Derek Hooper graduated in 1998 from Marine Maritime Academy with a B.S. in Marine Engineering. From 1998-2001 he sailed with the Merchant Marines as a Marine Engineer. From 2001-2009 he worked as a Service Engineer Generator Specialist for Siemens-Westinghouse, where he served as a team lead for the Advanced Product Development Group. He developed processes for the WESTAC , Aeropac I, TLRI & THRI. These processes include partial discharge oxidation remediation, end-winding vibration analysis & remediation and spark erosion detection & remediation. He also specializes in brushless exciter inspection and repair.