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IEEE PES Wanda Reder Pioneer in Power Award

Description: The IEEE PES Women in Power Committee is created to foster a more diverse leadership by supporting career advancement, networking and education of women in the electric power and energy industry. One important way this mission is supported is through the formal recognition of a worthy female member of this community.

The IEEE PES Wanda Reder Pioneer in Power Award seeks to recognize a deserving female in the field of power engineering. The award is intended to provide visibility to the awardee’s efforts, accomplishments and future potential while empowering her to be an inspiration and role model for other women in the industry.

The recipient shall have demonstrated a high level of influence in technical development, infrastructure enhancement, entrepreneurial/management practices or education within the field of electric power and energy engineering.

In addition to recognizing the recipient, the award brings attention to the value of fostering a diverse talent pool. It further empowers the recipient to have a greater influence on the growth and development of others in the industry.

The award will be in honor of the first female president of IEEE PES, Ms. Wanda Reder.

Eligibility: Nominees for the award must be female and senior members of the IEEE PES.

Schedule: The nomination deadline is January 15 of each year, and the selection process is completed by June 15.

Nomination form: Click here for the Word version or here for a PDF.

Past Awardees:

  • 2014 – Jessica J. Bian
    • Visionary leader and architect, who has pioneered electric industry’s reliability metrics and grid risk assessment; Inspiring role model and mentor to young women engineers in power
  • 2015 – Sandra Cecilia Vega Gómez
    • For pioneering leadership in the area of power transformers in Costa Rica and dedicated volunteer service to the electric power industry
  • 2016 – Jennifer T. Sterling
    • For active industry involvement with an emphasis in regulatory compliance, transmission system analysis, federal open access policy and state retail initiatives
  • 2017 – Meliha B. Selak
    • For leadership in power system operation and for inspiring new engineers and women in engineering throughout the IEEE Regions

Find more information on the IEEE PES website.

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