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Faculty Profile - Shashi Patel


Research Engineer
National Electric Energy Research, Testing & Applications Center

Mailing Address:
62 Lake Mirror Road
Building 3
Forest Park, GA 30297
Phone: 404.675.1886
Fax: 404.675.1820


Mr. Patel was born in the Fiji Islands and grew up in India. He received the BS (EE) degree from India and the MS (EE) degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1976. He worked for a state-owned utility company in India from 1965-1967. He started his career in the U.S. with Bonneville Power Administration in Portland, Oregon in 1969 and then moved on to the Georgia Power Company in 1970. Mr. Patel retired from Georgia Power in 1995 and worked as a research engineer at NEETRAC until retiring in 2009. After retirement, he has continued to work for NEETRAC as a consultant. Throughout his professional career, he has been involved in special projects covering a wide variety of areas including power system studies, lightning and fault vulnerability investigations, and power system grounding analysis.

Research Interests

  • Power system grounding - design, analysis, and testing
  • Protection of solid-state devices from switching transients, lightning, and power system faults
  • Underground corrosion of power system components
  • Power system studies, analysis, and testing - lightning performance of power systems, temporary safety grounding systems, stray voltages, and currents
  • High voltage testing

Distinctions & Patents

  • Life Senior Member, IEEE/PES
  • Registered Professional Engineer, State of Georgia
  • Patent - Neutral Testing Device, Patent No. 5481198
  • Award - Southern Company President's Award, 3/21/95, Neutral Testing

Selected Publications

  • S.G. Patel, "Seasonal Variations of Grounding Parameters by Field Tests", EPRI TR-100863, Project 1994-08, Final Report, July 1992.
  • S.G.Patel, D.L.Garrett, A.P. Meliopoulos, " Distribution Grounding Handbook", EPRI TR-106661-V1, 3066-01, Final Report, August 1996.
  • S. Patel, "Exposure Voltages Concerns, Analysis and Mitigation, NEETRAC Base Line Project 04-159 , December 2008.
  • S. Patel, "Application and Performance of Temporary Protective Grounding (TPG) Systems, NEETRAC Base Line Project 07-145, December 2010.

Last revised on October 11, 2011