Dr. Peter W. Sauer

Grainger Chair Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Illinois

Peter W. Sauer
When I was a graduate student at Purdue, I read the quote paraphrased from the Greek writer-philosopher Plutarch: ‘Students are candles to be lighted, not bottles to be filled.’ It became the guiding light of my career.
Peter W. Sauer obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1969. From 1969 to 1973, he was the electrical engineer on a design assistance team for the Tactical Air Command at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, working on the design and construction of airfield lighting and electrical distribution systems. He is a registered professional engineer in Virginia and Illinois.

Sauer obtained his master’s degree and PhD from Purdue University in 1974 and 1977, respectively. Since 1977 he has been on the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he teaches courses and directs research on power systems and electric machines. His main contributions are in modeling and simulation of power system dynamics with applications to steady-state and transient stability analysis. He has written over 150 technical papers and, with M. A. Pai, the book Power System Dynamics and Stability (Prentice Hall, 1998).

From August 1991 to August 1992, Sauer served as the Program Director for Power Systems in the Electrical and Communication Systems Division of the National Science Foundation. He is the Illinois site director for the Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSERC), and he was a co-founder of PowerWorld Corporation. He is Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
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