Insulated Conductors Committee

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Thomas C. Champion III, Past Chair

Thomas C. ChampionThomas C. Champion (M' 1977) is currently a Research Engineer II at Georgia Tech's National Electric Energy Research Testing and Applications Center (NEETRAC). He spent the first 25 years of his career working for Georgia Power Company in various capacities, starting as a cooperative education student working in power generation, substation operations, distribution, and division operations. In 1977 he assumed a full time position with Georgia Power in Distribution Operations in Macon, GA, transferring to the Georgia Power Research Center in 1979 to investigate quality control issues with new cable installations at Plant Scherer, which was under construction. While at the Research Center, Mr. Champion performed a wide range of activities in general research, material quality studies, and failure analysis investigations on the materials and equipment used by the electric utility industry. Activities were focused primarily at transmission and distribution voltage levels, including project management, budgeting, and engineering design. In 1996, he transferred to Georgia Tech, becoming part of the newly formed NEETRAC, a n electric energy focused research and testing consortium that has grown to include over 35 electric utility and manufacturing members .

Mr. Champion is the principal forensics engineer at NEETRAC and serves as a consultant on a variety of projects dealing with materials aging, failure mechanisms, and improvement of product designs. His experience in root cause analysis of failures extends from simple components such as a wire wound resistor to the complexities of 345kV power cable terminations. Areas of current interest include polymer cutouts, metal oxide surge arresters, wildlife deterrents, contamination issues with distribution components, power capacitors failure mechanisms, wind farms collector system problems, and performance issues with all types of wiring connectors. He enjoys the challenge of solving engineering puzzles and mentoring others on forensics and problem solving. He has serve d in several leadership roles and advisory positions in industry technical organizations related to his fields of interest .

Mr. Champion obtained a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (BEE) degree from Georgia Tech.

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