Dr. Sudhakar Cherukupalli

Dr. Sudhakar Cherukupalli

Principal Engineer, Team Lead, Transmission Cables - BC Hydro, Canada

After completing his Masters degree, Dr. Cherukupalli worked as a R&D Engineer at Brown Boveri, India for seven years where he was responsible for 420kV switchgear design. In 1987 he completed his Ph.D from the University of British Columbia and then joined BC Hydro R&D, which later became Powertech Labs. He is currently a Principal Engineer and Manager in BC Hydro’s Transmission Cable Design department. He has extensive experience in design, installation, and testing of transmission and distribution cables, and accessories. He has worked on performance assessment of large hydro generators bars and coils for manufacturers such as Westinghouse, National Electric Coil, ABB-Brazil as well undertaken third party assessment for these products for a variety of utilities in North America. He has worked on several research projects for BC Hydro Strategic R&D, Electric Power Research Institute-USA, and Canadian Electricity Association, on the development and application of novel diagnostic techniques for the conditions monitoring of power equipment such as transformers, transmission, and distribution cables. He has authored and co-authored over 35 technical publications and was until recently, the Canadian Representative on the CIGRE D1-Emerging Technologies. He has contributed to several CIGRE Working Groups such as the “Impact of EMF on Current Ratings and Cable Systems”. He has served as the Convenor of CIGRE D1.34 titled “Dissolved Gas-in-Oil Interpretation for Transmission Cables”. He has been a contributor to several IEEE Standards on Voltage Endurance Testing and Thermal cycling testing of large hydro generator bars and coils, Distributed Temperature Systems. He also serves as Standards Liaison for the IEEE/Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society, and worked as Chair of the Education Committee in the Insulated Conductor Committee. He was a recent recipient of the IEEE-SA Medallion pertaining to his contributions to real time ratings of transmission cable circuits. His interests include the application of distributed fibre optic sensing systems for power system applications, and he holds a joint patent on electro-optical electric field sensors.

He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, serves as Chair of Sub F – “Field Testing and Diagnostics” in the IEEE-Insulated Conductors Committee, and is a Professional Engineer in the Province of British Columbia.