The IEEE Foundation, in cooperation with the IEEE Power & Energy Society, recently established the Douglas M. Staszesky Distribution Automation Award. The annual award recognizes those who have devised ways to automate electric utility distribution systems that improve system reliability and availability to utility customers.
The award includes a US $2000 scholarship donated in the recipient’s name to an engineering school of his/her choice, a plaque, and travel expenses to attend the presentation ceremony.
Staszesky, an associate member, was 49 when he died in February of brain cancer. He was the business development manager of power system services for S&C Electric Co., a specialist in electric power switching and protection in Chicago, which he joined in 1989. S&C contributed $70 000 to fund the award. A well-known industry expert on electric utility automation, Staszesky led several industry-wide efforts to automate utility distribution systems. He served on several committees, including the IEEE PES Distribution Automation Working Group.
When he learned about the award shortly before his death, Staszesky said, “It truly is the legacy I would have hoped to leave the industry. This has been one of my passions, trying to get folks to realize that they need to use current and future technologies—and push suppliers to develop and deliver those technologies to help utilities do their job better and easier than they could even hope to in years past.”
A group of Staszesky’s mentors will present the first award during a luncheon to be held during the 2009 IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting from 26 to 30 July in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Anyone wishing to make a contribution can do so by sending a check payable to the IEEE Foundation–Staszesky Fund, IEEE Development Office, 445 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, N.J. 08854. Visit the IEEE Foundation website to make contributions by clicking on the “Donate Online” tab and selecting the Staszesky Fund.