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Professor Jay Giri Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

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Affiliate Professor Jay Giri

Election to become a member of the National Academy of Engineering is one of the highest professional honors accorded an engineer. UW EE Affiliate Professor Jay Giri received this prestigious honor for his significant contributions to utility control center technologies.

Giri was recognized by his peers for his efforts to enhance grid situational awareness and reliability through utility control center technologies. Giri designed and implemented the original software for the ESCA (the Energy System Computer Applications company he and 11 others founded in 1978) automatic generation control (AGC) and dispatcher training simulator (DTS) power system simulation functions. Today this AGC controls over 50 percent of North American generation as well as generation in many other countries, and the DTS is one of the predominant simulators used by control centers worldwide.

In addition to Giri’s affiliate professorship at the UW, he is Director of Power Systems Technology and Strategic Initiatives at GE Grid Software Solutions in Redmond, Washington. In this work, he leads a team of power system engineers who deliver generation control, market applications and synchrophasor/phasor measurement unit (PMU) applications to control centers.

Giri has received numerous accolades for his contributions to the field: he was elected an IEEE Fellow in 2002; he is a member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Governing Board; he is an Alstom Grid Senior Fellow; and he is a member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences.