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IEEE IAS Newsletter
December 2017
In this issue
  • Did You Know?
  • Overlength Page Charges
  • International Future Energy Challenge
  • eTechNxT 2018 Call for Papers
  • Bob Lorenz
  • IEEE Industry Applications Magazine Now Available as PDF in IEEE Xplore
  • 2018 IEEE International Transportation Electrification Conference
  • IEEE IAS Electrical Safety, Technical, Maintenance and Projects Workshop
  • Errata to Industry Applications Magazine
  • IAS Industrial and Commercial Power Systems (I&CPS) Conference Call for Papers
  • 2018 IEEE Symposium on Power Semiconductor Devices and ICs
  • IEEE PowerAfrica Conference 2018
  • 4th Summer Academy on Energy
  • 2018 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Expo
  • IEEE Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Systems Conference
  • 2018 IEEE/IAS - PCIC Conference
  • 2018 IEEE Power and Energy Conference
  • Special Issue: Emerging Topics in Lighting, 2018
  • 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:
  • "Ceramic Bearings for Electric Motors: Eliminating Damage with New Materials"
  • "Making the Leap to Electric Motors and Adjustable-Speed Drives: A Case Study of a 20,000-hp Gas Turbine-Driven Compressor"
  • "Installation and Maintenance of Synchronous Motors: What Separates the Best Motors from the Ordinary Ones"
  • "Differential Protection With Critical Motors and Motor Applications: What You Didn't Know"
  • "Magnetic Materials Used in Electrical Machines: A Comparison and Selection Guide for Early Machine Design"

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:
  • " Microgrid Modular Design for Tribal Healthcare Facilities: Kayenta Health Center PV System Case Study"
  • " Axial Position Estimation of Conical Shaped Motors for Aerospace Traction Applications"
  • " Solar Photovoltaic Array Dependent Dual Output Converter Based Water Pumping Using Switched Reluctance Motor Driv"
  • " NO Abatement Using Microwave Micro Plasma Generated With Granular Activated Carbon"
  • " A Nonlinear Observer for Rotor Flux Estimation of Induction Motor Considering the Estimated Magnetization Characteristic"

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 2017 IEEE Fellows
The following IAS members have been elected to the IEEE Fellow Class of 2017.
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.


IEEE Industry Applications Society Newsletter

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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?
IAS holds monthly technical webinars that are free to IAS members. The webinars are recorded and placed in the IAS Resource Center with the webinar slides (with the presenter's permission). Professional Development Hours (PDH) are available after the live webinar.

Chapters are encouraged to hold Chapter meetings during the webinar or use the recorded webinar to connect and network Chapter members while providing educational opportunities.

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.
International Future Energy Challenge (IFEC)
The Industry Application Society is one of the sponsors of the annual International Future Energy Challenge. IFEC is an international student competition for innovation, conservation, and effective use of electrical energy, which is open to college and university student teams from recognized engineering programs in any location. IEEE-IAS Industrial Power Conversion Systems Department Department Chair, Po-Tai Cheng is one of the judges for the conference.

The goal of IFEC 2018 is to develop a high-efficiency high power density isolated bidirectional DC-DC converter for residential energy storage systems. For more information on IFEC, watch the video.

Engineer Infinite (eTechNxT) 2018 Call For Papers
IEEE Delhi Section and IEEE UP Section along with IEEMA, Indian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers Association are jointly organizing an International Conference "ENGINEER INFINITE" from 13-14 March 2018, along with ELECRAMA at India Expo Mart, Greater Noida, NCR, India.

The conference is technically co-sponsored by IEEE Power & Energy Society and IEEE Industry Applications Society

The prime objective of this international conference is to connect the Electrical & Electronics industries to Research, Academia and bring out new technologies/products & markets that are "NxT".

The theme of conference is “Showcase of Technology Next” focused on the following four tracks
  • Track 1:Digital Transformation of Power Delivery
  • Track 2: Energy Storage Systems and Solutions
  • Track 3: IoT, AI and Electricity, AIE
  • Track 4: e - Transportation
Paper Submission Link
Conference Website

Please feel free to contact Dr. Mahesh Bundele; for any clarifications on paper submission.
Keep Bob Lorenz in Your Thoughts
Some of you may be aware that Professor Bob Lorenz is currently battling cancer and is undergoing treatments to control the pain and help him continue to be productive for as long as possible. Bob continues to work as hard as he can-he's a fighter, as we know!

We know his colleagues and friends around the world are concerned and want to reach out with their love and healing thoughts. Bob's family created a website on Caring Bridge, please post your comments there as it will be difficult for Bob to receive and respond to emails. Please keep Bob and his family in your thoughts.

IEEE Industry Applications Magazine Now Available as PDF in IEEE Xplore

The IEEE Industry Applications Magazine is now available as a full-issue PDF download. When you go to the current issue page, you will see an icon "Get Entire Issue Now." Click on that and you will be able to view and download the issue. This is available to anyone who has access to IAS Magazine via IEEE Xplore.

2018 IEEE International Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo Asia-Pacific
The 2018 IEEE International Transportation Electrification Conference and EXPO Asia-Pacific (ITEC-AP 2018) will be held 6-9 June 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand.

