August 2020
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Open Journal of Industry Applications
IAS 2020 Virtual Conferences
The 2020 IAS Annual Meeting and IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Expo (ECCE 2020) originally scheduled for October in Detroit Michigan are both moving to a virtual format this year due to the travel/meeting restrictions still in place.
IAS 2021 Executive Board Nominations and Election Candidates
The IAS Executive Board approved the following slate of candidates for the 2021 Executive Board at its June 2020 Executive Board meeting.
  • President-elect: David Eng
  • Vice-President: Andy Knight
  • Treasurer: Tamas Ruzsanyi
  • Process Industries Department Chair: John Nelson
  • I&CPS Department Chair: Kent Sayler
  • Member-at-large: Adil Usman vs. Fei Gao
  • Member-at-large: David C.Mazur vs. German Moya
  • Member-at-large: Ripal Ranpara vs. Rene Graves
The following appointments were also approved at the June IAS Board Meeting:
  • Meetings Department Chair: Chiara Boccaletti
  • Publications Department Chair: Ayman EL-Refaie
IEEE IAS Virtual Panel Discussion
  • Dr. Karthik Iyer, Sr. Engineer, Tesla, USA
  • Rick Szymczyk, VP Engineering, ECAMION, Canada
  • Mauricio Esguerra, CEO & Co-Founder, MAGMENT GmbH, Germany
  • Dr. Apala Ray, Global Cyber Security Manager, ABB, India
Prof. Sheldon Williamson, IEEE Fellow, Ontario Tech U niversity, Canada

IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) Professional and Career Development Resources for Members (PCDRM) group is organizing a virtual panel discussion on "EV uptake: Engineering Challenges and Opportunities." 

Join us for this 90-minute discussion on 12 September 2020 and listen to the opinions of this elite panel of industry experts about this topic.

Date: 12 September 2020
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 AM EDT
Broadcast Via Webex
Speaker Bios:

Sheldon S. Williamson (S’01-M’06-SM’13-F’20) is currently a Professor with the Smart Transportation Electrification and Energy Research (STEER) Group, Department of Electrical, Computer, and Software Engineering, at Ontario Tech University, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. He holds the prestigious NSERC Canada Research Chair position in Electric Energy Storage Systems for Transportation Electrification. His current research interests include advanced power electronics, electric energy storage systems, and motor drives for transportation electrification. Prof. Williamson is an IEEE Fellow.

Rick Szymczyk, VP Engineering at eCAMION Inc., Canada, since 2017, is responsible for Engineering and Product Development of Energy Storage systems Development of Battery based Fast Charging Systems Across Trans-Canada Highway Development of Product Strategy for next generation of Energy Storage based systems Organizational development. He was in General Motors as Engineering Group Manager from 2015-17 as Engineer Group Manager in-charge of, Electrical Technologies Innovation, Electrical Control Module Engineering Release, Manager of Electrical Lab facilities, Leader of Employee Engagement activities. He was Engineering Group Manager, Energy Systems, from 2012 – 2015. He was the manager responsible for GM's Stationary Battery System technical development, leader of team responsible for Energy Storage based deployments, leader of Employee Engagement activities, leader responsible for development of GM Canada Toastmasters initiative.

Mauricio Esguerra (Co-Founder and CEO of MAGMENT GmbH) was born in Bogotá and held senior executive positions at Siemens, EPCOS, Dialight, Pulse, Falco and Eglo. He holds a degree in physics from TU München and Ohio State University, holds 18 patents and has published over 80 papers and contributed to one book. He is an active member of the IEC and SAE standard committees.

Kartik V. Iyer (S’13) received the B.Tech. degree from the National Institute of Technology, Surat, Surat, India, in 2011, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA, in 2013 and 2017, respectively, all in electrical engineering. He is currently with Tesla, USA. His research interests include magnetics design, ac-dc, and dc-dc converters, and high-frequency ac-link conversion for renewable energy integration.

Apala Ray has more than 12 years of experience in research, development and deployment of industrial communication networks and cybersecurity. She has experience in technology research and investigation and technical solution feasibility and analysis of automation solutions for next generation product development within the process automation sectors. She is currently working as global cybersecurity manager for Process Industries and is responsible for the technical cybersecurity portfolio and for compliance with the ABB standards on cybersecurity for the division Process Industries. She holds a PhD degree in Security for Industrial Communication Networks from Mälardalen University, Sweden and received her M.Tech in Information Technology specialized in Networking and Communication from International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore, India.
IAS Student Led Technical Paper Conference Schedule
IPRECON 2020 - 1st International Power and Renewable Energy Conference 2020, Kollam, Kerala, India, 30 October - 1 November 2020
CIYCEE 2020 - First China International Youth Conference on Electrical Engineering, Wuhan, Hubei, China, 2-4 November 2020
SCEMS 2020 - IEEE 3rd Student Conference on Electric Machines and Systems, Jinan, Shandong, China, 4-6 December 2020
IEEE Kansas Power & Energy Conference
A conference was held at Kansas State University led by Graduate Student members of the IAS/PELS joint Student Chapter at the University.
IAS Society Level Award Winners
The IAS Executive Board voted at its June 2020 Executive Board meeting to approve the following IAS Society Level award winners. Congratulations to all of our winners.
  • Outstanding Achievement Award: Fang Z Peng 
  • Distinguished Service Award: Bruno Lequesne
  • Outstanding Educator/Mentor Award: Bhim Singh
  • Andrew W. Smith outstanding Young Member Achievement Award: Yue Zhao
  • Outstanding Young Member Service Award: Zhaohao Ding
IEEE Smart Village: Adopt A Village Program
The IEEE Smart Village (ISVx) is seeking sponsors for its Adopt a Village Program.
IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications - Special Issue 
Call for Papers for a special issue on "Advanced and Emerging Technologies of High-efficiency and Long Distance Wireless Power Transfer Systems."

Abstracts submissions are due by 31 December 2020.
COVID-19 Related Research and Technologies are Free to Access in IEEE Xplore®
IEEE is committed to supporting the global response with direct access to various articles available to assist in the management of today’s pandemic. These articles are now free to access on IEEE Xplore.
Conference Update
We would like to express our concern and support for all the members of the IEEE Industry Applications Society and others affected by the global health crisis.

Please be sure to continue to check into the IAS Events & Conferences page, and follow the links to any of the Upcoming Conference websites for the latest information on each given event.
Please refer to the IAS Conference page for a full listing.
2020 IAS Annual Meeting
From its onset, the IEEE-IAS Annual Meeting (IAS AM2020) planning committee pays close attention to the development of the COVID-19 and its impact on everyday life. With the approaching of IAS AM2020, scheduled for 11-15 October 2020, in Detroit, Michigan, USA, our primary concern is the health, safety, and comfort of our conference attendees and colleagues.

We are closely monitoring the updates and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). At this moment, we have decided to proceed as planned with the face-to-face conference.

IAS AM2020 planning committee recognizes that this is a continually evolving situation. We are committed to communicating responsibly to move toward for a successful event.

For the most up-to-date information, please visit the IAS AM2020 website.
We take great pleasure in inviting you to the 2020 IEEE 40th Central America and Panama Convention (CONCAPAN) that will be held in Panamá City (Panama) 11-14 November 2020.

CONCAPAN is one of the most important international technological events of the electrical industry in the Central American region that brings together hundreds of professionals, developers and researchers from the industry and academy that work in all areas of electrical engineering.
Your presence at this conference is important to us. We look forward to seeing you there.

Carlos A. Medina C.
Technical Program Chair
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