2018 Power Industry Division Symposium, Knoxville, TN | ISA

ISA's Power Industry Division Symposium comes to Knoxville, Tennessee!


Conference: 26-28 June Training: 25 June  

2018 ISA Power Industry Division (POWID) Symposium!

Attend this industry-specific event focused on solving critical power generation challenges! 

Join ISA and other leading power industry professionals in Knoxville, Tennessee for a week of networking, technical presentations, and ISA-led training courses at this year's POWID Symposium. 

Through insights and presentations from leading industry experts, you'll gain the knowledge and perspectives needed to stay ahead in the rapidly evolving power generation landscape. 

See photos from last year's event here.

Presentation Topics Include:

Fossil Environmental Controls —Scrubbers —SCR Controls —Regulatory Challenges —MATS Compliance

Combustion Turbine and Combined Cycle Plants —Operational Flexibility —Start-up and Ramp Rates —Load Range Extension

Existing and Future Fossil —Regulatory Challenges —Cycling —Operation Flexibility

Cybersecurity Case Studies in Cybersecurity Implementations & Audits —Balancing Compliance Requirements with Security Needs —Analysis, Developments, Applications and Case Studies on Cybersecurity —Analysis on the Efficacy of ICS/SCADA Cybersecurity Technologies or Processes

Monitoring and Diagnostics Equipment Development —New Sensors —Wireless Sensors —Embedded Sensing

Human Factors Engineering —Alarm Management —High Performance HMI —Control Center Design

Fleet Management —Inspection & Maintenance —Condition Monitoring —Alarm Management —Monitoring, Diagnostics & Prognostics —Big Data & IIoT

Renewable & Distributed Renewable Optimization —Thermal Cycle Augmentation —Energy Storage —Process Modeling and Predictive Controls —Long Term Reliability and Maintenance Issues —Renewable Power Forecast and Management

Nuclear Operating Nuclear Plants —Digital Upgrades —I&C, System Upgrades —Plant Life Extensions —EMC Qualification Testing —Wireless Sensors and Device Implementation

New Nuclear Plants —Commercial Reactors —Small Modular Reactors —Regulatory Challenges

Programmatic Issues —Setpoints, Uncertainties, and TSTF-493 Implementation —Operability Determinations —Suspect & Counterfeit Parts

Emerging Technologies Simulation and Training —Advanced Control —Advanced Sensors —Automation

Whether it be a keynote speaker, session, track or technical training, ISA offers attendees exposure to the importance of cybersecurity in the process automation landscape through its Division Symposia activities. Check out the conference program on the web to see cybersecurity sessions at this year's event.

Authors and presenters, we welcome your participation in the upcoming POWID Symposium! Each Spring for over 60 years, the ISA Power Industry Division has hosted this technical Symposium specifically dedicated to Instrumentation and Controls in the power industry. Over the years many innovations in the I&C arena have been presented, reflecive of the issues facing the industry at the time of each Symposium. And, we anticipate this year's Symposium will follow suit due to the never ending challenges facing the power industry, virtually redefining the industry daily. 

In accordance with the Call For Papers, below you will find the instructions for participation, links for guidelines for formats and templates, instructions for submissions, and details about the entire review process and associated timelines. Your abstract, paper or presentation will be assigned to a Session Developer who will keep you informed about progress, provide feedback and who will also serve as the session moderator on the day your paper/presentation is to be presented during the Symposium. 

If you have any questions, please contact your Session Developer or one of the Program Chairs. A list of contacts is provided at the bottom of this website.

Important Deadlines

Abstract Submission..................................................................9 March Draft Paper.................................................................................6 April Reviewers' Comments to Author................................................4 May Final Paper for Publication.........................................................25 May Draft Presentation......................................................................25 May Rights and Responsibilities Form..............................................25 May Presentation Reviewers Comments..........................................1 June Final Presentation.....................................................................8 June 

Top 5 Reasons to Attend 

1. Capitalize on the latest innovations in instrumentation, controls, and automation technologies.

2. Stay informed of critical regulatroy requirements and updates.

3. Meet face-to-face with highly recognized power generation professionals and industry experts.

4. Build a network of valuable contacts.

5. Learn about the latest power industry products and services.


**Subject to change.

Student Career Development Forums

Tuesday, 26 June 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Trends in the Power Industry; Preparing for the Challenges

Wednesday, 27 June 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Time Management and Career Planning

Click here for more information.

Electric Power Research Institute's (EPRI) I&C Interest Group at ISA's POWID Symposium Held in collaboration with Department of Energy's (DOE) National Energy Technolgoy Laboratory (NETL) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

Thursday, June 28 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Room 413B 

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Download the ISA POWID Mobile App

This mobile event technology platform will allow attendees, speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors to navigate the event program and location, communicate and connect with other event participants, gather critical industry supplier information, share attendee experiences compete with fellow attendess for leaderboard statues, virutal drawings for prizes, AND MUCH MORE! 

