Technical Program

Learn the latest information from experts in the industry at MEGA! 

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Opening keynote program includes these top executives: 

Steven Winberg, Assistant Secretary of Fossil Energy, US Department of Energy
As Assistant Secretary, Steven Winberg is responsible for the management and oversight of FE’s research and development program, encompassing coal, oil, and natural gas, as well as the Office of Petroleum Reserves. Mr. Winberg has 39 years of experience in the energy industry. He began his career at the engineering firm Foster Wheeler as an engineer on coal-fired utility boilers. From there, he spent 14 years with Consolidated Natural Gas working in a variety of positions before becoming Vice President for CONSOL Energy Research & Development. Immediately prior to coming to DOE, Mr. Winberg served as a Senior Program Manager at Battelle Memorial Institute.

Over the span of his career, Mr. Winberg has participated in a number of policy and energy initiatives.  He has also gained extensive experience in numerous energy technologies, including advanced fossil energy combustion, coal-to-liquids, fluidized bed combustion, emulsified fuels, fuel cells, alternative fuel vehicles, and carbon utilization.Mr. Winberg received a bachelor’s degree in nuclear science from the State University of Maritime College in 1978 and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh in 1991. 

Mandy Gunasekara, Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, US EPA 
Mandy Gunasekara joined the Environmental Protection Agency in March and is the Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation. Previously, Mandy served as Majority Counsel for Chairman Inhofe during the 114th Congress and for Chairman Barrasso during the 115th Congress on the United States Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. She led committee actions and policy development on Clean Air Act and climate change issues.
From 2012 to 2014, Mandy worked as Senior Legislative Counsel for Congressman Bob Latta (Ohio-05) where she developed the Congressman’s legislative agenda on issues related to energy, environment, agriculture, immigration, labor, manufacturing and trade.  She also led his committee agenda for the United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce.   
Prior to joining Congressman Latta’s office, Mandy worked for Ranking Member Mike Enzi on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. While there, she worked on labor, employment and disability issues. In addition, Mandy spent two summers as a law clerk for the United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Office of General Counsel. Mandy earned a J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law and a B.A. from Mississippi College.

Sharon Sjostrom, president of the Institute of Clean Air Companies, and Vice President, Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc. 
Sharon Sjostrom is currently the President of the Institute of Clean Air Companies, which is comprised member companies that represent suppliers of air pollution monitoring and control systems, equipment, and services for stationary sources in the U.S. and abroad.  The organization has been regarded as the trusted voice of the clean air technology industry for 55 years.  Ms. Sjostrom is also serving as a member of the National Coal Council at the request of the Secretary of Energy.
With nearly 30 years of experience developing technologies and commercializing products that reduce emissions from coal-fired power generation, Ms. Sjostrom is an internationally-recognized expert in mercury control.  She has published more than 50 technical papers and is an inventor on thirty-one patents. Through mid-2018, she served as the Chief Product Officer with Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADES) where she was responsible for leading strategic product and business development for the corporation and its subsidiary, ADA-ES, Inc. 
Ms. Sjostrom earned her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from California Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Denver Daniels College of Business.  She is also a Certified Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado.

Panel Discussions on the most current topics in the industry, including: 

  • The transformation of the power industry 
  • Anticipated impact of energy-storage technologies as they scale up 
  • Regulatory trends and outlook:  NSR/CPP/MATS
  • Regulatory trends and strategy:  ELG/CCR
  • Plant Digitization and Impacts on Emissions and Operating Costs 
  • Panelist bios
Podium and poster sessions will have a technical/operations focus in these areas: 
  • Mercury Measurement of Controls 
  • Managing Impacts of Load Cycling 
  • Emissions from Natural-Gas Fired Plants 
  • Emissions Monitoring
  • NOx and PM Controls 
  • Carbon Capture