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A Global Perspective on Critical Power System Infrastructure for Next Generation Computing

November 10, 2022
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM


This event is part of the Industry Leaders Lecture Series, sponsored by the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences.

Students and professionals will learn from Peter Curtis, the author of the acclaimed IEEE Press book Maintaining Mission Critical Systems in a 24/7 Environment, about the skills, technologies, and processes to operate, manage, and maintain power quality and emergency systems as we transition into the next generation of computing and intelligence.

At the heart of technology behind today’s businesses is the power system and emergency backup necessary for continuous reliable operation. Peter Curtis, the founder of PMC Group I, LLC and a world-renowned author, will discuss the design and analysis of mission critical systems: how to reduce risk, comply with current policies and regulations, and maintain an appropriate level of reliability based on a facility's risk tolerance. He will discuss the myriad challenges and issues facing industry engineers today such as safety, fire protection, and energy security, including the impact on business resiliency, data center efficiency, cyber security, and green power technology.


About the Industry Leaders Lecture Series

Dean Babak D. Beheshti, Ph.D., New York Tech College of Engineering and Computing Sciences, hosts the Industry Leader Lecture Series, offering students and practitioners a chance to hear from and interact with distinguished professionals in the tech industry.

Working professionals and undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to attend and learn from these leaders’ insights. The series offers participants a unique opportunity to ask questions about career choices and hear advice and stories directly from experts in the field. All talks will be web-based.

Certifications will be awarded, by request, to New York Tech students who attend two of the three sessions during the fall semester.

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Peter Curtis

Peter Curtis is the founder of PMC Group I, LLC, an Engineering, Research and Technology company. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electro‐mechanical computer technology and an MS in Energy Management from New York Tech. Curtis has over 30 years of experience in the mission critical engineering industry in the areas of banking/finance, defense, electric/water utilities, transportation, energy management, education, and product development. He has served as Vice President of Critical Systems for Bankers Trust/Deutsche Bank in addition to having held engineering positions with the Securities Industry Automation Company (SIAC), the Suffolk County Water Authority, Sperry Corporation, Long Island Lighting Company, and Liebert. Curtis was responsible for critical systems design, construction, operations, and energy for multi‐megawatt infrastructures. He has been at the forefront of developing and integrating new technology for the mission critical industry with the overall goal of reducing human error. He is the author of Maintaining Critical Systems in a 24/7 Environment and is currently working on the third edition. This knowledge touches half the world population and creates culture and standardization for the globe.


Babak Beheshti

Babak D. Beheshti, Ph.D., Professor and Dean, NYIT College of Engineering and Computing Sciences

Babak's experience in higher education spans over 35 years, where he has served as a full-time faculty member, president of the Academic Senate, associate dean, and dean. As dean, Babak led the engineering college to the introduction of its first two Ph.D. programs, in computer science and engineering, two new bachelor's degree programs and one new master's degree program, in addition to leading the college through its fastest climb in national rankings: #33 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (National – no doctorate)—a climb of 13 places since 2020, and #191 Best Computer Science Undergraduate Programs (National – no doctorate), a new ranking in 2021—a climb of 40 places since 2020.

In line with the career-oriented mission of New York Tech, Babak has led the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences in building a strong partnership with industry and government organizations, including NASA, Zscaler, IBM Red Hat, Xilinx, Soter Technologies, and Zebra Technologies.

Babak has served as a member of the IEEE Board of Directors (2018-19), and a member of the Board of Directors of Long Island Software and Technology Network (LISTnet). In 2022, he serves as a member of the Educational Activities board and the chair of the Continuing Education Committee. He also serves on the board of IgniteLI—Long Island Manufacturing Consortium and is a member of the advisory board of The International Association of Transportation Regulators.

He is a recipient of the IEEE's MGA Leadership Award, IEEE Millennium Medal, the IEEE LI Section Athanasios Papoulis Outstanding Educator Award, and three IEEE Region 1 Awards, including the 2008 IEEE Northeastern Region Technical Innovation Award.

He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and his master's and bachelor's degrees in Electrical Engineering at Stony Brook University.

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