The First Dictionary Dedicated to Electrical Power Engineering

Written by an IEEE member, the three-volume effort covers nearly 33,000 entries

8 June 2017

Electrical power engineer Gerald Aksherian, an IEEE life senior member, has self published the Illustrated Dictionary of Electrical Power Engineering: Generation, Transmission and Distribution. The three-volume dictionary’s 1,500 pages cover terms used in power generation, transmission, and distribution—almost 33,000 entries in all.

Aksherian has worked for more than two dozen companies around the globe during his 60-year career, including Aramco, Consolidated Edison, Duke Energy, General Electric, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and the French company Serete. He applied U.S. and other national engineering standards as well as international standards. After he observed the lack of a dictionary dedicated to electrical power engineering, he decided to author one himself.

“Existing dictionaries on electrical engineering included terms from many areas in the profession, such as aerospace, communication, computers, electronics, information theory, signal processing, and software, whereas definitions of terms used in electrical power are given very limited scope,” he says.


The dictionary is organized by subject areas based on major terms, and like other dictionaries is organized alphabetically. The content sections list all the major and derived terms. The dictionary contains more than 300 equations, 100 full-page color illustrations, and about 300 smaller graphics. Terms used for battery applications in electric power systems, for example, come with a full-page graphical illustration of the 15 areas that make up the applications.

“One unique feature of this dictionary is the reference source for each term is listed so that users can explore the subject further,” says Aksherian, who compiled and researched the information from more than 500 sources.

Also featured are biographies and images of more than 100 inventors, scientists, and engineers who played major roles in electricity and electric power. In addition, the dictionary has an 18-page timeline chronicling the history, development, and application of electricity and electrical power engineering.

The publication is aimed at people who need to understand the intricate terms used in electric power. They include students, teachers, researchers, and utility workers.

“The teaching of electrical power courses in U.S. universities is quite poor and limited,” Aksherian says, “so this dictionary will also be a great resource for instructors and students.”

The dictionary can be previewed and purchased from its website. It also is available from Amazon and eBay, but without the ability to preview.

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