Employee Spotlight - December 2016 - GDS Associates

Employee Spotlight – December 2016

Claudiu Cadar

PROJECT MANAGER | MARIETTA, GAclaude_hs

Claudiu (“Claude”) Cadar joined GDS in March of 2009 from another consulting practice in the Atlanta area. He brings a wealth of experience through his work throughout the US in power systems analysis, design and planning, and previously in Romania through his supervision of the planning and operation of a portion of the national energy grid. Claude received his Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering degree in 1995 from Technical University Timisoara, Romania with a major in Power Transmission and Distribution, he holds an Associate Certification in Industrial Management that he also received in 1995, he is a member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers, and the Power Engineering Society. His tireless work ethic and desire to meet client needs with excellence makes Claude a highly valued resource with both internal and external clients due to his technical expertise and his understanding of strategic challenges.
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Claude has been involved with several generation interconnection projects, including traditional fossil and renewable resources, currently assisting with ETEC’s RC Thomas hydro generator interconnection. His work included the technical study portion of the interconnection analysis, providing also support throughout the construction phase with coordinating technical review of the electrical design and equipment, and regulatory compliance. Besides the generation projects, Claude is responsible also with performing various transmission studies, power flow, short circuit, transient stability and contingency simulations, compliance assessments and many other. He assisted several GDS clients throughout the process of transitioning to energy market operation and integration of their system into the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO). Additionally, he is involved in the process of development and negotiation of various contractual agreements, review of technical specifications and coordination with Regional Transmission Organizations.

WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING THING ABOUT YOUR WORK AT GDS?
There are so many things that I enjoy while working at GDS, but probably the most rewarding is to be part of a great team, amazing people on a personal level, some of the best, valued experts in this business.

WHAT IS YOUR BUSINESS MOTTO:
Treat every client’s business same as if you would own it, consider his goals and his challenges as your own.

AS A PERSON COMING FROM EASTERN EUROPE, HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT LIVING IN US?
Becoming a US citizen is one of the greatest, most memorable moments in my life that I feel very proud of. Born and lived in a country going through radical social and political challenges, I felt blessed and grateful for being given the chance to live in this country, I always felt that I belong, I never felt estranged. Living the American Dream.