As Principal Advisor of Powertech’s Cables Technology team, Dr. Khaled (Kal) Abdolall has concentrated on studying the aging phenomena of solid dielectrics cables, developing test techniques for condition assessment of in-service equipment, and microwave thermal imaging. He has been with Powertech for 37 years, and his contributions to engineering technology and practice include extensive work on development of methods for monitoring porcelain and polymer clad high voltage equipment by microwave imaging, development of aging tests for high voltage cables, and failure mechanisms and condition assessment of underground cables. He is the author and co-author of numerous publications and research reports, and has a patent on microwave thermal imaging.
Dr. Saeed Arabi brings more than 40 years of electrical engineering experience to the Power Systems team. Dr. Arabi was born in Tehran, Iran, where he received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 1974, and worked for both government and private companies before coming to Canada in 1979. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1981 and 1985, respectively. He has been with Powertech Labs since 1993.
Dr. Arabi’s interests include power system stability and control, Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS) and High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission. He has authored numerous publications on these and other subjects.
Mr. Dennis Atkinson is a Shipper/Receiver in the Facilities team at Powertech Labs. In this role he is responsible for shipping and receiving goods in and out of Powertech, handling waste disposal of items such as oil, solvents, capacitors, transformers and oily solid materials. He also makes minor repairs around the building, assists in the installation of signs, looks after the maintenance and care of fleet vehicles, and is responsible for the movement of skids of test materials in and out of the warehouse.