Kezunovic receives CIGRE award

Photo of Dr. Mladen KezunovicDr. Mladen Kezunovic, the Eugene E. Webb Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, received a prestigious award from the Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE).

Kezunovic received the CIGRE Technical Committee Award, which is given based on the nomination of the study committee as "reward for remarkable technical contribution.” Kezunovic was nominated by the CIGRE committee B5 Protection and Automation.

Kezunovic has been a member of CIGRE since 1979. He has participated in more than 10 CIGRE working groups, either as the convener (chairman) or a member. He also published more than 30 papers at CIGRE general sessions, colloquia and workshops.

Kezunovic also has been bestowed several awards by the U.S. National Committee of CIGRE, the Atwood Associate Award for “notable contributions to CIGRE over an extended period of time” in 2008, and paper recognition awards in 1996 and 1998.

Kezunovic currently serves as a deputy director of a National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Center “Electrical Vehicles-Transportation and Electricity Convergence.” He also is the site director of the Power Engineering Research Center (PSerc) also NSF I/UCRCs. Before joining Texas A&M in 1986 he worked for Westinghouse Electric Corp. in Pittsburgh from 1979 to 1980 and the Energoinvest Company in Europe from 1980 to 1986. Kezunovic has published more than 450 papers in journals and conference proceedings, has been invited to give more than 100 lectures worldwide and is listed as a distinguished speaker of the IEEE Power Engineering Society. While at Texas A&M, Kezunovic has been the principal investigator on more than 100 research projects and supervised more than 40 graduate students. Kezunovic is a Fellow of the IEEE, a member of CIGRE and a registered professional engineer in Texas.

Founded in 1921, CIGRE is an international nonprofit association for promoting collaboration with experts from all around the world by sharing knowledge and joining forces to improve electric power systems of today and tomorrow. CIGRE counts more than 2,500 experts from all around the world working actively together in structured work programs coordinated by the CIGRE 16 studies committees, which is overseen by the technical committee. Their main objectives are to design and deploy the power system for the future, optimize existing equipment and power systems, respect the environment and facilitate access to information. The technical committee oversees efforts of more than 200 active working groups solving technical problems in the transmission networks. The working group membership is formed based on recommendations from national committees.