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IEEE IAS Newsletter
November 2016
In this issue
  • IEEE Annual Election Results
  • IAS Executive Board Actions
  • IAS Webinars
  • New Offering for IAS Members
  • Awareness & Prevention of Electric Accidents Video Available on
  • 19th International Conference on Electrical Machines and Systems
  • Texas Power and Energy Conference
  • IEEE-IEEMA INTELECT Conference and Exposition
  • 2017 IEEE International Electric Machines and Drives Conference
  • IAS Student Branch Chapter Meeting
  • IAS Society-Level Awards
  • Workshop on Power Electronics and Power Quality Applications
  • Nominations for IEEE Transportation Technologies Award
  • IAS Conferences
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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:
  • "Crucial for Rotating Machines: Types and Properties of Lubricants and Proper Lubrication Methods"
  • "Design Optimization and Testing of High-Performance Motors: Evaluating a Compromise Between Quality Design Development and Production Costs of a Halbach-Array PM Slotless Motor"
  • "Effect of Power Deviations on Squirrel-Cage Induction Motors: Addressing the Impact of Voltage and Frequency Variations"
  • "Getting the Most from a Variable Frequency Drive: The Optimal Way to Improve Lifetime and Reliability"
  • "Improving Engine Room Ventilation Systems: A Data-Driven Process Controller for Energy-Efficient, Variable-Speed Fan Operation in Marine Vessels"

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:
  • " The Effect of the Types of Network Topologies on Nontechnical Losses in Secondary Electricity Distribution Systems"
  • " The Experience Acquired Sizing Snubbers to Mitigate Switching Transients in Industrial Power Systems"
  • " DC Networks Including Multiport DC/DC Converters: Fault Analysis"
  • " Interactions Between Cathodically Protected Pipelines and Grounding Systems"
  • " Safety Against Burns From Hot Touchable Parts of Electrical Equipment"

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 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 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

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

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.


IEEE Annual Election results
The ballots closed on October 3rd for the IEEE Annual Election.

The results are posted on the IEEE Election website.

Here are some of the highlights:
  • IEEE members failed to pass the proposed IEEE Constitutional Amendment
  • James A. Jefferies (Nominated by IEEE Board of Directors) was elected IEEE President-Elect, 2017
  • Keith A. Moore (Nominated by IEEE Region 6) was elected IEEE Region 6 Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect, 2017-2018

IAS Executive Board Actions
The IAS Executive Board has voted to accept changes to the IAS Constitution and Bylaws. The changes will take effect in accordance with the statements below.

Constitution item 1.5-Members shall receive notice of proposals for amendment of the Constitution at least 60 days in advance of ratification by the Council to permit an expression of opinion directly or through their representatives on the responsible legislative body.

Bylaw 1.6-Members shall be notified of proposed amendments to the Bylaws or major policy changes at least 20 days before they are acted upon by the responsible legislative body.


IAS Webinars
Our next webinar, "PM Machines and Their Applications: Where are we now and how did we get here?" will be held 7 December 2016. Thomas M. Jahns, Grainger Professor of Power Electronics and Electric Machines, Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium (WEMPEC), University of Wisconsin-Madison will be the speaker.

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


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 login 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


Awareness & Prevention of Electric Accidents Video Available on
The Global Overhead Powerline Safety Awareness Project, funded by IAS, has reached the first milestone by producing a video. IEEE SIGHT (Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology) will serve as its pilot in Hyderabad, India. SIGHT OPSAP-Hyderabad aims to reduce injuries and fatalities from overhead power lines. Satish Chaparala will manage the pilot with local support from the Hyderabad IEEE Section and the IAS/PES Chapter. The video can be found on website, members are encouraged to watch the video and socialize the video within their chapters and universities.


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.


Texas Power and Energy Conference (TPEC)

The Texas Power and Energy Conference, a new Student-led Conference will be held 9-10 February 2017 in Texas. TPEC organized by the Texas A&M University and IEEE PES-PELS-IAS Joint Student Branches. The call for papers/posters is now open. View the Call for Papers on the TPEC website. For more information about the conference, visit their website.

Important dates:
  • Full Paper & Poster Abstract Submission: 28 November 2016
  • Notification of Acceptance: 22 December 2016
  • Final Paper Submission: 10January 2017
  • Authors' Registration: 20 January 2017

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 and held its inaugural conference in Milwaukee, WI, USA in 1997. The IEMDC 2017 anniversary edition 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. The digest submission deadline is 4 December 2016, please visit our website to view the IEMDC 2017 Call for Papers. To learn more about IEMDC 2017, please visit the conference website.


