Speakers & Topics

(as of January 18, 2022)

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Mohd Faris Ariffin

Specialist, Overhead Systems Design & Diagnostics, Asset Management Dept., Distribution Network Div., Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Malaysia

Testing & Certification Procedures for MV Premoulded Aerial Bundled Cable Straight Through Joints

Ir. Faris obtained a B.Sc. in Engineering (Electrical) from Northern Arizona University and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from UNITEN, Malaysia. He joined TNB in 1991 where he worked on transmission lines and substations, regional control centre, SCADA and distribution network services. Since 2003,...  » READ MORE

Asto Soto, Samuel Arturo

Transmission Line Coordinator, Power Grid of Peru, Peru

Composite Insulator Performance in Aggressive Service Environments: Comparison vs. Coated Glass Insulators

Mr. Asto Soto is an Electrical Engineer, graduated in 2000 from the National University of the Center of Peru (UNCP 2000) with further studies in Masters of Business Administration at the University Ricardo Palma. He has detailed experience in management, planning and supervision of electrical maintenance and projects in mining,...  » READ MORE

Baer, Christiane

Head of Material Development, Pfisterer, Switzerland

Optimizing Silicone Rubber-Based Housing Materials for HV Composite Insulators in Outdoor Applications

Dr. Baer received a Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz and a Dr.-Ing. Degree from the Technical University of Munich. She has worked for the past five years as Development Engineer for polymeric insulators and sets and Head of Material Development for composites....  » READ MORE

Bell, Steve

Engineering Manager, K-Line Insulators, Canada

1. Framing With Composite Insulators
2. Interphase Spacer Applications

Mr. Bell holds a Bachelor of Applied Science ME degree from the University of Toronto and works as part of the engineering and development team devoted to new composite insulator and interphase spacer designs and applications. Among his current goals is further improving insulator performance through research and product testing....  » READ MORE

Butler, Jeff

Sr. Product Manager, Hubbell Power Systems, United States

1. Understanding & Mitigating Corona on Polymer Insulators
2. Advancements in Braced Line Post Testing

Mr. Butler graduated from Georgia Tech (Georgia Institute of Technology) in Mechanical Engineering before entering the power utility industry in 2006. Since then, he has held various roles of international and U.S. domestic responsibilities in engineering, business development, sales and marketing....  » READ MORE

Cardano, Paolo

R&D Sr. Expert for Bushings, GE Grid Solutions, Italy

Designing & Testing Solid-Core Bushings for Pollution & Long Service Life

Dr. Cardano received his Doctoral Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Milano Polytechnic University. After graduation, he joined Passoni & Villa in various positions in the technical area. He is presently R&D senior expert at GE Grid Solution for OIP, HVDC and gas bushings and also in charge of development of UHV AC bushings....  » READ MORE

Carreira, A. J. (Tony)

President, K-Line Insulators, Canada

1. Polymer Insulators & Live Line Work
2. Interphase Spacer Applications

Mr. Carreira received a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo after years working in the utility industry in distribution and transmission design, construction and maintenance. He is member of CIGRE, CSA, CEA and Sr. Member of IEEE and has chaired the IEEE TF “Guidelines for the In-service Classification of NCI Damage” as well as ESMOL TF on IEEE Std 957 “Guide for Cleaning Insulators”....  » READ MORE

1. Selecting Insulators for Metallic Earth Return on HVDC Lines
2. Developing Global Consensus: IEEE Standard 1820, Guide on Selection of T&D Insulators

Dr. Chisholm is an expert in the effects of adverse weather on overhead power lines, including lightning and grounding, icing on insulators and thermal rating. He has been an IEEE Fellow for a decade – a distinction given after his long career at Ontario Hydro and Kinectrics....  » READ MORE

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