Dr. Edmund O. Schweitzer, III
Dr. Edmund O. Schweitzer, III, president and chief technology officer of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (SEL), is recognized as a pioneer in digital power protection. He is an IEEE Fellow and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Schweitzer has received numerous awards from universities and industry associations, including four honorary doctorates and the 2012 Medal in Power Engineering, the highest award given by the IEEE. In 2019, Dr. Schweitzer was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for his invention of the first digital protective relay. He has written dozens of technical papers and holds more than 200 patents. Dr. Schweitzer received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University, and his doctorate from Washington State University. In 1982, he founded SEL to develop and manufacture digital protective relays and related products and services for electrical power systems.