Monday, June 30, 2014

Webinar - Energy Efficiency Requires Engineering Efficiency

The complimentary webinar titled Energy Efficiency Requires Engineering Efficiency, took place on Thursday, June 26, 2014. This one hour energy management webinar was presented by IBM, Frost & Sullivan and Energy Manager Today.

Keeping up with energy needs in a changing world is an incredible challenge. We are contending with environmental, health, safety concerns, market viability, economic needs and demands, as well as a growing population and warming planet. These global energy concerns translate to business needs and engineering challenges. The entire energy sector is challenged to do better and innovate across the value chain.

This means that we not only need to bring new energy technology to market (natural gas, small modular reactors, alternative energy sources), but we also need to bring more efficiency and discipline to the design, delivery, maintenance and operation of this technology.

Engineering efficiency is an essential component for facilitating energy efficiency. In this webinar, Frost & Sullivan will highlight motives and incentives for adopting new energy technologies. The motives discussed  ranged from regulatory, consumer, and commercial and industrial standpoints as well as some of the challenges experienced today. Climate change is incentivizing local and federal governments to set targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions through renewable portfolio acts and zero net energy initiatives.

The webcast discussed how systems engineering can bring the entire energy sector the discipline, accountability, and traceability required to innovate continuously and with speed.

Meet the Speakers

Paul Fechtelkotter, Rational’s Global Business Segment Leader IBM

Paul Fechtelkotter is IBM Rational’s Global Business Segment Leader for the energy, utilities, chemical, petroleum and national resources sectors. In this role, he is responsible for managing and orchestrating all efforts across these market segments, strategy, solution development, marketing and sales. During his 16-plus-year tenure at IBM, Paul has held a variety of marketing and management post at Rational. And he has worked in IBM’s other hardware services and sales organizations.

He has written many papers on applications of systems engineering principles to the design, construction, and operation of complex safety critical cyber physical systems; systems like nuclear power plants and offshore drilling rigs. Paul holds an MBA degree from Stanford University as well as a Master of Engineering, a Bachelor of Engineering, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College and its affiliated professional schools.

Farah Saeed, Energy & Environment Principal Consultant Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan’s Energy & Environment Principal Consultant Farah Saeed has more than 15 years of consulting and project management expertise focused on power and energy equipment and services. She maintains proficiency in in-depth qualitative and quantitative market research and evaluations, acquisition target and due diligence, market validation analysis, vertical market assessment and new market exploration, and content development. Farah’s expertise covers high growth and emerging power and energy devices, including transmission and distribution equipment with a focus on the smart grid.

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