Protection & Control Seminar

Protection & Control Seminar Instructors

Dr. Murty V. V. S. Yalla

Beckwith Electric
IEEE Fellow

Dr. Murty V.V.S. Yalla has been with Beckwith Electric since 1989 and presently holds the position of President. Previously, he was Vice President of R&D/Engineering from 1994 to 2004. He received a Diploma in Electrical Engineering from Andhra Polytechnic, Kakinada, India in 1976; a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Kakinada, India in 1981; a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, India in 1983; and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick, Canada in 1987. From 1988 to 1989, Dr. Yalla taught and conducted research on digital power system protection at Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada. He has published several research papers in international journals on digital protection. He holds five U.S. patents in the areas of digital controls and protective relays.

Dr. Yalla has been appointed as the chairman of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC, Geneva, Switzerland) Technical Committee 95, Measuring Relays and Protection Equipment from 2015 until 2021. In this capacity, he provides leadership to experts from the national committees of 18 participating countries in the development of International Standards. He is also the convener of IEC TC 95 MT4 which developed the following international standards during the past 10 years: IEC 60255-151 (overcurrent protection), IEC 60255-127 (Over/under voltage protection), IEC 60255-121 (distance protection), IEC 60255-149 (thermal protection) and IEC 60255-187-1 (differential protection).

He was a U.S. delegate to the International Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRÈ, Paris, France) Working Groups B5.04 Modern Techniques for Protecting and Monitoring Generating Plants and B5.05 Modern Techniques for Protecting, Controlling and Monitoring of Power Transformers. He was a member (subject matter expert) of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) System Protection and Control Subcommittee (SPCS). He also served on the Merit Review Panel of US Department of Energy Projects in 2012 and 2015.

In 2006, Dr. Yalla was elected to Fellow grade by the IEEE Fellow Committee for his contributions in computer relays for power systems. He served on the IEEE PES Fellows committee from 2012 to 2016. He is an active member of the IEEE Power System Relaying Committee (PSRC) for the past 25 years. He is appointed as the secretary of the IEEE PES PSRC Committee from 2017 to 2018. He was the Chairman of the Rotating Machinery Protection Subcommittee of the PSRC (Jan 2012 to Jan 2015). He was also the chairman of the working group which developed IEEE Standard C37.102-2006 “Guide for AC Generator Protection.” He co-authored an IEEE PES tutorial on the “Protection of Synchronous Generators.” He was also the organizer of the IEEE PES Tutorial on Distribution Volt VAr Control and Optimization in 2015 and 2016 PES General Meetings. He chaired the working group which received the IEEE Power Engineering Society (PES) Working Group Recognition Award for an outstanding technical report “Application of Peer-to-Peer Communications for Protective Relaying” at the IEEE PES General Meeting in Denver, Colorado in June 2004.

He received the IEEE Florida Council Outstanding Engineer Award in 2005. Dr. Yalla received the IEC 1906 Award in 2010 which honors the IEC experts around the world in recognizing their exceptional recent achievements and contributions to the IEC committees. He also received the Indo-US Chamber of Commerce Businessman of the Year Award in 2013.

Thomas R. Beckwith

Beckwith Electric

Thomas R. Beckwith serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Beckwith Electric. He is responsible for providing leadership to develop and implement strategies for product development, marketing, sales, manufacturing, quality control and staffing. In addition, Tom is an important contributor to the strategic planning and growth of Beckwith Electric and provides valuable input into the development of new products and services.

Tom has over thirty-five years of experience in the electric power industry, encompassing the fields of product and systems design, field applications and commissioning, sales, and marketing. He has served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for RFL Electronics, Consultant for Bectech International and was General Manager of the International Division of Basler Electric. Beginning in 1970, Tom worked for Beckwith Electric in several positions in Systems Engineering, Field Commissioning, and Production. Most recently at Beckwith Electric, Tom has held the positions of Vice President of Sales and Marketing and President.

Tom holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) degree from Case Western Reserve University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of South Florida. He is a member of the IEEE Power Engineering Society and the IEEE Industry Applications Society. He has served on various working groups in the Power Systems Relaying Committee. He is co-inventor of a 1993 U.S. patent on a Multifunction Protective Relay System.

Wayne Hartmann

Senior Vice President of Customer Excellence
Beckwith Electric
IEEE Senior Member

Wayne Hartmann is Senior Vice President of Customer Excellence for Beckwith Electric with responsibility for application engineering, training and product development expertise.

Before joining Beckwith Electric, he performed in Application, Sales and Marketing Management capacities at PowerSecure, General Electric, Siemens Power T&D and Alstom T&D. During the course of Wayne’s 25 years of participation in the Industry, his focus has been on the application of protection and control systems for electrical generation, transmission, distribution, distributed resources and power utilization.

