Tom Zind

Freelance Writer

Zind is a freelance writer based in Lee’s Summit, Mo. He can be reached at

EE Evolution 
A decade ago, Erhan Kudeki, Ph.D, then a 20-year member of the electrical engineering (EE) faculty at the University of Illinois, looked on as student interest in one of the nation’s premier EE programs softened.
Pool Shock Peril Resurfaces  6
A stew of knotty issues is sparking fresh debate over whether swimming pools adequately protect users from the menace of electric shock.
Trawling, Not Squeezing, for Motor Efficiency  1
Energy efficiency always carries a price, and the federal government’s latest initiative to wring more savings from efficient electric motors offers proof.
A True Shock to the System 

Like peeling away the layers of an onion, research into electrical injuries is revealing more all the time. It’s enough to bring a tear to the eye when the full extent of the potential damage to unfortunate victims — most from the workplace — is completely grasped.

Solar Under Fire  9
Festering fire service worries over the hazards of working around rooftop photovoltaic (PV) installations are beginning to see the light of day.
On-Site Power: Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Out of Operation  1
Now soaking wet, the “elephant in the room” is perhaps easier to see. With its floodwaters swamping generators, switchgear, and fueling components for backup power systems serving scores of facilities in and around New York City in October 2012, Hurricane Sandy exposed a flaw in backup power that now may be too big to ignore.
2014 Construction Outlook 
It’s been five years since the financial crisis and crippling recession froze new construction in its tracks.
The Language of Heat
Thermal imaging technology that flags possible electrical problems before they fully form and wreak havoc clearly demonstrates that heat generates light. But if light is also defined as the unvarnished truth, that may only be accurate in the purely physical sense.
Best in Five: EC&M 2013 Top 50 Electrical Contractors 
New pockets of opportunity and slow return to normalcy help EC&M ’s Top 50 electrical contractors register five-year revenue record
How Mobile Technology Is Changing Hiring and Recruiting Practices
How mobile and social media are changing the employment market for some electrical firms
Submetering Trends in Commercial Buildings
Submetering initiatives advance as buildings draw increased scrutiny over energy usage and efficiency
Hurricane Sandy: A Turning Point for Emergency Power? 2
Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath raise questions about the sufficiency of flooding protections for back-up power systems
Mobile Apps for Electrical Professionals
How electrical contractors, engineers and plant facility personnel are using mobile apps on the job and in the field
Financing Trends in the Solar Sector

For an energy source that’s so consistent and measured in its 93-million-mile trek to Earth’s atmosphere, solar power rides a roller coaster of heady promise and stark reality as it’s factored into the market for electrical energy.

2012 Revisions to NFPA 70E
Injuries to workers exposed to high voltage and related electrical hazards may never be totally eliminated, but it won’t be for any lack of trying to bolster the NFPA 70E workplace electrical safety standard.
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