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Starting a Company, Building SEL—Part 1

In this episode of Schweitzer Drive, Dave Whitehead interviews Edmund O. Schweitzer, III, the founder, president, and chief technology officer of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL), about the company’s beginnings and the idea and invention that were the creative spark.

Schweitzer is recognized as a pioneer in digital power system protection and is a prolific inventor, having been awarded more than 200 patents. In 2019, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, where he is in the company of innovators including Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and Henry Ford.

The Guest

Ed Schweitzer

Dr. Edmund O. Schweitzer, III

Founder, President, and Chief Technology Officer, SEL

Ed Schweitzer 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.

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. In 2019, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

A prolific inventor and the author of dozens of technical papers in the areas of digital relay design and reliability, Schweitzer holds more than 200 patents worldwide.

Schweitzer received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University and his doctorate from Washington State University.