Electrical engineering former student honored by IEEE

Joseph H. Snow '42, a former student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, was named the recipient of the Dr. George H. Bahder Memorial Award from the Insulated Conductors Committee (ICC) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).Photo of Joseph H. Snow

This award is given for engineering contributions that have enhanced the quality of insulated conductor cable systems utilized for electric power delivery via transmission, distribution and station circuits.

Snow was given the award for "contributions to the development and commercialization of bonded sheaths for moisture barrier cables." The award consists of a plaque and a $2,500 donation, which will be made in the recipient's name to an electric power engineering department at a university or college of the recipient's choice for a scholarship to support a graduate or undergraduate student. Snow chose the power program in Texas A&M's electrical and computer engineering department for his donation.

Snow was born and raised in Angleton, Texas. He was a student at Texas A&M from the fall of 1937 until early 1942, when he completed ROTC training and was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the United States Army Signal Corps and ordered to active duty and training at Ft. Monmoth, N.J., in February 1942 prior to scheduled graduation at Texas A&M. Subsequently, he was granted his B.S. degree in engineering following departure.

Snow completed the advanced U.S. Army Signal Corps training in aircraft warning equipment in the fall of 1942. He was assigned to duty at various locations in Pacific area ending on Saipan. He returned to the U.S. in 1944 with the rank of Captain.Photo of Joseph H. Snow in uniform

After a transfer to army reserve status, Snow became employed by The Dow Chemical Co. as an electrical engineer in early 1945. He served Dow in many capacities at various U.S. locations and retired in 1982.

After retirement from Dow, Snow organized two independent companies and entered into consulting services. He was retained by Anixter Inc. for electrical engineering assignments involving wire and cable until 2010. Currently he is semi-retired but still active in many church, business and social activities.

Snow is a life member of IEEE with many activities, including technical presentations and preparation of IEEE guides as well as attendance at meetings in the U.S. and Europe. Snow married his wife, Ellen Laverne White, in 1950 and they have three married children with 13 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

The ICC is a committee of the Power Engineering Society of the IEEE. The basic work of the ICC is to develop standards detailing the design, construction, application, training and test protocols for insulated conductors.