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Exponent Principal Engineer Awarded Prestigious IEEE-PES Medal


August 15, 2012

Stig Nilsson, Principal Engineer in our Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Practice, was recently awarded the IEEE Power & Energy Society Nari Hingorani FACTS Award for his contributions to the development of the Flexible AC Transmission System (FACTS) concept and towards the development of the Static Synchronous Compensator (STATCOM) and Thyristor Controlled Series Capacitor. The award was presented at the 2012 Power & Energy Society Meeting in San Diego in late July.

The IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) is a worldwide, non-profit association of more than 29,000 individuals engaged in the electric power energy industry. The award that Mr. Nilsson received honors Dr. Narain Hingorani, who pioneered the concepts of FACTS and Custom Power.

Power electronics and other static controllers are making a major impact on future power systems through application in transmission, distribution, and small generation. Applications in transmission and distribution include HVDC, FACTS and Custom Power. Since the introduction of the FACTS and Custom Power concepts, the technology has been moving ahead at an increasing pace. Very significant near to long term benefits of FACTS and Custom Power technologies are now recognized in the industry. The FACTS and Custom Power Awards are given to individuals who have made a major contribution to the state of the art of FACTS and Custom Power technologies and their applications.