ECE Hall of Fame: John L. Lauletta

Posted: March 17, 2021

Distinguished alumni from The Ohio State University's Electrical Engineering program, John L. Lauletta leads a respected career contributing research and guidance to strengthen electrical grids. His patents lessened power outages and his patents paved the way for a successful business.

Lauletta earned his BSEE from Purdue University in 1977 and his PREE post-bachelor degree from Ohio State in 1985. He specialized in Power Systems and went on to become an Engineering Manager for American Electric Power from 1977 to 1985. 

Throughout 1985 to 1997, Lauletta went on to become Vice President of Development at Scientific Columbus, Inc., a provider of electronic metering and measurement systems for the electric utility industry. He continued as Vice President at Gould Instrument Systems during 1998 to 2004.

In 2002, Lauletta began his research at the High Voltage Laboratory at Ohio State to address predictive maintenance issues of the electric grid. The work resulted in a patented sensor and a strategy for grid predictive maintenance. Case studies show his work can reduce outages due to electrical equipment failure by up to 20 percent. As a result of his research, he launched Exacter, Inc. in 2004 where he has served as CEO ever since.

Over the last 17 years, Exacter sensors have been used by electric utilities to improve the reliability of the distribution and transmission grid in five countries. Exacter provides its technology to utilities and industry. The company launched six patents for new and core Exacter technologies, with seven patents pending. 

Alumnus Lauletta is a Life Senior Member of IEEE, a CIGRE Member, and received the 2018 IEEE PES Chapter Outstanding Engineer Award. He authored 19 technical papers and participates in four IEEE and CIGRE Working Groups.