IEEE Brew with the Crew - April 2019 - “Keeping the lights on – Team Glass Paper’s Energy I-Corps Experience"


Brew with the Crew Informal Seminar Series - Sponsored by Eastern Idaho IEEE, INL ICIS, Idaho ISA

The Instrumentation, Control and Intelligent Systems (ICIS) distinctive signature, in collaboration with the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the International Society of Automation (ISA), would like to invite anyone interested to "Brew with the Crew," an after-work event that will take place every third Thursday of the month at Stockman’s Restaurant in Idaho Falls (1175 Pier View Drive – Snake River Landing). The purpose of the meetings is to allow opportunity for instrumentation, control and intelligent systems researchers and practitioners to interact with others in their community, both inside and outside of INL. In this informal forum, people are not required to provide a documented presentation, but instead to share the nature of their research and interests and to possibly include some interesting stories along the way.


  Date and Time




  • 1175 Pier View Drive
  • Idaho Falls, Idaho
  • United States 83402
  • Building: Stockmans Restaurant - Snake River Landing
  • Room Number: Upstairs

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  • Registration optional

  • Co-sponsored by ICIS, ISA


Vaagensmith of Idaho National Laboratory (INL)


Keeping the lights on – Team Glass Paper’s Energy I-Corps Experience

Team “Glass Paper” participated in the DOE I-Corps program, class of 2018. The primary initiative of I-corps was to gain market feedback and tractability of technology developed at DOE labs from within the marketspace by talking to actual customers and professionals in the given field. The technology under investigation by team glass paper aims to provide higher temperature tolerant transformer insulation to harden equipment against an electromagnetic pulse or a natural occurring phenomenon called geomagnetic disturbance. This performance is delivered by applying a process called electospinning to manufacture the high temperature tolerant insulation materials with the intent to replace existing transformer winding insulation. This presentation will discuss both the technology of elect spun glass fibers as well as the takeaways, successes, and failures of the team from the I-corps program.


Dr. Bjorn Vaagensmith is a power system researcher at Idaho National Laboratory. His current research interests include photovoltaics devices, new electronic materials, THz rectification, electric grid hardening, energy generation, and cybersecurity. Vaagensmith received his M.S and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis on Electronic Materials and Devices from South Dakota State University in 2014 and 2016, respectively. While at South Dakota State University, he was awarded the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship scholarship in 2012 to conduct research on transparent photovoltaics and develop solution processed transparent electrodes.



Thursday, at Stockman’s Restaurant in Idaho Falls, 1175 Pier View Drive – Snake River Landing.

The brewing will begin at 4:30 p.m. with the topical discussion starting at 5 p.m. and adjourning around 6:00 p.m. Finger food will be provided to keep the stomachs from growling.