IEEE honors Virginia Tech professor for contributions to power systems research

BLACKSBURG, Va., Jan. 16, 2004 – Yilu Liu, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Virginia Tech, has been elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) for her contributions to modeling and diagnostic techniques for power systems.

The IEEE is a non-profit, technical professional association of more than 380,000 individual members in 150 countries. The status of fellow is one of the most prestigious honors of the institute, bestowed upon a limited number of senior members who have made outstanding contributions to the electrical and information technologies and sciences for the benefit of humanity and the profession, said IEEE President Arthur W. Winston. Liu was one of only 260 new fellows elected this year.

Since joining the Virginia Tech faculty in 1990, Liu has received a number of honors and grants, including the National Science Foundation's Young Investigator Award and the Presidential Faculty Fellow Award. Liu's research has led to Virginia Tech's position as a world leader in power transformer diagnosis.

Liu is the director of the Virginia Tech Power Information Technology Laboratory. Among her research group's initiatives are the Global Positioning System/Internet-based national power system frequency monitoring network and the Virtual Hospital for Power Equipment, a web site that offers free diagnostic services for the power industry.

Liu received an undergraduate degree in her native China and her M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Ohio State University.