PRESS RELEASE: ECCE 2018 Concludes with Record Attendance

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IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Exposition (ECCE) Concludes with Record Attendance 

Washington, D.C., October 16, 2018: The 10th annual IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Exposition (ECCE), co-sponsored by IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) and Industry Applications Society (IAS), with support from industry partners Wolong Electric and General Motors, concluded Thursday, September 27, 2018, with a record of 1,789 professionals and researchers spanning various facets of the global energy conversion industry.

“I am extremely pleased that ECCE has been able to grow and expand in order to address the ever-evolving aspects of the energy conversion industry and profession,” stated ECCE 2018 General Chair Avoki Omekanda, PhD. He continued, “This year, the call for digests garnered 1,788 proposals – our highest to date, allowing us to design a valuable technical program addressing the needs of our attendees, and providing them with the education and insights needed in their everyday work. The favorable response to this call for proposals attests to the sustained and intense interest in advancing the energy conversion industry, worldwide.”

Held in Portland, Oregon, ECCE 2018’s professional program was developed to address the needs of the practicing engineer with emphasis on the challenges facing the industry, and featured highly diverse and meritorious offerings including 22 tutorials, one plenary session, 11 special sessions, 144 oral sessions, 54 poster presentations and 42 industry exhibitions.

·         Tutorial Sessions covered a gamut of topics, including applications of SiC devices to high power converters, solid state transformers, sequence impedance modeling of wind and PV inverters, stability of power electronics based power system, hybrid AC/DC microgrids, permanent magnet fundamentals, condition monitoring of electric machine and drive systems.

·         The Plenary Session featured keynote speeches by PowerAmerica Chief Technology Officer Dr. Victor Veliadis; Texas Instruments Technology Innovation Architect Dr. Stephanie Watts Butler; Microsoft Director of Energy Research Sean James; Pacific Ocean Energy Trust Executive Director Jason Busch; and Hyperloop One Director of Power Electronics Dr. Jiaqi Liang.

·         Special Sessions addressed state-of-the-art topics in wide bandgap power semiconductor devices, as well as power electronics-enabled sustainable energy systems.

·         Oral sessions covered various topics including wireless power transfer, modular multilevel converters, renewable energy and grid interface systems, electrical machines design and thermal modeling, wide bandgap semiconductors advances and applications, electric drives for transportation and wind power systems, power converters for lightning and data centers.

·         The Exhibition showcased the latest industry products and services from top exhibiting companies, while also featuring the latest research through ground-breaking poster presentations.

As part of a continued effort to evolve the purpose and mission of ECCE, significant programs for women in engineering were included, sponsored by ECCE 2018, Wolfspeed and the Power Electronics Society. Offerings included a Women in PELS breakfast and a WiE evening event, providing women engineers the opportunity to network, discuss, and engage in the organization of future ECCE conferences. The ECCE 2018 WiE committee also organized a panel session on "Collaboration between Industry and Academia" paneled by four women, planned the set-up of an entertainment room for small children to support attendees accompanied by their families, and awarded 20 travel grants to professional women engineers traveling to attend ECCE 2018 from countries such as Bangladesh, Canada, China, India, Peru, Spain, Tunisia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

For the second consecutive year, ECCE 2018 co-located with the 2018 IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) Annual Meeting, offering attendees the opportunity to participate in both programs, promoting the continued growth of the power energy conversion field. The Power Electronics Society held its inaugural Members Town Hall Meeting on Sunday, Sept. 23, to interact with its membership in a live-streamed, worldwide event while celebrating its 30th anniversary as an IEEE society.

The 2019 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Exposition (ECCE 2019) will take place September 29–October 3, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. Visit for more information.


About ECCE

The Energy Conversion Congress & Exposition (ECCE) is the foremost IEEE conference in the field of electrical and electromechanical energy conversion. Held annually, the conference features both industry-driven and application-oriented technical sessions, as well as industry expositions and seminars designed to provide engineers, researchers, and professionals a balanced combination of state-of-the-art technical prowess and commercial opportunities in one central location. For more information on ECCE, visit

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