2000 Distinguished Service Award: Karl Stahlkopf

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Karl E. Stahlkopf
President & CEO, EPRIsolutions
Vice President, Power Delivery, EPRI
BSEE ’63, BNS ’63

As the vice president of power delivery for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Karl E. Stahlkopf directs a $104 million research and development program. He recently returned to the position after 18 months as founding CEO of EPRIsolutions, EPRI’s new technical consulting and services company.

Author of six technical books and more than 90 peer-reviewed papers, Stahlkopf joined EPRI in 1973 as a project manager. He held increasingly responsible management positions–many of which involved initiating and working with the international utility consortia, government and private partnerships and formulation of new technology ventures. Prior to joining EPRI, he was a research fellow at the University of California-Berkeley. Earlier, Stahlkopf was a nuclear-submarine-propulsion technical consultant on the staff of the U.S. Chief of Naval Operations and a division officer on two nuclear submarines in the U.S. Navy. He received BS degrees in electrical engineering and naval science from UW-Madison, and MS and PhD degrees in engineering from UC-Berkeley.

Currently Stahlkopf serves on the editorial board of Electric Light & Power and is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society. He is a founder and vice chairman of the board of directors of Sure-Tech, a corporation jointly owned by EPRI and Siemens that makes power-electronic devices. He also was instrumental in founding Micro-monitors, a company that makes high-technology predictive-maintenance sensors for the electric power industry. Stahlkopf served on the company’s board of directors. In addition, he has received one patent and has two pending in the application of lasers to high-speed communication.

Active in community service, Stahlkopf was founder and first president of the Stanford Diving Center, a nonprofit corporation that supports amateur athletics. He also served for six years on the Bay Area Goodwill Industries Board of Directors. He and his wife, Carole, live in San Francisco and have two children.