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IEEE IAS Newsletter
February 2018
In this issue
  • IAS 2018 Webinar Schedule
  • IAS 2018 Fellows
  • Overlength Page Charges
  • Nominations sought for Myron Zucker Grant Program
  • IAS Chapters and Membership Department Roster
  • 2018 IEEE Industry Applications Annual Meeting
  • IEEE IAS Electrical Safety, Technical, Maintenance and Projects Workshop
  • 2018 IEEE Symposium on Power Semiconductor Devices and ICs
  • 2nd IEEE-IAS Industrial and Commercial Power Systems (I&CPS) Conference Europe
  • 4th Summer Academy on Energy
  • 2018 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Expo
  • IEEE Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Systems Conference
  • 2018 IEEE/IAS - PCIC Conference
  • IAS Society-Level Awards
  • Offering for IAS Members
  • IAS Conference Calendar
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IEEE Industry Applications Society Publications
All subscribers can access the online version of these publications using their IEEE Account.

The current issue of IEEE Industry Applications Magazine is in the mail and is retrievable now from IEEE Xplore, the IEEE online digital library.

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Feature articles in this issue include:
  • "The IECEx System: How It Impacts the North America Hazardous Locations Industry"
  • "Standard Updates for Adjustable-Speed ac Drives: The Performance Standard for Drives Rated 375 kW and Larger"
  • "Partial-Discharge Measuring Produces Uncertain Results: Important Quality Assessment Updates for Stator Windings"
  • "Reducing Energy Costs in Electric-Motor-Driven Systems: Savings Through Output Power Reduction and Energy Regeneration"
  • "A Case Study of Voltage Transformer Failures: Solution Implementation in a Modern Data Center"

The current issue of IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications is in the mail and is retrievable now from IEEE Xplore, the IEEE online digital library.

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Feature articles in this issue include:
  • "Energy Savings in Integrated Urban Water Systems: A Case Study"
  • "Load Shedding and Smart-Direct Load Control Using Internet of Things in Smart Grid Demand Response Management"
  • "Dual Delta Bank TCR for Harmonic Reduction in Three-Phase Static Var Controllers"
  • "An Adaptive Control Scheme of SPV System Integrated to AC Distribution System"
  • "Analysis of Causation of a Flour Dust Explosion in an Industrial Plant"

Volunteer Opportunities
IAS is seeking qualified volunteers to work on publications, committees, and conferences. Please submit an inquiry by filling out a volunteer application on the IAS website.

IEEE Senior Membership
IEEE Senior membership is the highest grade for which application may be made and requires experience reflecting professional maturity. Candidates need to be an engineer, scientist, educator, technical executive, or originator in IEEE-designated fields in professional practice for at least ten years and shall have shown significant performance over a period of at least five of those years.

An application for Senior membership requires three references unless nominated by a Senior member, and in that case requires two references.

Congratulations to the elected IAS Senior members for 2017.

IAS Distinguished Lecturer Program
The IAS Distinguished Lecturer (DL) and Prominent Lecturer (PL) Program allows Chapters to invite experts to visit Chapter events and give lectures. It is a great opportunity to have direct contact with the best researchers and industrial experts in our field.

The DL and PL lecturers can be reimbursed by IAS US$1,000 and US$600 per lecture travel. The monetary support of travel invitations is limited to three lectures per year.

For more information, visit our website.

New 2018 IEEE Fellows
The following IAS members have been elected to the IEEE Fellow Class of 2018.
Po-Tai Cheng
Jung-ik Ha
Richard Lukaszewski
Ronghai Qu
V Sankaran
Marcelo Valdes
Haithem Abu-rub
Ehab El-saadany
James Feltes
Noriko Kawakami
Shengyi Liu
Hans Peter Nee

Join the IEEE Transportation Electrification Community
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IAS is a sponsoring society of the IEEE Transportation Electrification Community (TEC). The TEC coordinates broad and deep activities throughout IEEE in the growing electrification revolution across transportation domains, including advances in electric and hybrid cars, more-electric ships and aircraft, rail systems, personal transport, and the motive, storage, power grid, electronic intelligence, and control technologies that make them possible.

