Wireless Communication Systems Supporting IEC 61850 Applications

Authors: Andre Smit and Suraj Chanda, Siemens Industry, Inc., USA, and Terry Fix, Dominion Energy, Richmond, USA

Biographies

Andre Smit completed his studies at the Vaal University of Technology in Power Engineering in South Africa in 1988. He joined Siemens in 1989, working in the field of protective relaying for the past 30 years. He specialized in generator protection systems. Current position is P&C Engineering Manager & Development of Distribution Feeder Automation systems. He is the principal inventor of a new Distribution Automation System and holds various patents on new methods to protect and automate distribution feeders. He is a member of the IEEE.

Suraj Chanda M.S. is an application engineer for Siemens USA. He has a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA. He defended his thesis, “Modeling the Effect of Hurricanes on Power Distribution Systems” in 2011. He joined Siemens as an application engineer in 2011. He plays a major role in programming and testing of FLISR projects. He is currently pursuing executive MBA at Duke Fuqua School of business.

Terry Fix graduated from Blue Ridge Community College with an Associate Degree in Applied Science Degree.  He started with Dominion Energy in 1986 as a Field Technician in System Protection.  He has held various roles including Lead Lab Support, System Protection and Applications Engineering, Supervisor of System Protection Engineering.  He currently is leading a System Protection Technology Assessment Team developing new concepts and piloting projects for Distributed Generation and IEC 61850.  He is a past WG member of IEEE 1547-2018 and member of PJM Relay Subcommittee and past chair.

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