2nd IEEE PES WiP Day Brazil
August 15 @ 8:00 am - September 30 @ 5:00 pm
The 2nd PES WiP Day Brazil will honor Edith Clarke, the first woman to earn an electrical engineering graduate degree (Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT) in 1919. Also, Clarke was the first woman to teach in the engineering department of the University of Texas-Austin. Clarke became an Associate Member in 1923, and in 1948, she was the first woman elected a Fellow of the IEEE (previous American Institute of Electrical Engineers – AIEE). In February 1926, Clarke became the first woman to present a paper at an IEEE meeting.
Edith Clarke was a pioneer in electrical engineering whose innovative ideas have been called the first steps toward “smart grid” technology. On September 1st, 1925, Edith published patent (Clarke Calculator). Clarke’s invention greatly simplified calculations used to understand long transmission lines in the days before computers, allowing analysts to solve key equations ten times faster than previous methods. The tool also supported Clarke’s work to gather data about the power grid and “can be seen as the first step toward “smart grid” technology according to the U.S. Department of Energy. In 2015, Clarke was elected into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for her Clarke Calculator.