  • Click here to Download the Socio App on your iPhone or Android  
  • After the app is installed, you will need to sign up and setup you attendee profile  
  • Go to the Events Tab and select Search for an Event  
  • Enter (Search): 2018 Power Industry Division Symposium  
  • Select Join Now and enter the passphrase: POWID2018


Need help in justifying your attendance at this relevant, one-of-a-kind professional development opportunity?

Get the justification you need for 2018 budget approval with our Conference Attendance Toolkit (aka Convince Your Boss), which provides all the right information and tools you need to prove ROI through your attendance to enhance your skills/expertise, make valuable contacts and bring back value to your organization following the event.


Tuesday, 26 June

Dr. J. Wesley Hines Head of the Nuclear Engineering Department, The University of Tennessee 

Dr. J. Wesley Hines is the Head of the Nuclear Engineering Department at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Hines received the BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Ohio University in 1985, and then served as a nuclear qualified submarine officer in the US Navy. He later received both an MBA and an MS in Nuclear Engineering from The Ohio State University in 1992, and a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from The Ohio State University in 1994. He has served the University of Tennessee for over 22 years.  

On the scholarly side, Dr. Hines teaches and conducts research in artificial intelligence and advanced statistical techniques applied to process diagnostics, condition based maintenance, and prognostics; and has made notable accomplishments in the invention and development of reliability enhancing condition monitoring technologies. He has led over 100 research projects with awards totaling over $14M sponsored by both government and commercial entities in the US and abroad.  

Dr. Hines has authored over 330 technical papers and is invited to speak around the world on topics ranging from his research activities, distance education delivery approaches, nuclear engineering education, reliability and maintainability education, and national nuclear strategy. His notable academic and scholarly accomplishments which were recognized by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Nuclear Engineering Division, through their Glenn Murphy Distinguished Nuclear Engineering Educator Award in 2014 and also by being selected as an American Nuclear Society Fellow in 2015.  

Dr. Peter G. Martin Vice President of Innovation and Marketing, Schneider Electric

Dr. Martin has over 37 years in industrial control and automation. He has authored numerous articles, technical papers, and books. He holds multiple patents. Fortune named Dr. Martin a Hero of U.S. Manufacturing. He was also named as one of the 50 Most Influential Innovators of All Time by InTech and received the Life Achievement Award by the International Society of Automation (ISA). In 2013 Dr. Martin was elected to the Process Automation Hall of Fame and was selected as a Fellow of the International Society of Automation. In 2017 he was named as one of the 30 Internet of Things Executives Whose Names You Should Know by CRN. In 2018 he was named to the Measurement, Control and Automation Hall of Fame. He holds BA and MS degrees in Mathematics and an MA degree in Administration and Management, a Master of Biblical Studies degree, a PhD in Industrial Engineering, and a PhD in Biblical Studies.

Bradley J. Adams Engineering Vice President, Southern Nuclear Operating Company

Brad joined SNC in 2011 after twenty-eight years with Exelon Corp. in Illinois. He began his nuclear career in 1983 as a design engineer for Commonwealth Edison’s nuclear fuel services group and progressed to design group leader. Brad transferred to Byron Station in 1995 and held managerial positions in regulatory assurance, system engineering and work management before being named Byron’s site engineering director. In 2007 Adams transferred to Quad Cities Nuclear Station as the site engineering director. He returned to Byron Station in 2008 as plant manager, a position he held until joining Southern Nuclear in 2011 as Fleet Operations Support Vice President. In December 2013 Adams assumed his current position as the SNC fleet Engineering Vice President.

Awards Luncheon Speaker

Ray Smith Oak Ridge Historian, Y-12 Historian (retired), Author, Newspaper Columnist, Film Producer and Photographer

With over 47 years living and working in Oak Ridge, TN, Ray Smith has developed an extensive understanding and appreciation of the heritage of Oak Ridge’s history, especially the Manhattan Project era and resulting technological advances during ensuing years. He serves as the Historian for the city of Oak Ridge, TN.

Wednesday, 27 June

Gary Brinkworth Director of Enterprise Research & Technology Innovation, TVA

Gary Brinkworth has over 34 years of utility industry experience in generation and transmission planning, forecasting, and demand-side management evaluation. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University, and is a registered professional engineer in 4 states. Gary began his career at Southern Company in Birmingham, AL where he worked for about 6 years in generation and transmission planning, and then moved to Tallahassee, FL where he worked for 20 years for the municipal utility there in various assignments related to system planning, rate and debt analysis, power contract negotiations, and customer care and billing. He joined TVA in March 2009 where he managed the development of long-term capacity plans, resource portfolio evaluations, and capacity optimization studies. In that role, Gary led the analytical team that developed TVA’s Integrated Resource Plan that was published in March 2011. In July 2013 he left the system planning group to become the project manager for the 2015 IRP study. Following the successful completion of that project, he took on a new role at TVA as Director of Enterprise Research & Technology Innovation, where he leads the team responsible for coordinating the company’s R&D efforts. 

