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Con Edison Media Relations
Contact: D. Joy Faber
Telephone: (212) 460-4111

For Immediate Release: January 3, 2003


NEW YORK -- The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) has elected Dr. Reza Ghafurian of Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. to its 2003 Fellows program. The official Fellow designation is effective January 1, 2003.

A section manager in Con Edison’s electrical engineering department, Ghafurian was recognized for his leadership in the mitigation of the environmental impact of fluid-filled transmission cables. He is among a select group of 260 senior IEEE members worldwide who are designated Fellows.

Ghafurian has initiated and managed a multi-faceted research and development program, which has led to the successful development and implementation of several products. These have included a computerized on-line leak detection system, which can detect fluid leaks on pipe-type electrical cables.

“Throughout his 15-year career at Con Edison, Reza has consistently demonstrated the highest level of technical expertise and professional competence in all of his engineering efforts, “ said James Baumstark, vice president of central engineering. “We are very fortunate to have this notable scholar as a resource in our organization.”

Ghafurian is manager of transmission feeder engineering in central engineering. He is responsible for all of the engineering activities associated with Con Edison’s overhead and underground transmission systems.

Ghafurian has contributed to more than 30 independent journal articles and technical reports. He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering degree from Tehran Polytechnic in Iran. He received a masters of science and a doctorate from Imperial College at London University. He has also attended several continuing education and executive training programs, most notably at George Washington University and the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

The IEEE is a professional association of more than 377,000 individual members in 150 countries. The non-profit organization is a leading authority in technical areas ranging from electric power, computer engineering, biomedical technology and telecommunications to aerospace and consumer electronics.

Fellows are chosen through a rigid nomination process based upon individual professional accomplishments. These areas may include proficiencies in engineering, science, technical leadership or engineering education. Nominees are also judged for their submissions as authors of technical books, manuals, drawings or papers.

The IEEE produces 30 percent of the world's published literature in electrical engineering, computers and control technology.

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