Wayne is a Senior Member of IEEE, serving on the IEEE Power System Relaying Committee as a Main Committee Member where he is Chair Emeritus of the Rotating Machinery Subcommittee (’07-’10). He has contributed to numerous IEEE Transactions, Tutorials, Standards and Guides addressing power system protection, delivered Tutorials at the IEEE T&D Conference, lectured at local IEEE Chapters and contributed to McGraw-Hill’s “Standard Handbook of Power Plant Engineering, 2nd Ed.” He has authored and presented numerous technical papers at key conferences including Distributech, Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition, Georgia Tech Relay, Western Protective Relay, and Western Power Delivery Automation.

Drew Welton

Vice President of Sales & Creative Technical Solutions
Beckwith Electric

Drew Welton is the Vice President of Sales & Creative Technical Solutions for Beckwith Electric and provides strategic leadership to the sales management team as well as creative technical solutions to our customers. Mr. Welton joined Beckwith Electric in 2016 as Director of Sales to provide strategic sales leadership and to further develop and execute sales channels.

Previously, Mr. Welton was the North American Regional Manager for OMICRON starting in 1997. Prior to his career with OMICRON, Drew was a Regional Sales Manager with Beckwith Electric. He also served as National Sales Director for Substation Automation with AREVA T&D.

Mr. Welton has written numerous articles on substation maintenance testing, and has conducted numerous training sessions for substation technicians and engineers at utilities and universities across North America. He is a 20 year Senior Member of IEEE-PES, has been a contributor on a number of PSRC working groups, and presented at a number of industry conferences specific to power system protection and control.

He is a Graduate of Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Doug Weisz, P.E.

Principal P&C Engineer
Beckwith Electric

Mr. Doug Weisz is a Principal P&C Engineer (Generation) at Beckwith Electric. His responsibilities include working with customers to solve complex generation and power plant related applications and to assist in troubleshooting post event analysis from generator or transformer trips. He also holds the position of Chairman of the Design Review Board for Protection which looks at product enhancements and future designs for Beckwith Electric.

His previous experience includes over 30 years in the Relay Engineering Department at Wisconsin Public Service Corporation in Green Bay, Wisconsin. This experience included extensive protective relaying design work with generators, power plants, substations, transmission lines, distribution systems, and motors. Responsibilities included relay calculations and settings development, fault study calculations, one lines and detailed schematics development, and commissioning. Mr. Weisz also interpreted and developed evaluation spreadsheets for compliance with NERC PRC-019, 024, 025, and 026 standards for Wisconsin Public Service. Additionally, he was involved in the implementation of procedures to comply with NERC PRC-001, PR-002, 004, and 005 standards.

Mr. Weisz received a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology of Rapid City, South Dakota in 1987. He currently holds a Professional Engineer License from the State of Wisconsin.

Michael J. Wright, P.E.

Power Grid Engineering, LLC

Michael J. Wright is the Co-founder and President of Power Grid Engineering; a leading electrical engineering firm that specializes in designing, building and commissioning substations. Wright has 20 years of experience in the utility industry with a focus on operations management and leadership. As the chief of culture, he supports and guides all of company’s initiatives to maintain a positive work environment and contribute to a healthy and consistent growth through people, process and passion. Wright’s strategic vision is leading the organization to positive places with commitment to a culture of quality and focus on safety.

Since founding PGE, Wright has been responsible for major milestones alongside his partners that led to the growth of the company with over 300 employees with four offices servicing projects over 21 states. Under Wright’s leadership, Power Grid Engineering is committed to being an industry-leader and setting the bar of quality across the nation with team members who share his vision and mission and to make a positive impact in the industry today and every day.

Prior to founding PGE, Wright served as an Adjunct Professor at Valencia College while working at Progress Energy (now Duke Energy.) He worked in the engineering department until 2001 when he moved to the Relay Construction department offering support to the field relay techs on construction projects. In 2005, he accepted a position in the Protection and Control department as one of two Lead Engineers who were tasked with overseeing all technical functions of the department. His role at Duke Energy ensured quality control of all projects, setting policy, planning future projects, consulting best engineering practices, defining standards and leading the teams to constant improvement of the engineered designs.

Wright earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Florida and a Master of Business Administration from Rollins College and is a registered Professional Engineer in 21 states. He is an industry-advocate and he frequently engages at inter-company, industry and academic events to represent the company and share best practices to contribute to the industry knowledge.

Wright serves on the External Advisory Board for the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Florida he was formerly on the Electrical and Technology Board for Valencia Community College.

He is Florida native, born in Jacksonville, educated in Gainesville and has worked his entire professional career in Central Florida. With a strong commitment to the community, Wright serves on the Board of Director at his church and he is a foster parent. In 2006, Wright married his wife, Heather and the couple now shares their life in Sanford, FL with their four children; Mia, Monty, Jack and Brant.