Gerald T. Heydt
As a pioneer of power quality analysis techniques for electric power systems, Dr. Gerald T. Heydt’s concepts have ensured reliable and efficient power for best use by industry. Dr. Heydt received his BEEE degree from the Cooper Union in 1965, his MSEE in 1967 and his Ph.D. in 1970 from Purdue University. Dr. Heydt’s industrial experience includes work with Commonwealth Edison Company in Chicago, and E. G. & G. in Mercury, Nev. His impactful work included development of the instrumentation of electric power systems and control of power systems at E. G. & G and work with the United Nations Development Program in various positions around the world.
In 1981, Dr. Heydt’s work focused on the development of a “harmonic power flow” algorithm which rigorously modeled the interaction of harmonic sources with the power network. This technology was later commercialized by the Electric Power Research Institute as part of its “HARMFLO” software package, it is still used today for analyzing problematic operating conditions in distribution and subtransmission systems related to nonlinear loads. Dr. Heydt also developed a solid analytical basis for the “CBEMA” power curve for addressing three-phase unbalanced situations and cases where large rotating machinery is affected by voltage sags. The method is used by many U.S. electric utility companies today. In 1994, after 25 years with the faculty at Purdue University where he was a Professor of Electrical Engineering, Dr. Heydt took a position as Professor of Electrical Engineering at Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz.
Today at ASU, Dr. Heydt is the site director of the Power Systems Engineering Research Center and also the site director of a National Science Foundation engineering research center called the Future Renewable Electric Energy Distribution and Management center. Dr. Heydt is the author of two books, one on electric power quality, and the other on computer analysis of power systems. He is a registered professional engineer in New Jersey and Indiana, a Life Fellow of the IEEE, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. In 2002, Dr. Heydt was elevated to the rank of Regents’ Professor at ASU. This is the highest professorial rank in the university. Dr. Heydt’s main interests are: electric power quality, transmission and distribution engineering, power systems modeling and computer control, and the dynamic response of electric power systems.
Dr. Heydt has received numerous awards, including the 2010 IEEE Richard Kaufmann Award for his work in power distribution systems and the IEEE PES Outstanding Power Engineering Educator award in 1995. Learn more: www.pserc.wisc.edu/home/ www.freedm.ncsu.edu
Dr. Gerald T. Heydt Scholarship in Power Engineering
On behalf of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, we are pleased and grateful to honor Dr. Gerald T. Heydt by establishing a scholarship fund in his name. This fund will continue to advance graduate students in the area of Power Engineering as a part of Dr. Heydt’s continued legacy in the field.
Each of us have benefited from interacting and working with Dr. Hedyt. Together, we look forward to honoring him with an endowed scholarship. Gifts can be made online or you can contact David Wahls at the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at 480-727-0827 or firstname.lastname@example.org about supporting the fund for Dr. Heydt.