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Established 1985

Paul R. Egbert

Paul R. Egbert received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering with high honors in 1936 from the University of Illinois. After working at Commonwealth Edison Company, where he got extensive on the job experience in power engineering, he returned to UIUC and received an M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1949. He joined the University of Illinois in 1949 as an Assistant Professor, and became an Associate Professor in 1951.

He was a counselor of the student branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for over eight years and served on the Assembly Hall Advisory Board for three years. He served a three-year term on the Illini Union Board and was its chairman for two years.

Professor Egbert was a registered professional engineer in Illinois and was a member of the IEEE, Eta Kappa Nu, Pi Mu Epsilon, and Sigma Phi Delta. Mr. Egbert retired from the University of Illinois in 1979. He died Nov. 3, 1985.


This award was established to honor the memory of Paul R. Egbert, a member of the electrical engineering faculty for 33 years. The award honors an outstanding undergraduate senior in the area of Power Engineering.


  1. Must be an outstanding Senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, enrolled in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
  2. Must have demonstrated an interest in a career in Power Engineering.
  3. Must be active in outside activities such as EOH, IEEE, or HKN.

Selection Process:

Selection of the award recipient shall be made by a committee in the Power Engineering Area.


The award recipient is recognized at the annual ECE Awards Banquet in April. A plaque listing all recipients' names is permanently displayed in Everitt Lab.

Past Recipients of the Award

Year Recipients
2019 Ansel Higgs
2018 Lauren Klindworth
2017 Amanda Beck
2016 Quan Chen
2015 Benedict Foo
2014 Felix Hsiao
2013 Christopher Barth
Yuchen Hughes
2012 Cheng Xu
2011 Mahir Gosalia
2010 Daniel Huss
2009 Samantha Gunter
2008 Gregory Eakins
2007 Andrew Friedl
2006 Scott Donahue
2005 Thomas Abram
2004 David O. Savageau
2003 Brett M. Nee
2002 Piotr K. Kondratko
2001 Michael A. Vaughn
2000 Ryan E. Berube
1999 Eric Cunningham
1998 Brian R. Borchers
1997 Kollin J. Patten
1996 Thomas P. Wallisch
1995 Stephen M. Heal
1994 Caroline M. Marzinzik
1993 Scott A. Splater
1992 Douglas R. Brown
1991 Kris R. Kozielek
1990 Roy A. McCann
1989 Jennifer Sterling
1988 Thomas M. Weber
1987 Alexander C. Crossman
1986 Laureen M. Harvath