For your reference, the following subject matter experts are providing content on the respective blog:
Controls – Wayne Salo:
Wayne Salo joined Excel Engineering in 2012 with over 41 years in the power industry. These include over 6 years with Combustion Engineering Inc. in Windsor, CT as a field service engineer providing checkout and start-up of boilers, fuel firing equipment, scrubbers and associated fuel interlocks and controls. Wayne was hired by Northern States Power (NSP) and spent over 30 years in the Plant Instrumentation and Control group. Duties included supervising the Instrument and Controls Technicians, in addition to specifying, procuring, installing and maintaining instrumentation and control systems. He retired from NSP/Xcel Energy and joined a Consulting Engineering firm on a part-time basis for 4 and ½ years and retired again. After a short retirement, Wayne joined Excel Engineering.
Wayne graduated from Case Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is a Professional Engineer with demonstrated disciplines in Mechanical Engineering and Control System Engineering.
Intrinsic Safety – Mark Mathews:
Mark Mathews joined Excel in 2011 as a Senior Specialist in the Controls & Instrumentation discipline. He has 23 years of experience in providing control system solutions to 3M and a broad array of other clients. In that time, he has developed project execution skills that begin with the initial project conception, through design to project completion, commissioning, and system turnover to production. His eye toward cost effective systems coupled with his ability to break complex concepts down into easy to understand terms has earned him the respect of technical and non-technical colleagues at client facilities.
Mark’s specialty is in the area of Hazardous (Classified) Area Electrical Safety, with specific expertise in the field of Intrinsic Safety, and he sits on the ISA 12.2 Committee, the national standards body for Intrinsic Safety in the USA. Vendors and clients rely on his assistance in providing Hazardous Area electrical solutions. Mark studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Minnesota, and Electrical Construction and Maintenance at Dunwoody Institute.
Transmission – Rick Gonzalez:
Rick passed away in October of 2012 from cancer. We remember him fondly and honor his memory with the information he shared in this blog.
Rick joined Excel Engineering in 2003 with over 20 years’ experience in electric power system planning and analysis. In his previous positions at Northern States Power/Xcel Energy (Minneapolis, MN) and the Western Area Power Administration (Golden, CO), Rick performed short and long-range planning studies for local and regional high voltage electric transmission and distribution systems.
From 1989-1994 he was responsible for the design of series and shunt compensation applied to the existing Manitoba-U.S. 500 kV and 230 kV interconnections to achieve increased power transfer capability. This $100 million project, which included specification and installation of the world’s largest Static VAR System, involved extensive studies addressing steady-state (“powerflow”), dynamic stability, and transient performance.
Rick led the technical studies culminating in the construction of an additional (160-mile) Manitoba-U.S. 230 kV interconnection, which was placed in service in 2002. He has also been responsible for transmission outlet studies for thermal, hydro, and wind-powered generation developments located in Minnesota, the Dakotas, and Wisconsin. Rick’s transmission planning experience also includes testifying in transmission line permitting and routing proceedings.
Since joining Excel Engineering in 2003 Rick has continued with planning and permitting activities for the regional utilities and RTOs, while also developing Excel Engineering’s 10-person transmission planning section.
Rick is a member of IEEE and a Registered Professional Engineer in the following states: Minnesota, Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin and Wyoming. He is also licensed as Master Electrician in the State of Minnesota. In addition, Rick holds FCC Amateur Radio and Commercial Operator licenses.