Texas A&M IEEE PELS-PES-IAS joint student branch wins Outstanding Student Branch Joint Chapter

The IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) has named the joint student chapter of the Power Electronics Society, Power and Energy Society and Industry Applications Society (IEEE PELS-PES-IAS) at Texas A&M University its 2012 “Outstanding Student Branch Joint Chapter.”

This award is given to IEEE student chapters affiliated with two or more IEEE Societies, and is competed for by joint student branches across the globe. This award recognizes the Texas A&M IEEE PELS-PES-IAS joint student branch as one of the best organizations of its kind worldwide, and reflects the excellence of the Power Systems and Power Electronics program at Texas A&M.

The IEEE PELS-PES-IAS joint student branch provides professional preparation and professional networking opportunities to Texas A&M students interested in power systems, power electronics and related fields, with numerous opportunities to learn about the latest technology in the field.

This award recognizes the tremendous growth in student membership and activity over the past year, which included site visits to several operating power plants, a nuclear reactor, the Toshiba International Corp. (TIC) manufacturing facility in Houston, as well as invited seminars, tutorials and recruiting events from numerous firms, including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy.

In addition the chapter award, several individual members have been recognized for their recent accomplishments. Ilaval Manickam, who graduated in 2012 with a master’s degree, was awarded the 2013 IEEE Region 5 Individual GOLD Member Achievement Award.  Mohammad Shadmand, now a Ph.D. student at Texas A&M, was awarded second place in the 2013 IAS CMD Graduate Student Thesis Contest for his M.S. thesis, “A Design-Oriented Framework to Determine the Parasitic Parameters of High-Frequency Magnetics in Switching Power Supplies using Finite-Element Analysis Techniques,” which he performed under the supervision Dr. Robert S. Balog.

“I am extremely proud of the individual and collective accomplishments of the IEEE student power chapter this past year,” Balog said. “They have an enthusiastic leadership and have elevated the quality of the power electronics and power systems program at Texas A&M. I look forward to even better things from the group next year and individually in their professional lives.”

The Texas A&M IEEE PELS-PES-IAS joint student branch is chaired by Qin Yan and advised by Dr. Le Xie and Balog from the electrical and computer engineering department. For more information please visit the Texas A&M IEEE PELS-PES-IAS website at ieee-powerengineering.tamu.edu.