Elected a Member of the National Academy of Engineering 
Election to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.  Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice, or education.

Founded in 1964, NAE is a private, independent, nonprofit institution that provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. The mission of the National Academy of Engineering is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshaling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology.



IEEE-Chicago Section Distinguish Service Award
For a rare level of dedication and achievement through the long-time of service at various levels of IEEE.


IEEE Richard Emberson AwardIEEE Richard M. Emberson Medal
IEEE Technical Activities Board gives this award annually to an IEEE member for distinguished service to the development, viability, advancement, and pursuit of the technical objectives of the IEEE. Wanda received this award for her leadership in the IEEE Smart Grid program and in the continued growth of the Power & Energy Society including the creation of the Scholarship Fund.

IEEE Region 1 – Women in Engineering Award of Merit
Given by IEEE Region 1 in recognition for her service to, and support of, IEEE Women in Engineering in its mission to promote women engineers as speakers for active NY Section Technical Societies.


IEEE PES Meritorious Service AwardIEEE Power & Energy Society Meritorious Service Award
Given by IEEE Power and Engineering Society (PES) to recognize outstanding contributions in leadership, technical activities, and educational activities of the IEEE PES. Wanda received this award for the exceptional and significant contributions to the educational, administrative, and professional goals of the IEEE PES.

IEEE Technical Activities Board Hall of Honor
IEEE TAB Hall of FameThe TAB Hall of Honor honors those persons, living or deceased, who have made one or more major contribution(s) to IEEE Technical Activities. Contributions include the creation, development, or advancement of the technical objectives of IEEE. Objectives include the advancement of the theory and practice of electrical, electronics, communications, and computer engineering, as well as computer science, and the allied branches of engineering and the related arts and sciences and technologies and their application for the benefit of IEEE members worldwide, and for the general public. Wanda was given this honor for ongoing championing, and leading the IEEE Smart Grid effort and establishing a sustainable model for subsequent new initiatives

ECEDHA Industry AwardElectrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (ECEDHA) Industry Award
This award is given to company(s) or individual(s) in companies in recognition of seminal contributions to engineering education—especially in the ECE disciplines—that go well beyond typical industry-university relations. The selection is based primarily on a qualitative evaluation of the educational contributions as described on the nomination form to recognize and encourage effective engagement in engineering education by industry representatives. The individual or company recognized by this award need not be a sponsor of ECEDHA at the time of the award.

Wanda was the first recipient of this award.


IEEE Fellow
IEEE Fellow CertificateIEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation. Review the sections on this page to learn about the history of the IEEE Fellow grade, the elevation process, and how the program evolved through the years to become the program it is today. Wanda was elevated to IEEE Fellow for her leadership in power engineering implementation and workforce development.

IEEE Fellows including Wanda Reder Made Their Mark on Industry

2012 IEEE Power & Energy Society Leadership Award
IEEE Power and Engineering Society recognized Wanda for her outstanding leadership and contributions to power engineering education through her efforts to establish the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative.

Center for Power System Studies – Wayne E. Knabach Award for Excellence in Power
2012 SDSU Wayne Knabach Award for Excellence in PowerIn recognition for Wanda’s achievements: including outstanding promotion of the power industry during your career at S&C Electric Company, Exelon, and Northern States Power, including promotion of industry involvement with the university through unwavering support of the Center for Power Systems Studies including leadership in IEEE, with emphasis on Smart Grid Technology and the development of the PES Scholarship Plus Initiative for aspiring engineers, including career dedication of developing and implementing automation technology in the power industry.


South Dakota State Univeristy – Distinguished Engineer “Wall of Fame” Recipient
Given by the SDSU College of Engineering to honor and recognize those who have demonstrated eminent achievements in a field of engineering.