Kevin J. Rapp graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside with a B.S. in Chemistry. While completing his research in Lipid-Cellulose Interactions Chemistry, he received an undergraduate research honor from the American Society of Oil Chemists. Kevin began his working career at the Thomas A. Edison Technical Center in 1976 where he worked on electrical power equipment R&D projects for 27 years. Projects included testing and replacement of PCB’s, all-film capacitor technology, corrosive sulfur mitigation, streaming electrification, and enhanced life insulation systems for liquid immersed transformers. In the early 90’s, Kevin co-invented Envirotemp™ FR3™ natural ester fluid (vegetable oil-based technology) for use in electrical equipment as a research scientist with Cooper Power Systems. In June 2012, the FR3 Fluid technology was acquired by Cargill Inc., where Kevin is the Principal Chemist for the Global Dielectric Fluids business.
Kevin is heavily involved in standards work at ASTM as Chairman of D27.15 and D27.91 Subcommittees, and at IEC as the Technical Advisor for the United States National Committee (USNC) for ANSI/IEC TC10 insulating fluids for electrotechnical applications. He is IEC Convenor of TC 14 AHG-1 to develop the framework to advise TC 14 of the functional requirements of new insulating liquids for transformers. He is an USNC executive committee member of CIGRE, and a TAG member of IEC TC 14, TC 31, TC 89 and TC 112.
Kevin received the IEC 1906 Award in 2011 for his work on the IEC 62770 standard for natural ester electrical insulating liquids. In December 2013, He was awarded the US-EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for Envirotemp FR3 fluid and its use in new transformer technology. Kevin received an ASTM Service Award in May 2015 and became an ASTM Fellow in May 2018 after receiving the Award of Merit. Kevin holds many US and International patents and has published numerous papers. He is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), AOCS, ASTM, CIGRE, IEC and IEEE Transformer Committee.