General Meeting, Monday November 3rd, 2014

“How I Stumbled into this Awful Mess
So You Want to be an Entrepreneur”

Robert C. Degeneff, Utility Systems Technologies, Inc.

NOTE: This meeting will be held in the Old Cafeteria instead of the Little Theater. This location is handicap accessible.

In addition to the planned program, the club will provide FREE coffee. Members are encouraged to bring donuts, cookies or other desserts to share.

November’s meeting topic will describe electronic voltage regulation and power quality mitigation equipment, how this equipment fits into the electrical power system, and key opportunities for these products. The talk will also describe the many mistakes Bob has made trying to build this business. The source of many of the mistakes was simply that an engineer is often not a businessman. Others were simply a reflection of the fact that there are a lot of sharks in the water. Simply knowing where the pot holes are often times allows you to avoid them. Bob concludes with a view of the future and how he sees moving into it based on what he has learned.

Dr. Degeneff is president of Utility Systems Technologies, Inc. which builds electronic voltage regulators and power quality mitigation equipment and provides consulting to the utility industry. Prior to assuming his role at UST, Dr. Robert Degeneff was Professor of Electric Power Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York for 17 years. The department was involved in research into the design and performance of utility and industrial power apparatus. Before joining RPI, Dr. Degeneff was with General Electric for 16 years. Initially as a Senior Development Engineer with GE’s Large Power Transformer Department and later, as a manager in various positions of increasing responsibility in the power transformer business, HVDC systems, and utility planning.

Dr. Degeneff received his B.Eng degree from Kettering Institute and his masters and D.Eng from RPI. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu and Sigma Xi. He is a PE in New York, Fellow in the IEEE and 2008 recipient of the Herman Halprin Award. He has published over seven dozen papers (two IEEE prize papers), one book, chapters in 5 books and holds eight patents.

If Niskayuna High School cancels evening classes and activities the SARA meeting will normally also be cancelled and possibly rescheduled. Listen in on the SARA 147.060 repeater for meeting status information and whether it is to be rescheduled.

This SARA meeting is held in the Old Cafeteria of the Niskayuna High School on Balltown Road. Attendees should enter the school through the cafeteria entrance located on the side of the school, adjacent to the Nott Street Extension school parking lot.

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