PowerWorld Co-Founder Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Professor Thomas Overbye was elected to the prestigious U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in February 2013. Only 69 new members were elected in 2013, including only four in the area of Electric Power and Energy Systems Engineering. The academy confers membership to those who have made “outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature, and to the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.” Professor Overbye was honored for the integration of visualization and analysis tools for power systems.

Membership in the NAE is considered a high honor. It has a total of only 2,250 members and 211 foreign associates. Along with the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council, it is part of the National Academies, founded by congressional charter and signed into being by President Lincoln in 1863. The Academies provide independent, expert advice to government, help shape sound policies, inform public opinion, and advance the pursuit of science, engineering, and medicine. (Source:

NAE Press Release