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 California State University, Fullerton

ECS Technology Breakfast: 
Bolts, Jolts & Volts: Ensuring Reliability in Electrical Transmission

by  Dewan Jamir, P.E., Sr. Engineering Manager,  Burns & McDonnell 
and Clinton Char, P.E., Project Manager, Southern California Edison

August, 20th, 2012 at 7:30AM

In September 2011, five million people in San Diego County, Baja California, parts of Arizona and other areas coped with the sudden loss of electricity. The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station has been dark since February 2012. In July 2012, India experienced the worst blackout in history as its electrical grid collapsed, leaving more than 600 million people without power.

How reliable are the technology and systems that sustain our way of life? Can our electrical grid handle power generated by solar, wind and other renewable energy sources? Is the grid secure from external threat? Are new technologies and grid modernization changing the dynamics of electrical transmission? These and other questions will be discussed by Dewan R. Jamir, P.E., of Kansas City based Burns & McDonnell, one of the nation’s leading design and construction firms.

Dewan R. Jamir is a senior Electrical Engineer with Burns & McDonnell’s Transmission & Distribution Division. He is a registered professional engineer in Kansas, Alabama & California and member of IEEE. Mr. Jamir earned his BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Oklahoma State University and an MS in Engineering Management from the University of Kansas.

Clinnton Char is a Project Engineer with Southern California Edison. Prior to joining SCE, he was a civil/structural engineer with the Hawaiian Electric Company. Mr. Char earned his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (flagship campus of the UH system) and an MS in Civil Engineering from Purdue University. He is a registered professional engineer in Hawaii.