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Dean Of Engineering To Present Research At International Power Systems Conference

S.S. "Mani" Venkata, Dean of Engineering & Distinguished University Professor at Clarkson University, will return to his former campus, Iowa State University, to present two papers of significant importance to the electrical industry at the 8th International Conference on Probabilistic Methods Applied to Power Systems (PMAPS).

The papers, co-authored with B. Retterath, a graduate student at Iowa State University, and A. Chowdhury, a manager for Mid-American Energy, will be delivered at the international gathering of scientists, researchers, engineers and academia in Ames, Iowa, September 12—16. The subjects of the two studies to be presented are: Decoupled Substation Reliability Assessment and Impact of Time-Varying Failure Rates on Distribution Reliability. The papers will be peer reviewed for possible future publication.

Venkata joined Clarkson University as the Dean of the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering in January 2004 from Iowa State University where he was the chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the recipient of its 2000 Third Millennium Medal. He has also been a past recipient of the Outstanding Power Engineering Educator award by the Power Engineering Society division of the IEEE. Venkata received his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina, his M.S.E.E. from the Indian Institute of Technology, and his B.S.E.E. from Andhra University, India.

The PMAPS Internet site describes The International Conference on Probabilistic Methods Applied to Power Systems "as one of the most visible and recognized international forums for presenting solutions associated with the treatment of uncertainty in power systems." This marks only the second time the conference has been held in the United States, and it has attracted many of the world's most renowned experts in power systems.

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