Kema T&D consulting group continues successful strategic growth path

RALEIGH, N.C., August 11, 2005 — Dr. S. S. (Mani) Venkata recently joined KEMA’s expanding team of transmission and distribution specialists. A highly regarded and respected expert in the T&D field, Dr. Venkata is a vice president, T & D Planning & Design with KEMA’s T&D consulting group (TDC).

KEMA continues to actively expand its T&D consulting practice in the North American markets to meet the growing utility industry demand for T&D technical and management support services. Dr. Venkata is developing new areas of global opportunity in electric power and energy field. In this role he is supporting KEMA in further leveraging its international T&D expertise in and in providing clients strategic consulting services including asset management support, power network design and analysis, and substation projects.

Dr. Venkata brings to KEMA over 35 years experience in the electrical power industry. His areas of expertise include power quality and reliability, power electronic applications to power systems, automated distribution system planning and automation, intelligent applications to power systems, six-phase transmission, protection, and education.

Before joining KEMA, Dr. Venkata was Dean and Distinguished Professor of Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering at Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York. During 2003 he held the Palmer Chair Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. From 1996 to 2002 he was Professor and Chairman of the department at ISU. Before joining ISU, he taught at the University of Washington, Seattle, West Virginia University, and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell for 25 years.

KEMA is recognized internationally for its transmission and distribution technical consulting and asset management services. As the industry’s most experienced independent technology and asset management consulting firm, KEMA offers a wide range of expertise focused on helping utilities design, extend and maintain T&D infrastructure efficiently and cost-effectively.

About KEMA

KEMA is an independent company with an international reputation for technical and management consultancy, testing, inspections and certification for businesses in the energy industry, assisting more than 500 clients in more than 70 countries. Headquartered in Arnhem, the Netherlands with subsidiaries and offices worldwide, KEMA employs more than 1,500 full-time professionals and leading experts in many facets of the energy utility industry.

Founded in 1927, KEMA serves the complete spectrum of participants in the energy marketplace and offers a full complement of services supporting generation through the consumer side of the meter. KEMA’s North American business operations are headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts.

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