Miguel Rios

Miguel Rios has over 8 years of experience in Electrical Engineering specializing in Power Systems. He’s worked with Southern Company for 5 years in Protection & Control Applications. Mr. Rios currently serves as a Senior Engineer for Southern Company where he is responsible for performing protection and control of the transmission and distribution systems. Prior to working for Southern Company, Miguel Rios resided in Puerto Rico and served as an Electrical Engineer for Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority. He specialized in evaluating and researching expansion plans for the improvement of generation systems. Mr. Rios earned a Bachelor’s of Science as well as a Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico. He is a member of IEEE Power Engineering Society, Society of Professional Engineers and College of Engineers of Puerto Rico.

In his spare time Miguel loves travelling, golfing, spending time with friends and family and occasionally cooking.  He is well known for his Paella dish.


A. P. Sakis Meliopoulos

A. P. Sakis Meliopoulos was born in Katerini, Greece. He received the M.E. and E.E. diploma from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece; the M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology. In 1971, he worked for Western Electric in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1976, he joined the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, where he is presently a Distinguished Professor. He is active in teaching and research in the general areas of modeling, analysis, protection, and control of power systems. He has made significant contributions to power system grounding, harmonics, protection and reliability assessment of power systems. He is the author of the books, Power Systems Grounding and Transients, Marcel Dekker, June 1988, Lightning and Overvoltage Protection, Section 27, Standard Handbook for Electrical Engineers,1993. He holds three patents and has published over 300 technical papers. In 2005 he received the IEEE Richard Kaufman Award and in 2010 he received the George Montefiore Award from the Montefiore Institute, Belgium.  Dr. Meliopoulos is the Chairman of the Georgia Tech Protective Relaying Conference, a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of Sigma Xi.


Hubert Kirrmann

Hubert Kirrmann was born in Strasbourg, France. He graduated in electrotechnical engineering from ETH Zurich. He taught at the District University of Bogota, Colombia, at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology both in Zurich (ETHZ) and Lausanne (EPFL).  He retired in 2013 from the EPFL as honorary professor. He retired after 33 years at the ABB Research Center in Baden, Switzerland. He works since as consultant for his own company, Solutil. He is president of the Swiss IEC TC65 (industrial automation), member of IEC SC65C WG10 / TC57 WG15 and editor of several IEC and IEEE standards.

Hubert loves water activities, and in his leisure time, he enjoys cruising with a sailboat.

Brian K. Johnson

Brian K. Johnson is a Professor and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Endowed Chair in Power Engineering in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Idaho, Moscow.  He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1992. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and is the vice chair of the IEEE Power Energy Society HVDC and FACTS subcommittee and is the past chair of the PES Power and Energy Education Committee. He teaches classes on power electronics, power system protection, and power systems transients and works on research projects in those areas. Dr. Johnson is a registered professional engineer in the State of Idaho.

Brian tends to bike a lot in the Palouse hills.

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