September 2020
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In Memory of Patrick (Pat) Ryan
PES Executive Director
The IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES), a sister Society of IAS recently lost a great friend and strong supporter of IEEE, PES and IAS. Pat Ryan was the Executive Director of the Power and Energy Society. Pat worked very closely with IAS Executive Director, Patrick McCarren and IAS Program Specialist, Lynda Bernstein on co-sponsored conferences (like PowerAfrica) and programs; IEEE Smart Village, Smart Grid and Smart Cities. In fact, Lynda began her IEEE career working for PES under Pat.

Pat began his career with IEEE under the PES leadership of John McDonald, the 2006-2007 PES President. Pat worked very closely with Robin Podmore and Ray Larsen, the two co-founders of ISV. At the two-day IEEE Humanitarian Technology Challenge (HTC) conference in October 2009 in Washington, D.C., Robin met Ray and the idea for IEEE Smart Village (initially called Community Solutions Initiatives) was born.

The Haiti earthquake hit, 12 January 2010. With Ray’s persuasion, IEEE, IEEE Canada and IEEE NPSS raised funds to build six 1.5 kW SunBlazer trailers. Each SunBlazer charged 40 Portable Battery Kits with 18 Ah of storage. The units were built by Nextek by volunteers and shipped to Haiti. The systems were deployed by Sirona Cares, an NGO in Haiti, that was established with Jatropha farming. In late 2010 as the HTC project was ending, PES with support from Al Rotz and coaching from Pat Ryan provided a home for IEEE Smart Village.

"When I began my career at IEEE, Mary Ward Callan, Managing Director, Technical Activities, advised that I look to Pat as an example of how to run a society and make it successful," commented Patrick McCarren.

Pat tirelessly supported hundreds of PES leaders and thousands of PES volunteer members who have been responsible for the transformation and successful growth of PES, the Technical Committees, Conferences and Publications along with special programs such as the PES T&D show, IEEE Scholarship Plus, IEEE Smart Grid, PES Young Professionals, IEEE Women in Power and IEEE Smart Village.

Shortly before Pat’s death, he received the highly coveted IEEE Eric Herz Outstanding Staff Service Award for his contributions to IEEE, PES and to the developing world through ISV. With this award, we hope that Pat realized how much he meant to us and this was a mere token of our thank you to him. God Bless you Pat.
Open Journal of Industry Applications
Important IAS Communication Announcement
We are making an effort to limit the number of emails that we send out to our IAS members.

We also want to make sure that members continue to receive announcements for IAS webinars, CFPs and other announcements that may be out-of-cycle for our newsletter if they are interested in these programs. As of 1 October, 2020 all email to our member base will be on a subscription basis only. If you choose not to receive these announcements there is nothing for you to do. If you want to continue to receive announcements you will have to subscribe to the IAS-News listserv. We will try our best to not send out more than one message per week, but in order to receive these announcements please be sure to follow the link below and sign up.
2020IAS Annual Meeting Will have Live Casting Plenary Session and Semi-Live Paper Presentation
It is less than one month away! From its onset, the IEEE-IAS Annual Meeting planning committee paid close attention to the development of COVID-19 and its impact on everyday life. Our primary concern is the health, safety, and experience of our conference attendees and colleagues.

To strike the balance between safety and the experiences of the participants, the plenary session will be live casting and the paper presentation will be semi-live for 2020IAS Annual Meeting.

For the registrants of 2020IAS AM, you will have the following privileges:
  • Attend plenary session on 12 October 2020 (Live casting).
  • Attend the paper presentations and Q&A on 13 October 2020 – 15 October 2020 (Semi-live; Pre-recorded paper presentation will be played in the session first and followed by live Q&A). Taking the time zone into consideration, the paper sessions will be scheduled between 9:00AM – 12:00PM EDT. To comply with GDPR and respect the privacy of the audiences, the paper presentation and Q&A sessions will not be recorded.
  • Visit vendors’ EXPO.
  • View and download the conference papers till 31 October 2020.
  • View and download the voice over ppt file video presentations till 31 October 2020.

I encourage you to register for this event. The registration fee is 40% less than our traditional face-to-face event. For the most up-to-date information on IAS AM2020 please follow the link below to the meeting page. Looking forward to meeting with you online during the conference.

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.
2021 IAS I&CPS Conference Call for Papers
The 2021 IAS I&CPS Conference is scheduled to be held in person in Las Vegas, Nevada in April of 2021. Please view the conference call for papers for details.
Industry Applications Chapter and Membership Department (CMD) Announcements
CMD has been hosting a series of technical webinars focusing on Power and Energy, Electrical Machines and Electrical Lighting. The lectures will continue through the end of September and during October. The registration information is below and the posters are attached. Please visit the CMD webpage for more information.
CMD Virtual Meeting Series on Power and Energy:
CMD Virtual Meeting Series on Electrical Lighting:
Talent Show:
The IAS CMD 2020 Talent Show contest is currently running till the end of October. The slogan for the talent show is "unlock my talent during lockdown." We encourage you to make submissions of any talent or hobby you had the opportunity to develop or improve during lockdown. This could be your enchanting skills playing a musical instrument, dancing, artwork, singing or even sculpting - we would love to see your creative side during lockdown! There are prizes for the top three winners of the contest. Please make your submissions on the "2020 IEEE IAS Talent Show" Facebook page.
The Chapters and Membership Department (CMD) will be hosting the first virtual Annual Meeting CMD Workshop which will take place on 11 October 2020 at 10am (EDT). All IAS chapters and members are encouraged to attend.

Registration and Meeting Access Link

Past Chapter Workshop Review - Central Texas Chapter Workshop June 2020
New! AIAA/IEEE TEC Online Short Course Electrified Aircraft Propulsion Technologies: Powering the Future of Air Transportation
14 October - 11 November 2020
Overview: This 18-hour online course, presented jointly by AIAA and IEE202E, describes the benefits of electrifying the propulsion systems of large aircraft, identifies the technology advancements required to enable electrified aircraft propulsion, and details how the aerospace industry can transition from the current state-of-the-art to these advanced technologies. It covers electrical machines, power systems and electronics, materials research, superconductivity and cryogenics, thermal management, battery chemistry, system design, and optimization. It covers general concepts, tools, and information, and offers the learner a solid high-level understanding of the material.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the benefits of electrified propulsion in aircraft
  • Identify types of electric and hybrid-electric propulsion systems and their relative advantages and disadvantages
  • Understand the fundamentals of electromechanical energy conversion and performance parameters
  • Understand the fundamentals of enabling power electronics
  • Understand the key drivers of electrical machine and drive designs
  • Become familiar with emerging technologies, e.g., superconductivity, cryogenic power electronics
  • Have a basic understanding of electrical power distribution architecture and the general considerations for the protection system design
IEEE Members use code TECMEM to obtain the AIAA Member Price.
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.
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
Full Conference Details
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.

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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.