Ilic Earns Smart Grid Accolades, Alumni Achievement Award


March 5, 2010

February was a busy month for Marija Ilic, professor of ECE and Engineering and Public Policy, who not only earned a spot on Greentech Media's "Networked Grid 100: Movers and Shakers of the Smart Grid" list, but also received an Alumni Achievement Award from her alma mater, the School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis.

The "Networked Grid 100" highlights 100 people influencing the smart grid market on a daily basis, "be it through innovating, regulating, evangelizing, planning, deploying, benchmarking, architecting, standardizing, investing, developing, etc." Ilic made the list for her leadership as director of Carnegie Mellon's Electric Energy Systems Group, which is developing research programs, curriculum and outreach initiatives to improve the nation's electric energy system. Or, as Greentech Media put it:

"Marija is helping to spread the good news about smart grids to students: suddenly, power engineers are cool again! Move over, Stanford and MIT, because nestled in the hills of Pittsburgh's East End is CMU. Carnegie Mellon is actually attacking the issue of smart grids on all fronts ... don't be surprised if the next hot KPCB/Foundation/Rockport Capital-funded SG start-up is run by a bunch of Carnegie Mellon grads."

Ilic also earned honors for more than 30 years of excellence in teaching and researching electrical power system modeling and control from her alma mater, the School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. The university's Alumni Achievement Awards honor Washington University grads for their overall career achievement, public service and participation in professional organizations. Ilic, who received both her master's and doctor's degrees at the university, joined four other alumni honored at a reception and dinner on Feb. 18.

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