From electrical engineering to network modeling, software development to customer deliveries, this man rightfully plays a key role when developing our software for North American utilities. Originally from Europe, he has also faced the structural and technical differences between the American and European style electrical networks – and truly knows what he’s talking about!
“You must understand the electricity, the electric networks themselves and also how people operate the networks, what their concerns are, and what kinds of safety issues there are,” Vasile reflects, continuing: “It is very important, because when talking to people in an electrical company, the issues instantly make sense to me on all the different levels.”
Reflections: European vs. American Networks
Today, Vasile runs the engineering group based in Huntsville, Alabama, a team that combines people with various skills, responsibility areas and backgrounds for product development. “Working together is business as usual for our entire division, so that everybody always helps each other out, whether it be developing, testing, deploying, bug fixing or offering support services for the customers,” Vasile explains. It’s the mixture of skills that helps provide the best possible service to our customers.
Vasile’s team also works in a very close collaboration with the development team in Espoo, Finland. “We have a lot of common development. Either suggestions from our side are developed by the Espoo group or we develop our own extensions and use them in the U.S. in conjunction with the core solutions”, Vasile explains.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Vasile also finds it very important to have everybody with at least some level of understanding on the electrical industry. “It's hard to describe everything that the software should do in very small detail, and sometimes people have to use their own judgement for whether something will work or not. The more people can make their own decisions, especially the developers, the better the software will be and the faster the development goes on.”
I’ve always wondered how he manages all that he does, but sitting down and talking to him in person, I now know: The man not only knows, he also cares. And that, indeed, is a combination to move mountains.
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