PELS Day Events

 

Conference Activities:

IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Exposition (ITEC) - 2019, Novi, Michigan, USA

Date: 20 June 2019, Time: 5.40 PM
Venue: ITEC - Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, MI, USA
Description of event: ITEC PELS Day Celebration.
ITEC conference includes a diverse set of activities: keynote speakers, short courses, tutorials, panels, oraland poster presentations. It is an excellent venue to share ideas, disseminate knowledge, network, andbecome part of this exciting field. We will have an exhibition area where many companies, societies, andother entities will showcase their products and services in the area of transportation electrification. There will be cake cutting ceremony as a part of PELS Day.
Contact details: Jin Ye (General Chair, IEEE ITEC 2019); Email: jin.ye@uga.edu 

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Wireless Power Week (WPW) - 2019, London, England

Date: 20 June 2019, Time: TBD
Venue: IET London, WoW Banquet Venue (Ivory House, Ivory Vault, St. Katharine’s dock, London, E1W 1AT)

Description of event: Themed Banquet: "Tesla's lost London Laboratory" 

Celebrating the first PELS Day and a combined vision for wireless power with MTT and PELS in a Tesla themed banquet! Tesla's European travels have been well documented. In his 1919 publication 'The True Wireless' [1] he mentioned a disappointing visit to Heinrich Hertz in Karlsruhe. Legend has it that he used his secret London laboratory as his 'base camp' for his European travels. It is only recently that the whereabouts of this secret London laboratory, where he developed impressive high-voltage generators, have become known. We are extremely pleased that we have been able to arrange for the WPW2019 conference banquet in Tesla's secret laboratory on Power Electronics Society (PELS) Day. Legend also has it that his laboratory is kept in the state he left it during his last visit to London...

Contact details: Paul Mitcheson (General Chair, WPW); Email: paul.mitcheson@imperial.ac.uk 

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IEEE COMPEL 2019, Toronto, Canada, June 17-20, 2019

Date: 20 June 2019, Time: TBD

Venue: The University of Toronto

 

Chapter Activities:

 IA/IE/PELS Joint Chapter, Kerala, India

Date: 20 June 2019, Time: 10 AM
Venue: KELTRON, Kerala
Description of event: Industrial visit to KELTRON.
IA/IE/PELS Joint Chapter Kerala organizes Industrial visit to KELTRON Kerala on 20th June as a part of PELS day celebrations. KELTRON’s history is a saga of innovation in electronics. From being a pioneer in 1973, to the role of a trend-setter today, Keltron has been the catalysis for the development of electronics industry in Kerala. In five years since inception, Keltron had set up several production centres and engaged more than 5,000 people directly or indirectly for the manufacture of electronic goods. The industrial visit will be followed by discussions for technical collaborations with KELTRON and IA/IE/PELS Chapter, Kerala. The number of participants attending the programme is expected to be 50.
Contact details: K. Biju (Secretary, IA/IE/PELS Joint Chapter, Kerala); Email: bijuk@ieee.org

 

North Canada Section Chapter, Alberta, Canada

Date: 12 June 2019, Time: 12 Noon
Venue: D. Daniel/Enbridge Conference Room (8-207), Donadeo Innovation Centre for engineering

Description of event: Public lecture by Dr. Rik W. de Doncker from RWTH Aachen.

Title of presentation: DC Technology - Key Enabling Technology for a CO2 Neutral Urban Environment.

Contact details: Alexandre Nassif (Chair, North Canada Section Chapter, Edmonton); Email: Alexandre.Nassif@atco.com 

 

IEEE PELS Chapter, Montreal, Canada

Date: 20 June 2019 (5.30 PM) and 22 June 2019 (9 AM) 

Venue: 1100 Notre-Dame St West, Main Entrance, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3C 1K3 (Building: A)

Description of event: (1) An Overview of Disruptive Technology Combining Power Electronics and Real Time AI Approach to Residential Energy; and (2) Tour at The Beauharnois Hydroelectric Generating Facility (Hydro Québec)

(1) Seminar Abstract: Most of today’s approach to energy must rely on a central paradigm that funnel their innovation. The first paradigm relies on the technical and organizational legacy centralized large grid that can only be orchestrated by a single entity. That centralization of the decisions needed to operate the grid and the obligation to have extensive forward planning limits the capacity to quickly adapt to new technology. We need to rethink this approach. Using an integrated hardware, software and algorithm multidisciplinary approach to innovation, Ossiaco has developed the “next generation” residential energy hub that encompasses the first practical residential fast DC charger, solar inverter, home energy optimizer and API interface for utility or community collaboration. In the course of product development, Ossiaco has conducted numerous investigations and studies and this talk will highlight some of the most interesting findings and conclusions. This can lead to rethink the way we orchestrate energy and put back innovation and customer at the center of the discussion.

