August 2019
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IAS President Visits Xi-an Jiaotong University - China
IAS President Prof. Georges Zissis was invited to participate, as invited personality, on July 23rd, to the inauguration of the new Campus of Xi'an Jiaotong University (PR. China) which is among the top-10 Chinese Universities.

Jiaotong University was founded 120-years ago and relocated to Xi’an for 60 years now. The university counts for 40,346 full-time students and 3,081 full-time teachers; it is divided into 10 major categories of disciplines including electrical engineering and 9 university colleges for undergraduates.

This new campus, known as “Western China Science & Technology Innovation Harbor,” covers a surface of 333 hectares is issued from a state project undertaken by the Chinese Ministry of Education and the Shaanxi Province Government initiated in 2015. It combines the concept of a “garden city” with research and teaching facilities, allying that way technology, services and quality-of-life.

At this occasion President Zissis greeted the participants in the name of IAS and met local and regional officials (the secretary general of the Shaanxi province, the president of Jiaotong University…) and open the way for closer collaboration between our society and Jiaotong University.
IAS Mentoring Program at the 2019 IAS Annual Meeting
As part of the IAS Strategic Plan, the IAS board has approved and organized a Mentorship Program at the IAS Annual Meeting in Baltimore.
Time and date
The session will start on Tuesday 1 October, 2019 at 12:00pm and will run for 2-hours. The program will cost US$10 and include lunch.

Tentative Schedule:
  • Welcome Lunch & Introduction ↠ 25 mins
  • Session I ↠ 45 mins
  • Break ↠ 5 mins
  • Session II ↠ 45 mins
The room will be organized with seven tables of five registrants each - there will be a mentor at each table. Each table specializes on one career path theme, so you may pick two different themes, one each for Session I and Session II.

Notes: you DO NOT have to be registered for the IAS Annual Meeting to attend. IAS does not have any travel support for this program. IAS will not issue educational credits for this program.

Questions? Please contact Patrick McCarren (
Registration is Open for the 2019 IAS Annual Meeting
The registration website for the IAS Annual Meeting is Open.

Make your Hotel Reservations.

This year's conference will be held in Baltimore, MD, USA 29 September - 3 October, 2019 at the Baltimore Hilton hotel at the same time as the 2019 ECCE Conference which will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center which is right next door to the Hilton. There are a number of functions that will be held jointly between the two conferences such as the Plenary Session on Monday, September 30 and the Awards Luncheon on Thursday, 3 October.

Conference details are posted and content will be updated as we get closer to the conference.

We will have approximately 27 technical sessions this year along with a poster session that will be open for the duration of the conference and will include technical papers from our technical departments as well as student papers.

Committee Meetings - many of our technical committees and working groups have their meetings at this event and the schedule will be posted to the conference website soon.

We have five tutorials scheduled for this year and will happen on Tuesday, 1 October.
  • Insulation Coordination and Voltage Transients in Large Industrial Power Systems presented by Rasheek Rifaat
  • Quick and Simple Cost Estimated in Industrial and Commercial Power System Design presented by PK Sen
  • Hybrid Renewable Energy Standalone Systems presented by Prof. Ambrish Chandra
  • High Resistance Grounding (HRG) of Industrial and Commercial Power System presented by Dev Paul
  • Comprehensive Modeling and Control of Li-Ion Batteries and their Real-Life Applications presented by Prof. Mahinda Vilathgamuwa
Please note that tutorial presentations will require an additional registration fee.

We are working on new Young Professionals (YP) programs for this year's event which will include a mentoring session and an after hours reception, stay tuned for details.

The IAS Chapter and Membership Department activities include the Chapter workshop on Sunday, the CMD dinner (by invitation only from the CMD department), paper sessions include winners of the CMD Thesis Contest and Myron Zucker Design Contest, and various other activities throughout the week.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2019 IAS Annual Meeting.
We hold numerous conferences/workshops throughout the year. Please refer to the IAS Conference page for a full listing.
Invitation to Register for PCIC 2019 Conference
On behalf of the IEEE-IAS-PCIC, we’re pleased to invite you to register for the 66th Annual PCIC Conference. The PCIC 2019 Conference will be held in Vancouver, BC, Canada, with our Technical Program and Subcommittee Meetings 9-11 September, and Tutorials on the 12 September.
Under the sponsorship of the Industry Applications Society (IAS), the PCIC Conference is the premier annual application meeting for practicing electrical engineers and other professionals that deal with electrical installations in the petroleum and chemical industry. The 2019 technical program features a wide range of papers that focus on the technology and issues faced by electrical engineering in the petrochemical industry.

To learn more about PCIC 2019, you can visit or the official Vancouver Conference website.
PEPQA 2019
By S. Arias, J.A. Ocampo, J. R. Camarillo
Supported by E.A. Cano-Plata, A.J. Ustariz-Farfan and G.A. Ramos
The 4th International IEEE Workshop on Power Electronics and Power Quality Applications was held on 29-31 May 2019 for the first time at Universidad Nacional de Colombia Sede Manizales, Campus La Nubia in Manizales, Caldas, Colombia. This IEEE – IAS Student Branch from Universidad Nacional de Colombia Sede Manizales, IEEE – IAS Student Branch from Universidad de los Andes and by the IEEE – IAS Colombia Chapter organized the Workshop. PEPQA 2019 was co-sponsored by IEEE, IEEE Industry Application Society, and IEEE Colombia Section.

