The IEEE Distinguished Lecturers (DL) Program is one of the most exciting offerings available to the IEEE Society Chapters. Each year, the PELS selects a few distinguished members of the profession to become DLs. This not only celebrates and honors their high achievements in the field of power electronics but also supports PELS Chapter activities by providing high-profile speakers for local chapter and section events. The DL Program usually does not support a DL giving a presentation or tutorial at a regular IEEE conference unless it is solely sponsored by a local section or chapter.
Requesting a DL Visit: The request for a presentation should be initiated by a PELS Chapter or Student Branch Chapter (SBC) and approved by the Regional Chair/Country Liaison, VP of Membership, and the PELS Treasurer (pending the availability of funds to support such activities). The PELS Chapters may request a particular lecture offered by a DL who has finished a term within the past two years, but the decision to support such interests or engagements shall be made at the discretion of the VP of Membership on a case-by-case basis and contingent on the availability of funds to support such activities. The local PELS Chapter or SBC is encouraged to cover the local expenses of the DL (e.g., lodging, food, local transportation) and should make every effort to keep the cost low when making arrangements. Chapters from other IEEE Societies or non-IEEE entities can also request a DL from PELS.
Information for DLs: Once a request is approved, the requested DL will have an opportunity to have the presentation recorded and posted to the PELS Resource Center. Alternatively, the DL may be requested to give a live or recorded webinar lecture. If long-distance international travel is required, it is recommended that the DL give more than one lecture in the traveled region/country. The PELS will support the DL's volunteer work by covering food transportation expenses consistent with the PELS travel reimbursement policy, but the DL should make every effort to keep the cost low when making arrangements. The DL should acknowledge and publicize the support of PELS during the lecture.
Information for DLs and DL Organizers: Please download the presentation below that provides an overview of PELS member benefits. This presentation can be shown to lecture attendees.