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IEEE IAS Newsletter
February 2017
In this issue
  • Did You Know?
  • Nominations for IEEE Fellow
  • Call for Papers: IAS Annual Meeting
  • New Offering for IAS Members
  • IAS Webinars
  • First Industrial and Commercial Power System European Conference
  • IAS Distinguished Lecturers 2017-2018
  • IAS Society-Level Awards
  • 6th International Youth Conference on Energy
  • 2017 IEEE International Electric Machines and Drives Conference
  • 2017 IEEE International Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo
  • IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition
  • IAS Chapters and Membership Department Programs
  • IEEE International Conference on Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Systems
  • 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 History of Magna-Power Electronics: The Path to a Vertically Integrated U.S. Electronics Manufacturer [History]"
  • "Driving Toward Accessibility: A Review of Technological Improvements for Electric Machines, Power Electronics, and Batteries for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles"
  • "Behind the Scenes of IEEE 1683: A Look into the Creation of a Standard"
  • "Motor and Drive-System Efficiency Regulations: Review of Regulations in the United States and Europe"
  • "Modernizing Substation Automation Systems: Adopting IEC Standard 61850 for Modeling and 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 for some excellent online tutorials on machines, fuel cells, batteries, and other topics.


About the 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?
"Did You Know" is a new column focused on benefits and information for IAS members. Each month we will offer a few facts about a different topic.

  • IAS has a channel on
  • You can obtain Professional Development Hours (PDH) credits by attending IAS monthly technical webinars

IEEE Fellow Program: deadline for nominations is 1 March
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.

To learn more about the history of the IEEE Fellow grade, the elevation process, and how the program evolved through the years to become the program it is today, please visit their website.

If you need assistance for writing a strong recommendation please review the Recommendation Guide to Writing an Effective Fellow Nomination.

Nominations are only accepted through the IEEE Fellows online system.

The nominator must submit a nomination before a reference or endorser can complete the support form.

Please note that the 1 March deadline is not flexible. All forms (nomination, reference, and endorsement) must be received no later than 1 March.

Call for Papers - IAS Annual Meeting

The 2017 IEEE Industry Applications Society Annual Meeting will address the technical interests related to industrial applications of electrical energy. Meeting papers are solicited on subjects pertaining to the scope of the participating Technical Committees of the IEEE Industry Applications Society, as listed on our Call for Papers.

Author Deadlines:
  • 1 April 2017: Submission of full drafts of proposed papers to the respective technical committee identified above.
  • 1 June 2017: Notification of acceptance or rejection by the respective technical committees.
  • 1 July 2017: Authors to receive instructions for submission of final conference manuscripts.
  • 31 July 2017: Deadline for submission of final conference manuscripts to ScholarOne Manuscripts.

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. 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 Webinars
Our next webinar, "GaN Devices" presented by Dr. Alex Lidow, CEO and co-founder of Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) on 1 March

To register for the webinar, please visit our website.

If you have any comments about the webinar program, or would like a particular topic addressed, please send an email to


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.


IAS Distinguished Lecturers 2017-2018
The IAS Distinguished Lecturers list for 2017-2018 has been released:
  • Alireza Khaligh, Senior Member, Region 2
    Associate Professor, Director of the Maryland Power Electronics Laboratory (MPEL) at the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department and the Institute for Systems Research (ISR) at the University of Maryland at College Park (UMCP), ML, USA

  • Suresh Channarasappa, Senior Member, Region 2
    Fellow Engineer, Westinghouse Electric Company, Monroeville PA, USA

  • Wei-Jen Lee, Fellow, Region 5
    Professor of the Electrical Engineering Department and the Director of the Energy Systems Research Center, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington TX, USA

  • Akshay Kumar Rathore, Senior Member, Region 7
    Associate Professor, Concordia University Montreal, Canada

  • Ambrish Chandra, Fellow, Region 7
    Professor, Electrical Engineering Department at École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS), Université du Québec, Montréal, Canada

  • Blake Lloyd, Fellow, Region 7
    Director of Development, Iris Power, Mississauga, ON, Canada

  • Frede Blaabjerg, Fellow, Region 8
    Professor of Power Electronics and Drives, University of Aalborg, Denmark

  • Anthony C. Davies, Life Fellow, Region 8
    Emeritus Professor, King´s College London, London, United Kingdom

  • Stephen Jon Finney, Senior Member, Region 8
    Professor, Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Conversion Group, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland

  • Maria Ines Valla, Fellow, Region 9
    Professor, Head of the Power Electronics Group at the Industrial Electronics, Control and Instrumentation Laboratory (LEICI), Electrical Engineering Department, Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP), La Plata, Argentina

  • Mohammad Rezwan Khan, Senior Member, Region 10
    Professor, Vice Chancellor, United International University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

  • Jin-Woo Ahn, Senior Member, Region 10
    Professor, Department of Electrical and Mechatronics Engineering, Kyungsung University, Busan, Korea
The detailed information of the new distinguished lecturers, the lecture topics and the DL/PL Program are available on the IAS website.


