Professor Pete Sauer won the 2015 Tau Beta Pi Daniel C. Drucker Eminent Faculty Award, which recognizes faculty in the College of Engineering who have received national or international acclaim for dedication to academic excellence through teaching and research and have made exemplary contributions to the understanding of their fields.
Pete’s research over the decades has laid the groundwork for many of the advances in the electric power industry that are helping to shape the emerging smart grid. His work has impacted electric power-system planning and operations in areas such as power flow analysis, voltage-collapse mitigation, rotating electric machinery analysis, modeling of power grid dynamics, and general power system reliability analysis. He has been consistently ranked as an outstanding teacher by his students (many return to see him after graduation) and by the IEEE Power Engineering Society (PES) when, in 1997, he received their “Outstanding Power Engineering Award.” Pete has worked tirelessly to help advance the electric power engineering profession by helping others worldwide advance in their careers. Most recently he is serving as the PES Vice President for Education. In 2003 was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and has been active in several leadership positions.