Ed Schweitzer is a pioneer in digital protection and a Fellow of the IEEE, a title bestowed on less than one percent of IEEE members. He invented the technology that brought the first microprocessor-based protective relay to market, holds more than 100 patents, and is the recipient of the 2012 Medal in Power Engineering—the highest award given by IEEE—for his leadership in revolutionizing the performance of electric power systems with computer-based protection and control equipment.
Schweitzer received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University and a doctoral degree from Washington State University. He is the recipient of the Regents’ Distinguished Alumnus Award and Graduate Alumni Achievement Award from Washington State University and the Purdue University Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award. He has also been awarded honorary doctorates from both the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León in Monterrey, Mexico, and the Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, for his contributions to the development of electric power systems worldwide.