TEAM DIRECTORY BY LAB/GROUP
STATIONS RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT TEAM
Dr. Stuart Chambers is the manager of R&D, Investigation & Consulting, as well as a lead for the polymer and materials investigation facility in Powertech’s Stations Research & Development lab under the Substations Technology & Testing group. His areas of research and development include transformer diagnostics, insulating paper degradation, ageing properties of insulating oils, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) decontamination. He has completed substantial research into insulating solids, fluids and gases for Canadian Electrical Association (CEATI), Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), BC Hydro and other research organizations.
Dr. Chambers is a materials/analytical chemist with 15 years of experience and training. His areas of expertise and interest include materials preparation, alteration and characterization, and chromatography/purification.
Dr. Terry Gordon is a Scientist for Substation Services in the Research & Development group. He is responsible for SF6 unit testing, and SF6 field testing services, focusing on decomposition by-products and other impurities such as moisture. Outside of his SF6 testing responsibilities, Terry’s research activities include investigations associated with SF6 capture and sequestering, as well as degradation and failure analysis of materials through non-standard lab-scale testing methodologies.
Mr. Mayank Kalra is a Mechatronics Engineer with the Substations R&D group at Powertech Labs. With diverse skills in electrical and mechanical design, Mayank leads Substations R&D projects involving product development and failure analysis. His role focuses on the design of hydraulic and pneumatic control cabinets, including P&ID development and mechanical design using CAD and PLC controller programming.
Mayank is a registered Professional Engineer with the Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia. He also holds a Masters of Applied Science in Mechatronics Systems Engineering from Simon Fraser University and is a Certified Associate in Project Management.
As a Senior Engineer with the R&D and Investigations group at Powertech Labs, Mr. Rohan Bandekar conducts failure analysis investigations and analyzes laboratory and field test data. He is also responsible for preparing technical documents such as reports for clients, specialized presentations and publications in technical journals.
Mr. Bandekar completed his MEng in Chemical Engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit and his thesis-based M.Sc.Eng from University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. He has over 10 years of experience in process engineering having worked in a manufacturing plant and in a technology consulting firm. He is a Professional Engineer registered with the Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.