With a career dedicated to developing practical approaches to improving electrical safety, Erling Hesla has championed the safe switching and clearing of power systems through critical contributions and by educating engineers. He developed the first software-driven analytical approach to the planning and control of lockout/tagout analysis for qualified operators to confidently perform the switching and clearing of complex power distribution systems. Hesla led the creation of IEEE Standard 902-1988 (Guide for Maintenance, Operation and Safety of Industrial and Commercial Power Systems), which was the first IEEE standard to provide guidance for safe workplace practices regarding industrial electrical systems. Considered the accepted expert in applying safe switching procedures, Hesla has also disseminated his safety knowledge to engineers worldwide through his consulting practice, many publications, and numerous lectures.
An IEEE Life Senior member, Hesla is owner of Hesla & Associates, Camano Island, WA, USA.