Inspiring the Future

Celebrating Patrick Ryan

30 November 1955 - 8 September 2020

Patrick RyanThe IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) is saddened to announce the passing of Patrick Ryan, IEEE PES Executive Director, on Tuesday, 8 September 2020. Pat was a strong individual who fought very hard to get well. He faced this challenge with his usual tenacity but was sadly unable to overcome it.

Pat became the 3rd PES Executive Director in 2007 and was a driving force in transforming PES into the second-largest society within the IEEE. He had a relentless focus on the IEEE and PES Mission & Vision and a strong belief that there needed to be significant volunteer engagement to pursue anything new. Pat was recently selected as the 2020 recipient of the IEEE Eric Herz Outstanding Staff Member Award “for leadership in creating a successful model for IEEE and Society memberships by fostering member value and partnerships with volunteers.”

Among his IEEE family, he is remembered as a friend, mentor and colleague that they felt fortunate to work with.

In honor of Pat's memory, IEEE PES and IEEE Foundation have set up this donation page. Donations may be made to any of the three programs Pat was instrumental in establishing:
  1. IEEE PES Awards Endowment Fund - Support the PES Awards program which recognizes individuals across the industry.
  2. IEEE Smart Village Fund - Helps local entrepreneurs to transform lives in remote off-grid communities through renewable energy and technology.
  3. IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Fund - Provides scholarships and real world experience to undergraduates who are interested in power and energy engineering careers
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