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UIIC Webinar - Xcel Energy


Nov 16, 2021 12:35 PM

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Gray Byers
@Xcel Energy
James Pierce
Supervisor - UAS Operations and Inspection Services Central UAS Department @Ameren
James Pierce leads Ameren's Central UAS and Inspection Services Department. James has been working with and around drones for 10+ years and has a long professional career in engineering, geology, geospatial technologies, surveying and aerial imagery capture spanning more than 23 years. As department lead and top company expert, James is responsible for a team of more than 15 professionals who specialize in UAS/drone technology, drone pilotage, data and image analysis and Artificial Intelligence/Deep learning. With a passion for innovation, James and his team are pushing UAS, robotics and automated inspections to new heights, including substation modeling, image issue detection, beyond line of sight drone flights and a variety of other projects.
Prakash Menon
Industry Principal for Energy & Utility Industry Vertical @HCL
Prakash is the HCL’s Industry Principal for Energy & Utility Industry Vertical. Prakash also plays a lead role in the development, refinement and execution of HCL’s Innovations , solutions and service offerings that address the unique requirements of HCL’s Energy & Utility Industry clients. ​ Prakash has over 30 years of Utility Industry experience, combined with consulting, Information Technology and Information systems management experience, which included managing – design, development and maintenance of system for large power generation, Heavy Electrical engineering companies around the world. Prakash’s entrepreneurial experience include – two successful start-ups in the areas of Demand Side Management, Clean Water Science, and Building automation products. Prakash has a Masters Major in Human Capital, Operational Research, and Industrial Engineering , Graduate of Economics, Diploma in Power Engineering from leading Indian Universities and Alumni of Cornel Leadership Academy ,