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PELS Students and Young Professionals Reception at APEC - 2015

The first few years after graduation from university can be challenging for young professionals. Employment searches, new jobs, professional growth, career development, and life status changes are common experiences for many recent graduates. Going through these challenges can be daunting but IEEE members never have to go through these experiences alone or uninformed.

IEEE Young Professionals (formerly Graduates of the Last Decade, GOLD) was created in 1996 as a membership program to help students transition to young professionals within the larger IEEE community. IEEE student members are automatically added to the Young Professionals community as they graduate. IEEE Young Professionals is a vibrant community of engineers, scientists, and technical experts with member representation across the globe and throughout IEEE societies.

IEEE PELS hosts a variety of events geared to helping young professional members get connected in the power electronics community. Special access receptions and dinners, mentoring, and other unique growth opportunities are avaiable for PELS young professional members.

Latest News & Upcoming Conferences/Events

  • APEC - March 2016, Long Beach, CA, USA

APEC-2016 continues the long-standing tradition of addressing issues of immediate and long-term interest to the practicing power electronics engineer. Outstanding technical content is provided at one of the lowest registration costs of any IEEE conference. The conference will be held at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, Long Beach, CA, March 20-24, 2016. 

Stay tuned for more information regarding the PELS Students & Young Professionals' Reception event at APEC!!


Recent Events

  • COBEP (SPEC) - November 2015, Brazil

    The IEEE Power Electronics Society recently hosted the first students and young professionals reception in South America. The event was part of the first Southern Power Electronics Conference (SPEC) and the Brazilian Power Electronics Conference COBEP. Almost 100 people from all over the world joined together for food, drinks, and lively conversations at a seaside restaurant. Braham Ferreira, the PELS President, joined for the special event.

  • ECCE North America - September 2015, Canada

    The IEEE PELS and IAS sponsored Students and Young Professionals' Reception at ECCE-North America was held at L’ Auberge Saint-Gabriel (426 Saint-Gabriel, Montréal, QC) on Tuesday, Sept 22 at 6:30 PM. As always, it provided with a great opportunity for students and young professionals to network with each other and interact with distinguished personalities in the field of power and energy. There were more than 80 attendees present during the event, who also enjoyed the complementary appetizer buffet and drinks. Below are some pics taken at ECCE. Enjoy!

  • EPE (ECCE EUROPE) - September 2015, Switzerland

The EPE Students and Young Professionals Reception was held at La Romana (Rue de Vermont 37, 1202 Genève, Switzerland) on Tuesday, 8th September at 20h30 (after the EPE Welcome Reception). About 90 Students/YPs completed signed-in officially. There were penty of opportunities for networking. Students/YPs from different affiliations were meeting for the first time and having nice discussions.

Towards the middle of the event, Dr. Braham Ferreira, Dr. Leo Lorenz, and Dr. Dushan Boroyevich, each gave a short but sweet speech to the YPs. Throughout the event, they also networked with the YPs. Dr. Fred Lee, Dr. Rik De Doncker, and Mike Kelly also attended. The food and drinks were great as well. Lots of homemade Italian food and plenty of wine!! Enjoy the below pics...



  • ICPE 2015 (ECCE ASIA) - Young Researchers' Reception

At the 2015 Energy Conversion Congress & Exposition Asia/International Conference on Power Electronics (ECCE-Asia/ICPE) held in Seoul, South Korea, students and young professionals from all parts of the world came together to share their experiences in power electronics. On June 2, the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) and Korean Institute of Power Electronics (KIPE) co-sponsored a Young Researcher Activity and Networking Dinner. The events were organized by Prof. Rae-Young Kim (Hanyang University, Korea) as the lead organizer and Prof. Sang-Shin Kwak  (Chungang University, Korea), Prof. Honnyong Cha (Kyungpook University, Korea) , and Prof. Katherine Kim (Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Korea), as supporting organizers.

The event kicked off with a greeting from Prof. Braham Ferreira (Delft University of Technology), current PELS President, and Prof. Seung-Ki Sul (Seoul National University), current KIPE President, emphasizing the importance of active young members to the future of the power electronics field and community. During the Young Researcher Activity, students from various countries presented posters about their school, research lab, lab culture, research projects, and general experiences. Students represented schools from Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, U.S., and Denmark. Over 70 attendees participated in the activity and talked with students from the represented schools while networking and enjoying a reception.


  • APEC 2015 - IEEE Young Professionals Reception

IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) and Industry Applications Society (IAS) conducted Students & Young Professionals Reception at Epicenter during APEC 2015 in Charlotte. The event provided opportunities to network and chat with fellow students / young professionals in a casual atmosphere over appetizers and drinks.

There was also a panel discussion and Q&A with four distinguished guests from industry and academia: Dr. Maryam Saeedifard (Georgia Tech), Dr. Shibashis Bhowmik (Sinewatts), Mr. David Doctor (E4 Carolinas) and Dr. Akshay Rathore (NU Singapore), followed by cake cutting event to celebrate 50 years of IAS.

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  • List of Major Conferences with Events/Receptions Sponsored by PELS Young Professionals
  • Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC)
  • Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE) - North America
  • Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE) - Europe
  • Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE) - Asia
  • Southern Power Electronics Conference (SPEC) - South America


Engage, Network & Learn!

  • Young Engineers' Webinar Series

In this digital age, technical information exchange will go beyond traditional paper publications. PELS Student and Young Professionals’ (YP) group offers a webinar series covering a wide range of topics in power electronics and beyond by experts from industry and academia, alike. We cordially invite you to become a speaker/presenter for our webinars and share your experiences with the YP members. Please visit the YP webinar website for the latest updates on webinars!

Click on the Call for Webinars for more information on how to be a presenter/speaker for our webinars. We seek your support and participation...


Young Professional Committee

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about activities for young professionals in PELS, please contact Lingxiao Xue, the PELS Young Professionals' Chair at lingxiao.xue.us@ieee.org!