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IEEE IAS Newsletter
September 2017
In this issue
  • 2017 IEEE Annual Election
  • IAS Supports STEM Activities at 2017 National Scout Jamboree
  • Election Slate for 2018
  • IEEE Industry Applications Magazine Now Available as PDF in IEEE Xplore
  • 2017 IEEE/IAS - PCIC Conference
  • 2017 IAS Annual Meeting Technical Session Layout
  • Electric Safety Workshop (ESW) Student Awards
  • Report from IEEE IAS Schenectady Section
  • APEC 2018 Sponsors Expand Student Travel Support Program
  • IEEE Power and Energy Conference (PECI)
  • Call for Presentations, Panel Discussions and Tutorials: 2018 ESTMP Workshop
  • Special Issue: Emerging Topics in Lighting, 2018
  • International Conference on Intelligent Green Building and Smart Grid (IGBSG 2018)
  • Special Issue: Grid-Connected Power Electronics Systems: Stability, Power Quality, and Protection
  • Call for Papers: IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Exposition Components, Systems, and Power Electronics (ITEC) India 2017
  • IAS Chapters and Member Development Programs
  • New 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:
  • "Vibration Diagnostic Challenges: Case Studies in Electric Motor Applications"
  • "Equipment Monitoring Using Thermography Cameras: Remote Detection of Temperature-Related Failures"
  • "Preventive Maintenance for Electrical Reliability: A Proposed Metric Using Mean Time Between Failures Plus Finds"
  • "Electrochemical Rectifier Maintenance: A Primer on Preventing Downtime and Expensive Repairs"
  • "Analyzing Burn Out and Random Trips at Starting: Induction Motors Driving Main Blowers"

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:
  • "Insulator Infrared Image Denoising Method Based on Wavelet Generic Gaussian Distribution and MAP Estimation"
  • "Accurate Determination of Induction Machine Torque and Current Versus Speed Characteristics"
  • "Fan Performance Analysis for Rotor Cooling of Axial Flux Permanent Magnet Machines"
  • "Synchronous Generator Brushless Field Excitation and Voltage Regulation via Capacitive Coupling Through Journal Bearings"
  • "Maximum Efficiency Current Waveforms for a PMSM Including Iron Losses and Armature Reaction"

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 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

IAS members and volunteers working at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, USA

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.

2017 IEEE Annual Election
Balloting for the 2017 IEEE Annual Election has begun, and we hope you will take the time to exercise your vote and help choose the future direction of IEEE as an organization.

Information about the candidates and access to your ballot is available electronically on the IEEE Annual Election Site at You will need your IEEE Account username and password to authenticate access. A paper ballot has also been mailed to you should you prefer to return your ballot via postal mail. Completed ballots will be accepted until 12:00 noon, Central Time, USA (17:00 UTC) on 2 October 2017.

IAS is part of IEEE Division II and elections this year include two candidates contesting for the Division II Director position. David Durocher, past President of Industry Applications Society and Reza Zoughi, past President of Instrumentation and Measurement Society. Please check for more candidate information.

When accessing your ballot electronically, you may save your choices at any point by clicking "Logout" and return later to cast your vote. For your vote to count, be sure to click the "Submit Ballot" button on the ballot summary page. After your ballot is submitted, you will receive an email confirmation.

Once you have submitted your ballot, please take a minute to complete the online feedback form and let us know about your voting experience.

If you have any questions, contact DirectVote support or call +1 952 974 2339.

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IAS Supports STEM Activities at 2017 National Scout Jamboree
Boys and girls attending the 2017 National Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia this summer learned the basics of electricity and electronics from a group of 30 IEEE members (including four IAS Members) from Regions 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6. The IEEE emeritbadges Project has sponsored the Electricity Merit Badge and the Electronics Merit Badge booths at all 10 National Jamborees since 1981 under the leadership of IEEE Region 3 Life Senior Member Ralph W. Russell, II. The project's goal is to provide a global STEM education program for boys and girls. Support in 2017 came from sixteen IEEE entities, including the IEEE Industry Applications Society, and non-IEEE groups such as BioLite, Lowe's, Microsoft and Minuteman Press. 134 boys and girls completed the requirements for the Electricity Merit Badge and 139 boys and girls completed the requirements for the Electronics Merit Badge. 2,853 people visited the booth during the Jamboree.

IAS funds were used to purchase Electricity and Electronics Merit Badge supplies and kits and to support the project's global outreach. The global outreach includes translation of the instructional material into several languages and a Train-the-Trainer webinar. The webinar will teach global IEEE volunteers how to use the project's instructional material in their local communities.

IAS Members Walter Hyde (Houston Section), Neeraj Bhatia (Houston Section), Julian Ajello (Oakland-East Bay Section) and Chris Nemarich (Baltimore Section) were instrumental in organizing the project and were volunteers at the 2017 National Jamboree.

