Affiliate Professor S.S. (Mani) Venkata has been honored with a 2016 Robert M. Janowiak Outstanding Leadership and Service Award. The award is given to individuals with a record of leadership and service to the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (ECEDHA) and to electrical and computer engineering. Venkata accepted the award at the ECEDHA Awards Banquet on March 21 in San Diego, California.
Venkata was honored for his 20 years of service to the ECEDHA, during which time he was a leader in hosting ECEDHA’s NSF workshops and helped obtain grants for power engineering initiatives. The award also recognizes his academic leadership while a professor at the University of Washington, Clarkson University, Iowa State University and West Virginia University.
Since 2011, Venkata has been a principal scientist at GE Grid Solutions (formerly Alstom Grid), located in Redmond, WA. For 17 years, Venkata was a professor at UW EE and served as a founding director of theElectric Energy Industrial Consortium from 1979 to 1996. Prior to joining Alstom Grid, he was professor and chairman of the ECE Department at Iowa State University and Dean of the School of Engineering at Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York.
In the past 45 years, Venkata has interacted with more than 35 utilities and industries, working on research, design and development. He has published and/or presented more than 375 publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings and co-authored the book Introduction to Electric Energy Systems.
A Life Fellow of IEEE, Venkata was a member of the IEEE Fellows Committee from 2010-15. For the IEEE Power & Energy Society, he is chair of the Smart Grid R&D Committee and previously served as Vice Chairman of the Technical Council and was a member of the PES Executive Committee and Governing Board. In 1996, Venkata received the Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award from the IEEE Power Engineering Society and the Third Millennium Award from IEEE in 2000.