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COMMONWEALTH LEADERS OF INNOVATION

Commonwealth's staff has a long and distinguished history of innovation in power generation and delivery, but we don't believe in resting on our laurels. Today, Commonwealth engineers continue to take new ground and lead the industry by affiliation with, and active leadership in, numerous organizations and working groups that are setting today's standards and paving the way for tomorrow's achievements. Our team members listed below are representative of Commonwealth's extensive involvement in the power industry.

Brian L. White, P.E.

Electrical Engineer

  • Co-Treasurer: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power and Energy Society (PES) Summer Power Meeting, Seattle, Washington, 2000
  • Chair: Publicity, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power and Energy Society (PES) Summer Power Meeting, Seattle, Washington, 1992
  • Chair: IEEE PES Seattle Chapter, 1981-1982
  • Director: LineSoft/Itron User Group Board, 2002-2008

David A. Shafer, P.E.

Vice President / Manager – Electrical Systems

  • Past Secretary: Michigan Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE)
  • Past Vice President: MSPE – Mid Michigan
  • Past President: MSPE – Jackson Chapter

Dennis F. DeCosta, P.E.

President / Electrical Engineer

  • Award: Outstanding Engineer Award, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power and Energy Society (PES) – Southeastern Michigan, 2012
  • Affiliations
    • IEEE Substation Committee Working Group E6 - Chair, Ground Testing
    • IEEE Substation Committee Working Group D7 - Substation Grounding Safety
    • IEEE Substation Committee Working Group D9 - Permanent Connections Used in Substations
    • IEEE Substation Committee Working Group D3 - Substation Bus Design
    • IEEE Insulated Conductor Committee Working Group C2W - Guide for Bonding High-Voltage Cable Sheaths
    • IEEE Insulated Conductor Committee Working Group C23 - Design Considerations for Underground and Overhead High-Voltage Transmission Circuits
  • Co-author: "Design, Commissioning and Testing of IPP Ground Electrodes," IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, Vol. 3, No. 4, October 1988

Douglas R. Emmons, P.E.

Section Manager / Electrical Engineer

  • Affiliations
    • National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
    • Michigan Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE)
  • Publications: Contributing author to the following Rural Utilities Services (RUS) Bulletins as a member of the Transmission Line Subcommittee of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) T&D Engineering Committee
    • RUS Bulletin 1724E – 204: Guide Specifications for Single Steel Pole and H-Frame Structures, 1997
    • RUS Bulletin 1724E – 206: Guide Specification for Spun, Pre-stressed Concrete Poles and Concrete Pole Structures, 1997
    • RUS Bulletin 1724E – 214: Guide Specification for Standard Class Steel Transmission Poles, 2001
    • RUS Bulletin 1724E – 216: Guide Specification for Standard Class Spun, Pre-stressed Concrete Transmission Poles, 2000

Gerald R. Callison, P.E.

Electrical Engineer

  • Affiliations
    • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power and Energy Society (PES) Power Systems Planning and Implementation Committee – Transmission Planning Group
    • American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association (AREMA) – Electrical Energy Utilization (Committee 33)

Jack D. McCormick, P.E.

Mechanical Engineer - Power Generation and Energy

  • Member: American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) – B31.1 Power Piping Code Subgroup on Design
  • Presented: Drivers and Trends in Combined Heat and Power, ELECTRIC POWER Conference and Exhibition, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 2014
  • Co-author: "Drivers and Trends in Combined Heat and Power," ELECTRIC POWER Conference and Exhibition, April 2014

Kevin J. Orban, P.E.

Civil Engineer

  • Member: American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) – Energy Division - Committee on Power Systems

Michael D. Bloder, P.E.

Section Manager, Electrical Systems

  • Affiliations
    • Co-author: IEEE Power System Relaying Committee, WG D24 – Transmission Line Applications of Directional Ground Overcurrent Relays, report 2014
    • Co-author: IEEE Power System Relaying Committee, WG C12 – Performance of Relaying during Wide-Area Stressed Conditions, report 2008

Nijam Robert Uddin, P.E.

Electrical Engineer

  • Award: Engineer of the Year, Michigan Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE) – Jackson Chapter, 2013
  • Affiliations
    • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power & Energy Society (PES)
    • IEEE Standards Association (SA)
    • National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
  • Senior Member: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Senior Member: IEEE PES – Insulated Conductors Committee (ICC)
  • Vice President: MSPE – Mid-Michigan Region - 2012-2014
  • President 2014-2015 MSPE - Jackson Chapter
  • Past President/2013-2014 President Elect: MSPE – Jackson Chapter
  • Technical Editor: IEEE ICC – IEEE Standard 1727 - IEEE Guide for Working Procedures on Underground Transmission Circuits With Induced Voltage
  • Contributor - IEEE ICC – Working Group C23W - IEEE Standard 1793 – IEEE Guide for Planning and Designing Transition Facilities Between Overhead and Underground Transmission Lines

Richard D. Cook, P.E.

