Steven Blair, MEng, PhD, MIET, SMIEEE


  • United Kingdom

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Personal profile

Personal Statement

I am the Nokia Lecturer in the Institute for Energy and Environment, within the Electronic and Electrical Engineering department.

My previous roles involved working on a number of research projects, including:

  • EMRP ENG52 "Smart Grid II", involving the development of phasor measurement units for distribution networks,
  • ELECTRA, involving future grid flexibility and control, and
  • ERIGrid, involving smart grid laboratory infrastructure.

Also, I conducted analysis for the Capacity to Customers (C2C) Low Carbon Networks Fund project, in partnership with Electricity North West Ltd. In particular, this role involved understanding the impact of novel automation and demand-side response schemes on system capacity and power quality, using detailed system models and monitoring data.

I am interested in communications for power systems, in particular IEC 61850, wide area communications using IP/MPLS, and phasor measurement units. I have created two open source libraries for facilitating the development and testing of IEC 61850-based systems: rapid61850 and discover.

I have also created several tools for visualising power systems concepts, including: real and reactive power, symmetrical components, the dq0 transform, and voltage harmonics.

I am a member of the IET, the IEEE, the IEEE Power & Energy Society, IEC TC57 WG10, CIGRE WG B5.64, and the IEEE Open Source Software Task Force.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Power system protection
  • Fault current limitation
  • Power system communications
  • IEC 61850
  • Real-time simulation
  • Embedded systems
  • Software development

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Strathclyde

Master of Engineering, University of Strathclyde

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Projects 2009 2021

Research Output 2009 2019

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Analysis and selection of appropriate components for power system metrology instruments

Quijano Cetina, R., Seferi, Y., Blair, S. M. & Wright, P. S., 23 May 2019, 2019 2nd International Colloquium on Smart Grid Metrology, SMAGRIMET 2019 - Proceedings. Petrovic, G., Ivsic, B. & Dadic, M. (eds.). Piscataway, N.J.: IEEE, 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution book

Open Access
Signal processing
Electric power system measurement
Phasor measurement units
Power quality

A new platform for validating real-time, large-scale WAMPAC systems

Blair, S., 15 May 2019. 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceSpeech

Open Access
Phasor measurement units
Large scale systems


Best Paper Award

Qiteng Hong (Recipient), Steven Blair (Recipient), Rachael Eynon (Recipient), Nathan Matheson (Recipient), Max McFarlane (Recipient), Rhys Williams (Recipient) & Campbell Booth (Recipient), 24 Oct 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Radio Industries Club of Scotland - Baird Memorial Prize

Steven Macpherson Blair (Recipient), 2008

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Electronics industry

Activities 2011 2019

Demonstrating and Leveraging Packet Networks

Steven Blair (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Future Decentralized Frequency Control

Steven Blair (Speaker)
5 Dec 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation