2020 Young Engineer Of the Year (YEOY) Award Winner: Jerry Harness

The IEEE Houston Section would like to congratulate Mr. Jerry Harness for the Young Engineer Of the Year (YEOY). Please join in congratulating Jerry for all of his professional achievements in Electrical Engineering and his IEEE volunteer efforts. We hope that you can join us for the Awards Ceremony during Houston Engineers Week, February 16th – 2nd 2020

2020 YEOY Award WinnerJerry Harness works as an electric transmission planning engineer at CenterPoint Energy in Houston, TX.  He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas.  Prior to working in transmission planning, Jerry gained experience in the standards, distribution planning and system reliability workgroups at CenterPoint Energy.  He has provided technical support for CenterPoint Energy’s participation in the Center for the Commercialization of Electric Technologies (CCET) U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) project.  And he has coordinated and supported  various CenterPoint Energy distribution automation and smart grid projects.

Jerry’s involvement in IEEE began when he joined the standards workgroup in 2007; he was assigned to the team responsible for wire and cable and became the primary for faulted circuit indicators and distribution arrestors.  Jerry became active in the IEEE Standards Association, Power & Energy Society (PES), and the Insulated Conductors Committee(ICC).  He served as Vice-Chair of the B17D Discussion Group (Guide for Faulted Circuit Indicators – IEEE 1610) and attended  the biannual IEEE PES-ICC Meetings.  Jerry is an IEEE Senior Member and a 2018 IEEE VoLT Program graduate.  He has served on the IEEE Houston Section executive committee as the Membership Development Chair since 2018.

Jerry is also an active member and Webmaster of the Texas Gulf Coast Alumni Chapter of The Tau Beta Pi Association and is the President of the Alpha Jeremiah Genesis Chapter of Gamma Phi Delta Christian Fraternity.


Article by Vincent Palughi

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