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PELS Students and Young Professionals Reception at APEC 

The first few years of student life as well as after graduation can be challenging for young engineers. Employment searches, new jobs, professional growth, career development, and life status changes are common experiences. 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 Power Electronics Society (PELS) has its own Students and Young Professionals (S&YP) group, dedicated to bring together budding engineers in the area of power and energy. PELS S&YP hosts a variety of events, especially at different IEEE conferences and meetings, geared to helping students and young professional members get connected in the power electronics community. Special access receptions and dinners, mentoring, and other unique growth opportunities are available for the members of PELS students and young professionals.

Students are vital members of PELS. Much of the cutting-edge research presented and published at PELS conferences is conducted by students. Students represent the future of the field and PELS aims to cultivate a vibrant community for student members to develop their careers in power electronics. PELS supports student competitions, like Solar Splash and the International Future Energy Challenge, and supports various student travel grants, and hold conference events, such as student-industry networking dinners. As a student you can join PELS for a very low membership fee per year. Get connected with the power electronics community and make an impact in this exciting field!

Student Competitions

PELS Student Chapters

PELS has a number of student chapters throughout the world. If you would like to start a student chapter at your institution, please fill out this form. A subset of PELS student chapters are as follows:

  • Aachen Univ. of Tech - Rwth (Joint PELS/IAS/PES)
  • Univ. Of Arkansas-Fayetteville
  • Centro Nacional Investigacion Desarollo
  • Guanajuato Univ. de
  • Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Joint PELS/PES)
  • National Tsing Hua University Branch
  • Pontificia Univ. Catolica de Chile
  • Pontificia Univ. Catolica de Valparaiso
  • Texas A&M Univ. (Joint PELS/IAS/PES)
  • Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln (Joint PELS/IAS/PES)
  • Virginia Poly. Inst. & State Univ. (Virginia Tech)
  • Xian Jiaotong Univ.
  • Univ. of Aero & Astronautics
  • Hefei Univ. of Technology
  • Universidad Distrital Francisco Jose de Caldas

Latest News & Upcoming Conferences/Events

    • Students and Young Professionals' Reception at SPEC 2016, Auckland, New Zealand

      An opportunity to mingle, interact, learn from the best minds of IEEE PELS and have some fun!

      IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) invites you to join this event to learn from the life journey of the biggest leaders in power electronics at SPEC 2016 along with an evening well spent talking to people from across the globe. This year, the IEEE PELS Students and Young Professionals Reception at SPEC 2016 will specially be filled with distinguished speeches, meeting new power electronics peers, learning about the best practices in industry and academia, and having loads of fun with complimentary drinks and snacks. This event is free and open to all students, young professionals, and engineers. So, make sure you don’t miss this wonderful chance to make new friends and meet new people.

    • Monday, December 5th 2016, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

      Medium Chemistry Lecture Theatre and 301 Foyer, The University of Auckland, New Zealand


      Please register at https://goo.gl/forms/f3Bu8Ks4IViG1umt2 to mark your presence for this amazing evening at SPEC 2016 in Auckland.

  • 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) - Southern Hemisphere

Recent Events

    • > Students and Young Professionals' Reception at EPE (ECCE-Europe) 2016, Karlsruhe, Germany

      IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) and European Power Electronics (EPE) together conducted PELS-EPE Students and Young Professionals Meeting on 6th September, at the roof-deck of the KIT’s president building. It was an evening of fun and networking! During the meeting, almost 150 enthusiastic attendees had the opportunity to chat with fellow students and young professionals, as well as distinguished guests, from around the world in a casual atmosphere. Among others Dr. Braham Ferreira, President of IEEE PELS and professor at the TU Delft, as well as the key-note speakers of the EPE’16 from Daimler, Infineon and ABB attended the meeting, with complimentary German food and drinks served while young engineers mingled with each other! Enjoy the below pic of delicious food...

    • EPE 2016

    • > Students and Young Professionals' Reception at ECCE 2016, Milwaukee, USA

      IEEE Industry Application Society (IAS) and Power Electronics Society (PELS), together provided this platform to learn from the life journey of the biggest leaders at ECCE (September 20th) along with an opportunity well spent talking to people from across the globe. It was an evening filled with meeting new people, fun games, learning about the best practices in industry and academia, and having loads of fun with drinks and snacks at the North Front Safehouse. This free event, open primarily to IEEE students and young professionals, had over 80 attendees. The event was also co-sponsored by IEEE Milwaukee Section IAS and PELS Chapters.


For more information about our past events, please click here!

Engage, Network & Learn!

  • Young Engineers' Webinar Series

In this digital age, technical information exchange will go beyond traditional paper publications. PELS Students 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...


IEEE PELS Students and 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!