LAS CRUCES — The Board of Trustees of the Institute of Electronic and Electronics Engineers has honored Professor Emeritus Satish Ranade of New Mexico State University as an IEEE Fellow, a distinction reserved for extraordinary achievements by select members . Ranade was recognized “for his contributions to the integration of renewable and distributed energy resources into electrical systems.”
“NMSU College of Engineering has become a recognized leader in electrical systems education, in large part due to the efforts of Dr. Ranade. A large number of graduates have gone on to become leaders in the energy industry and are now shaping the future of this field which has enormous global impact. We are very grateful for his contribution to our engineering program,” said Lakshmi N. Reddi, Dean of the College of Engineering.
In 2012, Ranade became the department head of the Klipsch School of Electric Engineering and Computer Science. He joined the engineering faculty at NMSU in 1981. Although he retired in 2020, he continues to teach part-time. He received his bachelor’s degree from Sagar University, Sagar, India and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. He received his Masters in Electrical Engineering from NMSU and his Ph.D. from the University of Florida.
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Ranade conducted research on power system operations; optimization and analysis; artificial intelligence applications; control of electric machines and power electronics; photovoltaic; and optimizing the electrical use of the water system. He has been principal investigator for over 30 funded research projects totaling over $3 million.
Ranade was the second director of NMSU’s Electric Utility Management Program, the only such program in the nation, focusing on electrical engineering and business management. The program is sponsored by a group of public and private power companies and industry organizations. The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering program includes courses in utility regulation and is designed to prepare the student for a future engineering management position in the electric utility industry.
He has served his profession through the IEEE in various leadership positions over the years, including the Energy and Energy Education Committee. He has received numerous awards and honors from the IEEE and other industry organizations.
Ranade has participated in electrical distribution system assessments for municipalities, rural electric cooperatives, and major electric utilities in the Southwest. His collaborations have led to the creation of programs that provide hands-on experiences for students, partnerships that have enabled the modernization of laboratory facilities, and the creation of a dynamic and relevant program in engineering.
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“The IEEE Fellow is one of IEEE’s most prestigious honors and is awarded to a very limited number of senior members who have made significant contributions to the advancement or application of engineering, science and technology that brings significant value to our society. The number of IEEE scholars raised in a year does not exceed one-tenth of one percent of the total number of IEEE voting members,” notes the website of the IEEE. The IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization for the advancement of technology.
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