Director Transmission Learning & Development Programs, American Electric Power
Marketta Franklin is the Director of Learning and Employee Development. With the support of her dynamic team, her organization provides technical skills, environmental, safety, professional, and leadership learning needs for AEP Transmission. She has successfully implemented and led multiple workforce development initiatives during her career with AEP. Her passion for human performance and employee growth and engagement has led her to her recent charge of building “Transmission University” which is a comprehensive learning ecosystem that seeks to revolutionize learning within the organization, equipping employees and contractors with the knowledge and skills to be successful today and to power tomorrow. Marketta has 24 years of service with AEP; the majority of her career has been in customer operations, training, and business process improvement.
Distribution Technical Skills Manager, American Electric Power
Brent Stegner is manager of Distribution Training and Human Performance with American Electric Power (AEP) based in Columbus, Ohio. In his current role, Stegner is responsible for directing the distribution training efforts including line and meter electrician training as well as championing of Human Performance Improvement (HPI) initiative within the AEP Utilities group. Stegner has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and master’s degree in business administration from Ohio University. He also is a registered professional engineer in Ohio and West Virginia.
P.E. UG Network Engineering Supervisor, American Electric Power
Dan Coleman has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from The Ohio State University and an MBA from Capital University in Columbus, OH. He started his career at Duke Energy in Cincinnati, OH and worked in increasing roles as an Underground Network Distribution Engineer and a Distribution Planning Engineer. Dan came to AEP in 2015 to take a lead engineering role on the Underground Network Monitoring Project that AEP was designing to install in all 24 of the company’s AC electrical networks. He is currently the Network Engineering Supervisor over the central network engineering group in Columbus, which plans and designs all network work for Columbus, OH and Canton, OH and provides standards and technical support to the network systems in all other AEP Operating Companies.
Engineer, Transmission System & Asset Monitoring Group, American Electric Power
Reynold Cornell is an engineer at American Electric Power in the Transmission System & Asset Monitoring Group located at the Transmission Headquarters in New Albany, OH. He received his BSEE from THE Ohio State University, graduating magna cum laude in December of 2014. He is currently a member of the CIGRE USNC, CIGRE Next Generation Network and is an Advisor for AEP to EPRI’s Transformer Life Management research project and CEATI’s Substation Equipment Asset Management group. At AEP, he oversees the deployment of real time health monitoring equipment in the AEP OHIO service footprint as well as the analysis of the collected online and offline data for substation assets. He also helps sponsor new technology deployments for AEP Transmission including DTS, cable partial discharge monitoring and substation thermography. He enjoys hiking, playing guitar and playing street hockey with his family and friends. He currently lives in Columbus, OH with his wife Taylor and two cats.
P.E. Transmission Line Engineering Manager, American Electric Power
Rob Grawe is a Transmission Line Engineering manager at American Electric Power (AEP). He is responsible for providing engineering design and construction support for AEP’s Ohio region, including managing and developing the teams that prepare transmission line projects. Grawe is a registered professional engineer in Ohio and Virginia. Grawe has worked within Distribution Underground Network Engineering and AEP Ohio operations prior to Transmission Line Engineering. Prior to joining AEP, Grawe worked for nine years in civil engineering consulting firms as a project engineer in the areas of site development and municipal work. Grawe graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, and holds a Master of Business Administration from Otterbein College. He also earned a certificate in Power and Electrical Engineering Systems from Michigan Tech University along with a teaching certificate from eCollege, eTeaching Institute. Grawe spent nine years as an adjunct professor with Bismarck State College, where he helped working adults earn an associate’s degree to position them for a career in the electric power industry.
Engineer III, Indianapolis Power & Light Co.
Ken Jenkins is currently an engineer on the major underground projects team at Indianapolis Power & Light Co. His primary focus is designing and maintaining the downtown secondary network in Indianapolis, Indiana, and other large projects within the greater Indianapolis metropolitan area. Prior to joining the major underground projects team in 2010, he was part of the IPL standards and code compliance team for two years. Ken was a finalist for the 2018 EEI’s Edison Award and has contributed to CIGRE as well as T&D magazine.
Engineer/Scientist III, Underground Transmission Power, Delivery, and Utilization, EPRI
David Kummer is an Engineer/Scientist at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). His current activities focus on the advancement and understanding of underground transmission systems and accessories.
Prior to joining EPRI in 2013, Kummer worked for 8 years with Southern Company as an Electrical Design Engineer for Southern’s generation facilities. In this role, he was the subject matter expert for cables within his department. Kummer graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Risk Management & Insurance from Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business.