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Below are the candidates for IEEE Division VII Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect, 2015; Delegate/Director, 2016-2017.

Division VII:

  • Power & Energy Society

The sequence of candidates was determined by lottery and indicates no preference.


John J. Paserba

John Paserba

(Nominated by IEEE Division VII)

General Manager
Mitsubishi Electric Power Products
Gas Circuit Breaker Division
Warrendale, Pennsylvania, USA

John Paserba is the General Manager - Gas Circuit Breaker Division at Mitsubishi Electric Power Products where he has held several leadership positions in power system studies, power electronic (FACTS) projects, and manufacturing of vacuum and SF6 gas circuit breakers since 1998. John began his career at GE’s Power Systems Energy Consulting in 1988 where he performed power systems studies.

As an integral part of his career, John has pursued educational activities. He currently teaches a graduate course in power engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, and has taught short courses at Pennsylvania State University’s Advanced Power School, GE’s Power Systems Engineering Course, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

John is an IEEE Fellow and recipient of several IEEE Awards. He has authored or co-authored sixty technical publications, including contributions to several CRC Press Engineering Handbooks. John holds a M.E. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a B.E. from Gannon University.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities


John has been a member of IEEE for 30 years and PES for over 25 years. He has served on the PES Governing Board, as an officer of a PES Technical Committee, on numerous roles for PES conferences, on PES magazine and Transactions Editorial Boards, and various Student Member leadership roles in IEEE-USA and IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA).

John received the 2010 Outstanding Engineer Award - IEEE PES Pittsburgh Chapter, and the 2011 IEEE PES Nari Hingorani Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS) Award for advancing FACTS technology applications in power systems. John received the 2012 U.S. National Committee Atwood Award for his technical contributions to CIGRE. He received a 2012 Citation of Honor from IEEE-USA for leadership in promoting engineering through student activities and received the 2014 IEEE-USA Jim Watson Student Professional Awareness Achievement Award for advancing student professional awareness activities.

Some highlights of his IEEE activities include:


  • IEEE PES Governing Board, VP Meeting Activities, 2006-2009
  • IEEE PES Power & Energy Magazine, Editorial Board, 2003-2010
  • IEEE PES Transactions on Power Systems, Editorial Board, 1999-2002
  • IEEE PES Power System Dynamic Performance Committee, Secretary/Vice-Chair/Chair/Past-Chair, 2002-2010
  • IEEE PES Technical Council, 2006-2008
  • IEEE PES Power System Stability Subcommittee, Secretary/Chair, 1997-2002


  • IEEE PES Joint Technical Committee Meeting, General Chair, 2006-2009
  • IEEE PES Power Systems Conference and Exposition, General Chair, 2002-2006
  • IEEE PES Winter Meeting, Technical Program Chair, 2002
  • IEEE PES Technical Committee Program Chair, Winter/Summer Meetings, 2000-2001, T&D Meetings in 2001-2010


  • IEEE MGA Student Activities Committee, Chair, 2013-present (Member since 2002)
  • IEEE MGA Member Engagement and Life Cycle Committee, 2013-present
  • Student Professional Awareness Activities Subcommittee, Chair, 2008-2012
  • IEEE-USA Student Professional Awareness Committee, Vice-Chair/Chair/Past-Chair, 2004-2010 (Member since 1999)


During my thirty years as a member of IEEE I have served in leadership positions in a variety of areas of the Power & Energy Society including Publications, Technical Conferences, Technical Committees, and the PES Governing Board. This experience has exposed me to the needs of Division VII membership in multiple areas, including Membership, Education, Chapters, Students, Young Professionals (formerly GOLD), and Standards.

In addition, my work in industry, along with my academic activities, and the leadership roles that I have served in as Committee Chair in IEEE-USA and IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA), has provided me with a clear understanding of the actions that I need to take to serve the PES constituents in the role of Division VII Director-Elect (2015) and Division VII Director (2016-17). In this role, I will engage the IEEE Board of Directors, the Technical Activities Board, the PES Governing Board, and our Society membership for the betterment of IEEE and our mission to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.