University of Oviedo (UO) IAS Student Branch Chapter Inaugural Meeting

The UO IAS Student Branch Chapter inaugural meeting was held 26 September 2016, at the Polytechnic School of Engineering located in the beautiful city of Gijon, province of Asturias, Spain. The invited guests included Prof. Dr. Georges Zissis, from the University of Toulouse, France, IAS Vice President, Dr. Peter Magyar, IAS CMD Chair and Prof. Juan Carlos Campo, Director of the UO School of Engineering.
> The celebration started with a speech by Prof. Juan Carlos Campo the director of the school, encouraging the student activities in the Campus, and also welcoming the two special guests, Prof. Dr. Georges Zissis, the IAS Vice-President, and Dr. Peter Magyar IAS CMD Chair. Followed by a presentation by Prof. Georges Zissis regarding the Industry Applications Society. The presentation included the last IAS promoting video, which was very encouraging for the attendees.

Visit our website for details and photos from the event.


IAS Society-Level Awards
From 1 January - 15 March 2017, nominations will be accepted for the IAS Society-Level Awards. Submission sites will be open 3 January 2017, 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 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 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 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. 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 the specified due date of 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 IEEE Industry Applications Society Annual Meeting, usually held in October.

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

This award recognizes an individual under age 35, 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 under age 35 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
Presentation: The award will be presented annually at an IAS financially-sponsored conference.


Workshop on Power Electronics and Power Quality Applications (PEPQA)
The Universidad de los Andes Student Branch (SB) IAS Chapter was recognized as the winner in the Success Activity Contest; SB IAS Chapters Category of the Reunión Regional de Ramas Estudiantiles IEEE Region 9 (Regional Meeting of Student Branches). The student branch presented the Workshop on Power Electronics and Power Quality Applications (PEPQA) as a relevant technical event in Latin America.

The Regional Meeting of Student Branches of IEEE R9 was held on Guayaquil, Ecuador 6-9 October. It was an important event of IEEE R9 and gathers Student Members and directives from the region to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experiences, to improve diffusion of technology and engineers' skills, and promote student activities.

Visit our website for more information and details about the event.


Nominations for IEEE Transportation Technologies Award
The IEEE Transportation Technologies Award is a technical field award given for advances in technologies within the fields of interest to the IEEE as applied in transportation systems. This IEEE-level award is sponsored by the IEEE Industry Applications Society, IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society, IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society, IEEE Power Electronics Society, IEEE Power & Energy Society, IEEE Vehicular Technology Society.

Nominations for this award are accepted until early January 2017. Please submit your nominations to:
Prof. Kaushik Rajashekara
Distinguished Professor and Endowed Chair
Department of Electrical Engineering
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 W. Campbell Rd. EC33, Richardson, TX 75080
Phone: (972) 883-4531 Mobile: (317) 682-8080


IAS Conference Calendar

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

2016 19th International Conference on Electrical Machines and Systems (ICEMS)
Chiba, Japan
13-16 November 2016
Technical Cosponsor

2016 International Renewable and Sustainable Energy Conference (IRSEC)
Marrakech, Morocco
14-17 November 2016
Technical Cosponsor

2016 IEEE International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies (ICSET)
Hanoi, Vietnam
14-17 November 2016
Technical Cosponsor

2016 7th India International Conference on Power Electronics (IICPE)
Patiala, India
17-19 November 2016
Technical Cosponsor

2016 IEEE Industrial Electronics and Applications Conference (IEACon)
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
20-22 November 2016
Technical Cosponsor

2016 IEEE International Conference on Renewable Energy Research and Applications (ICRERA)
Birmingham, United Kingdom
20-23 November 2016
Technical Cosponsor

2016 IEEE 7th Power India International Conference (PIICON)
Bikaner (Rajasthan), India
25-27 November 2016
Technical Cosponsor

2016 IEEE International Conference on Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Systems (PEDES)
Thiruvananthapuram, India
14-17 December 2016
Society Cosponsor

2017 IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop (ESW)
Reno, NV, USA
28 January - 3 February 2017
Society Cosponsor

2017 IEEE Power and Energy Conference at Illinois (PECI)
Champaign, IL, USA
23-24 February 2017
Technical Cosponsor

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

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