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Caryn Riley
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Principal Research Engineer
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Dr. Riley is currently a senior research engineer at Georgia Tech's National Electric Energy Testing, Research, & Applications Center (NEETRAC), where she serves as the Electrical Systems section leader and New Technology/Research focus area projects manager. During her first four years at NEETRAC, she worked in the Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center at Georgia Tech. As a part of this effort, she supported Georgia Tech's FutureTruck teams and helped in the development of fast charge systems for electric buses. In July 2002, she transferred to NEETRAC's High Voltage Laboratory in Forest Park, Ga. As a high voltage engineer, she has tested various types of high voltage equipment, including underground cables, overhead line hardware, switchgear, insulators, and wildlife protective devices.

As section leader and projects manager, Dr. Riley manages the medium and high voltage laboratory facilities, including scheduling of equipment and personnel resources, equipment maintenance, and calibration. Current active projects include the testing of wildlife guards for the utility industry, evaluation of distribution insulators (post and suspension), distribution polymer cutout test program development, underground cable type testing, practical interpretation of infrared camera images, and high voltage testing for the utility industry.

She attended the Georgia Institute of Technology where she earned the B.S.E.E., M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. degrees in 1992, 1993, and 1998 respectively.

Research interests: 
  • High voltage switchgear testing
  • RIV & Corona testing for development of transmission and substation hardware
  • Extra High Voltage (EHV) power cables
  • Polymer insulator and cutout testing and analysis
  • Wildlife protective products
  • Chair of the IEEE Working Group for Wildlife Protective Devices (2009-present)
  • Member, IEEE (PES, IAS, PELS, and SA)
  • Member & Past President of Altrusa International, Inc. of Atlanta, GA
  • NSF Fellowship, Georgia Tech 1992-1995

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.

IEEE 1656 Guide for Testing the Electrical, Mechanical, and Durability Performance of Wildlife Protective Devices on Overhead Power Distribution Systems Rated up to 38 kV, February 2011.

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.

C.M. Riley and B.M. Pettitt, "Fast Charge Evaluation of Electric Ground Support Equipment at Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport," Proceedings of the 17th International Electric Vehicle Symposium, Montreal, Canada, October 15 18, 2000.

C.M. Riley and T.G. Habetler, "Development of a Sensorless Vibration Monitoring Method for Small AC Machines: A Summary of Results (Invited Paper)," Proceedings of the 7th Mechatronics Forum - Mechatronics 2000, September 2000.

C.M. Riley, R.R. Obaid, and T.G. Habetler, "A Method for the Sensorless Determination of the Vibration Level in Inverter-Driven Induction Motors," 1999 IEEE International Electric Machines & Drives Conference, pp. 165-167, May 1999.

C.M. Riley, B.K. Lin, T.G. Habetler, and G.B. Kliman, "Stator Current Harmonics and Their Causal Vibrations: A Preliminary Investigation of Sensorless Vibration Monitoring Applications," IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, Vol. 35, No. 1, pp. 94-99, January/February 1999.

C.M. Riley, B.K. Lin, T.G. Habetler and R.R. Schoen, "A Method for Sensorless On-Line Vibration Monitoring of Induction Machines," IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, Vol. 34, No. 6, pp. 1240-1245, November/December 1998.

Last revised January 31, 2023