Nirmal-Kumar C. Nair (S’01–M’04–SM’10) received his B.E. in electrical engineering from Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara, India in 1990 and M.E. (Gold Medal) in electrical engineering with high voltage engineering specialization from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India in 1998. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, USA in 2004. He has held several professional, teaching and research positions in India, USA and New Zealand (NZ). Presently, he is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering in The University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is actively engaged towards The University of Auckland’s outreach with power system stakeholders, internationally and in New Zealand across all sectors.
His current research interests involves power system analysis, power systems operations, protective relaying, automation & optimization in the context of smart grid, electricity markets and integration issues of DG/renewable sources into bulk power system. He has special ongoing interest in voltage collapse, blackouts and special protection schemes. To date he has contributed to about 100+ refereed conference and journal papers and has been actively offering his services by reviewing for several reputed journals and conferences.
Nirmal is the past Vice-Chair & Chair ( 2007-08 & 2009-10) and currently Student Activities Chair (2011- ) and PES/PELS Chapter Chair (2011- ) for IEEE NZ North Section. In the IEEE PES he serves as the Chair of Life Long Learning Subcommittee (2012-13), Constitution and Bylaws Standing Committee member in Governing Board (2011-) and member of PES Nominations and Appointments Committee (2011-). He also actively participates and contributes in several working group and task forces within the IEEE PES society. He is an Executive committee member for CIGRE New Zealand National Committee since 2008 and is 2010-14 Observer Member for CIGRE B5 (Protection and Automation) from NZ currently contributing to 2 working groups.