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On the evening of July 19, 2016 at our annual General Meeting, members of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) gathered to honor several of their colleagues for making significant technical, educational and service contributions to the global power and energy community. It is very important to our society to recognize major achievements over the past year—from advancements in electrical power and energy engineering to examples of stellar industry leadership. Our volunteers around the world are investing their time and amazing efforts to benefit the industry and the society. The least we can do is to recognize those efforts through our awards.

This year’s General Meeting in Boston has showcased the great content we provide. With more than 3,300 attendees, the IEEE PES Society-Level Awards marks the emergence of game-changing technology and a year when renewables, microgrids and energy storage are sweeping the globe.

Among all the events at the IEEE PES General Meeting, the Society-Level Awards ceremony is the most inspirational, as industry leaders receive their award and then voice their gratitude for the recognition. For many, it’s a life-changing moment and the acknowledgement from peers is often an emotional experience. The power and energy industry is very much a family and IEEE PES enjoys honoring these very deserving leaders.

But the real privilege as part of the IEEE PES president role is to personally present each winner with their award and then later be photographed with them, side by side. I love this industry and I want to celebrate with my colleagues in their great success.  This year’s IEEE PES Society-Level Awards ceremony honored individuals and their great achievements with just the right amount of pomp and circumstance. As I emphasized during my short speech, it is important that we are all identify and nominate deserving individuals to show how much we appreciate their great contributions.

Please nominate your colleagues for 2017 awards!

And so without further adieu, I present the many great winners of the IEEE PES Society-Level Awards:

IEEE Herman Halperin Electric Transmission and Distribution Award – George Anders
For contribution to advances in computational methods for the thermal rating

  • George Anders’ expertise has contributed toward setting the standard for rating electric power cables, which has provided significant economic benefits to the power industry. His computational techniques using analytical and finite element methods enable engineers to accurately rate cable circuits. He also developed optimization techniques for selecting the most economic conductor sizes, providing accurate calculations to avoid costly oversizing of buried cables. The software for steady-state and emergency ratings of underground cables, which he developed, is used throughout the world and is considered the industry standard for power cable rating calculations. Anders’ contributions to early leak detection methods are also helping to reduce the costs of detection, location, clean up, and repair related to cable leaks. An IEEE Fellow, Anders is currently president of Anders Consulting, Ltd., Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada.

IEEE Power & Energy Society Leadership in Power Award - Gordon Van Welie  
For demonstrating organizational leadership that advances the electric power engineering profession

  • Gordon Van Welie is the ISO New England President and CEO, he oversees New England’s 32,000 megawatt bulk power system, the multi-billion dollar wholesale electricity marketplace, and a robust system planning process designed to ensure the region’s long-term electricity needs. He has been the president and CEO since 2001. New England’s resources are undergoing a dramatic transformation from oil, coal, and nuclear generation to natural gas, renewable energy, and distributed resources. Gordon has led a strategic initiative to keep system reliability intact and wholesale markets competitive while the shift in fuels and technologies occur. These initiatives include addressing the interdependency between the gas and electric systems, ensuring efficient price formation, facilitating the integration of renewable and ‘smart grid’ technologies, and making significant investments in the regional transmission infrastructure.

IEEE PES Award for Excellence in Power Distribution Engineering - John J. Grainger 
For leadership in methods for Volt/VAR optimization

  • John J. Grainger is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University where he established the Electric Power Research Center, a joint university/industry cooperative focused on transmission and distribution systems and power system dynamics. Dr. Grainger also founded Distributed Energy Systems, Inc., an electric power industry consulting firm. His industrial experience is with the Electricity Supply Board of Ireland, numerous electric utilities in the US including Wisconsin Energy Corporation, Pacific Gas and Electric and Duke Energy formerly Carolina Power and Light, and industry organizations such as the Electric Power Research Institute and ABB’s Electric Systems Technology Institute.

