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Division Director VII Elections

Beginning in August, the 2012 the election for the position of IEEE Division VII director-elect for 2013 will be held. Division VII consists of IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) only. There are two candidates, both nominated by Division VII, vying for this office: Wanda Reder and Noel Schulz. The successful candidate will serve as the IEEE Division VII director in 2014–2015. To learn about the candidates before casting your vote, read the biographies and candidate statements that follow.

Division Director Candidates

Wanda Reder

Wanda Reder

Wanda Reder

Wanda K. Reder (Member 1998, Senior Member 2005, Fellow 2012) received a B.S.A.E. from South Dakota State University and an M.B.A. (new ventures) from the College of St. Thomas. She is the vice president of S&C Electric Company’s power systems services. Previously, she served as vice president of engineering and system planning and vice president of asset management for Exelon Energy Delivery. She was the 2008–2009 PES president, served on the PES Governing Board from 2002 to 2011, provided leadership for IEEE Smart Grid from 2010 to 2012, and launched the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative in 2011. She also served on the IEEE Publication Services and Products Board and on the IEEE Women in Engineering Governing Committee.

Candidate Statement

The nomination for Division VII director-elect is an honor. My experiences, accomplishments, and leadership capability to establish consensus and motivate stakeholders around a vision make me uniquely qualified for this position. As PES president, I provided leadership to reposition the Society by changing the name and added new services to address emerging technical areas and increase membership. As the chair of IEEE Smart Grid, I introduced a unique model to IEEE that facilitated collaboration throughout IEEE to bring a trusted voice on smart grid developments to the industry and public at large. In the role of Division VII director I will utilize my proven leadership skills and build upon my IEEE experience to foster relationships with Division and Region directors and the IEEE Board of Directors to expand IEEE global platforms to share knowledge between industry, academia, and government in the power and energy sector. With an eye toward the future, my focus is to provide services and products that enhance IEEE member benefits and provide value for the broader technical community. I ask for your vote and stand ready to serve you.

Noel Schulz

Noel Schulz

Noel Schulz

Noel N. Schulz (Student Member 1986, Member 1991, Senior Member 2000) serves as IEEE PES president for 2012–2013. She received her B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. degrees from Virginia Tech and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. She is the Paslay Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Kansas State University and has 19 years of teaching experience including positions at Virginia Tech, Mississippi State University, Michigan Tech, and University of North Dakota. She has served as IEEE PES Awards and Recognition chair (2001–2004), PES secretary (2004–2007), PES treasurer (2008–2009) and PES president-elect (2010–2011). She is a founding committee member for the IEEE Electric Ship Technologies Symposium (ESTS) and was general conference chair for IEEE ESTS 2009. In 2012, she is a member of the IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB), IEEE Society Presidents’ Forum, and the IEEE Women in Engineering Committee.

Candidate Statement

It is truly a privilege to represent you as the PES president for 2012 and 2013. During this year and next I am working with other Society presidents and with Division directors on IEEE TAB to help expand benefits and professional development opportunities for PES and other IEEE members. In 2012, the PES Governing Board and other volunteer leaders are working with me to 1) enhance, document and extend PES-level strategies and partnerships, 2) expand quantity and diversity of PES membership, and 3) increase member involvement and knowledge of membership benefits. We are working to increase our services and direct involvement for all 29,000+ PES members through chapters, publications, meetings, education, technical activities, and outreach in all ten regions around the world.

As a member of IEEE TAB for 2012–2013, I believe I can continue our momentum by serving as your Division VII director for 2014–2015. Please vote for me so I can represent you and PES on the IEEE Board of Directors.


As promised in our previous issue, we are pleased to announce the selections of two PES members who have been recognized as recipients of 2012 IEEE Field Awards.

They are:

  • IEEE Nikola Tesla Award: Manoj Shah
  • IEEE Haraden Pratt Award: Hugh Rudnick.