Election Slate for 2018
IAS is preparing for its election of candidates to fill open positions on the IAS Board. The following list of nominees was approved at the June 2017 IAS Executive Board meeting. The balloted positions listed below will be sent to the IAS Council members this month for voting and winners will be announced at the IAS Council Luncheon during the 2017 Annual Meeting in October. A full list of Council members is listed on our website. Any corrections to this list should be emailed to
  • Manufacturing Systems Development and Applications Department Chair: Ahmed Rubaai
  • Industrial Power Conversion Systems Department Chair: Ayman EL-Refaie
  • Member-At-Large: Po-Tai Cheng
  • Member-At-Large: James N. Riess vs. Nehad El-Sherif
  • Member-At-Large: Cheng-Tsung (CT) Liu vs. Yijie Wang

IEEE Industry Applications Magazine Now Available as PDF in IEEE Xplore

Starting with the July/August 2017 issue, IEEE Industry Applications Magazine is 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.
2017 IEEE/IAS - PCIC Conference
18-20 September 2017 Calgary, AB, Canada
The Petroleum and Chemical Industry Committee 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.

Abstracts are being requested on topics related to the practical application of electrical technology, standards, equipment and systems of interest in the petroleum and chemical industries within the scope of the PCIC Technical Subcommittee's. All papers are required to be "PCIC Presentation First" as original works that have not been previously presented. They will be subject to thorough technical and peer reviews. Papers accepted will be published in the conference record.

The following information must be included with all paper proposals:
  • Complete all pertinent information on the webpage.
  • A maximum of three (3) authors can be entered per paper.
  • Post your abstract using unformatted text. Copying and pasting bullets or other special formatting may result in less than ideal presentation during the General Program meeting.
  • Important Notice: An acknowledgement will be sent to confirm receipt of all proposals from this system. If you do not receive this communication, contact Dennis Bogh, PCIC Vice-Chair.

Submission Deadlines:
  • 30 October 2017 - PCIC notifies authors of acceptance status
  • 30 January 2018 - Authors submit finished paper for peer review
  • 1 April 2018 - Authors submit final manuscripts for final check

Prospective authors are encouraged to attend the General Program meeting on Sunday, 17 September 2017 at 1:00 PM at the Calgary Conference center to speak on behalf of their proposed paper. Each abstract will be assigned to a specific Technical Subcommittee prior to 2:00PM on Tuesday, 19 September 2017. At that Technical Subcommittees meeting prospective authors are again invited to encourage acceptance of their abstract for the Calgary Conference next year.

If the paper is accepted, at least one author must register and attend the conference in 2018 to present their paper. Other co-authors attending must also register for the conference.

To submit a paper abstract go to:

Conference papers are also evaluated for subsequent publication in either the IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications or Industry Applications Magazine. For more information, visit the IEEE/IAS-PCIC website.

For further information contact: Dennis Bogh, PCIC Vice-Chair and PCIC Technical Program Chair email:

2017 IAS Annual Meeting Technical Session Layout
The preliminary technical session layout and committee meetings for the 2017 IAS Annual Meeting are now published on the conference website.

There may still be space available in some of the tutorials being offered at this conference. Full details can be found on the Tutorials link on the conference website. Please register using the conference registration page. There is a Tutorials Only option available as you go through the registration process. Below are the titles and schedule.

  • Tuesday 3 October - Design, Manufacturing, and Application of Permanent Magnet Machines, 8 hours (Dan Ionel and Bulent Sarlioglu)

  • Wednesday 4 October - Capacitors in Power Electronics Applications - Reliability and Circuit Design, 8 hours (Huai Wang)

  • Wednesday 4 October - Effects of High Penetration of Distributed Generation on Distribution Systems, 4 hours (David Farmer and Brian Dell)

  • Wednesday 4 October - The Human Body as an Electrical Conductor: History, Recent Advances, and Safety Implications, 4 hours (Fabio Freschi)

Electric Safety Workshop (ESW) Student Awards
Applications for IEEE Industry Application Society (IAS) Electric Safety Workshop (ESW) Student Awards for Prevention through Design Student Education Initiative are open now.

Students from around the world are welcome to submit their proposals by 1 October 2017. The ESW2018 will take place on 20-23 March 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA.

The award includes the travel support to attend the ESW2018 as well as an invitation for publishing in the IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications or IEEE Industry Applications Magazine.

More information and submission instructions can be found here.
Report from IEEE IAS Schenectady Section

By Xu She, IEEE IAS Schenectady Section Chair, GE Global Research.

Prof. Akshay Kumar Rathore, IEEE Senior Member, delivered distinguished lecture on Snubberless Naturally-Clamped Soft-Switching Bidirectional Current-Fed Converters, on June 30, 2017, invited by the IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) Schenectady Chapter in New York, USA. Prof. Rathore pointed out that current-fed power electronic systems have been demonstrated and justified for high voltage gain and high current applications. Current-fed power electronic circuits are boost derived converters and have been validated for high voltage gain and low voltage high current applications. Also, the inductor at the input of the converter provides natural short circuit protection. This inductor is reliable and offers longer lifetime (relatively reduced degradation) compared to electrolytic capacitor used in voltage-fed converters.

Read full report.

