The combined efforts of Mr. Richard L. Doughty, Mr. H. Landis Floyd, II and Dr. Thomas E. Neal have resulted in extraordinary advances in electrical safe work practices, including the transformation of arc flash safety from an unknown to an embedded safety practice.
While working for E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. in Wilmington, Delaware, these three pioneers developed empirical models for predicting arc flash exposure energy and established an arc rating system for protective clothing and equipment. Their prize-winning papers have enabled engineers to predict electrical worker exposures in arc flash accidents, apply personal protective clothing and equipment with the appropriate arc ratings and evaluate power system design options.
Their work has impacted all U.S. codes, standards and regulations related to electrical safe work practices, hazard analysis and arc flash protective clothing and equipment performance. Mr. Doughty, Mr. Floyd and Dr. Neal directly stimulated the creation of a $1 billion/year market in arc flash protective apparel and equipment in the United States, and earned them the 2003 DuPont Engineering Excellence Award.
Prior to retiring from DuPont in 1999, Mr. Doughty served as a principal consultant in the electrical technology consulting group and leader of the corporate motor technology team. As such, he conducted arc flash tests to better define the characteristics of electric arcs and arc flash energy, and developed empirical formulas to determine incident energy with reasonable accuracy. A Fellow of the IEEE, Mr. Doughty was active on several IEEE Standards working groups, including as chair of working group 841(IEEE Standard for the Petroleum and Chemical Industry-Severe Duty Totally Enclosed Fan-Cooled (TEFC) Squirrel Cage Induction Motors-Up to and Including 500 hp). He has received an IEEE Standards Medallion, the IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) Petroleum and Chemical Industry Committee's (PCIC) David C. Azbill Award and the R. W. Mills Award. Mr. Doughty has published 24 technical papers.
Mr. Floyd is a senior consultant with DuPont and leader of the corporate electrical safety team. A primary focus of his work is establishing and facilitating systems and technologies critical to electrical safety. A Fellow of the IEEE, he is president-elect of IAS, vice chair of the IAS PCIC, a member of IEEE Standards Coordinating Committee 18 (National Fire Protection Association Standards) and co-founder of the IAS Electrical Safety Workshop. A recipient of the IEEE Richard Harold Kaufmann Award, he is a Professional Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and a director of the Electrical Safety Foundation International. He has co-written 25 papers on electrical safety.
Dr. Neal retired from DuPont in 1999 and now serves as principal consultant for Neal Associates Ltd. in Guilford, Connecticut. As technology manager of DuPont's Advanced Fibers Systems Thermal Testing Laboratory, Dr. Neal focused on protective clothing products and test methods for electric arc flash and flash fire hazards. An IEEE Senior Member, Dr. Neal is vice-chair of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) F23 Committee on Protective Clothing, chair of the ASTM E54.04 (Homeland Security Subcommittee on Personal Protective Equipment), a member of the IEEE P1584 (Guide for Performing Arc-Flash Hazard Calculations) Standard Working Group and leader of three ASTM F18 Task Groups for Arc Resistant Protective Clothing and Equipment. He is the recipient of the DuPont Corporate Marketing Award and has published 12 technical papers.
Under Ralph S. Gens' guidance as chief engineer and as system engineering chief, Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), in Portland, Ore., has become a place of exceptional achievement in AC and DC high-voltage power transmission. During his more than 30 years with BPA, he has led the development of one of the world's largest 500KV AC transmission networks and the Pacific High Voltage DC intertie, the largest and one of the earliest HVDC transmission systems in the United States.
Mr. Gens also participated in the effort to establish the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the U.S. premiere research center for HVDC transmission line design, The Dalles, Oregon HVDC Test Center.
His impact on power engineers is seen through his BPA Technical Career Program-20 engineers from the Engineering group were elected IEEE Fellows and six were elected members of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Since becoming a consultant, he has served as a member and chair of the U.S. Department of Energy's Research Advisory Board and Commissioner of the Electricity Commission of Papua New Guinea.
Mr. Gens is an IEEE Life Fellow and a member of the NAE. He is the recipient of many honors, including the IEEE William A. Habirshaw Award, and the U.S. Department of Interior and BPA's Distinguished Service Awards. He has served as chair of the IEEE Portland Section and in leadership positions in numerous other organizations including the International Conference on Large High Voltage Electric Systems, EPRI, Western System Coordinating Council and the National Science Foundation. He holds one patent in the field and is a registered professional engineer.