(2) IEEE PELS Chapter, WIE McGill Student Branch, WIE Montreal, IAS/PES/IES Chapters and Montreal Section along with Association Étudiante de l'ÉTS (AÉÉTS) are organizing an industrial visit to the Beauharnois Hydroelectric Generating Station, one of the world’s largest hydropower facilities.

Contact details: Mohammad Sleiman (Chair, IEEE PELS Montreal Chapter); Email: m.sleiman@ieee.org 

 

IEEE PI2 Central Texas Section PELS Chapter, Texas, USA

Date: 20 June 2019, Time: 11 AM
Venue: 5100 N. Interstate Hwy 35, Round Rock, Texas, U.S. 78681
Description of event: Tour of Teco-Westinghouse and PELS Day Celebration.

With a legacy dating back to George Westinghouse, TECO-Westinghouse is a longstanding leader in manufacturing electric motors from fractional to 100,000 HP. These high-quality machines are used to drive pumps, fans, compressors, rolling mills, grinders, crushers, and a variety of other rugged applications. The PELS team will tour the facility and perform a cake cutting ceremony celebrating PELS Day.

Contact details: Steve Pearson (Representative, IEEE PI2 Central Section Chapter, Austin); Email: Steve@pearsonstrategy.com 

 

IEEE Estonia Section IES/PELS Joint Chapter, Tallinn, Estonia

Date: 26 June 2019, Time: 10 AM
Venue: Tallinn University of Technology, Ehitajate tee 5, NRG-415
Description of event: Technical Seminar Series - "Advances in Power Electronic Converters for Residential Renewable Energy Systems".

Technical seminar series with topics - "Extending the Power Converter Lifetime in Multi-String PV Systems.", "DC-AC DC-AC/DC Solutions for Renewable Energy Integration.", "The Energy Router Concept for Nearly Zero Energy Buildings." and "Integration of Photovoltaic Electric Energy Generation to Smart Grids.". There will also be a demonstration of prototypes in the power electronics laboratory of TalTech.

Contact details: Dmitri Vinnikov (Chair, IEEE Estonia Section IES/PELS Joint Chapter, Tallinn); Email: dmitri.vinnikov@taltech.ee

 

IEEE PELS/IAS/IES Joint Chapter, Trondheim, Norway

Date: 19 June 2019, Time: 2 PM
Venue: F-328 (NTNU Gløshaugen Campus)
Description of event: Technical seminar on "Grid Integration of Electric Vehicles: Wired and Wireless Solutions" by Prof. Udaya Mandawala from the University of Auckland, NZ

Global concerns relating to air-quality and depleting fossil reserves are further exacerbated by the rapidly escalating number of vehicles on roads around the world. Although electric vehicles (EVs) are gaining wider acceptance as the means of future transport, addressing these concerns, an efficient, compact and reliable power electronic interface is essential for grid integration of EVs. This seminar presents trends together with the latest advances in grid integration of EVs and its impact on the power grid and infrastructure. Both wired and wireless technologies employed for grid integration of EVs are presented, discussing safety, standards, magnetics, power levels, efficiency and cost etc. The seminar focuses particularly on the stationary and dynamic wireless EV charging technology and presents its latest advances, highlighting the challenges and future directions.

Contact details: Dimosthenis Peftitsis (Chair, IEEE PELS/IAS/IES Joint Chapter, Norway); Email: dimosthenis.peftitsis@ntnu.no 

 

IEEE Reliability Society & PELS Joint Chapter, Ottawa, Canada

Date: 20 June 2019, Time: 5 PM
Venue: Solantro Semiconductor Corp. 146 Colonnade Rd; Suite 200; Ottawa ON, Canada; K2E 7Y1
Description of event: Technical seminar on "The Future of Power Electronics: wide bandgap devices and advanced digital power processors" by Tanya Gachovska and Chris Winkler from Solantro Semiconductors Corp., Ottawa.

