IAS/PES A.P. Seethapathy Rural Electrification Excellence Award

(established 2008)

Description: To recognize exceptional power engineers who have worked, implemented or innovated better and cheaper electrification technologies for the rural sector.

Prize: $500, sculpture, certificate, and a travel stipend of up to $1,500 for recipient to attend the presentation ceremony. It is anticipated to have only one recipient; however if a team is chosen, the award would be shared equally.

Funding: The award will be co-funded by the IEEE Power & Energy Society and the IEEE Industry Applications Society. The initial endowment was funded in part by a donation from the family of A.P. Seethapathy.

Eligibility: Candidate must be active in the field of rural electrification for at least 5 years. No current member of the IEEE Board of Directors, the IEEE PES Governing Board, IAS Executive Board, the IEEE PES Awards and Recognition Committee, the IAS Awards Department, the Rural Electrification Excellence Award Committee, or IEEE staff may be candidates, or nominate or endorse candidates for this award. Eligibility and Selection process shall comply with procedures and regulations established in IEEE and society governing documents, in particular with IEEE Policy 4.4 on Awards Limitations.

Basis for Judging: Selection will be based on evaluation of accomplishments as revealed by published works, documented testimonials from industry colleagues, or other objective demonstrations of accomplishments over an extended period of time. Of particular importance is evidence of the candidate’s innovative content and societal impact; lower cost solution; originality and practicality; and evidence of implementation.

Presentation: Presentation of the award shall be made by the PES President, IAS President or the Rural Electrification Excellence Award Chair or their designated representative.


Submissions must be received no later than 1 February to be considered for this year’s award.

Nomination Forms Word Doc or PDF.