumamoto University in Japan from 1999- 2000 and was a Program Director at the National Science Foundation in the Electrical and Communications Systems division of the Engineering directorate from 2004-2006. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

CURENT NSF/DOE Engineering Research Center Overview

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 / 12:00PM - 1:00PM MDT

Presenter: Kevin Tomsovic, Director of CURENT, CTI Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at the University of Tennessee

CURENT, Center for Ultra-Wide-Area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks, is a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center that is jointly supported by NSF (National Science Foundation) and the DoE (Department of Energy). CURENT focuses on wide area control technologies to allow high levels of… Read More

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NM SMART Grid Center Student Research Spotlight

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 / 12:00PM - 1:00PM MDT

Presenters: Jeewon Choi, PhD Candidate, Mechanical Engineering, University of New Mexico (Research Goal 1), Jacob Marks, Masters Student, Computer Science, New Mexico Tech (Research Goal 2), Adnan Bashir, PhD Candidate, Computer Science, University of New Mexico (Research Goal 3), Shubhasmita Pati, PhD Candidate, Electrical & Computer Engineering, New Mexico State University (Research Goal 4)

In this webinar, graduate students from the NM SMART Grid Center’s four research goals will present on aspects of their current research.

Research Group 1: Jeewon Choi will present on the application of an event-triggered and finitetime control methods to the distributed secondary control of… Read More

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Webinar logo - High Performance Computing and Data Management Resources

High Performance Computing and Data Management Resources

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 / 12:00PM - 1:00PM MST

Presenters: Diana Dugas, CyberInfrastructure Architect, NMSU
Karl Benedict, Director of Research Data Services/ Director of IT, UNM

High Performance Computing (HPC) Presentation: This presentation will cover how to access high performance computing resources for your work in the NM SMART Grid Center, including NMSU’s Discovery Cluster, UNM’s CARC resources, and regional/national HPC resources such as Summit (CU Boulder) and XSEDE. All NM… Read More

Dryad Data Deposit
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Seed growing in coins

Informational Webinar for Seed Awards and C-IWGs

Date/Time: Monday, February 10, 2020 / 12:00PM - 1:00PM MST

Presenters: Anne Jakle, Associate Director, NM EPSCoR

NM EPSCoR is currently soliciting proposals for Infrastructure Seed Awards and Collaboration Innovation Working Groups (C-IWGs). Find out more about these opportunities and have an opportunity to participate in a Q&A about the request for proposals.

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