2019 IEEE PES Outstanding Young Engineer Award for Prof. Sairaj Dhople

Prof. Sairaj Dhople is a recipient of the 2019 IEEE Power and Energy Society’s Outstanding Young Engineer Award. The award recognizes his contributions to the “analysis and control of renewable generation and microgrids.”

Sairaj’s primary research interests are modeling, analysis, and control of power electronics and power systems with a focus on renewable integration. He currently serves as Associate Professor in ECE. The research group he leads is focused on advancing solutions at the circuit and system levels that can bring about power systems that are sustainable, resilient in disaster situations, and customized to meet local needs.

Among other prominent awards Sairaj has previously received are the University’s McKnight Land-Grant Professorship (2017-2019), and the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award (2015). He is currently serving as an editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion, and IEEE Power Engineering Letters. He is also serving as vice president of the University Education Subcommittee, part of the Power and Energy Education Committee (IEEE PES).

Sairaj earned his doctoral degree in 2012 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

The IEEE PES Outstanding Young Engineer Award was established to recognize engineers 35 years of age or under “for outstanding contributions in the leadership of technical society activities including local and/or transnational PES and other technical societies, leadership in community and humanitarian activities, and evidence of technical competence through significant engineering achievements.” The award, administered by the PES Awards and Recognition Committee, is presented annually at the IEEE PES Annual Meeting.