Paper Competition

The NGN is excited to announce a 2018 Paper competition! After a few elimination rounds, five participants will have the opportunity to present their papers at the 2018 Grid of the FutureConference where one winner will be awarded the grand prize!

For questions, please contact the NGN Professional Development Chair at Saeed.Kamalinia@sandc.com

About the Paper Competition

In 2015, the NGN held its first Paper Competition to encourage students and early professionals to share their experience and knowledge with others in the industry. The competition was successful in accomplishing this, as well as providing a great experience to all involved.

2017 Competition Results

On October 24, 2017, the winner of the Next Generation Network (NGN) Paper Competition was determined. Each contestant was graded on a number of different categories, with a maximum of 500 points that could be earned. The finalists came within only a few points of each other. We are proud to announce our 2017 Grand Prize Winner, Reynold Cornell!

Reynold is an up and coming engineer with AEP and currently works in their Asset Health Center. Reynold’s winning paper was entitled “The Asset Health Center, Implementation of Online Monitoring and the Grid of the Future.”Reynold was awarded an honorary plaque from the Next Generation Network and will have travel and registration costs covered for our 2018 CIGRE General Session in Paris!

Top Five
[Winner] Reynold Cornell (AEP)
Alyssa Blumenthal  – ConEd
Jason Sexauer – PJM
Dr. Hesen Liu – Electric Transmission Field Operations
Genna Demijolla – GE Energy Consulting

A big thanks to our five judges!
Dr. Allen Morinec (FirstEnergy Corp), Dr. John McDonald (GE Grid Solutions), John Paserba (Mitsubishi Electric Power Products) , Chris Mertz (Dominion Energy), and Mark McVey (Dominion Energy Virginia Power).

2016 Competition Results

In 2016, the NGN held its second annual Paper Competition to encourage students and early professionals to share their experience and knowledge with others in the industry. The US competition is part of the international collaboration in CIGRÉ, where each country can submit 4 entries to the 2018 Paris Session Presentation Showcase Competition.

The competition consisted of multiple phases. Participants received feedback on their submission at each phase from the five judges.

TOP FIVE
[Winner] Matthew Richwine – GE Energy Consulting
Nick Ethridge – Tennessee Valley Authority
Laura Garcia-Garcia – Commonwealth Edison
Steven Judd – Burns & McDonnell
Mohammad Tasdighi – Texas A&M University

COMPETITION PRIZES
The Top Five were each awarded registration to the 2016 Grid of the Future Symposium, where each participant presented their paper.The Grand Prize was additionally awarded registration to attend the 2017 Grid of the Future Symposium and $1000 stipend to support travel expenses.

JUDGES
Mark McVey – Dominion Virginia Power
John McDonald GE – Grid Solutions
Dr. Saeed Kamalinia – S&C Electric Company
Lauren Warkenthien – Leidos
Dr. Karen Miu Drexel – University

2015 Competition Results

In 2015, the NGN held its first Paper Competition to encourage students and early professionals to share their experience and knowledge with others in the industry. The US competition is part of the international collaboration in CIGRÉ, where each country can submit 4 entries to the 2016 Paris Session Presentation Showcase Competition.

The competition consisted of multiple phases. Participants received feedback on their submission at each phase from the six judges.

TOP FIVE
[Winner] Aleksi Paaso – Commonwealth Edison
Alex Breckel – US Department of Energy
Insu Kim – Alabama A&M University
Alberto Lamadrid – Lehigh University
Huihua Yu – Alstom Grid

COMPETITION PRIZES
The Top Five were each awarded registration to the 2015 Grid of the Future Symposium, where each participant presented their paper.
The Grand Prize was additionally awarded registration to attend the 2016
Paris Session and $1000 stipend to support travel expenses.

JUDGES
David Bertagnolli – ISO New England
Burt Enright – Commonwealth Edison
Saeed Kamalinia – S&C Electric
ohn McDonald – GE Energy Management
Chris Mertz – Dominion
Amanda Olson – Burns & McDonnell