HDC’s Doug Filer honored with the 2015 Federal Columbia River Power System Award of Excellence

Elliot Mainzer, administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration Administrator honored Doug Filer, Hydroelectric Design Center, as the 2015 Federal Columbia River Power System “Award of Excellence” recipient, in November. (Corps of Engineers photo)

Elliot Mainzer, administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration Administrator honored Doug Filer, Hydroelectric Design Center, as the 2015 Federal Columbia River Power System “Award of Excellence” recipient, in November. (Corps of Engineers photo)

 
Doug Filer, an electrical engineer with the Corps of Engineers’ Hydroelectric Design Center, received the 2015 Federal Columbia River Power System Award of Excellence.

“Doug is one of our very best and has added so much to our national reputation and customer service focus,” said Steve Miles, HDC Director. “He is a national-level expert in power transformers across the industry and we are lucky to have him on our team.”

Filer has provided engineering support for more than 100 transformers at more than 30 Corps power plants, including failure investigations and internal inspections. He also has assisted with many projects on transformer maintenance issues and recommendations.

During his 29-year career, Filer has proactively taken steps to enhance HDC as a knowledgeable and responsive center of expertise. One example is that he created an historical archive of the Corps’ hydropower transformer fleet which has become an effective tool to aid in HDC’s support of Corps transformers. The archive now serves as a model for similar efforts within HDC.

“Doug has made significant contributions to national standards in his technical arena,” said Miles. “He’s been an active participant in the Doble International Client Conference since 1996, is a member of the Transformer, Bushings, and Insulating Materials subcommittee and is also actively involved in the IEEE Transformers committee meetings where he was directly involved with the creation of new Standards, including factory acceptance testing and transportation guides.”

Filer’s strength of knowledge and years of experience are valuable to the Corps, Miles said. “His professional service and expertise earned him the FCRPS Award of Excellence, as well as the continued respect of the Corps of Engineers and his colleagues.”

The FCRPS award was presented in Seattle, Washington by Elliot Mainzer, administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration Nov. 17, 2015.