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IEEE IAS Newsletter
April 2017
In this issue
  • Did You Know?
  • Call for Nominations for TAB Positions
  • New Offering for IAS Members
  • Volunteers needed for Youth STEM Program
  • First Industrial and Commercial Power System European Conference
  • 2017 IAS Industrial and Commercial Power Systems Conference
  • 2017 IEEE Educational Activities Board Awards
  • 6th International Youth Conference on Energy
  • 2017 IEEE International Electric Machines and Drives Conference
  • 2017 IEEE IAS Pulp, Paper and Forest Industries Conference
  • 2017 Brazilian Power Electronics Conference
  • IAS Chapters and Membership Department Programs
  • Obituary
  • 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 Emerging Enernet: Convergence of the Smart Grid with the Internet of Things"
  • "Design and Evaluation of a Digital Control System: An Upgrade from Converters to Resolve Aging and Obsolescence Issues"
  • "Better Control for a Solar Energy System: Using Improved Enhanced Phase-Locked Loop-Based Control Under Variable Solar Intensity"
  • "Solar Energy Used for Grid Connection: A Detailed Assessment Including Frequency Response and Algorithm Comparisons for an Energy Conversion System"
  • "Lighting Up with a Dual-Purpose Driver: A Viable Option for a Light-Emitting Diode Driver for Visible Light Communication"

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:
  • "Error Analysis of Customer Baseline Load (CBL) Calculation Methods for Residential Customers"
  • "Analysis of Voltage Sag Severity Case Study in an Industrial Circuit"
  • "Influence of LV Neutral Grounding on Global Earthing Systems"
  • "Time Synchronization Mechanisms for the Industrial Marketplace"
  • "Comprehensive Protection Strategy for an Islanded Microgrid Using Intelligent Relays"

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 newly-elected IAS Senior members for 2016.

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 2017 IEEE Fellows
The following IAS members have been elevated Fellows for the Class of 2017. Congratulations!
Terry Ericsen
Michael Gard
Bhuvaneswari Gurumoorthy
Jin Jiang
Mark David Kankam
Hulya Kirkici
Sang Bin Lee
Kevin Peterson
Khwaja Rahman
Toshihisa Shimizu
Edson Watanabe
Dianguo Xu

Join the IEEE Transportation Electrification Community

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.


About the IEEE Industry Applications Society Newsletter

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.


Did You Know?
Join IAS on LinkedIn!

LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network. Build your professional identity online and stay in touch with colleagues and classmates.

The IAS LinkedIn group is open to anyone; to date we have more than 4,100 members. Use LinkedIn to connect with colleagues, post articles, news of interest or items for discussion such as solving problems or requests for feedback.

Call for Nominations for Open TAB Positions with Various Deadlines
The Technical Activities Board (TAB) Nominations and Appointments Committee is accepting nominations for these open TAB positions that will be decided during the June IEEE OU Meetings:
  • 2018-2019 Chair, TAB Periodicals Committee (Nomination deadline 17 April 2017).
    Present or past Division Director or Society/Council (S/C) President, or present or past member of the TAB Periodicals Committee
    Appointed by TAB

  • 2018-2019 Members IEEE Conferences Committee (two) (one for a one-year term and one for a two-year term) (Nomination deadline 15 May 2017):
    IEEE Members who have demonstrated conference management experience and experience overseeing a portfolio of conferences. The one year term position is also a member of the Conference Publications Committee
    Appointed by Division Directors' Forum

You can also nominate yourself or a colleague for positions that will be determined during the November IEEE OU Meetings. The open positions include:
  • 2019 IEEE Vice President-Elect, Technical Activities (Nomination deadline 4 September 2017):
    IEEE Fellow or IEEE Senior Member grade, and maintains membership in at least one IEEE Society.
    Final slate determined by TAB and will be included on 2018 IEEE Election Ballot

  • 2018-2019 Member, TAB Finance Committee (two-year term) (Nomination deadline 11 September 2017):
    Present or past S/C President
    Appointed by Presidents' Forum

  • 2018-2020 Member, TAB Management Committee (three-year term) (Nomination deadline 11 September 2017):
    Present or past S/C President, or present or past Division Director
    Appointed by TAB

  • 2018-2019 Members, TAB Nominations and Appointments Committee (two-year term) (Nomination deadline 11 September 2017):
    Present or past S/C Presidents or present or past Division Directors (DD) (one DD needed and two Presidents needed).
    Slates will be finalized in DD and Presidents' Forums. Final appointments made by TAB


New Offering for IAS Members

In an effort to increase member benefits, IAS has created the IAS Resource Center. This Resource Center will house technical information such as webinars, slides and white papers. IAS members will be requested to sign in 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


Global IEEE Volunteers Needed this Summer to Provide STEM Program to Youth
Do you want to raise the awareness and understanding of technology and its impact on society to middle and high school students from around the world? The IEEE emeritbadges STEM Project is a global pre-university technology education program for boys and girls. emeritbadges has developed a program to foster the accomplishment of its vision around the Electricity Merit Badge and the Electronics Merit Badge programs. A group of volunteers is needed to implement most of the project objectives at the 2017 National Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean, West Virginia from 15-29 July 2017. The jamboree will be attended by thousands of boys and girls from around the world.

