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WSU Power Professorship Program 50th Anniversary Celebration

Celebrating the Past, Present, and Future of WSU Power Engineering and Industry Collaborations

General Information

Please join us for an all-day celebration event in Pullman, Friday, September 15, 2023. The day will include lab tours, guest speakers and presentations on the past, present and future of WSU Power Engineering and Industry Collaborations. The day will culminate in an evening banquet where the celebration will continue.

Please feel free to contact us with questions:

Attire will be Cougar or Business Casual throughout the day, including the evening banquet.


Pre-registration is required. Please click on the icon below to register. To offset event costs there is a registration fee of $20 per person ages 12 and up; $10 per child ages 4-11; and children ages 3 and under are free.

Parking and Transportation

Go to for online information about visitor parking for Friday or Football Parking for Saturday. You can reach Transportation Services by phone at 509-335-7275. Friday’s 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. activities will be on campus and you can use your parking pass for the duration of the day. Parking for the 6:00 p.m. banquet will be at The Gladish Center – no permit required. Parking for the Saturday game is a separate process (see Football Parking at the link provided above). Persons with limited mobility: There is space to drop off people where the morning activities will take place (a map will be provided). We will have transportation available for those with mobility issues to transition from ETRL to the CUB (after lunch) – and back. Request this in your registration so that we can provide sufficient transport.

Attendee Roster

A roster of attendees will be made available for purposes of networking. In the registration form you will have the option to opt-in or opt-out of the roster.

Food Requests or Needs (gluten free, vegetarian, etc.) will be captured in the registration form.

Hotel Blocks

Blocks of rooms are available on a first-come first served basis. The phone number and information for each hotel is listed below. Attendees need to make and pay for their own reservations.

Best Western Plus Inn at Hells Canyon in Clarkston, WA 509-295-8215

Double Queens available for the 14th ($135.99), 15th ($237.99) 16th ($237.99) Specify any combination of 14th, 15th, 16th. Rooms will be released by 8/11/23 Ask for “WSU Power Engineering” block.

River Tree Inn, Clarkston, WA 509-758-9551
Double Queens or 1 Kings for the 14th ($135.99), 15th ($199.99), 16th ($199.99) Specify any combination of 14th, 15th, 16th. Rooms will be released by 8/1/23 Ask for “WSU Power Engineer” block.

Hampton Inn, Lewiston, ID 208-743-9004
Double Queens for the 14th, 15th, 16th (each night $189)
Specify any combination of 14th, 15th, 16th. Rooms will be released by 9/1/23 Ask for “WSU Power Engineering” block

Best Western Plus University Inn, Moscow, ID 208-882-0550
Double Queens or Single Kings 14th ($159), Friday 15th and Saturday 16th ($369 each) Minimum reservation for Friday 15th AND Saturday 16th required. Rooms released 8/14/23

Ask for the group room block.

Football Tickets for Saturday, September 16

An optional add-in activity, single game tickets are available for purchase beginning July 17. Please phone 1-800-GoCougs or purchase online at

Publication of Image and Voice

Workshop sessions will be recorded, including voices and images of attendees. A photographer will be on-site to capture activities throughout the day. In the registration form you will be asked to acknowledge that your voice or image may be posted to Energy Systems Innovation Center (ESIC) related websites or printed materials.



9:00 – 11:30 a.m. ETRL 119 and Courtyard: Drop in Coffee, Continental Breakfast, Lab Tours, Student Research Posters
11:30 – 1:00 p.m. ETRL 119 and Courtyard: Lunch and Get-Together
  1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Transition from Engineering to CUB Auditorium



Hosted by V. Mani Venkatasubramanian, Director

Energy Systems Innovation Center (ESIC)

1:30 -2:15 p.m. A Look Back With Pride

  • Welcome: Robert G. Olsen, Professor Emeritus – EECS
  • Moderator and Speaker:Stephen Muchlinski, Principal – Muchlinski Consulting
2:00 – 2:40 p.m. Celebrating the Present – Research and Education Today 

  • Moderator:  Anjan Bose, Distinguished Professor in Power and Regents Professor, EECS 
  • Overview of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Partha Pande, Director – EECS 
  • Highlights of Recent ProjectsESIC Faculty 
2:40 – 3:00 p.m. Break.
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Embracing the Next Generation of Power – WSU at the Forefront 

  • Moderator:  V. Mani Venkatasubramanian, Director – ESIC 
  • Welcome Remarks – Elizabeth Chilton, Chancellor – WSU Pullman Campus 
  • Presenters and Q&A: 
    • Mary Rezac, Dean – Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture (VCEA) 
    • David Whitehead, CEO – Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) 
    • John Gibson, Chief R&D Engineer and Director, Avista Innovation Lab – Avista Corporation 
    • Jeff Dagle, Co-Director – Advanced Grid Institute (AGI) and Chief Electrical Engineer – PNNL 
    • Prashant Kansal, Power Systems Engineering Team Lead – Tesla 
    • Jennifer Boyer, Director, Engineering/Energy Delivery – Puget Sound Energy (PSE) 
    • Manu Parashar, Director, Software Engineering, Software Solutions – General Electric Power 
    • Anil Jampala, Sr. Director – Power Systems Consultants (PSC)
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Free time (Ferdinand’s, Bookie, Campus, Downtown)




115 NW State Street, Pullman 99163 

6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Social  
6:30 – 7:20 p.m. Dinner and Honoree Presentations: 

  • Welcome:  V. Mani Venkatasubramanian, Director – ESIC 
  • Welcome on Behalf of VCEA: Partha Pande, Director -EECS  
  • Memorial Presentations 
  • Recognition of Lifelong Contributions of Honorees 
  • Recognition of ESIC Members 
7:20 – 8:00 p.m. Role of Power Program at WSUKirk Schulz, President – Washington State University 

Keynote SpeakerEdmund O. Schweitzer, III, Founder, President and Chief Technology Officer – Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories 

Keynote SpeakerDennis Vermillion, CEO – Avista Corporation 

8:00 p.m. Adjourn – Thank you for joining in our celebration!