CenterPoint Energy Foundation awards Volunteer Grant to the IEEE Houston Section




The IEEE Houston Section would like to thank our Membership Development Chair Jerry Harness and the  CenterPoint Energy Foundation for the $500.00 Volunteer Grant recently made to the section.  Jerry works as an electric transmission planning engineer at CenterPoint Energy in Houston, TX.  The CenterPoint Energy Foundation is the charitable foundation of the employees of CenterPoint Energy.  The Volunteer Grant program recognizes, supports and encourages employee volunteer efforts.  The program awards grants to qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations based on volunteer involvement, with a requirement of forty or more volunteer hours.  Volunteer Grants are funded by the CenterPoint Energy Foundation.

Jerry applied for the Volunteer Grant for his service on the IEEE Houston Section executive committee during the 2019 year.

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.

Thank you, CenterPoint Energy, CenterPoint Energy Foundation, and Jerry.  The Houston Section appreciates your volunteer time and expertise in supporting our members. The funds will be put to good use to support the section’s mission of “Advancing Technology for Humanity in Houston and around the world”.


Article by  Vincent Palughi

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