As part of its annual awards ceremony, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) recently honored three individuals working on projects funded by the Office of Electricity & Energy Reliability for their leadership and contributions to engineering. Additionally, an education industry publication recognized the Emergency Support Function #12 (ESF #12) team within OE’s Infrastructure Security & Energy Restoration (ISER) Division with an annual Learning in Practice award for excellence in e-learning.
IEEE’s Power & Energy Society (PES) honored Terry Boston, President and CEO of PJM Interconnection, with the Leadership in Power Award for leadership as chair of the North American Synchrophasor Initiative (NASPI) and commitment to advancing the education of power engineers. PJM is one of many Smart Grid Investment Grant projects using Recovery Act funding to implement synchrophasor technology. PES also recognized Dennis Ray, Deputy Director of the DOE-funded Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSERC), for his efforts on the PES Careers Program. In addition, Thomas J. Overbye, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois—who receives project funding through PSERC—earned the Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award for his innovation and leadership in the field of electric power engineering education.
OE’s ISER Division maintains ESF #12 (Energy) response teams, deploying them quickly during national and international emergencies such as earthquakes when the energy infrastructure has been damaged. To save money and time, the team revamped its training to include combining online modules with highly interactive, online synchronous exercises, bringing together DOE responders from across the country to collaborate on a simulated disaster response. These innovative and cost-saving methods earned a nationally recognized Learning in Practice award for excellence in e-learning from Chief Learning Officer magazine.