HPC Associates

Anderson, Daniel
Dan started his career in the US Navy as a Boiler Technician. After his discharge Dan was a civilian instructor for the US Navy at Great Lakes Naval Training Center. While there, Dan instructed Navy personnel in the four-phase steam cycle including balance of plant equipment. In 1990 Dan returned to Minnesota and received his Minnesota State Chief A Engineers license. After a few years in the position as Chief Boiler Engineer For Green Giant Co. and Maintenance Manager for Minnesota Energy, Dan went to work for Hutchinson Utilities Commission in Hutchinson, Minnesota. His position there was Operator 1. His operational responsibilities included GE LM 6000 Combined Cycle, GE Frame 5 Simple Cycle, and a GE Frame 3 Combined Cycle. He also had operations of 6 Diesel Engines for power production. Dan joined HPC Technical Services in June 2001. His main area of instruction is Gas Turbine/Combine Cycle Fundamentals, Steam Turbine/Generator Fundamentals, Mechanical Maintenance Seminars, and The Boiler Training. Dan currently holds a Chief A Engineers License for Minnesota, A Chief NIULPE Certificate, NIULPE Instructor and Examiners Certificate, Chief ASOPE Certificate, and is a Member of ASME. Dan resides near Bradenton FL.

Bennett, Brendan
Mr. Bennett has over 20 years hands on experience in all areas of power generation as a field engineer, generator specialist, and project manager. His employment history includes General Electric, Trans Alta Utilities and Manitoba Hydro. At General Electric, he provided technical direction on the repair and overhaul of gas turbines, steam turbines and generators, including generator rewinds ranging in size of 30 to 1200 megawatts. His experience includes GE Frame 5, 6, 7 and 9 gas turbines, D-11 steam turbines, and Alstom and Hitachi generators. As a project manager at Trans Alta, he was responsible for managing capital projects for three large thermal generating stations. This included tracking costs, developing and monitoring work progress and coordination of schedule conflicts. He has also performed risk analysis and investigated equipment performance issues.

Berube, Len
Len is a power technology engineer with diverse field experience in power plant application, construction, retrofit upgrades, and relocation of thermal power generation equipment. Proven consulting expertise in combustion turbine risk assessments, life-cycle evaluations, and appraisal of power generating equipment. Management skills include power plant engineering, operation and maintenance planning, life extension refurbishment engineering, and evaluation of long-term service agreements (LTSA’s). He is multi-lingual; with international field service and project management experience in steam and gas turbine power generation technology, life extension upgrades, and capital asset renovation projects. Len resides in Schenectady NY.

Bosler, Drake
Drake brings 35 years experience with Westinghouse in the utility power generation industry (both fossil and nuclear) in various engineering and management positions. In the past 10 years he focused on meeting client needs in turbine controls support and retrofit for both Westinghouse and other OEM units. Prior to that he managed several different areas in the I&C field (now Emerson Process Management) including field service. In his earlier years with Westinghouse, Drake had provided extensive field start-up and support services. BSEE Brown University. Currently resides near Pittsburgh PA.

Bresney, Mike, President AGT Services Inc., Amsterdam NY
Mike is co-owner and co-founder of AGT Services, a company specializing in large generator repair, in the late 1990’s. Mike has 25 years experience in repair and troubleshooting of large generators. This 25 years has been spent as an engineer in the Generator Availability Engineering Group with GE in Schenectady, NY, nuclear engineering, and servicing the after-market. AGT Services website is www.agtservices.com. Mike co-instructs our Advanced Generator Maintenance Seminar, now held annually in January at a Sarasota FL location.

Colon, Ernesto
Ernesto received his BSME from Purdue University. Ernesto then joined GE Power Systems on their Field Engineering Training program. Graduating from that program, he was involved in the start-up, operation and maintenance of Combustion and Steam Turbines. He concentrated on both Mechanical and Electro Hydraulic Control Systems and eventually, based on his diverse experience on Combustion and Steam Turbines he was called upon to instruct customer’s Electrical and Instrumentation personnel on the GE Turbine Controls. Ernesto brings over 23 years of hands on experience with extensive experience with control installations, start-up and commissioning of GE’s Quiet Combustor, DLN 1, DLN 2 and IGCC. He is also familiar with OEM controls, such as: WDPF, GE MK IV, MK V and Bailey. Has extensive knowledge and on-hands troubleshooting experience with both MHC and BOP controls logic controls. Ernesto resides near Tampa, Florida.

