Dr. Greg Zweigle has been promoted to the role of chief technology officer at Pullman, Washington-based Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL).
The role was formerly held by Edmund O. Schweitzer III, the president and founder of the company.
Zweigle will be responsible for setting the technical direction of the company, working in collaboration with executives and technical leads, and will foster development of innovative technologies, the company reported.
“Greg has played a key role in the invention and design of so many SEL products,” Schweitzer said in a statement. “He’s creative and intelligent in his approach, but he’s also a back-to-the-basics guy, and I love that. When you start with first principles, you will get the right answers.”
Schweitzer will continue on with the role of president and the chairman of the company’s board of directors.
Zweigle has worked for SEL for 25 years, first being hired as a development engineer. During that time, he has held various positions in research and development related to the development of protective relays, software and programmable integrated circuits. He has led research and software teams for the last 10 years.
“Electric power is critical to modern society worldwide,” he said in a statement. “SEL has always been a technology leader and I’m excited to collaborate across SEL so we will continue leading the advancement of even safer, more reliable and more economical power every day.”
The new CTO holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Northwest Nazarene University, and also earned a master’s degree in chemistry, a master’s degree in electrical engineering and a doctorate in electrical engineering and computer science from Washington State University.
Zweigle holds 32 patents and has authored and co-authored more than 35 technical papers.
SEL invents, designs and builds digital products and systems to improve power system reliability and protect power grids worldwide from blackouts.