News Release

Release Date: May 29, 2014

Four Researchers from NETL-Led Grid Technologies Collaborative Recognized with Prestigious Awards




Four researchers who are part of a National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) team focused on improving the nation’s aging electric power system have been recognized over the past year with awards for their work on smart grid initiatives.

A "smart" electrical grid is an intelligent, interconnected system of electrical power generation and delivery that incorporates innovations to manage emerging sources of power generation, such as wind and solar, and small distributed generation plants. Smart grid implementation also requires new technologies for energy storage and power demand response.

Much of the research in smart grid technology is focused on power electronics that can manage the flow and quality of power as it moves from generation to end use. By 2030, about 80 percent of all power will flow through such power electronics technologies, according to a study conducted by the Energy Department’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Recognizing the importance of power electronics to the smart grid, the U.S. Department of Energy formed the Grid Technologies Collaborative in 2011 to develop grid-scale power electronic technologies and new ways to apply them in strategic grid locations. This integrated industry-university-government team—comprising researchers from Carnegie Mellon University, Penn State, the University of Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, West Virginia University, NETL, and URS Corporation—focuses on device development, modeling and simulation, and laboratory testing of new smart grid technologies.

Between June 2013 and May 2014, four of the Collaborative’s university researchers were acknowledged with prestigious awards based in part on their contributions to the Collaborative and to advancing smart grid technologies:

  • Dr. Dushan Boroyevich, American Electric Power Professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Co-Director of the Center for Power Electronics Systems at Virginia Tech, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2014. Dr. Boroyevich was recognized for his work on advancements in control, modeling, and design of electronic power conversion for electric energy and transportation.

  • Dr. Thomas McDermott, Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering, was elected as an Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Fellow in 2014. Dr. McDermott was recognized by the IEEE for his contributions to modeling and analysis of electric power distribution systems and lightning protection.

  • Dr. Gabriela Hug-Glanzmann, Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University, received the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Outstanding Young Engineer Award in 2013. The award was established to recognize engineers under 35 "for outstanding contributions in the leadership of technical society activities, including local and/or transnational PES and other technical societies; leadership in community and humanitarian activities; and evidence of technical competence through significant engineering achievements."

  • Dr. Gregory Reed, Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Director of the Electric Power Initiative and Electric Power Systems Laboratory, and Associate Director of the Center for Energy in the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering was named a Distinguished Alumni of Gannon University’s College of Engineering and Business in 2013. Dr. Reed was recognized for his successes in electric power and energy engineering and for making significant contributions to the community.

Through the Grid Technologies Collaborative, NETL is helping the nation transition to a power system that will improve energy efficiency, reduce emissions, increase reliability and security, and will enable consumers to manage their electricity consumption and costs. For more information, please see NETL’s brochure about the Collaborative or visit the Collaborative’s website.

This month, NETL and many other of the Energy Department’s national labs are showcasing their contributions to "Electricity Across America.” For more information, please visit the Energy Department’s national lab webpage.