Halpin elected convener of International Electrotechnical Commission group

Published: Apr 2, 2014 4:00:00 PM
Media Contact: Morgan Stashick, stashml@auburn.edu , 334-844-3591

Mark Halpin, Alabama Power Company Distinguished Professor in Auburn University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been elected convener, or chairman, of a working group of the International Electrotechnical Commission. After an international vote from 28 participating countries, Halpin is the first representative from the United States to be appointed to this position.

The group focuses on limiting the effects of voltage changes in power systems. Under Halpin’s direction, the group will work to develop industry standards for all consumer electronic products to limit these voltage changes. Power companies spanning the globe will be positively affected by these new standards, as they aim to manage and eliminate voltage disturbances to customers.

Halpin earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering at Auburn University, and has been a member of Auburn Engineering faculty since 2002.