Doughty, Robert
Mr. Doughty has more than 30 years of experience in start up, maintenance and operation of both large and small turbine-generators. Bob started his career as a power plant instrumentation technician while he completed his BS degree in Engineering Technology (1976) at the University of Houston. He has worked as a start up and field engineer for one of the major turbine-generator OEM’s and as a consulting engineer, supporting the initial operation of two nuclear fueled power plants. He also was the field-engineering supervisor with overall responsibility for construction testing, initial start up and operations of a 600 MW coal fired generating plant. Later, as an employee of one of the larger independent turbine-generator service corporations, he worked as a start up and maintenance engineer on turbine-generators of all sizes from nearly all the major manufacturers. His most recent position (1999) as the President of Turbine Services, Inc., located in suburban Pittsburgh PA, has allowed him to continue to provide on site technical direction, start up and controls adjustments for several major turbine inspections in the range of 35 to 835 MW. He is experienced in electro-hydraulic and mechanical governor control systems and turbine valve and control system up-grades. Bob is a member of ASME and resides near Pittsburg PA.

Drolz, Joseph
Mr. Drolz is starting his 40th year working in the Power Generation Industry. He joined GE in 1974 as a Field Service Engineer and worked in several roles on Steam and Gas Turbines. In 1979 he joined Detroit Edison where he was the utility Turbine Start Up Engineer on the 800 MW Greenwood plant. In 1982 he was Supervisor of Plant Start Up for the 1300 MW Belle River Power Plant and progressed through several plant roles to the Maintenance Manager position. He had the opportunity to lead several recovery efforts on the 1100 MW Fermi 2 catastrophic turbine failure in 1994. He was the Manager of the Fossil Mechanical Engineering Group where he was responsible for 11000 MWs of Turbine, Pump, Boiler and HP Piping systems. He lead design specification for the modernization of the Fermi steam path and contributed to MSR and Feedwater heater systems. He finished his career at Detroit Edison as the Manager of Fossil Reliability where he was responsible for enhancing GE, Siemens-Westinghouse and Allis-Chalmer turbine reliability. In this role he also led the EPRI Boiler Tube Reduction Task force for the fleet. In 2010 Joe retired early from Detroit Edison. He has worked for HPC since 2010 as a trainer on Turbine Generator Start Up & Maintenance, Power Plant Maintenance and has been a Subject Matter Expert, third party independent consultant on Nuclear projects. He enjoys equipment & personnel challenges while finding solutions that help the owners. Joe is a contributor to the IGTC Generator and Steam Turbine Forums.

Dyer, Glen
Mr. Dyer has 30+ years experience as an engineer employed by Westinghouse and specializing in the 150# and 300# steam turbine control systems. Bob has performed some recent consulting assignments for HPC in dealing with troubleshooting these turbine control systems. He also has significant experience in the operation of this type equipment.

Eiss, Kim
Ms. Eiss is an independent consultant with over 25-years experience of providing generator test, inspection and repair services. Her experience base includes all major manufacturers, including working for GE Power Generation Services for 20-years. She resides in Punta Gorda, FL.

Elrod, Dana
Mr. Elrod has near 30-years experience in operating large electrical power plant facilities. From 1979 thru 2000, Dana was employed by MidAmerican Energy Company in Council Bluffs IA. Positions held include that of Operations Superintendent, Shift Supervisor, Training & Safety Supervisor and Environmental Specialist. From 1974 thru 1979 Mr. Elrod was employed as an Environmental Specialist for the State of Iowa Department of Environmental Quality. Mr. Elrod holds a BS in Management from Drake University, 1985 and currently resides in Missouri.

Fasser, Stuart
Mr. Fasser earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from Union College, Schenectady, NY, in 1967. He retired in 2002 after 37 years of service with the General Electric Company including an early career in factory and field-testing of power generation equipment and concluded with 10 years of field engineering in the installation and service of excitation systems. As a field engineer assigned to GE International he installed new GE excitation systems on both gas and steam driven turbine-generators as well as trouble shooting and maintaining existing installations. His most recent installations included twenty-one EX2000 exciters on units in Egypt, Thailand, Korea and the United States. In these assignments he was responsible for installation of the exciters as well as their check-out and start-up. These activities included component checks, initial calibration, pre-roll simulation of operation and both off-line and on-line alignment and check-out. Stuart resides in Rhode Island.

