ECE Hall of Fame: Victor Hermosillo

Posted: December 19, 2020

Alumnus Victor Hermosillo earned his MSEE from The Ohio State University in May 1987, with a focus on Power Systems. He earned his BSEE/IE-ITESM in Electrical & Industrial Engineering, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico, December 1984. He received his PhD from Uppsala University, Institute of High Voltage Research, Sweden in October 1993.

Today, Hermosillo is the Engineering Director of High-voltage circuit breakers at GE Grid Solutions. He previously served as Engineering Director and Sr. Development Engineer at Areva T&D; was Sr. Development Engineer at ABB. He went on to lead a distinguished career doing HV Circuit Breaker Design, Testing, Standards & Applications. He was R&D Director, Sr. Expert, Dead-Tank Circuit Breakers, at GE Grid Solutions. He also was Technical Lead, at GE Grid Solutions HV Laboratory, and a member of STLNA, A2LA Accredited Lab. He was Sr. Member of the IEEE High-Voltage Circuit Breaker Subcommittee Chair.

Hermosillo was a key figure involved in the creation and design of all dead-tank HV circuit breakers manufactured by GE Grid Solutions (formerly Alstom/Areva) rated from 38 kV to 550 kV. He has 25 years of experience in circuit-breaker design, testing and applications.

Hermosillo holds 10 US & European patents covering design aspects of switchgear technology. He participated in basic research to implement controlled switching solutions for network transient suppression and performance enhancement of circuit breakers. He also led the industrialization of some of the first commercially-available optical instrument transformers. Designed GE’s HV Laboratory and led its ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation. Chair of IEEE HVCB Subcommittee overseeing all IEEE standards associated with circuit breakers. Currently involved in the design of SF6-free HV AC switchgear, advanced condition monitoring and dynamic ratings.