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presentations at the 2011 General Meeting

The awards dinner at the 2011 General Meeting in Detroit featured the presentation of IEEE and IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) awards to worthy recipients. PES Awards and Recognition Chair Sandra Ellis presided over the ceremony. The class of 2011 IEEE Fellows were also recognized at the dinner.

IEEE Award

The Herman Halperin Electric Transmission and Distribution Award is given for outstanding contributions to electric transmission and distribution. The 2011 award was presented to John H. Brunke “for leadership in the development of advanced high-voltage equipment technology, application, and standardization.”

PES Awards

The following awards were presented at the dinner.

The Leadership in Power Award was presented to Terry Boston “for his leadership as chair of the North American synchrophasor initiative to enhance power system reliability, and his partnership with local universities to advance the education of power engineers.”

The Nari Hingorani FACTS Awards was presented to John J. Paserba, Jr., “for advancing the application of FACTS controllers in power systems to improve system dynamic performance.”

The Cyril Veinott Electromechanical Energy Conversion was presented to Stephen D. Umans “for contributions to the analysis and design of electric machinery and drives.”

The Robert Noberini Distinguished Contributions to Power Engineering Professionalism was presented to Leann Kostek “for contributions to the IEEE Power & Energy Society and 27 years of service to the IEEE in a wide array of leadership rolls.”

The Roy Billinton Power System Reliability Award was presented to Wenyan Li “for contributions to theoretical methods, computing tools, databases and industrial applications in reliability, and probabilistic planning of power systems.”

The Award for Excellence in Power Distribution Engineering was presented to Lee Taylor “for vision and innovation in electric distribution reliability and for sharing this vision and innovation with his friends and colleagues in the electric utility industry.”

The Douglas M. Staszesky Distribution Automation Award was presented to Cameron Smallwood “in recognition of significant contributions to research and development of the automation of electric delivery systems.”

The Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award was presented to Thomas J. Overbye “for electric power engineering education innovation and leadership.”

The Outstanding Young Engineer Award was presented to Ted K.A. Brekken “for outstanding contributions in the leadership of technical society activities, leadership in community and humanitarian activities, and evidence of technical competence.”

The Charles Concordia Power Systems Engineering Award was presented to Hermann W. Dommel “for contributions to the electrical engineering profession worldwide in the education, developing tools, and advanced application of electromagnetic transients phenomena in electric power system networks.”

Working Group Recognition Awards

The Outstanding Technical Report was presented to “PSRC WG I 19, Redundancy Consideration for Protective Relaying Systems,” Solveig Ward, chair.

The Outstanding Standard or Guide was presented to IEEE C37.230-2007, IEEE Guide for Protective Relay Applications to Distribution Lines, William P. Waudby, chair.

Prize Paper Awards

The following received Prize Paper awards:

  • “Experimental and Theoretical Analysis of Vacuum Circuit Breaker Prestrike Effect on a Transformer,” by Marjan Popov, René Peter Paul Smeets, Lou van der Sluis, Hans De Herdt, and Jan Declercq
  • “IEEE PSRC Report on Performance of Relaying During Wide-Area Stressed Conditions,” by Damir Novosel, George J. Bartok, Gene Henneberg, Pratap Gopal Mysore, Demetrios A. Tziouvaras, and Solveig Ward.

Chapter Awards

The Outstanding Large Chapter award 2010 was presented to the Boston Chapter, Bryan Gwyn, chair.

The Outstanding Small Chapter Award 2010 was presented to the Richland Chapter, Yousu Chen, chair.

Awards Chair Sandra Ellis

Awards Chair Sandra Ellis

Enrique Tejera and John Brunke with the Herman Halperin Award.

Enrique Tejera and John Brunke with the Herman Halperin Award.

Terry Boston and Al Rotz with the Leadership in Power trophy.

Terry Boston and Al Rotz with the Leadership in Power trophy.

Lee Taylor, Ted Brekken, and Wenyuan Li.

Lee Taylor, Ted Brekken, and Wenyuan Li.

Cameron Smallwood, Stephen Umans, and Hermann Drommel.

Cameron Smallwood, Stephen Umans, and Hermann Drommel.

Thomas Overbye, Leann Kostek, and John Paserba.

Thomas Overbye, Leann Kostek, and John Paserba.

Dennis Ray receiving recognition for his efforts on the PES Careers Program.

Dennis Ray receiving recognition for his efforts on the PES Careers Program.

The Boston Outstanding Large Chapter.

The Boston Outstanding Large Chapter.

The Richland Outstanding Small Chapter.

The Richland Outstanding Small Chapter.

PES IEEE Fellows from the class of 2011.

PES IEEE Fellows from the class of 2011.

In Memoriam: Allen J. Wood

Alan J. Wood

Alan J. Wood

Allen J. Wood, age 85, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on 10 September 2011 after a courageous battle with cancer.

He received his B.E.E. from Marquette University, an M.S.E.E. from Illinois Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He served in WWII with the U.S. Army in both the European and Pacific Theaters from 1943 to 1946.

In 1951, he joined the General Electric Company to work on electrical design, noise and vibration, and the analysis of heat transfer in turbine generators. In 1952 he moved to the Analytical Engineering Section in Schenectady, New York, to work on the analysis and development of 400-cycle aircraft electric power systems and supervise the GE power systems engineering course. He developed and taught courses on aircraft electrical systems and utility systems economics. He became a member of the GE electric utility engineering operation in 1960 where his area of interest was in utility system and corporate planning. He participated in the development of new probabilistic techniques for generation planning and in new economic and financial evaluation methods, and he directed joint research projects on new system planning methods.

Dr. Wood joined Power Technologies, Inc., as a principal engineer and director at the time of its formation in August 1969. He directed several power pool planning and utility corporate planning projects for utilities in the United States, Canada, and Australia. He directed projects to develop corporate financial models for numerous electric utilities. He was one of seven men who founded Power Technologies Inc. (PTI), where he worked until his retirement in 1991 as a principal engineer, consultant, treasurer, chief financial officer, and also as a member of the board of directors.

He was a Life Fellow of IEEE, having been elected in 1974 “for contributions to engineering and economic analysis of large scale electric power systems.” He was a member of the IEEE Power Engineering Society (PES) Education Committee. He authored over 75 technical articles and his book Power Generation Operation and Control, coauthored with Bruce Wollenberg, remains a classic in the teaching of power system technology. He was also an adjunct professor in the electric power engineering graduate program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

At a memorial service for Allen, PES Past President Lionel Barthold, the founder of PTI, offered this story related to Al Wood and to the beginning of PTI:

“I reflected some on his role at PTI… or rather the importance of the audacious move we made in 1969. That year, in pondering the wisdom of making a break with GE, we recognized that Al Wood would be a key player. His affirmation sealed the deal and led to our setting up PTI. I recall that when I phoned him (then camping with his family) to tell him what we were up to, he had three remarks. ‘You guys are out of your minds! … You can’t possibly understand the risk you’re taking! … Count me in!’.”

His wife Barbara, son John, and daughter Susan and their families survive Allen Wood.

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