First-Hand:Peter W. Sauer

Peter W. Sauer Grainger Chair Professor Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 4046 Electrical and Computer Engineering Building 306 North Wright St. Urbana, IL 61801 (217) 333-0394 (office) (217) 333-1162 (fax) (email)

Pete Sauer obtained his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla in 1969. From 1969 to 1973, he was the electrical engineer on a design assistance team in the Air Force for the Tactical Air Command at Langley AFB, Virginia, working on design and construction of airfield lighting and electrical distribution systems. He obtained the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1974 and 1977 respectively. He has been on the faculty at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1977 where he teaches courses and directs research on power systems and electric machines. His main contributions are in modeling and simulation of power system dynamics with applications to steady-state and transient stability analysis. He has written over 200 technical papers and the book with M. A. Pai, “Power System Dynamics and Stability”, published by Prentice Hall in 1998.

From August 1991 to August 1992 he served as the Program Director for Power Systems in the Electrical and Communication Systems Division of the National Science Foundation in Washington D.C. He is a cofounder of PowerWorld Corporation and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1996-2001. He is a cofounder of the Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSERC) and has served as the Illinois site director from 1996 to the present. He served in the Air Force Civil Engineering reserves at Chanute AFB, Illinois and Scott AFB, Illinois until his retirement as a Lt. Col. in 1998. He is currently the Grainger Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering at Illinois. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia and Illinois, a Fellow of the IEEE, and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.