The Community delivers engagement through leadership opportunities, professional development, standards development, and other programming for practitioners, researchers, students, and all IEEE members interested in electric transportation.

It is free to join.

As a TEC member, you will enjoy a discount on some excellent online tutorials on machines, fuel cells, batteries, and other topics.


IEEE Industry Applications Society Newsletter
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IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop (ESW) exhibit hall attendees
There is still time to register for the 2018 ESW conference
19-23 March 2018, 2018 Fort Worth, TX, USA

Thank you for reading this issue of the IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) Newsletter. If you have IAS-specific news to share with your IAS colleagues please send us an email for possible future publication in an upcoming newsletter.

IAS 2018 Webinar Schedule
Registration is now open for the IAS February Webinar:

Future Electrification beyond the More Electric Aircraft
presented by Dr. Hao Huang, GE Aviation
Live presentation is on 15 February 2018 at 11:00 AM EST

Future webinars include the following, registration sites will open soon for both of these events:

Application of Wide-Bandgap Semiconductors
presented by Dr. Burak Ozpineci, Oak Ridge National Lab
Live presentation is scheduled for 15 March 2018

Cybersecurity and Industrial Control Systems
presented by Chet Santberg, P.E., CL Candberg & Associates
Live presentation is scheduled for 11 April 2018

View our past webinars.
IAS 2018 Fellows
IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation. The IAS Board and Membership would like to congratulate the following IAS members who have been elevated to IEEE Fellows for 2018:
  • Po-Tai Cheng-for contributions to power converters for microgrid applications-( society: IAS
  • Jung-ik Ha-for contribution to sensorless control of AC drives-( society: IAS
  • Richard Lukaszewski-for contributions to the application of power electronic devices for variable frequency drives-( society: IAS
  • Ronghai Qu-for contributions to flux modulations machines and wind generators-( society: IAS
  • V Sankaran-for leadership in power electronics and energy storage for electric vehicles-( society: IAS
  • Marcelo Valdes-for contributions to improving the safety and reliability of low voltage power systems-( society: IAS
  • Haithem Abu-rub-for contributions to power electronic converters for renewable energy applications-( society: IES
  • Ehab El-saadany-for contributions to distributed generation planning, operation and control-( society: PES
  • James Feltes-for contributions to modelling the dynamic response of power generation systems-( society: PES
  • Noriko Kawakami-for contributions to large-capacity power converters and applications-( society: PELS
  • Shengyi Liu-for application of multifunctional power conversion and power source integration to aircraft-( society: PELS
  • Hans Peter Nee-for contributions to silicon carbide power electronics and modular multilevel converters-( society: PELS
Overlength Page Charges Coming Into Effect
At its October 2017 meeting, the IAS Executive Board adopted a policy to impose an overlength charge on exceptionally long papers published in IEEE Industry Applications Magazine (M-IA) and IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications (T-IA). Here are some details on how that practice will be implemented:
  • The target maximum length of papers published in M-IA and T-IA is nine pages.
  • For exceptionally long papers, a mandatory overlength charge will be determined at the time the page proof is approved for publication, and an invoice for that amount will be sent to the corresponding author.
  • The overlength charge will be calculated at the rate of US$120 per page for pages 11 and above of the final manuscript as formatted for publication M-IA and T-IA. Note that there will be a one-page margin between the target maximum length and the length at which the overlength charge will apply.
  • This overlength policy will apply to papers published in M-IA and T-IA beginning with the January/February 2019 issues. Authors should understand that papers submitted for review in 2018 and subsequently approved for publication may not actually be published until after this overlength policy takes effect.
Myron Zucker Student-Faculty Grant Program
The Industry Application Society is soliciting interested parties to submit proposals to the Myron Zucker Student Faculty Grant Program. The deadline for application submission is 28 February 2018.

Adhering to Mr. Zucker's goal, the principal objectives of the Student-Faculty Grant Program are:
  • to interest students and faculty in industry applications of electrical engineering
  • to involve students and faculty in engineering problems related to the Scope of the IEEE Industry Applications Society
  • to provide financial assistance to students for their education
  • to provide seed money to allow faculty members to commence or expand teaching, research, or academic concentrations in industry applications of electrical engineering
In general, the Program functions much like a research support agency. It is administered by the IEEE Industry Applications Society through its Zucker Grant Committee with the consent of the IEEE Foundation.

