Kathy Nelson

Kathy Nelson

Principal Telecommunications Engineer at Great River Energy

Kathy received her BSEE from North Dakota State University in 1993 and has worked as a telecommunications engineer at Great River Energy ever since. She has worked primarily on SCADA communications systems and mobile radio system design, including a statewide wireless, broadband SCADA and Field Services data network; trunked mobile radio systems; and an EPRI research project to further the development of the UCA protocol. Kathy has served on the Board of Directors for Utilities Telecommunications Council for almost three years, previously as the Rural Issues Committee Chair and more recently as Chair of the Wireless Committee of the Public Policy Division. She is also a member of UTC's Smart Networks Council Education and Standards Committee. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Minnesota and has been an IEEE member for 22 years.

The trunking capability (of DMR) allows our users to hit push-to-talk no matter where they are in our system… We also have 14 distribution co-ops that use our radio system – so when mutual aid is required we can communicate with each other. But on a normal day-to-day basis everyone operates individually and doesn’t hear everyone else’s traffic.

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