As an integral part of its mission to advance the U.S. power electronics industry’s competitiveness in the global economy, the Power Electronics Industry Collaborative (PEIC) has organized a panel discussion to present challenges and opportunities facing the power electronics industry as it seeks to identify, attract, and nurture new engineering talent in the business, academic, and government sectors that comprise and support the U.S. power electronics industry. The panel will be presented as part of the Special Session program at the IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Expo (ECCE), slated for October 1 – 5, 2017 in Cincinnati, OH.
PEIC, a national member-based consortium comprised of industry, academic, and government stakeholders in the U.S. power electronics industry, is actively engaging its member organizations and other industry, academic institutions, and government labs to develop workforce development programs specific to power electronics engineers, with the goal of ensuring a qualified pool of engineering talent to drive the next generation of power electronics innovation.
“As power electronics technology continues to advance, especially with the accelerated implementation of wide bandgap semiconductors, the U.S. power electronics industry faces a number of challenges to maintain and enhance the skills of its current workforce, as well as attract new talent to the business, research, and education opportunities that are on the horizon,” said Keith Evans, PEIC President. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to participate with a leading technical conference like ECCE to bring together a cross-section of thought leaders from our member companies, academic institutions, and government labs to discuss these challenges with the wider power electronics community.”
“As a forum to disseminate and exchange state-of-the-art research and showcase innovative power electronics technology developments, ECCE is an ideal venue for this type of panel discussion designed to bring together all the sectors of the industry to examine workforce development challenges and opportunities,” explained Dr. Peter Wung, ECCE Special Sessions chair.
Participants in the 90-minute panel session will include both PEIC members and invited speakers, representing device manufacturers, equipment companies, systems manufacturers, material suppliers, academic institutions, and government research labs, discussing their organizations’ unique perspectives on the ongoing need for workforce development programs in power electronics. More details about the panel participants will be forthcoming prior to the conference.
The Power Electronics Industry Collaborative (PEIC) is a national, industry-focused, member-based consortium comprised of original equipment manufacturers, material suppliers, researchers, scientists, and other stakeholders working to advance the U.S. power electronics ecosystem by accelerating power electronics technology development, analyzing the supply chain, and reinforcing workforce development opportunities.
PEIC is structured as a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization, and is financially supported by its member companies. For complete PEIC information, member list and the latest news, please visit: https://peic-us.org/.
The annual IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Exposition (ECCE 2017), sponsored by the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) and the IEEE Industrial Applications Society (IAS), is the world’s leading technical conference and exposition for energy conversion solutions, providing opportunities for practicing industry engineers, researchers, students, and professionals from the broad spectrum of energy conversion to exchange technical knowledge, and develop skills through peer-reviewed technical presentations, special panel sessions, interactive town-hall sessions, tutorials, as well as plenary talks and an exposition. This year ECCE 2017 will be co-located with the IEEE IAS Annual meeting. For complete information on ECCE, please visit: http://www.ieee-ecce.org/2017/.
PEIC Power Electronics Technology Roadmap
PEIC recently completed a comprehensive technology roadmap designed to provide a path for U.S. manufacturers to develop a robust domestic power electronics ecosystem, to identify technology and manufacturing challenges, and to present key strategic recommendations for the U.S. to develop effective solutions to meet the growing demands for efficient power electronics. The full text of the report (~90 pages) is available to PEIC member companies. The full report is also available for purchase by non-members – an executive summary and pricing details are available at PEIC Technology Roadmap.
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