President's Message : September 2017
Power Electronics: A Global Connection
Some of our technical committees in the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) hosted their main conferences this summer, such as the Workshop on Control and Modeling for Power Electronics in Stanford, California, and the IEEE International Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo in Chicago, Illinois. I hope you had a chance to attend one of these conferences to share your recent work or to catch up with colleagues. These more topical symposia are an excellent venue for in-depth discussions of advances and emerging technologies.
At the 2015 FEPPCON we discussed the impact (or lack thereof) of power electronics in the electric power grid. With the advent of wide-bandgap semiconductors, continued improvements in silicon power devices, ever-improving control methods, and the exponential growth of renewable energy sources on the grid, the attendees felt that it was time to revisit grid-connected power electronics. The outcome from these discussions was the creation of an ad hoc committee on electronic transmission and distribution (eT&D) and the formation of a workshop by that same name. IEEE PELS Senior Past President Don Tan has taken the lead to organize the first two workshops on eT&D. The first was held in Hefei, China, in 2016, and the second will be at Aalborg University in Denmark in November of this year.
- Power-system infrastructure and eT&D
- power electronic systems
- power devices and integration
- Internet of Things and cybersecurity
- other future 2025 applications
Successful Review of Our Publications
The European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications (EPE’17 ECCE EUROPE) conference will take place 11-14 September in Warsaw, Poland. This will be an outstanding location with so much historical significance. Of special note is that Prof. Marian Kazmierkowski, who is honorary chair of EPE’17 ECCE EUROPE, received the prestigious IEEE Medal in Power Engineering this year for outstanding contributions to the technology associated with the generation, transmission, distribution, application, and utilization of electric power for the betterment of society. The IEEE Medal in Power Engineering is cosponsored by IEEE Industry Applications Society, IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, PELS, and the IEEE Power & Energy Society. Join me in celebrating the achievements of Prof. Kazmierkowski as he receives his award at the conference!
I am eager to experience another great venue for sharing power electronics technological advances and networking. My fondest memories to date of Cincinnati are of the Big Red Machine of the 1970s, the Cincinnati Reds baseball team that had some truly great players (Johnny Bench, catcher; Pete Rose, third base; Dave Concepcion, shortstop; Joe Morgan, second base; Tony Perez, first base; Ken Griffey, right field; Cesar Geronimo, center field; and George Foster, left field) and managed by Captain Hook (Sparky Anderson). Guess it would be too much to ask for them to still be playing in October, eh? After what the Chicago Cubs did last year, anything is possible!