Prof. James Momoh, Chairman, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), has been elected member, National Academy of Engineering (NAE), Washington D.C., United States of America.
Momoh announced this while speaking with newsmen in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
NAE is a foremost Academy for distinguished engineering scholars and researchers in the U.S., and Momoh was the only Nigerian elected in 2020 in Sub-saharan Africa.
The notice of his membership was conveyed to him via a congratulatory letter signed by the Home Secretary and member of the Academy, Julia Philips on February 5.
“The letter stated that the award was conferred in recognition of his distinguished contributions to engineering.
“For the development of the electric grid optimization technique and implementation of advanced, technology and policy for engineering electric grids in Africa,” he said.
He said that by the election to NAE, he would be joining a very select group of national and international peers, the U.S. and the global community through engineering expertise and leadership.
The election is coming on the heels of the just concluded three-day International Conference on Energy and Power Systems Operations and Planning (ICEPSOP) held in Abuja under his co-ordination.
The conference had the theme “Empowering Micro-Grid with Small Grid Attributes Development in the U.S. and Africa.”
Momoh said that he was inspired to organize the conference due to lack of access to modern technology in Africa and vacuum in knowledge transfer.
The conference was also organized to provide research-based solution to the challenges of increasing energy and power access to Africa through smart-grid technology and innovation.
The induction ceremony would be held on October 4 in Washington D.C.
Momoh is a professor of Electrical Engineering for over 20 years of which he served 11 years as Chair of Electrical Engineering Department.
He is also the Founder and Director of Centre for Energy Systems and Control (CESaC) at Howard University.
He has worked as member of the Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories at Holmdel New Jersey and at Westinghouse Research and Development Corporation as a Research Fellow in Pittsburg Pennsylvania.
Momoh is a recipient of several academic and research award for his outstanding leadership and service to the engineering profession, technology transfer, and promotion of research and education.
His work has led to over 250 publications, four books, and Hands-on lecture series for National Electric Power Authority (NEPA), Nigeria, and other industries both home and abroad for the past 10 years.
Amaka E. Nliam