Tsinghua University Scientist Wins 2018 IEEE Herman Halperin Award

Professor He Jinliang has won the IEEE Herman Halperin Electric Transmission and Distribution Award for improving lightning protection in high-power transmission lines.

AsianScientist (Sep. 10, 2018) – Professor He Jinliang of the Department of Electrical Engineering of Tsinghua University, China, has been awarded the 2018 IEEE Herman Halperin Electric Transmission and Distribution Award for his outstanding contributions to the lightning protection of power transmission systems, including advancing analytic methods and innovation in line surge arresters.

The IEEE Herman Halperin Electric Transmission and Distribution Award is one of the technical field awards established by the IEEE Board of Directors. It is the highest achievement award in the field of electric transmission and distribution in the world.

He was conferred the award for developing advanced modeling tools and innovative equipment that resulted in better protection of high-voltage power transmission lines from the effects of lightning strikes. Furthermore, using electromagnetic field theory, he developed lightning shielding failure analysis methods for extra- and ultra-high-voltage transmission lines that were more accurate than conventional electrogeometric analysis.

His models more accurately simulated lightning strikes, enabling the optimal design of overhead power lines to reduce lightning shielding failure events. He also pioneered polymeric surge arrestors that are smaller, lighter and safer, which lowered the cost of constructing ultra-high-voltage systems.

The first Chinese recipient of this award since it was established 59 years ago, He was appointed chief scientist by the China Science and Technology Ministry and is in charge of a five-year China National Fundamental Research Project. He also concurrently holds the title of director at the Institute of High Voltage and Insulation Technology at Tsinghua University.


Source: Tsinghua University.
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