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Power and Energy Joint Vancouver Chapter

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Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society

Vancouver Chapter

The IEEE Power & Energy Society embraces planning, research, development, design, application, construction, installation and operation of apparatus, equipment, structures, materials and systems for the safe, reliable and economic generation, transmission, distribution, conversion, measurement and control of electric energy. It includes the developing of engineering standards, the providing of information and instruction to the public and to legislators, as well as technical scientific, literary, educational and other activities that contribute to the electric power discipline or utilize the techniques or products within this discipline.

The IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society seeks to promote the study of dielectric phenomena and behavior, and the development and characterization of the dielectric, chemical, mechanical and environmental properties of all vacuum, gaseous, liquid and solid electrical insulation, and with utilization of these materials in circuits and systems under conditions of use.

Chapter Executives (2014):

Chair: Rama Vinnakota (vvramkri <a t>
Vice-Chair: Atefeh Palizban (atefeh.palizban <a t>
Other Executive: Dipendra Rai (dipendra.rai <a t>
Past Chair: Glen Tang (glen.tang <a t>
PES Region 7 Representative: Mazana Armstrong (mazana.armstrong <a t>


The Vancouver PES Chapter has been honoured for high performance by the Society's High Performance Chapter Program for 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012.  The program and award is to allow chapters that meet the criteria of a high performing chapter to help defray the future costs of its operation, including having a minimum number of activities, a website, and meeting various reporting requirements associated with the activities.

Message from the Chair:

The Power & Energy Society Chapter would like to thank the members and guests of the IEEE in Vancouver for making 2010 another successful program year. The beginning of 2011 marks the end of a year in which we held six technical presentations on topics including Electric and Magnetic Fields: From Transmission to Household, Tour of Burrard Thermal Generating Station, and Non-Conventional Lightning Protection Systems.

Additionally, we were able to hold two distinguished lectures from world renowned speakers on New Frontiers in Revitalizing the Power Grid, and the Role of the Smart Grid in Alleviating Electrical Power System Stress, attended by over 150 people combined.  In conjunction with the Society, we were also able to offer the day courses, Plain Talk about the Electric Power System for non-engineering professionals.

Our local chapter is busy preparing for 2011 and will again be offering a number of technical  presentations, learning opportunities, and a trade floor tour that has already been announced. If you are interested in these offerings, please register for a Power & Energy Society membership when you renew your IEEE membership. Additional details about the membership are available at

If you are interested in the activities of IEEE PES and are not subscribed to a Power & Energy Society membership, please send me an email to be included on our mailing list.

Additionally, PES has a number of opportunities for volunteers to becoming involved with our activities. If you are interested in becoming involved, or can suggest a presenter on a topic that you would like to see, please send me an email.

Again, I would like to extend my thanks to the members & guests of IEEE in Vancouver as well as the IEEE Vancouver Section executives for your support. I look forward to seeing and working with you in 2011.

Glen Tang
Chair, IEEE Power & Energy Society Vancouver Chapter