The Electric Power Research Institute recently recognized two FirstEnergy Corp. employees as winners of its annual Technology Transfer awards. The awards recognize contributions in 2012 by FirstEnergy employees that support successful research, development and implementation of technology solutions to benefit the electric power industry.

David Tates, manager of Asset Management, was honored for helping develop a process for managing transformer and circuit breaker maintenance. This process assists utilities in planning a proactive maintenance and replacement strategy for these components, leading to improved reliability, increased equipment life and reduced repair costs. Tates, who resides in Massillon, Ohio, shared the team award with representatives from seven other utilities.

Eva Gardow, consulting engineer with FirstEnergy Technologies, was recognized for leading FirstEnergy's smart grid demonstration in New Jersey, which involved deploying equipment, collecting data and conducting analyses as part of EPRI's Smart Grid Demonstration Initiative. As a member of an industry team, Eva and others shared progress on their projects, identified challenges and provided results to EPRI, the industry and the public. She shared the award with representatives from eight other utilities. Gardow lives in Kinnelon, New Jersey.

"I am proud of the leadership role David and Eva have taken in the industry and am pleased that EPRI has recognized them for their contributions," said Chuck Jones, FirstEnergy senior vice president and president, FE Utilities. "Many of EPRI's research efforts involve collaboration, where good ideas are made even better by the creative skills of talented professionals like ours."