Copper Industry Executive Receives Power Quality & Leadership Award

May 4, 2009


Trade Association Manager Recognized for Contributions to Electric Power Industry

NEW YORK, NY— David Brender, of Closter, N.J., a Copper Development Association Inc. (CDA) national program manager, recently received the Power Quality Leadership Award for his contributions to the field of power quality. The award was presented at the annual Power Quality & Reliability Conference held last March in Las Vegas.

Good power quality refers to the design and implementation of efficient electrical systems in buildings. Computers and computer-based equipment are negatively affected by poor power quality, resulting in a staggering $15 billion to $30 billion in productivity losses annually for U.S. businesses, according to a recent survey by E-Source.

"Dave has contributed for many years to a greater understanding of the issues surrounding power quality and is well regarded among his peers," says Sam Wheeler, chairman of the Power Quality Award Committee. "In addition to providing technical training and guidance to professionals in this field of growing importance, Dave also has produced technical materials that are widely used by those at every level of our industry."

A licensed professional engineer in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Brender is certified as a Power Quality Professional from the Association of Energy Engineers. In addition to being a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology, he also is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers.

In addition to his work publishing case studies and peer-reviewed articles, Brender has produced a variety of educational tools, including a series of CD-ROMs that advance knowledge within the industry and provide professionals with a basic understanding of the issues that impact power quality.

For the last 13 years, Brender has provided his power quality and energy efficiency expertise to the copper industry through its domestic trade association, the Copper Development Association (CDA). Prior to joining the CDA, he spent his career at Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G). He earned a BA in Electrical Engineering from New York University and holds an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, N.J.

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