Dr. Michael Aucoin, PhD, PE

Senior Consultant

Experience

Dr. Aucoin has been involved with electrical power systems and energy strategies for over 30 years.   He has been employed in private industry as well as academic settings. Most recently Dr. Aucoin served on the Mishap Investigation Board for NASA Johnson Space Center.  He has managed several projects in diverse areas of technology management which include:  an engineering feasibility study for power system operations, preparation of proposals for SBIR projects for technology, and market research for a power quality product.  He developed energy strategies for restructured electric industry.  As a research manager at Texas A & M, Dr. Aucoin developed a state-of-the-art microcomputer device to detect fallen electric utility conductors.   His experience with application of concepts to commercialization is extensive and includes development of business plans, strategies, and financial projections for company start-ups including presenations to investors.  He has been responsible for marketing technology to industry, and developing technology transfer programs. Dr. Aucoin was principal investigator or co-principal investigator on four funded research projects for Electric Power Research Institute, U. S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, and U. S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory.

Credentials

  • PhD. Engineering, Texas A&M University 1982
  • MSEE, Electrical Engineering, Texas A&M University 1978
  • BSE, Engineering,  University of New Orleans 1976; Magna Cum Laude
  • Registered Professional Engineer in Texas
  • Project Management Professional Certification, Project Management Institute

Affiliations/Awards

  • Five U. S. patents (5,485,093, 5,512,832, 5,578,931, 5,600,526, and 5,659,453)
  • European patent (0679295)
  • Australian patent (673298
  • IEEE (Senior Member)
  • IEEE Power Engineering Society
  • IEEE Engineering Management Society
  • Project Management Institute
  • Engineers Without Borders

Publications/Training

  • BSE – Magna Cum Laude
  • IEEE Third Millenium Medal, 2000.
  • Development and commercialization of Digital Feeder Monitor recognized for 1996 “R&D 100” Award as one of the top 100 new products of the year, by R&D Magazine.
  • Research on the Arcing Fault Detector was recognized by the National Society of Professional Engineers as an Outstanding Engineering Achievement, 1982.
  • IEEE Power Engineering Society Working Group Recognition Award, Technical Report, “Detection of Downed Conductors on Utility Distribution Systems,” Tutorial Course, Co-editor, 1992.
  • IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA, 1990; and Atlanta, Georgia, 1992.
  • Board of Governors, IEEE Engineering Management Society, 1996-99
  • Vice President of Education, IEEE Engineering Management Society, 1998-99
  • Editorial Advisory Panel, Electric Power Systems Research Professional Journal
  • Associate Editor, Engineering Management Review, 2015–
  • Member, IEEE Task Group on High Impedance Faults
  • Mentor, National Science Foundation Alliance for Minority Participation
  • Mentor for Technology-Based Companies, Brazos Valley Technology Alliance
  • Book Reviewer for IEEE Press
  • B. M. Aucoin, Right-Brain Project Management, Management Concepts, Inc., 2007.
  • B. M. Aucoin, From Engineer to Manager: Mastering the Transition, Artech House, 2002.
  • B. M. Aucoin, “Total Quality Management,” in The Handbook of Technology Management, Richard Dorf, Editor, CRC Press, 1998.
  • Eight refereed publications in electric power.
  • Thirteen conference publications in electric power, project management and quality management.
  • B. M. Aucoin, B. D. Russell, “Fallen Conductor Faults: The Challenge to Improve Safety,” Public Utilities Fortnightly, Volume 129, No. 3, February 1, 1992, pp. 38-40.

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