Although the Leadership in Power award can be given annually, the society maintains the prestigious nature of the award by presenting it only when nominees meet the award's high standards. Selection is based on an evaluation of each nominee's accomplishments, with a particular focus on the candidate's promotion of the importance of the power engineering profession, their work with university power engineering programs and their encouragement of young engineers through mentoring and career development programs.
After years of informal mentoring, Hurst created an Engineer in Training program at Alabama Power in 1993 to recruit, train and hire young engineers. To date, more than 200 engineers have gotten their start through the program. Hurst also serves, and encourages his employees to serve, on engineering department advisory committees at several universities. He has also held key leadership roles with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies, and the Southeastern Electric Exchange.
About the IEEE
The IEEE, a non-profit organization, is an international professional association for the advancement of technology. The name was originally an acronym for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. Today, the organization's scope of interest has expanded into related fields, including the aerospace and biomedical fields. The IEEE serves more than 375,000 members in more than 160 countries. The Power and Energy Society is a worldwide, non-profit association of more than 21,000 individuals engaged in electric power engineering.