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IEEE IAS Newsletter
September 2018
In this issue
  • IAS Webinars
  • ECCE 2018 Tutorial Preview
  • IAS 2018 Society Award Winners
  • IAS Humanitarian Efforts
  • Plenary Keynote Speakers at ECCE
  • IAS Annual Meeting Call for Papers
  • IAS Conference Calendar
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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 2018.

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.

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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"Pia Torres, Romina Fairbairn, Agustina Thibaud and Dr. Daniela López de Luise speaking on "Icebreaker Meetup - Artificial Intelligence" at the School of AI argentina, IEEE Women in Engineering Argentina, IEEE Young Professionals Argentina held in Buenos Aires."

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 Webinars
IAS will continue to host free webinars for IAS members, but in 2019 non-members will incur a fee to attend our webinars. Certificates and Professional Developement Hours (PDH) credits will also incur a fee in 2019 for all attendees. We will also be moving to a new registration system in November of 2018; details on the changes will be published in the October 2018 IAS newsletter.

Upcoming webinars:
Plan Your ECCE 2018 Education: Preview the Tutorial Offerings!
Looking for valuable information in the areas of energy conversion systems and technologies or components and subsystems for energy conversion? If so, be sure to attend a tutorial session during your time at ECCE 2018!

The following tutorials will be offered on Sunday, 23 September:

Morning Session:
  • High Power/Voltage Power Converters and Applications - Opportunities and Challenges offered by HV SiC power devices
  • The Smart Transformer: Impact on the Electric Grid and Technology Challenges
  • Hybrid AC/DC Microgrids: Configuration, Power Management and Converter Control
  • High Voltage Rotating Machines-Design and Diagnostics
  • Control for Grid-Friendly Power Converter Systems
  • Photo-Electro-Thermal-Theory for LED Systems and its Applications
  • Power Converters for Energy Storage Applications - Analysis and Design from Theory to Practice
  • Optimization Techniques for Solar Power Plants
  • Predictive Control - A Simple and Powerful Method of Control Power Converters and Drives
  • (1/2) Permanent Magnet Fundamentals
  • (1/2) Sequence Impedance Modeling and Analysis of Wind and PV Inverters Considering Coupling over Frequency

Afternoon Session:
  • Application of Silicon-Carbide (SiC) Power Devices and Converters: Opportunities, Challenges and Potential Solutions
  • Harmonic Modeling and Stability of Power Electronic Based Power Systems
  • Electrical Drives Measurements and Testing: Past, Present, and Future
  • Condition Monitoring, Diagnostics and PHM of Electric Machine and Drive Systems
  • Power Electronics Enabled Technologies in Power Systems Connecting Utilities and Customers
  • Advanced Digital Current Regulation Strategies for Grid Connected Inverters
  • Modeling and System Design of Solid-State Lighting Drivers
  • Battery Management Systems for Lithium-ion Batteries
  • Interpretation of IEEE 519-2014 for Industrial and Commercial Applications
  • (1/2) Design, Modelling and Control of Linear Induction Motors (LIM) for Industrial Applications
  • (1/2) Lose Your Bearings: An Introduction to Magnetically Suspended Shafts

All tutorial sessions are four hours in length, except for those noted (1/2) which are two hours long. Visit the ECCE website for more information on tutorials.

IEEE IAS 2018 Society Award Winners
2018 IEEE IAS Outstanding Achievement Award
Recipient: Diangou Xu

Prof. Dianguo XU received the Master and Doctor degree from Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), Harbin, China, in 1984 and 1989, respectively, all in Electrical Engineering. In 1984, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology as an assistant professor. He later became a lecturer and associate professor in 1987 and 1990 respectively. Since 1994, he has been a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology. He was the Department Head from 1992 to 1998, Dean of School of Electrical Engineering and Automation from 1998 to 2010. Now he is the Vice President of HIT. Professor Xu is the Vice President of China Electrotechnical Society (CES) and China Power Supply Society (CPSS). He is a Fellow of IEEE and Chair of IEEE Harbin Section, Associate Editors of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, and IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics.

