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The Seattle PES Chapter is a chapter of the IEEE Power & Energy Society which covers western Washington. Our members are industry leaders, practitioners, students and academics with a common professional interest in electric power and energy. The Chapter holds numerous events throughout the year, including speakers and tours. To join the IEEE and the PES, click here.

IEEE Power & Energy Society
The IEEE Power & Energy Society is a worldwide, non-profit association of more than 30,000 individuals engaged in the electric power energy industry. Our mission is to be the leading provider of scientific information on electric power and energy for the betterment of society and the preferred professional development source for our members. PES members are involved in the planning, research, development, construction, installation, and operation of equipment and systems for the safe, reliable, and economic generation, transmission, distribution, measurement, and control of electric energy.

PES Mission
To be the leading provider of scientific and engineering information on electric power and energy for the betterment of society, and the preferred professional development source for our members.

Executive Committee

Max Emrick
Max Emrick – P.E., BSEE University of Washington.  Previously employed by Tacoma Power and Puget Sound Energy working in System Planning, Metering, Transmission, Distribution and Generator Protection & Control Systems.
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Tarik Wahidi
Vice Chair
Tarik Wahidi P.E. is a principal engineer at Snohomish County PUD with expertise in Transmission and Distribution Protection and Control Systems. He is a registered professional engineer in Washington State and Utah and a senior member of IEEE.
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Xichen Jiang
Xichen Jiang is an associate professor at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. He teaches courses in power systems and power electronics. His research area is in power system reliability.
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Rich Meier
Rich Meier P.E. is a Senior Power Systems Engineer at Electric Power Systems Inc. (EPS).  Prior to EPS, Rich was a Power System and Software Engineer at Alstom/General Electric.  Rich received his B.S. & M.S. from Oregon State University in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
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Thillainathan Logenthiran
Assistant (Director of Communications)
Dr Thillainathan Logenthiran is a Faculty in Electrical Power Engineering at University of Washington Tacoma, United States. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor at the school of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Newcastle University (United Kingdom) for five years and a Postdoctoral Researcher for a year at University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom.
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Rylan Caskey
Member at Large
Rylan Caskey is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) helping to manage the electric transmission portfolio for generation interconnections and energy delivery at Puget Sound Energy (PSE), Washington state's oldest & largest electric utility.
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Darrell Ross
Member at Large
Darrell Ross is a Senior DevOps engineer working in the field of data security. Prior to data security, he spent time in cloud engineering and big data systems. He also worked on Distribution System Analysis (DSA) and Outage Management Systems (OMS) for Milsoft Utility Solutions. Darrell holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from University of California Santa Cruz, an M.S. in Math from CalPoly Humboldt, and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Washington.
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