IEEE Power Electronics Society History

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January 1, 1983 - IEEE Power Electronics Council

February 2, 1988 - Name change to IEEE Power Electronics Society

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The Power Electronics Society (PELS) is one of the fastest growing technical societies of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). For more than twenty years, PELS has facilitated and guided the development and innovation in power electronics technology. This technology encompasses the effective use of electronic components, the application of circuit theory and design techniques, and the development of analytical tools toward efficient conversion, control and condition of electric power. Our members include preeminent researchers, practitioners, and distinguished award winners. IEEE PELS Publishes the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, a top referenced journal among all IEEE publications.

PELS is dedicated to upholding the vital scientific and educational aspects of power electronics and its applications, and keeping its members around the world up to date on state-of-the-art technological developments and advances in power electronics research.

In striving to build knowledge and awareness of the latest technologies and other advances in power electronics, PELS's goal is to keep members current and competitive in the workplace, and provide them with the tools necessary to help them grow both personally and professionally.

The objectives of PELS are scientific, literary, and educational in character. The Society seeks to advance the theory and practice of electrical and electronics engineering and of the allied arts and sciences and promotes a high level of technical excellence among its members. PELS promotes close cooperation and exchange of technical information among its members and affiliates by holding meetings for the presentation of papers and their discussion, sponsoring periodicals and special publications, and through its committees, providing for the needs of its members and affiliates.

The field of interest of the Society are the development and application of power electronic systems and technologies, which encompass the effective use of electronic components; the application of circuit theory and design techniques; and the development of analytical methods and tools toward efficient electronic conversion, control and conditioning of electric power to enable the sustainable use of energy.

Applications of Power Electronics include computer and telecommunications equipment; data centers; consumer electronics products; automobiles; mass transportation; industrial and commercial systems; medical devices; lighting; space and military systems; utility power and Smart Grids; and renewable energy systems.