Remembering Jeff DesJarlais

An active volunteer with the IEEE Northwest Subsection

13 October 2014
DesJarlais Photo: Courtesy of the DesJarlais family

IEEE was greatly saddened by the news of the unexpected passing of Jeff DesJarlais on 10 July. He was 51.

He joined IEEE in 1999 and was an active member of the IEEE Northwest Subsection of the Chicago Section for 15 years. Jeff held a Professional Engineer’s license in the states of Illinois and Wisconsin. He earned an associate’s degree in science at Michigan Technological University, in Houghton, and was subsequently hired in 1985 by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a safety consulting and certification company, in Northbrook, Ill. He later earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology, in Chicago. Jeff was at UL for 29 years. His last position was as principal engineer in the company’s Industrial Control Equipment, Personnel Protective Controls, and Robotics Department.

In October 2005, Jeff joined the International Electrotechnical Commission, an international standards organization. He worked with the commission’s 17B/WG2 group (now IEC 121A/WG2) to develop standards for low-voltage switchgear and control gear. For the past few years, Jeff was also a member of the IEC TC 109 group, which develops standards for insulation in low-voltage equipment.

 Jeff was a member of several other organizations, including the National Fire Protection Association, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, the Canadian Standards Association, and the Robotic Industries Association. He is survived by his wife, Sharon, and two children.

Jeff will be fondly remembered by all those who had the privilege of knowing him. The IEEE Chicago Section and Northwest Subsection extend their deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

—Vickie L. Peters is chair of the IEEE Chicago Section.

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