Electrical Engineering's Singh receives Power System Reliability Award

Dr. Chanan SinghDr. Chanan Singh has been selected as the recipient of the Roy Billinton Power System Reliability Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' (IEEE) Power & Energy (PES) Society. The award will be formally presented at the Power Engineering Society General Meeting in July in Minneapolis.The purpose of this award is to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the reliability of electric power systems. Candidates are nominated for the award by their peers and selection is based on evaluation of accomplishments as revealed by technical publications, testimonials from the academic and industry colleagues, professional and industry activities and development of standards and operating guides.Singh, former department head and Regents Professor, is an IEEE Fellow and is internationally recognized as an expert on the reliability and security of power systems. He began working at Texas A&M in 1978. As department head, Singh helped with the continued improvement of the graduate program, helped obtain two competitive grants worth $1.2 million to enhance the quality and quantity of the department's undergraduates as well as a $5.1 million gift from Texas Instruments to expand and enhance the departments' analog design and research program.During his tenure he also helped with building the faculty strength of the computer engineering program and quadrupled the department's endowed chairs and professorships from four to 16, as well as initiating the allocation of 19 new faculty positions through the university's faculty reinvestment plan.Other honors Singh has received include the Merit Award by the Probabilistic Methods Applied to Power Systems (PMAPS) International Society, the IEEE Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award, being holder of the J.W. Runyon, Jr. Professorship II, the Halliburton Professorship, the Dresser Professorship, the University Level  Association of Former Students' Distinguished Achievement Award for Research and the University of Saskatchewan awarded him a D.Sc.in 1998.  Singh's research interests include power system reliability and stochastic optimization.The PES provides the world's largest forum for sharing the latest in technological developments in the electric power industry, for developing standards that guide the development and construction of equipment and systems and for educating members of the industry and the general public. Members are leaders in this field, and they - and their employers - derive substantial benefits from involvement with this unique and outstanding association.The mission of the PES is to be the leading provider of scientific and engineering information on electric power and energy for the betterment of society, and the preferred professional development source for our members.