March 2021
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Upcoming IAS Webinars
Partial Power Processing Converters: A Way to go Beyond the Limits
14 April 2021, 11AM EDT
Presenter: Professor Dr. Petar J. Grbovic
Meeting Link

Expanding Workplace Electrical Safety to Non-Electrical Occupations
19 May 2021, 11AM EDT
Presenters: Brett Brenner and Daniel Majano

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 program's only funding source; no other sources, including IEEE membership dues, are used.

Follow the links below to visit our website to view the program guidelines and the program application.

2021 IAS Annual Meeting

The 2021 IAS-Annual Meeting conference is being held 10-14 October 2021 in the host city of Vancouver, BC, Canada. The conference organizing committee anticipates having another informative program of technical papers and tutorials on electrical topics within the IAS field-of-interest. We shall also receive guidance this year from IEEE Meetings Conference and Events (MCE) department in view of global health challenges. If you have any proposed paper or tutorial ideas for our conference, please be sure to submit them in response to the Call for Papers & Tutorials, as posted on the website for the 2021 IAS Annual Meeting.

The conference venue and meeting space is at the world-class Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC), a sparkling jewel of a facility located along the Vancouver waterfront. You can enjoy amazing views of the harbor and mountains in one direction and the city skyline in the other direction. The IAS Annual Meeting will be co-located with the 2021 Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE). The IAS Annual Meeting delegates are invited to attend selected ECCE activities, such as the Monday Plenary Session and the ECCE Technical Expo, which are open to attendees from both conferences. With such a great setting for our two conferences, there will be ample opportunities for attendees to enjoy social events and networking amongst other engineers, industry folks, academic faculty, and of course students.

On behalf of the entire conference organizing committee, we look forward to your participation in the 2021 IAS Annual Meeting!
Paper Submissions to the 2021 IAS Annual Meeting
The submission site for the 2021 IAS Annual Meeting is open.

You may select from the following topics (committee) for your paper:
  • Metal Industry Committee, Mining Industry Committee
  • Power Systems Engineering Data Center, Codes and Standards, Power Systems Protections, Energy Systems
  • Industrial Lighting and Displays, Industry Automation and Control, Electrostatic Processes

(Paper Submission Deadline Extended to 31 March 2021)

IAS Award Nominations
IAS is accepting award nominations for our Society-level awards: Outstanding Achievement, Distinguished Service, Outstanding Educator/Mentor, Andrew W. Smith Outstanding Young Member Achievement Award and Outstanding Young Member Service Award. Self-nominations are not permitted. To nominate a colleague for one of these prestigious awards please access the appropriate form linked below via the IAS Awards webpage.

(Submission Deadline Extended to 1 April 2021)
2021 CMD Awards and Contests
The IAS Chapters and Membership Department (CMD) is pleased to announce that the 2021 CMD Awards and Contests are currently open for submissions!

Eligible IAS Members and Chapters are encouraged to apply for the following contests:
  • Outstanding Member award
  • Outstanding Chapter award
  • Chapter web contest
  • Most happening Chapter contest
  • Student thesis contest
  • Zucker undergraduate design contest
  • Robotics contest
  • Humanitarian contest

Deadline for all contests: 31 March 2021, 12:00 noon PST (Pacific Standard Time)

For more information about each contest and details about the prizes, please follow the link below.

Paper Presentation Schedule for 2021 IEEE Industry Applications Society I&CPS Conference
The paper presentation schedule for 2021 IEEE IAS I&CPS Conference has been announced. Please follow the link below to download the schedule.
2021 ESW Workshop – Virtual Conference is Still Online
It’s not too late to attend the 2021 IEEE Industry Applications Society Electrical Safety Workshop (ESW).
IAS Mentoring Contest
IEEE Industry Application Society Global Mentoring Program Contest – submission deadline 30 March 2021.
Announcement Submitted by Bob Arno, North Point Defense, IAS Volunteer
North Point Defense in cooperation with the US Army Corps of Engineers, Power Reliability Enhancement Office (PREP) is embarking on a massive data collection effort that will enhance and update IEEE DOT 3006.8. During this health crisis, it is difficult to find locations willing to donate Reliability information on their facilities. If you are interested or know someone interested in participating in this effort please contact me at the following email address. Attached is a brochure from the PREP office explaining the program, the type of data sources, and the program managers assigned to the program. Please disseminate throughout IEEE to help us gather data to update DOT 3006.8, Recommended Practice for Analyzing Reliability Data for Equipment Used in Industrial and Commercial Power Systems.

Thank you in advance for any assistance to make DOT 3006.8 better than ever.
Open Journal of Industry Applications
ECCE 2021 Call for Industry Participation
ECCE will be held in Vancouver, BC, Canada 10-14 October 2021
ECCE 2022 Logo Competition
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.
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.
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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.