PES 2013 Election Results

The results of our 2013 Elections for 2014-2015 terms have been tallied and received.

The following candidates will serve a two year term beginning January 1, 2014:

  • President-Elect: Damir Novosel
  • Secretary: Lina Bertling Tjernberg
  • Treasurer: Christopher Root

Congratulations to our new officers and thank you to our candidates.


Damir Novosel (

Damir NovoselDamir Novosel served as chair of the PES Technical Council, vice president of Technical Activities, and as a member of the PES Governing Board from 2010 to 2012. He has been privileged to participate in PES successes, such as growing membership, industry leadership (e.g. PES publishes over 50% of all IEEE standards), support to industry through sharing best practices, and attracting a new generation of young thinkers to join the ranks. Novosel is the president of Quanta Technology, a subsidiary of Quanta Services, an S&P 500 company. Previously, he was vice president of ABB Automation Products and president of KEMA T&D US. In his leadership role, he supported engineers' participation in IEEE and other professional organizations and promoted value of PES membership to employers. Novosel holds 16 U.S. and international patents and published over 100 articles in transactions, journals and proceedings, and has received a PES 2011 Prize Paper Award. He has led or participated in numerous IEEE standards, publications and other initiatives, such as keynotes and panels. Novosel has made continuing contributions to education, including as an adjunct professorship of electrical engineering at North Carolina State University, sponsorship of college scholarship programs, and supporting industry courses and tutorials. He holds Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University, where he was a Fulbright scholar, and from the University of Zagreb, Croatia. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Candidate Statement

My major goal would be to strengthen our global diversity by combining technical, business, and academic leadership experience to tap on your innovative ideas. Following are my concrete programs to be accomplished by incorporating your feedback and requests into our policies and activities:

  • Respond to changing industry needs with organization to provide technical leadership. Promote our members to lead industry initiatives, e.g., developing key policies.
  • Improve international involvement and leadership, including awareness, technical participation, and use of international meetings to foster cooperation.
  • Increase PES membership above 30,000 by articulating the benefits of participation:
    • the achievement recognition programs to publicly acknowledge volunteers for their contributions, including correspondence to employers
    • energize and promote members at all grades and facilitate more tutorials, coaching, and connection programs
    • encourage greater participation by the younger generation through use of modern media and promotion of local engineering program with the chapters.

I am proud of what PES has become and excited about what we can do in the future to continue improving our service to the industry.


Lina Bertling Tjernberg (

Lina Bertling TjernbergLina Bertling Tjernberg holds the chair of Professor in Power Grid Technology at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. She was previously with Chalmers University of Technology 2009-2013 as Professor in Sustainable Electric Power Systems. During 2009–2012 she was head of the Division of Electric Power Engineering. She was with Svenska Kraftnät (the Swedish transmission systems operator) from 2007–2009 and KTH School of Electrical Engineering from 1997–2009. She has been visiting researcher at the University of Saskatchewan in 2000, and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto, and associated with Kinectrics Inc. in 2002/2003. Her research interests are electric power systems, current developments toward sustainable smart grid solutions, and specifically the application of probabilistic methods for reliability analysis and modeling and maintenance management. Current research projects include three areas of smart distribution systems (integration of electrical vehicles, smart meters), flexible ac/dc systems (HV DC grid), and asset management for wind power systems. Bertling is serving on the PES board as treasurer. She is the chair of the Swedish PE/PEL Chapter and the IEEE PES Subcommittee on Risk, Reliability and Probability Applications, and she is an editor for IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid Technologies. She is an expert for the EU commission within energy and security, and a member of the Swedish Government Coordination Council for Smart Grid. She is a Senior Member of IEEE.

Candidate Statement

The PES plays a leading role in the global development of smart grid for sustainable energy systems. The real difference, however, is made by people. It is the energy in our network of people that creates miracles. I have found IEEE and PES to be a source of energy and inspiration in my life, since my very first attendance of the general meeting, in Edmonton 1999. The last two years I have served as treasurer of PES . It has been a great possibility to take part of the strategic work, to learn about all activities within the society, and also in relationship with IEEE. I am honored of being nominated for another position, as secretary in the Board. As part of the Board I would continue to serve our Society and work to strengthen PES outside of North America. I like to thank all of you that trusted me in my position, and I hope for continued support serving for the PES to maximize the benefits for you as member.


Christopher Root (

Christopher RootChristopher Root has recently retired as senior vice president of Network Strategy for National Grid after 29 years. His career has been split between power system engineering in all facets of the utility industry and operations where he was senior VP of T&D Operations for over ten years dealing with all operational aspects of an utility. Root is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (master's in power systems engineering) and Northeastern University (bachelor of science in electrical engineering). In 1997, he completed the program for management development of the Harvard University Graduate School of Business. He is a registered professional engineer in the states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and has been a member since 1980 and has been active in the Governing Board as a member at large and as secretary for four years. He has authored, coauthored, and presented papers at various IEEE forums. Root was awarded the 2009 Outstanding Engineer Award for initiating and leading the successful renewal of the Boston Chapter of IEEE PES and for his overall contributions to the PES. He is the chair of the PES Leadership in Power Award.

Candidate Statement

As my PES secretary term ends, I believe that my contributions represented the utility industry and working engineers at the Governing Board. A balanced board, representing members from all major groups of PES, is a necessity. As a utility executive, I have tried to voice the concerns of its engineers and managers. As our industry changed, and given the significant workforce and technology challenges we face, PES is uniquely positioned to continue to play a major role in developing and educating our members. I have spent 30 years in the utility industry, mostly in positions of managing people and budgets. I have a deep appreciation for the need to manage the funds paid by members in a responsible and prudent manner. This motivates me to run for treasurer, as it is the treasurer's role to ensure monies are spent prudently, ethically, and are accurately accounted. I ask you consider my candidacy for treasurer as a utility professional and leader in the industry who has the experience and passion to represent you on the Governing Board.