APEC 2018 Sponsors Expand Student Travel Support Program

San Antonio, TX "16 August 2017" The joint sponsors of the Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) have announced the expansion of the popular Student Attendance Travel Support Program. Awarding up to US$1,000 per student to cover a portion of their travel and conference expenses, the program has been expanded to disperse up to US$60,000 to as many as 60 students who are participating in APEC 2018, being held in San Antonio, Texas, 4-8 March 2018. Interested students must apply by 27 October 2017.

More Information.
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 & 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 available at

Organized by the IEEE PELS/PES/IAS
Joint Student Chapter at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Faculty Advisers: Professors Kiruba Haran and Robert Pilawa-Podgurski

Call for Presentations, Panel Discussions and Tutorials: 2018 ESTMP Workshop
The 2018 IEEE IAS Electrical Safety, Technical, Maintenance and Projects (ESTMP) Workshop will take place in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 12-14 March 2018.

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, successes and lessons learned that deliver value and stimulate innovation.

In addition to presentations, two panel discussions and half-day tutorials are planned. Potential topics include:
  • Power System Maintenance
  • Project Execution
  • Safety
  • Green Power
  • Reliability in Design
Suggestions for other topics are welcome.

View the Call for Presentations. For more information, please visit our website.

Important Dates:
  • 30 September 2017: Abstract of presentation due
  • 15 October 2017: Notification of acceptance
  • 15 December 2017: Draft presentation due
  • 1 February 2018: Final presentation due

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.

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

International Conference on Intelligent Green Building and Smart Grid (IGBSG 2018)
The 3rd International Conference on Intelligent Green Building and Smart Grid (IGBSG 2018) will be held at the National Ilan University in Yilan, Taiwan, 22-25 April 2018. The objective of IGBSG 2018 is to provide a forum for presenting and discussing the latest developments in building/home communication technologies, e-applications, and green building technologies for a wide range of uses in intelligent buildings and smart grids. In addition to submitted papers, speakers will be invited from academia, industry, and government agencies to present novel technologies and products that address these topics. Onsite demos will be held from companies and research organizations involved with IGBSG-related activities.

Papers are called for both oral and poster presentations of topics on power electronics, communications, e-applications, green building and smart-grid technologies of interest to researchers, service providers, consumer electronics manufacturers, or network-solution implementers who develop products, provide quality customer service, support end users, and provide energy-management solutions for the intelligent buildings and smart-grid market. Submitted papers should be two to four pages in length and should follow the standard IEEE conference paper format. Papers presented in conference will be included in IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

Author's Schedule Prospective authors should note the following deadlines:
  • 15 September 2017: Manuscript submission deadline
  • 15 November 2017: Acceptance notification
  • 15 December 2017: Advanced registration deadline
Exhibition A comprehensive exhibition will be held during the conference. Exhibitors will include participants from commercial firms and organizations involved in the manufacturing, sales or distribution of power-electronic equipments and professional or technical services.

Social Events Include a reception party, a banquet, and technical visits. For additional information please visit the conference website.

Special Issue: Grid-Connected Power Electronics Systems: Stability, Power Quality, and Protection
IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications

Call for Papers Deadline: 15 October 2017

Grid-connected power electronics systems have been increasingly found in Renewable Energy Sources (RESs), High-Voltage Direct-Current (HVDC) systems, Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems (FACTSs), Variable-Speed Drives (VSDs), and other emerging energy-efficient applicants. The widespread adoption of power electronic apparatus in electrical grids brings more flexibility in power control and management, but encounters also a series of unprecedented challenges. The multitime-scale control dynamics of power electronics systems tend to induce oscillations or resonances across a wide frequency range. The limited over-current capability and the reduced rotational inertia of power converters are further deteriorating the system protection and transient stability. Numerous research efforts have thus been made towards these challenges, ranging from hardware concepts to converter/system modeling and control strategies.

This special issue is devoted to identifying the technical barriers and the latest progress in the utility applications of power electronics systems. Prospective authors are invited to submit innovative approaches, survey papers or tutorials, for review for publication in this special issue. View the call for papers.

Call for Papers - IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Exposition Components, Systems, and Power Electronics (ITEC) India 2017
ITEC INDIA 2017 will be held in Pune, India, 13-15 December 2017.

The conference is co-organized by Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) INDIA and IEEE Industry Applications Society. This conference will address technical interests related to the electrification in the transportation sectors including but not limited to, electric and hybrid vehicles, and plug in hybrid, aeronautical, railroad and off-road vehicles.

ITEC INDIA 2017 will present an array of papers across different topics, ride and drives. Call for papers and submission instructions may be found on our website.

Key Dates:
Deadline for final manuscript submission: 1 October 2017
Deadline for early registration: 15 October 2017

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

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

2017 IEEE International Young Scientists Forum on Applied Physics and Engineering (YSF)
Lviv, Ukraine
17-20 October 2017
Technical Cosponsor

2017 Brazilian Power Electronics Conference (COBEP)
Juiz de Fora, Brazil
19-22 November 2017
Technical Cosponsor

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

2018 IEEE Texas Power and Energy Conference (TPEC)
College Station, TX, USA
8-9 February 2018
Technical Cosponsor

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