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John Cooper received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1967, and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1968. He joined Westinghouse Electric in 1967, and held general engineering and technical management positions there until he went to work for Power Technologies, Inc. in 1988. Mr. Cooper was a Senior Consultant at PTI where he worked primarily in the areas of underground transmission cable engineering and the design of electrical testing facilities. He then became a co-founder of Power Delivery Consultants, Inc. in 1992, where he continues to work in underground transmission cable engineering.
Mr. Cooper worked for several years in the Westinghouse Advanced Systems Technology Department performing a variety of power systems planning studies for electric utilities in the US and Canada. He was then transferred to the Waltz Mill Underground Transmission Test Facility. In this position he was responsible for conducting long-term accelerated aging tests on extruded-dielectric and pipe-type cable systems.
From 1978 to 1979, Mr. Cooper worked on the design of high-voltage and high-power testing laboratories for the Korean Electrotechnical Institute. This work included construction inspection and assistance during bid reviews as well as overall technical design of these state-of-the-art testing facilities.
In 1979, Mr. Cooper became Manager of the EPRI Waltz Mill Underground Transmission Test Facility. In this position, he was responsible for the installation, testing, and evaluation of cables and cable accessories which were developed by contractors for EPRI and the U.S. Department of Energy. Starting in 1985, he also managed the EPRI EHV Testing Laboratory in Yonkers, New York. The Yonkers EHV lab performed research and development tests for EPRI as well as commercial acceptance tests for cable systems and other high-voltage equipment.
At PTI, Mr. Cooper worked as a consultant to electric utilities on the design, specification, and installation of transmission cable systems. He has worked with utilities in all areas of a cable project ranging from feasibility studies, to field construction inspection and final acceptance testing. He also worked on numerous research projects for the Electric Power Research Institute related to transmission cables. Mr. Cooper was also author for two chapters of EPRI's Underground Transmission Systems Reference Book - Cable Testing and Utility System Considerations.
Mr. Cooper is a Fellow of the IEEE, Power Engineering Society and Electrical Insulation Society. He is a voting member of the IEEE Insulated Conductors Committee and formerly was on the High Voltage Test Techniques Subcommittee of the Power Systems Instrumentation and Measurements Committee. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Pennsylvania.
Mr Cooper was elected as an IEEE Fellow on January 1, 1997 with the following citation:
"For contribution to test facilities, test programs, and analytical procedures necessary to provide a basic understanding of aging characteristics for full-size treansmission cable systems."
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