SEL University Dean Héctor J. Altuve Ferrer named 2015 IEEE Fellow

Héctor J. Altuve Ferrer, SEL Distinguished Engineer and Dean of SEL University, has been named an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow for contributions to power line and transformer protection. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.

Altuve has made significant contributions to advancing and disseminating power system protection knowledge. He has developed new algorithms for power line and transformer protection and has greatly contributed to the industry and society by explaining modern protection technology via technical publications and courses.

“We are all so proud of Hector for this important achievement,” said Edmund O. Schweitzer III, president of SEL and IEEE Fellow. “I met Héctor in 1993 at the Iberoamerican Symposium, and his passion for teaching and building relationships between universities and industry impressed me. Héctor has made a tremendous impact on the lives of many young engineers, and his dedication to the electric industry is to be commended.”

Altuve received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Central University of Las Villas in Santa Clara, Cuba, and a doctorate from Kiev Polytechnic Institute in Kiev, Ukraine. Altuve served on the faculty of the Central University of Las Villas and as a professor at the Autonomous University of Nuevo León. During 1999-2000, he was the Schweitzer visiting professor at Washington State University’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, and in 2001, Altuve joined SEL. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 technical papers, has served as editor for SEL’s Modern Solutions book series, and holds four patents. Altuve lives in Monterrey, Nuevo León, México.

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