In recognition of his outstanding career achievements, ECE alumnus Richard Farmer was selected to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He was honored at the college's annual Alumni and Friends Awards Dinner on March 31.
Farmer, who originally is from Eaton, Colorado, earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Colorado State in 1952 and a master's in electrical engineering from Arizona State University in 1964. He has more than 50 years industry experience in electric power, having held engineering positions with MIT Digital Computer Laboratory, Miner & Miner Consulting Engineers, and Arizona Public Service, where he retired in 1994 as a principal engineer.
Farmer also taught evening courses as an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University from 1966-1994. Upon retirement, he accepted a faculty research associate position with ASU, teaching electric power classes and assisting graduate students with research. In 2006, Farmer was promoted to research professor. He co-authored a book on the application of series capacitors in power systems and has written more than 35 papers.
Last year, Farmer was elected to the National Academy of Engineers, one of the highest professional distinctions in the field. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and previously has been honored by the IEEE with the Power System Engineering Distinguished Service Award, the Third Millennium Medal, the Power System Dynamic Performance Committee Distinguished Service Award, and the Phoenix Section Senior Engineer of the Year Award. He also was named Arizona Engineer of the Year by the National Society of Professional Engineers.