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POWER Engineers’ Mark Reynolds honored with CIGRÉ Attwood Associate Award

June 2009

This July, the US National Committee (USNC) of the International Council on Large Electric Systems (Conseil international des grands réseaux électriques), or CIGRÉ, will award POWER Engineers’ Mark Reynolds the prestigious Attwood Associate Award for his notable contributions in the technical fields of high voltage direct current (HVDC) electricity and reactive compensation in over 20 years of service to the organization.

The USNC is the US constituent of the internationally recognized high voltage power technical engineering organization. Named in honor of Frederic Attwood, the first chairman of the CIGRÉ USNC in 1921, the Attwood Associate Award recognizes long-standing members who have made significant contributions to CIGRÉ.

“Mark was selected for his long service to CIGRÉ in the area of HVDC,” said John Estey, a vice president of the CIGRÉ USNC and current president and CEO of S&C Electric Company. “These are not handed out lightly.”

Reynolds, a senior project manager in POWER Engineers’ Portland, Oregon, office, has worked in the electric power industry for over 40 years and is an expert in high voltage DC and compensation power systems and equipment. During his tenure as an active CIGRÉ member, Reynolds was the secretary for the HVDC Systems and Power Electronics Study Committee (B4) and was the US representative for a fast-track CIGRÉ study that investigated a series of thyristor valve hall fires at DC converter stations in North America. Mr. Reynolds has also been an active member of IEEE for over 40 years, notably chairing a working group that studied HVDC and FACTS operational economics and strategies.

“Mark is an internationally recognized expert among CIGRÉ and similar technical communities in the fields of HVDC and compensation systems,” said Bill Eisinger, POWER Engineers Vice President and T&D Division Manager. “He is a very deserving recipient of this prestigious award from an important international standard-setting body.”

As a senior project manager and expert in HVDC system and reactive compensation technologies for POWER Engineers, Reynolds is helping numerous clients around the country specify, design and install HVDC and reactive compensation systems, which have gained renewed interest in North America in instances where new generation sites are located far away from the existing power grid. HVDC power systems allow operators to build longer and higher voltage transmission lines on smaller right of way corridors without significant system losses.

For Reynolds, all the late nights reviewing technical papers, organizing technical sessions in foreign countries and long flights to and from the various CIGRÉ conferences have been well worth it.

“It was a tremendous learning experience that you could never duplicate in any university environment,” said Reynolds. “It gave me access to the best and the brightest people in the technology.”

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