A Con Edison researcher from Borough Park, Brooklyn has won a prestigious industry award for his work on a project to make the delivery of electricity safer.
Rashal Mahamud, associate engineer in Distribution Engineering, received the Technology Transfer Award from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), a national energy research organization.
Mahamud, who has worked for the company since 2009, worked with two Con Edison colleagues on research into using smartphones and tablets to detect dangerous “stray” voltage on the streets. The faster a utility finds stray voltage, the faster crews can make repairs, ensuring public safety.
Updated 4/30/12 at 1:47 p.m. to include comment from Con Edison on origin of fire.
‘Jet Black Smoke’ Filled Sky Over Brooklyn
By Mary Frost
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
DUMBO — A fire at the Con Edison substation in DUMBO / Vinegar Hill sent thick plumes of black smoke into the sky at roughly 5:19 p.m. Sunday afternoon. FDNY and the Hazmat Battalion were called to John and Bridge streets to battle the flames.
Residents of DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights said they heard a loud explosion just seconds before flames and smoke poured from the plant. Henry Street resident Beverly Closs told the Brooklyn Eagle, “I was out relaxing on my balcony when I heard a loud explosion. I jumped up and saw jet-black smoke billowing up into the sky.” Ms. Closs said she then called inside to her husband Bill, “Come quick, you have to see this!”