Prof. Xu has been a member of International Steering Committee, IEEE International Conference on Power Electronics and Drive Systems (PEDS); a member of Technical Program Committee, International Conference on Electrical Machines and Systems (ICEMS); He is the technical program chair of IEEE VPPC2008 and IPEMC2012-ECCE Asia, general chair of ITEC AP 2017. Prof. Xu's research interests include ac motor drives, motion control, power converter based power system, appliance intelligent control, and lighting electronics, etc.

Professor Xu has authored and coauthored more than 600 technical papers and holds 78 patents.

2018 IEEE IAS Distinguished Service Award
Recipient: John P. Nelson

John Nelson received a BSEE from the University of Illinois in 1970 and an MSEE from the University of Colorado in 1975. After spending ten years as an electrical engineer for Public Service Company of Colorado, he became a consulting electrical power engineer for which he has done for the last 38 years. In 1984, Mr. Nelson founded NEI Electric Power Engineering and continues to provide electric power consulting services on an international basis for NEI.

In 1980, he began attending the IAS Petroleum and Chemical Industry Committee (PCIC) where in 1983 he was the Conference vice-chair for the Denver PCIC local conference committee and was chair for the 1995 and 2005 Denver PCIC conferences. He has been a member of the PCIC executive subcommittee since 1982 and rotated through the PCIC secretary, vice chair, chair and Advisory and Awards chair positions from 2006 through 2014. He has published over twenty IEEE/IAS/PCIC papers many of which were prize papers. Mr. Nelson was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 1997 and is presently an IEEE Life Fellow.

Mr. Nelson is the recipient of the 2015 Russell W. Mills award, the 2012 Richard Harold Kaufman Medal, the 2002 Denver IAS/PES Chapter Outstanding Engineer award and the 1975 Denver Post Honor award which was for service in the Colorado Army National Guard.

2018 IAS Andrew W. Smith Outstanding Young Member Achievement Award
Recipient: Dr. Pinjia Zhang

Prof. Pinjia Zhang received his bachelor's degree from Tsinghua University, Beijing China in 2006, his Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta Georgia in 2010, both in Electrical Engineering. From 2010 to 2015, he worked for GE Global Research, Niskayuna NY, as a Lead Research Engineer and program manager. Since 2015, he has been with Tsinghua University as an associate professor. Dr. Zhang primarily works on condition monitoring, diagnostics and prognostics of machines and drive systems. He has published over 70 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings, and has 25 patents issued and over 20 patents pending. Two of his papers are listed among the World Top 1% Most Cited Paper by Essential Science Indicators. He has won IEEE IAS or IEEE IES best paper award on two occasions. He is currently a senior member of the IEEE.

Dr. Zhang currently serves as the secretary of the IEEE IAS Beijing Chapter, having organized/co-organized over 40 seminars and lecturers. He has lead the establishment of the IAS student chapter at Tsinghua University in 2017, and has been working as the advisor since then. Dr. Zhang is currently serving as the associate editor of the IEEE Transaction on Industry Applications for both the Electric Machines Committee and the Industrial Drives committee. He also serves on the award subcommittee and standard subcommittee for the Electric Machines Committee and the Industrial Drives Committee. He has been working in four IEEE standard workgroups.

2018 IAS Outstanding Young Member Service Award
Recipient: Richard Cselko

Richàrd Cselkó completed his master degree in electric power engineering at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. He is currently an Assistant Lecturer and the Vice-head and Quality Manager of ISO accreditation of the High Voltage Laboratory at the same institution. His fields of interest include insulation diagnostic techniques, partial discharge measurements and statistics based maintenance planning applied to industrial power systems, electrical safety of linemen on high and medium voltage power lines and electrostatic processes. He is a member of several committees of the Hungarian Standards Association. He is the author of more than 40 publications. He was the supervisor of three IAS Graduate Thesis Contest awardees and the recipient of the Pro Progressio Foundation Best Supervisor Award.

