Tribute to our Friend, Co-founder and Industry Great, Erich Gunther
In June of 2016, Erich Gunther, our co-founder, chairman and chief technology officer, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 57.
Erich was most well known for his leadership and fostering collaboration to accelerate technology adoption in the energy industry, but to those close to him he was also admired for the excitement and passion he exuded.
He spent over 30 years designing and developing innovative solutions for a wide array of power system problems, most notably, engineering communications networks and deploying technologies to improve the efficiency, operating practices and security of the electric power system.
“Our industry has lost a bright light, and we will miss him.”
– Bob Zavadil, EVP
He was a very unique individual: a power system engineer at heart who became a pioneer in the smart grid world later in his career. He consulted with some of the world’s largest utilities and vendors on how to plan, architect, deploy, test and scale smart grids from end to end.
As he was able to work, collaborate and advance in both areas of power systems and grid modernization; we honor his legacy by continuing to pursue projects and opportunities that he would have loved to be a part of.
We invite you to honor the legacy of Erich Gunther by supporting the IEEE Foundation’s Erich Gunther Memorial Fund. Your gift will help inspire future professionals who are pushing the boundaries of current thought to make our industry better. Electricity drives our world. Together, we will create an even more brilliant future.
In February 2019 at the IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference (ISGT) in Washington, DC, the first IEEE PES Erich Gunther Future Power Innovator Scholarship was awarded to Sophia A. Tijani from Texas A&M University. We congratulate Sophia as the inaugural recipient and we applaud her accomplishments thus far!