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Welcome to the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter. The newsletter has a technical focus, taking into account the perspectives of both researchers and practicing engineers as the smart grid unfolds in all dimensions.

To borrow language from the U.S. Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, the smart grid involves the "increased use of digital information and controls technology to improve the reliability, security, and efficiency of the electric grid…(and) dynamic optimization of grid operations and resources, with full cyber-security."

The smart grid is a subject of national and regional priority, not just in the United States but in Europe, Canada, China, India and many other nations. Various aspects of the smart grid are emphasized from country to country; however, all countries share a vision of a highly instrumented, overlaid system with advanced sensors and computing with enabling platforms and technologies for secure sensing, communications, automation and controls. These are key to engage consumers, enhance efficiency, ensure reliability and security, and to enable integration of renewables and electrification of transportation.

IEEE is sponsoring this newsletter because making the smart grid a reality along all its vectors will require the engagement of innovators and technologists working in many areas where IEEE convenes and leads, including power and energy, sensing, measurement, signal processing, communications, controls, security, standards, materials and devices.

We look forward to your active participation in this timely enterprise and hope that many of you will submit manuscripts for possible publication in future issues.

S. Massoud Amin
Chairman, IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter
Director and Honeywell/H.W. Sweatt chair, Technological Leadership Institute, and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota

William Sweet
Managing Editor, IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter
Emeritus News Editor, IEEE Spectrum, and editor, Spectrum's EnergyWise newsletter


  • Massoud AminMassoud Amin, a senior member of IEEE, chairman of the IEEE Smart Grid, a fellow of ASME, Chairman of the Texas RE, an independent Director of the MRO, holds the Honeywell/H.W. Sweatt Chair in Technological Leadership at the University of Minnesota.

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About the Smart Grid Newsletter

A monthly publication, the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter features practical and timely technical information and forward-looking commentary on smart grid developments and deployments around the world. Designed to foster greater understanding and collaboration between diverse stakeholders, the newsletter brings together experts, thought-leaders, and decision-makers to exchange information and discuss issues affecting the evolution of the smart grid.


Massoud AminMassoud Amin is director of the Technological Leadership Institute, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and ... Read more


Erich GuntherErich W. Gunther is Chairman and CTO, EnerNex, Chairman of the IEEE Power and Energy Society's Intelligent Grid Coordinating ... Read more


Tariq SamadTariq Samad is a Corporate Fellow at Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions and a member of the IEEE Smart Grid Steering Committee ... Read more


Lee StognerLee Stogner is the Managing Principal of the Vincula Group, a consultancy business in energy, systems integration and project management. He is ... Read more