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Johan Enslin

Johan Enslin

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Duke Energy SmartGrid Technology Chair

Director, Zucker Family Graduate Education Center

Education:

Ph.D., Electrical and Electronics Engineering – Rand Afrikaans University, South Africa
M.S., Electrical and Electronics Engineering – Rand Afrikaans University, South Africa
B.S., Electrical and Electronics Engineering – Rand Afrikaans University, South Africa

Professional:

Professor Johan Enslin is a Fellow of the IEEE and SAIEE and Registered Professional Engineer in South Africa. He is the Director for the Zucker Family Graduate Education Center and the Duke Energy Endowed Chaired Professor in SmartGrid at Clemson University in North Charleston SC. He is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at University of Johannesburg in South Africa. He comes to Clemson as the first Director for the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) and the Duke Energy Distinguished Chair in Power System at University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Johan has combined a balanced industry and academic career with 35-year leadership experience in industry and academia throughout the US, Europe and South Africa. He served as an executive, with P/L responsibilities for private business operations and a professor in electrical engineering. Dr. Enslin initiated and led renewable energy teams, incubate startup companies and was the lead PI for large multi-disciplinary power system research, planning and construction projects. Some of his industry appointments include Chief Technology Officer, Petra Solar; Vice President, Quanta Technologies; Vice President, KEMA; General Manager at Alpha Energy; Director, ESKOM and Spoornet.

Current Research:

Dr. Enslin’s research is focused mainly in the area of building a smarter, modern power grid. Among others he is evaluating the role and optimization of energy storage technologies in grid modernization. Priority is given to technologies and approaches that support large-scale renewable energy integration, improve energy efficiency, stack performance and show positive business cases. A stacked-value methodology for integrating and controlling energy storage is developed and evaluated with field trials at utility substations. Other research areas include Virtual Power Plants, distributed intelligence for distribution assets and smart power electronic converters.

Elizabeth Colbert-Busch

Elizabeth Colbert-Busch

Director, Business Development

Responsibilities:

Elizabeth Colbert-Busch is the Director of Business Development for Clemson University Office of Economic Development. She is responsible for Clemson University Restoration Institute’s (CURI) private-public strategic planning for business and economic development. CURI’s projects and programs, totaling approximately a quarter of a billion dollars, include the U.S. Department of Energy’s $49M grant to build the state-of-the-art SCE&G Energy Innovation Center.

Colbert-Busch serves on the Charleston Regional Development Alliance Board of Directors, Charleston School of Law Maritime Institute’s board of director, College of Charleston Alumni Advisory Board. She is a founding member of the Charleston Women in International Trade, S.C. Clean Energy Business Alliance and the Lowcountry STEM Collaborative Planning Group and a member of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Advisors and the DOE Southeast Regional Wind Resource Center. She serves on the S.C. Regulatory Task Force Committee for Offshore Wind, the Charleston Regional Development Alliance Stakeholder Committee, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund’s Offshore Wind Awareness and Advocacy team and the College of Charleston’s Intermodal Transportation and Logistics Management Program Advisory Committee.

She has lectured on economic impact opportunities the energy manufacturing market sector, ocean transportation and intermodalism, market economy and trends, homeland security industry challenges and published improving cargo throughput process under industry dynamic growth and demand on U.S. infrastructure. She is a local, state and nationally recognized motivational speaker on both a personal and professional level.

Prior to CURI, Colbert-Busch served as the Director of Sales and Marketing with one of the top 10 ocean carriers, Orient Overseas Container Line (USA) Incorporated and was responsible for all trade lane development, implementation and execution of the business plan, budget objectives and financial goals. She was responsible for public relations and promoting international maritime relations and North America business activity, including the South Atlantic and Gulf regions of the United States and Mexico. She was the company’s governmental affairs liaison for maritime and trade related issues and policy.

Colbert-Busch has a B.A. from the College of Charleston with a minor in Intermodal Transportation and Logistics Management, and is a graduate of the IEDP (International Executive Development Program) based in Hong Kong for maritime executives worldwide. She is also a Riley Fellow for the Furman University Riley Institute’s Diversity Leaders Initiative.

Jim Tuten

Jim Tuten, M.Sc., P.E.

Director, Facilities Systems

Education:

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University

Responsibilities:

James Tuten is the Project Manager for Clemson’s Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Facility. He joined the Clemson team in March of 2010. In his position he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the facility and oversight of the project contractors. Mr. Tuten has over 33 years of experience and accomplishment in the development and application of advanced technology. He has been involved in a diverse range of industries and projects over his career as a hands-on researcher, project leader and manager with a strong focus on analysis and problem solving.

EdiVania (AJ) Arena

 

EdiVania (AJ) Powell, M.Ed.

Executive Assistant
Campus and Event Manager

Education:

B.S., Marketing, Rider College
M.Ed., Temple University
Elementary Administrative Certification, The Citadel

Responsibilities:

In 2007, AJ was recruited by the office of the Vice President as the first hire and office manager for the Restoration Institute to assist with establishing CURI on the former Navy Base. AJ finds it very rewarding to work with the Vice President of Economic Development and the rest of the CURI team to positively impact education and job creation for the state of South Carolina. Currently AJ holds the position of Executive Administrative Coordinator for Clemson’s Vice President of Economic Development and Clemson University’s Restoration Institute.