He was the Founding Chair of the IEEE Budapest University of Technology and Economics Joint IAS/PES Student Branch Chapter where he serves currently as advisor. He was the founding member of the Hungary Section Young Professionals Affinity Group. He was the member of the organizing committee of the 2009 International Youth Conference on Energy, the first one in the series to be technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Industry Applications Society.

2018 Gerald Kliman Innovator Award
Recipient: Fei "Fred" Wang

Dr. Fei "Fred" Wang is a professor and Condra Chair of Excellence in Power Electronics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA. He is a founding member and serves as the Technical Director of the NSF-DOE Engineering Research Center CURRENT. He also holds a joint position in Oak Ridge National Lab. His experience also includes eight years as an associate professor and the Technical Director at the Center for Power Electronics Systems, Virginia Tech, and ten years as an engineer and R&D manager at General Electric. His research interests include WBG power electronics and power electronics applications in electrified transportation, renewable energy systems and electric grid. Dr. Wang is a Fellow of the IEEE and Fellow of U.S. National Academy of Inventors.

Humanitarian Efforts of the Jyothi Engineering College Student Branch Chapter During Kerala Flood
Jithin K. Jose, IEEE IAS Staff Advisor, Jyothi Engineering College in Thissur, Kerala wrote to us informing us of the natural disaster that happened in Kerala, India, as a result of last weeks heavy rain and flooding.

The IEEE IAS Student Chapter extended all possible help to those impacted by the disaster. In a short span of time we managed to provide power banks for charging mobile phones for people who were there in the refugee camps. We made our own product of more than 200 power banks with the help of our students. They were made with the help of four AA non-rechargeable batteries. The production was done in two centers. One center was at Trichur district under the leadership of Mr. Jinesh IEEE Counselor of Jyothi Engineering College, and the other centre was at Palakkad district under my leadership. The approximate total cost for the items purchased for the production was 15,000 Indian Rupees.

We gave an idea for the students regarding how to make the power banks by arranging a workshop in both centers and did the work to its fullest. See images below that demonstrate the work at both Trichur and Palakkad centers. The college Management and the Principal also supported us a lot during the two days work.

Meet This Year's Plenary Keynote Speakers at ECCE!
Register today for ECCE 2018, held 23-27 September 2018 in Portland, Oregon, USA, and hear from esteemed experts within the energy conversion industry, including this year's highly-anticipated plenary keynote speakers:

Dr. Victor Veliadis
Chief Technology Officer, PowerAmerica and North Carolina State University
Topic: SiC Power Devices: High-Impact Applications and Path to Wide Adoption

Dr. Stephanie Watts Butler
Technology Innovation Architect, Texas Instruments
Topic: Power Semiconductors

Sean James
Director of Energy Research, Microsoft
Topic:Data Centers: Disruptive Facility Architectures with Fuel Cells and Load Side Integration

Jason Busch
Executive Director, Pacific Ocean Energy Trust
Topic: Ocean Energy

Dr. Jiaqi Liang
Director of Power Electronics, Hyperloop One
Topic: Hyperloop - Creating the Future of Transportation

Learn More
Visit the ECCE website for more information on ECCE 2018 and to register.
Call for Papers 2019 IEEE Industry Applications Annual Meeting
The 2019 IEEE Industry Applications Society Annual Meeting will be held 29 September-3 October 2019 in Baltimore, MD, USA. It will address the technical interests related to industrial applications of electrical energy. Note that while the 2019 IAS Annual Meeting and the 2019 Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition will be co-located in Baltimore, 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 below. For papers, draft manuscripts (NOT abstracts or digests alone) should be submitted by e-mail to the individuals identified below. Proposals for Tutorials (which may range from four hours to eight hours) should include a detailed outline as well as a list of presenters and their credentials.

