CIGRE NZ.B5 – Speakers

A workshop to share critical experiences of protection and automation engineers in NZ power system industry & Formation of CIGRE NZ.B5 Panel


Rannveig received her Master of Science in Electric Power engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 1992. She works in Statnett, the TSO of Norway, currently the proj­ect manager in Statnett R&D project related to Digital substation. In August 2012, she became the secretary of Cigre SC B5. She has been the Chair of SC B5 from September 2018. Her special field of interest is protection and control for the transmission system. In addition, working in Cigre Working groups is of great interest – she is currently a member of WG B5.69. Rannveig is in the Advisory board of PAC world, Commit­tee member of DPSP, and Member of the International Advisory Committee APAP

Stephen Chiu is currently the Protection and Control Manager of Powerco in New Zealand. He leads a team of engineers specialised in planning and designing protection and automation systems for electricity distribution networks. Stephen holds a Master of Engineering degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Canterbury, and an MBA from Massey University. He has presented several papers on faults analysis and protection of high impedance faults in EEA, IEEE and IET conferences.

Peter is an experienced project manager with experience in leading and delivering projects in the Petrochemical, Pulp and Paper, and electrical distribution industries. He has been instrumental in driving substation, communications, and protection upgrade initiatives for Horizon Energy Distribution Limited over the last 12 years, plus enjoys getting deeply involved in the hands-on site commissioning activities for the projects he has managed.

Jin is a 2002 graduate from Auckland University. On completion of university studies in 2001, he joined the Transmission and Distribution group in Maunsell (now AECOM). Jin has had extensive experience in secondary electrical detailed design work including protection, relay settings, SCADA and auxiliary systems. Jin joined Transpower in November 2007 as a Planning and Development Engineer where he provided power system analysis to support new investments and grid augmentations. In January 2013, Jin changed to his present role within Transpower to a Senior Secondary Systems Engineer in the Asset Planning Team. Jin is currently involved with the asset management of secondary assets including protection assets, revenue metering Assets, and 125V batteries & DC systems. He also provides input into the strategy for replacement of secondary assets and the annual Transpower Asset Management Plan.

Nirmal Nair has held several professional and research positions in India, USA and New Zealand (NZ). He is passionate about developing life-long learning opportunities for engineers, energy policy and media engagements around zero-carbon energy transition/adaptation. For CIGRE B5 he has been NZ Observer Member (2010-18) and currently serves as Technical Advisor for New Network Requirements (2019-) and Tutorial Advisory Group Member (2017-). He has actively contributed towards the development of CIGRE-B5 (2019-28) strategic plan. He has been involved with 4 B5 working groups (2 completed with one as Convenor and two as Regular Member ongoing); 2 Task Forces (1 completed and one on-going for B5 Green book); 5 CIGRE Paris papers and 4 CIGRE regional event papers; and, 2018 Special Reporter to B5 Preferential subject. He serves as Executive of CIGRE New Zealand (NC) National Committee since 2008, elected Secretary (2014-17) and currently Treasurer and Event Manager (2018-) helping plan and deliver both venue and on-line events for life-long learning needs of the power engineering community. He received recognition as CIGRE Distinguished Member in 2018.

Electrical Engineer graduated from the Federal University of Santa Catarina – UFSC, where he also graduated in Master of Power Systems. MBA with specialization in Electric Energy Market, at the University of Vale do Itajai – UNIVALI. Engineer at CGT Eletrosul since 1987 in Florianópolis, Brazil acting in project, maintenance, operation and development of automation systems. Author of several papers in the area published in national and international seminars and magazines. Active participant in CIGRE working groups, events and publications. And the Head of Management, Maintenance and Commissioning of supervision and control systems and automation infrastructure of HV transmission substations, power plants and Control Centers at Eletrosul.

Carl Benner holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1986 and 1988. He serves as Research Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University. His work centres on the application of advanced technologies to the solution of challenging power system problems, with an emphasis on waveform analytics. Mr. Benner is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas. He is a Fellow of IEEE and a member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society, the IEEE Industry Applications Society, and CIGRE.

Dr. B Don Russell is a Regents Professor and Distinguished Professor at Texas A&M University where he is director of the Power System Automation Laboratory. His research work spans 40 years, focused on using advanced digital signal processing and waveform analytics in real-time diagnostic and protection applications to electric distribution systems. Dr. Russell is a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of six technical societies. He is past president of the IEEE Power & Energy Society and currently serves as vice president for administration and secretary of the US national committee of CIGRE. He is a fellow of five professional societies and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Jeff Wischkaemper received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Texas A&M University in Electrical Engineering in 2003 and 2011 respectively. Dr. Wischkaemper is a Research Assistant Professor in the Power System Automation Laboratory and has worked on a variety of research projects including investigating arcing on low-voltage networks, characterizing transient response behaviour for alternative distribution sensor technologies, and electrically characterizing vegetation contacts with conductors.

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