Rodney Hughes

After graduating from Sydney University Rod Hughes joined GEC where he held the position of General Manager for the Australian unit. In 1998 he was transferred to Montpellier, France as the HV Protection Product Line Director - responsible for the R&D department, global marketing and manufacture of the MiCOM relays. In 2000 he returned to Australia and was later promoted to Plant Strategy & Technology Manager for ElectraNet transmission utility. He then moved into consulting with two major consulting firms as State Manager and Technical Director. Rod is heavily committed to the work of CIGRE within Australia and internationally. He is also a voluntary member of the PAC World Advisory Board. Since 2004 he has provided change management support and training for adopting IEC 61850 and now operates his own private consulting business.

Rod loves travelling as well as pottering in his garden which is often left to its own fate for too long.

Thomas Mühe

Thomas Mühe  was born 30 March 1974 and studied communication engineering in Weingarten Germany. He started his carrier as a developer for  e-business applications and joined the OMICRON team in 2004.  

After his first trip to Egypt in 1995, he decided to do a diving course, and from that moment on he travels for diving. "At the beginning we searched for a good hotel near a diving location, at the end we searched for a clean bed at the diving location."

A typical day on a diving boot: 6:00 wake up, 6:30  1st dive, 8:00 breakfast, 1st relaxing sleep, 11:30 2nd dive, 13:00 lunch, 2nd relaxation, 16:00  3rd dive, teatime and 3rd relaxation, dinner at 19:00, 21:00 bed time. "What is so amazing about it? You are Schwerelos in the middle of the corals and the fishes swimming around you. You hear nobody. And if there is a little current you can fly along the reef. And if a big Manta Ray comes very close, or you can see a little Pigmy Sea Horse, this is diving. With every trip you get ideas for the next one."

(See this issue's Galleries pages 8, 68 and 90, and the June 2010 issue as well.)

Nirmal Kumar Nair

Nirmal Kumar Nair received his BE in E.E. from M.S. University, Baroda, India  and ME in High Voltage Engineering (Gold Medal) from Indian Institute of Science. He has a Ph.D. in E.E. from Texas A&M University, USA.  He has held several professional, teaching and research positions in India, USA and New Zealand. Presently, he is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. His current interest includes power system analysis, protective relaying & optimization in the context of smart grids, electricity markets and integration issues of DG/renewable sources into bulk power system.

He is the Observer member for New Zealand in CIGRE B5 SC and the IEEE PES/PELS Chapter Chair for the New Zealand North Section.

Nirmal has an interest in the globalization  & economic impact, disruptive technologies and the role of innovation in next generation University systems. In recent years he is cultivating a taste for the outdoors focusing  on his  personal well-being.

Simon Richards

Simon Richards is the Marketing Director for Substation Automation Products from Alstom Grid, based at the Center of Excellence in Stafford, UK.  He has a B. Eng (Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Bath, and is a Chartered Engineer, and member of the IET.  Previously a 25kV electrification Distribution Engineer for the 500km West Coast Main Line railway, Simon also held a number of protection applications engineering positions in AREVA and Alstom.

He holds patents in the fields of merging units and adaptive feeder protection, and edited the 2011 edition of Alstom Grid's Network Protection and Automation Guide.

In his spare time, Simon spends weekends watching Aston Villa Football Club, and repairing whatever damage his three small children have caused during the week.

Let?s start with organization in protection testing