Craig M. Wellman

Craig M. Wellman
Craig M. Wellman

Biography

A champion of improving electrical safety in the workplace, Craig M. Wellman’s founding and chairing of the working group that developed the IEEE 1584-2002 standard for performing arc flash hazard calculations has reduced injuries and saved lives. This groundbreaking standard provides a method to predict the severity of arc flashes so that workers can wear appropriate arc-rated clothing or revise protective devices to reduce the hazards. Wellman volunteered to lead the 47-person working group through the process of reviewing available data, defining a test program, soliciting funds, conducting testing, analyzing data, developing a model, writing the standard, and working through the ballot process. Remarkably completed within two years, the standard has impacted the design of power system equipment, safe work practices, personal protective equipment, and worker training.

An IEEE Life Fellow, Wellman was employed by DuPont for 30 years and then worked as an independent consultant. He resides in Newark, DE, USA.