Canceled: Combined Meeting of the IAPG Electrical Systems and Mechanical Working Groups 2020

Apr 27, 2020 - May 1, 2020

Meeting Canceled

In accordance with guidance received from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with regard to large events and gatherings – the recommendation for the next 8 weeks is to cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.

Federal agencies have been restricted to “mission essential or mission critical travel only.” Travel to an in-person meeting is not an option, and a virtual meeting is not practical in this situation. Therefore, we are canceling the Interagency Advanced Power Group (IAPG) combined Electrical Systems Working Group (ESWG) and Mechanical Working Group (MWG) Meeting scheduled for April 27 – May 1, 2020, at the Energy Innovation Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

For those already registered, a full refund of all food and beverage charges will be initiated and should post to your account within 10 business days.

Thank you for your willingness to attend and/or present at the event. We are hopeful to be able to reschedule the meeting at a future date. Until then, be safe.


The Interagency Advanced Power Group (IAPG) Electrical Systems Working Group (ESWG) and Mechanical Working Group (MWG) is hosting a combined meeting scheduled for April 27 – May 1, 2020, at the Energy Innovation Center (EIC) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The theme of the meeting is “Hybrid Electric.”

Meeting Venue

Energy Innovation Center (EIC) 
1435 Bedford Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

The meeting will be held in the Covestro BrightSpace. Signs will be posted to direct attendees.

Meeting Goals

The IAPG strives to share information and increase effectiveness of the interagency research and development (R&D) programs in a wide realm of Advanced Power. Each year, the ESWG and MWG meetings provide a forum for a crosscutting review of current government research activities across the interest of ESWG and MWG participants within the IAPG member agencies (Army, Navy, Air Force, DOE, NASA, and DOT).

Meeting Theme

The theme of the 2020 meeting is “Hybrid Electric.”

Meeting Attendees – Please Review Carefully

Attendance at the ESWG-MWG Meeting is limited to U.S. persons – citizens or lawful permanent residents (LPRs), also known as permanent resident aliens (PRAs) or green card holders.

The meeting is comprised of two sessions; please see below for guidance on attendance.

There will be government-only sessions held the afternoon of Monday, April 27, all day Tuesday, April 28, and the morning of Wednesday, April 29, 2020. These sessions are open to:

  1. U.S. government employees, includes Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignees.

There will be open-technical sessions held on Thursday, April 30, and the morning of Friday, May 1, 2020. These sessions are open to:

  1. U.S. government employees, includes IPA assignees.
  2. On-site contractors at a government operated laboratory working under a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). Employer is precluded from competing for open R&D solicitation (captive).
  3. Employees of federally funded R&D centers (FFRDCs). This only includes employees of the FFRDC, not the administering entity. View the master list of FFRDCs.
  4. Government contractors – those currently holding grants or contracts with a U.S. government agency. This would include both on-site and off-site performers.
  5. Academic Institutions – this would include those who have an existing Education Partnership Agreement (EPA), Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), or performing R&D of interest to the government. 

Meeting Registration

Registration for this meeting is canceled. Please contact Renee O’Brokta for further information.

All presenters, as well as meeting attendees, are required to register for the meeting. No walk-in/day-of-meeting registrations will be permitted.

Tentative Overall Agenda – Full Agenda Forthcoming

While the agenda is preliminary and subject to change, the ESWG and MWG Leaders have planned the following overall agenda:

Monday, April 27, 20201230 – 1730Government-only Session
1830Optional Group Dinner
Tuesday, April 28, 20200800 – 1730Government-only Session
Wednesday, April 29, 20200800 – 1300Government-only Session
1300 – 1700NETL Facility Tours
1830Optional Group Dinner
Thursday, April 30, 20200800 – 1730Open-Technical Session
Friday, May 1, 20200800 – 1200Open-Technical Session

Facility Tours

Tours of U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory, will be conducted the afternoon of Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Tours are open to all meeting attendees per guidance above.

Group Dinner(s)

Optional group dinners/socials are scheduled for the evenings listed below.  Charges will be individually billed. Please indicate on your registration if you would like to attend.

Food Accommodations

While there is no registration fee. $27.00 per person, per day, will be collected through the online registration process to cover continental breakfast, full lunch, beverages and snacks provided throughout the meeting. Half days (Monday afternoon and Friday morning) will be $10.00 per day.  


Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) is approximately 20 miles from the EIC.


Below is a list of hotels in close proximity to the EIC. Find additional options.

Double Tree by Hilton Hotel & Suites
One Bigelow Square
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
0.4 mile from EIC

Drury Plaza Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown
745 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
0.5 mile from EIC

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh
620 William Penn Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
0.6 mile from EIC

Embassy Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh Downtown
535 Smithfield Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
0.7 mile from EIC

Omni William Penn Hotel
530 William Penn Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
0.7 mile from EIC

Courtyard by Marriott Pittsburgh Downtown
945 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
0.8 mile from EIC

The Westin Pittsburgh
1000 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
0.9 mile from EIC

Pittsburgh Marriott City Center
112 Washington Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
1 mile from EIC


Parking is available at the Melody Lot located across from the EIC, at the daily rate of $6.25.

Additional Contact Information

If you need additional information, or have technical questions, please contact one of the following leaders:

Joseph Borraccini, ESWG Chair
(215) 897-8797

Walter Santiago, ESWG Vice Chair
(216) 433-8486

Dr. Andrew Williams, MWG Chair
(505) 846-0396

Nicholas Jankowski, MWG Vice Chair
(301) 394-2337

If you have questions regarding meeting logistics, please contact Renee O’Brokta, IAPG Administrative Coordinator, at (216) 433-8089. We look forward to seeing you in Pittsburgh!