Biography: Dr. Edward Cherney

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Dr. Edward Cherney

Edward (Ed) A. Cherney received the B.Sc. degree from the University of Waterloo in 1967, in honors physics with chemistry and mathematics as minor subjects; the M.Sc. degree in physics from McMaster University, in 1969; and in 1974, the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo. In 1968 he began his career in electrical insulation when he joined the Ontario Hydro Research Division (now known as Kinectrics) in Toronto. While at Ontario Hydro, he became involved in many areas of electrical insulation, developing methods for the evaluation of insulation materials and insulators; and in grounding, electromagnetic interference, insulation coordination, and in hot line test methods. In 1981 he became an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Windsor where he was involved in the development of a research program in polymeric materials for outdoor insulation, and he continued in this role until 1996. In 1988 he left Ontario Hy dro to become the President and General Manager of K-Line Insulators in Toronto, and in 1998 he became an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo, where today his research interests are in nanofillers for dielectrics and in rotating machine insulation for adjustable speed drives, and where he teaches a graduate course in high voltage engineering. In 1990 he became the President and Director of CSL Silicones, where he was instrumental in developing silicone rubber coatings and compounds for electrical and electronic applications. Since 2000, he has been a consultant for EACH Engineering in the electrical insulation field, and today he is involved in several international projects on insulator coatings, insulator design, and insulator failures. Dr. Cherney is a Fellow of the IEEE Power and Energy Society, a member and Whitehead lecturer of the Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society, a Registered Engineer in the Province of Ontario, the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine and the Industry Liaison person for the University of Waterloo high voltage laboratory.