About the Award
Established in 2008, the IEEE PES IAS A.P. Seethapathy Rural Electrification Excellence Award is set to recognize exceptional power engineers who have worked, implemented or innovated better and cheaper electrification technologies for the rural sector. The award will be co-funded by the IEEE Power & Energy Society and the IEEE Industry Applications Society. The initial endowment was funded in part by a donation from the family of A.P. Seethapathy.
Selection will be based on evaluation of accomplishments as revealed by published works, documented testimonials from industry colleagues, or other objective demonstrations of accomplishments over an extended period of time. Of particular importance is evidence of the candidate’s innovative content and societal impact; lower cost solution; originality and practicality; and evidence of implementation.
2022 Award Recipient
Jeremy L. Johnson for his significant and critical power engineering leadership in substation and transmission planning, design, and protection of a rural power utility that improved substantially its reliability and service provision.
Nominate a Colleague! Submission Deadline: 31 January
To recognize exceptional power engineers who have worked, implemented or innovated better and cheaper electrification technologies for the rural sector.
$500, sculpture, certificate, and a travel stipend of up to $1,500 for recipient to attend the presentation ceremony. It is anticipated to have only one recipient; however if a team is chosen, the award would be shared equally.
Candidate must be active in the field of rural electrification for at least 5 years. No current member of the IEEE Board of Directors, the IEEE PES Governing Board, IAS Executive Board, the IEEE PES Awards and Recognition Committee, the IAS Awards Department, the Rural Electrification Excellence Award Committee, or IEEE staff may be candidates, or nominate or endorse candidates for this award. Eligibility and Selection process shall comply with procedures and regulations established in IEEE and society governing documents, in particular with IEEE Policy 4.4 on Awards Limitations.
Presentation of the award shall be made by the PES President, IAS President or the Rural Electrification Excellence Award Chair or their designated representative.
IMPORTANT NOTES: Nomination forms must be written in English. One per year. If no suitable candidate is proposed in a given year, the award will not be presented for that year.
PES, being one of IEEE’s Organizational Units, follows IEEE Policy 4.4H:
- Eligibility and Process Limitations. Individuals serving on any board or committee involved at any stage of the recipient selection or approval process for an award shall be ineligible to receive, or act as a nominator or reference for that award. This conflict of interest limitation shall apply to all awards given by the IEEE or any of its organizational units
Previous Award Recipients
2021 Award Recipient – Satish Chaparala
2020 Award Recipient – Louis Toth
2016 Award Recipient – Gerald E. Hagar
2015 Award Recipient – Russ Dantzler
2014 Award Recipient – Gregory a. Wolven
2013 Award Recipient – P.K. Sen
2009 - William H. Kersting
2011 - Bob Dew
2012 - Wayne Carr