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Interface Lecture Series features program on Smart Grid Technology

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SEPT. 23, 2013 – The initial event in this year’s energy-themed Interface Lecture Series, is a presentation on “Smart Grid Monitoring” by Rick Downer, senior electric engineer at AMEC, one of the world’s leading engineering, project management and consultancy companies.

The presentation will provide information on the technologies associated with the smart grid. It will be held in the Design II auditorium on Tues., Sept. 24, at 12 p.m.

The smart grid refers to a class of technologies used to bring utility electricity delivery systems into the 21st century, employing computer-based remote control and automation. The smart grid offers many benefits to utilities and consumers with improvements in energy efficiency and reliability.

Downer has 30 years of experience in facilities engineering, industrial power systems, substations and power generation facilities. He graduated from Auburn University (Ala.) in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.

This event is co-sponsored by the Social and International Studies department’s lecture series, the First-Year Experience and the SPSU Alternative Energy Research Center.