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IEEE IAS Newsletter
February 2016
In this issue
  • IAS Webinars
  • Renew Your IAS Membership
  • 2016 IAS Award Nominations
  • 2017 IAS Open Positions
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Call for Papers
  • Register for Free Workshop
  • IAS Conferences
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IEEE Industry Applications Magazine
The Jan/Feb 2016 issue of IEEE Industry Applications Magazine is in the mail and is retrievable now from IEEE Xplore, the IEEE online digital library.

All IEEE Industry Applications Magazine subscribers can access the online edition using their IEEE Account.

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Feature articles in this issue include:
  • "Common Questions on Partial Discharge Testing: A Review of Recent Developments in IEEE and IEC Standards for Offline and Online Testing of Motor and Generator Stator Windings"
  • "Standards for Ships and Oil Platforms: A Review of the Latest from the IEEE and IEC"
  • "Area Classification Is Not a Copy-and-Paste Process: Performing Reliable Hazardous-Area-Classification Studies"
  • "Improving the Energy Efficiency of Air Compressor Rooms: A Methodological Tool for the Topology Optimization of Air Compressor Rooms"
  • "Symmetrical, Total, and Peak-Oh My: Is Current All I Use to Select My Circuit Breaker?"
  • "Ensuring Stable Operation with Grid Codes: A Look at Canadian Wind Farm Interconnections"
  • "Service Continuity Safety by Design: The Relevance of Electrical Power-System Architectures in Hospitals"

Volunteer Opportunities
IAS is seeking qualified volunteers to work on publications, committee, 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 2015.

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.

IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification
The IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification (T-TE), first published in 2015, is now in full gear, accepting papers on any aspect of transportation electrification, including on-road, off-road, off-highway, and rail vehicles, airplanes, and ships.

While regular contributions are welcome, below are the deadlines for our 2016 special issues:
  • Special Issue on Marine Systems Electrification (Deadline: 29 February 2016)
  • Special Issue on High-Speed Electric Machines and Drives including with Rare Earth Magnet Alternatives (Deadline: 31 March 2016)
  • Special Issue on Wireless Charging Systems (Deadline: 30 June 2016)
  • Special Issue on More Electric Aircraft (Deadline: 30 September 2016)

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 one of our upcoming newsletters.


IAS Webinars

IAS is proud to announce a monthly series of technical webinars on topics of current interest to the membership.

Register for our 2 March webinar on Microgrids!

Past webinars and slides are available for view to IAS members.


Renew IAS Membership for 2016

There is still time to renew your 2016 IAS membership!

The deadline to renew your IEEE IAS membership is 15 February 2016! Take action now to renew or you will miss out on the many benefits that IAS membership offers including:
  • Access to IAS publications; including IEEE Industry Applications Magazine (electronic and print), IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications (electronic), IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics (electronic), IEEE Electrification Magazine (digital delivery)
  • Access through IEEE Xplore to all IAS Conference Records and Publications (electronic)
  • Monthly Expert webinars (access to recordings/slides)
  • New for 2016 - Young Professional/Student webinars on Entrepreneurship, Social Media, and Career Resources
  • Networking opportunities with key industry contacts
  • Discounts on major conferences
  • For Young Professionals and Students - travel award programs and student awards

Call for IAS Award Nominations
IAS is now accepting nominations for the following Society Level Awards:
  1. Outstanding Achievement Award
  2. Distinguished Service Award
  3. Andrew W. Smith Outstanding Young Member Achievement Award
  4. Young Member Service Award (New)
Nominations for awards will only be accepted online.

The deadline for the nomination submission is 15 March 2016.

Self-nomination or nomination for any current executive board members is not acceptable.

Please note that the "Young Member Service Award" is a new Society-level award this year to recognize services/contributions made to society by our young professionals. These are all prestigious Society-level awards and I encourage you to participate in the nomination process in finding the most deserving candidate for each award.


2017 IAS Executive Board Open Positions
The IAS Nominations and Appointments Committee is seeking candidates for the following positions on the 2017 IAS Executive Board:
  • President Elect (elected Position)
  • Chapters & Membership Chair (appointed position)
  • Meetings Department Chair (appointed position)
  • Publication Department Chair (appointed position)
  • Standards Department Chair (appointed position)
  • Awards Department Chair (appointed position)
  • Several Members-at-Large (elected position)
Candidates for the open positions are chosen by the Executive board. Additional candidates can be included to the ballot by petition of the membership. Once the candidate list is established, the IAS Council selects the candidates by electronic ballot, and the results are announced at the Council meeting which takes place at the IAS Annual Meeting. Details concerning Board member responsibility, and election and nomination processes, are available in the IAS Constitution, By-Laws, and Policy and Procedure Manual, all available on the IAS website. To apply, please send a brief description of your relevant experience to with a copy to In your email, please specify which of the positions listed above you would like to be considered as a candidate. The deadline for applications is 1 March 2016.


