Bosnian Refugee, Long-time Idaho Power Engineer Receives Prestigious Global Award

Twenty-five years after escaping the Bosnian war and coming to the United States as a refugee, Idaho Power’s Milorad Papic received one of the electrical industry’s highest honors. He has been named an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Fellow for advancing the use of probabilistic methods to study cascading outages, which can cause huge blackouts.

Papic’s way of studying these outages considers the likelihood of system failures instead of relying solely on verified information, as most of the industry does. His method could empower researchers across the industry to draw meaningful conclusions from past outages and analyze the costs and benefits of measures to avoid them.

Sven Berg
Communications Specialist