The Tutorial Program is seeking proposals for presentations on topics in the general technical area of industrial applications of electrical energy, please send outlines and presenter details to: Dr. Joe Sottile by 1 May 2019 at

The Metals Industry Committee is soliciting papers relating to making, shaping, or treating of metals. Drafts of proposed papers should be sent to Prof. Braz J. Cardoso Filho at

The Power Systems Engineering Committee is soliciting papers relating to electrical safety and to design, analysis, maintenance or monitoring of electrical generation or distribution systems in industrial, commercial or institutional facilities. Drafts of proposed papers should be sent to Dr. Fabio Freschi at

The Industrial Lighting and Display Committee is soliciting papers relating to light sources and drivers, and display power supplies and more general in lighting system and display technology. Drafts of proposed papers should be sent to Technical Committee Program Chair, Prof. Kazutake Uehira at

The Industrial Automation and Control Committee is seeking papers that address the applications of electrical and electronic control devices, sensors, systems, and methods to the conversion, regulation and utilization of electricity for the control of industrial processes and manufacturing. Drafts of proposed papers should be submitted online at Any issues with the online submission system should be sent to the Technical Committee Program Chair, Dr. Babak Nahid-Mobarakeh at

The Electrostatic Processes Committee is seeking papers on topics related to fundamentals and industrial applications of electrostatics including but not limited to electrohydrodynamics, electrostatic measurements, computational electrostatics, electrostatic precipitation and separation, coronas and gas discharges, and ESD/EOS. Draft of the proposed papers should be sent to the Technical Committee Program Chair, Prof Maciej at A. Noras

The Power Systems Protection Committee is soliciting papers relating to the protection of power generation and distribution systems in industrial, commercial or institutional facilities, including both fault protection and surge protection. Drafts of proposed papers should be sent to the Technical Committee Program Chair, Mr. Rob Hoerauf at

The Energy Systems Committee is soliciting papers related to distributed energy resources, energy management, system planning and related issues in industrial, commercial or institutional facilities. Drafts of proposed papers should be sent to the Technical Committee Program Chair, Dr. Yuan-Kang Wu at

The Codes and Standards Committee is soliciting papers related to electrical codes and standards governing the electrical infrastructure in industrial or commercial facilities. Drafts of proposed papers should be sent to the Technical Committee Program Chair, Mr. Marcelo Valdes at

The Mining Industry Committee is seeking papers related to electrical applications and operations in mines. Drafts of proposed papers should be sent to the Technical Committee Program Chair, Dr. David C Mazur at

The Working Group for Nuclear Applications is soliciting papers relating to Nuclear Technology and its applications (both power and non-power). Drafts of proposed papers should be sent to Ms. Julie Clark at

The Data Center Subcommittee is soliciting papers relating to best practices for data centers. The papers should focus on design, analysis, monitoring, maintenance, safety or operations of data centers. Drafts of full proposed papers should be sent to Tom Johnson at

Author Deadlines:
  • 15 March 2019: Submission of full drafts of proposed papers to the respective individual identified above.
  • 15 May 2019: Notification of acceptance or rejection by the respective technical committees.
  • 15 June 2019: Authors to receive instructions for submission of final conference manuscripts
  • 15 July 2019: Deadline for submission of final conference manuscripts to ScholarOne Manuscripts
Note that the author deadlines for the IAS Annual Meeting may be different from the author deadlines for ECCE.

General Requirements: Authors must submit a draft of the proposed paper for evaluation by the sponsoring Technical Committee. Abstracts or digests alone will not be considered. One author must be designated as the corresponding author, and an email address must be provided for that person. All correspondence will be conducted via email. Authors are responsible for assuring that email sent to the corresponding author will NOT be blocked by a spam filter.

At least one author must register to attend the conference and pay the full conference registration fee prior to submitting each final manuscript. IEEE Student members, IEEE Life Members, and unemployed attendees must select a full conference registration to qualify to submit papers. Authors are limited to submitting no more than four manuscripts against each full registration. Papers in the main technical program will be archived in IEEE Xplore. Papers that are scheduled for presentation but not actually presented will not be archived in Xplore. Final manuscripts for the conference record will be submitted electronically via the IAS ScholarOne Manuscripts site. All papers will be scanned for plagiarism in CrossCheck. The submitting author must execute an IEEE Copyright Transfer at the time of manuscript submission.

