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IEEE PES Outstanding Volunteer Award

Dr Jelena Ponocko, IEEE Member, was the 2021 recipient for the IEEE PES Outstanding Chapter Volunteer Award (OCVA). This award was initiated by Chapter Leadership and approved in 2015 by the PES Executive Board.

Dr Jelena Ponocko is a Lecturer in Distance Learning at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Manchester, UK. Her research focuses on data analytics and the analysis of the effects of wide-scale demand side management on distribution and transmission network performance. Her recent publications are accessible on

Additionally, Jelena was the IEEE PES Women in Power UK & Ireland Chair from 2020 to 2021, and this year she will be the representative of the Region 8(Africa, Europe, Middle East).

The IEEE UK and Ireland PES Chapter congratulates and thanks Dr. Jelena Ponocko for all her dedication and valuable support over the years.