Recognizing longtime advancements in applied electrostatics

Western Engineering News | October 21, 2015

CastleFor more than 50 years, G.S. Peter Castle has been a valuable member of the Western Engineering community.

From 1957 to 1961, he studied electrical engineering at the undergraduate level - receiving the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario Gold medal for having the highest academic average in his undergraduate class.

In 1966 he began his PhD studies in electrical environmental engineering, working on a project in two-stage electrostatic precipitation and in1968 he joined Western’s Faculty of Engineering Science as a lecturer.

After receiving his PhD in 1969, Castle became the first student from Western Engineering to be awarded a doctorate from Western University.

Since then, Castle has been a fulltime member of Western Engineering, engaged in teaching, administration and carrying out research in the field of applied electrostatics; promoted to the rank of Professor in 1980.

Following his retirement in 2004, Castle continues to supervise graduate students as a professor emeritus in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering with an appointment as adjunct research professor. He is a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the recipient of the 2003 Faculty of Engineering Award for Excellence in Research.

His research interests have centered upon the industrial application of electrostatic forces and he is one of the founding members and principal researchers in the Applied Electrostatics Research Centre. This Centre is one of the few in the world specializing in the application of electrostatics to interdisciplinary problems. As a result, Castle has undertaken projects of significant importance to industry including: manufacturing (electrostatic painting), the environment (air and water pollution control), agriculture (electrostatic crop spraying), copying and printing (electrophotography), recycling (plastics separation) and electrostatic coating (coated abrasives).

This work has resulted in more than 235 Journal and Conference papers, 50 industrial reports and 9 patents.

Today, we celebrate the IEEE naming Castle the 2016 recipient of the IEEE Richard Harold Kaufmann Award which is awarded annually to recognize outstanding contributions in industrial systems engineering.

Castle receives this recognition for his developments of applied electrostatic devices and processes in industry, agriculture, and environmental protection.

The award was established by the IEEE Board of Directors in 1986; named in honor of Richard Harold Kaufmann in medmory of his many important contributions to industrial systems engineering and his dedicated service to the IEEE Industry Applications Society. Recipient selection is administered through the Technical Field Awards Council of the IEEE Awards Board.

Castle is only the second Canadian engineer to receive this award out of twenty-eight prior recipients.