A leading developer of and applications expert in the dramatic advances in protective relaying of power transmission lines based on data communications (teleprotection), Solveig Ward is enabling reliable and faster power system protection essential to preventing widespread power outages and equipment failures. She has chaired and contributed to many IEEE protection and communication standards invaluable to providing guidance to the utility industry for critical system protection applications. Combining her extensive knowledge of transmission line protection with telecommunications technology, she is a pioneer in bridging the gap between utility relay engineers and utility communications engineers. Her practical background with relay protection products and application has provided a useful perspective in standards development by considering the environment, restraints, and best practical solutions for protective relay deployments in the utility industry. An IEEE Fellow, Ward is an executive advisor with Quanta Technology, Raleigh, NC, USA.