IAS Society-Level Awards
From 1 January - 15 March 2017, nominations will be accepted for the IAS Society-Level Awards. Submission sites are now OPEN! Only online nominations will be considered. Self-nomination is not permitted.

IEEE Outstanding Achievement Award
(first presented in 1969)

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: any of the following criteria apply:
  • 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 the IAS
  • Executive or managerial contribution in the organization or operation of enterprises as associated with the scope of the IAS
Presentation: At the IAS Annual Meeting

Distinguished Service Award
(first presented in 1988)

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
Presentation: At the IAS Annual Meeting

IEEE IAS Andrew W. Smith Outstanding Young Member Award
(established in 1996 and renamed in 2009)

This award recognizes outstanding achievement and contribution to the profession through involvement in IEEE IAS activities by an IAS member younger than 35 years of age.
Prize: US$2,500, plaque and travel expenses to attend the IAS Annual Meeting
Eligibility: Nominees must be younger than age 35 at the specified award nomination due date. To be considered as a nominee, a one-page form must be completed describing IAS activities and associated contributions made by the nominee. The form must be submitted and received by the IAS President before 15 March.

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
  • Standards working groups
Presentation: The selected recipient is notified by 1 June and arrangements for receiving the award are made. Presentation of the award is at the IEEE IAS Annual Meeting, usually held in October.

IEEE IAS Outstanding Young Member Service Award
(established in 2015)

This award recognizes an individual younger than 35 years of age, who, through dedication and service, distinguished him/herself to IAS.
Prize: US$2,500, plaque, and travel reimbursement to an IAS conference for recognition
Eligibility: Members of the IEEE Industry Applications Society younger than 35 years of age are eligible.

Basis for judging:
  • 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
Presentation: The award will be presented annually at an IAS financially-sponsored conference.

IEEE Industry Applications Society Kliman Award Nominations are now open!

To nominate a colleague for the IAS Kliman Award, download the appropriate forms from and submit them to Dr. Annette Muetze as requested on the form. The deadline for submission is 1 June 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 International Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo, Asia-Pacific (ITEC Asia-Pacific 2017)

2017 IEEE International Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo, Asia-Pacific (ITEC Asia-Pacific 2017) will be held in Harbin, China, 2-5 August 2017. It is hosted by Harbin Institute of Technology, China. Serving as a key political, economic, scientific, cultural and communications hub in Northeast China, Harbin is well known for its bitterly cold winters, beautiful snow and ice sculptures and is often called the "Ice City." ITEC Asia-Pacific 2017 is part of a global series of IEEE ITEC conferences, all dedicated to promoting the development of electrical technologies for transportation, land, rail, air and sea. Please, visit our website for more info.

We are currently soliciting papers for this conference.

Important dates:
15 March 2017: Paper submission
30 April 2017: Tutorial proposals submission
15 May 2017: Notification of acceptance
1 July 2017: Final manuscript submission and registration


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:

IEEE International conference on Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Systems (PEDES2016)

by Dr. Jaison Mathew, General Chair, IEEE PEDES2016

The 2016 IEEE International conference on Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Systems (IEEE PEDES2016) was held in Trivandrum, Kerala, India, 14-17 December 2016. The PEDES series of international conferences was started in 1996 and has since acquired the reputation of a high quality technical conference that provide a major forum for the exchange of information among practicing professionals from all over the globe in the areas of Power Electronics, Machines, Drives and Energy Systems. PEDES2016 was sponsored by four IEEE societies: IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS), IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES), IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) and IEEE Power and Energy (PES) societies.

The conference was seventh in the series and it received 816 digests from more than 30 countries. After a rigorous review process, 412 digests were selected for final camera ready submissions (corresponding to an acceptance rate of 50.4%). Around 400 reviewers participated in the review process with minimum two peer reviews per paper. The conference was a huge success with more than 450 participants from 21 countries. The international steering committee of the conference contributed much to the publicity of the conference.

Read more on our website.

See photos from the event.

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

2017 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC)
Tampa, FL, USA
26-30 March 2017
Society Cosponsor

2017 Ninth Annual IEEE Green Technologies Conference (GreenTech)
Denver, CO, USA
29-31 March 2017
Technical Cosponsor

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

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