Patterson Power Engineers, LLC      

About Us

Patterson Power Engineers, LLC is dedicated to providing top quality engineering for our customers and always strive to be the best in our profession.  We take our obligation as licensed professional engineers very seriously.

Below are organizations we are active participants in or with whom we are members/registrants,

Our goal is to earn our customers confidence while meeting their needs to the best of our ability.  We have a passion for our work and strive to be the best engineers  we can be!

Russell W. Patterson, P.E.
Owner


Russ has twenty plus years experience in utility generator and transmission protection and managed the system protection department for TVA until his retirement in 2008 to enter full time consulting.  He is a member of the IEEE Power System Relay Committee where he is Vice Chairman as well as a member of the Line Protection and Rotating Machinery subcommittees.  He is a senior member of IEEE, a member of CIGRÉ, and a registered professional engineer. 

Russ has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

 

Meyer M. Kao, P.E.
Protection Consultant


Meyer has extensive experience in the electric utility industry.  His main expertise resides in the field of protection and analysis.  He was a system engineer in TVA's operation and maintenance organization, responsible for commissioning of new transmission and generation construction projects, performing power equipment and relaying tests, and assessments of transmission system health.  He has over ten years experience in protection and analysis with Tennessee Valley Authority, as a Power System Specialist.  As Lead Analysis Engineer he was responsible for event analysis for all TVA generation and transmission assets.  This work included analysis of generator trips (nuclear, fossil, and hydro) as well as all transmission up to 500 kV.  Meyer actively participates in the IEEE Power System Relay Committee (PSRC) where he currently is the chairman of the line protection working group D2, "Considerations in Choosing Ground Polarizing Methods."  He is a registered professional engineer and a senior member of IEEE. 

Meyer has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology. 

 

W. Larry Oxford, P.E.
Protection Consultant


Larry Oxford spent his last nineteen years at TVA as a specialist in System Protection where he was responsible for specifying relaying setpoints, coordination, operational modes and methods, and solving operating problems associated with all protection systems for fossil, hydro, and nuclear generating plants and transmission substations.  He was also tasked with solving engineering problems related to the system operations and to aid field engineers in troubleshooting as well as temporary system configurations.  Prior to joining TVA System Protection Larry was engineering unit supervisor at Sequoyah Nuclear Plant responsible for a twelve member engineering unit performing installation, maintenance, and testing of power equipment.  Prior to that he spent four years as a field test engineer in the TVA transmission system.   He is a Commander in the United States Navy Reserve (Retired).  Larry presently focuses on transmission line protection for PPE customers at all voltage levels across the United States.   

Larry has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Tennessee Tech University and is a Professional Engineer in Tennessee and Texas. 

 

John Allen Bradley
Protection Consultant

 

John Allen Bradley worked for TVA for eleven years beginning his career in the Fossil Design group.  John Allen spent the last nine years in TVA’s System Protection and Analysis group where he was responsible for specifying relaying setpoints, coordination for all areas of the TVA system including fossil, hydro, and nuclear generating plants and transmission substations.  Prior to joining TVA John Allen was an industrial electrician for six years before returning to school to earn his bachelor’s degree with a 4.0 grade point average.   

John Allen has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida and also an Associates of Science in Electronics Technology from UEI.

 

 

Joshua Q. Perkins, P.E.
Protection & Design Consultant

 

Josh Perkins has over ten years of experience working in the power system industry. During this time, he has performed conceptual and detailed protection and control system design for numerous projects, ranging from 13kV to 500kV, at various substations, switching stations and fossil, hydro, and nuclear plants. He also has experience in project management, setting protective relays for various applications, developing equipment specifications, providing engineering calculations, preparing engineering studies, preparing technical reports, and extensive experience developing client standard and customized relay logic files for numerous protection and control applications including the use of IEC 61850. He is a registered professional engineer in multiple states and is a member of IEEE.    

 

Josh has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

 

Sarah B. Kilgore, P.E.
Protection & Design Consultant

Sarah has over fifteen years of experience working as a consulting engineer in the power system industry.  As a design engineer, Sarah performed multiple long-range planning and short circuit studies, provided protective relays settings, and was responsible for developing equipment specifications and evaluating bids. She also obtained extensive experience in physical layout, grounding and conduit design, protection and control design, and coordination with material suppliers and clients for a variety of projects ranging from 13kV distribution substations to 138kV GIS. As a lead engineer, Sarah was responsible for managing substation department staff, mentoring new hires, and performing independent peer reviews of her staff’s work to ensure the design deliverables met client standard practices and procedures.  As a project manager, Sarah was responsible for developing engineering and material cost estimates, coordinating multi-discipline projects, defining project scope, and building and maintaining a positive working relationship with clients. She is a registered professional engineer in multiple states and is a member of IEEE.     

Sarah has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University and a Certificate in Power System Protection from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. 

 

Timothy L. Burgess, P.E.
Protection Consultant

Tim worked twenty-two years for the Tennessee Valley Authority working up from his initial position as a substation test engineering and retiring in 2008 as the transmission service manager at Sequoyah Nuclear Plant where he had responsibility for the maintenance and testing of all 500-kV and 161-kV protection and substation equipment.  From 1993 through 2001 Tim worked on TVA’s central staff as a post-fault analysis engineer eventually assuming the position of senior engineer.  In addition to his duties as an analysis engineer Tim also programmed and maintained TVA’s system interruption database.  After retiring in 2008, Tim worked as a forensic engineer for a private investigation firm working with fire investigators to determine the root causes of insurance losses.  Tim’s most recent engagement before coming to Patterson Power Engineers was as Chief Executive Officer for an engineering firm specializing in SCADA control systems.       

