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Professor Mo-Shing Chen to Retire After 42 Years at UTA

April 18, 2003

Dr. Mo-Shing Chen, professor of electrical engineering and founder and director of the Energy Systems Research Center (ERSC), is retiring at the end of August after 42 years of service to The University of Texas at Arlington.

Dr. Chen arrived at UTA in December of 1961 after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Texas in Austin. Over the years, Chen became known for his expertise in the modeling and analysis of electric power systems, power system planning, energy conservation, and other areas dealing with electric power generation and distribution. He has been a consultant to local and regional power providers in Texas, plus Consolidated Edison of New York, Independent System Operators of California, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the Federal Power Commission of Mexico, the Electric Power Commission of South Africa, and the Taiwan Power Company. His short courses on power generation and distribution attracted engineers and technicians from around the world to UTA.

Dr. Chen has received numerous awards and accolades for his accomplishments. He is most proud of receiving, in 1976, the first Power Engineering Educator Award presented by the Edison Electric Institute.

Dr. Chen forecasts a bright future for electric power, if more emphasis is placed on alternative, renewable fuels. For instance, he believes the current electric needs of the United States could be totally met today through wind generation, and at a cost of three cents per kilowatt-hour.

Dr. Chen plans to travel for a few years following his retirement, and then will see what opportunities come his way. A retirement reception is scheduled for Saturday, May 10, from 6pm to 8pm in the Red River/Concho Rooms of the University Center. Friends and associates are invited; please RSVP to Virginia DuMond, 817-272-2268 or