Leo Staples has more than 38 years of power industry experience with Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E). He has worked in the areas of automation, analysis, performance and compliance testing, natural gas measurement, predictive maintenance, compliance, and business resiliency; and he has provided consulting services to external customers.
A few of his noteworthy projects include:
- Project manager for a project to design and produce a fully computerized boiler optimization test system for fossil-fuel power generation units
- Technical lead for a Continuous Emissions Monitoring project, which consisted of 13 power generation units
- Project manager for the electrical, instrumentation, and controls portions of a project to reactivate 2 1940s fossil-fuel power generation units
A Fellow in the International Society of Automation (ISA), Staples has authored and delivered technical and leadership papers at various events around the world. In 2011, Staples served as the ISA president. Since 2008, Staples has served in various leadership positions in the Automation Federation, and he chaired the organization in 2012. Staples served on the Automation Federation Cybersecurity team that worked with the White House and NIST on the creation and implementation of the Cybersecurity Framework, and he currently chairs the Automation Federation Energy Committee.
From 1994 through 2008, Staples managed a large technical workgroup that supported OG&E’s power plants in the areas of automation, testing, and reliability. He currently serves as a senior manager and leads the Utility Operational Compliance and Emergency Management organizations.
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