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Faculty Profile - Raymond C. Hill


Senior Research Engineer
Lead Engineer - High Voltage Laboratory

National Electric Energy Research, Testing & Applications Center

Mailing Address:
5351 Kennedy Road
Forest Park, GA 30297
Phone: 404.675.1881
Fax: 404.675.1885


Mr. Hill is currently a Senior Research Engineer at Georgia Tech's National Electric Energy Testing, Research & Applications Center (NEETRAC) High Voltage Laboratory where he serves as the Lead Engineer.

Mr. Hill grew up in Cobb County, Georgia USA where he attended Southern Polytechnic State University and received his Bachelor's of Electrical Engineering Technology degree with honors in 1973.

He has worked for Western Electric in Broadband Engineering, Florida Power & Light in Substation Test, and Georgia Power Company in Substation Test and the Georgia Power Research Center. In January, 1996, he joined the Georgia Tech Research Faculty when NEETRAC was formed from the Georgia Power Research Center.

He has been active in the IEEE Surge Protective Devices Committee (SPDC) since 1999, holding several offices including Low Voltage Subcommittee Chair. He is also a member of the Underwriters Laboratories Standards Technical Panel for Surge Protective Devices (UL 1449).

Mr. Hill has authored/co-authored technical papers on secondary surge protection in addition to many Georgia Tech research reports on lightning performance and protection dealing with the electric utility system and many additional reports on high voltage and high current applied research. He has also co-authored papers on qualification/type testing of underground transmission cable systems. In addition, He has appeared on Atlanta's WSB-TV and the Canadian Discovery Channel concerning lightning and high voltage testing.

Mr. Hill's specialties include high voltage and high current testing, electrical/electronic circuit design, and lightning surge protection. His hobbies include playing soprano, alto, and baritone sax in church and the lapidary arts.

Research Interests

  • High Voltage (AC, DC and Impulse) and High Current (Fault) Testing
  • Lightning Surge Protection and Electromagnetic Compatibility

Distinctions & Patents

  • Professional Engineer, Electrical Engineering (Georgia) 1983
  • Member, IEEE (PES and Surge Protective Devices Committee)
  • Vice-Chair & Secretary, IEEE SPDC WG 3.6.4
  • Chair, IEEE SPDC WG 3.6.9
  • Chair, IEEE SPDC Low Voltage Subcommittee 3.6
  • IEEE SPDC Low Voltage Standards Coordinator
  • Liaison for IEEE SPDC to IEEE HVTT Committee
  • Non-voting member, US National Committee TC37 TAG
  • Member, IEEE SPDC WGs 3.6.1, 3.6.2, 3.6.3, 3.6.4, 3.6.6, 3.6.7, 3.6.9, 3.6.10, 3.6.11, 3.6.12, 3.6.13, 3.3.11, 3.4.8, 3.4.14, 3.4.16

Selected Publications

  • "Residential Service Entrance Surge Suppression Device Testing and Considerations", authored and presented to the Open Forum on Surge Protection Application at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Published in the Proceedings, NISTIR 4657.
  • "Characterization of Transient Voltage Surge Suppressors from a System Compatibility Perspective", co-authored and presented to the Second International Conference on Power Quality (PQA '92). Co-authors were Mr. Tom Key of EPRI's Power Electronics Application Center and Mr. François Martzloff of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Published in the Proceedings, EPRI PQA '92.
  • C.M. Riley, R.C. Hill, and R.N. Hampton, HV Cable Qualifications to IEC 62067-2006 and ICEA S-108-720-2004 , JiCable '11 - 8th International Conference on Insulated Power Cables , Vol. 1, pp. 343 346, 19 23 June 2011, Versailles, France.
  • C.M. Riley, R.C. Hill, and R.N. Hampton, Breakdown of MV Cable Jackets under Impulse Conditions , IEEE Insulated Conductors Committee (ICC), Spring 2010 Subcommittee A; Nashville, Tennessee.

Last revised on November 22, 2011