Tim has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A & M University. 

 

S. Lee Goudelock, P.E.
Protection Consultant

Lee has worked for the last twenty years in industrial and utility power systems.  He began his career building control systems used in transformer manufacturing, performing research and development, and upgrading and maintaining plant power systems.  He has built multiple systems for transformer testing and has provided consultation on a variety of transformer test issues.  Lee was in the System Protection and Analysis group at Tennessee Valley Authority for over four years where he provided relay settings for fossil, hydro, and nuclear generating plants and transmission substations.  He administered TVA’s protection database and provided operations support in the form of event analysis, fault location, and temporary system configurations.       

Lee has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Mississippi State University and a Master's of Science in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University. 

 

Mustafa Saad
Protection Consultant

Mustafa has over seven years of experience working in the power system industry. He spent five years in the substation automation field performing design, commissioning and acceptance tests. Later, Mustafa became a research assistant, at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, evaluating and analyzing new protection and control algorithms - mainly in phasor measurements applications - using real time digital simulators. While he was working on his Master’s degree, Mustafa spent one year as a graduate intern at Patterson Power Engineers before being hired full-time.  

Mustafa has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Khartoum-Sudan and a Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

 

Cara Hutcherson
Protection Consultant

Cara came to PPE after ten years with the Tennessee Valley Authority.  She began her career at Colbert Fossil Plant and spent the last six years in TVA’s System Protection and Analysis group where she was responsible for specifying relaying setpoints, coordination for all areas of the TVA system including fossil, hydro, and nuclear generation plants and transmission substations.  Prior to working in the System Protection and Analysis group, she was a system engineer in TVA’s operation and maintenance organization, responsible for commissioning new transmission construction projects, performing power equipment and relaying tests, and assessments of transmission system health.   

Cara has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

 

Marvin Watson
Protection Consultant

Marvin has over fifteen years’ experience in the power system industry. He came to PPE from Jamaica Public Service Company where he was a Protection and Control Application Engineer in the System Protection Department.  In that role he was actively engaged with relay settings application & calculation; relay coordination studies, fault calculation, plant equipment commissioning and disturbance analysis of the generation, transmission and distribution equipment ranging from 12kV up to 138kV.  Prior to that job Marvin was an Assistance Control Engineer at the company’s main Power System Control Centre tasked with the responsibility to execute studies and functions that would ensure the stable and reliable operation of the transmission and distribution network. 

Marvin has a Bachelor of Engineering degree with First Class Honours, majoring in Electrical Power from the University of Technology, an Academic Certificate in Power System Protection and Relaying and a Master of Electrical Engineering Degree from the University of Idaho with a grade point average of 4.0. He is a member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society and a registered Professional Electrical Engineer in Jamaica.

 

Haytham Saeed
Protection Consultant

Haytham  earned  his  B.sc  in  electrical  engineering  –  concentrated on power systems from the University  of  Khartoum  in  Khartoum,  Sudan  in  2012.  After  graduation,  he  worked  as service engineer at ELECON for Electrical  Services  until  December  2013.  Then,  he  came  to  the  United States  to  pursue  his  master  degree in electrical engineering at the University  of Tennessee at Chattanooga. During his study period at UTC, he  worked  with  real  time  digital  simulators  and  implemented hardware in the loop testing on protection relays.

Haytham completed his master’s degree in the fall of 2015.  He interned with Patterson  Power  Engineer (PPE) in the fall of 2015 and joined the company full time in January 2016.

 

Brandon Armstrong
Protection Consultant

Before joining PPE, Brandon spent the previous four years at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Upon completing undergraduate studies in electrical engineering, he was hired into the System Protection and Analysis group at TVA. During his time in the System Protection group, Brandon’s main duty was to calculate relay settings for various power system equipment, including; transmission lines, transformers, capacitor banks, substation buses, and generators. In addition to calculating relay settings, Brandon supported man-hour estimates on projects, supported field testing, and post disturbance analysis. After leaving the System Protection group, Brandon worked in the Relay and Line Programs group at TVA, which supported maintenance on transmission line and substation assets. His duties included managing the TVA budget for the installation of TLSAs and managing the TVA budget for the replacement of aging NCIs. Brandon also revised relay test procedures to help meet PRC-005 compliance.

Brandon received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Tennessee.

 

Stephen Holland
Protection Consultant

Stephen brings four years of experience working with RF communication systems with him to PPE. He has spent a lot of time working on communication system design and integration for a Department of Defense contractor. Stephen has significant experience interacting with various DOD customers, ensuring projects were completed successfully and on time. Stephen also has experience in project management, developing system specifications, performing technical experiments and calculations, and preparing technical reports. At PPE, Stephen assists the team with developing relay protection settings and ensuring IEC 61850 implementation and compliance.

Stephen has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

 

 

 

 

Meeting the needs of our customers is job one.  We hold ourselves to the highest standard both technically and ethically.