Call for Papers ISPCE 2018

Product Compliance Engineers Wanted

Calling all product safety and compliance engineers! The ISPCE is looking for speakers for its 2018 conference in San Jose, Calif., and has opened the call for papers.


Share your knowledge with Electrical and Electronics Engineers from throughout the world.

The 2018 IEEE Symposium on Product Compliance Engineering, hosted by the IEEE Product Safety Engineering Society, is scheduled for May 14 to 16, 2018. This premier symposium focuses on a wide range of leading topics for workers and innovators in the product safety arena. The three-day event includes exhibits and technical sessions, and ISPCE is now gathering papers for potential presentations.

ISPCE is looking for thought leaders to share their expertise on compliance, product safety and regulatory engineering testing and certification. The Symposium is a highly-regarded forum for product safety engineers and design engineers to share the latest technical information relevant to product safety, product design and global trends and challenges.

The IEEE PSES is looking for original and unpublished formal papers, presentations (without formal papers), workshops and tutorials on all aspects of product safety and compliance engineering including, but not limited to:


  • Global Market Access and Regulations, Compliance Management
  • EMC and Wireless Compliance
  • Environmental and Energy Regulations
  • Batteries and Energy Storage Systems
  • Medical Devices
  • Compliance 101
  • Hazard Based Safety Engineering and Safety Science
  • Forensics, Failure and Risk Analysis, Assessment and Management
  • Legal, Regulations, Directives and Consumer Protection
  • Test Methods and Ensuring Quality of Test Results
  • Emerging Technologies and Innovations
  • Functional Safety


January 1, 2018 is the deadline to upload your document to the EDAS portal, and February 1 is the formal notification of acceptance. For more information, visit

15 Benefits of Joining an IEEE Society

IEEE Society Membership

We all get caught up in day-to-day activities where we work, but it’s important to network and expand your base of knowledge in order to bring new thought processes and insights into play. Joining an IEEE Society is one way to ‘broaden your horizons’ and gather new infor

mation to heighten your expertise about product safety design, trends and technical developments.


Members from all over the world collaborate for the advancement of Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

The IEEE is a diverse organization, encompassing more than 374,000 members active in almost 40 technical societies. IEEE’s Product Safety Engineering Society (PSES) fosters the development and exchange of knowledge by experts in product safety and compliance engineering and promotes scientific, literary, educational and professional aspects designed to benefit members, the profession and humanity.

IEEE PSES is a society that recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary serving the product safety and regulatory profession and the public. There are many benefits to being a member of the IEEE PSES society.

Here are 15 reasons why joining is important:


  1. Be part of a distinguished society at the forefront of product innovation


  1. Access IEEE resources, opportunities and timely information on the world of technology


  1. Compliance forums and top-level discussions—gain access to a virtual community forum for safety engineers and technical professionals


  1. Develop liaison with other IEEE disciplines and subsequent cross-education


  1. 5. Ability to focus on product safety engineering as an applied science


  1. Network with technical experts at Societies, Section activities and local chapters


  1. Access to subject matters restricted to society members


  1. Professional development—Interface/work with other engineering leaders; promote personal career path; and build technical skills


  1. Contribute to teaching, papers, presentations and standards development


  1. Professional satisfaction and prestige (awards, certificates and other local and national recognition)


  1. Product Safety Newsletter and subscription to Consumer Electronics magazine


  1. Discounts on life insurance, travel, credit cards and more


  1. Participate in annual Symposiums with experts from around the world


  1. Camaraderie and a sense of higher purpose


  1. Help create a safer world for future generations


Find more information on membership and additional perks and resources here.


Call for Papers and Info on Taipei Conference

It’s a global society in which we live. Nowhere will that be more evident than at the IEEE International Symposium on Product Compliance Engineering-Taiwan (IEEE 2017 ISPCE-TW), December 21 through 22 at the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei.

IEEE 2017 ISPCE-TW in Taipei, Taiwan 12/21-22

Hosted by IEEE Product Safety Engineering Society (PSES) the conference will be the most critical IEEE PSES conference in Asia. IEEE 2017 ISPCE-TW will be the gathering spot for experts from across the globe to present and discuss the latest issues, challenges and trends in product safety and regulatory engineering in the medical, scientific, engineering, industry, commercial and residential market sectors. With a fine-focus on the theory, design, development and practical implementation of product safety engineering methodologies and techniques for equipment and devices, the Symposium will include in-depth presentations by notable authors as well as exhibiting companies.

The Call for Papers and presentations, including speakers, peer-reviewed papers, tutorials and product technology demonstrations, is open with the deadline for submitting a full manuscript July 31 and early submissions encouraged. Targeted conference topics will include: product and equipment safety; training and continuing education; regulations and standards; risk management; workplace product safety; system and software safety; and the human factor in product safety engineering.

