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NAE Elects Three Rensselaer Alumni

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected 74 new members and 10 foreign associates for 2005, including three alumni of Rensselaer.

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice, or education, and to the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology.

Bruce Wollenberg ’64, M.E.E. ’66

* Bruce Wollenberg ’64, M.E.E. ’66, is professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of graduate studies at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, where he is director of the Center for Electric Energy. He was cited by the Academy for “contributions to control centers for electric power grids and to power engineering education.” He spent 23 years in industry at Leeds and Northrup, Power Technologies Inc., and Control Data Corp., before accepting his current professorship in 1989. He is a fellow of the IEEE and co-author of the Wiley textbook Power Generation Operation and Control.

Carson Taylor, M.E. ’69

* Carson Taylor, M.E. ’69, is principal engineer at the Bonneville Power Administration in Vancouver, Wash., which he joined in 1969. The Academy recognized him for “the development and application of methods to enhance reliability and dynamic performance of large interconnected electrical power systems.” Taylor is the author of the 1994 book Power System Voltage Stability, which has been translated into several languages, and last year was named one of five world leaders in “10 Emerging Technologies That Will Change Your World” by MIT’s Technology Review.

James Crowe ’72

* James Crowe ’72, chief executive officer of Level 3 Communications Inc. in Broomfield, Colo., was cited for “contributions to the development and deployment of Internet-based communication technologies and services.” Crowe assumed leadership of Level 3 in 1997 after selling his former company, MFS Communications, to WorldCom. Level 3 has constructed an international fiber optic network that operates one of the largest Internet backbones in the world. Crowe was named the 2003 William F. Glaser ’53 Entrepreneur of the Year at Rensselaer.
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