It is with great honor that I transition into a new role as the Chairman of the Great Lakes Electric Meter School. I look forward to guiding our great committee in the endeavor to continually make GLEMS the best meter school it can be.
As we work toward providing the best possible training we can to our students, I reflect frequently on those who have participated on the committee in the past and helped launch my career in electric metering. This year GLEMS is celebrating its 30th year of operation and we will be welcoming back many of our past committee members for a wonderful celebration of our past success.
As we look forward, what are going to be some of our future successes? How do we evolve with our industry to provide relevant content while still providing knowledge of previously installed field equipment? It is a delicate balance that our committee keeps constant in the front of our minds. Should you have a thought, the committee always welcomes input and new members.
One of our new successes was the introduction of a Track 7 for the 2018 school. Track 7 was designed for students who have been through all of our metering tracks and want a constantly changing track centered on utility data and improving efficiencies with this data. Students receive presentations on Meter Data Management, Outage Management, GIS, CIS, Distribution Automation and many more software applications that are designed to create the utility of the future!
This past year was an exciting one for our hands on lab as well. We made available, for a small donation, some of our equipment for students to take home with them. This was because we received some new equipment and strive to continue to improve on our lab environment. We anticipate more new equipment in the years to come.
So as we look forward to our 30th GLEMS, I would hope you consider attending to learn, teach, display, or network with other utility members who are going through similar situations as you on a daily basis. There is not a week that goes by that I do not reach out to someone that I met at GLEMS to ask a question, provide a thought, or simply check in to say hello. GLEMS is a great networking opportunity and we look forward to you joining us in Kalamazoo at the Radisson Plaza Hotel August 12-15th, 2019.
Jeff Miller, GLEMS Chairman 2019