Society Spotlights: September 2008

Updates and news from five IEEE societies

5 September 2008


powerIEEE Power & Energy Society
Membership: 21 550
Established: 1884

The IEEE Power Engineering Society’s members voted in April to change the society’s name to the IEEE Power & Energy Society.

According to the society’s president, Wanda Reder, the new name is more relevant to current member interests and aligns with global needs, is more inclusive of emerging technologies, and better reflects the society’s mission, scope, and fields of interest. The IEEE’s oldest society, the PES provides the world’s largest forum for sharing the latest in technological developments in the electric power industry and for creating standards for the development and construction of equipment and systems.

Fields of Interest Research, development, construction, installation, and operation of systems for the generation, transmission, distribution, measurement, and control of electric energy.

Publications Three quarterly journals and the bimonthly IEEE Power & Energy Magazine.

Conferences Sponsors or cosponsors several conferences a year on topics including power systems protection and sustainable energy.

Awards Presents more than a dozen awards each year, including the Award for Excellence in Power Distribution Engineering and the IEEE PES Outstanding Engineer Award.


aeroIEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society
Membership: 4670
Established: 1973

Celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, the society focuses on the organization, design, development, and operation of complex systems used in mobile electric power and electronics systems, radar, sonar, and telemetry systems used in avionics, law enforcement, and the military.

The society sponsors several international conferences annually, including AutoTestCon, the IEEE Aerospace Conference, and the IEEE Radar Conference.

It publishes the monthly IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine and the quarterly IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems.


commIEEE Communications Society
Membership: 38 740
Established: 1972

ComSoc recently launched a wireless communications engineering technologies certification program. Engineers with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and with at least three years of wireless engineering experience may take the exam. Administered at 500 sites in 75 countries, the exam comprises multiple-choice questions covering wireless communications, including access technology, antennas, network management and security, propagation, RF engineering, and standards.

The society is also developing a set of resources to help engineers prepare for the exam, including two practice exams and a book, Wireless Engineering Body of Knowledge, which provides information on areas the exam covers.

The society focuses on the transfer of voice, data, images, and video using computers, information processors, and switched and unswitched networks.

ComSoc publishes four magazines, six journals, and three newsletters on topics such as network and service management and wireless communications. It also sponsors several international conferences, including the IEEE Global Communications Conference, held this year from 30 November to 4 December in New Orleans.


bioIEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
Membership: 7880
Established: 1978

The society launches a new annual journal in December—Reviews in Biomedical Engineering—that will cover advances in biomedical engineering and explore ways to apply engineering to solve biomedical problems.

The society’s interests cover health-care technology including bioinformatics, biotechnology, clinical engineering, information technology, instrumentation and measurement, microtechnology and nanotechnology, radiology, and robots.

In addition to the new magazine, the society publishes seven journals as well as the bimonthly IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine, which deals with the latest in biomedical and clinical engineering.

The society holds an annual conference and cosponsors the annual International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging, held this year from 19 to 22 October in Scottsdale, Ariz.


instIEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society
Membership: 4360
Established: 1978

The society was formed 30 years ago to promote the development of electrical and electronic instrumentation to measure, monitor, and record electrical and physical phenomena. Areas of interest include analog and digital electronic instruments, systems and standards for measuring and recording electrical quantities in the frequency domain (including dc), and instruments for automated control and analysis.

The society publishes two bimonthlies—IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement and the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Magazine. It sponsors four annual awards including the Career Excellence Award, which recognizes a lifetime of meritorious achievement and outstanding technical contributions by an individual in the society’s fields of interest.

The society sponsors more than a dozen conferences and workshops annually on topics ranging from human-computer interfaces to precision clock synchronization.

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