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Alan C. Rotz

Alan Rotz

(Nominated by IEEE Division VII)

PPL Electric Utilities (Retired)
Orefield, Pennsylvania, USA

Alan (Al) C. Rotz graduated from Lehigh University in 1970 with a BS in Electrical Engineering. In 2001 he completed a MS in Engineering Management from Drexel University. He has been a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Pennsylvania in the USA since 1976. Al retired from PPL Electric Utilities in April 2010 after 40 years of service. His career included 17 years in the Transmission and Distribution Planning Departments, the last 8 as a Supervising Engineer. He then spent three years as a Supervising Engineer in the Distribution Operations and Maintenance Department. His management assignments over the past 20 years have included Field Engineering and Construction, Substation Engineering, Distribution Engineering, and Manager of Attachment & Telecom Business Services. From 1995 to 2001 Al was a member of the Edison Electric Institute’s Transmission & Substation Committee, and served that group in roles as 2nd and 1st Vice Chair.

IEEE Accomplishments & Activities


Al has served PES and IEEE in many capacities since 1996. See lists below for details. His experiences have given him a very broad knowledge of the inner workings of IEEE and the Technical Activities Board, and taught him how to accomplish objectives within the IEEE framework. Al was PES Treasurer when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, resulting in the cancellation of the T&D Expo. That natural disaster contributed to a US$1.5 Million loss during 2004-2005. Al suggested that PES not depend on T&D as its primary revenue generator going forward. He recommended initiatives for the 2006 Strategic Plan to generate more revenues in Conference, Publication and Education. Those efforts resulted in an increased portfolio of offerings to PES members, and increased PES Reserves from about US$2.0 Million in 2005 to over US$13 Million currently. These offerings have helped to attract and retain new members, and made PES one of the most successful Societies in IEEE.


Power & Energy Society:

  • PES Treasurer 2004-2007
  • PES President-Elect 2008-2009
  • PES President 2010-2011
  • PES Immediate Past President 2012-2013
  • Lead of PES LRP Subcommittee 2, 2014 
  • Various Subcommittee, Working-Group and Taskforce leadership positions while member of Substation Committee 1995-2001


  • IEEE Governance Committee 2014
  • TAB Conflict Resolution Chair 2013-2014, Member 2010-2011
  • TAB FinCom 2012-2013, Corresponding Member 2010-2011
  • TAB N&A 2012-2013
  • IEEE Ethics & Member Conduct Committee 2012-2014
  • IEEE Technical Activities Board 2010-2011
  • IEEE PSPB Products & Services Committee 2010-2011
  • IEEE Future Directions Committee 2010-2012


Lehigh Valley Section/PES Chapter—advisor to both over past 6 years, assisting with recruiting speakers, supporting sponsored events, and providing advice when needed on IEEE or PES initiatives that impacted the section/chapter.


Worked with Lehigh University Energy Systems Engineering Institute leadership and graduate students to establish a PES Student Chapter at Lehigh.


My past IEEE and PES experiences will allow me to serve PES members at the highest level of IEEE. I have created an extensive network of volunteer and staff contacts. Those networks, along with my diverse experiences, will allow me to achieve results for the benefit of both IEEE and PES. I believe that IEEE must strive to increase its focus on supporting its volunteers, as well as controlling IEEE corporate costs. IEEE overheads have been spiraling out of control, and volunteer opinions and direction not always been considered or embraced. These trends come at a time when there is increased competition for long-standing IEEE products and services that could ultimately weaken IEEE and deplete membership. I will work with volunteers and staff to reduce costs, streamline processes, and provide increased member benefits to all PES and IEEE members around the world. I have served PES to the best of my ability for many years, and ask for your support so that I can use my experiences for the benefit of IEEE and PES.


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