Capital of Taiwan

While you are there, you’ll most likely want to take advantage of touring the beautiful metropolis of Taipei. Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, is a modern city juxtaposition with Japanese colonial lanes, busy shopping streets and contemporary buildings. Taipei is also known for its lively street-food scene and many night markets, including expansive Shilin market. Check out this list of top things to do from Trip Advisor.

Online registration opens November 1 and runs until December 19. The conference will be located on the main campus of the university, with easy access from public transportation.

IEEE Xplore


Your Quintessential Tech Resource

Thought leadership, expert education and in-depth articles are available online from IEEE Xplore®, your one-stop resource and web tool for the latest research targeting member engineers. When you need additional information, want to catch up on new codes and standards, or simply desire to beef up your current knowledge base, this learning center is ready 24/7 with a wide range of topics and technical research from the global product safety and compliance engineering community.

Access at Your Fingertips; Anywhere in the World.

The IEEE Xplore digital library provides access to IEEE Journals, letters, conference presentations and proceedings, IET Journals, IEEE Standards and IEEE educational courses. Members may conduct searches based on any content field and access their personal subscriptions online. IEEE users at subscribing institutions also have access to certain content.

In an effort to promote its mission of providing product safety engineering for consumers, Xplore is also available to guests who can conduct free keyword searches and gain access to basic abstracts and the tables of contents.

Ready When You Are

Log on any time day or night and peruse the site – check out all the different tabs and what’s available. Visit the home page to search the site for what you need or by publication or author. For example, select appropriate content from journals and magazines; conference publications; standards; courses; and books and eBooks. In addition IEEE Xplore users can receive real-time email alerts when new content is available from publishers such as IEEE, MIT Press and Morgan & Claypool. Also new and readily accessible to IEEE Xplore members, IEEE and Code Ocean recently partnered to enable IEEE partners to upload and share code on the Code Ocean platform. IEEE Xplore is chock full of all the latest information, including the growing trend of cyber security, so engineers and product safety compliance members can stay abreast of the most current threats and mitigation strategies.

A not-for-profit organization, IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology and promoting education and thought leadership. Visit Xplore for more information, contact us directly via email or call 1-800-678-4333 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada and +1 732-981-0060 worldwide.


Head to the Bay State for SPCE 2017

Call for presentations open until August 15

 The 2017 IEEE Symposium on Product Safety Engineering (SPCE 2017), hosted by IEEE Product Safety Engineering Society (PSES) is on the books for November 6 through 7 in the Boston area (Boxboro Regency, Boxborough, Mass.) featuring in depth-education from industry thoughts leaders and exhibits targeted to enlighten engineers and related technical disciplines on compliance, product safety and regulatory engineering, testing and certification.

SPCE-2017SPCE 2017 is a forum for product safety engineers and design engineers to share the latest technical information relevant to product safety while enhancing skills and expertise from information gleaned from local and global experts. The IEEE Symposium will bring attendees up to speed on the latest competencies in engineering product safety and prepare members for the future with analysis into areas such as wireless technologies, regulations, the environment and energy storage and issues or challenges affecting product design and engineering system safety. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to visit exhibitors, who include manufacturers, service providers and engineering firms entrenched in product compliance, safety and design during the two-day gathering.

Call for Papers

Papers from authors are currently being accepted for the Symposium and potential presenters have until August 15 to submit their topic. Authors are invited to submit a full paper (five to six pages) reporting original research of theoretical or applied nature using the online submission system, EDAS. Authors of accepted subject matter must submit the final paper version according to the deadline, register for the workshop and personally attend the Symposium to make the presentation. Final presenters will be notified by August 29, with the presentation deadline scheduled for September 15. Accepted presentations are designed to chronicle trends from across the globe, bringing timely, relevant topics from notable colleagues and subject matter experts in a variety of engineering disciplines.

Of course, you’ll want to explore the nearby town of Boston, only 35 miles away and easily accessible. There are many historical landmarks and recreational areas, including Fenway Park, one of the last remaining original ballparks in the U.S. and Boston Harbor, site of the Boston Tea Party, so you won’t want to miss traveling to this state for product safety engineering education and fun.

Additional information on conference registration, travel or specifics on the Call for Papers can be found here.

Mission of TAB


The mission of IEEE Technical Activities is to promote development and facilitate the exchange of scientific and technological knowledge that benefits membership, the engineering profession and humanity. It includes 39 IEEE Societies, six IEEE technical Councils, seven IEEE technical communities and the Technical Activities Board (TAB).

Mission of TAB

TAB governs and oversees IEEE Technical Activities and is the largest of six major boards within IEEE. TAB’s mission is to inspire, foster and empower technology centric communities across the globe. As delegated by the IEEE Board of Directors, TAB establishes operational procedures that serve to assist the management and operation of the IEEE Societies and Technical Councils, supporting these technical communities and their activities in current and emerging technologies.

