Professor Sid honored as outstanding educator by IEEE-HKN

Sid Suryanarayanan IEEE-HKN award

From left: Dr. Timothy Kurzweg, IEEE-HKN president; Sid Suryanarayanan; Dr. S. K. Ramesh, vice president, IEEE Educational Activities Board.

Siddharth “Sid” Suryanarayanan, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Colorado State University, was named the 2017 recipient of the C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Teaching Award by IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN), the honor society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Created to honor early-career engineering faculty who have demonstrated special dedication and creativity in teaching, Suryanarayanan received the award for leadership and excellence in curriculum design, course delivery, and the education and mentorship of electric power engineers.

Powering excellence in ECE education

Since joining Colorado State in 2010, Suryanarayanan has built a robust teaching and research program in modern electric power systems. In addition to creating an online graduate certificate program in power and energy engineering, he designed and developed five new graduate-level courses. Suryanarayanan’s work is aimed at the creation of scalable and sustainable smart grids. Potential impacts of his research include preventing power failures after hurricanes through newly developed technologies and algorithms that strengthen the power grid.

Suryanarayanan is the director of the Advanced Power Engineering Laboratory at CSU and the inaugural recipient of the Lisa and Desi Rhoden College Professorship, the department’s first-ever endowed professorship. He is also the 2015 recipient of IEEE Power and Energy Society Outstanding Young Engineer Award.


As the honor society of IEEE, IEEE-HKN is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing excellence in the IEEE-designated fields of interest. IEEE-HKN has approximately 100,000 members and more than 100 years of history, recognition, and tradition. As part of his commitment to student development and outreach, Suryanarayanan oversees the IEEE-HKN and IEEE student chapters at CSU, serving as their faculty advisor.