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Drolz, Joseph

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Drolz, Joseph
Mr. Drolz is starting his 40th year working in the Power Generation Industry. He joined GE in 1974 as a Field Service Engineer and worked in several roles on Steam and Gas Turbines. In 1979 he joined Detroit Edison where he was the utility Turbine Start Up Engineer on the 800 MW Greenwood plant. In 1982 he was Supervisor of Plant Start Up for the 1300 MW Belle River Power Plant and progressed through several plant roles to the Maintenance Manager position. He had the opportunity to lead several recovery efforts on the 1100 MW Fermi 2 catastrophic turbine failure in 1994. He was the Manager of the Fossil Mechanical Engineering Group where he was responsible for 11000 MWs of Turbine, Pump, Boiler and HP Piping systems. He lead design specification for the modernization of the Fermi steam path and contributed to MSR and Feedwater heater systems. He finished his career at Detroit Edison as the Manager of Fossil Reliability where he was responsible for enhancing GE, Siemens-Westinghouse and Allis-Chalmer turbine reliability. In this role he also led the EPRI Boiler Tube Reduction Task force for the fleet. In 2010 Joe retired early from Detroit Edison. He has worked for HPC since 2010 as a trainer on Turbine Generator Start Up & Maintenance, Power Plant Maintenance and has been a Subject Matter Expert, third party independent consultant on Nuclear projects. He enjoys equipment & personnel challenges while finding solutions that help the owners. Joe is a contributor to the IGTC Generator and Steam Turbine Forums.


Whitaker, Kirk

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Whitaker, Kirk
Kirk brings over 33 years of hands on experience and specializes in generator testing, inspection, and commissioning, generator seal oil, gas control, stator cooling, protective relaying, excitation, high potential testing, new unit start up and forced outage support of turbine generator equipment. During his 33 year career, he spent 15 years as a GE generator specialist/excitation engineer followed by having diverse hands on experience as a critical fleet team member of Florida Power and Light where he supported their fleet needs for excitation and generators, then as an electrical commissioning engineer for both Duke/Fluor Daniel and South Carolina Electric and Gas and as the startup engineer for Georgia Power at both Plant Vogtle and Plant Hatch. Kirk is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in Electrical Engineering.


Morel, Jorge

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Morel, Jorge
Mr. Morel has 25+ years of experience as a senior engineer with GE Power Systems, maintaining gas and steam turbine control systems. His has a vast amount experience in commissioning and starting Combined Cycle and Fossil units. Additionally, Mr. Morel has helped organize and teach numerous courses on turbine control and BOP maintenance worldwide.


Zheming Tang

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Zheming Tang
Mr. Tang specializes in gas and steam turbine operation, maintenance and installation support. Zheming has over 20 years' experience in turbine controls, outage planning and execution, as power plant engineer, GE field engineer, GE contract performance manager and independent consultant. Zheming has also instructed some GE Mark V to VIe control system training courses and holds a Professional Engineers License for Alberta. Zheming resides near Edmonton, AB, Canada.


Gilleland, Randy

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Gilleland, Randy
Mr. Gilleland recently retired from a Texas utility after nearly 36 years of service. During his employment he filled positions ranging from Auxiliary Operator, Control Operator, Lead Operator, Training Manager, Transmission Superintendent, Operations Superintendent, Production Superintendent, and Plant Manager. His experience relates to operating and maintaining lignite, coal, and natural gas burning boilers providing steam energy to General Electric and Hitachi turbines. Other experience includes extensive root cause analysis, developing and providing a wide range of skilled training to power plant personnel, simulator training, and writing detailed power plant operating procedures and instructions. Randy resides in Texas.