Professor Thomas joined Cornell in 1973. He currently holds the position of Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has had assignments with the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electric Energy Systems (EES) in Washington, D.C and the National Science Foundation as the first Program Director for the Power Systems Program in the Engineering Directorate's Division of Electrical Systems Engineering (ESE). He is the author of over 100 technical papers, and two book chapters. He has been a member of the IEEE United States Activity Board's Energy Policy Committee since 1991 and was the committee's Chair from 1997-1998. He was a member of the IEEE Technology Policy Council, has served as the IEEE-USA Vice President for Technology Policy, and has been a member of several university, government and industry advisory Boards or Panels. He has published in the areas of transient control and voltage collapse problems as well as technical, economic and institutional impacts of restructuring. He is the founding Director of the 13 university member National Science Foundation Center, PSerc ( Power Systems Engineering Research Center). He was a member of the USDOE Secretary's Power Outage Study Team (POST) and was a founding member of the Coalition for Electric Reliability Solutions (CERTS). He serves as a member of the CERTS Leadership Group. He was on assignment to the USDOE in 2003 as a Senior Advisor to the Director of the Office of Electric Transmission and Distribution, was a member of the DOE August 14, 2003 blackout investigation team, and contributed to the 2007 National Interest Electric Transmission Corridor NIETC) study. He is currently an Advisor to the DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. He is an active researcher with the DOE TCIPG center. He served as one of 30 inaugural members of the U.S. Department of Energy Secretary’s Electricity Advisory Committee (EAC) in 2008 through 2010. He has received 5 teaching awards and the IEEE Centennial and Millennium medals, He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, Sigma Xi, ASEE and a Life Fellow of the IEEE.
Robert Thomas, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at Cornell University, gives a talk at PES Building the Technical Workforce for Our Energy Future event held at the historic Union League Club in New York City.