Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Join Us!

CMD Chapters´ Workshop and Luncheon
Sponsored by the Industry Applications Society Chapters and Membership Development Department

Hyatt Regency Houston
1200 Louisiana Street
Houston, TX, USA

October 6, 2009, 8:00AM -5:00PM

IAS Outstanding Chapter Award 2008 Contest

The Outstanding Chapter Award 2008 contest resulted in a great success. We received nine nominations altogether, one from R6 and four from R9 and R10 each. The evaluation of the nominations was carried out by the CMD Awards Committee and the following winner chapters have been selected:

IAS Outstanding Large Chapter 2008
R6 San Francisco Section IAS Chapter (Sonny Siu, Chapter Chair)

IAS Outstanding Large Joint Chapter 2008
R10 Delhi Section PES/IAS Joint Chapter (Bhim Singh, Chapter Chair)

IAS Outstanding Small Joint Chapter 2008
R10 Hong Kong Section IAS/PES/PELS/IES Join Chapter (Chung Ching Yung, Chapter Chair)

IAS Outstanding New Chapter 2008
R10 Nanjing Section PES/IAS Joint Chapter (Ming Cheng, Chapter Chair)

IAS Continued Outstanding Performance Chapter 2008
R9 Panama Section IAS Chapter (Yinnis Solis, Chapter Chair)

The awards will be presented at the IAS Annual Meeting President´s Award Banquet in Hyatt Regency Hotel, Houston, TX, USA on Tuesday October 6, 2009, as part of the IAS Annual Meeting 2009 and the CMD Chapters Workshop. I express my sincere congratulations to all nominees but especially to the winner chapters on the excellent professional activity in 2008. I also highly appreciate the outstanding regional chapters´ leadership of David Eng (R6), Jorge Him (R9) and Satish Chaparala (R10), IAS Area Chairs of the winner chapters.

IAS Chapters Development 2009

We're pleased to announce the list of our new IAS Chapters and the changes in the chapters´ organisation related to Societies and Sections between January and Aug 2009 as follows:

R1 New York / Long Island Joint Section PES/IAS Chapter has been split to
New York Section PES/IAS Chapter (Ajoy Das, Chapter Chair) and
Long Island Section Joint Chapter (Steven Rubin, Chapter Chair)

R5 Kansas City Section PES Chapter joined IAS and exists as Kansas City Section PES/IAS Joint Chapter (John Fessler, Chapter Chair)

R7 Toronto Section IAS Chapter joined the Power Electronics Society and the Consumer Electronics Society and exists as Toronto Section IAS/PELS/CES Joint Chapter (Ehsan Behboundi, Chapter Chair)

R8 Russia Central Section IES/PES/PELS Joint Chapter joined IAS and exists as
Russia Central Section IES/PES/PELS Joint Chapter (Yuri Rozanov, Chapter Chair)

R8 Hungary Section IAS Chapter Joined PELS and exists as Hungary Section IAS/PELS Joint Chapter (Tamás Ruzsányi, Chapter Chair)

R8 Sweden Section IAS Chapter, newly created (Yung-Kang Robert Chin, Chapter Chair)

R8 Hungary Section Budapest University of Technology and Economics Student Branch
IAS/PES Joint Chapter, newly created (Richard Cselkó, Chapter Chair)

R9 Colombia Section Militar Neuva Granada Student Branch IAS Chapter, newly
created (Pauline Gama, Student Branch Chair, Johanna S. Castellanos Arias, Interim Chair )

R9 Centro Occidente Section IAS Chapter, newly created (Elisa Espinosa-Juarez, Chapter Chair)

R9 Honduras Section IAS Chapter, newly created (Alba Gabriela Garay, Chapter Chair)

R9 Panama Section Universidad Technologica de Panama Student Branch IAS Chapter,
newly created, (Julio Alexander Garcia Maison, Chapter Chair)

R10 Taipei Section IAS Chapter, newly created (Yen-Shin Lai, Chapter Chair)

R10 Hyderabad Section PES/IAS Joint Chapter joined PELS and exists as Hyderabad
Section PES/IAS/PELS Joint Chapter (Venketesa Akilan, Chapter Chair)

IEEE Region 5 IAS Student Branch Workshop

Are you a student member of the Industry Applications Society in Region 5? If yes, then you should attend the region's upcoming event!

