Attendees of IEEE Transportation Electrification Community webinars have the opportunity to earn one (1) Professional Development Hour (PDH) certificate! Once the webinar is complete, a link will be provided for you to complete a form to receive a certificate.

For live webinars, you do not need to be a member of the IEEE TEC.   Please note to access past webinars you will need to be a member of TEC.


Upcoming Webinars -  

Nikola Tesla, the AC Motor, and the Origins of Power Electronics

Sponsored by the IEEE Power Electronics Society History Committee

Presenter:  W. Bernard Carlson
Date:  Tuesday, February 9, 2020, 11:00 am New York Time

Abstract: In 1887, Nikola Tesla perfected his polyphase motor by using two out-of-phase alternating currents to create a rotating magnetic field in the stator.  Initially, he delivered these two currents separately by using four wires to connect his motor to the generator.  However, Tesla and his backers quickly realized that there would be little demand for an AC motor requiring four [or even more] wires; could he develop a polyphase motor that would run on existing two-wire networks?  In response, Tesla figured out how to use resistors, capacitors, and inductance coils to split a single alternating current coming into his motor into several out-of-phase currents.  In this webinar, we will explore how Tesla solved this intricate problem and discuss whether his introduction of these electronic components represents one of the first examples of power electronics.


Bernie Carlson is the Vaughan Professor of Humanities and Chair of the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia as well as a lecturer in the TechInnovate program at the National University of Ireland Galway.

Bernie studied history and physics as an undergraduate at Holy Cross College, earned his Ph.D. in the history and sociology of science at the University of Pennsylvania, and did his postdoctoral work at the Harvard Business School.  He has written widely on the innovation process as well as on the role of technology in the rise and fall of civilizations.  His books include Innovation as a Social Process: Elihu Thomson and the Rise of General Electric, 1870-1900 (Cambridge University Press, 1991) and Technology in World History, 7 volumes (Oxford University Press, 2005).  His most recent book, Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age. (Princeton University Press, 2013) has been translated into nine languages.  In 2015, Bernie won both the Sally Hacker Prize from the Society for the History of Technology as well as the IEEE’s Middleton Award in Electrical History.  In addition to his books, Bernie has filmed 36 lectures on "Understanding the Inventions that Changed the World" for The Great Courses.

Bernie has advised a variety of organizations on the culture of innovation, and for over a decade, consulted with Corning Incorporated.  He has served on the editorial board of IEEE Spectrum as well as on the IEEE History Committee.



Improving Academic Writing Skills for IEEE Transactions

Sponsored by the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society

Presenter:  Wen Cao
Date:  Tuesday, February 16, 2020, 8:00 am New York Time

Abstract: This webinar is targeted junior and early-career researchers who are new to the IEEE Transaction publications. It will deal with the publication process for the IEEE Transactions with a focus on the field of electrical power engineering. The speaker will share his experience of academic writing as an author, reviewer and editor, as well as his personal views on how to prepare for good quality research and innovations, and then high-quality manuscripts for IEEE Transactions. It will be followed by a Q&A session. You are free to bring your papers and discuss anything specific with the publications in IEEE Transactions.


Professor Wen Cao (FIET, SMIEEE) received the B.Eng. in electrical engineering from Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing, China, in 1991, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical machines and drives from the University of Nottingham, Nottingham, in 2004.

Prof. Cao is currently the Chair Professor of Electrical Power Engineering with Aston University and also a distinguished professor at Anhui University, China. He is the Chairman for the Industrial Electronics Society, IEEE UK and Ireland Section; and a Committee Member for IET MPG. He received a “Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award” in 2016, the “Dragon’s Den Competition Award” from Queen’s University Belfast, in 2014, the “Innovator of the Year Award” from Newcastle University, UK, in 2013. He has been Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, IEEE Transactions on Industry Application, IET Power Electronics, and several other international journals. His research interests include fault analysis and condition monitoring of electrical machines and power electronics.

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Eric Cheng
Education Committee Chair


TEC is currently looking for webinar presenters for 2021.  A webinar is typically 45 minutes long with approximately 15 additional minutes for Q&A.  

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