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leader's corner

Miroslav M. Begovic

a global outlook
with a well-illuminated future for the Society

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when I'm wrItIng these words
to you, the Ieee Power and energy society (Pes) member and IEEE Power &
Energy Magazine reader, the 2015 Ieee
Pes general meeting has just ended.
there were almost 3,400 people in denver, making it the largest general meeting that we have ever had. denver is a
beautiful city, and conference attendees
had plenty of sightseeing opportunities in
addition to a well-organized conference.
while having a great time in the milehigh City the conference attendees had
plenty of opportunities to enjoy the conference. there were panel sessions and super
sessions with rich topical content, poster
sessions with many papers on all topics
related to smart grid and energy, as well
as technical committee (tC) sessions and
town hall meetings on reorganization of
the technical activities of Pes, more than
enough for all attendees to fill their schedule on every day of the conference.
with the dust all settled, it is a good
time to reminisce about the current activities and accomplishments of the society over the past several years. the Pes
mission is to be the leading provider of
scientific and engineering information
on electrical power and energy for the
betterment of society and the preferred
professional development source for our
members. the Pes governing Board
approved that statement on 17 July 2003.
such a wide-ranging statement opens
up possibilities for a wealth of activities, and our volunteer leaders and very
capable staff have delivered on a number
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ieee power & energy magazine

Miroslav Begovic takes a selfie with the audience during the opening plenary of
the IEEE PES 2015 General Meeting in Denver on 27 July 2015.

of value-added membership benefits and
public imperatives (all for the betterment
of society). since then, many things have
happened and many successes mark the
history of the society in the past 12 years.
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.
during that time, regions 1-7 have
grown to 119 professional Chapters,
region 8 has 41 Chapters, region 9 has
32, and region 10 has 38. this represents
a total of 230 Chapters by mid 2015, up
from 223 at the end of 2014.
the growth of student Branch Chapters is even more impressive. In regions
1-7, there are 32 student Branch Chapters, region 8 has 25, region 9 has 46,
and region 10 has 57, for a total of 160
student Branch Chapters, up from 117
in 2014. our global membership growth

has reached 4.5% in region 8, 11.7% in
region 9, and an impressive 16.2% in
region 10. At the same time, the number
of student Branch Chapters in regions 8,
9, and 10 is growing at rates of 31.6, 43.8,
and 42.5%, respectively.
the growth in interest of our members
and the increasing number of Chapters
formed is a testimonial to the growing
importance of our profession and societal
concerns about energy-related problems as
well as to the growing number of engineers
joining the society, mostly from the ranks
of industry practitioners. the increasing
number of student members also reflects
the rapidly changing age demographics of
power and energy engineers. the success
of Pes in attracting new members, retaining the old ones, and creating new Chapters around the world is also the result of
the focused and dedicated work of our volunteers, meliha selak and Frank Lambert,
former and current vice presidents (VPs)
for Chapters, and henry Louie, VP for
membership and Image, who will be leaving the position at the end of the year. the
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