Chair: Ms. Sunita Kulkarni
IEEE Industry Applications Society
Arranged by: IEEE Industry Applications Society
Chapters and Membership Development Department
IEEE Houston Section, Industry Applications Society Chapter

Hosted and sponsored by: Cooper Industries

  1. 1.00 pm. Opening and Welcome Address Safety Message (Ms. Sunita Kulkarni)
  2. 1.10 p.m. Welcome Address Introduction Cooper Industries
    1.20 p.m. IEEE – IAS – Student Branches
    Overview (Peter Magyar, IAS CMD Chair)
  3. 1.30 p.m. LED Technology
    Technical Presentation
  4. 2.15 p.m. Smart Grid
    Technical Presentation
  5. 3.00 p.m. Snapshot of a Chemical Plant
    Facility Tour with Cooper Team
  6. 4.00 p.m. Social, Refreshments, Questions and Answers with IEEE IAS CMD Team

Launch of the Hungarian Student Branch Chapter

2nd International Youth Conference of Energy, June 3-6, 2009, Budapest, Hungary

Between June 3 and June 6, 2009 the Budapest University of Technology and Economics hosted guests from 20 countries. 62 presenters and almost the same number of visitors followed the invitation of the Student Association of Energy ( to attend the IYCE 2009 ( The conference was technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Industry Applications Society, sponsored amongst others by R8 Committee, supported by the R8 CCSC.

On June 4, the opening ceremony included a speech from Józef Modelski, R8 Director. We believe that the outcome of the conference was in agreement with his greetings: “I hope IYCE 2009 will be productive and enjoyable for all of you. I wish you a very fruitful and pleasant conference.” At the plenary session, the keynote speeches were started by Rami T Al-Muschab who held a presentation titled Technological Challenges Facing the Oil & Gas Industry. This presentation was followed by four others covering many current problems of energetics.

The conference program included an IEEE round table discussion organized by Péter Magyar, R8 CCSC Chair, IAS Chapters and Membership Department Chair, and Tamás Ruzsányi, R8 CCSC Power Chapter Group Coordinator, IAS R8 Chapters Area Chair. 13 presentations about IEEE, and IAS, and R8, and CCSC and local chapter activities were delivered for the members of the newly created IEEE Budapest University of Technology and Economics Joint IAS/PES Student Branch Chapter. The new SB Chapter is the 445th chapter of R8 and the 125th chapter of IAS. The foundation of the Chapter creating had been initialized and supported by the IAS Chapters and Membership Department.

The success of IYCE 2009 has encouraged the Student Association of Energy and the Hungarian IAS/PES Student Branch Chapter to organize IYCE 2011 in international cooperation.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


In the second quarter of 2009, the IAS Calcutta Chapter organized a short term course on Power Electronics jointly with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Bengal Engineering & Science University (B.E.S.U), Shibpur, Howrah. The course included lecture sessions and sessions on ‘hands on laboratory experiments’. The lecture sessions were mostly lead by the teaching faculty of B.E.S.U, but also by a selection of invited professors of eminent engineering institutes such as IIT Bombay, IIT Kharagpur and Jadavpur University (JU), Kolkata. Below is a listing of the speakers and their areas of expertise:

  1. Dr. Ajit K. Chattopadhyay (B.E.S.U) - Keynote Address: Power Electronics Technology and Applications.
  2. Dr. Sujit K. Biswas (J.U) - Selection and Design of Passive Components for Power Electronics.
  3. Dr. M. B. Patil (IIT Bombay) - Techniques for Circuit Simulation and Circuit Simulation (Transient Analysis).
  4. Dr. Sabyasachi SenGupta (W.B.U.T) - Energy transport
  5. Dr. Mainak Sengupta (B.E.S.U) - Power Electronics pushing ahead the frontiers of electrical energy usage.
  6. Dr. Prasid Syam (B.E.S.U) - Matrix Converter
  7. Ms. Debjani Ganguly (B.E.S.U) - Power Semiconductor Devices and DC Motor Drives.
  8. Dr. Kaushik Mukherjee (B.E.S.U) - Issues related to Control Circuit Design & Implementation in Power Electronic Converters, and a decoupled linear control technique for controlling the performance of a Distribution STATCOM

Each session had between 26 and 38 participants, many of which were IEEE members, and feedback was very positive.

We would like to congratulate the local chapter for their great work in 2009!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Updates on Chapter Activities Globally: IAS in Region 10

Prof Ajit K Chattopadhyay (IEEE Fellow, past IAS Distinguished Lecturer) and Professor Emeritus of Bengal Engineering & Science University (IEEE Distinguished Lecturer under Regional Speaker program) recently delivered an Invited Lecture on 23 December, 2008 as organized by the IEEE Section and PES Chapter of Bangladesh on " High Power High Performance and Industrial Drives: A Technology Status Review" at Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology, Tejgaon Dhaka, Bangladesh. About 150 participants attended the lecture.

Professor Chattopadhyay also delivered an invited talk on "Power Electronics: Past, Present and Future" at the plenary session of the 5th International Conference on Electrical & Computer Engineering (IECECE 2008) held at Sheraton Hotel, Dhaka on 23 December. Earlier, Professor Chattopadhyay also delivered an invited talk as an IEEE-IAS Distinguished Lecturer on "High Power High Performance Industrial AC Drives" and chaired a session on "Power Electronics & Drives" during IEEE-TENCON-2008 at Hyderabad, India.

We congratulate the volunteers who're helped make these well-attended events happen!