Truman C. Surbrook, Ph.D., is a Professor of Agricultural Engineering at Michigan State University and a registered Professional Engineer and Master Electrician. This book reflects his extensive practical experience in electrical wiring as well as many years of experience as an instructor in the electrical trade. Dr. Surbrook developed the Electrical Apprenticeship Program at Michigan State University and has served as Chair for Curriculum Development for a statewide electrical inspector training short course. He has developed a highly successful and comprehensive NEC training course through Outreach Programs of Michigan State University. Dr. Surbrook has spent his professional career teaching; authoring textbooks, training bulletins, and papers; working with electricians, contractors, inspectors and youth; and conducting research in electrical wiring and electronics. He has served as an active member and officer of several professional organizations, including IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers), American Society of Agricultural Engineers, International Association of Electrical Inspectors, the National Fire Protection Association, and the Michigan Agricultural Electric Council. Dr. Surbrook has also served on several Ad Hoc Technical Committees of the National Electrical Code and has been a member of Code-Making Panels 13 and 19. He has also written and produced a weekly radio program dealing with electri?cation.
Co-author Jonathan R. Althouse, M.S., is Instructor of Agricultural Engineering at Michigan State University. A licensed Master Electrician and Electrical Contractor, he is Coordinator of the Electrical Technology Apprenticeship Program at Michigan State University. He has developed and provided instruction for NEC Update Courses and Journey and Master Electrician examination prep classes. Mr. Althouse has also developed an electrical awareness program for high school students -- Teaching Electri?cation in Agribusiness Classes in High Schools (T.E.A.C.H.S.). He has been involved with professional organizations, including the International Association of Electrical Inspectors, the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, and the Michigan Agricultural Electric Council. Mr. Althouse has created an internet site with Michigan State University that provides technical information to personnel within the electrical trade: http://www.egr.msu.edu/age/. In addition to teaching, his current research interests include LEP, stray voltage, electric power and wiring, and automation systems.