Electrical Engineer

  • Co-author: "Pop-up Generator Step-Up: A Narrow Look at the State of U.S. and Canadian Transmission Model Data," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, November 2004, Vol. 19, #4
  • Co-author: "Available Transfer Capability Applying Linear Phasor Methods to the AC Power Flow," IEEE PES Power Systems Conference & Exposition, March 2011

Richard N. Collins, P.E.

Vice President / Manager – Transmission Engineering

  • Chair: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power and Energy Society (PES) Subcommittee – Overhead Lines
  • Former Chair: IEEE Working Group – Line Design Methods
  • Chair: "Aging Infrastructure on our Transmission Grid" Panel Session – IEEE Joint Technical Committee Meeting, February 2013
  • Presented: Bridge Optimization Using WIRELDS and MINDES for the Marketplace-Mead-Westwing 500 kV Transmission Line Lattice Tower Design, Electrical Power Research Institute Midwest Users Group Meeting, Jackson, Michigan, July 1992
  • Presented: Interfacing with Structure Modules, PLS-CADD Users Group Meeting, Jackson, Michigan, October 1998

Richard P. Keil, P.E.

Electrical Engineer

  • Chair: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Working Group – Substation Grounding and Preparation of IEEE Std 80-2000, IEEE Guide for Safety in AC Substation Grounding
  • Chair: IEEE Substations Subcommittee – Transmission and Distribution Substation Design
  • Member: IEEE Substations Administrative Subcommittee
  • Member: IEEE Substation Committee Working Groups
    • D3 – Bus Design in Air Insulated Substations (Std 605)
    • D5 – Direct Stroke Shielding of Substations (Std 998)
    • E4 – Substation Safety (Std 1246, 1268)
    • E6 – Earth Testing (Std 81)
    • E9 – Standard for Qualifying Permanent Connections Used in Electric Power Substation Grounding (Std 837)
  • Co-author: "Safe Substation Grounding - Part II," IEEE Transactions, Vol. PAS-101, No. 10, October 1982, Co-authors J. G. Sverak, R. V. Benson, W. K. Dick, et al
  • Co-author: "Substation Grounding - Update of IEEE Standard 80," Fourteenth Annual Transmission and Substation Design and Operating Symposium, University of Texas at Arlington, September 1981, Co-author W. K. Dick
  • Published Standard Chapters
    • “Chapter 11 – Substation Grounding,” Electric Power Substations Engineering, Third Edition, Editor John D. McDonald, CRC Press, 2012
    • "Chapter 11 – Substation Grounding," Electric Power Substations Engineering, Second Edition, Editor John D. McDonald, CRC Press, 2007
    • "5.10 Substation Grounding," The Electric Power Engineering Handbook, Editor-in-Chief, L. L. Grigsby, CRC Press, IEEE Press, 2001
    • "Chapter 1, Introduction and Historical Perspective of IEEE-80, Guide for Safety in Substation Grounding," IEEE Tutorial Course 86 EHO253-5-PWR, Practical Applications of ANSI/IEEE Standard 80-1986, IEEE Guide for Safety in Substation Grounding"
    • "Chapter 6, A Look at the New Design Equations and Constants in Guide 80," IEEE Tutorial Course 86 EH0253-5-PWR, Practical Applications of ANSI/IEEE Standard 80-1986, IEEE Guide for Safety in Substation Grounding

Robert J. Millies, P.E.

Section Manager / Civil Engineer

  • Vice-Chair/Secretary: IEEE Working Group – Transmission Line Construction
  • Member: National Society of Professional Engineers
  • Member: Michigan Society of Professional Engineers
  • Member: American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Member: American Institute of Steel Construction

Samuel R. Barnes, P.E.

Vice President / Manager – Power Generation & Energy

  • Affiliations
    • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Chair: “Public Outreach – Campaigning to Improve Coal’s Image” Mega Session, Coal-Gen, Louisville, Kentucky, August 2012
  • Co-authored: We Energies’ Pleasant Prairie Power Plant – AQCS Retrofit Project, as presented at ASME Power, Chicago, Illinois, 2005
  • Co-authored: Modern Implosion Prevention, ASME Power, Atlanta, Georgia, June 2003
  • Co-Chair: “Efficiency Improvements to the Existing Coal-Fired Fleet” Mega Session – Coal-Gen, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, August 2010
  • Presented: Update on EPA RICE Rules and Compliance Issues, MMEA Fall Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan, September 2012
  • Presented: My Ash Pond Will Be Closed. What Do I Do With The Wastewater?, Electric Power, Baltimore, Maryland, May 2012
  • Presented: New Plant Status Update – Trimble County Unit 2, Coal Gen, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, August 2010
  • Presented: New Build Contracting Approach, Doosan Babcock Energy’s Annual Technology Conference, Louisville, Kentucky, August 2008
  • Presented: A Comparison of Wet and Dry Scrubbing Systems for Industrial Facilities, CIBO Industrial Emissions Control Technology II Conference, Portland, Maine, August 2004
  • Presented: Conversion of a GE 7FA from 60 Cycle to 50 Cycle Generation, ASME Power, Atlanta, Georgia, June 2003

Stephen S. Miller, P.E.

