June 2021
Thank you for reading this issue of the IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) Newsletter. If you have IAS-specific news to share with your IAS colleagues please send us an email at ias-administrator@ieee.org for possible publication in an upcoming newsletter.
Women in Engineering Panel Discussion
Within the framework of International Women in Engineering Day - #INWED21 - we invite you to participate in the Panel: Women Leaders in the Industry - Challenges and Opportunities for Latin America Development.

The event aims to:
  • Make visible professional women leaders who develop their careers in the industry in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Inspire next generations, students and young professionals from STEM-related careers to consider working in the industry in the future
  • Discuss the challenges and advances of Diversity and Inclusion programs in the various industries
  • Share visions regarding the Future of Work in Science, Technology and Engineering

Professional Women Leaders in engineering from different countries will accompany us and we will share with them their experience and the actions that are being carried out to build inclusive, diverse and sustainable spaces in the industries where they are developed.

Date: Wednesday 30 June 2021
Time: 8:30 p.m. Buenos Aires (GMT-3)
Webinar Presented by: IAS President, Wei-Jen Lee and IAS Standards Chair, Daleep Mohla
Title: Access the Resources, Research and Benefits of the Industry Applications Society and IEEE SA Standards Development

Date/Time: Friday, 9 July 2021 | 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM ET

The Industry Applications Society (IAS) is a transnational organization interested in the advancement of the theory and practice of electrical and electronic engineering; promotion of safe, reliable and economic installations; creation of engineering standards and recommended practices; and the professional development of its membership. In conjunction with the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE SA), the Standards Committee of the IAS has developed key standards including arc-flash hazard calculations, requirements for trace heating, squirrel cage motors, and the Color Books.

This webinar will focus on the following topics:
  • The scope of the IAS organization, as well as the available resources and opportunities within the IAS for research enhancement and career development
  • The standards development process, using IEEE 1584™-2018, IEEE Guide for Performing Arc-Flash Hazard Calculations, one of the most recognized standards sponsored by the IAS, as an example
  • Active standards projects ranging from developing guidelines for the continuous thermal monitoring of switchgear and motor control centers to drafting recommended practices for conducting transient stability studies and how to get involved
PCIC Registration is Open

On behalf of the 2021 Local Conference Committee, we are excited to invite you to attend the annual PCIC Technical Conference this September in San Antonio, Texas.

Much of the world continues to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates and reports reduced infections, so increasing faith and confidence allows us to meet this year in person! Through diligent studies and planning, we are confident that Marriott and our Local Committee can safely host you and your guest(s). For details on the commitment to everyone’s health and safety see: Commitment to Clean.

Here are some key points to share with your peers and your company's management:

  • The EU has dropped travel bans for those with vaccinations to travel to (and from) "Safe" countries (like The Republic of Texas). Other countries and regions are also following suit.
  • Numerous companies are relaxing their travel restrictions and are specifically approving PCIC for their staff to attend this fall.
  • American Petroleum Institute (API) Standards Working Group(s) are meeting with PCIC at the Marriott Rivercenter prior to our Conference.
  • A major US Oil Company to have their corporate electrical discipline meeting at PCIC prior to our Conference at the Host Hotel. (This represents 30-50 EEs from a single user company.

There are daily increases in interest and commitments to host events for hospitality and foster networking among attendees. Networking is key to the high value of PCIC Conferences for so many for so long. Industry leaders agree that through networking "I receive so much more than I have given."

No, COVID-19 is not gone… it has impacted everyone, everywhere, in almost every way for too long. But our commitment to getting the industrial economy back in gear should be evident. And though masks are no longer required, there will be plenty of room for social distancing if you choose, and we'll continue to demonstrate responsible behavior as we gather in San Antonio, Texas.

We are confident that the 2021 Conference will be a successful event and we look forward to you joining us for the 2021 IEEE/IAS-PCIC Technical Conference in San Antonio, Texas! 

Peter R. Baen, Local Committee Chair
PCIC 2021 San Antonio Conference

Student Branch Event

The IEEE IAS Student Branch Chapter presents the 1st Manchester Symposium on Electrified Transportation (1st ManSET 2021). The main highlights of the events are:

  • Illuminating presentations by distinguished lecturers in the field of electric transportation
  • Research discussions by PhD students and Postdocs from worldwide universities
  • Opportunity to engage in discussion and Q&A sessions with a variety of professionals from different academic backgrounds
  • Prizes awarded for outstanding achievements
IEEE Milestone - Chet Sandberg
On 28 August 2019, the 200th IEEE Milestone was unveiled at the nVent facilities (formally Raychem) in Redwood City California. Conferring a milestone is in the prerogative of the IEEE Historical Committee. It is a strict process managed by the Historical Committee with the requirements of a Milestone being: "an achievement must be at least 25 years old, have benefited humanity, and must have had at least regional importance."

The process includes preparing a Historical Committee accepted justification proposal, obtaining an Advocate on the Historical Committee, selecting an appropriate IEEE unit for support (in our case the Santa Clara Valley Section) and then History Committee presents the recommendation to the IEEE Board of Directors for final approval. The entire process is conducted through the internet on the IEEE Historical Wiki, this one took over three years. The Santa Clara Valley Historical Chair was invaluable since he had been through numerous Milestone procedures in recent years.

In reality, the IAS PCIC deserves accolades as the major contributor to the success of the proposal for the milestone. Numerous PCIC heat tracing papers and tutorials were referenced. Also, the huge amount of time the members of the working groups for IEEE 515 and 844 showed the commitment and importance of this important electrical subject for the PCIC members. The committee was impressed since few even knew what heat tracing was before the proposal was submitted.

Today the Conductive Polymer Self-regulating Heat Tracing Cable is manufactured by many vendors worldwide and has solved significant installation, design and reliability issues of previous electrical heat tracing cables. While most users extol the "overlap ability" of the cable a little emphasized attribute is the “cut to length in the field”. This simplifies the design and installation as well as not having to manufacture to a specific length before installation. These characteristics separated the Conductive Polymer Self-regulating Heat Tracing Cable from other technologies and the sheer volume produced and sold every year contributed to the Milestone proposal being accepted by the Historical Committee.

Since the above Milestone is the 200th, there are numerous other Milestones with interesting histories of the discovery, use and benefits of electricity and the interaction with the IEEE. These start with the Book Experiments and Observations on Electricity by Benjamin Franklin, 1751. If you haven't looked at the Milestone Site, I would highly recommend it.
Open Journal of Industry Applications
The Open Journal of Industry Applications is seeking paper submissions for a special issue on "Model Predictive Control of Power Electronic System in Industrial Applications." The submission deadline is 30 September 2021.

All manuscripts must be submitted through Manuscript Central. Authors should select, during the submission stage, the option "Special Issue on Model Predictive Control of Power Electronic Systems in Industrial Applications." Refer to the IAS website for general information about electronic submission through Manuscript Central.
Award Announcement
Congratulations to Satish Chaparala for being selected as the 2021 IEEE PES/IAS A. P. Seethapathy Rural Electrification Excellence Award winner.
TryEngineering Tuesday: Featuring Electric Cars
The IEEE Transportation Electrification Community is participating in TryEngineering Tuesday with a focus on electric vehicles.

There will be a free webinar on Tuesday, 13 July 2021 at 12 PM ET.

Help students explore, engage, and get inspired about transportation electrification!
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!
2021 PES General Meeting Goes Virtual
The 2021 IEEE PES General Meeting, will take place virtually 25-29 July. As a sister Society of PES, we wanted to notify Industry Applications Society members about the upcoming flagship event.
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 - 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.

IAS Publications
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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.
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