• Congratulations to Dr. William Chisholm

    Congratulations to Dr. William Chisholm for being awarded the 2022 IEEE Dielectrics and Insulation Society Caixin Sun and Stan Grzybowski Lifetime Achievement Award "for contributions to overhead high voltage line reliability and safety". Bill was chair of the Power and Energy Society, Transmisssion and Distrubution Committee in 2013-14 and recently achieved global consensus for selection of insulators and live-line tools for cold weather conditions in IEEE Standard 1820-2020.

    The IEEE Caixin Sun and Stan Grzybowski Awards were established in 2017 through an agreement between IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society (DEIS) and IEEE International Conference on High Voltage Engineering and Applications (ICHVE). The funds have been contributed by the Caixin Sun Foundation of Education at Chongqing University, China. Each award consists of a subsidy of US$5000 and a plenary lecture given at IEEE ICHVE 2022.

    This year, Dr. William Alexander Chisholm of Toronto was nominated and selected to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, reflecting an outstanding career in research, engineering and innovation. The nomination letter mentioned his contributions to 16 of the 19 ICHVE topics of interest, including lightning, electrical insulation, grounding, and dynamic line rating. The nomination specified his roles in achieving global consensus for selection of insulators and live-line tools for cold weather conditions in IEEE Standard 1820-2020.

    Chisholm's award lecture, "Capacitance and Resistance Duality, applied to Lightning Backflashover Estimation" was presented on-line Monday, October 26, 2022, hosted from Chongqing, China.

  • Congratulations to Prof. Srikanta M.N. Swamy

    Congratulations to Professor Srikanta M.N. Swam of Concordia University, Montreal, for being awarded the The Mac Van Valkenburg Award. The Mac Van Valkenburg Award by IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, honors individuals for outstanding technical contributions and distinguishable leadership in a field within the scope of CAS Society. The award is based on the quality and significance of contribution, and continuity of technical leadership.

    We would like to congratulate Prof. Srikanta M.N. Swamy, Research Professor and Concordia Tier I Research Chair, for receiving the 2022 Mac Van Valkenburg Award. The citation reads: “For his pioneering and lifelong contributions, particularly in multidimensional signal processing, distributed parameter networks, graph theory, discrete transforms and image processing. For nearly six decades of outstanding contributions to education and for life long dedication to the service of the CAS society”.

    He is a recipient of many other CAS society awards including the John Choma Education Award and the Golden Jubilee Medal in 2000, and the Guillemin-Cauer Best Paper Award in 1986, as well as the IEEE Montreal Section Gold Medal in 2021 and the Constantin Budeanu Prize from the Romanian Academy in 2006.

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