ROBERT SCHINDLER – Senior Electrical Engineer with FFE, Inc., Cincinnati. 40 years of experience including power, lighting, communication systems, electric utility, industrial control, traffic engineering, traffic signal control systems, and highway lighting in the commercial, industrial, governmental (Federal, state and local,) and public facility sectors. He specializes in lighting and power engineering for large industrial/manufacturing facilities. BSEET University of Cincinnati, Licensed Professional Engineer, Certified Project Manager. Senior Member of IEEE. Executive committee member since 2017. Personal interests include amateur radio (callsign K8TYM,) and vintage computer systems. Lifelong Cincinnatian.
Mahdi Yazdanpour, Ph.D. – Dr. Mahdi Yazdanpour is an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of Mechatronics Engineering Technology at Northern Kentucky University. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University. He joined the department of Physics, Geology & Engineering Technology at NKU in Spring 2019. Prior to that, he earned his M.S. in Industrial Engineering and his B.S. in Computer Engineering. He has over 9 years of experience in teaching and research in academia. He also has more than 11 years of professional experience in industry and worked in different technical and managerial roles in manufacturing, power plants, and oil & gas companies. He is an IEEE Senior Member and serves as the Vice Chair of the Cincinnati Section. He also serves as an Advisory Board Member of Gateway Community & Technical College. His research interests include Intelligent Mechatronic Systems, Medical Robotics, Brain Computer Interface, Human Machine Interface, Mind-Controlled Systems, Companion Robots, Computer Vision, and 3D Scene Reconstruction. He is recipient of multiple grants and awards, and his research has been published in several peer reviewed journals and presented at prestigious conferences.
DAVE HERNANDEZ, PE, CEM, GBE, CESCP, CM&AI – Mr. Hernandez is among the nation’s top experts in the Power & Energy sector serving the industry as a distinguished Professional Engineer licensed in 52 U.S. jurisdictions. He has held responsible charge of over 25,000 electrical projects throughout his 17-year career and is frequently retained nationally by design firms, construction companies, and accounting firms. Mr. Hernandez is an IEEE Senior Member where he serves as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Cincinnati Section, Chair of the Joint Chapter for IAS/PES/ PELS, and Treasurer for the PES Membership Development Committee. He is a former member of the NEMA Motors & Generators Committee where he helped develop electrical legislation across North America. Mr. Hernandez holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Electrical Engineering specialized in Power Systems, and holds a Professional Certification in Mechanical Engineering. He has conducted over two dozen workshops and has been published nine times through various industry outlets.
BOB MORRISON – Life Member of IEEE, BSEE 1978 Purdue University. Retired in 2010 after 32 years with CG&E/Cinergy/Duke Energy. From 1978 to 1999 was an Electrical Project Engineer working on various projects for the company’s power plants; was the lead Electrical Engineer on the project which converted the Zimmer Nuclear Power Station to a coal-fired plant. From 1999 to 2010 was the protection engineer responsible for power plant relay protection in Duke’s plants in the Midwestern portion of their territory. From 2013 through 2017 provided protection engineering via Wantana Engineering of Charlotte, NC. Served as the Section Newsletter Editor 1992-2010, Member-At-Large 2014-2017;2021-present. Also a member of the Kentucky Colonels and the Sons of the America Revolution. Volunteer Ambassador at Reds Hall of Fame & Museum 2011-present.
JAY PERIN – Project Engineer at L3 Harris, Space & Avionics Group. Previous roles with former employers have included engineering management, project management, and hardware/software co-development in a variety of industries including vending systems, communications, and measurement and control. Education: BS Marketing @ Northern Kentucky University 1982, BSEE @ University of Cincinnati 1987, graduate engineering course work @ University of Cincinnati post-1987. Registered PE (OH) and PMP with 11 patents. Married, 4 children. A Senior Member of IEEE, has served on Executive Committee since 2012 (Treasurer, Member-at-Large, Membership Development Chair).
SHANTANU JOSHI – After graduating with a M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) from SUNY-Binghamton with a specialization in Electronics Manufacturing, Mr. Joshi began his professional career at Koki Solder America Inc. He did research in electronics manufacturing as a research associate at Universal Instrument’s Advanced Process Lab. He was part of the team which conducted a multimillion-dollar manufacturing research effort sponsored by an international consortium of companies from across the electronics industry. From characterization of various lead-free solder alloys to optimizing process parameters for newly developed electronics packages he was involved in multiple research projects which gave him a broader horizon of the industry. In his professional career with KOKI, he is not only involved in leading business growth in North Americas but also involved collaborating with leading engineers and scientists in electronics manufacturing to research and solve issues related with reliability of electronic packages. The results of his findings have been published in various journals articles, IEEE as well as SMTA International conference papers and a book chapter published by Wiley Publication. Some of his research owing to non-disclosure agreements with Fortune 500 companies have been published only to the audience of respective companies.