Young Professionals


The first few years of student life and the time following 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.

Formerly Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD), IEEE Young Professionals (YP) 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 YP community as they graduate.  IEEE YP is a vibrant community of engineers, scientists, and technical experts with member representation across the globe and throughout IEEE Societies.

PELS has its own Students and YP group that is dedicated to bringing together budding engineers in the area of power electronics.  PELS Students and 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 the PELS Students and YP program.


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Engage, Network & Learn!

  • International Future Energy Challenge (IFEC)
  • Young Engineers' Webinar Series: In this digital age, technical information exchange goes beyond traditional paper publications.  PELS Students and YP offer a webinar series that covers a wide range of topics in power electronics and beyond by experts from industry and academia.
  • Young Engineers' YouTube Channel: In this age, digital information exchange goes beyond traditional paper publications.  Young engineers of PELS now have the exclusive opportunity to share their ideas, opinions, or projects through the IEEE PELS YP YouTube Channel.  The channel is open to the public, so there will be a large audience.


Support PELS YP

Young Engineers' Webinar Series: PELS invites professionals to be a speaker or presenter for its webinars to share their experiences with YP members.  PELS Webinars are open for submission to anyone from the power electronics industry that is interested in sharing their experiences with the PELS community.  Each webinar is approximately 30 to 45 minutes in length and followed by a question and answer portion.  To submit a proposal, please submit the names, contact information, and short bios of the presenters and a title and a half-page abstract of the proposed subject to YP Webinar Chair Joseph Kozak.

Young Engineers' YouTube Channel: Please send a video file or link to along with the author information (names, contact information, and affiliation).  Please email any questions or comments to Yingying Kuai.

S&YP Spotlight Program: The goals of this spotlight program lie at the core of the committee’s mission, which is to support the engagement and development of students and early career engineers in PELS. By highlighting the work and accomplishments of S&YP members, the spotlight program aims to connect this organizational committee with PELS members and showcase the promise lying in its young talent. To stay updated with IEEE PELS, the S&YP Committee, the spotlight program and instructions to be featured, follow IEEE PELS on Twitter (@ieeepels), Instagram (@ieeepels), and LinkedIn ( IEEE Power Electronics Society).


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