IEEE Power & Energy Magazine - September/October 2017 - 10

leaders' corner

Jessica Bian

collaborators & friends
the General Meeting brings us together

Coming together is a beginning;
keeping together is progress;
working together is success.
-Henry Ford

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IT'S HAR D TO BELIEVE THAT
two years have almost passed. Throughout my term as secretary of the IEEE
Power & Energy Society (PES), I have
had the fulfilling opportunity to meet
with so many members around the
world. PES as a family brings us together with friends and colleagues. We are
able to share not only our insights but
also enthusiasm for our Society. All of
this has been on my mind a lot lately as
the 2017 General Meeting (GM) ended.
Coming together and sharing is the
most communal and binding experience in almost every place in the world.
My first memories of the GM are with
scholars from dozens of universities and
big names in the industry. I had the opportunity to exchange ideas, participate
in panels, and develop friendships with
people from all over the world. My Rolodex includes cards from researchers and
practitioners who hail from Imperial
College London, Nanyang Technological
University in Singapore, University of
Auckland, Centro Nacional de Control
de EnergĂ­a (National Energy Control
Center) of Costa Rica, Eskom of South
Africa, and beyond.
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Over coffee, lunch, or dinner, one expert would tell electric vehicle stories, and
someone else would bring up renewable
resources and so on. And then I would
have some standards discussion, and we would
all share how and why
we came to know and
love the topics. Sometimes it's about taking
a selfie with someone
who's influenced me,
sharing a business idea
with someone I admire,
or making a connection
that can lead to finding my next mentor.
At a breakout session, I may find myself
sitting next to my idol or influencer. This
is what makes PES so special-it brings
us together.
I remember one GM when I had a
few minutes to speak one on one with
Prof. Roy Billinton, author of Power
System Reliability Evaluation and Reliability and Risk Evaluation of Wind
Integrated Power Systems, and ask
him for advice on a new study I had
launched. Every time I return from a
GM, I feel I "sharpen the saw" with
new ideas and approaches that make
me more effective and efficient at work.
Plus researchers say that our friends
give us communal support and help us
feel optimistic. When we feel optimistic, our visual perception of challenges
actually changes: mountains look more
like molehills.

We all have many of our biggest moments in life either sharing or making new
friends-our potential future joint authors
and collaborators. This is the way to be
invited to join collective
research projects such as
edited books, special issues in peer-reviewed
journals, or funding applications. It is also a
fundamental approach to
getting a job in academia
or industry. In most places, the job selection process is transparent and
meritocratic. But remember that, ultimately, with a similar CV, selection committee
members will most likely hire someone
they know and with whom they get along.
Just as with any other field, experts
cultivate exceptional resources-and
they're excited to share them with likeminded colleagues. GMs are full of such
experts promoting new ideas, showing
new products, and teaching new methodologies. These live events provide
unique learning and career-building
opportunities that I just can't find anywhere else. Remember the scene in
Dead Poet's Society when Robin Williams made his students stand on a desk
to get a fresh perspective? Magic happens, if we are open to the possibility.
PES has many activities for all interests and desires. Please contact me
with any questions or comments at
jessica.j.bian@ieee.org.
p&e

We are able to
share not only
our insights but
also enthusiasm
for our Society.

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