NGN Committee

Amanda Olson | Chair

Amanda Olson received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Missouri University of Science & Technology in 2011, and her MBA from University of Missouri Kansas City in 2016.

She is currently a Senior Electrical Engineer at Burns & McDonnell. Amanda is actively involved with IEEE and CIGRE, and enjoys spending time with her family and toddler, skiing, and outdoors in her spare time.

What I Love about CIGRE: Being exposed to professionals from different backgrounds and companies within the power systems industry, and having the opportunity to participate in working groups. CIGRE has allowed me to connect with people I would never have had the opportunity to otherwise. Those connections lend themselves to learning opportunities, travel opportunities, and most importantly – friendships.

Kyle Thomas | Communications

Kyle Thomas received his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2011 and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

He is currently Supervisor of Dominion Virginia Power’s Electric Transmission Operations Engineering group. Kyle is actively involved in the North American Synchrophasor Initiative (NASPI), IEEE, CIGRE, and TRUC organizations. In his spare time, Kyle enjoys home renovation, snowboarding, hiking, and swimming.

What I Love about CIGRE: Getting a chance to meet new people and experts in the power system industry across the globe, and learning best practices and challenges seen around the world.

Saeed Kamalinia | Professional Development

Saeed Kamalinia received his BSEE and MSEE from University of Tehran, Iran and received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago in 2010.

He has been with S&C Electric since then, where he is Manager of Consulting and Analytical Services department. He is the Technical Activity Coordinator of IEEE Region 4 and member of CIGRE Working Group C5.24 “Exploring the Market-based value of Smart Grid Development”. Saeed is recipient of IEEE-USA Divisional Professional Leadership award and IEEE PES-Chicago Chapter Outstanding Young Professional Engineer award.Saeed loves playing soccer and is a die-hard fan of AC Milan! He has been running Chicago Half-Marathon each year since 2011 and will run his first full Marathon this October.

What I Love about CIGRE: Since joining CIGRE NGN 3 years ago I have been enjoying the collaboration with an active group of young professionals and participating in Grid of the Future symposiums. I also had a chance to contribute to a few CIGRE working groups and travel to different countries for WG meetings and interact with the international subject matter experts in the various areas of the power system.

Josh Snodgrass | International Collaboration

Josh Snodgrass received his Bachelors of Electrical Engineering from the University of Evansville in 2008. He has a variety of experience having worked for Duke Energy in the past in multiple fields of Distribution.

Josh currently works for POWER Engineers, as a Distribution Studies Engineer. He is an active member in both CIGRE and IEEE-PES. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, hiking, and photography.

What I Love about CIGRE: I been a CIGRE member a little over 6 years now, and I enjoy the level of access you get to Industry Experts and the amount of Technical resources you get through all the international collaboration.

Chris Mertz | Events | Webmaster

Chris Mertz joined Dominion Virginia Power after graduating from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 2011 and 2013, respectively.

Chris is presently an Engineer III in Dominion Virginia Power’s Electric Transmission – Operations Engineering group. Prior to joining the Operations Engineering team, Chris was a member of the System Protection Engineering group with roles including short circuit analysis and relay setting development for capital projects, automation of the short circuit analysis and project process, creating relay setting optimization tools, development of system protection standards, and development of NERC PRC compliance procedures.In his free time, Chris enjoys playing soccer, hiking, snowboarding, golfing, home brewing, shooting pool, and spending time with friends and family.

What I Love about CIGRE: CIGRE has given me the opportunity to meet and collaborate with professionals from various backgrounds and experiences. CIGRE has given me a broad insight into the technical and business challenges of the modern power systems industry, and also specific ideas and perspectives to help solve challenges at DVP. I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the NGN for the past four years and look forward to my continued involvement with the CIGRE U.S. National Committee.

Yazan Alsmadi | Marketing

Jessica Haines | Membership

Jessica Lau | Mentoring

Jon Marmillo | Professional Development

Nikia Munson | Social Media

Alyson Rossini | Events