A Global Outlook: With a Well-Illuminated Future for the Society [Leader's Corner]
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Miroslav Begovic presents a global outlook for the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES). Among the most notable accomplishments is the Society's tremendous membership growth in 2015, making it the second largest of IEEE's 39 Societies. The total IEEE membership is around 400,000. PES has increased its membership from about 22,000 members in 2007 to 33,391 members at the end of 2014. The increasing number of student members also reflects the rapidly changing age demographics of power and energy engineers. PES publications are among the most respected professional publications in the world and continue to attract the best and brightest authors. The PES conference business is another strong source of its global outreach and a source of income for many other activities. By organizing about 40 international conferences annually, it is reaching across all continents and into every Region. PES (in collaboration with IEEE-USA) provides the expertise of its members as a service to governments and organizations. In addition to the public outreach such as the QER Joint Task Force, PES has undertaken a massive effort to assess the organization of its Technical Committees (TCs) and a restructuring that would bring nimbleness and effectiveness in line with the changes in technology and industry practice. Its global outreach is marked, among other things, by the expansion of the Scholarship Plus program to Regions 8-10.
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