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Beckwith Electric’s Dr. Murty V.V.S. Yalla elected to the National Academy of Engineering

USA, Washington: Beckwith Electric announced election of Vice President & General Manager Dr. Murty V.V.S. Yalla, to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. The NAE operates under the same congressional act of incorporation that established the National Academy of Sciences, signed in 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln.

Dr. Yalla holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from University of New Brunswick, Canada. After joining Beckwith Electric in 1989, Dr. Yalla held various leadership roles, including company president from 2005 through December 2020. He is the chairman (2015-2024) of the International Electrotechnical Commission, technical committee (TC95), measuring relays and protection equipment. He is also the chairman of the IEEE Power & Energy Society, Power system Relaying and Control (PSRC) committee from 2021 to 2022.

Dr. Yalla is a member of the Industry Technical Support Leadership Committee of the IEEE PES, serving as a liaison between IEEE PES and NERC. He also serves on the planning committee of the Georgia Tech protective relaying conference.

Dr. Yalla has published several research papers in IEEE Journals and various conferences. He holds six U.S. patents in power system protection and control. He received various awards including the IEEE Florida Council Outstanding Engineer Award in 2005 and 2018, the IEC 1906 Award in 2010, and the Indo-U.S. Chamber of Commerce Businessman of the Year Award in 2013.

The 2021 Class includes 106 nominees from the United States and 23 international members and Dr. Yalla was elected “for contributions to digital protection and control devices for the grid.” The Induction Ceremony for Dr. Yalla will be held during the NAE’s Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. on 3 October 2021.

“I am honoured and humbled to be recognized by the NAE and join such an elite group,” said Dr. Yalla. “I am truly indebted to my teachers, mentors and professional colleagues from whom I have had the opportunity to learn throughout my career. I look forward to continue to learn and collaborate with other prestigious members of NAE. I am also grateful to Beckwith Electric Co. (now part of Hubbell Utility Solutions) for nurturing and encouraging innovation which made it possible to develop the first digital interconnection protective relay in the US during the late 1980s. This greatly helped increase renewable energy or distributed energy resources, on the electric grid.”

 

Source: Beckwith Electric