Welcome to the IEEE Transportation Electrification Community!
Our mission is to coordinate all things transportation within IEEE. Honestly, our task gets bigger every day with applications that would have been thought of as “futuristic” if not downright crazy just a few year ago, from autonomous cars to fully electric airplanes and super high-speed trains.
On this website and throughout our offerings, you will find feature articles, podcasts, as well as links to tutorials and webinars on all aspects of transportation electrification from the world's foremost experts (on the “Education” page of this website). Our Newsletter offers short and insightful technical articles on the state-of-the-art. TEC members also have access to the IEEE Electrification Magazine, a monthly technical magazine covering advances in aircraft, automobiles, ships, trains, and other subjects. TEC membership is free if you are already a member of a number of IEEE societies and groups (AESS, IAS, IES, ITSS, PELS, PES, RS, and SA), only $10 otherwise.
Last year the pandemic changed a lot of things. First, our thoughts and prayers go to those of you who are personally affected by this situation, yourself, or your family. As engineers, few of us can provide direct help, and we definitely give thanks to the medical profession for all their sacrifices for the community. Nonetheless, we can be comforted by the thought that so many tools used in the front line, respirators and others, were designed by engineers.
As of this writing, though, there is light at the end of the tunnel. So while we are still operating within covid constraints, we are also starting to prepare post covid. Some conferences TEC is involved with are still virtual. One great example is ITEC in June for matters of powertrains, energy storage and charging, and systems. A more focus event, the AIAA/IEEE Electric Aircraft Technologies Symposium, in August, brings together individuals interested in the revolutionary field of electric aviation. Such virtual conferences, while they do not provide the in-person experience, have the advantage of skipping the travel part and you can participate from the comfort of your office. But later this year, some events may be open to in person, or at least use a hybrid format. One such example is the 2021 IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, in September in Indianapolis.
In the meantime, this may be a great time to take advantage of TEC’s tutorials, podcasts, and webinars. The first place to go would be TEC’s Education webpage (tec.ieee.org/education) where you can see the list of upcoming webinars as well as our archived events, on topics ranging from linear machines for transportation to Silicon Carbide, cybersecurity or wireless charging, to list just a few. The page also lists various tutorials with an in-depth treatise of such important topics as fuel cells, batteries, electric machines, wireless power transfer, etc. For a more informal setting, check our podcasts such as the one from Dr. Petrunic about urban mass transit electrification. These easy to access units are a great way to get introduced to many of these hot topics in the field.
An extended version of our Newsletter started in January with a special focus on heavy vehicles such as trucks and buses. A number of Transactions are also available, such as the Transactions on Transportation Electrification and the Transactions from our various society sponsors.
It has never been a better time to be involved with transportation electrification, and we are proud to help organize and disseminate cutting-edge information on the subject. And, while doing so, stay safe and healthy!