Ricardo Abboud received his B.S.E.E. degree in electrical engineering from Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Brazil, in 1992. In 1993, he joined CPFL Energia as a protection engineer. In 2000, he joined Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (SEL) as a field application engineer in Brazil, assisting customers in substation protection, automation, and control systems. In 2005, he became the field engineering manager, leading and mentoring the application engineering group, and in 2014, he became the engineering services manager. In 2016, he transferred to SEL headquarter in Pullman as an international technical manager, providing advanced technical support and consultancy about new technologies to the international field offices. In 2019 he joined SEL University as a Professor. Currently he is a principal engineer with SEL Engineering Services.