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Ken Bow

PES-ICC Past Chairman

IEEE Fellow

Kenneth E. Bow (M’69 SM ’91 F '03) received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Michigan State University, East Lansing, in 1962.

Following graduation, he joined the Dow Chemical Company, Midland, MI, where he has been involved in the research and development of materials for the wire and cable industry for more than 30 years. He is currently the Chief Scientist for the development of polymer and coated metal products for wire and cable applications. His primary responsibilities are for the global development of applications and cable technology associated with cables using plastic-coated metallic shielding and armoring tapes.

Ken is a member of the IEEE Power Engineering Society, the IEEE Insulation Society and the IEEE Industry Applications Society. He is also a member of the Wire Association International, the National Association of Corrosion Engineers, the Society of Plastics Engineers, the American Society of Materials, the International Conference on Large High Voltage Electric Systems, U.S. National Committee (CIGRE), and a member of the International Scientific and Technical Committee for JICABLE.

In 2003, Ken was chosen as Fellow of the IEEE. In recognizing this, ICC Awards Chairman noted:, "The significant contributions in the field of electric power engineering for which Ken was recognized involved the development of materials, technology and application data for laminated sheaths for low, medium, and high voltage cables. He played a key role in the development of thermoplastic chlorinated polyethylene for laminate sheath, and led the development of laminate sheath technology for low voltage signal and instrument cables. He demonstrated how the sheath provided chemical and moisture protection, while the metallic component provided shielding against transients such as lightning. Ken also drove the development of polymeric coatings for copper shielding materials that did not delaminate in the presence of moisture. In developing laminate sheaths of medium voltage cables for use in the chemical process industries as a chemical and moisture barrier, he showed that the technology could be used for utility cables to solve the problem of water treeing.

Ken has fostered the international development of copper laminate sheaths for high voltage cables as a replacement for lead-sheathed cables to resolve environmental and health issues associated with lead. His leadership in developing a large technology base for the laminated sheath, a combination of plastic coated metallic shield or armor and polymeric jacket, is well known across the industry. In addition, he has actively participated in the creation of many industry specifications and standards that quantified cable performance in a rapidly evolving arena."

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