The project must be designed to produce publishable results in one year (12 months). The preferred period of performance for these 12 months is 1 September through 31 August of the following year. The funding is such that approximately two grants, not exceeding US$25,000 each, can be awarded during each annual proposal cycle. This endowment is the programs' only funding source; no other sources, including IEEE Membership dues, are used. Visit our website to view the program guidelines and the program application.

IAS Chapters and Membership Department (CMD) Roster
The IAS Chapters and Membership Department announces the 2018-2019 Chapter Area Chairs which cover all ten IEEE Regions. The full roster with contact information available on our website.

2018 IEEE Industry Applications Annual Meeting
The 2018 IEEE Industry Applications Society Annual Meeting will be held 23-27 September 2018 in Portland, OR, USA. This meeting will address the technical interests related to industrial applications of electrical energy. Note that while the 2018 IAS Annual Meeting and the 2018 Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition will be co-located in Portland, OR, USA, the technical programs at these conferences will be separate and will complement each other.

Annual Meeting papers are solicited on subjects pertaining to the scope of the participating Technical Committees of the IEEE Industry Applications Society, as listed in the annual meeting website below. For papers, draft manuscripts (NOT abstracts or digests alone) should be submitted by email to the individuals identified in the annual meeting website below. Proposals for Tutorials (which may range from 4 to 8 hours) should include a detailed outline as well as a list of presenters and their credentials.

For this session of Annual Meeting the IAS has formed two new working groups; the "Data Center working group" and the "Working Group for Nuclear Applications." The Society is interested in author submissions to support both our traditional technical committees and also these two new Working Groups in support of or traditionally strong technical program for the 2018 IEEE IAS Annual Meeting.

Important dates:
Full Paper Submission: 15 March 2018
Author Notification: 15 May 2018
Final Papers: 15 July 2018

For additional information visit the conference website.

Registration is open for IEEE IAS Electrical Safety, Technical, Maintenance and Projects Workshop (ESTMP)
ESTMP logoThe 2018 IEEE IAS ESTMP Workshop will take place 12-14 March 2018, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The ESTMP Workshop provides a forum for exchanging and advancing industry knowledge in the areas of electrical safety, engineering, project optimization, maintenance and reliability of electrical systems. The Workshop is designed to share new and innovative concepts, best practices, and lessons learned that deliver high value and stimulate innovation in the areas of:
  • advancing the application of state of the art knowledge and best practices
  • stimulating innovation in creating the next generation of technology
  • optimization in the areas of design, projects, maintenance, and safety in industrial electrical systems
Register today, and take advantage of discounted early-bird fees. We look forward to seeing you in March!

2018 IEEE Symposium on Power Semiconductor Devices and ICs (ISPSD)
The International Symposium on Power Semiconductor Devices and ICs (ISPSD) will be held 13-18 May 2018 in Chicago, IL, USA. It is the premier forum for technical discussions in all areas of power semiconductor devices and power integrated circuits, including but not limited to device physics, modeling, design, fabrication, materials, packaging and integration, device reliability, and device/circuit interactions.

The conference is held annually in continental regions across the world on a rotating basis. ISPSD 2018 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the conference.

For more info, please visit the conference website.

The final manuscript submission deadline is 15 March 2018.

View the Call for Papers.

2nd IEEE-IAS Industrial and Commercial Power Systems (I&CPS) Conference Europe
The IEEE-IAS Industrial and Commercial Power Systems (I&CPS) Conference Europe will be held 12-15 June 2018 in Palermo, Italy.

Papers are being solicited for a special session on Light, Energy, Secure Sockets Layer Systems and Applications (Light-Emitting Diodes and Organic Light-Emitting Diodes)
This session is organized and chaired by: Dr. Laurent Canale, CNRS Research Engineer, LAPLACE Laboratory, Toulouse (France)
Contact email:
The special session is dedicated to the environmental and energy impact of modern lighting system technologies.

