In the second part of this episode of the Electric Power Reliability Podcast, Alan Ross continues his discussion with Chris Root, Chief Operating Officer of Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO).
Root explores the past of IEEE and the future of the Power an Energy Society; the importance of engaging with students and he next generation of engineers; the import of diversity in an industry that seeks precise solutions to complex global issues.
"What [IEEE] does here [is bridge] the gap between academics, and researchers, and practicing engineers." - Chris Root, COO of VELCO
"Diversity of ideas and backgrounds makes a difference when it comes to innovation and ideas." - Chris Root, COO if VELCO
From Velco.com: "Chris [Root] joined VELCO as Chief Operating Officer in March 2014. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Network Strategy, a branch of National Grid. He holds a masters in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Northeastern University. He completed the Program for Management Development of the Harvard University Graduate School of Business and has authored, co-authored and presented papers at various utility forums. He and his wife live in Rutland and have three grown children."