TEAM DIRECTORY BY LAB/GROUP
Mr. Ben Skillings is the Manager of the Mechanical Lab in the T&D Technology and Testing department at Powertech Labs. As a mechanical engineer with a machinist background, Ben has proven himself to be a proficient leader and a knowledgeable team member within the electric utility industry. He has 15 years’ professional engineering and trades experience and has established broad knowledge in design, construction, commissioning, and maintenance.
Mr. Sid Cherukupalli is a Project Engineer working in the Mechanical Laboratory in the T&D Technology and Testing department at Powertech Labs. On average, he coordinates 20 independent mechanical and electrical tests on a monthly basis, efficiently maintaining project schedules and deliverable deadlines for each.
His experience in project management encompasses scope creation, data analysis and report generation. This includes various test programs such as mechanical failure, fatigue cycling, thermal stress, and vibration stress testing.
Mr. Cherukupalli is frequently involved in multi-disciplinary projects which often require the use of mechanical, electrical, and material engineering practices.
Mr. Erik Groom is an experienced Professional Engineer managing multiple projects in Powertech’s Mechanical lab. His responsibilities include writing quotes and proposals for testing campaigns, project management, budgeting and execution, and managing customer relationships through effective communication.
Mrs. Sara Tahermaram is a project engineer in the Mechanical laboratory under the T&D Technology and Testing group, where she manages the day to day mechanical & T&D projects including a full range of customized testing services. She has a comprehensive background in solid mechanics, reliability analysis, and project management and is specialized in stress and thermal analysis.
Mr. Roger Trip is a Senior Project Specialist in Powertech’s Mechanical Testing Lab, having progressed through junior and senior technologist positions. He is responsible for coordinating project and test work within the laboratory, including equipment and technologist utilization. His duties also include proposing test work and projects for external and internal clients, as well as managing and delivering project work. Mr. Trip is familiar with a wide range of test equipment and transducers used in mechanical testing programs and in-situ non-destructive examination.