December 2020
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A Message from the IAS President,
Georges Zissis
This message closes the two-year period that I had the immense privilege to chair IAS. Even if, the second year of my mandate was complex and obliged me to take some sad decisions due to the unexpected pandemic conditions, I would say that it was a great pleasure for me working with the board members, IAS staff, and all IAS volunteers to move our Society forward.

Our mission and vision statements have been validated definitively to our strategic plan, based on these statements, has been refined and structured along four goals. This includes concrete IAS "branding" actions to make our Society more attractive for our members and its actions more visible. I am proud to say that our publications, conferences, and social media actions have continued to grow for the past few years and this contributes indisputably to promote our actions worldwide.

During the last months, IAS became a core member of IEEE Smart Village Initiative (ISVx) and would allow IAS to enhance its humanitarian actions. Further, IAS since 2020 integrated the IEEE Smart System Council, whereas we are continuing our investment in Smart Cities and Smart Grid Communities and IAS took the chairmanship of the IEEE Transportation Electrification Community. I see there many new opportunities for our members to be invested in new adventures in collaboration with other IEEE Societies! IAS is also actively implicated to the newly created IEEE MGA/SA/TAB Ad-Hoc committee and IEEE Task Force on Sustainable Development, some of our activities, for instance, in the domain of data centers and smart lighting have been got under the spotlights and this will enable new actions to better serve Humanity.

During these two years our Society set into motion new services to our members with a special focus on Young Professionals. For example, the IAS YP-mentoring program that has been inaugurated during the 2019-annual meeting is fantastically progressing. Further, IAS Board closed a gap by approving a new standing committee to address Diversity and Inclusion, which must be an attribute of any modern organization.

To conclude two years of service as IAS president, I would like stress the most important lesson that I learned: Our members are the wealth of our Society; we must serve them the best and make them feel proud being members of this family!

Thus, I thank all of you for your investment in our big family. I do not forget the devotion of our Board members, as well I acknowledge the efficiency our staff, Patrick McCarren and Lynda Bernstein who assisted in making the best possible decisions during that period. I am sure that the incoming president, Prof. Wei-Jen Lee, surrounded so effectively, will continue and he will amplify the actions undertaken to better serve you and enhance the value of your membership. From my side, I'll unconditionally remain of service to IAS.
Upcoming Webinar
Partial Power Processing Converters: A Way to go Beyond the Limits
presented by Prof. Dr. Petar J. Grbović

Tuesday, 19 January 2021 11:00 am EST (GMT-05:00)
Open Journal of Industry Applications
IAS is Now Accepting Submissions for the 2021 Myron Zucker Faculty Grant Program
The Industry Application Society is soliciting interested parties to submit proposals to the Myron Zucker Student Faculty Grant Program. The deadline for application submission is 31 March 2021.

Adhering to Mr. Zucker's goal, the principal objectives of the Student-Faculty Grant Program are:
  • to interest students and faculty in industry applications of electrical engineering
  • to involve students and faculty in engineering problems related to the Scope of the IEEE Industry Applications Society
  • to provide financial assistance to students for their education
  • to provide seed money to allow faculty members to commence or expand teaching, research, or academic concentrations in industry applications of electrical engineering

In general, the program functions much like a research support agency. It is administered by the IEEE Industry Applications Society through its Zucker Grant Committee with the consent of the IEEE Foundation.

The project must be designed to produce publishable results in one year (12 months). The preferred period of performance (for these 12 months) is 1 September through 31 August of the following year. The funding is such that approximately two grants, not exceeding US$25,000 each, can be awarded during each annual proposal cycle. This endowment is the programs only funding source; no other sources, including IEEE membership dues, are used.

Visit our website to view the program guidelines and the program application.

ECCE 2022 Logo Competition
Congratulations to IAS Members for their Elevation to IEEE Fellow, Class of 2021
Ganesh Venayagamoorthy
for contributions to the application of artificial intelligence to power systems

Mohammad Nazmul Anwar
for contributions to the system-balanced-robust power electronics design methodology for electrified vehicles

Hua Geng
for contribution to control of renewable energy power converters

Amit Gupta
for leadership in power conversion systems

Chandra Namuduri
for contributions to power electronics for safe and energy efficient electric vehicles

Mahesh Swamy
for development of power electronics topologies

Mohammad Uddin
for contributions to control techniques for AC motor drives

Firuz Zare
for contribution to power converters and leadership role in standardization

Leila Parsa
for contributions to control of multi-phase permanent magnet electrical drives

Akshay Rathore
for contributions to the design and advancement of power electronics for drives and automotive industries

Mi-ching Tsai
for leadership in magnetic materials for the electric motor industry

Alireza Bakhshai
for contributions to the development of synchronization techniques for power electronics converters

Yaow-ming Chen
for contributions to grid-connected power converters for renewable energy applications

Zhengyu Lu
for contributions to DC-DC power conversion and control

Sanjib Panda
for contributions to iterative learning control of motor drives

Shinzo Tamai
for contributions to control for motor drives and three-level converters

Jin Wang
for development of high density power converters and their use in electric cars

Important IAS Communication Announcement
All IAS members will continue to receive the IAS Newsletter monthly.

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IEEE Smart Village
Three Pillars: Electrification, Education, Enterprise Development 

Please view a short four minute video to see what is being accomplished within the IEEE Smart Village. John Nelson, Smart Village president, just received word recently that after a tough year, they are going to be able to fund a number of IEEE Smart Village Projects throughout the world in 2021, as well as projects within the US where Native Americans have no access to electricity.
IEEE Smart Village: Adopt A Village Program

The IEEE Smart Village (ISVx) is seeking sponsors for its Adopt a Village Program.
IAS Awards
Industry Applications Society Prize Paper/Article Awards

IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications Prize Papers 2020:

First Place: "Cogging Torque Minimization and Performance of the Sub-Fractional HP BLDC Claw-Pole Motor" by S. Leitner, H. Gruebler and A. Muetze

Second Place: "An Investigation on Diagnosis-Based Power Switch Lifetime Extension Strategies for Three-Phase Inverters" by E. Ugur, S. Dusmez and B. Akin

Third Place: "Modeling for Series Arc of DC Circuit Breaker" by Y. Kim and H. Kim

IEEE Industry Application Magazine Prize Articles 2020:

First Place: "How Reliable Is Your Uninterruptible Power System?: Eliminating Single Points of Failure" by S. Abaray, S. Beaver and C. Nguyen

Second Place: "A New Adaptive Controller in Wireless Networked Control Systems: Developing a Robust and Effective Controller for Energy Efficiency" by Raul K. Mansano, R. J. Rodrigues, E.P.Godoy and D Colon
Additional News
Akshay K. Rathore, IAS Awards Chair was selected to receive the 2020 Bimal Bose Award
Call for Papers - Conferences
Call for Papers - Publications
AIAA/IEEE TEC EATS Student Design Challenge 2021
The aeronautics industry is in the midst of another revolution since the last century. On one side, ecological awareness is providing a strong push to reduce harmful emissions, and the overall environmental footprint of aviation in general. From the other side, new trends and needs in mobility are rising towards more autonomous vehicles. The reduction of weight, fuel consumption and noise has been a continuous goal for many years, in order to improve aircraft performance.

Linked to these challenges, new concepts have been rising and, in particular, in the "Urban Air Mobility" or UAM sector that will utilize electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. The "dream" of an electrically propelled flying car is now starting to become reality, and several demonstrators have been proposed worldwide. However, autonomy and performance are still limited, and one main question is to know how far we can go in performance, taking into account the technology evolution. This is the spirit of the following Challenge.
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.
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
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.