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Kite & Key 2001 Recipients

Ronald Lewis
Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Building Research and Standards

Ronald Lewis graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Haven’s school of Engineering and went on to receive a masters degree from the University of Connecticut’s School of Engineering.

Lewis has over 25 years of experience in the electrical industry beginning with employment by the U.S. Industries’ lighting group. He later moved on to Hubbell’s Lighting Division and General Electric. He has held corporate positions in sales and marketing management, as well as in industry and government relations. Currently, Lewis is a program manager at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Building Research and Standards with involvement in the implementation of the Lighting Technology Roadmap, The Residential Appliance Technology Roadmap, lighting research, and lighting codes, and standards.

Lewis was an active participant in the Energy Policy Act of 1992 legislation, the National Lighting Bureau website redesign, and the New York State Energy Construction Code—Industry Lobbying Effort. Currently, he is deeply involved with the Vision 2020: Lighting Technology Roadmap, a DOE and trade associations project.

Some of Lewis’s leadership positions include stints as LightRight Research Consortium chairman, National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions vice president, National Association of Lighting Management Companies member, and Electric Power Research Institute Lighting Research Council member.

Lewis served as chairman of the NEMA Lighting System Division, as a member of the association’s Board of Governors, and as an eCommerce Over the Internet Sub-committee member.

Edward McIlveen

Edward McIlveen is a cum laude graduate of the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and a member of the Sigma Xi honor society.

With over 65 years of experience in the electrical industry, McIlveen’s professional career began in 1932 as an engineering assistant in the Ocean Cable Engineers Office of the Western Union Telegraph Company in New York City. In 1941, McIlveen joined the Okonite Company as a research engineer and then moved up through the company as a cable engineer, assistant manager of engineering, manager of power and control cable products, and finally, vice president of engineering. He remained the vice president of engineering from 1968 to 1978. McIlveen has several patents to his credit.

McIlveen has been active in IEEE and was cited by the IEEE Substations Committee in 1980 for services rendered. He also chaired subcommittees in the Insulated Conductors Committee. He was elected to the grade of fellow in 1983 for contributions in electrical power cable design and testing.

During his 50 years of association activity, McIlveen worked closely with NEMA and was key in developing the concept of joint standards.

Ronald H. Reed
Vice President, Industry and Government Relations, Square D Company

Ronald Reed is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering.

With over 35 years of experience in the electrical industry, Reed began his work at the Square D Company in 1962 and remains with them today. He worked in a succession of progressively more responsible positions including draftsman, engineer, and engineering supervisor. In 1977, Reed moved into various positions of management including chief engineer, program manager, and manager of product development. In 1992, he was promoted to director of engineering planning, and in 1994, was promoted to director of industry and engineering standards. Finally, in 1995 he was promoted to vice president of industry and government relations, where he remains today.

Reed has held memberships in the following professional and technical societies: the National Society of Professional Engineers (1972–present), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1974–present), NFPA (1993–present), UL (1977–1994), and the ANSI Company Member Council Executive Committee (1996–2000). He holds more than 10 patents.

Reed has had extensive involvement with committees at NEMA. He has sat on Codes and Standards Committee (chairman) (1994–1997), Board of Governors (1998–2000), Section Affairs Committee (2000–present), and Standards and Conformity Assessment Policy Committee (2000–present).

John Wafer
Director of Technology for the Electrical Distribution Products Operations, Cutler-Hammer

John Wafer is a native of Ireland and a graduate of Dublin University, Trinity College, Ireland, where he earned a Masters Degree in physics.

With 35 years of experience in the electrical industry, he began as the manager of electro-magnetic devices for the Westinghouse Research & Development Center. He joined the molded case circuit breaker division of Westinghouse in 1976 and became engineering manager in 1982. In 1987, he became technology manager for power distribution components.

Currently, Wafer is the director of technology for the electrical distribution products operations of Cutler-Hammer, where he has overall engineering responsibility for all of the electrical distribution components for applications, codes, and standards for Cutler-Hammer’s electrical distribution business.

Wafer is a member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers, the National Fire Protection Association, and has contributed to the Underwriters Laboratories Industry Advisory Councils. He holds 50 patents. In 2001, the Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association named him “Inventor of the Year.”

Wafer has been active in NEMA for 20 years in positions that include Industry Affairs Chairman (1997–1998), Emerging Technologies Committee member (1997), USNC IEC Policy Committee member (since 2000), and Standards & Conformity Assessment Policy Committee member (since 2000).


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