Career Management and Grid Modernization Workshop With a relaunch of the CIGRE UK Young Members Mentoring Program
CIGRE UK NGN was established to connect younger generations with senior generations. To ensure that everyone’s opinions and views are heard. We bring a fresh look to an ageing industry and more importantly, to give inexperienced engineers opportunities to learn from experts within the industry.
We invited John D. McDonald, P.E., the CIGRE US NC VP, an IEEE Life Fellow and CIGRE Distinguished member, from GE Grid Solutions and Renewable Energy, to deliver two talks. John will introduce how to manage a career first, based on his 46 years of experience in the electric utility, transmission and distribution industry. Then, he will give another talk about “Grid Modernisation”. This webinar will focus on the technological advancement beyond Smart Grid.
At the same time, CIGRE UK NGN will also reintroduce one of its most important activities, the CIGRE UK NGN Mentoring Program. This is a fantastic opportunity for the mentees to get involved in CIGRE and obtain career development suggestions from senior experienced members in the industry.
Time: Wednesday, 12 August 2020, 2:00-5.00 PM (UK time)
Platform: Microsoft Teams Live
Global and UK Energy Challenges and Opportunities for Young Members
Decarbonisation and the current pandemic has created challenges to power industry, but they have also created opportunities. Here in the UK, the carbon intensity of the electricity system has halved over the last five years. We have seen the longest period of coal-free operation in Britain (67 days) and an impressive 83.77% share of zero carbon sources on June 21. These are underpinned by new technologies and more intelligent ways of using energy to tackle the challenges that decarbonisation brings. These are the exciting areas where young engineers and professionals can get involve and contribute to the global effort of decarbonisation.
We are excited and honoured to have the President of CIGRE and the Chair of CIGRE UK to share their insights.
The topics/speakers are:
- ‘Electricity Supply Systems of the Future – Challenges and Opportunities’ by Rob Stephen, President of CIGRE
- ‘Energy Transition, Decarbonization and the Impact of COVID-19 on Our Industry and Implications for Our Next Generation Engineers’ by Adam Middleton, Chair of CIGRE UK, CEO of Siemens Energy B.V.
This event is organised by CIGRE UK NGN and will be hosted by the University of Birmingham. It is also the first webinar of the Birmingham Power Systems Young Professional Seminar Series. The series will invite leading experts worldwide to share their technical expertise and career advice with young professionals in the energy sector. It provides a platform for young professionals to learn and engage with peers around the globe.
Time: Wednesday 19th August, 2020 02:00 PM (UK time)