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Clarkson Grad Student Wins Award From Institute Of Electrical And Electronics Engineers

Clarkson University graduate student Jonathan Otter of Oriskany, N.Y., a master’s degree candidate in electrical engineering, received a first prize in the Power Engineering Society’s (PES) 2003 Poster-Paper Contest in the Master’s degree category. The contest took place during the PES general meeting held recently in Toronto.

Thirty graduate students competed in the master’s category before a panel of judges drawn from industry and universities worldwide. Otter’s poster, “Improving Efficiency in Small Wind Turbine Systems,” demonstrated a design for building a generator that will work with the wind turbine systems currently being redesigned by researchers at Clarkson to create more efficient sources of wind energy.

Otter’s research was conducted under the supervision of Jean Newell Smith Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Pragasen Pillay and Professor of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Kenneth Visser. Otter received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Clarkson in 2002.

PES is a subgroup within the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., an international organization that includes over 380,000 members representing 360 countries.

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