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Willis F. Long

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Willis F. LONG
Professor Emeritus


Willis F. (Bill) Long has been with the Departments of Engineering Professional Development and Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin‑Madison) since 1973, serving as EPD’s Program Director, Electric Power Systems. 

He is currently Professor Emeritus. Dr. Long's principal research interests are in power electronic applications in electric utility systems.  He is a Life Fellow of IEEE and has chaired several Power and Energy Society Committees and Working Groups. 

He is the recipient of the 2008 Uno Lamm HVDC Medal for Leadership and Relevant Contributions to the Spread of Knowledge and Promotion of HVDC Technology Among Power System Engineers and Scientists. 

He is a Distinguished Member of CIGRE, recipient of the 2009 Technical Committee Award, and immediate past Secretary of Study Committee B4, HVDC Links and AC Power Electronic Equipment. 

Bill is a registered Professional Engineer in Wisconsin. 


Fields of Interest

  • electric power systems
  • utility system applications of power electronic devices and circuits
  • power quality issues
  • computer analysis of power systems


Selected Awards, Honors and Societies

  • Ragnar E. Onstad Award for Service to Society, University of Wisconsin, College of Engineering (1996)
  • IEEE Educational Activities Board Meritorious Achievement Award in Continuing Education (1992)
  • Award for Excellence, for development of distance learning education programs, University of Wisconsin-Extension (1987)
  • Consultant, U.S. Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Fellow, IEEE
  • Active on several HVDC committees and Working Groups
  • Member, CIGRE
  • Expert Advisor, U.S. Representative to Study Committee 14, HVDC Links and AC Power Electronic Equipment
  • Registered Professional Engineer (Wisconsin)
  • Listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Engineering, and American Men and Women in Science