KEMA Consulting’s John McDonald honored with award for engineering excellence

April 11, 2002 — John D. McDonald, P.E., Senior Principal Consultant and Manager of Automation, Reliability, Asset Management, KEMA Consulting, will be honored with the coveted Award for Excellence in Power Distribution Engineering, presented by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power Engineering Society (PES).

McDonald will receive the award at the IEEE PES Summer Meeting Awards Luncheon in Chicago on July 23, 2002.

IEEE gives the Award for Excellence in Power Distribution Engineering annually to one engineer who has made extraordinary contributions in the field of distribution technology. Recipients of this award have demonstrated: vision to see opportunities to substantially improve the effectiveness and utilization of electric power distribution and the ability to articulate and manage its fulfillment; strong impact on the design of distribution system components, circuit configurations, or engineering and operating practices; or innovation that led to significant increases in reliability or reductions in the costs of engineering, installing or operating electric power distribution systems.

McDonald is a Senior Member of IEEE and sits on their Executive Committee and Governing Board. He was awarded the IEEE Millennium Medal in 2000. McDonald is Secretary of the IEEE PES, Chair of the IEEE PES Substations Committee, Co-Vice Chair of the IEEE Standards Coordinating Committee (SCC) 36, and Corresponding Member to IEC Technical Committee (TC) 57 Working Group (WG) 11.

He teaches a course at the Georgia Institute of Technology, various courses for the American Public Power Association, and courses and tutorials for various IEEE PES chapters as an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer. McDonald has published 16 papers, is coauthor of the book Automating a Distribution Cooperative, from A to Z, published by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Cooperative Research Network in 1999, and was Editor of the Substations Chapter, and a coauthor, for the book Electric Power Engineering Handbook, cosponsored by the IEEE PES and published by the CRC Press in 2000. McDonald also serves as an Advisory Committee member for the DistribuTECH Conference and Exhibition.

In his role as Senior Principal Consultant and Manager of Automation, Reliability and Asset Management with KEMA Consulting, McDonald currently assists electric utilities worldwide in substation automation, distribution SCADA, communication protocols and distribution management systems. He received his B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. degrees from Purdue University, and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of California – Berkeley.

KEMA Consulting is an international corporation that provides technical and management consulting, as well as training services, to the energy industry worldwide. Offering global experience combined with regional insight, KEMA Consulting has addressed the consulting needs of more than 500 clients in 70 countries. A complete profile of KEMA Consulting’s services can be found at

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