PALO ALTO, Calif. - (Dec. 13, 2016) – Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Principal Technical Leader Patricia Brown received the prestigious 1906 Award from the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Brown was recognized for her work on a family of communication standards for the common information model, or CIM, a system for open and consistent data exchange in the power industry.
The award, created in 2004 and named for the IEC’s founding year, is granted to experts around the world whose work is fundamental to advancing electrotechnical research.
“As a CIM expert, Pat works tirelessly promoting standards, developing use cases, and working with industry stakeholders to arrive at the consensus required to create these standards,” said Matt Wakefield, director of Information, Communication and Cyber Security research at EPRI. “She is able to communicate the value of using a standards-based approach to systems integration, which is essential for the advancement of an integrated grid.”
Brown is one of five members of IEC Technical Committee 57 to receive the award. The committee is charged with managing power systems and associated information exchange, including maintaining and developing standards related to CIM.
Brown has more than 25 years of experience supporting electric utility control center applications. She is engaged in a range of projects leveraging the CIM. Specifically, her work focuses on asset and network model data management in transmission and distribution systems. She has a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Michigan and is a certified Project Management Professional.
The IEC is the leading global organization that publishes consensus-based international standards and manages conformity assessment systems for electric and electronic products, systems, and services, collectively known as electrotechnology.
The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI, www.epri.com) conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery, and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. An independent, nonprofit organization, EPRI brings together its scientists and engineers as well as experts from academia and industry to help address challenges in electricity, including reliability, efficiency, affordability, health, safety, and the environment. EPRI members represent 90 percent of the electric utility revenue in the United States with international participation in 35 countries. EPRI's principal offices and laboratories are located in Palo Alto, California; Charlotte, North Carolina; Knoxville, Tennessee; and Lenox, Massachusetts.