• The transformational shift in decarbonization technologies driving operational excellence to greater safety, reliability, and cost efficiency

• Adapting People, Processes and Technologies as the energy mix evolves

• Xcel’s Vision for Intelligent Asset Health to drive Operational Risk

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Thu, Nov 18, 2021 · 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) (GMT -5:00)
Stephen Deskevich
VP Digital Product Management Power Generation and Oil & Gas, GE Digital
Steve has over 37 years of experience in the industrial sector, including 28 years at a major utility in the US and several years in a software product management leadership role including five years within GE Digital. He has served in roles spanning reliability engineering, technology strategy development/execution and technology product management in areas of asset management, operations management and reliability management.
Brandon S. Diegel
Director, Analytics & Practices, Xcel Energy
Brandon Diegel is the Director of Analytics and Practices in the Energy Supply business unit for Xcel Energy. Analytics and Practices is dedicated to the development and expansion of Asset Performance Management methodology and the utilization of data and analytics to optimize maintenance practices, monitor equipment health, and optimize risk versus cost across Xcel’s generation fleet. Prior to his current role, Brandon has held operations and maintenance leadership positions at coal, combined cycle, and simple cycle power generating facilities, and started with Xcel in 2014 as a rotating equipment engineer. Before joining Xcel, Brandon worked in Technical Services at Omaha Public Power District, specializing in predictive maintenance program management and machinery diagnostics. Brandon holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University and received an MBA from the University of Nebraska. He has held ISO Category IV vibration analyst certification, is a registered professional engineer in the State of Colorado and is a member of the RMEL Generation committee.
Kaitlyn J. Honey
Manager of Equipment & System Analytics, Xcel Energy
Kaitlyn Honey began her career with Xcel Energy in 2013 as a Plant Engineer at the Combined Cycle Fort Saint Vrain Station in Platteville, Colorado. Over the course of six years, she was the responsible engineer for the maintenance and reliable operation of all critical systems. Kaitlyn is currently the Manager of the Equipment and System Analytics engineering team within the Energy Supply business unit. This team is responsible for Asset Performance Management implementation, including fleet condition monitoring, machinery diagnostics and balancing, health and risk analytics, and maintenance optimization. She is currently a member of the GE 7FA Users Group Steering Committee and was the recipient of the 2021 RMEL Emerging Leader award. Kaitlyn graduated from the University of Wyoming with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering.
Aaron Larson
Executive Editor, POWER magazine
Aaron Larson joined the POWER team in September 2013 as an associate editor and was named executive editor in 2017. Aaron has a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering technology and a master’s degree, specializing in finance. He spent 13 years in the U.S. Navy nuclear power program, advancing to Chief Petty Officer. He has worked at commercial nuclear, biomass, and coal-fired power plants, functioning in operations, maintenance, safety, financial, and management capacities. Aaron holds a Chief A Engineer boiler operator license in the state of Minnesota.