June 29, 2012 - Issue: Vol. 158, No. 100 — Daily Edition112th Congress (2011 - 2012) - 2nd Session
HONORING DR. EDMUND O. SCHWEITZER, III; Congressional Record Vol. 158, No. 100
(Extensions of Remarks - June 29, 2012)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E1190-E1191] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HONORING DR. EDMUND O. SCHWEITZER, III ______ HON. CATHY McMORRIS RODGERS of washington in the house of representatives Friday, June 29, 2012 Mrs. McMORRIS RODGERS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate a very good friend and constituent, Dr. Edmund O. Schweitzer, III on receiving the 2012 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Medal in Power Engineering. Truly one of the most inspirational individuals I have ever met, Dr. Schweitzer is an electrical engineer and President, CEO, and Founder of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories in Pullman, Washington. After growing up in Chicago, he received his bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, and his doctorate from Washington State University, Pullman. After sharpening his craft at Ohio University and Washington State University, Dr. Schweitzer founded SEL, Inc. in 1982 in Pullman, Washington. An IEEE Fellow and member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, Dr. Schweitzer's has more honors and accolades to fully list, but they include an Alumni Achievement Award from Washington State University and the Purdue University Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award. Since its founding, SEL has grown into the world's leading power protection company with over 3,000 employee-owners with facilities in 20 countries around the world. Dr. Schweitzer envisioned the concept of the ``smart grid'' long before the term was popularized. He recognized early in his career the importance of computer technology for power protection and how it could change the field. Dr. Schweitzer's pioneering inventions and leadership in bringing computer-based methods to the marketplace starting in the 1980s have revolutionized safety, reliability and efficiency in generating, transmitting and distributing electric power and have transformed operation of the power grid. Much like Benjamin Franklin and many of our nation's greatest inventors, Dr. Schweitzer was not deterred by early set backs or conventional wisdom that ran contrary to his transformational vision. Dr. Schweitzer's innovations have allowed engineers of all backgrounds to monitor, control and protect power systems in ways not previously imagined. As an engineer with keen business intellect, Dr. Schweitzer realized early on that his innovations could revolutionize companies' bottom line--allowing them to reduce expenses, expand, and create jobs. The application of Dr. [[Page E1191]] Schweitzer's digital technology as replacement equipment or in new installations has led to reduced design work in protection and control systems, flexible operation options and increased reliability, resulting in reduced cost. Recently, Speaker John A. Boehner and I had the pleasure of touring and meeting the newest employee-owners at SEL's headquarters in Pullman, Washington. The Speaker and I were a touched by the sincerity and pride each of SEL's employees have in their work--a direct reflection of the Dr. Schweitzer's leadership. Mr. Speaker, I urge all of my colleagues to join me in congratulating one of America's great innovators and modern day pioneers, Dr. Edmund O. Schweitzer, III, on receiving the 2012 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Medal in Power Engineering. ____________________