With these activities its core mission and directive, TAB influences the advancement of the theory and practice of electrical, electronics, communications, computer engineering, computer science, the allied branches of engineering and related arts, sciences, and technologies.

TAB encompasses the following directives:

  • Develop a volunteer-led environment where technical thought leaders converge and create communities for people working in the fields (Connections).
  • Solicit, refine and disseminate quality technical information (Content/Curation).
  • Organize technical gatherings to foster innovation and interchange (Competency/Coverage).
  • Foster and promote innovative technical ideas and new technical fields (Coverage).

Throughout the years, IEEE members have made substantial and notable contributions to the success of IEEE Technical Activities.  Recently, TAB established the IEEE TAB Hall of Fame Honor, providing members an opportunity to recognize colleagues who have made major contributions to IEEE Technical Activities.

Those honored are responsible for the creation, development, or advancement of the technical objectives of IEEE. Objectives include the advancement of the theory and practice of electrical, electronics, communications and computer engineering, as well as computer science, the allied branches of engineering, and the related arts, sciences, technologies and their application for the benefit of IEEE members worldwide, and for the general public.

Access TAB agendas, meeting schedules or other information here.

BoG Nominations 2017

Candidate nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 IEEE annual elections for Member-at-Large positions on the IEEE Product Safety Engineering Society (PSES) Board of Governors (BoG), for a three year term beginning January 1, 2018.

Candidates should possess professional stature and significant technical skills in product safety and compliance engineering. They must have adequate financial support outside the Society and have the approval of their organizations or employers to actively participate in the Board meetings and contribute to its activities. Duties include attending one face to face meeting per year (typically held along with the ISPCE), as well as our monthly BoG teleconferences. In addition, members are expected to actively participate in BoG committees.

To be eligible for consideration, candidates must be full, higher grade members (i.e., excluding those of students and affiliates) of the IEEE and members of the PSES in good standing (i.e., dues paid).

Elected Directors will be expected to serve a three-year term commencing January 1, 2018. Attendance at the last meeting of the 2017 year is also encouraged. No member can serve more than two (2) consecutive three-year terms, including partial terms.

Nominations for candidates who are interested and willing to serve shall be submitted to the Nominating Committee using the BoG Candidate Nomination Form, including the following material for inclusion in the ballot:

  • Personal biography – Technical and Professional Experience, not to exceed 125 words in length, intended to round out the profile of the Nominee’s experience outside the IEEE and PSES activities.
  • Factual summary of IEEE/PSES Activities, not to exceed 150 words in length, intended to summarize your current and past service to the IEEE and the PSES.
  • A candidate photograph taken no earlier than 1 August 2016. A digital photograph can be submitted electronically in either TIF or high-quality JPEG format. The photo should be the original digital file, 300 dots per inch (dpi) resolution.
  • Statement of candidacy, not to exceed 150 words in length

A Microsoft Word template for the BoG Candidate Nomination Form  is available on line, on the PSES web site.

Please submit the elections material, including the BoG Candidate Nomination Form with digital photograph to the Nominating Committee Chair: Kevin Ravo, e-mail:

Qualifying nominations and all supporting documentation must be provided to the N&A Committee no later than May 30, 2017 to be considered.

If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Ravo or any other member of the PSES Board of Governors

2017 Sections Congress

IEEE Sections Congress

The IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Board will partner to host IEEE Sections Congress 2017 (SC2017), August 11 through 13 at the International Convention Centre, Sydney, Australia.

Titled: “Brilliant Minds, Bright Futures,” IEEE Sections Congress 2017 convenes every three years and gathers IEEE leadership to network, train and mentor with peers or Section leaders to develop recommendations and strategies that guide the future of IEEE.

IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization for the advancement of technology.  The organization is a world-renowned thought leader and voice in engineering, computing and technology information for the global market. With an active portfolio of nearly 1,300 standards and projects under development, IEEE is a leading creator of industry standards covering a range of technologies that drive the functionality, capabilities and interoperability of products and services. IEEE is organized into local Sections within geographic regions and also includes Societies, Chapters, Student Branches and Affinity Groups.

View the schedule via the SC2017 App.

A primary delegate to the gathering is a member designated by the Section Executive Committee to represent the Section at Sections Congress. It is the opportunity for IEEE representatives from all over the world to participate in an event that provides them with the tools and training to assist their unit in focusing their activities on benefits to members while increasing participation in IEEE activities.

Attendees of IEEE Sections Congress 2017 come from more than 165 countries to hear dozens of speakers and attend vital networking sessions on technology, standards, product safety, regulatory engineering, certification and compliance. Some 50 exhibitors are currently registered for the event.