PEPQA 2019 provided a space for students, academics, and industry professionals to collaborate on meeting the ever-increasing power electronics and power quality challenges in the Latin America region. This Workshop allowed PEPQA to be an open space for professionals, students, and researches to present their work and share experiences. In this Workshop, a total of 141 attendees shared experience on professional interests related to power quality and power electronic industrial applications. In this version of our event, we had eight paper sessions, two tutorials, four international keynotes, and two special sessions from international experts in industry applications. Among the six international Keynotes present Prof. Dr-Ing. Joachim Holtz IEEE Life Fellow, Prof. Dr-Ing. Mauricio Aredes IEEE Senior Member, Ing. Manuel Madrigal Ph.D. IEEE Senior Member, Ing. Elmer Sorrentino Ph.D., Ing. Miguel Aldrete, and Ing. James Mercier IEEE Life Member.

Keynotes of PEPQA offered a discussion on the need to produce and deliver high-quality electrical energy through the improvements of power electronics and to design from a power quality perspective, aiming to close the gap between technology and research from an industrial application point of view.

For last, attendants enjoyed the Colombian coffee culture through different artistic events. From PEPQA 2019 Executive Committee we extend to each contributor of PEPQA 2019 our thanks. We want to thank all the sponsors, patrons and technical co-sponsors: EATON, CYTED, UPSISTEMAS, INT’L Power Association, Central Hidroeléctrica de Caldas (CHEC), IEEE, IEEE Colombia, IEEE IAS Colombia, SB IAS Universidad Nacional de Colombia Sede Manizales, SB IAS Universidad de los Andes and the IEEE Industry Applications Society.

For last, PEPQA is an example of the work performed from students to students to achieve a high standard conference for helping to improve the education of professionals.
IEEE International Transportation Electrification Conference-India (ITEC-India) 2019
Conference Dates: 17-19 December 2019
Bengaluru International Exhibition Centre (BIEC), Bangalore, India
Conference Theme: ITEC INDIA 2019, the 3rd IEEE International Transportation Electrification Conference India is aimed at helping the Industry in the transition from conventional vehicles to advanced electrified vehicles. The conference is focused on components, systems, standards, and grid interface technologies, related to efficient power conversion for all types of electrified transportation, including electric vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (EVs, HEVs, and PHEVs) as well as heavy duty, rail and off-road.

ITEC INDIA 2019 will present an array of papers across different topics, Keynote Speeches, Panel Discussion and Ride & Drive of Advanced Hybrid and Electric Vehicles.
Join the IEEE Transportation Electrification Community (“TEC”)
As a member of the IEEE Industry Applications Society, there is no fee to join the community.

TEC focuses on technologies, organizations and projects enable the clean, connected and efficient transportation and vehicular systems of the future. Discussions include electric and hybrid cars and trucks, more-electric aircraft, electric rail and light rail systems, electric ships, off-road vehicles, grid interfaces and other forms of more-electric transportation.

The community discusses key enabling technologies, including batteries and energy storage, battery charging and management, power electronics, electric motors and drives, networked vehicles, fuel cells, wireless power transfer, and system integration. The community takes a leadership role in vehicle to grid (V2G) and grid interaction issues, IEEE standards in transportation and vehicles, high performance electric traction, student electric transportation competitions, and vehicle intelligence.

We are sponsored by nine IEEE Societies, one IEEE Council, and the IEEE Standards Association.

Click here to add to your IEEE memberships
Nominations Being Solicited for IEEE Electrification Magazine Editor-In-Chief
The Steering Committee of the IEEE Electrification Magazine (EM) is soliciting applications/nominations for Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of the magazine, from IEEE members in good standing and with strong track records of work in/with industry. The position will be effective for a 3-year term, renewable, starting 1 January, 2020.

The Electrification Magazine is a quarterly magazine dedicated to disseminating information on all matters related to microgrids on-board electric vehicles, ships, trains, planes, and off-grid applications. The magazine is sponsored by the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES), Industrial Application Society (IAS), Power Electronics Society (PELS), and Electrification Transportation Community.

The deadline for submission of the following items is 31 August, 2019:

  • Prior service on IEEE Editorial Boards.
  • IEEE Technical Committee activity.
  • Region.
  • Professional sector (i.e. academia, utility, manufacturer, government, vendor, other).
  • Up to five keywords of expertise.
  • A vision statement for the EM (1 page max.)
  • Titles of up to 10 IEEE articles authored by the applicant/nominee most relevant to the EM.
  • Names and contact information of three references.
  • A resume/CV of max. 4 pages.

All documentation should be sent to Maria Proetto, Senior Administrator, PES Publication Services, at, with the EIC title for which you are applying or being nominated.

The Steering Committee of Electrification Magazine will review all nominees’/applicants’ documentation. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed further by the committee to assess their leadership vision and strategies for the journal. The Committee will make an EIC recommendation to the PES President, who confirms the appointment after endorsement from the ExCom/Governing Board.

Claudio Canizares
Chair, Electrification Magazine Steering Committee
IAS Distinguished Lecturer Program
IAS has a robust Distinguished Lecturer (DL) Program. The Society has members from each of the ten IEEE Regions that can speak on a variety of topics.
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Volunteer Opportunities
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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 2019.