The suggested topics are then related (but not limited) to:
Energy saving - light sources and systems
Environmental impact of artificial light sources and life cycle Assessment

For additional information visit the conference website. Download the call for papers.

4th Summer Academy on Energy (SAE^2)
The IEEE Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BUTE) Joint IAS and PES Student Branch Chapter is proud to announce the 4th Summer Academy on Energy (SAE^2), which will be held 12-19 August 2018. The participants can enjoy the amazing SAE atmosphere through lectures from professionals, power plant and site visits and exciting team tasks. The location is again in the heart of Middle-Europe, Budapest, Hungary. With various social events the attendees can also discover the beauty of the city. Energy storage is now recognized as a key element in modern energy supply chain and in using renewable energy sources. We try to introduce this interesting topic to the participants in many aspects.

Technical program and topics include:
  • Basics of energy storage, introduction of the different technologies
  • Questions of the regulation, energy storage in the context of the Winter Package
  • Integration of renewable energy on the grid
  • Case studies
  • Legal implications
  • Implementation issues
The Organizing Committee of SAE^2 is encouraging undergraduate, MSc and PhD students from fields engineering, IT, economics, science and management from all over the world to apply for SAE^2. The registration will be open soon, as well as the availability of the program and fees. For further information see our website and follow us on Facebook!

Save the date, come and be an energenius!

2018 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Expo (ECCE)
The Tenth Annual IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE 2018) will be held in Portland, OR, USA on 23-27 September 2018. ECCE 2018 is the pivotal international conference and exposition event on electrical and electromechanical energy conversion field. ECCE 2018 will feature both industry-driven and application-oriented technical sessions, and expositions. ECCE 2018 will bring together practicing engineers, researchers and other professionals for interactive and multidisciplinary discussions on the latest advances in various areas related to energy conversion.

Important Dates:
Call for Tutorials:
Proposal submission: 17 February 2018
Notification of acceptance: 27 March 2018
Full Tutorial materials due: 30 June 2018

Call for Special Session Organizers:
Proposal submission deadline: 31 March 2018
Notification of session acceptance: 1 May 2018

For more info, please visit the conference website.

IEEE Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Systems (PEDES) 18-21 Dec 2018 at Chennai, India
IEEE Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Systems (PEDES) is a biennial conference that will be held in Chennai, India from 18-21 December 2018.

It is sponsored by four IEEE Societies: Industry Applications Society, Industrial Electronics Society, Power and Energy Society, and Power Electronics Society. The first edition of the conference was held in 1996 at New Delhi, India. This conference is growing and is of importance in IEEE Region 10. All presented papers are eligible for submission for review in IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications.

For additional information visit the conference website or download the call for papers.

2018 IEEE/IAS - PCIC Conference
PCIC logo
The Petroleum and Chemical Industry Conference (PCIC) is the premier conference for practicing electrical engineers and other professionals that deals with electrical installations in the oil and gas industry. It is highly regarded for providing top quality papers on a variety of relevant subjects aimed at the all-important electrical industry.

The 2018 PCIC Conference will be held 24-26 September 2018 in Cincinnati, OH, USA.

For further information contact: Dennis Bogh, PCIC Vice-Chair and PCIC Technical Program Chair at

IAS Society-Level Awards
Society Award Nominations are open through 15 March 2018!

Nominations will be accepted for the IAS Society-Level Awards. Only online submissions will be accepted. Self-nomination is not allowed.

Outstanding Achievement Award
This award honors an individual who has made an outstanding contribution in the application of electricity to industry in accordance with the scope of the IEEE Industry Applications Society.
Prize: US$5,000 and engraved statuette
Basis for Judging: Invention in the field as exemplified by issued patents, contribution to the general engineering or scientific basis of the technologies found within the scope of IAS, executive or managerial contribution in the organization or operation of enterprises as associated with the scope of the IAS.

Distinguished Service Award
This award recognizes an individual for dedication and service to the IEEE Industry Applications Society.
Prize: US$5,000 and plaque
Basis for Judging: Exceptional administrative, managerial and leadership achievement, proposal and/or implementation of innovative new Society programs, dedication to the growth and advancement of the Society and/or its geographic and technical entities.