Opening Ceremony of the "Antal (Tony) Bejczy Exhibition"

Opening Ceremony of the "Antal (Tony) Bejczy Exhibition" was held at the Center of Intelligent Robotics in Obuda University, Budapest, Hungary. The event was jointly organized by the Obuda University and the IEEE Hungary Section 18 January 2016.

At this event, the IEEE Hungary Section Excellence Award 2015 was granted to Peter Magyar, IAS Chapters and Membership Department Chair.


Call for Papers-IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications
The IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications has scheduled a special issue on fault diagnosis of electric machines, power electronics and drives. This Special Issue aims to offer an insight into the state-of-the-art of diagnostics and condition monitoring of electrical machines, power electronics, adjustable speed drives and related areas. The fault diagnostics of electrical machines and drives has been the object of a significant amount of research work during the last few decades. Reducing maintenance costs and preventing unscheduled downtimes, which cause production and economic losses, are a priority for manufacturers and operators. Correct diagnosis and early detection of incipient faults lead to reduce maintenance costs and downtime for the process under consideration, and in many cases also prevent harmful and sometimes disruptive failures.

Guest Editor: Prof. Antonio J. Marques Cardoso, University of Beira Interior, Portugal

Submission of one-page abstract: 15 May 2016
Submission of manuscripts for review in S1M: 1 July 2016
Final Decision: 15 February 2017
Submission of final files for approved papers: 15 March 2017
Publication of Special Issue of IAS Transactions: May/June 2017

View the call for papers


Register for Free Smart Grid Workshop
The International Smart Grid Workshop and Certificate Program will be presented at Istanbul Gelisim University 21-25 March 2016. It will be a 40 hour program. There will be 30 Professors from different countries that will give one or two hour lectures on the topics below. At the end of the workshop and tutorials, all attendees will be given an official certificate with its supplementary signed by The Rector and The President of Istanbul Gelisim University.

Free registration, lunches and coffee breaks will be provided for all attendees. It is expected that around 300 attendees from universities and industry will attend this workshop. Professors and Ph.D. students can get financial support for their hotels and flight if they are ready to do common projects and write-up common papers with Gelisim University.

Topics of International Smart Grid Workshop and Certificate Program
  1. Reliability
  2. Stability
  3. Measureability
  4. Controlability
  5. Flexibility
  6. Scalability
  7. Availability
  8. Resilience
  9. Maintainability
  10. Sustainability
  11. Interoperability
  12. Security
  13. Optimization
  14. Succesfull Applications of Smart Grid
  15. Smart Grid Policies
  16. Enviromental Effects
  17. Social Dimensions
  18. Economical Effects


19th International Conference on Electrical Machines and Systems (ICEMS 2016)

The Industry Applications Society of the Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan (IEEJ) is pleased to announce that the 19th International Conference on Electrical Machines and Systems (ICEMS 2016) will be held 13-16 November 2016, in Chiba, Japan.

The aims of ICEMS 2016 are to provide an opportunity for scientists and experts to present the latest research developments in the field of electrical machines and systems (rotating and other machines, power electronics, motion control, and motor drives) and to exchange useful information and experiences in research, trends and applications.

Started in Beijing in 1987, ICEMS is now established as a regular annual event. ICEMS 2016 has technical co sponsorship with IEEE Industry Applications Society. Selected papers will be recommended to IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications.


IAS Conference Calendar

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

2016 IEEE Power and Energy Conference at Illinois
Champaign, IL, USA
19-20 Feb 2016
Technical Cosponsor

2016 IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop (ESW)
Jacksonville, FL, USA
6-11 Mar 2016
Society Cosponsor

2016 IEEE Electrical Safety, Technical & Mega Projects Workshop (ESTMP)
Enoch, Alberta, Canada
14-16 Mar 2016
Society Cosponsor

2016 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC)
Long Beach, CA, USA
19-24 Mar 2016
Society Cosponsor

2016 IET 8th International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD)
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
19-21 Apr 2016
Technical Cosponsor

2016 IEEE/IAS 52nd Industrial and Commercial Power Systems Technical Conference (I&CPS)
Detroit, MI, USA
1-5 May 2016
Society Cosponsor

2016 IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference
Dallas, TX, USA
13-20 May 2016
Society Cosponsor

2016 IEEE Rural Electric Power Conference (REPC)
Westminster, CO, USA
15-18 May 2016
Society Sponsor

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