John “Jack” Casazza, an internationally renowned electrical engineer educator and long time PES volunteer died on January 9, 2019. His career spanned more than 60 years.
Jack Casazza made outstanding contributions to the development and utilization of the electric power transmission systems throughout the world. He was the former president of the American Education Institute. He was also the former Director for the Georgia Systems Operation Corporation, and a former member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Electric Reliability Council. From 1979 until 1997, he also served as Chairman of the Board of CSA Energy Consultants. Before forming CSA, he was Vice President of Planning and Research for both the electric and gas systems of the Public Service Electric and Gas Company where he had been employed since 1946. He also was a member of committees of the U.S. Energy Association, Edison Electric Institute, CIGRE, the Electric Power Research Institute, The New Jersey Governor’s Advisory Panel on Solar Energy, the New Jersey Advisory Panel on Cogeneration, The New Jersey Energy Research Institute, the North American Electric Reliability Council, and the USA/USSR Joint Commission on Scientific and Technical Cooperation. Mr. Casazza was educated at the Cooper Union School of Engineering in New York and received his B.E.E. from Cornell University. He served in the US Navy from 1943 to 1945. Mr. Casazza was the recipient of special citations from CIGRE and IEEE. He was awarded the Philip Sporn Award for his career contributions. An IEEE Life Fellow, he was awarded the 1990 IEEE Herman Halperin Electric Transmission and Distribution Award. He was an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. He was also the author of more than 70 publications and six books.