Wide bandgap semiconductors have drawn a lot of attention in power applications due to their superior material properties, such as withstand to high critical electric field so the breakdown voltage is a minimum of 10X higher and thus can be thinner devices because of the 100 times smaller on-resistance than Si. Their significantly smaller conduction and switching losses compared to Si devices enable high frequency switching leading to size decrease of the overall system. Smart control of wide bandgap devices, by utilizing advanced digital processors, further benefits power application by enabling designs with low parts count, high power density and a low BOM cost. Also, by supporting variable frequency operation and control methodologies, low EMI/RFI and high efficiency can be achieved. Presented will be some benefits of wide bandgap semiconductors and their control with Solantro’s advanced digital power processor (SA4041) for Smart Power Supplies, and other applications. After the presentation, a tour showing the Smart Grid project together with Solantro’s Power development, operation and testing labs will be conducted.

Contact details: Tanya Gachovska (Chair, IEEE RS/PELS Joint Chapter, Ottawa); Email: tgachovska@yahoo.com 

 

IEEE Student Branch Chapter, UFJF, Brazil

Date: 26 & 27 June 2019, Time: 8 AM
Venue: Christiano Degwert  Amphitheatre, UFJF, Brazil
Description of event: Technical seminar and industrial visit.

The PELS Day at UFJF will take place on June 26th and 27th. It will start at 8:00 AM on day 26 with a short course of Microsoft Excel in an attempt to reach students of the basic cycles of electrical engineering. On the same day, at 2:00 PM students promote a basic Python short course. The courses won't be given by the team but by another student segment of our university. The duration of both courses is 2 hours.
The day 27 will start with a technical visit to a nearby thermoelectric plant from 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM. Getting back from the visit, PELS chapter will offer a series of lectures about power electronics. They will start with an introductory speech about the story of Power electronics at UFJF by professor Henrique Braga, from 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM. Right after this introduction, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, a second lecture will be provided by professor João Passos about the impacts of alternative electrical sources to the Brazilian energy matrix. The third lecturer is Dalmo Cardoso, a doctorate student who will talk about the rising usage of power electronics due to the introduction of alternative energy sources, like solar and wind energy. This will happen from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM. The fourth lecture will be about high current light emitter diodes (COB LEDs) which will happen from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM presented by Denis Castro. There's still a fifth lecture which is the only one waiting to be confirmed that would be happening from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM. In the middle of these activities, there will be a coffee break. All of these lectures will happen at the Christiano Degwert  Amphitheatre, located at the engineering faculty of UFJF.
To enter the event non-perishable food is set as entering fee. The collected food will be donated to a philanthropic entity on Friday, June 28th.

Contact details: Matheus de Oliveira Muniz (Chair, IEEE Student Branch Chapter, UFJF); Email: matheus.muniz@engenharia.ufjf.br

 

IEEE Bombay Section PELS/IES Joint Chapter, Maharashtra, India

Date: 25 June 2019, Time: 3 PM
Venue: Christiano Degwert  Amphitheatre, UFJF, Brazil
Description of event: Technical webinar on "Reliable Power Electronics – an Enabler for Renewable Energy Generation and Utilization" by Prof. Huai Wang, Associate Professor and Vice Leader of Efficient and Reliable Power Electronics Research Program, Aalborg University, Denmark.

Power electronic converters are "hidden heroes" in many of our modern energy systems, such as wind turbines, electric vehicles, tractions, aircrafts, medical devices, mobile phones, smart homes, etc. They serve as "electric energy routers" by conditioning the voltage, current, or frequency of electricity generated or utilized. While extensive research efforts have been made to the efficiency improvement for power electronic converters, the understanding of its failure mechanisms and reliability aspect performance is still at the early stage in both academic and industry research. Industry leading companies are making efforts to the transition from product providers to service providers. The life-cycle performance of power electronic converters is becoming more and more important. This talk will firstly discuss the demands for more reliable power electronic converter systems in renewable energy generation and utilization. Secondly, the specific scientific challenges of power electronic reliability research with respect to those for mechanical systems and  microelectronics systems will be presented. Thirdly, the state-of-the-art reliability-oriented design method, mission profile based component-level and system-level reliability  modeling will be introduced by a few case studies.

