President and Chief Operating Officer
Indiana Michigan Power Company
Paul Chodak III is president and chief operating officer of Indiana Michigan Power (I&M), an operating company of American Electric Power (AEP) headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I&M includes over 5,795 MW of coal, nuclear, hydro and wind generation as well as extensive distribution and transmission assets serving over 582,000 customers in Indiana and Michigan.
Chodak was appointed to his current role in 2010 after serving as president and chief operating officer for Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), an operating company that serves over 439,000 customers in Louisiana, Arkansas and northeast Texas.
Chodak began his career with AEP in 2001 as a senior project manager. In 2002, he was named director of engineering group providing support for over 20,000MW of generation across AEP’s 11 state footprint. He was then named managing director, corporate technology development in 2003, and led a team that evaluated existing pollution control technologies and developed a plan to meet new environmental compliance requirements for the AEP generation fleet.
In 2004, Chodak led efforts to implement AEP’s environmental compliance plan as director, environmental programs. He led a team in the successful execution of a $2B portfolio of plant retrofit projects.
In 2007, Chodak was named director, new generation, responsible for the construction of multiple simple and combined cycle natural gas fueled power plants as well as AEP’s integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) program.
Chodak attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute on a Naval ROTC scholarship where he graduated with honors with bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering. He went on to serve more than seven years in the U. S. Navy as a submarine officer, earning numerous commendations and completing both submarine and chief engineer officer qualifications. He also earned a master’s degree in civil engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Upon leaving active duty, Chodak was awarded a Department of Energy Fellowship to study nuclear engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned a doctorate in 1996. He then went on to conduct research on technology and policy issues concerning nuclear power and proliferation risks as a staff scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Chodak continued his service as a Naval Reserve Officer until he resigned his commission as a Lieutenant Commander in 1998. He completed MIT's Reactor Technology Course for Utilities Executives in 2011. Chodak is a Project Management Institute certified Project Management Professional.
Chodak is a member of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Energy Association and a member of the board for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana and the Indiana Tech Board of Trustees. Chodak is a member of the American Nuclear Society and The Sigma Xi Research Society.