By Agatha Chitumu, Abuja
The Chairman/CEO, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Prof.James Momoh has been elected in USA as a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for his contributions to the field of Engineering.
A statement obtained by Nigerian NewsDirect noted that Prof. Momoh will be joining selected group of National and International peers at NAE, the US and the global community through engineering expertise and leadership.
A congratulatory letter signed by the home Secretary and member of the Academy, Julia Philips stated that the award was conferred in recognition of his distinguished contributions to engineering “For the development of the electric grid optimization technique and implementation of advanced, technology and policy for engineering electric grids in Africa.”
The election to NAE is coming on the heels of the just concluded three-day International Conference on Energy and Power Systems Operation and Planning (ICEPSOP) which held in Abuja under the coordination of Prof. Momoh with the theme, “Empowering Micro-Grid with Smart Grid Attributes Development in United States and Africa
Prof. Momoh in a statement thus said “He was inspired to organize the conference over the years due to lack of access to modern technology in Africa, vacuum in knowledge transfer and the need for research based solution to the challenges of increasing energy/power access to Africa through smart-grid technology and innovation.
“The election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honours those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research, practices, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature and to pioneering of new and developing/ implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.
”The NAE has elected 87 new members and 18 international members among which he happens to be the only sub- saharan Africa selected in 2020.”
Prof.Momoh expressed his gratitude to God and the opportunity being given to him to serve and proffer solutions to national problems.
“I am honoured and thankful to God that l have been giving an enabling environment to work hard,think hard, be creative and make contributions in the field of Engineering,” he said.
He, therefore, appreciated everyone for celebrating with him for the award ahead of time in Nigeria.
The induction ceremony of the elected members will be held on Sunday, 4th October 2020 in Washington DC, United States.