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I am currently a Principal EMS Network Applications Engineer at PEAK Reliability at Vancouver, WA, working since February 2017. Peak’s Reliability Coordinator Area includes all or parts of 14 western states, British Columbia, and the northern portion of Baja California, Mexico. I am involved in providing support for the advanced network applications such as State Estimation, Real-Time Contingency Analysis, Forced Outage Detection, etc.. I also represent PEAK at the WECC RAS Regional Sub Committee. 

I am also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA. 

I was with Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc (ERCOT), USA, in the Advanced Network Applications Group of the Operations Support Department from August 2007 to 3rd March 2016. I was also involved in the use of Synchrophasor Technology in Managing the grid at ERCOT.

I received BTech (Electrical Engineering) and MTech (Power Systems Engineering) degrees from National Institute of Technology, Warangal, (formerly called as Regional Engineering College, Warangal), India, in 1983 and 1986 respectively. I obtained my PhD degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India, in 1995. I carried out my PhD work in the area of 'Network Reconfiguration in Distribution Systems' under the supervision of late Dr. K.S. Prakasa Rao. The research work involved developing new algorithms for various aspects of network reconfiguration such as reconfiguration for Service Restoration, Load Balancing and Loss Minimization in Distribution Systems. These methods are very useful in the context of Smart Grids and Distribution Automation.  

I worked in the R&D Division of CMC Limited, for about 8 years and was involved in several Technology Development Projects in the area of Energy Management Systems (EMS) and Distribution Automation for power utilities.

I spent about 5 years at Texas A&M University, College Station, USA as a Post Doctoral Research Associate/Research Scientist and worked for several projects in the area of shipboard power systems, which were funded by the Office of Naval Research, USA.
 
I worked as Associate Professor and Head of Power Systems Research Center at International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Hyderabad, India from May 2003 to Feb, 2006, focusing on IT Applications to Power. 

I am the editor for the book on 'Power System Grid Operation Using Synchrophasor Technology' by Springer (https://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319893778).

Experience Summary 

  • Over 8 years of experience, in providing technical support to ERCOT operations engineers, operators, and EMMS applications engineers in various areas of State Estimation and Real-time Contingency Analysis; Testing of new application functions such as Topology Consistency Analyzer, Critical Measurements, Forced Outrage Detection, Transmission Congestion Manager, Outage Evaluation and Voltage Support Service, providing training to new operations engineers for the ERCOT Nodal System and mentoring summer interns in the group.
  • Over 1 year of experience in providing technical support to operation engineers and control room operators in the area of Advanced Network Applications such as State Estimation, Real-Time Contingency Analysis, Forced Outage Detection, Remedial Action Schemes (RAS), RMTNET, STNET, etc., at PEAK Reliability which is the Reliability Coordinator for the Western Interconnection, USA.
  • Over 3 years of experience in interaction with Market Operations at ERCOT in validating EMS data that is sent for Day Ahead Studies.
  • Over five years of experience in Wide Area Visualization using PMU data and Synchrophasor Technology
  • Over 8 years of experience, in architecture, design, development, testing and implementation of Applications Functions for Energy Management Systems (EMS) and Distribution Automation Systems (DAS)
  • Over 7 years of experience in the area of shipboard power system.
  • Lead a team that was responsible for designing, developing, testing and field implementation of application functions for EMS and DA System
  • Was actively involved in setting up ISO Procedures and conducting Internal Auditing
  • Has specific domain experience in the areas of Utility Power Systems and Naval Shipboard Power Systems
  • Over 3 years of experience as Associate Professor and Head of the Power Systems Research Center and developed new curriculum for a graduate level program in ‘IT Applications to Power’
  • Published several papers in top Journals and conferences
  • Organized and Chaired several special panel sessions at the IEEE PES General Meetings
  • Gave several seminars/presentations in the areas of SCADA, EMS, DA and Shipboard Power Systems at various conferences, organizations and Universities in US, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Nepal and India
  • Served as Secretary (2004-2005) and Vice Chair(2006-2007) of the IEEE PES Distribution Automation Working Group
  • Initiated and lead a IEEE Task Force on ‘State Estimation Concepts and Terminologies’, July 2009 – July 2014
  • Initiated and leading an IEEE Task Force on ‘Real-Time Contingency Analysis’, since Aug 2014.
  • Guest Editor along with Dr. Arun Phadke for the September/October 2015 Issue of the IEEE PES Magazine with a theme on ‘Synchrophasor Technology for Managing Power Grids’
  • Editor for the book on ‘Power System Grid Operation Using Synchrophasor Technology’ by Springer, June 2018
  • Member of the NERC Standard Authorization Request (SAR) Drafting Team on ‘Project 2009-02 Real-Time Monitoring and Analysis Capabilities’, April 2015 – May 2016.
  • Member of the NERC Synchronized Measurement Subcommittee (SMS) – Since August 2015
  • IEEE Distinguished Lecturer in the IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer Program (DLP), since November, 2015.
  • Recognized as an Expert in the area of Synchrophasor Technology, Was given North American Synchrophasor Initiative (NASPI) Control Room Solutions Task Team (CRSTT) Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award, October 2015 and CRSTT Volunteer of the Year Award, April 2018, by Department of Energy, USA.