All papers sponsored for presentation by the Power System Engineering Power System Protection, Energy Systems, Codes and Standards, and Metals Industry and Mining Industry Committees will be reviewed for possible publication in IEEE Transactions on Industry Application or IEEE Industry Applications Magazine, and authors will receive feedback from this review following the 2019 IAS Annual Meeting. Note that to satisfy IEEE requirements, authors may be required to revise their papers during the course of the review.

Authors of papers sponsored for presentation by the Industrial Automation and Control, Electrostatic Processes, and Industrial Lighting and Display Committees may request that revised versions of their paper(s) be reviewed for publication following presentation at the 2019 IAS Annual Meeting.

Not all IAS Technical Committees hold sessions at the IAS Annual Meeting every year. If a committee is not listed in this call for papers, you should contact the appropriate IAS Technical Committee or Department Chair for more information. The 2019 Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition will take place in Baltimore at the same time as the IAS Annual Meeting, and there may be additional opportunities to present papers at ECCE (paper submission deadlines may be different from AM).

Student Activities and Program: Students are encouraged to participate in the Annual Meeting and are welcome to submit papers for the Student Program being organized by the IAS Chapters and Membership Department. It is not necessary or expected that student presentations will be accompanied by formal manuscripts. Student papers are not included in the Annual Meeting Conference Record or archived in IEEE Xplore and are not eligible for publication in IEEE Transactions on Industry Application or IEEE Industry Applications Magazine.

Zucker Travel Grants are available to provide financial support for selected students attending the Annual Meeting; for further information, visit our website.
IAS Conference Calendar
We hold numerous conferences/workshops throughout the year. Please refer to the IAS Conference website for a full listing.

2018 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE)
23-27 September 2018
Portland, OR, USA

2018 IEEE Industry Applications Society Annual Meeting (IAS)
23-27 September 2018
Portland, OR, USA

2018 IEEE Petroleum and Chemical Industry Technical Conference (PCIC)
24-26 September 2018
Cincinnati, OH USA

2018 21st International Conference on Electrical Machines and Systems (ICEMS)
7-10 October 2018
Jeju-si, Korea (South)

2018 7th International Conference on Renewable Energy Research and Applications (ICRERA)
14-17 October 2018
Paris, France

2018 2nd International Conference on Energy Conservation and Efficiency (ICECE)
16-17 October 2018
Lahore, Pakistan

2018 Seminar on Power Electronics and Control (SEPOC)
21-24 October 2018
Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil

2018 2nd IEEE International Conference on Power Electronics, Intelligent Control and Energy Systems (ICPEICES)
22-24 October 2018
New Delhi, India

2018 IEEE CIC East Coast Technical Meeting (ECTM)
25-26 October 2018
Allentown, PA USA

2018 Asian Conference on Energy, Power and Transportation Electrification (ACEPT)
30 October - 2 November 2018
Singapore, Singapore

2018 International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (INDEL)
1-3 November 2018
Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

2018 5th IEEE Uttar Pradesh Section International Conference on Electrical, Electronics and Computer Engineering (UPCON)
2-4 November 2018
Gorakhpur, India

2018 IEEE 59th International Scientific Conference on Power and Electrical Engineering of Riga Technical University (RTUCON)
12-14 November 2018
Riga, Latvia

2018 International Conference on Smart Grid (icSmartGrid)
4-6 December 2018
Nagasaki, Japan

2018 IEEE Student Conference on Electric Machines and Systems
14-16 December 2018
HuZhou, China

2018 IEEE International Conference on Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Systems (PEDES)
18-21 December 2018
Chennai, India

2018 IEEE International Conference on Information and Automation for Sustainability (ICIAfS)
21-22 December 2018
Colombo, Sri Lanka

2019 IEEE Texas Power and Energy conference (TPEC)
7-8 February 2019
College Station, TX USA

2019 International Conference on Industrial Applications of Engineering Sciences (ICIAES)
9 February 2019
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2019 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Technology (ICIT)
13-15 February 2019
Melbourne, Australia

2019 IEEE International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies and Systems (ICSETS)
26 February - 1 March 2019

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