Manager – TRANSMISSION 2000®

  • Affiliations
    • CIGRE – U.S. National Committee
    • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power & Energy Society (PES) Power System Analysis, Computing and Economics Committee
    • IEEE PES CAMS Task Force on Understanding, Prediction, Mitigation and Restoration of Cascading Failures
    • IEEE PES Task Force on Power System Analytical Data, past member
    • Past contributor to Industrial Applications Society's Brown Book
  • Co-author: "Risk Assessment of Cascading Outages: Part I – Overview of Methodologies," IEEE PES General Meeting, 2011, Detroit
  • Co-author: "Survey of Tools for Risk Assessment of Cascading Outages," IEEE PES General Meeting, 2011, Detroit
  • Co-author: "Risk Assessment of Cascading Outages: Methodologies and Challenges," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, 2012, Volume PP, Issue 99
  • Co-author: Available Transfer Capability Applying Linear Phasor Methods to the AC Power Flow, as presented at the 2011 IEEE PES Power Systems Conference & Exposition
  • Presented: Extending Traditional Planning Methods to Evaluate the Potential for Cascading Failures in Electric Power Grids, 08GM1365, Panel Paper and Presentation, 2008 IEEE PES General Meeting
  • Co-author: "Pop-up Generator Step-Up: A Narrow Look at the State of U.S. and Canadian Transmission Model Data," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, November, 2004, Volume 19, Number 4
  • Co-author: "A Dictionary and Self Defining Protocol for Exchanging Power System Information," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, May 2002, Volume 17, Number 2, Pages 337-341
  • Co-author: "Chapter 4: System Modeling," In IEEE Recommended Practice for Industrial and Commercial Power Systems Analysis. New York: The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., August 1998
  • Co-author: "Implementation and Use of a Transient Stability Post-Processor," IEEE Computer Applications in Power, January 1990
  • Co-author: "Locational Marginal Emissions: Analysis of pollutant emission reduction through spatial management of load distribution," Applied Energy. 119, 141-150. DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2013.12.052

Yair Berenstein, P.Eng. (Alberta), F. ASCE

Senior Engineer, Transmission and Distribution Line Engineering

  • Affiliations
    • Member: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) - Poles, Conductors, and Structures Subcommittee
    • Member: American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) - Structural Engineering Institute (SEI)
    • Member: ASCE / SEI - Electrical Transmission and Substation Structures (ETS) Committee
    • Member: SEI - ETS Technical Activities Division's Committee to create the Manual of Practice on Guidelines for Wood Pole Structures for Electrical Transmission Lines
  • Presented: "O/H Line Design - Driving Down Project Costs Through Optimization" (webinar), June 25, 2014

Ian A. Hutt, P.E.

Electrical Engineer

  • Member: Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Chair: IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Chapter – SE Michigan Section
  • Past Treasurer: IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Chapter – SE Michigan Section
  • Member: National Society for Professional Engineers (NSPE)
  • Presented: TOC Coordination Using CAPE Macro, 2013 CAPE UGM, Ypsilanti, Michigan, June 2013
  • Presented: Using Locational Marginal Prices to Estimate Real-time Emissions from Electricity Use, Michigan Association of Hazardous Materials Professionals, Southfield, Michigan, May 2012
  • Presented: Utility Scale Arc Flash Macro for System Simulator, 2012 CAPE UGM, Ypsilanti, Michigan, June 2012
  • Co-author: "Energy Optimization for Sustainable Water Transmission and Distribution”, IEEE T&D Expo, Orlando, Florida, May 2012

Praveen K. Kumar, P.E.

Electrical Engineer

  • Member: Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Treasurer: IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Chapter – SE Michigan Section
  • Co-author: "Applications of PIC Microcontroller 16F84A to Control Different Electric and Electrical Applications," an Undergraduate Technical Report, RVCE, Bangalore, India, June 2006
  • Author: "Tour De Universe, A Brief History of the Origins of Our Universe," a dissertation in partial fulfillment of 100-hour certificate course in Astronomy and Astrophysics, M.P. Birla Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore, India