IEEE IAS Andrew W. Smith Outstanding Young Member Award
This award recognizes outstanding achievement and contribution to the profession through involvement in IEEE IAS activities by an IAS member less than 35 years of age.
Prize: US$2,500, plaque and travel expenses to attend the IAS Annual Meeting.
Eligibility: Nominees must be less than age 35 at the specified award nomination due date.
Basis for Judging: Outstanding contribution to the profession in the form of IEEE/IAS activities such as (but not limited to) authorship of technical papers, IAS chapter leadership, IAS committee work, conference leadership, and standards working groups.

IEEE IAS Outstanding Young Member Service Award
This award recognizes an individual under age 35, through dedication and service, distinguished him/herself to IAS
Prize: US$2,500 honorarium, plaque, and travel reimbursement to an IAS conference for recognition
Eligibility: Members of the IEEE Industry Applications Society are eligible
Basis for Judging: The basis for judging shall be based upon administrative and leadership contributions, contributions through section or chapter activities, contributions through technical committee and conference activities, technical paper reviews for conferences/transactions, contributions through new/revised programs that impact IAS growth globally.

Offering for IAS Members
IAS Resource Center

In an effort to increase member benefits, IAS has created the IAS Resource Center. The Resource Center houses technical information such as webinars, slides and white papers. IAS members must sign in using their IEEE account to access this information free of charge. Anyone that is not an active member of IAS will be charged a fee to access this information.

If there is information that you would like to see in the Resource Center, please send an email to

IAS Conference Calendar
We hold numerous conferences/workshops throughout the year. Please refer to the IAS Conference website for a full listing.

2018 IEEE Texas Power and Energy Conference (TPEC)
College Station, TX, USA
8-9 February 2018
Technical Cosponsor

2018 IEEE Power and Energy Conference at Illinois (PECI)
22-23 February 2018
Champaign, IL, USA

2018 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC)
4-8 March 2018
San Antonio, TX, USA

2018 IEEMA Engineer Infinite Conference (eTechNxT)
11-12 March 2018
Greater Noida, India

2018 IEEE Electrical Safety, Technical, Maintenance and Projects Workshop (ESTMP)
12-14 March 2018
Calgary, AB, Canada

2018 IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop (ESW)
19-23 March 2018
Fort Worth, TX, USA

2018 IET 9th International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines & Drives (PEMD)
17-19 April 2018
Liverpool, United Kingdom

2018 3rd International Conference on Intelligent Green Building and Smart Grid (IGBSG)
22-25 April 2018
Yi-Lan, Taiwan

2018 IEEE Rural Electric Power Conference (REPC)
6-9 May 2018
Memphis, TN, USA

2018 IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Conference (IAS/PCA)
6-10 May 2018
Nashville, TN, USA

2018 IEEE/IAS 54th Industrial and Commercial Power Systems Technical Conference (I&CPS)
7-10 May 2018
Niagara Falls, ON, Canada

2018 IEEE 30th International Symposium on Power Semiconductor Devices and ICs (ISPSD)
13-17 May 2018
Chicago, IL, USA

2018 International Power Electronics Conference (IPEC-Niigata 2018 ECCE Asia)
20-24 May 2018
Niigata, Japan

2018 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo (ITEC)
13-15 June 2018
Long Beach, CA, USA

2018 1st International Conference on Advanced Research in Engineering Sciences (ARES)
15 June 2018
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2018 IEEE IAS Pulp, Paper and Forest Industries Conference (PPFIC)
17-22 June 2018
Appleton, WI, USA

2018 Electrostatics Joint Conference (ESA)
18-20 June 2018
Boston, MA, USA

2018 International Symposium on Power Electronics, Electrical Drives, Automation and Motion (SPEEDAM)
20-22 June 2018
Amalfi, Italy

2018 IEEE PES/IAS PowerAfrica
28 June-2 July 2018
Capetown, South Africa

2018 IEEE 18th International Power Electronics and Motion Control Conference (PEMC)
26-30 August 2018
Budapest, Hungary

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