Fleming, Bob
Provides support in electrical engineering topical areas. Specifically instructs HPC voltage regulator Seminars such as the Westinghouse WTA, WMA, and WDR Exciters. Up until mid-2004 Bob was employed by TCSA and was responsible for developing voltage regulator upgrades, troubleshooting system problems, calibrating WTA/PRX systems as well as Basler systems. From 1969 thru 1996 Mr. Fleming worked for Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Power Generation Service Division. Here he was a Generator/Exciter Specialist with extensive experience with installation, testing, rewinds and repairs of generators from 1-MW to 1500-MW. He resides in the greater Pittsbugh PA area. As a Voltage Regulator Specialist Bob was: Lead Project Engineer for excitation systems from 1990 to 1996 – Main contact for all voltage regulator and static exciter projects – Estimating and preparing bid specifications for installation and service – Developing and conducting training programs – Developing field procedures – Placed first WTA in service in 1969 – Placed first MGR in service in 1990 – Placed first WDR2000 in service in 1993.

Fox, Leonard
Mr. Fox has approximately 20 years experience working in the electrical field. In his earlier career he worked for several manufacturers of power transformers where he was involved in the installation, checkout and troubleshooting of said transformers. Later in his career he became involved in the inspection of property to ensure safety and code requirements have been met. Over the past few years, Mr. Fox has started to teach some of HPC’s electrical maintenance Seminars. Mr. Fox resides in Bradenton FL.

Gilleland, Randy
Mr. Gilleland recently retired from a Texas utility after nearly 36 years of service. During his employment he filled positions ranging from Auxiliary Operator, Control Operator, Lead Operator, Training Manager, Transmission Superintendent, Operations Superintendent, Production Superintendent, and Plant Manager. His experience relates to operating and maintaining lignite, coal, and natural gas burning boilers providing steam energy to General Electric and Hitachi turbines. Other experience includes extensive root cause analysis, developing and providing a wide range of skilled training to power plant personnel, simulator training, and writing detailed power plant operating procedures and instructions. Randy resides in Texas.

Hale, Jim
Mr. Hale has extensive experience in management, quality assurance, and environmental performance and compliance. He served as project manager for several major projects. At Framatome-ANP/DE&S he was General Manager, Operations and Maintenance. Prior to this assignment he was Director, Performance Improvement, Johnson Controls Northern New Mexico, a LLC partially owned by Duke Engineering & Services (DE&S). He was President of Flo Trend Systems, Inc., a DE&S Company. In addition, he served on the Board of Directors of Fort Drum Cogeneration Partners, the operating company for a cogeneration facility in upstate New York. He has been instrumental in several re-engineering projects and has a proven record of cost reductions and organization optimization. Jim resides in North Carolina.

Hinch, Art
Mr. Hinch as worked in the Power Generation industry for 30+ years. During the 1974-1980 period, Mr. Hinch was employed by GE and was responsible for the installation of multiple large steam turbine generators (fossil and nuclear) and for multiple steam and gas turbine generator outages. To 1992 Mr. Hinch worked as an independent consultant in the south and southwestern regions. During this time frame he worked many turbine-generator outages on GE, Westinghouse, and Siemens units. In addition he worked the start up of a 1300-MW turbine generator unit. In 1992 Art signed on with Arkansas Nuclear One as a senior engineer in the turbine group where he worked primarily in the planning and implementing of turbine generator outages (GE and Westinghouse units). In 2003, Art accepted an early retirement package and has again functioned as an independent engineer, an associate of HPC Technical Services. In this capacity Art has worked multiple steam turbine generator outages on a variety of manufacturers as well as being primary instructor on a number of Seminars that HPC offers. Art resides in NW Arkansas.

Johndrow, Bob
Bob Johndrow hired into GE as a field engineer in 1969. Since that date, Bob has been a GE Field Engineer specializing in many disciplines including Generator Maintenance and Testing. Bob completed GE’s Generator Specialist Training Program early in his career. Since then he has been involved in the commissioning of several steam turbine generators where he was responsible for the turbine controls, auxiliaries, startup sequence and the generator. Bob earned a BS in Industrial Distribution from Clarkson University in Potsdam NY and also has GE Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. Bob accepted an early retirement package late 2003 and has worked as an independent as well as being associated with HPC Technical Services since then. He resides in Rhode Island.

Kaufman, Alan
Mr. Kaufman was an engineer employed by Westinghouse from 1970 thru 1980. During this period of time he primarily worked on steam and combustion turbine controls. Since this time, Alan has worked for several different engineering organizations, including his own, as a consultant engineer specializing in relocation of combustion turbines, their commissioning and turbine controls. Most recently he was responsible for relocating six W501 combustion turbines from Osaka Japan to Nevada. He has also developed a turn-key project to procure, rebuild, uprate and install two GE Frame 6 gas turbines for a major IPP.

