John D. McDonald, P.E.is Vice President, Automation for Power System Automation for KEMA, Inc. In his 33 years of experience in the electric utility industry, John has developed power application software for both Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)/Energy Management System (EMS) and SCADA/Distribution Management System (DMS) applications, developed distribution automation and load management systems, managed SCADA/EMS and SCADA/DMS projects, and assisted Intelligent Electronic Device (IED) suppliers in the automation of their IEDs. John is currently assisting electric utilities in substation automation, SCADA/DMS/EMS systems, and communication protocols.
John received his B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. (Power Engineering) degrees from Purdue University, and an M.B.A. (Finance) degree from the University of California-Berkeley. John is a member of Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical Engineering Honorary) and Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honorary), is a Fellow of IEEE, and was awarded the IEEE Millennium Medal in 2000, the IEEE PES Excellence in Power Distribution Engineering Award in 2002, and the IEEE PES Substations Committee Distinguished Service Award in 2003. In his twenty-one years of Working Group and Subcommittee leadership with the IEEE Power Engineering Society (PES) Substations Committee, John led seven Working Groups and Task Forces who published Standards/Tutorials in the areas of distribution SCADA, master/remote terminal unit (RTU) and RTU/IED communications.
John is President of the IEEE PES, is Co-Vice Chair of IEEE Standards Coordinating Committee (SCC) 36, is a Member of IEC Technical Committee (TC) 57 Working Groups (WGs) 3 and 10, and is the Past Chair of the IEEE PES Substations Committee. John is the IEEE Division VII Director-Elect in 2007, and the IEEE Division VII Director in 2008-2009. John is a member of the Advisory Committee for the annual DistribuTECH Conference and is a charter member of Electricity Today magazine's International Editorial Advisory Board.
John teaches a SCADA/EMS course at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a SCADA/Substation Automation course at Iowa State University, and substation automation, distribution SCADA and communications courses for various IEEE PES local chapters as an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer. John has published thirty papers in the areas of SCADA, SCADA/EMS, SCADA/DMS and communications, and is a registered Professional Engineer (Electrical) in California, Pennsylvania and Georgia.
John is co-author of the book Automating a Distribution Cooperative, from A to Z , published by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Cooperative Research Network (CRN) in 1999. John was Editor of the Substations Chapter, and a co-author, for the book The Electric Power Engineering Handbook , co-sponsored by the IEEE PES and published by the CRC Press in 2000. John is Editor-in-Chief, and Substation Integration and Automation Chapter author, for the book Electric Power Substations Engineering , published by Taylor & Francis/CRC Press in 2003.
Doug Peterchuck, P.E., is currently the team leader of Substation Automation projects at the Omaha Public Power District and has been a Protection Engineer for the District since 2000. His previous work experience has been within the substation department at MidAmerican Energy Company and the testing department at E.A. Pedersen Company, switchgear manufacturer. He earned his BSEE from Iowa State University in 1993 and his MSEE from Kansas State University in 2000. Doug is a registered professional engineer in the State of Nebraska and is a member of IEEE.