IEEE PES CSEE Yu-Hsiu Ku Electrical Engineering Award - Guanghui Sun
For his pioneering contributions in power system stability control and equipment and development of stability control standards in China

  • Guanghui Sun created the technical field of China power system stability control, invented relevant principles and criteria to solve the key technical problems, developed the first power system stability control device in China followed by a full series of equipment for power system second and third defense lines which have been widely applied in China, wrote a full set of stability control standards on which a complete power system stability control system was established, improved greatly the security and stability of power grid.

IEEE PES Cyril Veinott Electromechanical Energy Conversion Award - William R. McCown
For contributions to the design of large electric generators for fossil, nuclear, and hydroelectric power plants

  • William R. McCown is currently retired and consulting part-time with Siemens Energy on generator design technology. His position at Siemens Energy before retirement in April 2014 was Manager of Generator Concept Design where he was responsible for all electromagnetic and ventilation product design. He has been involved in generator product design and development for over 44 years with Westinghouse, Siemens-Westinghouse and most recently Siemens Energy. Over 40 of those years have involved engineering management responsibilities, including Project Manager for the EPRI-Westinghouse 300 MVA Superconducting Generator Program, Manager of Hydrogenerator Electrical Design, as well as Manager of various groups involved in steam and gas turbine driven generator design and development.

IEEE PES Douglas M. Staszesky Distribution Automation Award - Mohammad Shahidehpour
For the development and the deployment of a high-reliability distribution system in a perfect power microgrid at a university campus

  • Mohammad Shahidehpour is the Bodine Professor and Director of the Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). His technical contributions have converted the entire IIT campus to an islandable microgrid with an advanced distribution automation system. Dr. Shahidehpour was the 2009 recipient of the honorary doctorate from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest. He completed his PhD degree (electrical engineering) in 1981 at the University of Missouri. Dr. Shahidehpour has co-authored 6 books and 500 technical papers on electric power system operation and planning. He was the recipient of 8 best paper awards for his IEEE publications. He served as the VP of Publications for the IEEE Power and Energy Society and the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid.

IEEE PES Nari Hingorani Custom Power Award - Rambabu Adapa 
In recognition of his research and involvement in key projects, conferences and meetings in Custom Power

  • Ramabu Adapa is a Technical Executive in the Power Delivery and Utilization Sector at EPRI. His research activities focus on High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission, Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS), Custom Power, and Fault Current Limiters. Dr. Adapa joined EPRI in 1989 as a Project Manager in the Power System Planning and Operations program. Later he became Product Line Leader for Transmission, Substations, and Grid Operations where he developed the research portfolio and business execution plans for the Grid Operations and Planning areas. Some of the tools in this portfolio included market restructuring, transmission pricing, ancillary services, and security tools to maintain the reliability of the grid.

IEEE PES Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award - Mariesa L. Crow
For leadership and innovation in electric power engineering education

  • Mariesa L. Crow is the Fred Finley Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering at Missouri S&T. She received her BSE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign. In her 25 year academic career, she has taught a variety of courses in power systems engineering at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and has received numerous teaching awards. She is the author of Computational Methods for Electric Power Systems, published by CRC Press/Wiley which is in its third edition.

IEEE PES Outstanding Young Engineer Award - Kory W. Hedman             
For contributions and leadership in the application of operations research and topology control to electric energy markets and power systems analysis

  • Kory W. Hedman received two B.S. degrees, in electrical engi-neering and economics, from the University of Washington and two M.S. degrees, in electrical engineering and economics, from Iowa State University. Hedman received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in operations research from the University of California, Berkeley. Currently, he is an assistant professor in electrical engineering at Arizona State University (ASU). He has previously worked for the California ISO and for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. His research interests include power systems operations and planning, electricity markets, power systems economics, renewable energy, and operations research. Hedman’s latest pursuits include stochastic optimization to enhance operational efficiency while satisfying reliability requirements along with modeling flexible transmission assets to enable power flow control.

