IEEE-IAS Industrial Power Conversion Systems Department

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Welcome to the Industrial Power Conversion Systems Department (IPCSD)!

IPCSD slideThe Industrial Power Conversion Systems Department (IPCSD) is a subset of the industry Applications Society (IAS) of the IEEE.  It manages, within the scope of the IAS, all matters related to the furthering of electrical power conversion, particularly electrical machines, drives, power converters and components, and systems.  To that end, and in collaboration with other IAS entities and groups beyond the IAS and the IEEE, it organizes a number of conferences, contributes to the publication of refereed technical papers, organizes tutorials and sponsors standards.  In short, it works at developing new technology, and disseminating new as well as established knowledge in this field.

The IPCSD like all of IAS and IEEE for that matter is a volunteer-based organization.  Whatever happens within IPCSD occurs because volunteers devised it, organized it, and made it run.  Feel free to get involved!

In Memoriam – Professor Robert D. Lorenz

Robert Donald “Bob” Lorenz, distinguished IAS member and IEEE Life Fellow, passed away peacefully on January 27, 2019, at age 72, surrounded by his loving family.

He received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the M.B.A. degree from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY. From 1969 to 1970, he did his Master thesis research in adaptive control of machine tools at the Technical University of Aachen. From 1972 to 1982, he was a member of the research staff with the Gleason Works, Rochester, NY, working on high-performance drives and synchronized motion control. Since 1984 he was with the faculty with the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where in 1999 he was named the Mead Witter Foundation Consolidated Papers Professor of Controls Engineering in both the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. In 2016, he was named Elmer R. and Janet A. Kaiser Chair. Prof. Lorenz was Codirector of the Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium (WEMPEC), the world’s largest industrial research consortium on motor drives and power electronics. He was the Research Leader for control and sensor integration and integrated modular motor drives with the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Power Electronic Systems.  Prof. Lorenz was the  Industry Applications Society (IAS) President in 2001, an IAS Distinguished Lecturer in 2000/2001, the IEEE Division II Director in 2005/2006, past Chair of the IAS Awards Department, and past Chair of the IAS Industrial Drives Committee. In addition to his distinguished service to IAS, he was active in the IEEE Power Electronics Society, the IEEE Sensor Council, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Instrument Society of America, the International Society for Optical Engineers, and the  European Power Electronics (EPE) Committee.  He authored over 300 published technical papers and held 26 patents. His awards included the IEEE Richard Harold Kaufmann Technical Field Award, the IAS Outstanding Achievement Award, the EPE Power Electronics and Motion Control Outstanding Achievement Award, the IAS Distinguished Service Award, the EPE Outstanding Achievement Award, and 34 IEEE prize paper awards.

Aside from his technical accomplishments, Bob was a devoted friend to many within our community, and a mentor to many.



– The IAS is actively seeking proposals for on-line tutorials (here).  We hope to soon have a collection of on-line tutorials available to our members.

– Open contest to update the ECCE logo (for 2020).  The deadline for expressing interest in updating the ECCE logo has passed (was January 31, 2019, details here). Let’s see what creative design comes out of this process, and moreover let’s make ECCE2020 even more memorable!

– Congratulations to the 2018 Kliman award winner, Prof. Fei “Fred” Wang (University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA), see Awards tab.

–  Congratulations to Dr. Tomy Sebastian, Halla Mechatronics, Bay City, Michigan, United States, and IAS President (2017-18),  who received the 2019 IEEE Nikola Tesla Award.  This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the generation and utilization of electric power – sponsored by the Grainger Foundation, and the IEEE Industry Applications and Power & Energy Societies.   Citation: “For contributions to the design and application of high-performance permanent magnet synchronous machines to electric power steering.” Recent awardees include Prof. Longya Xu and Prof. Adel Razek.

–  Congratulations to Prof. Susumu Tadakuma, Chiba Institute of Technology, Chiba, Japan, who received the 2019 IEEE Richard Harold Kaufmann Award.  This award recognizes outstanding contributions in industrial systems engineering – sponsored by the IEEE Industry Applications Society.  Citation: “For pioneering contributions to high-power converters and drives for high-speed- train and industrial applications.”

–  Congratulations to Dr. Hao Huang, General Electric Aviation, Dayton, Ohio, USA, who received the 2019 IEEE Transportation Technologies Award.  This award recognizes advances made in technologies within the fields of interest to the IEEE as applied in transportation systems.  It is sponsored by a number of IEEE societies, including the Industry Applications.  Citation: “For contributions to aircraft electrification.”

–  Kliman award:  The deadline for nominating a deserving colleague for the Kliman award is typically June 1st.  See here for details and to download nomination or reference forms.

–  IAS Webinar series:  Makes sure to check the IAS website for free webinars, typically on Wednesdays mid month.  Past webinars are all accessible at any time from the IAS Resource Center.

–  Videos of keynote speeches and tutorials:  There are videos available (viewable for free by anyone, downloadable free to members) on the website about various conferences co-sponsored by the IPCSD department of IAS.  These videos include keynote speeches in their entirety as well as some tutorials: Most notably from APEC (link), including APEC 2017ITEC 2014 (link), as well as tutorials from ECCE (link).

–  The IPCSD Dept. sponsors several standards, and is taking the initiative in developing new ones, see the Standards page for more details.  If interested or for more information, please contact Dr. Emmanuel Agamloh at