Our Cyber Security History and Future

Presented By:
Edmund O. Schweitzer, III, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
Date and Location:
Friday, April 3, 2015 - 1:00pm
NCSA Auditorium | Webcast
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Although the word "cyber" is relatively new, there is a steady history of how new technology begets new challenges...as well as advantages.  This presentation's quick look at examples from telephony, radar, and aviation leads into a discussion of how to build cyber-safe solutions today and into the future that also will accommodate the electric power system's unique ability to deliver energy at the speed of light.


Edmund O. Schweitzer, III, SELDr. Edmund O. Schweitzer, III, is recognized as a pioneer in digital protection and holds the grade of Fellow in the IEEE, a title bestowed on less than one percent of IEEE members. In 2002, he was elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Dr. Schweitzer received the 2012 Medal in Power Engineering, the highest award given by IEEE, for his leadership in revolutionizing the performance of electrical power systems with computer-based protection and control equipment.

Dr. Schweitzer is the recipient of the Graduate Alumni Achievement Award from Washington State University and the Purdue University Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award. He has also been awarded honorary doctorates from both the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, in Monterrey, Mexico, and the Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, for his contributions to the development of electric power systems worldwide. He has written dozens of technical papers in the areas of digital relay design and reliability, and holds 100 patents worldwide pertaining to electric power system protection, metering, monitoring, and control.

Dr. Schweitzer received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University, and his doctorate from Washington State University. He served on the electrical engineering faculties of Ohio University and Washington State University, and in 1982, he founded Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc., (SEL) to develop and manufacture digital protective relays and related products and services.

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About the TCIPG Seminar Series:

The seminar series is presented by the Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid (TCIPG) Project, an $18 million multi-university research effort whose partner institutions include the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Arizona State University, Dartmouth, and Washington State University. The TCIPG Project, a successor to the earlier NSF-funded TCIP Center, was founded in 2009 with support from the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It is housed in the Information Trust Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.