2021 Training

Pre conference training will be held on Wednesday, October 13. Two training options are available including an engineering focused training and an IT focused training.

You can register for the classes on the conference attendee registration form. You do not have to attend the conference to register for the post conference training. You will have the option on the registration form to select only the post conference training.

NIST Cybersecurity Framework

8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Lunch Provided)

This 1-day course will provide an overview of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework (CSF), also known as the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. Participants will delve into how organizations have applied the CSF, and glean elements that can be adopted and/or adapted for their organization’s environments. Special emphasis will be placed on providing participants with the practical application of the CSF that helps to improve the security posture of their organization’s IT and Operational Technology (OT) networks and systems.

Learning Objectives

    • Articulate how to use the CSF to better manage cybersecurity risk in converging IT and OT enterprise environments
    • Foster risk and cybersecurity management communications between internal and external organizational stakeholders
    • Illustrate business drivers and competing demands underpinning IT/OT convergence
    • Apply the CSF to an existing enterprise network
    • Adopt proven and effective IT and Cybersecurity standard operating procedures


    • Working Definitions (e.g., threats, attack surface, threat modeling)
    • Risk Classifications
    • Case Study(ies)
    • Comparing Other Cybersecurity Standards
    • Cybersecurity Framework Components (Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond, Recover)
    • Applying the Framework
    • Additional Resources


Participants will have reviewed the CSF: https://www.nist.gov/cyberframework/framework


Casey W. O’Brien, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Solar DG Interconnection & Installation Deep Dive

8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Lunch Provided)

Most coop engineers understand the NESC code very well, but how many fully grasp the NEC Code, especially when it comes to solar DG interconnection.  This training session will provide real world detail regarding solar installation best practices and additionally create live Q&A opportunities to interact with an NEC code-making expert.  Various case studies will be utilized to showcase accepted practices and professional solar installation techniques will be presented.


Sean Middleton, P.E., Finley Engineering Company

Solar Installation Basics (Morning Session)


Shannon Fulton & Josh Hill, StraightUp Solar

NEC Code Basics & Interactive Q&A (Afternoon Session)


Bill Brooks, P.E., Brooks Engineering