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PELS Students and Young Professionals Reception at APEC - 2015

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 EPE (ECCE-Europe) 2016, Karlsruhe, Germany

      On behalf of the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) and European Power Electronics (EPE), we would like to cordially invite you to the PELS-EPE Students and Young Professionals Meeting. Join us at the roof-deck of the KIT’s president building for an evening of fun and networking!

       During the meeting, attendees have 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 will attend the meeting.

       Enjoy complimentary German food and drinks while you mingle! This event is free to students and young professionals.

    • Where: Roof-Deck of KIT’s president building (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Bld 11.30, Engelbert-Arnold-Straße 2)

      When: Tuesday, 6th September at 8:15 pm


      Checkpoint for the PELS Students & Young Professional Meeting will be at the main entrance of the conference location (Stadthalle) at 8 pm and from there we will walk to the KIT President’s building. Alternatively, you can go directly to the location of the PELS Students & Young Professionals meeting (Engelbert-Arnold-Straße 2, third floor) at 8:15 pm.

       If you want to join the event, please send an email with the subject PARTICIPATE IN PELS YP MEETING to mario.greule@kit.edu.

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

      IEEE Industry Application Society - IAS and Power Electronics Society - PELS, give you this opportunity to learn from the life journey of the biggest leaders at ECCE along with an evening well spent talking to people from across the globe.

      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. This event is free and open to students and young professionals. So make sure you don't miss this wonderful chance to make new friends and meet new people. The event is also co-sponsored by IEEE Milwaukee Section IAS and PELS Chapters.

      Please register here @ <https://goo.gl/forms/krf72p3vxfzOPYrB3> to mark your presence for this amazing evening in Milwaukee.

Event:      IAS & PELS Young Professionals Reception

Location: Safehouse, 779 North Front Street, Milwaukee

Date:       20 September 2016 (Tuesday)

Time :      6:30 p.m – 9:30 p.m

  • 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

Recent Events

  • IPEMC (ECCE ASIA) - May 2016, Hefei, China

IEEE PELS organized a Students' and Young Professionals' Reception at IPEMC 2016, which was held at Platinum Hanjue Hotel in Hefei, China on May 23, 2016.  There was a huge turn out of about 145 attendees, who enjoyed networking opportunity with peers and distinguished guests (Dr. Liuchen Chang, Dr. Braham Ferreira, Dr. Mark Dehong Xu, and Dr. Katherine Kim), over complementary cakes and drinks. There was also a cherishing talk on 'Women in Engineering'. This event enhanced the experience of young participants at IPEMC into a relaxing environment!

IPEMC 2016

  • APEC - March 2016, Long Beach, USA

IEEE PELS and IAS co-sponsored a Students and Young Professionals' Reception at APEC 2016, which was held at Café Sevilla in Long Beach on March 22, 2016.  Over complementary drinks and appetizers, more than 110 attendees enjoyed the panel discussion "Research for a cause - Thinking Why before What" and the networking opportunity with distinguished guests. This event also extended the young participants' experience of APEC into a relaxing environment by inviting the APEC organizers and plenary speakers.


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!