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Division Director VII Elections

Beginning in August, the election for the position of IEEE Division VII director-elect for 2015 will be held. Division VII consists of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) only. There are two candidates, both nominated by Division VII, vying for this office: John Paserba and Alan C. Rotz. The successful candidate will serve as the IEEE Division VII director in 2016–2017. To learn about the candidates before casting your vote, read the biographies and candidate statements that follow.

Division Director Candidates

John Paserba

John Paserba

John Paserba

John Paserba is the general manager, Gas Circuit Breaker Division, at Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, where he has held several leadership positions in power system studies, power electronic (FACTS) projects, and the manufacturing of circuit breakers since 1998. He began his career at GE’s Power Systems Energy Consulting in 1988 where he performed power systems studies. As an integral part of his career, John has pursued educational activities. He currently teaches a graduate course in power engineering at the University of Pittsburgh and has taught short courses at Pennsylvania State University’s Advanced Power School, GE’s power systems engineering course, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. John holds an M.E. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a B.E. from Gannon University.

John is a 30-year Member of IEEE. He has served on the PES Governing Board, as an officer of a PES technical committee, on numerous roles for PES conferences, on PES magazine and transactions editorial boards, and various student member leadership roles in IEEE-USA and IEEE Member and Geographic Activities. He has authored or coauthored 60 technical publications, including contributions to several CRC Press Engineering Handbooks.

John received the 2010 Outstanding Engineer Award, IEEE PES Pittsburgh Chapter, and the 2011 IEEE PES Nari Hingorani Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS) Award. He received the 2012 U.S. National Committee Atwood Award for his contributions to CIGRÉ. He received a 2012 Citation of Honor and the 2014 Jim Watson Student Professional Awareness Achievement Award from IEEE-USA for advancing student professional awareness activities. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Candidate Statement

During my 30 years as a Member of IEEE, I have served in leadership positions in a variety of areas of the PES including Publications, Technical Conferences, Technical Committees, and the PES Governing Board. This experience has exposed me to the needs of Divi­sion VII membership in multiple areas, including Membership, Education, Chapters, Students, Young Professionals (formerly GOLD), and Standards.

In addition, my work in industry, along with my academic activities, and the leadership roles that I have served in as committee chair in IEEE-USA and IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) has provided me with a clear understanding of the actions that I need to take to serve the PES constituents in the role of Division VII director-elect (2015) and Division VII director (2016– 2017). In this role, I will engage the IEEE Board of Directors, the Technical Activities Board, the PES Governing Board, and our Society membership for the betterment of IEEE and our mission to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.

Alan C. Rotz

Alan Rotz

Alan Rotz

Alan (Al) C. Rotz received a B.S.E.E. from Lehigh University and an M.S. in engineering management from Drexel University. He has been a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Pennsylvania since 1976. Al retired from PPL Electric Utilities in April 2010 after 40 years of service. His career as an engineer and manager spanned every major department in the utility business. From 1995 to 2001, he was a member of the Edison Electric Institute’s Transmission and Substation Committee and served that group in roles as second and first vice chair. Al has served IEEE and PES in many roles during his career. He was PES treasurer from 2004 to 2007 and PES president in 2010–2011. His other IEEE roles have included Publication Services and Products Board Products and Services Committee, Technical Activities Board (TAB) FinCom, TAB Nominations and Appointments, and TAB Future Directions. He is currently chair of the TAB Conflict Resolution Committee and a member of the IEEE Ethics and Member Conduct and IEEE Governance Committees. While Al was PES treasurer, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, canceling the PES T&D Expo that year and contributing to a US$1.5 million loss over the 2004–2005 time frame. Al recommended additions to the PES Strategic Plan to create more revenue from periodicals, conferences, and education activities to diversify PES’s revenue stream. These initiatives have resulted in an increase of PES reserves from about US$2 million to nearly US$13 million, allowing PES to provide increasing benefits and services for its members. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Candidate Statement

My past IEEE and PES experiences will allow me to serve PES members at the highest level of IEEE. I have created an extensive network of volunteer and staff contacts. Those networks, along with my diverse experiences, will allow me to achieve results for the benefit of both IEEE and PES. I believe that IEEE must strive to increase its focus on supporting its volunteers as well as controlling IEEE corporate costs. IEEE overheads have been spiraling out of control and volunteer opinions and direction not always been considered or embraced. These trends come at a time when there is increased competition for long-standing IEEE products and services that could ultimately weaken IEEE and deplete membership. I will work with volunteers and staff to reduce costs, streamline processes, and provide increased member benefits to all PES and IEEE members around the world. I have served PES to the best of my ability for many years and ask for your support so that I can use my experiences for the benefit of IEEE and PES.

New Open Access Journal

The IEEE Power & Energy Society has announced the launch of our first entirely open access journal, IEEE Power & Energy Technology Systems Journal. Open access articles are provided with unrestricted online access through IEEE Xplore. The authors bear the publication costs (US$1,350 per manuscript up to a maximum of eight published pages with an additional US$120 per page beyond eight pages). Manuscripts are submitted through ScholarOne’s Manuscript Central, and all articles are subject to a rigorous peer review process. IEEE Power and Energy Technology Systems Journal is a technical journal containing practice-oriented articles focusing on the development, planning, design, construction, maintenance, installation, and operation of equipment, structures, materials, and power systems for the safe, sustainable, economic, and reliable conversion, generation, transmission, distribution, storage, and usage of electric energy, including its measurement and control. Due to the open access nature of the journal, the time from submission to publication is expected to be shorter than that of other transactions. Scott Sudhoff ( is the inaugural editor-in-chief.

—Mariesa Crow, VP, Publications

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