Two EPRI executives named IEEE fellows

Palo Alto, Calif., December 19, 2011 — Two Electric Power Research Institute executives have been named fellows of the IEEE.

Mark McGranaghan, vice president of Power Delivery & Utilization for EPRI and Ram Adapa, technical leader for transmission systems, have been recognized for their contributions to IEEE fields of interest.

McGranaghan is being recognized for contributions to the analysis of power quality issues. McGranaghan leads the EPRI teams responsible for research involving technologies, systems, and practices for power delivery systems from the generator to the plug and for the devices and technologies that use the electricity.

Ram Adapa is being recognized for leadership in direct current and flexible AC transmission systems. Adapa, through his technical leadership and innovative research ideas has contributed to the advancement of high-voltage direct current transmission and flexible AC transmission systems (FACTS) technologies within electric utilities.

The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE board of directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of 1 percent of the total voting membership.

IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement. This year, 321 individuals have been elevated to IEEE Fellow.

McGranaghan has Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering and Master of Science, Electrical Engineering degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. He has taught seminars and workshops around the world and is active in industry activities with IEEE, CIGRE, and the International Electrotechnical Commission. He is a member of the NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Panel Governing Board and he is the Vice-Chairman of the CIRED U.S. National Committee.

Adapa received a BS degree in electrical engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India, an MS degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India. He also holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He has authored or coauthored more than 125 technical papers and is an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. He is an individual member of CIGRE and a Registered Professional Engineer.

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