Dr. Stacy Prowell Chief Cyber Security Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Dr. Stacy Prowell serves as the Chief Cyber Security Research Scientist and is the Program Manager for the lab's Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems program. Dr. Prowell's research focuses on exploiting physical sensors and properties to detect and prevent intrusion, on deep semantic analysis of compiled software, and on the security of safety critical systems. Dr. Prowell's work on a system for deep analysis of compiled software led to the Hyperion system, which received a 2015 R&D 100 award and two awards for technology transfer. Previously, Dr. Prowell worked in the CERT Program of the Software Engineering Institute on automated analysis of malware. Dr. Prowell is an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for the Transportation Electrification Community. In his spare time Dr. Prowell is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee, an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Tennessee Technological University, and a member of Sigma Xi and a senior member of the IEEE.


Cutting-edge technical training for the power industry professional

To complement the content you gain through your attendance, a number of ISA-sponsored, technical training courses will be offered before and after the event.

ES15C - Introduction to Boiler Control Systems Date: Monday, 25 June Time: 8:00AM - 4:00PM CEUs/PDHs: .7

Member: $650.00 Community Member/Non Member: $815.00

When working with boilers, regardless what process control system is used or fuel being burned, you must control five basic functions: furnace draft, drum level, feed water, fuel air, and steam temperature. This seminar will teach you what must be controlled and how the control systems operate.  

This seminar will also give process control system engineers, managers, project engineers, operators, and technicians in boiler houses and power plants a basic understand of boiler operation and control.

IC87C - CyberSensors: Advancements in Automation CyberPhysical Security Date: Monday, 25 June Time: 8:00AM - 4:00PM CEUs/PDHs: .7

Member: $650.00 Community Member/Non Member: $815.00

This course presents a substantial change to cyber- and cyberphysical security that is arising in the electric utility SCADA domain. Advances in technology as well as business operation changes are presented with specific impacts on legacy SP95/99 (Purdue Model and zones & conduits) architectures. Modern advances in sensor technology, IT/OT cognizant systems, the latest wireless and Internet of Things (IoT and Industrial IoT) are layered into the "cybersensors" discussions, providing implications for seamless integration into IT security and OT operational systems. Numerous examples of real-world deployments are covered for facilities using SCADA systems.

Note: Training courses require a separate registration and fee. Combination discounts are available.

Click on each one to register and to gain more course information. You will also be able register by contacting ISA Customer Service at +1 919-549-8411 or info@isa.org.  


The University of Tennessee Conference Center 600 Henley Street Knoxville, TN 37996 USA Phone: +1 865-974-1000 

Directions and Parking: 

Driving Directions


Parking Locust Street Garage: $7/day, NO in/out privileges  

Nearby Hotels:

Hilton Knoxville Phone: 865-523-2300  

Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park Phone: 865-522-2800  

Hampton Inn Phone: 865-522-4100  


Received by 30 May

ISA Member: US$ 540

ISA Affiliate Member: US$ 620

Non-Member/List: US$ 700

One-day ISA Member: US$ 320

One-day Non-Member: US$ 375

Authors/Speakers (each): US$ 400

Additional Exhibitor Sales Personnel: US$ 300

Students: US$ 125

Retirees: US$ 125

Guest Only Awards/Lunch/Reception: US$ 50

Received after 30 May

ISA Member: US$ 640

ISA Affiliate Member: US$ 720

Non-Member/List: US$ 800

One-day ISA Member: US$ 320

One-day Non-Member: US$ 375

Authors/Speakers (each): US$ 400

Additional Exhibitor Sales Personnel: US$ 300

Students: US$ 125

Retirees: US$ 125

Guest Only Awards/Lunch/Reception: US$ 50


Special Utility and Group Pricing NOW AVAILABLE! Register 3 people on the same registration for $1,500 (or $500 each)! Contact ISA Customer Service at +1 919-549-8411 for details.  

Event Refund-Cancellation Policy While we hope your plans do not change, we understand that unforeseen circumstances may arise. If you cancel at least two weeks before the start date of the event, you can receive a full refund. If you cancel less than two weeks before the event start date, you can utilize your credit to transfer to a future technical event offering in the remaining year, or use for the purchase of other ISA products/services of comparable value, but there will be no refunds. In the unlikely occurrence of an event cancellation and circumstances beyond our control, ISA will also attempt to notify all registrants no later than ten days prior to the scheduled event date. ISA is not responsible for any travel or related scheduling expenses incurred prior to a cancellation decision. Please note that all outstanding registration fees are also due prior to your event attendance. 


Exhibit/Sponsorship Opportunities! 

POWID 2018 will give sponsors the opportunity to meet face to face with a variety of industry decision makers searching for solutions, products, services, and partners they can trust to make their jobs easier.  

Guarantee your access to this prime audience of prospects, customers, buyers, and influential leaders in the power generation industries by booking your booth today! Contact one of our Account Managers below for more information!  

Laura Martinez +1 919-314-6708 lmartinez@isa.org  

Chris Nelson +1 919-990-9265 cnelson@isa.org  

Richard Simpson +1 919-414-7395 rsimpson@isa.org

Thank you to our current 2018 sponsors and exhibitors!

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