WPI's Alexander E. Emanuel Wins International Award

Contact: Arlie Corday, WPI Media & Community Relations

WORCESTER, Mass. - Alexander E. Emanuel of Southborough, Mass., professor of electrical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, has received the 1999 John Mungenast International Power Quality Award. Sponsored by E Source, an energy information service company, and Power Quality Assurance Magazine, the award is given each year for significant contributions to the power quality field. Power quality refers to the ability to ensure a power system's reliability.

In announcing the award, Bill Howe of E Source called Emanuel "a pillar of accomplishment and conscience for the PQ world." John Mungenast, editor of Power Quality Assurance Magazine, said, "For enabling the industry to meet its full potential, Dr. Emanuel has earned the gratitude of the entire electrotechnical world."

Born in Romania, Emanuel worked as an engineer for several years in Romania, Israel and Massachusetts before joining the WPI faculty in 1974. He has received numerous awards including as WPI's outstanding teacher and outstanding researcher of the year. He has trained more than 100 engineers to become experts in power quality.

Emanuel earned three degrees from Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel: a 1963 B.S. in electrical engineering, a 1965 M.S. in electrical engineering and a 1969 D.Sc. in engineering. He is a member of numerous scientific and professional societies and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. His areas of research interest encompass power quality, power electronics, electromagnetic design and high-voltage technology.

WPI, founded in 1865, is renowned for its project-based curriculum. Under the WPI Plan, students integrate classroom studies with research projects conducted on campus and around the world.