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Names & faces [Electrical Apparatus]
[October 17, 2012]

Names & faces [Electrical Apparatus]

(Electrical Apparatus Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Dow Corning, a Midland, Mich., provider of products for the power electronics market, has appointed Eric Peeters as vice president of Dow Coming's Electronics Solutions. Peeters joined the company in 1992 and most recently served as vice president of Dow Coming's Solar Solutions & Wind Energy Solutions. In his more than 20-year career at Dow Coming, he has served in various science and business leadership roles in the U.S. and Europe. Peeters has a Master's degree in chemical engineering from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium and a Master's degree in technology enterprise from the IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland. He takes over for James Helwick, who has led the company's electronics business since 2010. Helwick has been asked to lead the electronics innovation portfolio.

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association's president and CEO, Evan Gaddis, was appointed in August to serve on the Federal Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness. The committee will advise the Secretary of Commerce on me development and administration of programs and policies to expand me competitiveness of U.S. supply chains, including programs and policies to grow U.S. exports of goods, services, and technology in accordance with applicable U.S. regulations. The goal of this work will be to support efforts to expand U.S. exports of goods and services and create economic opportunities for American workers and businesses. Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank stated her expectation that the committee will focus on specific, actionable, and measurable ways that the Department can respond to challenges of the existing infrastructure, which is seen as inefficient.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass., has named Yehia Massoud head of the university's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He was most recently head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, as well as the W.R. Bunn Endowed Chair of Telecommunications and director of the UAB Center for Integrated Systems. Massoud 's research spans embedded systems, signal processing, nanotechnology, and biotechnology, and in this new role he hopes to establish transformational and synergistic, collaborative research programs with various engineering and science departments at WPI and other universities both regionally and nationally. He received his PhD in electrical and computer engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999 before becoming a member of the technical staff in the Advanced Technology Group at Synopsys, an electronic design automation company in Mountain View, Calif. Massoud is also the author or co-author of more than 200 peer-reviewed journal publications and conference papers.

New England Wire Technologies, a Lisbon, N.H., company with manufacturing processes that include wire drawing, plating, braid, cabling, and extrusion services, has appointed two new managers. Kelly Mac Kay has been named sales director. She has more than 20 years of sales and management experience with die company and plans to focus on customer service for the company's customers worldwide. Also at New England Wire Technologies, Nick D'Agostino has been named to the newly created position of business development manager. He has more than 17 years of sales and marketing experience, most recently as regional sales manager at New England Wire Technologies. In his new role, D'Agostino will work closely with the sales and marketing departments to promote the company's range of custom wire and cable capabilities.

John Lavelle has been named vice president of digital energy for GE Energy Management. GE's Digital Energy business manufactures protection and control, communications, power sensing, and power quality products. Lavelle joins the division from GE Power & Water, where he was vice president of the global projects operation. In this role, he managed a $75 billion portfolio leading GE Energy's projects and installations at customer sites around the world. He also serves on the GE Hitachi Nuclear Board of Directors and GE Energy's Enterprise Risk Management team, and he leads GE Energy's Human Rights initiative. A 28-year GE veteran, Lavelle has also held a variety of leadership positions in the business, including GM, Gasification; region executive leadership roles in Taiwan, China, South Asia, and the Southern U.S.; and GM, Energy Services for commercial operations and marketing/product management.

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association has announced that it will appoint Paul Molitor as interim executive director of the newly reorganized Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP 2.0). In this role, Molitor will lead the transition effort from die SGIP government-run organization, to an SGIP 2.0 mat is industry led. He is the assistant vice president of strategic initiatives for NEMA and former plenary secretary of SGIP, which was established under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to coordinate interoperability of Smart Grid devices and systems. It was operated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. SGIP 2.0 will receive part-time support in this effort from Gregory Obenchain of Edison Electric Institute and Don von Dollen of Electric Power Research Institute.

Edited by Bill O'Leary (c) 2012 Barks Publications

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