Aggie Ingeniero, September 2009

09_09_kersting_williamKersting honored for rural electrical distribution contributions

William H. Kersting, former professor of electrical engineering at NMSU, has been recognized for his accomplishments in rural electrical distribution engineering by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.

Kersting is the first recipient of the A.P. Seethapathy Rural Electrification Excellence Award, “For significant contributions to the profession of rural electrical distribution engineering by teaching students to understand and appreciate required theory and practical applications.”

Kersting obtained his bachelor’s of science in electrical engineering from NMSU (then NM A&M) in 1959. He received his master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1965. He began his teaching career at NMSU in 1962 after having worked at El Paso Electric from 1959 – 1962.

In 1967 Kersting founded the nationally renowned Electric Utility Management Program which has prepared more than 220 professionals for the electric utility industry, a number of whom have gone on to become CEOs of major utilities. Kersting retired from NMSU in 2002, but continues to serve NMSU as the PNM Chair and Director of EUMP.

Kersting is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the Eta Kappa Nu electrical engineering honor society and the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. He received the Westhafer award for Excellence in Teaching from NMSU in 1976, the EEI Engineering Educator Award in 1979, and the IEEE Millennium Medal. He has authored numerous articles in the areas of engineering education, power engineering, and electric utility management.

He is currently a consultant for Milsoft Utility Solutions. He is also a partner in WH Power Consultants, Las Cruces, NM.

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