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Dr. Nirmal Singh has two bachelorís degrees, a masterís degree from India, and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from UK. He has served on the advisory board for the Electrical Engineering Department at Michigan Technological University since 1982, and has supervised 17 Masterís theses in EE at MTU. He is also on the advisory board for the University of Michigan.
He came to Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1969 to work for a year as an electrical engineer at GE. One year stretched to eight, after which he moved to Michigan to work for Detroit Edison (now DTE Energy). At DTE, Nirmal works as a Technological Specialist assisting and furthering research in the power industry while managing a first-rate oil and paper laboratories unrivaled in the United States.
Nirmal is an internationally-recognized expert in (paper and oil) dielectric analysis for high-voltage power cables and transformers with an outstanding volume of published research reports, guides, handbooks and referenced articles in journals. His achievements also include the development of US patent on the EPRI Disposable Oil Sampling System (EDOSS) technology for dissolved gas analysis, which is widely used across the power industry.
Many domestic (over 60, virtually all with cables 69 kV and above) and foreign (EdF, France; Irish State Electricity Board, Dublin; Tenaga, Malaysia; Seneca, Venezuela; most Canadian) utilities utilize the DTE Dielectric Lab facility today for the dissolved gas analysis for high-voltage power cables and transformers based on technology developed by him.
Nirmal Singh received the 2016 Technical Committee Distinguished Service Award with the following citation: For leadership in Dissolved Gas Analysis (DGA) of high-voltage gas- and liquid-filled cable systems, and furthering the understanding of gas analysis and its meaning.
He is a dielectric scientist and has over 60 publications in referenced journals and with EPRI, including two co-authored patents, one of which is on DGA:
Singh, N., Morel, O., Singh, S.K. and Cooper, J.H., Transmission Cable Life Evaluation and Management, EPRI Final Report, TR-111712, December 1998
Singh, N, Morel, O. Butucel, B. and Rochen, M., Development of an Oil Deterioration Test Method to Monitor the Condition of High-Pressure Fluid-Filled Paper Cable, EPRI Final Report, EL-7488-L, Research Project 7895-1, November 1991
Field Aged Cable Performance Data and Correlation to Accelerated Aging Data, HV Paper Cables at the Spring 2012 Insulated Conductors Committee meeting in Seattle
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