Mines professor named IEEE Fellow

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Mines professor named IEEE Fellow

GOLDEN, Colo., Jan. 20, 2011 – Dr. Pankaj K (PK) Sen, Colorado School of Mines professor of engineering, recently was named a fellow of the IEEE, the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology.

Recognizing the achievements of its members is an important part of the mission of the IEEE. Each year, following a rigorous evaluation procedure, the IEEE Fellow Committee recommends a very small selected group of recipients for one of the association’s most prestigious honors, elevation to IEEE Fellow. Sen was nominated for “leadership in arc flash hazard research and electrical safety curriculum.” A large part of his research on this subject was performed at Colorado School of Mines with his graduate students.
Sen has more than 44 years of combined teaching, research, and consulting engineering experience and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Colorado. Prior to joining Colorado School of Mines in 2000, he taught for 21 years at the University of Colorado.
His industrial experience includes power plants and substation engineering design, system and feasibility studies, protection and relaying, and various other aspects of power systems engineering applications. He has published more than 140 technical papers and articles (including IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, Power Systems, Industrial Electronics, international Journal of Energy Systems, IAS Magazine, etc.) on a variety of subjects related to power systems engineering, protection/relaying, electric machines and renewable energy, energy policy, power quality and arc flash and safety. 
Sen has supervised and/or mentored more than 200 graduate students including non-traditional students and practicing engineers from the utility industries, Rural Electric Associations, government agencies, consulting engineers and others.
He serves as a professor of engineering and is the site director for the Industry University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC), Power Systems Engineering Research Center (www.pser.org) at Mines.
His current research interests include a variety of application problems (safety, protection, equipment life, energy economics, and asset management and policy issues) in power systems engineering, renewable energy applications and distributed generation, and engineering education.
Sen is a very active member of a number of professional societies including IEEE PES/IAS, Rocky Mountain Electrical League and has been instrumental in providing seminars and short courses, conducting workshops, and providing training for technical personnel in the Rocky Mountain region for the past 30 years.

Karen Gilbert, Director of Public Relations / 303-273-3541 / KGilbert@mines.edu 

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