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IEEE PES Wanda Reder Pioneer in Power Award

Description: The IEEE PES Women in Power Committee is created to foster a more diverse leadership by supporting career advancement, networking and education of women in the electric power and energy industry. One important way this mission is supported is through the formal recognition of a worthy female member of this community.

The IEEE PES Wanda Reder Pioneer in Power Award seeks to recognize a deserving female in the field of power engineering. The award is intended to provide visibility to the awardee’s efforts, accomplishments and future potential while empowering her to be an inspiration and role model for other women in the industry.

The recipient shall have demonstrated a high level of influence in technical development, infrastructure enhancement, entrepreneurial/management practices or education within the field of electric power and energy engineering.

In addition to recognizing the recipient, the award brings attention to the value of fostering a diverse talent pool. It further empowers the recipient to have a greater influence on the growth and development of others in the industry.

The award will be in honor of the first female president of IEEE PES, Ms. Wanda Reder.

Eligibility: Nominees for the award must be female and senior members of the IEEE PES.

Schedule: The nomination deadline is January 31 of each year, and the selection process is completed by June 15.

Nomination form: Click here for the PES Society – Level Nomination Site.

Past Awardees:

  • 2021 – Marianela Herrera Guerrero
    • For outstanding contributions and leadership in efficient and reliable operation of public utilities, inclusiveness and diversity of power marketing, and the transformation of the energy structure

  • 2020 – Yilu Liu

    • For innovative contributions and leadership in synchrophasor-based Wide Area Monitoring and Control Systems

    YILU LIU is a Governor’s Chair Professor at the Univer-sity of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) and Oak Ridge Na-tional Laboratory and the Deputy Director of the $40M NSF/DOE Engineering Research Center at UTK. Liu’s research focuses on smart-grid technologies in electrical power production and distribution, developing new and better ways to monitor and understand the flow of elec-trical energy through the nation’s power grid. Dr. Liu has led the effort to create the North American Power Grid Monitoring Network (FNET/GridEye), the only moni-toring network that covers all of North America. She re-ceived the 2014 and 2018 R&D 100 Award, and she was an NSF Presidential Faculty Fellow and a recipient of the NSF Young Investigator Award. She has published 300 articles, one book, and several book chapters. She is an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engi-neers Fellow for her contributions in power equipment modeling. In recognition of her many ac-complishments, in 2016 Dr. Liu was elected to the National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Inventors for her innovations in electric power grid monitoring, situational awareness, and dynamic modeling.

  • 2019 – Ruomei Li
    • For contributions on power systems and power electronics engineering and for promoting the electrical power sector in China
  • 2018 – Marina Mondello
    • For leadership, and for serving as an inspiring role model and mentor to young women in the power industry
  • 2018 – Bhuvaneswari Gurumoorthy
    • For outstanding research in power quality converters and for educating new engineers
  • 2017 – Meliha B. Selak
    • For leadership in power system operation and for inspiring new engineers and women in engineering throughout the IEEE Regions
  • 2016 – Jennifer T. Sterling
    • For active industry involvement with an emphasis in regulatory compliance, transmission system analysis, federal open access policy and state retail initiatives
  • 2015 – Sandra Cecilia Vega Gómez
    • For pioneering leadership in the area of power transformers in Costa Rica and dedicated volunteer service to the electric power industry
  • 2014 – Jessica J. Bian
    • Visionary leader and architect, who has pioneered electric industry’s reliability metrics and grid risk assessment; Inspiring role model and mentor to young women engineers in power

Find more information on the IEEE PES website.

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