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IEEE awards
two PES members to receive honors

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Two IEEE PowEr & EnErgy
members have been selected to receive
two 2016 IEEE awards. Arun g. Phadke
will be honored with the 2016 IEEE
Power Engineering Medal, and Hermann
Koch will be presented with the 2016
IEEE Charles Proteus Steinmetz Award.

Arun G. Phadke
Arun g. Phadke
will receive the
2016 IEEE Power
Engineering Medal
for "contributions to
synchrophasor technology for monitoring, control, and
protection of electric power systems."
The pioneering work of Phadke on
computer-based protection equipment
for providing precise, real-time data
on power transmission system conditions has provided the backbone for
today's wide-area measurement and
control systems used to ensure power
grid reliability and prevent disruptions
from leading to large-scale blackouts.
Phadke developed synchrophasors
for measuring the flow of electricity
through the power grid. Synchrophasors are time-synchronized numbers
that represent both the magnitude and
phase angle of the sine waves found in
electricity and are time synchronized
for accuracy. Phadke also developed
the phasor measurement unit (PMU) for

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measuring synchrophasors. PMUs have
proven to be the main tool for the monitoring, protection, and control of the
grid and are considered a quantum leap
over analog technology, quickly providing the information needed to maintain
grid stability over a wide region.
During the 1990s, Phadke helped
develop the concept of adaptive relaying. Using the computing and communications capability of computer relays,
this concept allows for the automatic
adjustment of protective relay characteristics to match prevailing power
system conditions to avoid unnecessary
trips of equipment as a catastrophic
power system event evolves. Phadke's
efforts on advancing computer-based
protective relaying began in the early
1970s when his implementation of protective algorithms in an IBM minicomputer and its subsequent installation
in a 138-kV substation near roanoke,
Virginia, represented the world's first
communicating relay and fault recorder. Also, his digital symmetrical component distance relay was a significant
contribution to the distance protection
of transmission lines. His early work
on Fourier transforms for voltage and
current calculation serves as the foundation for most of the digital relays installed throughout the world today.

Hermann Koch
Hermann Koch will receive the 2016
IEEE Charles Proteus Steinmetz Award
for "leadership in and contributions

to the development,
standardization,
and global impact
of gas-insulating
technology for substations (gas-insulating switchgear)
and high-voltage
lines (gas-insulating lines)."
Koch's dedication to advancing gasinsulating switchgear (gIS) and line
(gIL) technology for the power industry is enabling the safe transmission of
high electric power over greater distances and into space-constrained environments where overhead power lines
are not viable. working with Siemens
Ag, Koch developed new insulating
gas mixtures for high-voltage systems,
adopted pipeline laying technology to
electrical systems, and was responsible for the installation of the first gIL
system using these new techniques in
2001. Koch has helped increase global
access to gIS and gIL technology by
promoting improved standardization
efforts between the International Electrotechnical Commission and IEEE. He
influenced IEEE to develop standards
for high- and medium-voltage gIS and
gIL and promoted IEC positions while
a member of the IEEE Standards Activities Board.
An IEEE Fellow, Koch is a principle
expert with the Energy Management
Division at Siemens Ag, Erlangen,
germany.
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