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PES meets in Denver
2015 General Meeting breaks attendance records

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A record number of Attendees converged in late July on the mileHigh city of denver, colorado, for the
largest Ieee Power & energy Society
(PeS) General meeting in history. the
word is out on the value of this annual
confab, as 3,393 people from 60 countries were in attendance, and fully onethird were attending their first PeS
General meeting.
the hallways of the meeting venue
were filled with shouted greetings in
dozens of languages as colleagues
from around the world met up with one
another. others used the PeS General
meeting mobile app to network and
make arrangements to meet colleagues
and friends during the week's events.
Attendees came from every continent
except Antarctica, and the hubbub
at the meeting's numerous sessions,
committee meetings, and receptions
reflected PeS's geographic and generational diversity.
the Society's global diversity was
on display as Ieee PeS President miroslav begovic provided an update on
PeS's burgeoning membership, chapter
growth, and other successes to attendees
at the plenary session on the General
meeting's official opening day. PeS
membership is showing robust growth
thanks to a concerted effort to attract
new members globally, particularly
among students and new engineers,
begovic told a very crowded room.
membership has soared from approximately 22,000 members in 2003 to
33,391 today, a 50% increase over a
decade. PeS now has a record number
Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/MPE.2015.2481789
Date of publication: 30 December 2015

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ieee power & energy magazine

The General Meeting's opening session was very well attended.

The plenary session.

(230) of professional chapters, up from
223 last year. Student chapter growth has
surged to 160, up from 117 last year. And
much of that growth has come outside
north America, in regions 8 (europe,
middle east, Africa), region 9 (mexico,
Latin America and South America),
and region 10 (Asia/Pacific), begovic
announced, to cheers and applause from
the audience, which included many firsttime attendees personally responsible for
that prodigious growth.

PES President Miroslav Begovic updates the PES membership about the
Society's growth.
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