PES / IAS – History

Past Chair 2003/2004 
Art Nordlinger
Past Chair 2005/2006  Ghaff Khazami
Chapter Consultant  Jim Howard
Chapter Consultant   Kristy Baksh
Chapter Consultant Jaime Arenas

Art Nordlinger FWCS PES/IAS Past Chapter Chair 2003/2004, Art Nordlinger is the Manager, Grid Planning and Operations Support, at Tampa Electric Company where he manages both the planning of the transmission system and energy management system engineering. Art earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University in 1979.  His career began in the nuclear reactor design and testing program for 688 class attack submarines at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company. He next worked in the information systems field and in industrial and commercial emergency power systems before attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and earning his Master of Engineering degree in Electric Power Engineering in 1988. Art then went to work for Florida Power Corporation, starting as a project engineer in the Company’s Energy Control Center. He held a number of engineering and management positions during his 13 years with Florida Power in generation and integrated resource planning, cogeneration, and the pricing and regulatory areas. He appeared as the Company’s witness in both the Florida Public Service Commission’s Demand Side Management Goals Docket (for which he earned the Chairman’s Award) and the Standard Offer Rules Docket.  Art struck out on his own in 2001, starting Nordlinger Consulting which specializes in electric utility regulation, strategic planning, and rate analysis.  He joined Tampa Electric in 2002. Art is a registered Professional Engineer in Florida and teaches portions of a Fundamentals of Engineering review course that reaches a national audience through a webcast. Art has also taught graduate courses at the University of South Florida in Power System Analysis and Advanced Energy Management Systems.  He can be contacted at 813-630-6203. Send email to Art Nordlinger

Ghaff Khazami, FWCS PES/IAS Past Chapter Chair 2005/2006, Ghaff Khazami is a Senior Member of IEEE, PES/IAS Chairman for FWCS of IEEE and Vice president of Megaway Inc. Consulting Engineers in Tampa.  He is a Professional Engineer registered in the States of Florida and Wisconsin.  Ghaff is an alumnus of the University of South Florida with over twenty five years experience in power utilities, consulting and design of Substations, Transmission lines, System Protection and Power System Analysis.  Ghaff is a retiree from the G&T Company Seminole Electric Cooperative Inc; and has been involved in numerous Substation and Transmission projects as a manager and consultant.  Send email to Ghaff Khazami

Jim Howard, FWCS PES/IAS Chapter, Engineering Consultant, Jim Howard is a Senior Member in IEEE.  Jim currently holds the position of Florida West Coast Section Student Branch Mentor, He , until recently, held the positions of AESS VP Membership Activities and IEEE-USA Board of Directors Member-at-Large.  In the past, Jim has also been PES VP Membership and Chapters, Florida West Coast Section Chair, PES/IAS Chapter Chair, and Region 3 Director. Jim can be contacted at (813) 876-1748. Send email to Jim Howard

Jim Beall, FWCS PES/IAS Chapter, Engineering Consultant, Jim Beall (deceased)was an IEEE Fellow.  He held the positions of Florida West Coast Section Conference Committee Chair and Florida West Coast Section Historian.  In the past, he was also IAS President, Florida West Coast Section Chair, Florida Council Chair and Region 3 Director. Division II Director and Director of Standards.

Kristy Baksh, FWCS PES/IAS Chapter, Engineering Consultant, Kristy is a graduate of USF college of engineering and an engineer with Progress Energy Florida. Send email to Kristy Baksh

Jaime Arenas, FWCS PES/IAS Chapter, Engineering Consultant, Jaime is an Consulting Engineer with Tampa Electric Company.Jaime can be contacted at (813) 228-1111. Send email to Jaime Arenas

Al Darlington, P.E., FWCS PES/IAS Chapter, Engineering Consultant, Al Darlington (Deceased) was a Consulting Engineer with DEDA Industries.  He was also an Adjunct Professor – Electric Systems & Power System Protection, University of South Florida.

Randy Dotson, P.E., FWCS PES/IAS Chapter, Consulting Engineer, Randy was Manager of Substation Operations, Energy Delivery at Lakeland Electric.  He retired from Lakeland Electric  and below are some of Randy’s activities;

*       Professional Engineer, Registered in the State of Florida
*       Graduate of the University of South Florida, BS in Electrical Engineering, 1975
*       Worked for Florida Power Corporation (Progress Energy, Florida) for 25 years
*       Past Manager of Substation Operations & Engineering at Lakeland Electric, City of Lakeland, FL. Randy has been deeply involved in High Voltage Capacitor Bank, High Voltage Circuit Breaker, High Voltage Switch, & Power Transformer standards, design, and applications.
*       Past Chairman of FWC/IEEE/PES (2 terms)
*       Senior Member
*       Standards Activities
*       Member IEEE/PES Switchgear Committee
*       Member IEEE/PES High Voltage Switchgear Sub-Committee
*       Member IEEE/PES High Voltage Switches Sub-Committee
*       Chairman IEEE/PES C37.016 Circuit Switcher Working Group
*       Chairman IEEE/PES C37.100 Task Force
*       Polk County USF Alumni Representative

Randy can be contacted at (863) 834-6494 (office) or (863) 698-0330. Send email to Randy Dotson