IEEE Power & Energy Society Ramakumar Family Renewable Energy Excellence Award - M. Hashem Nehrir 
For contribution to renewable/alternative energy power generation

  • M. Hashem Nehrir has spent the second half of his 45-year professional career contributing to the field of renewable/alternative energy for power generation through research and education. His main contribution is in the design and intelligent power management of hybrid renewable-based energy systems, which he started in mid-1990 and is still ongoing. In addition, his work on aggregate electric thermal storage load modeling and control that started in early 1990s laid the groundwork for using electric water heaters, controlled through communication links, to absorb excess available wind-generated power that at times may be available in wind farms, hence avoiding the curtailment of this emission-free power. This technique, which has been prototyped by a major utility, can also reduce utility peak power demand.

IEEE PES Roy Billinton Power System Reliability Award - Robert James Ringlee
For contributions to the modeling and analysis of generation, transmission and distribution system and apparatus reliability and availability

  • Robert James Ringlee was educated at U. of Washington -- BS & MS Electrical Engineering and Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst -- PhD Mechanics. His professional experience includes General Electric 1948 – 1969, as an Adv. Development Engr, Design Supv. Power Transformer Dept. and as a Sr. Analytical Engr, Unit Manager, Electric Utility Eng Operation. Then, he worked at Power Technologies, Inc. 1969 –1993 as a Principal Engineer & Director. Self employed 1993. Since the 1950's, performed root cause analyses of failures of power transformers and the determination of installation, operation, design or manufacturing process changes to correct the causes. He has directed projects in reliability assessment for bulk power systems, transmission systems, substations and power plants; directed performance assessment methods for US bulk transmission systems, reviewed generation assessment methods for large power pools and has directed the preparation of programs for reliability assessment for system planning and design.

IEEE PES Prabha S. Kundur Power System Dynamics and Control Award - Göran Andersson
For contribution to power system dynamics, stability and control

  • Göran Andersson was born in Malmö, Sweden. He obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degree from the University of Lund in 1975 and 1980, respectively. In 1980 he joined ASEA:s, now ABB, HVDC division in Ludvika, Sweden, where he worked with design and control HVDC systems. In 1986 he was appointed full professor in electric power systems at KTH (Royal Institute of Technology), Stockholm, Sweden. Since 2000 he is full professor in electric power systems at ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) where he heads the powers system laboratory. His research interests are in power system analysis and control, in particular power systems dynamics and control involving HVDC and other power electronics based equipment. Another research direction concerns future energy systems and the integration of fluctuating renewable power sources.       

IEEE PES Student Prize Paper Award in Honor of T. Burke Hayes - Tianyu Yang and Xiangxiang Xu 
"EV Charging Behavior Analysis and Modeling Based on Wireless Sensor Network Data"

IEEE PES Prize Paper Award - Cody Aaron Hill, Matthew Clayton Such, Juan Gonzalez, Dongmei Chen and W. Mack Grady
“Battery Energy Storage for Enabling Integration of Distributed Solar Power Generation”

IEEE PES Prize Paper Award - Vahidreza Nasirian, Ali Davoudi, Josep M. Guerrero and Frank Leroy Lewis 
“Distributed Adaptive Droop Control for DC Distribution Systems”

IEEE PES Working Group Recognition Award  -- Outstanding Standard or Guide - Sam Sciacca, PSR Co-Chair and Tim Tibbals, SUBS Co-Chair
Joint Working Group of the Power System Relaying and Substations Committees 

IEEE C37.240, Standard Cybersecurity Requirements for Substation Automation, Protection, and Control Systems

IEEE PES Working Group Recognition Award --Technical Report - Reigh Walling, T&D Co-Chair, Ron Harley, EMC Co-Chair and Dean Miller, PSR Co-Chair, Gene Henneberg, PSR Vice-Chair

-Joint Working Group of the Transmission & Distribution, Electric Machinery and Power System Relaying Committees

Fault Current Contributions from Wind Plants

IEEE PES Outstanding Chapters Award

  • Large Chapter  - San Francisco - Jack Lin, Chair
  • Small Chapter  - Thailand - Boonmarg Smitthileela, Chair

For more information on the IEEE PES Society-Level Awards, visit

Are you a member of IEEE PES and have a colleague deserving of recognition of their industry achievements? We’re taking nominations for the 2017 IEEE PES Society-Level Awards. For more information on nominations, visit

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