2012 IEEE Nikola Tesla Award

Manoj R. Shah

Manoj R. Shah

The 2012 IEEE Nikola Tesla Award was presented to Manoj R. Shah “for advancements in electromagnetic design and analysis of electrical machines.”

Manoj R. Shah’s innovative methods for analyzing and designing electric machines have provided fault-tolerant equipment that can operate at higher efficiency more reliably. Dr. Shah developed an electromagnetic analysis method for General Electric generators using electric vector and magnetic scalar potentials. His method provided a greater level of accuracy in calculating the intensity of magnetic fields to address the geometric complications of winding and structural configurations and nonlinear aspects of magnetic materials in the end region of generators. His method has been incorporated in many General Electric air- and hydrogen-cooled generators produced over the last 15 years. Dr. Shah also developed an advanced wound-field motor for the U.S. Navy, providing greater power output for ship propulsion in a smaller package. His methods for monitoring the health of stator cores can help prevent catastrophic equipment failures that could lead to prolonged power outages. He also contributed to strengthening the fault-tolerant characteristics of permanent magnet machines, increasing their industry acceptance. An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Shah is currently a senior engineer with General Electric Co.’s Global Research Center, Niskayuna, New York.

2012 IEEE Haraden Pratt Award

Hugh Rudnick

Hugh Rudnick

The 2012 IEEE Haraden Pratt Award was presented to Hugh Rudnick “for leadership in making IEEE a truly global organization.”

Hugh Rudnick has worked at all levels within IEEE to improve the value of IEEE membership and extend the benefits of technology throughout the world. His work has especially benefitted members in IEEE Region 9 (Latin America and the Caribbean). He began to make an impact as president of the IEEE Chile Section in 1982, when membership doubled and the Section’s first technical chapters were founded (Computer Chapter and Power Engineering Chapter). As director of Region 9 (2002–2003), Dr. Rudnick instituted a Spanish/Portuguese electronic technical publication that became a recognized periodical indexed by the ISI Web of Knowledge. In addition to creating regional technical products, he also established a regional robotics competition that attracts international participants. An expert on electric power systems and power deregulation, Dr. Rudnick, a PES member, instituted his vision for a “global PES” while serving on the Society’s governing board (1996–2003). With his support, PES held its first annual general meetings outside of North America. As a PES Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Rudnick has traveled extensively to local IEEE Chapters worldwide to deliver technology updates and strengthen the bond between Chapters and the Society. He has also made important contributions to IEEE Power & Energy Magazine as a member of its editorial board. An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Rudnick is currently a professor with the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, where he has worked since 1974.

In Memoriam: Richard (Dick) Farmer

Gloria Sue and Dick Farmer.Richard (Dick) Farmer, 84, died peacefully at his home on 26 March following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Laramie, Wyoming, and served in the U.S. Navy where his math aptitude was fostered. Following his service, he attended Colorado State University, earning his degree in electrical engineering in 1952 and later his master’s degree from Arizona State University in 1964.

Dick’s work experience spanned the globe. His first job was in the Digital Computer Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1957, while employed by Miner & Miner of Greeley, Colorado, he moved his family to Beirut, Lebanon, where he worked on electrifying the rural areas. In 1965 he began work at Arizona Public Service Company (APS) in Phoenix, where he became the principal engineer until his retirement in 1994.

Dick Farmer, as remembered by most.While working at APS, he was asked by Arizona State University to teach an evening class in electric power. After retirement from APS, he increased his class load at ASU where he attained full professorship and worked until his final day.

Dick was elected an IEEE Fellow in 1986 “for leadership in the development of solutions in subsynchronous resonance in power systems.” He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006 and was named the 2010 Outstanding Power Engineering Educator by PES.

He was also an author/coauthor of multiple power system books and publications and a speaker at power system conferences. Through his work, Dick inspired and educated many students and colleagues with his rich knowledge and willingness to share his expertise.

His first wife Jo-Ann, who passed away in 1995, predeceased Dick. His wife Gloria Sue, four children, six grandchildren, and a host of admiring colleagues survive him.

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