Elected in 1997
“For the development of computer simulation techniques and their
application to the economic planning and operation of power systems.”
BY ARUN PHADKE
GLENN W. STAGG, a pioneer in developing computer applications in power system engineering, was born on August 28, 1923, in Brooklyn, New York. He passed away on August 27, 2009, at the age of 86. To quote his daughter, “Dad passed away the morning of August 27 (the day before his 86th birthday). He had gone down the street to the Deli for his morning walk and coffee, came home and was gone.”
Glenn attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) under the G.I. Bill following combat service in the U.S. Army during World War II. He graduated from MIT in 1946 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and went to work for the American Electric Power Service (AEP) the same year. Later he received an M.B.A. from New York University. In the years that followed, his name became synonymous with the application of digital computers to power system simulation and control.
The most important power system application, requiring considerable time and effort on the part of power system engineers, was the “load flow.” This most basic of all engineering calculations was performed using analog models of the power system known as “network analyzers.” Because