Electrical Engineering, Transformers, Technology, Power Expert Consultant Resume
Resume of WJV

  • Engineering
  • Technology
  • Transformers
  • Electrostatic / Electromagnetic Analysis


B.Sc. Engineering (Electrical), Punjab University, India, First Division

MS (EE), Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago


Highly skilled Engineering Manager and Analytical Professional with distinguished performance in the design and development and development of power,

distribution and dry type transformer technologies. Possesses decades of manufacturing, design and development experience accumulated while working with reputable world class manufacturers like Westinghouse, Cooper Power Systems, ABB and Square D Co. Previous clients include transformer manufacturers in China, Mexico, Australia and in the US. Also performs analytical work for the electrical utilities, EPRI and the transit systems in the U.S. Demonstrated expertise in the following areas:

  • Large Shell Form Transformers Pole and Pad Mounted Distribution Transformers
  • Cast and VPI Dry Type Transformers
  • Transformer Winding Impulse Voltage Analysis.
  • Electrostatic and Electromagnetic analysis using FEA techniques
  • Transformer Testing and Failure Analysis
  • Transformer Sound and Vibrations
  • Project Management

This consultant’s expertise includes areas such as:

ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT: Directed the engineering activities of other engineering professionals in R & D and customer order engineering functions.

TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT: Guided and managed the adoption of new technologies based on engineering and financial analysis.

ANALYTICAL ASSIGNMENTS: Manage and applied advanced analytical techniques (FEA) resulting in transformer cost reductions through electrical and thermal performance enhancements.

SPECIAL TECHNICAL ASSIGNMENTS: Managed and coordinated the analytical work of multifunctional team of experts toward the resolution of transformers and systems interaction related issues in the industry.

Consultant, Kevin Kennedy Associates, Inc., Indianapolis, IN
Providing engineering and transformer expertise to a wide variety of clients.
Square D Co., Monroe, North Carolina.,
Manufacturer of medium voltage liquid filled and dry type transformers.
Senior Staff Engineer
Developed, Evaluated and Extended Cast Winding, Open Wound and Liquid Filled Transform Technologies.
Accomplishments: Cast Winding Dry Type Transformers
  • Saved $100 thousand by developing insulation models and test technologies and implementing a robust insulation system.
  • Saved $50 thousand by developing transient and steady state temperature rise calculations.
  • Increased sales by $1.3 million per year by leading multifunctional team for obtaining UL Certification for Power Cast and Uni Cast Transformer product lines.
  • Developed new IEEE Standards for thermal life evaluation of cast insulation systems: A must for obtaining UL Listing.
  • Extended design technology by developing and successfully testing 250kV BIL Power Cast Transformer Design.
  • Extended design technology by developing analytical procedures for predicting the short circuit strength of transformers.
  • Extended design technology by quantifying dielectric stresses through FEA techniques.
Accomplishments: Open Wound Dry Type Transformers
  • Increased Sales $210 thousand by analyzing and explaining switching resonance induced failures in transformers.
  • Extended design technology by developing the "Ping Test" for evaluating the switching response of distribution systems.
  • Extended design technology by quantifying impulse voltage distribution in transformer windings through RSG analysis.
  • Extended design technology by developing a Boltless core design for reducing core noise by 3dB and core losses by 7%.
  • Extended design technology by developing analytical models for quantifying impulse voltage distribution in disk and layer type windings.
Accomplishments: Liquid Filled Transformers
  • Extended design technology by using FEA calculations and quantifying Stray Losses in core clamps.
  • Saved $200 thousand per year by developing Finite Difference Element model for calculating winding temperature distribution for improving cooling efficiency.
Engineering Manager
Managed technology development and customer order engineering of cast winding transformers from 500kVA to 10000kVA ratings. Directed, organized and coordinated the activities of three electrical engineers, five designers and a drafting supervisor. Also actively participated in the analytical and development activities for these product lines.
Accomplishments: Power Cast and Uni Cast Transformers
  • Saved $1500 thousand per year by directing a team of engineers for developing a new cost effective product line of Uni Cast Transformers.
  • Extended product line range by directing and participating in the development of design criteria for Rectifier Transformers.
  • Extended design technology by developing modeling techniques for quantifying the insulation margins in cast winding transformers.
Cooper Power Systems, Canonsburg, PA
Manufacturer of liquid filled large power transformers.
Chief Engineer
Managed and developed technologies for condenser bushings, load tapchangers, and Core Form and Shell Form Transformers of up to 800 mVA and 765 KV rating. Directed a team of six development engineers, six drafters and other employees performing clerical functions.
  • Saved $300 thousand by modifying core assembly procedures for Shell From transformers to reduce losses by 8%.
  • Extended design technology by developing sound level calculation procedure for core form transformers.
  • Extended design technology by developing computer programs for cumulative creep analysis of HV insulation system.
ABB, Distribution Transformer Division, Athens, GA
Manufacturer of liquid filled pole mounted and pad mounted single and three phase distribution transformers.
Senior Development Engineer
Developed cost efficient core and coil design concepts. Managed and coordinated development and analytical work of contracted R&D work at other organizations.
  • Extended design technology by quantifying the performance degradation resulting from flux wave distortion in four loop wound core designs.
  • Avoided $500 thousand per year cost by identifying the influence of system parameters on "Lightning Induce Failures in Distribution Transformers". Co-authored two IEEE papers on this subject.
  • Invented a cost efficient Spark Gap for protecting distribution transformers from LV side lightning surges.
Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Alamo, TN
Manufacturer of HV bushings and Instrument transformers.
Supervisory Engineer
Managed the development and design engineering of condenser bushings for up to 800 KV applications. Directed a team of three engineers, one drafting supervisor and one drafter.
  • Extended HV bushing technology by managing the design technology transfer from Micafil of Switzerland to Westinghouse.
  • Authored and presented two technical papers on condenser bushings at DOBLE Conference.
Westinghouse, Muncie, IN
Manufacturer of large power transformers for up to 800kV and 1000mVA ratings.
Senior Development Engineer
Developed and analyzed core performance and HV insulation systems for Shell Form transformers.
  • Developed HV insulation for Hourglass Windings in Shell Form transformers.
  • Quantified the effects of joints and flux wave distortions on core losses in Seven and Five leg core configurations. (Technology Extension).


1. "George Westinghouse Signature Award" for Engineering Excellence at Westinghouse Electric Corporation

2. "People Who Made the Difference Award" for special achievements at Square D Co.


2 Relating to distribution transformers.

2 Relating to dry type transformers.

2 Relating to dry type transformer with foil disk windings (Applied for)

  • Chairman of Audible Sound and Vibrations Subcommittee of the IEEE.
  • Member Technical Committee 14 of the IEC and a Technical Expert on Audible Sound and Vibrations in Transformers.
  • Member Working Group for developing NEMA Standard TP 2 on Loss Measurements in Energy Efficient transformers.

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