Contact details: Pradyumn Chaturvedi (Chair, IEEE Bombay Section PELS/IES Joint Chapter, Nagpur); Email: pradyumn.c@eee.vnit.ac.in 

 

IEEE Student Branch Chapter, Aalborg University, Denmark

Date: 20 June 2019, Time: 3 PM
Venue: Aalborg University (Denmark), Department of Energy Technology, Pontoppidanstræde 111, 1.177
Description of event: Technical Seminar on power electronics from Associate Professor and IEEE Denmark Chair, Dr. Yongheng Yang.

In addition, there will be Kahoot quiz and barbecue to celebrate PELS Day.

Contact details: Mateja Novak (Chair of Newsletter Committee, IEEE Student Branch Chapter, AAU); Email: nov@et.aau.dk  

 

IEEE Colombia Section Student Branch Chapter, Santander, Colombia

Date: 20 June 2019, Time: 3 PM
Venue: Avenida Gran Colombia, Number 12E-96 Colsag
Description of event: Social Event

There will be a social event, companions and colleagues of the electronic engineering program and some of the agronomic engineering program will treat topics according to IEEE and enjoy a good snack.

Contact details: Javier Portilla Molina (Chair, IEEE Colombia Section Student Branch Chapter, Francisco de Paula); Email: javierportilla@ieee.org 

 

IEEE PELS/IAS Joint Student Branch Chapter, UFCG, Brazil

Date: 13 and 15 June 2019, Time: 3 PM/8 AM
Venue: CEEI - UFCG - Aprígio Veloso Street, 882 - Universitário, Campina Grande - PB, 58429-900 

Description of event: Technical lecture, "Cost-effective Photovoltaic Battery-less Water Pumping System for Unprivileged Communities", coffee with professionals and an introductory course on PV generators

On 13th, Dr. João Onofre Pereira Pinto will present some of the outcomes of research projects supported by Fulbright Commission in the area of Climate Change and Food and Water Security and by CNPq/Pro-Africa Program. The title of the projects are “Vulnerability of sub-tropical coffee producers to climate change: a multi-scale, comparative analysis in Mexico, Jamaica, and Brazil”, and “Development of Water Pumping System Using Photovoltaic Solar Energy for Irrigation in Family Farming at Guinea Bissau”.

An event in partnership with Young Professionals (UFPB) on 13th. It will be a talk between students and professors about research in the area of power electronics. The professors invited are Dr. Edison Roberto Cabral da Silva, Dr. Gregory Arthur de Almeida Carlos, and Dr. João Onofre Pereira Pinto. There will also be a course on the 15th.

Contact details: Rodrigo Lacerda (Chair, IEEE PELS/IAS Joine Student Branch Chapter, UFCG); Email: llacerdarodrigo@gmail.com 

 

IEEE Student Branch Chapter and PES-IAS-PELS Delhi Section Chapter, IIT Mandi, India

Date: 13 to 16 June 2019, Time: 1 PM
Venue: Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi, India 

Description of event: Workshop and social event.

In the month of June, the chapter will conduct IEEE A National Workshop on Real-Time Digital Simulation for Power Engineering Applications, during 13th-16th June 2019 at IIT Mandi, India. On the 16th June 2019, the team will cut the cake for PELS Day Celebration and deliver IEEE PELS Awareness talk.

Contact details: Rajesh Pindoriya Ambassador (R10 Regional Leader and Chair, IEEE Student Branch Chapter); Email: rajeshpindoriya@ieee.org 

  

IEEE Kenyatta University Student Branch Chapter, Nairobi, Kenya

Date: 20 June 2019, Time: 2 PM
Venue: Kenyatta University, Kenya

Description of event: Technical presentation and IEEE PELS membership drive.

Technical presentation on modern power electronics technologies, project presentations from two of the students and design thinking session. The team will also do some  membership drive for IEEE PELS.

Contact details: Fidel Makatia (Chair, IEEE Kenyatta University Student Branch Chapter); Email: fidelmakatia85@gmail.com 

 

IEEE PES-IAS-PELS Student Branch Chapter at Texas A&M University, Texas, USA

Date: 21 June 2019, Time: 2 PM
Venue: Wisenbaker Engineering Building, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA

Description of event: Cake-cutting ceremony and social.

The IEEE PES-IAS-PELS Joint Student Chapter at Texas A&M University will be organizing an event to celebrate the PELS Day. One main activity of the chapter is holding the annual IEEE Texas Power and Energy Conference (TPEC) at TAMU campus. We are thankful to the PELS Society for all its great technical support to our chapter. To Celebrate the PELS day, groups of graduate and undergrad students will gather together along with our well-known faculties at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. There will be a cake-cutting ceremony and social interactions as part of the PELS Day Celebration. 

