IEEE Power & Energy Society Ramakumar Family Renewable Energy Excellence Award

Purpose: To recognize outstanding contributions in the field of developing, utilizing and integrating renewable energy resources in the national and global energy scenarios.  As the world transitions into increasing use of energy technologies that have minimal carbon footprint, IEEE PES should play a leading role to enable this transition.  The need to stimulate and encourage activity towards this goal is the primary objective of this award.

Administration: The award will be administered by the Power & Energy Society.

Form of Recognition An honorarium of $1,000, $750 for travel expenses to accept the award, and a plaque.

Frequency: Presented once per year at the IEEE PES General Meeting.  Lack of suitable nominations may prevent the award from being presented during some years.  

Eligibility: Candidate must be current members of IEEE and PES with clearly identifiable and valuable contributions in the field of renewable energy.
No current member of the IEEE Board of Directors, the IEEE PES Governing Board, the IEEE PES Awards and Recognition Committee, the IEEE PES Ramakumar Family Renewable Energy Excellence Award Committee, or IEEE staff may be candidates, or nominate or endorse candidates for this award.

Funds: This award will be funded through a quasi-endowment fund established through the IEEE Foundation and provided by an External Source/Donor.  A corpus of U.S. $50,000.00 will be endowed by the Ramakumar family for this award.  With proper management according to the rules and procedures formulated and adopted by PES, the fund balance is expected to grow over the years.

Click here for the PES Society-level Nomination Site.


Charlie Smith

Committee Members:

Holttinen, H.
Kroposki, B.
Miller, N.
Orths, A.
Shahidehpour, M.

Past Recipients can be found at


IMPORTANT:  Nomination forms must be written in English.  One per year. If no suitable candidate is proposed in a given year, the award will not be presented for that year.
PES, being one of IEEE’s Organizational Units, follows IEEE Policy 4.4H.
IEEE Policy 4.4.H
•Eligibility and Process Limitations. Individuals serving on any board or committee involved at any stage of the recipient selection or approval process for an award shall be ineligible to receive, or act as a nominator or reference for that award. This conflict of interest limitation shall apply to all awards given by the IEEE or any of its organizational units.