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CPSS Minutes - Fall 2016

Center for Power Systems Studies - Fall Meeting
Brookings SD – October 4, 2016

Call to Order

Steve Hietpas called the meeting to order at approximately 9:35 a.m.

Recording Secretary

Kevin Doe – Ulteig Engineers  

Roll Call


  • Steve Hietpas – SDSU
  • Chad Orris – MidAmerican Energy Company
  • Mark Buchholz – Western Area Power Administration
  • Larry DeKramer – East River Electric Power Cooperative
  • Frank Kornbaum – Minnesota Power
  • Nate Jones – Heartland Consumers Power District
  • Joe Dold – Otter Tail Power Company
  • Randy Diede – WAPA – Watertown

Associate Members

  • Curt Dieren – DGR Engineering
  • Richard McComish – Electrical Consultants, Inc.
  • Chris Graff – Power System Engineering
  • Ben Pierson – Sioux Valley Energy
  • Kevin Doe – Ulteig Engineers

Members not represented

  • Basin Electric Power Cooperative
  • Missouri River Energy Services
  • NorthWestern Energy
  • Black Hills Corporation
  • Xcel Energy, Inc. South Dakota


  • Reinaldo Tonkoski – SDSU
  • Mark Weismantel – Ulteig Engineers

Approve Agenda

Mark Buchholz moved and Chad Orris seconded to accept the agenda as submitted. 
Motion Carried.

Approve Minutes of April 21, 2016 spring meeting

Ben Pierson moved and Joe Dold seconded to accept minutes. Motion Carried.  

Planning 50th Anniversary of CPSS

Summer of 2017 will mark the 50th Anniversary of CPSS. Plans to commemorate the milestone will be added to the agenda for the fall 2017 meeting.  
-Action - Hietpas to add to agenda 

Coordinator: The Coordinator’s Report was included in the meeting packet. See the report for full details. Some of the highlights of the report included:

Summer 2016: Faculty and Student Summer Projects/Research Update

Hietpas served on numerous committees for IEEE and CPSS
Hietpas will be stepping down from IEEE PES Scholarship Committee. He is looking for two new people to serve as replacements; workload includes reviewing scholarship applications. Contact Hietpas if you are interested.
Students interested in power: Four senior design projects in power. 14 students in Power Systems class plus 19 taking the class remotely from School of Mines.
Hansen completed a great first year at SDSU and will be presenting a paper on solar panel reliability at an upcoming conference.
Hansen is the new as advisor to Eta Kappa Nu. Hietpas has been the advisor since the late 1990’s and many past and present students thank him for his guidance.
Ni achieved a grant from NASA and also received a University of Rhode Island Excellence in Doctoral Research Award.

Power-Faculty Course Update

See Coordinator’s Report

Student Activities

See Coordinator’s Report

Scholarship Activity

$53,200 total scholarships awarded to the department, 43% of which came from the power community. Many thanks!

IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Fellows from SDSU

See Coordinator’s Report

Status of Power Students

See Coordinator’s Report

Review of CPSS Impact

See Coordinator’s Report
Summer of 2017: Biennial Power Technology Tour

Membership Update

Eaton regrets to inform CPSS that it will no longer be an Associate Member

Conference Committee

Selection of new Conference Committee Member – 3-year:
Outgoing member(s): Mike Ropp (Northern Plains Power Tech.)
2014-2017:  Frank Kornbaum (Minnesota Power Company)
2015-2018:  Mark Buchholz (Western Area Power Administration)
2016-2019:  Richard McComish (Electrical Consultants, Inc.)

Special Project Committee

Selection of new Special Project Committee Member – 2-year:
Outgoing member(s):  Jim Edwards (East River Electric Power Cooperative)
2015-2017:  Steve Arbach (NorthWestern Energy)
2016-2018:  Chris Graff (Power System Engineering)

Budget Committee

Selection of new Budget Committee Member – 2-year:
Outgoing member(s):  Randy Diede (Western Area Power Administration)
2015-2017:  Nate Jones (Heartland Consumers Power District)
2016-2018:  Kevin Doe (Ulteig Engineers)

Awards Committee

Outgoing member(s): 2015 Recipient: Dick McComish, and Jay Dring (Nebraska Public Power District)
2014-2017:  Austin Hoekman (Missouri River Energy Services)
2015-2018:  Blair Metzger (DGR Engineering)
2016-2019:  Frank Kornbaum (Minnesota Power)
2016-2017:  Bob Zavadil (EnerNex, 2016 Wayne E Knabach Excellence in Power Recipient)

Old Business

Update on extra FY2016 Funds Distribution
-Challenging due to release of scholarship info until August/September.
-If scholarship fund of CPSS is not distributed, it grows for next year

Attendees reviewed Memorandum of Agreements for CPSS General Scholarship
-Nate Jones moved and Chad Orris seconded to approve the memorandum. Motion Carried.

Attendees reviewed Memorandum of Agreements for Center for Power Systems Studies Scholarship
-Joe Dold moved and Larry DeKramer seconded to approve the memorandum. Motion Carried.

New Business

2016 Conference Post Review
-50+ attendees, up from ~30 last time. Possible reason: Earlier reminders, improved topics
-Areas to improve: The room and backlight of the screen
-Action: Hietpas to post presentations online for attendees (pending presenter approval)
Reminder: If you attended conference, and wish to receive a certificate, indicating number of PhDs earned for renewing of PE License, please contact Dr. Hietpas via email.

2015-2016 Financial Report (Nate Jones)
-Report was checked in detail by attendees
-Nate Jones moved and Frank Kornbaum seconded to accept the proposed budget. Motion Carried.

MSE Program – Power Track
-Masters of Engineering – 30 required credits. In person or online. 6 students enrolled right now. More details were provided in a handout.

Place/Date for 2016 Spring Meeting –
Place/Date for 2017 Spring Meeting – East River Electric Power Cooperative, Madison, April 20


The meeting adjourned at approximately 11:10 a.m. - with a motion by Mark Weismantel and seconded by Larry DeKramer.  Motion carried.


Respectfully submitted,

Kevin Doe, Ulteig Engineers
Recording Secretary
October 4, 2016
Typed and Submitted October 25, 2016