Contact details: Pooria Dehghanian (Treasurer, IEEE PES-IAS-PELS Joint Student Branch Chapter at TAMU, College Station); Email: pooria.dehghanian@ieee.org 

 

IEEE Montreal Section, Montreal, Quebec, Canada 

Date: 20 June 2019, Time: 5:30 PM
Venue: 1100 Notre-Dame St West, Montreal, Quebec, Canada  

Description of eventMost of today’s approach to energy must rely on a central paradigm that funnel their innovation. The first paradigm relies on the technical and organizational legacy centralized large grid that can only be orchestrated by a single entity. That centralization of the decisions needed to operate the grid and the obligation to have extensive forward planning limits the capacity to quickly adapt to new technology. We need to rethink this approach. Using an integrated hardware, software and algorithm multidisciplinary approach to innovation, Ossiaco has developed the “next generation” residential energy hub that encompasses the first practical residential fast DC charger, solar inverter, home energy optimizer and API interface for utility or community collaboration. In the course of product development, Ossiaco has conducted numerous investigations and studies and this talk will highlight some of the most interesting findings and conclusions. This can lead to rethink the way we orchestrate energy and put back innovation and customer at the center of the discussion.

Contact details: Mohammad Sleiman; Email: m.sleiman@ieee.org

 

IEEE PELS Chapter, WIE McGill Student Branch, WIE Montreal, IAS/PES/IES Chapters and Montreal Section, Montreal, Quebec, Canada 

Date: 22 June 2019, Time: 9 AM
Venue: 1100 Rue Notre-Dame West, Montréal, QC H3C 1K3  

Description of eventIEEE PELS Chapter, WIE McGill Student Branch, WIE Montreal, IAS/PES/IES Chapters and Montreal Section along with Association Étudiante de l'ÉTS (AÉÉTS) are organizing an industrial visit to the Beauharnois Hydroelectric Generating Station, one of the world’s largest hydropower facilities.

Come join us in this unique industrial tour of the Beauharnois Station with specially trained guides. Seize the opportunity to learn about renewable energy sources of hydropower in Quebec and discover the giant machinery, architecture and how electricity is generated. Expand your professional and social network with IEEE members and engineering student from various universities in Montreal.

Contact details: Mohammad Sleiman; Email: m.sleiman@ieee.org

 

IEEE – JAMIA MILLIA ISLAMIA (JMI) Student Branch In association with IEEE PELS-IES, PES-IAS Delhi Chapter, New Delhi, India 

Date: 20 June 2019, Time: 9 AM
Venue: Room No. 127, Advance Power Electronics Research Lab, Department of Electrical Engineering, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.  

Description of eventEmbedded System Control Design for Power Electronics Converters

The Embedded system Control for Power Electronics Converter is a demanding area from Industries and Academia both. Considering this importance IEEE-JMI student branch has planned to celebrate First IEEE PELS Day on 20th June 2019 at JMI, holding a technical session from industry professional on this topic. An overview of suitable embedded control platform will be demonstrated.

Contact details: Dr. Ahteshamul Haque (SMIEEE); Email: ahaque@jmi.ac.in

 

IEEE PES-IAS-PELS Student Joint Chapter at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA

Date: 21 June 2019, Time: 5 PM
Venue: Wisenbaker Engineering Building, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA.  

Description of event: The IEEE PES-IAS-PELS Joint Student Chapter at Texas A&M University will be organizing an event to celebrate the PELS Day. One main activity of the chapter is holding the annual IEEE Texas Power and Energy Conference (TPEC) at TAMU campus. We are thankful to the PELS Society for all its great technical support to our chapter. To Celebrate the PELS day, groups of graduate and undergrad students will gather together along with our well-known faculties at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. There will be a cake-cutting ceremony and social interactions as part of the PELS Day Celebration. 

Contact details: Pooria Dehghanian; Email: pooria.dehghanian@ieee.org

 


PELS Day Leadership

Alireza Khaligh

Alireza Khaligh, Chair

khaligh@ece.umd.edu

 

Alaa Abdallah, Membership Engagement

ala.abdallah.enim@ieee.org 

 

Somasundaram Essakiappan, Public Visability

somasundaram@uncc.edu 

 

Harish Krishnamoorthy, Web Content

hskrishn@uh.edu 

 

 

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