In 1984, the Associated Students of Arizona State University, also known as the ASU student government, or ASASU, introduced the Centennial Professorship Award. The award honors up to three ASU faculty members each year who excel in academic achievement, community service and social embeddedness.
“I am honored to receive this award,” Pal says. “Receiving the 2023 Centennial Award is as much of an achievement for me as it is for the students who have supported me with their hard work and dedication.”
A graduate of Virginia Tech and a faculty member in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, part of the Fulton Schools, since 2016, Pal’s research specialties are in power grid systems, specifically in monitoring, protection and control of grid functions, energy modeling and smart grids.
The Centennial Professorship Award is the latest award in a list of notable career accomplishments for Pal, including earning a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2022 and achieving the rank of IEEE Senior Member in 2019. Under his leadership in 2021, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE, Phoenix Section Young Professionals Affinity Group also won the IEEE Region 6 Outstanding Affinity Group Chapter of the Year Award.