Kendrick, Robert
Mr. Kendrick has 30+ years experience as an engineer employed by Westinghouse and specializing in the 150# and 300# steam turbine control systems. Bob has performed some recent consulting assignments for HPC in dealing with troubleshooting these turbine control systems. He also has significant experience in the operation of this type equipment. Bob resides near Orlando FL.

Lemmo, Douglas
Mr. Lemmo has 35 years experience in the power generation industry, 31 of them with GE. Within GE he was initially employed as a field engineer (1971-1976). Here he was responsible for the installation and startup of a number of large and medium steam turbine generators and the feed pump turbines. In addition to this installation work, Mr. Lemmo also performed maintenance service on a variety of nuclear, fossil and marine turbine units. After leaving the field, Mr. Lemmo taught in GE’s Field Engineering Development Center. Here his specialty was steam turbine generators, installation, alignment and maintenance. After a couple years instructing, he accepted a position selling maintenance and repair services. In 1982, Mr. Lemmo was the Project Manager for a Waste-to-Energy site. Later projects included a modernization of a hydroelectric facility and the management of the installation of a few combined cycle sites. In 2002, Doug left GE and founded Power Generation Consulting Services, which focuses primarily on the operation, maintenance and repair of steam turbine generators. In this last position, Doug has been closely aligned with HPC as he has instructed many of our Seminars and provided site-engineering support on HPC contracts.

Lynn, Bill
Mr. Lynn has approximately 25-years working with GE specializing on gas turbine start-up, operations & controls. Turbine control experience includes GE Mk-I, -II, -IIA, -IV, -V and –VI. Since his retirement from GE, Bill has stayed active in the industry providing various services including delivering training programs on his areas of specialty for the benefit of HPC clientele. He has also provided engineering support to GE on Mk-VI retrofit projects in South Korea, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. His last GE assignment was as an Applications Engineer for Mk-V and Mk-VI control system upgrades on gas and steam turbines.

Militello, Ray
Mr. Militello has approximately 40-years experience maintaining steam turbine generator equipment. He has worked as a Field Representative for GE Installation & Service Department as well as a Turbine Repair Specialist for GE Apparatus Repair Division. Additionally, Mr. Militello was employed as a Supervisor – Maintenance and Maintenance Planning with Southern California Edison Company. Ray also worked as Manager, Maintenance Training Services with HPC Technical Services for 4-years before joining the Elliot Company as “Service Shop Manager. Mr. Militello has also worked as an independent contractor as a consultant, technical writer, and maintenance training instructor for the utility industry. Most recently Ray has re-joined HPC’s staff providing steam turbine maintenance training support and resides in Bradenton FL.

Mindish, Stephen
Mr. Mindish has 30+ years experience in the electrical industry. Technical responsibilities range from electrical systems design, installation, and repair to electrical maintenance supervisor. Mr. Mindish’s training & development responsibilities have included the U.S. Army as an instructor, high school faculty member in adult education and post secondary programs, Assoc. Prof. Electrical Dept. Cambria County Community College Johnstown Pa. and OJT trainer and training development advisor within the electric utility industry. Mr. Mindish has served as a project manager for various domestic and international training development contracts while employed by Babcock & Wilcox. He has developed and delivered electrical Seminars within the nuclear power industry at the following locations: Seabrook, Calvert Cliffs, Limerick and Three Mile Island. Mr. Mindish contributes to the electrical standards committee for the National Fire Protection association, which authors the National Electrical Code. He is also a member of IAEE and an active electrical inspector in SW, PA.

Mitchell, John
John Mitchell is a multi-talented leader with over 33 years management, engineering, installation and maintenance experience in thermoelectric power plants. He is especially an expert in steam turbines, generators and their controls. Prior to June 2003 (when he accepted an early retirement package from GE), John was a Customer Training Specialist with the GE International Department. Other past responsibilities included being Manager, Engineering Services, Senior Application Engineer, Senior Service Engineer, Lead Training Specialist, Program Support Engineer, Instructor Technical Training, and Field Engineer. All of this on operation & maintenance of steam turbine generator hardware and controls. John resides in Schenectady NY.

