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Control Power Concepts - CPC Inc. Octavio L. Gonzalez Power Systems Engineer

A.S. Degree in Applied Science, Mechanical Technology Power, Utility Operations Emphasis, College of Southern Nevada B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering, University of Las Vegas, Nevada

As an environmental health and safety coordinator, Octavio Gonzalez’s specialty is root cause analysis of electrical control systems, power generation, distribution, and high-voltage transmission equipment failure and testing. On the job, he provides reports for post-fault analysis, assesses auxiliary cir- cuits, installations, protection relaying, and power transformer evaluations, troubleshoots, conducts field check-outs, verifies system functions, inspects power systems, and issues action item recommendations.

CPS Energy Jeffrey Edmonds Electrical Engineer

A.S. Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Northwest Vista College

B.S. Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Texas at San Antonio

Jeffrey Edmonds knows San Antonio’s CPS Energy, the nation’s largest municipally-owned energy utility, from the ground up. In 2004, nine years prior to his current job as an electri- cal engineer, Edmonds had already served as a CPS wireman electrician, utility worker, and distribution journeyman trainee. Then he earned associate and bachelor degrees which pro- pelled him to electrical engineer, fossil generation operations, reliability engineer, and electrical engineer.

Cummins Javier Gonzalez

Electrical Engineering Design Lead

B.S. Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Texas at El Paso

M.S. Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University

Since 2008, when Javier Gonzalez was hired by Cummins, a global power leader designing, manufacturing, selling and ser- vicing diesel engines and related technology, he has risen from service engineer to senior electrical engineer to electrical engi- neering design lead for Cummins Power Generation. Gonza- lez defines system architecture, manages system/subsystem issues, and technical profiles for assigned subsystems, selects required components, creates design plans and validation and report plans, complies with codes and standards, and presents design reviews to cross-functional groups.

Since last November, Hector Bejar has managed and over- seen the operations and maintenance of Exelon’s wind power regional fleet. Exelon has 44 wind projects in 10 states that “can produce nearly 1,300 mega- watts (MW) of clean energy.” For eight years previous, Bejar was a Field Service Engineer who installed, troubleshot, and, scheduled corrective maintenance on electronic-electrical and mechanical equipment including VACIS (Vehicle and Cargo Inspection Systems), Exploranium RPM’s (Radiation Portal Monitors), Au- tomated Gated Systems (AGS), and Reveal CT-80DR Baggage Inspection System.

Emerson Process Management Joe Ugarte Vice President Global Sales - TESCOM B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Arlington M.B.A. Degree-International Management, The University of Texas at Dallas

Joe Ugarte joined Emerson in 2004 as plant manager/general manager-Mexico. In 2014, he became V.P. global sales of the TESCOM brand. It provides a multiplicity of standard and custom engineered regulators, valves and systems. Emerson Process Management (EPM) helps firms to automate their production, processing and distribution in sectors including oil and gas, refining, and power. Emerson, a diversified global manufacturing and technology company is EPM’s parent.

EP Energy Robert Vera

Staff Completion Engineer – Eagleford B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University-Kingsville

In 2004, Robert Vera graduated from college and joined BJ Services. It was the first of five energy-related companies to employ Vera prior to joining EP Energy—a Texas-based oil and natural gas producer—in 2013. During his climb up the ladder, Vera worked as a field engineer, district engineer, completion engineer, and an asset engineer. Completion engi- neers, also known as subsurface engineers, work with drilling engineers. Vera is a member of MAES: Latinos in Science and Engineering, Inc.

Exelon Hector Bejar

Regional Operations (South Texas) B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering, University of Texas- Pan American

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