Electrical Engineering

Colorado School of Mines

Electrical Engineering

Colorado School of Mines

Ravel Ammerman

Emeritus Teaching Professor, Electrical Engineering

Ravel AmmermanRavel F. Ammerman received his B.S. in Engineering (Electric Power and Instrumentation) in 1981 from Colorado School of Mines, his M.S. in Electrical Engineering (Power Systems and Control) from the University of Colorado in 1987, and his Ph.D. degree in Engineering Systems (Electrical Specialty – Energy Systems) from Colorado School of Mines in 2008. He has over 27 years of combined teaching and industrial experience. He teaches undergraduate courses on electric circuit theory, electrical machines, power system analysis, and advanced power system analysis and design. He has also been involved and actively participates in the electrical specialty field session, senior design, and undergraduate research projects. Dr. Ammerman has co-authored and published numerous technical articles on electrical arcing phenomena, electrical safety, arc flash hazard analysis, computer applications related to power systems, and engineering education. Dr. Ammerman is the co-project manager for the IEEE/NFPA Arc Flash Collaborative Research and Testing Project. Several areas of the arc flash phenomena need further research and testing validation to provide relevant information that can be used to develop safety strategies that will protect workers. The results of this project will provide information that may help more accurately predict the hazards associated with arcing faults and the accompanying arc blasts, thereby improving electrical safety standards and providing practical safeguards for employees in the workplace.

Contact

Brown Hall 314G
303-273-3686
rammerma@mines.edu
Personal website

 

Education

  • B.S. Engineering (Power and Instrumentation Specialty), Colorado School of Mines, 1981
  • M.S. Electrical Engineering (Power and Control), University of Colorado, 1987
  • Ph.D. Engineering Systems (Electrical), Colorado School of Mines, 2008

Research Areas

  • Distributed generation integration, arc flash hazard analysis, electrical safety, computer applications in power systems analysis, and engineering education.

Selected Publications

  • Ammerman, R.F., Sen, P.K., and Nelson, J.P., Electrical arcing Phenomena: A Historical Perspective and Comparitive Study of the Standards IEEE 1585 and NFPA 70E, IEEE Industrical Applications Magazine, Vol. 15, No. 3, pp 42-52, May/June 2009.
  • Ammerman, R.F., Gammon, T., Sen, P.K., and Nelson, J.P., Comparative Study of Arc Modeling and Arc Flash Incident Energy Exposures, IEEE/IAS 55th Annual Petroleum and Chemical Industry Technical Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio, September 2008.
  • Ammerman, R.F., Sen, P.K., and Nelson, J.P. Arc Flash Hazard and Incident Energy Calculations: A Comparative Study of IEEE 1584 & NFPA 70E, Paper PCIC 2007?2, IEEE/IAS 54th Annual Petroleum and Chemical Industry Technical Conference, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, September 2007
  • Ammerman, R.F. and Sen, P.K., Modeling High-Current Electrical Arcs: A Volt-Ampere Characteristic Perspective for AC and DC Systems, IEEE 39th Annual North American Power Symposium (NAPS), Las Cruces, New Mexico, October 2007.
  • Ammerman, R.F and Sen, P.K., Arc Flash Hazard Collaborative Research Project: Incident Energy Levels (Poster Paper), Power System Engineering Research Center (PSERC), Annual Industry Advisory Board Meeting, Denver Colorado, December 6-8, 2006.
  • Ammerman, R.F. and Sen, P.K., Electrical Safety Education in an Undergraduate Engineering Program: Curriculum Development and Assessment, IEEE 38th Annual North American Power Symposium (NAPS), Carbondale, IL, September 2006, pp. 457-463.
  • Ammerman, R.F., Sen, P.K. and Stewart, M., The Importance of Electrical Safety Training in Undergraduate Power Engineering Education, ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition 2006, Chicago, IL, June 2006, Session 2006-491.
  • Ammerman, R.F. and Sen, P.K., An Undergraduate Power Engineering Curriculum: A Unique and Practical Approach to Bridging the Gap between Academia and Industry, ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition 2006, Chicago, IL, June 2006, Session 2006-489.
  • Streveler, R.A., Geist, M.R., Ammerman, R.F., Sulzbach, C.S., Miller, R.L., Olds, B.M., and Nelson, M.A., Identifying and Investigating Difficult Concepts in Engineering Mechanics and Electric Circuits, ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition 2006, Chicago, IL, June 2006, Session 2006-1653.
  • Hubbard, R.J., Mielke, C.W., Ray, J.C., Shaffer, D.H., Sen, P.K., and Ammerman, R.F., Future Energy Needs and Sustainable Energy Applications for the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) Campus: Needs for the Year 2020 and Beyond, IEEE 37th Annual North American Power Symposium (NAPS), Ames, IA, October 24 – 25, 2005, pp. 603-610.
  • Higbee, J., Brehm, J., Sen, P.K., and Ammerman, R.F., Residential Electric Power Systems: Implications for Distributed Generation, IEEE 37th Annual North American Power Symposium (NAPS), Ames, IA, October 24 – 25, 2005, pp. 475-480.
  • Ammerman, R.F., Sen, P.K., and Streveler, R.A., Work in Progress ? The Kolb Learning Model Applied to an Advanced Energy Systems Laboratory, ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Indianapolis, IN, October 20 ? 22, 2005, Session T2C,

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