Morel, Jorge
Mr. Morel has 25+ years of experience as a senior engineer with GE Power Systems, maintaining gas and steam turbine control systems. His has a vast amount experience in commissioning and starting Combined Cycle and Fossil units. Additionally, Mr. Morel has helped organize and teach numerous courses on turbine control and BOP maintenance worldwide.

Paolucci, Sal
Over 28 years of, (GE frame 3, 5, 6, & 7) Gas Turbine Operation, Maintenance, Installation, Start-up, and troubleshooting Gas Turbine Controls; MK2, MK4, & MK5. 10 years of experience in Combine Cycle Plant, Outage Planning, Plant Spare parts, and Plant Performance (Heat Rate). BSME Cleveland State University, Cleveland OH. Career includes approximately 15-years as a GE field engineer servicing clientele in the USA as well as internationally. He also worked for 10-years (5 in operations and 5 in maintenance) for Mass Power, in Massachusetts. He currently resides in the Boston MA area.

Parker, Harold, Director – Engineering, HPC Technical Services
Mr. Parker has approximately 35 years experience in the Power Generation and related industries. For the first third of that time he was an employee of GE, serving as a Field Engineer in Detroit, a Start-Up Engineer in Detroit and Schenectady NY, a Training Specialist and Manager at Schenectady GE’s Field Engineering Development Center where he authored many of GE’s advanced training programs. Since leaving GE in 1983, Mr. Parker has primarily been involved in providing training services, although he has taken field assignments to cover startup, provide technical direction in an outage, and to troubleshoot control related problems. Mr. Parker owned and operated Schenectady Learning Systems from 1983 to 1989, was employed as Turbine Generator Manager with General Physics from 1989 to 1992, and in 1992 he formed HPC and has managed this company until recently. Today, his responsibility is that of a technical contributor. He resides in Bradenton FL.

Parker, Stephen, Managing Director, HPC Technical Services
Mr. Parker is the youngest member of HPC’s team of technical training specialists. He provides technical instruction in the area of Mk-V gas turbine; large steam turbine and feed pump turbine control systems. He also supports other gas turbine controls Seminars. Stephen primarily supports our entire instructional staff and helps to ensure HPC’s standards of quality are met for the benefit of our client. Mr. Parker is an active member of the American Society of Training and Development and the International Association of Continuing Education and Training. Mr. Parker holds a BA degree from Michigan State University and resides near Bradenton FL.

Reichle, Tom
Mr. Reichle has a total of more than 30 years training and electrical experience. Nineteen (19) years developing and conducting Seminars, writing texts and outlines for AVO International Training Services. Another twelve (12) years in the US Army Nuclear, gas turbine and diesel power plants operation and maintenance including electrical, mechanical and I&C. Mr. Reichle, using his 30 years of experience, has provided customized services to clients in order to meet their individual needs. He provides training, guidance and technical expertise in the areas of circuit breakers, transformers, sub-station equipment and cable maintenance.

Romeo, Joe
Mr. Romeo provides consulting services through his company, JR Consulting. He provides engineering services in assisting clients in planning maintenance outages on power generation equipment, provides job management services, writes repair procedures on generator stators and fields, investigates failures, provides re-build specifications, provides 2nd opinions on repair procedures, investigates insurance claims, provides electrical test services, assists clients in evaluating OEM procedures, and time permitting, supports HPC Technical Services on meeting its training requirements. Joe has been a recognized “generator specialist” since 1967 and currently resides near Richmond VA.

Rubrecht, Ronald
Ron is owner and founder of Turbine Diagnostic Services, Inc., (TDS) a company which was founded over 16 years ago as an independent contractor with a focus on servicing the utility, municipal and industrial power generation sectors. His experience started with GE Power Generation Services where as a field engineer, for over 17 years, he had the position of Turbine Generator Start up Engineer where he specialized in controls diagnostics and troubleshooting. His extensive experience includes vibration analysis and multi-plane balancing, in-service inspections, performance monitoring and diagnostics, new unit start up, mechanical maintenance, technical direction, contract maintenance, and forced outage support of steam and gas turbine generator equipment. Ron is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Ron resides near Tampa, Florida.

Ruby, LeRoy
Mr. Ruby provides chemistry training programs and laboratory procedures. His expertise is boiler water chemistry, cycling operations and plant chemistry instrumentation. He has provided expert witness testimony in the areas of coal sampling and analysis and boiler water treatment. Mr. Ruby supervised the development of chemistry training programs, laboratory procedures and conducted audits in both water chemistry and fossil fuel analysis. While working for a major Midwestern USA utility, Mr. Ruby performed the duties of a Chemist, Lab Supervisor and Station Lab Manager. Mr. Ruby is an active member of ASTM, D-05 Committee. Mr. Ruby served as a member on various task groups within ASTM, in the areas of sampling, laboratory QA inspections and method for instrumental analysis of coal and coke. Lee currently resides near Baltimore MD.

