Professor Joe H. Chow recognized with the Charles Concordia Power System Engineering Award from the IEEE Power and Energy Society
The IEEE Power and Engineering Society's Charles Concordia Power System Engineering Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the area of power system engineering. According to the National Academy of Engineering, electrification represents the single most important engineering accomplishment of the 20th century. In particular, the development of high-voltage power systems around the world form a significant part of this accomplishment.
Dr. Chow is the first academic to receive the Concordia Award in the award's history in recognition of his "outstanding contributions in high-voltage electric power system-engineering field". His seminal contributions to power system engineering include slow coherency and interarea oscillations, damping of power system oscillatory modes, and synchophasor data applications. Dr. Chow will receive the award at the Power and Energy Society's annual meeting in National Harbor, MD in July. Chow directs the Rensselaer component of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center on Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks (CURENT). Jointly funded by NSF and the US Department of Energy, CURENT is dedicated to developing the next generation of electric grids. These "smart grids" promise higher efficiency, greater reliability, and the smooth integration of renewable energy sources into large power transmission systems.
Dr. Chow joined Rensselaer in 1987 after serving as an Application Engineer in the Power Systems Engineering Department of the General Electric Company in Schenectady, N.Y. for nine years. He served as Acting Chair of the Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering Department from 1999 to 2000, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Research from 2003 to 2010, and is currently serving as the Administrative Dean of Engineering since August 2013. Dr. Chow is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the state of New York, and is a fellow of IEEE.
"Professor Chow's receipt of this prestigious award recognizes the enduring contributions of his work, as well as his leadership in the search for, and development of, sustainable solutions to our most critical energy acquisition, production, storage, transport, and control problems. Joe's achievements are all the more important as we confront the critical challenges of a changing climate and increased, and increasingly widespread, demand for energy. It is yet another example of Rensselaer Engineering, applying science in service to society."
-Kim L. Boyer, Ph.D., Professor and Head, Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering