Grid Resiliency Against Wild Fires

Seminar Date(s)
Seminar Location
Jacobs Hall, Room 2512, Jacobs School of Engineering, 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, San Diego, California 92093
Seminar Speaker
Chris Christopher
Steven Vanderbug

The students of the Power Grid Resiliency for Adverse Conditions Course would like to cordially invite you to a seminar by San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E). The 2018 wildfire season was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire season on record in California, with a total of about one thousand fires burning an area of about two million acres, the largest amount of burned acreage recorded in a fire season. The fires have caused more than $3.5 billion in damages and destructed homes, businesses and infrastructures, including power transmission and distribution lines. The seminar will be conducted by two experts from SDG&E, who will explain to us what SDG&E, one the world's smartest utilities, is doing to increase the resiliency of their system against this extreme weather condition.

Seminar Speaker Bio
Chris Christopher joined SDG&E in 2011 and is the Manager of System Protection and Control Engineering where he oversees the engineering of all SDG&E control and protection and automation equipment for electric infrastructure. Chris graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of California.

Steven Vanderburg has 18 years of operational weather forecasting experience in California, including 10 years with the National Weather Service and 8 years with SDG&E. While at the National Weather Service in San Diego, Vanderburg served as the local Fire Weather Program Manager and amended the Red Flag Warning criteria for portions of Southern California. He is the SDG&E's Principal Meteorologist SDG&E's and serves as the utility's lead forecaster during periods of critical fire weather events.
Seminar Contact
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