Honoring Brad Robertsby Representative Christopher P. Gibson
Posted on 2013-12-10
of new york
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Mr. GIBSON. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Brad Roberts, who
recently passed away. Mr. Roberts' impressive career will surely be
remembered by all. As the sponsor of H.R. 1465, the STORAGE Act, I am a
strong proponent of energy storage and have had the opportunity to get
to know this industry and the individuals who comprise it.
Brad Roberts was a leader in this industry, serving for decades as the volunteer Executive Director of the Electricity Storage Association, which advocates for technologies that make our electric grid more resilient, cleaner, more efficient, and less expensive. Mr. Roberts worked full-time as the Power Quality Systems Director for the Power Quality group of S&C Electric Company.
Growing up, Mr. Roberts was a graduate of Pensacola High School and a member of the Pensacola Fighting Tiger Band. During this time he had the opportunity to march in the Inaugural Parade for President John F. Kennedy. He then earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida and was registered as a professional engineer.
Mr. Roberts began his engineering work as a systems reliability engineer in the Apollo Lunar Module Program at Cape Kennedy, and amassed over 35 years of experience in the design and operation of critical power systems. These systems ranged from single phase UPS systems to medium-voltage applications. His career grew to include senior management positions and the publishing of several technical papers and journal articles. Throughout his life he held many leadership positions in various organizations. In addition to his roles at ESA and S&C, Mr. Roberts served as the Chairman of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power Engineering Society's Emerging Technologies Committee. He was also a member of the US Department of Energy's Electricity Advisory Committee, and the University of Florida's College of Engineering Advisory Committee.
During his remarkable career, Mr. Roberts was honored with the 2004 John Mungenast International Power Quality Award, the 2009 Phil Symons Electricity Storage Award, and was also recognized as a Senior Life Member of IEEE.
In closing, I know Brad Roberts will surely be missed by those who knew him or knew of him. His passing is a loss to the industry. I send condolences to his family and loved-ones on behalf of my own family as well as the people of New York's 19th Congressional District.