Additional Information:

Upon completing her B.S. in Marketing from Rider College in New Jersey, she embarked on a retail management career for approximately 12 years. Later, she began working with special education children in Trenton, New Jersey and pursued and completed a Master’s in Education from Temple University. Later she moved to Knoxville, Tennessee and worked at the University of Tennessee with the Upward Bound Program servicing ten area high schools. AJ relocated to the Lowcountry where she completed her Elementary Administrative Certification from the Citadel and became a 7th and 8th grade math teacher and teacher evaluator in Berkeley County for ten years.

Curtiss Fox

J. Curtiss Fox, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Director, Duke Energy eGRID

Education:

B.S., Electrial Engineering, Clemson University
M.S., Electrical Engineering, Clemson University
Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Clemson University

Responsibilities:

J. Curtiss Fox joined the staff of Clemson University as a Research Scientist in 2013 after completion of his PhD dissertation at Clemson University in electrical engineering. His dissertation related specifically to the fault ride-through testing capabilities of a 15 MW Hardware-In-the-Loop Grid Simulator project at Clemson University. Because of this innovative research, he was later named the director of the Duke Energy Electric Grid Research, Innovation and Development (eGRID) center, of which the 15 MW Grid Simulator serves as the cornerstone.

Research Interest:

His research interests at the eGRID center revolve around the grid integration and standardization of renewable energy and energy storage technologies with a focus in the evaluation and validation of the performance features and ancillary services provided smart inverter technologies.

Honors and Awards:

Curtiss was awarded the Young Energy Leader Award from the Charlotte Business Journal. He was the first individual from South Carolina to win this award.

Andrei Mander

Andrei Mander, Ph.D.

Director of Operations, SCE&G Energy Innovation Center
Senior Systems Engineer

Education:

Ph.D., Engineering, Belarus State University of Informatics and Radio-Engineering

Responsibilities:

Dr. Andrei Mander joined CURI in November 2012. He currently holds the position of Senior Systems Engineer and Director of Operations for the Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Facility. He is responsible for commissioning and the operation of 7.5 MW and 15 MW drivetrain test benches and the development of advanced test methodologies with a focus on system reliability and quality. He represents the WTDTF on a “Ground Testing Standardization Committee” with the International Energy Association (IEA).

Additional Information:

Prior to joining Clemson University, Dr. Mander was the Director of Testing and Validation at the wind turbine test centers at Vestas Wind Systems in Aarhus, Denmark. He has brought a wealth of knowledge in design, safely commissioning and operating large testing facilities and test benches related to wind power and aerospace in the power range up to 20MW. Andrei is dual Belarus-Canadian citizen and he is residing with family in Mount Pleasant, SC area.

Konstantin Bulgakov

Konstantin Bulgakov, M.S.

Test and Development Engineer

Education:

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Technological University
M.S. Mechanical Engineering (focus in dynamics and control), MichiganTechnological University

Responsibilities:

Konstantin Bulgakov joined Clemson University Restoration Institute in early 2011 as a Test Engineer. Konstantin came from automotive industry where he has worked for Cummins Inc. for five years with responsibility for heavy-duty diesel engine dynamometer-in-the-loop simulation development and testing.

Additional Information:

Konstantin’s previous interests and experience include both experimental and simulation-based analysis of drivetrain testing and performance evaluation. Developed and supported a real-time dynamometer-in-the-loop simulation system. Analyzed and compared test cell vs. actual engine performance data. Successfully led a team to deliver a dynamometer-in-the-loop simulation capability on time in the UK by utilizing project management tools, technical skills and customer input. Led a Six Sigma green belt project which resulted in significant savings by improving support processes for real-time dynamometer-in-loop simulation test cells.

Ryan Schkoda

Ryan Schkoda, Ph.D.

Research Scientist
Research Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Education:

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University

Responsibilities:

Dr. Ryan Schkoda is a Research Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and a Research Scientist at the Clemson University Restoration Institute in North Charleston. His work focuses on control system development, multibody dynamic simulation, real-time simulation, and hardware-in-the-loop testing.

Honors and Awards:

While attending Clemson University, Dr. Schkoda had the opportunity to teach the Junior level Dynamic Systems Modeling course in the Mechanical Engineering Department. He has received several awards for being an outstanding graduate teaching assistant.

Additional Information:

Dr. Schkoda was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Cranston, Rhode Island.

Ramtin Hadidi

Ramtin Hadidi, Ph.D.

Research Scientist
Research Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Education:

B.S., Electrical Engineering – K.N.Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
M.S., Electrical Engineering  – Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran
Ph.D., Electrical Engineering – Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Canada

Responsibilities:

Dr. Ramtin Hadidi is a Research Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Research Scientist at the Clemson University Restoration Institute in North Charleston. His work focuses on power system simulation and modelling, power system stability studies and security assessment, integration, testing and standardization of distributed renewable generation sources and energy storage technologies, test software and hardware development and implementation and hardware-in-the-loop testing. He has been teaching different undergraduate and graduate courses including Power System Transients, Power System Protection, Power System stability and control, Power System Analysis, Electrical Power Engineering, Electric Machines and Drives and Renewable Energy.

Honors and Awards:

He was the recipient of Khwarizmi International Award and the title of Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies at Memorial University.  He received best paper awards at different conferences including Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering and Newfoundland Electrical and Computer Engineering Conference.