YOU are needed to staff the Electricity and Electronics Merit Badge booth in the STEM Quest area at the 2017 National Jamboree. Global volunteers are also needed to participate in train-the-trainer sessions to learn how to teach the basics of electricity and electronics to boys and girls in their local communities.

Contact Ralph W. Russell II at to volunteer to spend a week or two in the scenic West Virginia mountains adjacent to the New River Gorge National River area to teach boys and girls the basics of electricity and electronics. We also need help with the planning and prep for the event.


First Industrial and Commercial Power System European Conference (I&CPS)
The first Industrial and Commercial Power System European Conference will take place 6-9 June 2017 in Milan, Italy.

The scope of the Industrial and Commercial Power Systems Department includes all matters within the scope of IAS relating to the technology of electric power generation, transmission or distribution in industrial, commercial and institutional facilities, and within that segment of industry associated specifically with rural or agricultural applications.

The scope also includes the creation of related technical standards governing such applications. The objective of I&CPS shall be the advancement of the theory and practice of engineering as it relates to design and management of electrical power systems and comfort conditioning systems within industrial plants, commercial buildings and institutional facilities, and electrical power systems that serve primarily agricultural areas. The fields of electronics and computer science as applied to industrial and commercial power systems or to electrical comfort conditioning also fall within the objectives of I&CPS.

Topics eligible to be presented for this conference include (but are not limited to):
  • Power system engineering
  • Power system design, forensic, power system grounding, power system analysis, education and healthcare, power system reliability, emergency & standby systems, maintenance-operation-safety, ports and harbors, power quality
  • Power system protection
  • Low voltage protection, medium voltage protection, surge protection, generator and ground fault protection of medium voltage installations
  • Energy systems
  • Distributed energy resources
  • Codes and standards

For additional information, please visit the conference website.


Registration is open for the 2017 IAS Industrial and Commercial Power Systems Conference (I&CPS)
The 2017 I&CPS 2017 Technical Conference will be held 8-11 May 2017 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

Registration is open.

2017 IEEE Educational Activities Board Awards
The IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) is currently seeking nominations for its prestigious annual awards, which recognize major contributions to engineering and technical education. The deadline for submitting a nomination is 1 May 2017 and you may nominate an IEEE member, IEEE Section, IEEE Society, or outside organization. Nominations are sought for the following awards:
  • Meritorious Achievement Award in Accreditation Activities
  • Meritorious Achievement Award in Continuing Education
  • Meritorious Achievement Award in Informal Education
  • Major Educational Innovation Award
  • Pre-University Educator Award
  • Meritorious Service Citation
  • Standards Education Award
  • Employer Professional Development Award
  • Society/Council Professional Development Award
  • Section Professional Development Award
  • IEEE Life Members Graduate Study Fellowship in Electrical Engineering
  • The Charles LeGeyt Fortescue Scholarship
  • IEEE-HKN Outstanding Young Professional Award
  • IEEE-HKN C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Teacher Award
  • IEEE-HKN Vladimir Karapetoff Outstanding Technical Achievement Award
  • IEEE-HKN Distinguished Service Award
A description of each award and the applicable nomination forms can be found on their website.

The submission deadline for nominations is 1 May 2017.


6th International Youth Conference on Energy (IYCE)
The 6th International Youth Conference on Energy (IYCE) will be held In Budapest, Hungary, 21-24 June 2017.

Our main aim is to provide an opportunity to young professionals (undergraduate, MSc, PhD students and entrant engineers) to present their work in a friendly international environment, to enjoy Budapest and to make new connections for the future. Contributions are welcomed from any field related to energy and power engineering. For additional information, please visit our website.

Final papers will be published in IEEE Xplore.


2017 IEEE International Electric Machines and Drives Conference (IEMDC)

The IEEE International Electric Machines and Drives Conference (IEMDC) has been established as a major event. Its inaugural conference was held in Milwaukee, WI, USA in 1997. The IEMDC 2017 anniversary session will be held 21-24 May 2017 in beautiful and sunny Miami, FL, USA close to many tourist attractions and just across the causeway to Miami Beach and the Art Deco District.

The scope of the conference includes technology advances in design, analysis, manufacturing and measurements for electrical machines and drives. Topics covered include rotating electrical machines; special machines, sensors, and actuators; electrical drives; condition monitoring, fault detection, noise and vibration; embedded applications. IEMDC 2017 will include oral and poster technical sessions for papers describing original and previously unpublished work, plenary sessions with invited speakers, tutorials, and exhibits. To learn more about IEMDC 2017, please visit the conference website.