Sirois, Herb
Mr. Sirois is founder of a technical consultation company serving the electric utility and process industries and major insurance companies for over 6 years. He has functioned as corporate management of integrated turbomachinery design and manufacturing companies. Mr. Sirois was also Manager of Sales and Marketing for engineered aftermarket products and services to the utility and process industries for a major turbomachinery manufacturer. Herb is a Mechanical Engineer with extensive contributions to the design and application of turbomachinery including steam and gas turbines, blowers, fans and pumps. Technical development programs for turbine product lines, failure analysis and engineering for major mechanical drive steam turbine manufacturer. Mr. Sirois instructs HPC’s higher-level steam turbine design and performance Seminars. Mr. Sirois resides in Rhode Island.

Taillon, Jim, Vice-President AGT Services Inc., Amsterdam NY
Jim is co-owner and co-founder of AGT Services, a company specializing in large generator repair, in the late 1990’s. Jim has 40 years experience in repair and troubleshooting of large generators. This 40 years has been spent as an engineer in the Generator Availability Engineering Group with GE in Schenectady, NY, and servicing the after-market. AGT Services website is www.agtservices.com. Jim co-instructs our Advanced Generator Maintenance Seminar, now held annually in January at a Sarasota FL location.

Wenchus, Mark
Twenty (20) years of construction, on-site management, marketing and sales including on-site assembly of new and refurbished electrical generating machinery, technical sales, application engineering and project management. Includes ten (10) years technical direction, supervisory and hands-on experience and ten (10) years specialized marketing and consulting and Siemens Power Corporation and Voith Hydro. Mr. Wenckus, using his 20 years of experience, has provided customized services to clients in order to meet their individual needs. He provides training in the area of hydroelectric power. Mr. Wenckus is the owner of Wenckus Energy and provides electrical energy producers, equipment manufacturers, consultants and service companies with experienced assistance in the areas of field engineering, business development and negotiating and upgrade and rehabilitation application engineering.

Whisnant, Michael
Mr. Whisnant’s career in the power industry began in May 1970. Being assigned as the lead tech for the EHC along with all of the support systems for the turbine gave Mike the opportunity to not only learn the EHC System but to master the system during his 31 years with Duke. Mike’s first opportunity to teach the EHC Mark 1 came in January 1979. Realizing that he enjoyed the role of a standup instructor, he joined the training team at Oconee. During his time in training, he developed numerous system classes that were created on the “how”. In other words, even though a well-qualified technician needs to know the purpose of a system to broaden their understanding in the big scheme of things within the power plant, the “how” of the system is what makes the system work to perform its intended function. His wide-ranging knowledge of the different systems within a power plant gave Mike the opportunity to travel to other non-Duke plants as a consultant to ensure system readiness after the NRC shut down these plants. After his retirement in June 2001, he joined the staff of HPC as their E&I Training Specialist, who provides training Seminars on steam turbines, generators, electrical operating systems, protective systems, etc. Mike currently functions as a close associate to HPC and resides near Greenville SC.

Whitaker, Kirk
Kirk brings over 33 years of hands on experience and specializes in generator testing, inspection, and commissioning, generator seal oil, gas control, stator cooling, protective relaying, excitation, high potential testing, new unit start up and forced outage support of turbine generator equipment. During his 33 year career, he spent 15 years as a GE generator specialist/excitation engineer followed by having diverse hands on experience as a critical fleet team member of Florida Power and Light where he supported their fleet needs for excitation and generators, then as an electrical commissioning engineer for both Duke/Fluor Daniel and South Carolina Electric and Gas and as the startup engineer for Georgia Power at both Plant Vogtle and Plant Hatch. Kirk is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in Electrical Engineering.

Zheming Tang
Mr. Tang specializes in gas and steam turbine operation, maintenance and installation support. Zheming has over 20 years’ experience in turbine controls, outage planning and execution, as power plant engineer, GE field engineer, GE contract performance manager and independent consultant. Zheming has also instructed some GE Mark V to VIe control system training courses and holds a Professional Engineers License for Alberta. Zheming resides near Edmonton, AB, Canada.