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Full name: 
Douglas Ahrens
Job title: 
Research Engineer I
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VL W315

Mr. Ahrens is currently a research engineer at Georgia Tech's Center for Distributed Energy and contributes to work done at the National Electric Energy Testing, Research, & Applications Center (NEETRAC). He spent the first 15 years of his career working at Georgia Power Company in power system operations as a control systems engineer and distribution automation project manager. He also held project and people management roles for 15 years at Scientific-Atlanta (now a part of Cisco Systems), providing deployment and support services for utility energy management, digital video, and RF & optical transport infrastructure. His managerial experience included assignments as manager of advanced digital services and worldwide video transmission products at Scientific-Atlanta and Cisco Systems. Prior to coming to Georgia Tech, Mr. Ahrens was a SCADA implementation project manager for Schneider Electric, working with North American utilities and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Mr. Ahrens obtained a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University and is a registered Professional Engineer in Georgia. He has been awarded one U.S. patent from his work at Cisco Systems.

Research interests: 
  • The Smart Grid
  • Power delivery communication and control systems
  • Distribution & substation automation
  • Distributed energy resource management
  • Senior Member, Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers
    – Power and Energy Society
    – Computer Society
    – IEEE Standards Association

  • Member, DNP User Group, 2017-present
  • Member, DNP Technical Committee, 2017-present
  • Professional Engineer, State of Georgia, 1986-present

D. Ahrens (Cisco Systems), "On-Demand Content Control Based on Parental Control Setting", U.S. patent 8,832,725, issued September 9, 2014.

D. Ahrens (Scientific-Atlanta), "Integrating, Deploying and Supporting Applications", Power Summit 2000 Interactive TV Developer Conference (Palo Alto, CA), October 2000.

D. Ahrens (Scientific-Atlanta), "Broadband Services To The Home", Telecommunications and Utility Alliances Conference (Denver, CO), January 1997.

R. Kennedy (Florida Power Corporation), F. Levy and D. Ahrens (Scientific-Atlanta), "2-Way Utility Communications Over A Broadband Network In The USA ", DA/DSM Europe, October 1996.

D. Ahrens (Georgia Power Company) and S.P. Lazarus (Valmet Automation), "Using AM/FM/GIS Data Within A Distribution Automation System", AM/FM International Conference XVII (Denver, CO), March 1994. Presented again at the Valmet Automation Users Group, October 1994. Reprinted in 'Transmission & Distribution' Magazine, October 1994.

D. Ahrens (Georgia Power Company), "Distribution SCADA at Georgia Power Company", Southern Company Operational Relay Conference (St. Simon’s, GA), July 1994.

M. Garnett (Valmet Automation) and D. Ahrens (Georgia Power Company), "AM/FM - SCADA Integration Within The Utility Communication Architecture (UCA) Standard", AM/FM International Conference XVI (Orlando, FL), March 1993. Included in "The Best Papers of AM/FM International", 1993. Referenced in "The Emergence and Convergence of AM/FM/GIS and SCADA Systems", 'SCADA Letter' Magazine, Spring 1994.

D. Ahrens, J.H. Ball, J.D. Bennett and S.N. Bennett (Georgia Power Company), "Georgia Power Company Standardized SCADA Pole-Mount Installation for Distribution Automation Applications", Southeastern Electric Exchange 1993, Excellence in Engineering Award - Distribution Category, February 1993.

Last revised February 19, 2018