2017 IEEE IAS Pulp, Paper and Forest Industries Conference

We would like to invite you to the 63rd Annual Pulp, Paper and Forest Industries Technical Conference, to be held 18-23 June 2017 in the "City of Glass," Tacoma, WA, USA. Please come to the Evergreen state in the beautiful US Northwest and join us at the recently renovated Hotel Murano in the heart of Tacoma. The website is now open for registration.


2017 Brazilian Power Electronics Conference (COBEP)

The Brazilian Power Electronics Conference is one of the most important Brazilian forums for researchers in power electronics. It is an outstanding opportunity to present our work and interact with each other, strengthening the participation of industry and academia. The 14th edition of COBEP is being organized by the Brazilian Power Electronics Society (SOBRAEP) and by the Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF). The conference will be held 19-22 November 2017 in the city of Juiz de Fora, state of Minas Gerais (MG), Brazil.

The main topics of the conference include:
  • Power converter topologies and design
  • Electrical machines, motor drives and motion control
  • Modeling, simulation and control in power electronics
  • Power quality, harmonics and reactive power compensation
  • Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and electromagnetic interference (EMI)
  • Power electronics in renewable energy systems
  • Power electronics in smart grid and utility applications
  • Power semiconductor devices, packaging, magnetic materials and passive components
  • Power electronics in lighting applications
  • Automotive, aerospace and transportation applications of power electronics
  • Industrial, commercial and residential applications of power electronics
  • Education and special topics

Opening of submission system: 2 April
Paper submission deadline: 10 May
Notification of acceptance: 29 July
Final paper submission: 28 August

For more information and call for papers, please visit their website.


IAS Chapters and Member Development (CMD) Chapter and Member Programs

The IAS CMD Chapter and member promotion programs, Chapter contests and travel award applications for 2017 have been launched. For details, please visit these sites:

Obituary: Thomas George Wilson
It is with great sadness that we inform you that Dr. Thomas G. Wilson Sr. passed away peacefully on Saturday, 25 February 2017. He was 91 years old. He was the 4th President of the IEEE Power Electronics Council/Society.

The obituary from his family can be found at this website.

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

2017 IEEE Workshop on Electrical Machines Design, Control and Diagnosis (WEMDCD)
Nottingham, United Kingdom
20-21 April 2017

2017 IEEE Rural Electric Power Conference (REPC)
Columbus, OH, USA
23-26 April 2017
Society Sponsor

2017 IEEE/IAS 53rd Industrial and Commercial Power Systems Technical Conference (I&CPS)
Niagara Falls, ON, Canada
7-11 May 2017
Society Sponsor

2017 IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference
Calgary, AB, Canada
18-25 May 2017
Society Cosponsor

2017 IEEE International Electric Machines & Drives Conference (IEMDC)
Miami, FL, USA
21-24 May 2017
Society Cosponsor

2017 International Conference on Optimization of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (OPTIM) & 2017 Intl Aegean Conference on Electrical Machines and Power Electronics (ACEMP)
Fundata, Romania
25-27 May 2017
Technical Cosponsor

2017 IEEE Workshop on Power Electronics and Power Quality Applications (PEPQA)
Bogota, Colombia
31 May - 2 June 2017
Technical Cosponsor

2017 IEEE International Conference on Environment and Electrical Engineering and 2017 IEEE Industrial and Commercial Power Systems Europe (EEEIC / I&CPS Europe)
Milan, Italy
6-9 June 2017
Society Cosponsor

2017 IEEE Pulp, Paper and Forest Industries Conference (PPFIC)
Tacoma, WA, USA
18-23 June 2017
Society Sponsor

2017 6th International Youth Conference on Energy (IYCE)
Budapest, Hungary
21-24 June 2017
Technical Cosponsor

2017 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo (ITEC)
Chicago, IL, USA
22-24 June 2017
Society Cosponsor

2017 9th International Conference on Electronics, Computers and Artificial Intelligence (ECAI)
Targoviste, Romania
29 June - 1 July 2017
Technical Cosponsor

2017 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo, Asia-Pacific (ITEC Asia-Pacific)
Harbin, China
2-5 August 2017
Society Cosponsor

2017 IEEE 11th International Symposium on Diagnostics for Electrical Machines, Power Electronics and Drives (SDEMPED)
Tinos, Greece
29 August-1 September 2017
Society Cosponsor

2017 11th International Symposium on Linear Drives for Industry Applications (LDIA)
Osaka, Japan
6-8 September 2017
Technical Cosponsor

2017 IEEE Petroleum and Chemical Industry Technical Conference (PCIC 2017)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
17-20 September 2017
Society Sponsor

2017 IEEE International Symposium on Sensorless Control for Electrical Drives (SLED)
Catania, Italy
18-19 September 2017
Technical Cosponsor

2017 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE)
Cincinnati, OH, USA
1-5 October 2017
Society Cosponsor

2017 IEEE Industry Applications Society Annual Meeting
Cincinnati, OH, USA
1-5 October 2017
Society Sponsor

2017 IEEE 58th International Scientific Conference on Power and Electrical Engineering of Riga Technical University (RTUCON)
Riga, Latvia
12-13 October 2017
Society Cosponsor

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