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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

  • EPE (ECCE EUROPE) - September 2015, Switzerland

IEEE PELS Students & Young Professionals Reception at EPE 2015 ECCE – Europe 

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 Reception. 

Join us at the famous Bains des Pâquis for an evening of fun and networking! Bains des Pâquis is on the beautiful Lake Geneva, and has a marvelous view of the Jet d'Eau!

During the reception, 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. 

Enjoy complimentary fondue (a Swiss specialty!), dessert, and drinks while you mingle! This event is free to students and young professionals.


WhereBains des Pâquis (Quai du Mont-Blanc 30, 1201 Genève, Switzerland) – a modest walk from CICG (through the park and along Lake Geneva), or a short tram ride (Tram 15)

WhenTuesday, 8th September at 20h30 (after the EPE Welcome Reception)


Please RSVP by 28th August using the link*: https://goo.gl/2s0FCb

*Please Copy/Paste the link on your browser if directly clicking doesn't work!


  • ECCE North America - September 2015, Canada

The Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition was first held in 2009. It was and is a collaborative effort between two societies within the IEEE: The Power Electronics Society (PELS) and the Industrial Power Conversion Systems Department (IPCSD) of the Industry Application Society (IAS).

The motivation for creating yet another conference came from the feeling that the technology and innovations activities in energy conversion − while having burgeoned and blossomed as they were served faithfully by the two societies − has evolved to be too cumbersome to adequately serve the energy conversion community within the confines of the existing conferences of the two societies. This is partly due to the many disparate conferences which cover the area but are of a more regional nature. Over the past 7 years, this vision has been brought to bear successfully by teams of dedicated volunteers and participants. ECCE has grown in attendance from 889 in 2009 to 1312 in 2013. ECCE has become the premier global conference covering topics in energy conversion from electric machines, power electronics, drives, devices and applications existing and emergent. As we celebrate the 7th year of ECCE in Montreal, we invite you to come join the growing, global family of energy conversion enthusiasts.

For more information, please visit the ECCE-2015 website.

  • COBEP (SPEC) - November 2015, Brazil

1st Southern Power Electronics Conference – SPEC is a discussion forum with the participation of Brazilian and international experts from industry, business and academic sectors and research laboratories in order to discuss the advances and trends of power electronics, its applications and impacts in the industry, in the economy and in the human life, and sustainability. One of the goals of the conference is to establish a forum for Countries of the Southern Hemisphere of the Earth.

The 1st SPEC will be held from November 29th to December 2nd, 2015, along with the 13th Brazilian Power Electronics Conference – 13th COBEP, and it is expected to be attended by professionals from industry and academy of several Countries, notably countries of the Southern Hemisphere of the Earth.

For more information, please visit the COBEP-2015 website.


Recent Events

    • 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 Pradeep Shenoy, the PELS Young Professionals' Chair at pshenoy@ieee.org!

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