IEEE Sections Congress 2017 will include free access to Wi-Fi and the availability of the SC2017 mobile application or website to view the program schedule, speakers, exhibitors and sponsors. They can also connect with other attendees and interact via social media during the event.

Registration for the event is now open and exhibit space is also available.

ISPCE 2017

The IEEE-Product Safety Engineering Society (PSES) will participate in the upcoming IEEE Symposium on Product Compliance Engineering, ISPCE 2017, May 8 through 10 in San Jose, Calif.

Created with the mission of providing a forum for product safety design engineers to discuss forward-thinking technology trends and technical developments, the ISPCE IEEE Symposium on Product Compliance Engineering will include some 70 topics by colleagues and subject matter experts from across the country and around the globe.

ISPCE 2017 brings together thought leaders who share insights on a variety of pertinent topics, from product safety and certification to regulatory compliance in product development and design engineering. The program has been set, and there’s substance throughout the Symposium, including keynote addresses, networking events and even a robotics demonstration by the Monta Vista Robotics Team, a group of over 130 students from Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, Calif.

Keynote speaker

ISPCE’s keynote session will be presented by Barry L. Shoop, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. During his 20 years at West Point he has served in a number of key leadership positions including Director of the Photonics Research Center and Director of the Electrical Engineering Program.

Shoop will speak on “Disruptive Innovations,” focusing on new technologies entering the industry and why well managed companies can fail when they don’t address sea change. “They often fail because the very management practices that have allowed them to become industry leaders also make it extremely difficult for them to recognize and develop the disruptive technologies that ultimately capture their markets.” He advocates the process by which companies learn to recognize disruptive technologies and develop a company culture that provides a structure to identify and embrace these trends.

Program session break outs include deep-dive subjects in wireless networking; information security and the smart grid; local and global compliance and engineering; product liability case study; improving time to market; electrical product safety; outsourcing product certification management; the internet of Things; and many others.  For the complete line up, download the Symposium schedule here.

Can it Be Made?

You Designed a Good Product—Can It Be Made?

For every product that engineers create, there are two creative forging processes. The first is the leap of creativity and imagination that generates the idea for the product itself. Perhaps the product springs from a genuine gap and need—the “mother of invention” moment—or perhaps the product is a leap forward in innovation from some imperfect version already on the market.

The second forging process is the engineering or manufacturing process. Many projects that spring from the imagination hit the skids at this point. That’s because there is a gulf between our thinking and the reality of making an idea fully functional. There’s yet another gulf between producing something on a small scale and producing it consistently on a larger scale. Consider, for instance, what might be necessary in terms of materials, logistics, and supply chain to produce a large-scale run of a product for international shipment and sale. Furthermore, a product will also need to meet safety and compliance standards, often for ease of entry into domestic or foreign markets.

The first step, once you’ve designed a product, is to create a prototype. Creating a prototype, even from materials readily available to you at the moment rather than final production materials, lets you identify any flaws in your thinking. A prototype will also let you experiment with the ideal materials to use in your product as well as help you better describe your product to others—colleagues at work, potential collaborators, and even potential project investors.

Prototypes—and the next iteration, called a pre-production prototype—can also help you explore other considerations for actually producing your product. After all, an inspired idea and good design are two entirely different processes.

Using your professional expertise as well as the resources and connections you can tap with membership in IEEE’s Product Safety and Engineering Society, for example, you might explore the following considerations:

  • What compliance and product safety certifications might be necessary to bring my product to market?
  • Are my components all appropriate? Just because they’re UL, doesn’t mean the system will pass.
  • What documentation does the NRTL Need?
  • What tests are going to be required?
  • IEEE PSES has a compliance 101 Track at ISPCE ’17. Click here for more info.

IEEE Product Safety and Engineering Society membership affords a range of opportunities for product engineers, designers, and inventors to further their ideas and product design feasibility stages. With access to timely information and research on technology, PSES members stay current on what’s new and upcoming in their fields of interest. Society-sponsored events and chapter meetings offer opportunities for members to connect with each other and discuss professional and passion projects. Such connections can lead to collaboration and mentorship—invaluable benefits for those seeking to bring new ideas into the world.

Whatever your goal or ideas may be, you’ll find they’re strengthened by active membership and professional connections with membership in IEEE’s Product Safety and Engineering Society.

Compliance 101:

  • What is the potential market for my product?
  • What are my product’s direct and indirect competitors, if any?
  • Can my product be manufactured? If so, in what country should it be manufactured?
  • Can my product be produced consistently? Are there design flaws that should be addressed or corrected? Are there roadblocks or bottlenecks in the manufacturing process?
  • What are the potential costs and investment required in manufacturing my product and bringing it to market?
  • What are the product safety considerations in manufacturing my product, and in end consumer use?