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Congratulate the Five PES Member Recipients

Five IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) members have been chosen to receive 2013 IEEE Field Awards:

  • Vijay Vittal, the 2013 IEEE Herman Halperin Electric Transmission and Distribution Award
  • Kaushik Rajashekara, the 2013 IEEE Richard Harold Kaufmann Award
  • Mohindar S. Sachdev, the 2013 IEEE Charles Proteus Steinmetz Award
  • Charles K. Alexander, the 2013 IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award
  • Rik W. De Doncker, the 2013 IEEE William E. Newell Power Electronics Award.

Their bios, citations, and photos are presented below.

2013 IEEE Herman Halperin Electric Transmission and Distribution Award – Vijay Vittal

“For development of power system stability assessment methods leading to the maximum utilization and increased reliability of transmission facilities.”

Vijay VittalOne of the world’s leading authorities on power system stability analysis, the innovations of Vijay Vittal have helped protect the power grid from cascading power outages and largescale blackouts. Dr. Vittal’s contribution to the transient energy function method has provided a real-time process for quickly calculating conditions of electric power systems. His stability analysis methods have improved reliability and security to allow increased transmission capacity. The first realtime dynamic security analysis method was successfully implemented at the grid control center of the Northern States Power Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1993. Dr. Vittal’s methods have since been adopted by control centers around the world. He has also proposed the concept of rapid islanding of the power grid to prevent power outages from spreading.

An IEEE Fellow and member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, Dr. Vittal is the Ira A. Fulton Chair Professor at Arizona State University, Tempe.

2013 IEEE Richard Harold Kaufmann Award – Kaushik Rajashekara

“For contributions to the advancement of electrical systems in transportation for higher efficiency and lower emissions.”

Kaushik RajashekaraKaushik Rajashekara is internationally known for his power conversion innovations in electric, hybrid electric, and fuel cell vehicle propulsion systems for improved fuel efficiency and reduced emissions in automobiles, electric engine/aircraft systems, and marine systems. Credited with many firsts in the field, he has worked extensively on the innovative strategies, architectures, and implementation techniques for on-board electric power generation in airplanes including solid oxide fuel cell/gas turbine hybrid systems to reduce fuel consumption and thus increase overall efficiency and lower emissions. He developed various field orientation control methods, pulse width modulation strategies, and implementation techniques for torque control of ac machines for maximizing the efficiency under all operating conditions in electric and hybrid vehicle propulsion systems.

An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Rajashekara is a distinguished professor of electrical engineering and endowed chair with the University of Texas at Dallas Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science.

2013 IEEE Charles Proteus Steinmetz Award – Mohindar S. Sachdev

“For contributions to and leadership in the development of guides, recommended practices, and standards for power system protection.”

Mohindar S. SachdevMohindar S. Sachdev’s passion for standards development made him a driving force in creating and revising guidelines for safer and reliable electric power systems. Through hands-on writing and key leadership, Dr. Sachdev became a cornerstone of the IEEE Power System Relaying Committee’s success in publishing important standards and guides impacting power system protection. As technology evolved, Dr. Sachdev played an important role in revising standards originally written for electromechanical and analog devices to reflect the role of digital technology in the automation, control, and protection that has led to today’s smart grids. His work focused on areas ranging from differential and polarized circuit testing to grounding of secondary circuits and protection of power transformers to protective relay applications for transmission lines.

An IEEE Life Fellow, Dr. Sachdev is professor emeritus with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada.

2013 IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award – Charles K. Alexander

“For contributions to the development and enhancement of undergraduate students’ engineering skills necessary for successful careers.”

Charles K. AlexanderCharles K. Alexander believes that it is the undergraduate years when students can be inspired to do great things. Dr. Alexander follows a “participatory learning” style where the students drive classroom discussions through the questions they ask, and he guides the direction with the answers he provides. Dr. Alexander’s students credit him as one of the most motivational instructors they ever had, instilling a love for learning that they have incorporated into their own careers. He also focuses on nontechnical skill development to ensure that students can communicate clearly. Dr. Alexander developed the WriteTalk and ProSkills programs with Jim Watson to enhance the reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills of engineering students along with the development and enhancement of the many additional soft skills necessary for career success. He also helped create the Student Professional Awareness Conference program, Student Branch Officers Leadership program, and IEEE Potentials magazine to provide opportunities for continued learning.

An IEEE Life Fellow, Dr. Alexander is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Cleveland State University, Ohio.

2013 IEEE William E. Newell Power Electronics Award – Rik W. De Doncker

“For contributions to the development of new components, topologies, and controls in power electronic systems.”

Rik W. De DonckerWith more than 40 patents, Rik W. De Doncker’s power electronics innovations for energy-efficient conversion and drive technologies have impacted applications ranging from electric vehicles to advancing development of the electronically controlled power grid. He developed the dual active bridge electronic dc-to-dc transformer in 1988, which was critical to energy supply systems for the NASA space station. His auxiliary resonant commutated pole converter developed in 1990 had important implications for efficient high-power converters. Developed in 1994, his converter controller for low-voltage batteries in electric cars extends vehicle range and has been incorporated by several car manufacturers. He codeveloped the first medium-voltage static transfer switch, which has been deployed in the United States to prevent power grid sags.

An IEEE Fellow, Dr. De Doncker is a professor and head of the Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives and director of the E. ON Energy Research Center at RW TH Aachen University, Germany.

PES Election Results

The IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Governing Board approved the candidates recommended by the Nominations & Appointments Committee, chaired by Past President Alan Rotz, for the positions of president-elect, secretary, and treasures for 2014–2015. The approved candidates for the respective offices are the following:


  • Bruno Meyer
  • Damir Novels


  • Mini Thomas
  • Lina Bertling Tjernberg


  • Jovica Milanovic
  • Christopher Root

Voting members of PES may, by petition, propose names to be added to the ballot for these offices. Details for this procedure and qualifications for proposed candidates may be found in the PES Bylaws. To be eligible for nomination to the office of president-elect, the nominee shall have served as a member of the PES Governing Board in some capacity for at least two years.

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