Novosel selected for National Academy of Engineers

March 1, 2014

novoselA Mississippi State electrical engineering alumnus joins the industry’s most respected professionals as a member of a nationally acclaimed institution.

Damir Novosel, a 1992 doctoral graduate in electrical engineering, has been selected as a member of the National Academy of Engineers (NAE). He joins his peers as a member of the electric power/energy systems engineering section, one of 12 divisions within the organization. To be elected, an individual is nominated by a current NAE member and voted on by all members.

Novosel plans to use the resources available through NAE to improve the reliability and efficiency of power systems by developing and using advanced technologies.

“I am looking forward to being a member of this prestigious group of industry experts,” Novosel said. “It’s a great honor to be selected, and I look forward to learning from them and continuing to improve the industry.”

In addition to NAE, Novosel is a Fellow in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers where he currently serves as the president-elect of the Power and Energy Society (PES). Previously, he served as chair of the technical council, vice president of technology, and a member of the governing board for PES. He is also a member of the Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE) U.S. Executive Committee.

Novosel is president of Quanta Technology, a subsidiary of Quanta Services, the largest provider of services for electrical and industries in North America. He holds 16 U.S. and international patents and has published more than 100 articles in transactions, journals and proceedings. In 2011 and 2013, he won the PES Prize Paper Award. In 2006, he received the CIGRE Distinguished Paper Award.

Throughout his career, Novosel has continuously contributed to electrical engineering education. Since 1997, he has worked as an adjunct professor at North Carolina State University. His support of engineering education is also displayed through his sponsorship of college programs and support of industry courses and tutorials.

After receiving a doctorate from Mississippi State, Novosel worked for ABB Ltd., a global power and automation technology company where he was vice president of ABB Automation Products. He then worked as president of KEMA Transmission and Distribution Consulting U.S.

Novosel holds a masters’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

This year, NAE celebrates its bicentennial as a part of the National Academies. As a nonprofit institution, it aims to provide service to the nation through engineering leadership. Its members are recognized for their professional integrity and contributions to the field of engineering in education, research or practice.

NAE comprises more than 2,000 peer-elected members and foreign associates who have been recognized as the world’s most accomplished engineers. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for the nation through advancements in engineering and technology. To learn more about the NAE, visit

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By: Erin Boozer