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Joe Zimnoch

2014 ICC Distinguished Service Award

Joe Zimnoch received the 2014 Technical Committee Distinguished Service Award with the following citation: “For leadership in developing, implementing, and providing guidance and education to the utility industry for high-voltage pipe-type cable systems, and for the widespread implementation of laminated paper polypropylene insulation”.

Career Highlights


·         Newark College of Engineering (New Jersey Institute of Technology)

·         Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering (Class of 1954)

·         Master of Science Electrical Engineering (1958)


·         He was employed by The Okonite Company from 1954 to May 1995, where he was involved with all types of 5 kV to 500 kV impregnated paper and laminated paper polypropylene insulated cables such as high-pressure pipe-type, self-contained liquid-filled, low-pressure gas-filled, and solid-type PILC.

·         His overall duties included project engineering and the direction of Okonite engineering staff handling high-voltage cable system projects. He had direct responsibilty for such projects not only in the United States but also overseas in countries such as Korea, Saudi Arabia, Chile and Yugoslavia.

·         He retired from The Okonite Company on May 31, 1995 after 41 years of service.

·         He is now an independent self-employed consultant specializing in high-voltage cables and accessories.


·         Member of National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE)

·         Life Member of IEEE

·         Member of Power and Energy Society (PES)

·         Senior (Voting)  Member of Insulated Conductors Committee (ICC)

·         Vice-Chair of Working Group C04 for IEEE 1425-2001 - Guide for the Evaluation of the Remaining Life of Impregnated Paper-Insulated Transmission Cable Systems

·         Expert reviewer for the 1992 and 2001 editions of the Electric Power Research Insititue (EPRI) Underground Transmission Systems Reference Book


·         Accelerated Cable Ageing Tests for Distribution and Transmission Cables Part 1 – High Voltage AC Paper Cables at the Fall 2011 Educational Program in Denver

·         Extended Testing of a 345 kV LPP Pipe-Type Cable for Engineering Information at the Spring 1992 Subcommittee No. 7 Cable Systems meeting in Victoria

·         Extended Testing of a 230 kV LPP Pipe-Type Cable for Engineering Information at the Fall 1992 Subcommittee No. 7 Cable Systems meeting at St. Pete Beach

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