November Chapter Meeting

Oct 16, 2018

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 27th at 11:30 AM. The meeting will be located at the Mid-American Energy building at 106 E. 2nd Street in Davenport, Room 106 on the 10th floor. Sam Reno, the Program Manager of Performance Improvement at Mid- American Energy, will be presenting on Human Performance Improvement. The maximum capacity for the classroom is 25 people.  Guests will need to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early, sign in at the front desk, and Jason Schwartzhoff Safety Supervisor for Mid-American Energy and Vice President of the Chapter will escort attendees to the room for security purposes.  Lunch will be provided and attendees can RSVP by contacting Bill Skinner at or the Evite which will go out the week or so before.  There is street parking only. Hope to see you there! 


Sam Reno will present the methods used by MidAmerican Energy to reduce human error, to limit effects of human error, and to fix organizational weaknesses. Some specific topics will be:

– Forecasting error-likely projects in the engineering stage

– Post-incident “event learning teams.”

– Sharing of lessons through new technology such as camera-mounted hard hats, virtual reality movies, and 3D animations of incidents


Sam’s bio:

Sam Reno leads the efforts of Human Performance Improvement at MidAmerican Energy Company, based out of Des Moines, Iowa. In previous roles, Sam has served as gas operations supervisor, electric operations planner, and safety supervisor. Sam serves on the Human Performance Core Team for the North American Transmission Forum – an industry association dedicated to electric system reliability. Sam holds a Masters degree from Drake University in Adult Learning and Organizational Performance and a Bachelors degree from Iowa State University in Occupational Safety. Sam is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Education at Drake University.