It is a technical conference and industry exhibition dedicated to electrified vehicles and components, subsystems, and systems for all types of electrified vehicles and transportation systems (land, air, space, and sea). ITEC-AP 2018 will be hosted by the Electric Vehicle Association of Thailand (EVAT) and is part of a global series of ITEC conferences taking place around the world (North America, Asia, India, and Europe) to help engineers, researchers and decision makers exchange information and knowledge on electrified transportation technologies.

The paper submission deadline is 31 January 2018. View the call for papers at their 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!

Errata to Industry Applications Magazine, Chapter News column, Vol. 2017 Nov Dec, pp. 78-79
Listed below is the new organization and leadership structure for the 2018 IAS IAS Chapters and Membership Department:

Chapter Development Committee
Chair: Peter Magyar
Chapter Promotion Programs Standing Committee
Chair: Lesley Arakkal
Travel Awards and Events Standing Committee
Chair: Blake Lloyd

2018 IEEE-IAS Industrial and Commercial Power Systems (I&CPS) Conference Call for Papers
The IEEE-IAS Industrial and Commercial Power Systems Conference invites you to submit papers for presentation at the 2018 54th Annual I&CPS Conference which will be held 7-10 May 2018 at the Marriott on the Falls, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

The general scope of the conference is to provide practical information about the planning, design, construction, operation and analysis of industrial and commercial power systems. Some examples of the topics annually presented for this conference are Power Systems Engineering, Power System Protection, Energy Systems and Codes and Standards For more information view the Call for Papers.

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.

Important Dates:
Short Course speaker notification: 15 December 2017
Author notification: 22 December 2017
Final manuscript submission deadline: 15 March 2018

View the Call for Papers.

IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES)-IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) PowerAfrica Conference 2018
The IEEE PES-IAS PowerAfrica Conference 2018 will be hosted by Tshwane University of Technology in River Club, Cape Town, South Africa, 26-29 June 2018. PES and IAS have joined forces to coordinate the latest international forum on clean and affordable energy pathways in support of the sustainable development goals (SDGs). The conference will emphasize affordable and clean energy solutions pursued and deployed in African settings, as enabled by suitable system integrations, business models, technological advances, policies, and regulatory stances.

Important dates:
Submission of full papers: 22 January 2018
Acceptance notifications: 19 February 2018
Final revised papers due on: 5 March 2018

Download the call for papers here or visit our website.

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:
Digest submission: 15 January 2018
Author notification: 1 May 2018
Final papers with IEEE copyright forms: 30 July 2018

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 and 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
The Petroleum and Chemical Industry Conference 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

IEEE Power and Energy Conference (PECI)
23-24 February 2018

Join us at PECI 2018, the 9th Annual Power and Energy Conference at Illinois, a perfect venue to investigate future power and energy technology and research. This conference assembles experts drawn from academia and industry to participate in a forum for technical presentations and engage in professional development.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is centrally located for IEEE Region 4 universities and major power and energy companies. Graduate student-organized and led, PECI 2018 promotes discourse and collaboration broadly across the power and energy disciplines.

Call for Papers and Posters
All aspects of power and energy systems are welcome at PECI 2018. Major topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Power Systems
  • Power Electronics
  • Machines, Electromechanics, and Drives
  • Renewable Energy Technologies
  • Energy Markets and Demand Response
  • System Reliability and Control
  • Emerging Power and Energy Technologies

Papers presented at the conference will be included in proceedings published through IEEE Xplore. Poster presentations are primarily intended for undergraduates. Submissions, registration, organizing committee, and lodging details are available at

This conference is organized by the IEEE PELS/PES/IAS Joint Student Chapter at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Faculty Advisers Prof. Kiruba Haran and Robert Pilawa-Podgurski.

Special Issue: Emerging Topics in Lighting, 2018
IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics (JESTPE)
Scheduled Publication Date: September 2018

The drive for more efficient and smarter ways to use electrical energy is increasingly prevalent. Lighting, as the most common and naturally the most constant form of load, constitutes a significant portion of the total electricity consumption in all buildings. Therefore, it has a high energy-saving potential to optimize the lighting system, including both the lighting sources and their supply, towards better efficiency.

Currently, LED lamps are replacing traditional incandescent lamps due to advantages in efficiency, life span and fast response. With the development of LED packing and coating technology, the cost of the LEDs will be further decreased and they will be more widely used in different applications. Besides, discharge lamps, like fluorescent lamps, metal halide lamps and sodium vapor lamps are still being used in many applications owing to their several advantages. Both the LEDs and the discharge lamps require a current-regulating driving circuit, which is a critical factor influencing the efficiency of the lighting system and still calls for improvements.

  • Manuscript Submission Deadline: 31 December 2017
  • Final Acceptance Notification: 20 May 2018
  • Manuscripts Forwarded to IEEE for Publication: 1 June 2018
  • Special Issue Appears in IEEE JESTPE: 1 September 2018
View the Call for Papers.

IAS Society-Level Awards
From 1 January 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

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.

2017 IEEE International Conference on Industrial and Information Systems (ICIIS)
Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
15-16 December 2017
Technical Cosponsor

2018 International Conference on Power, Instrumentation, Control and Computing (PICC)
18-20 January 2018
Thrissur, India

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

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