Message from the Chair - Yaobin Chen

As I start the 2nd year of my term as Chair of the IEEE Transportation Electrification Community (TEC) I would like to share with you some of our great accomplishments made in the past year, as well as, plans for this current year. 

When I took over the chair position, it was time to reflect on what TEC has done since its inception and how TEC can sustain and expand its operations moving forward. Our leadership team, the Steering Committee recognized the need for developing a strategic plan with priority goals that can be implemented. Therefore, we conducted a strategic planning exercise by kicking off the initiative at our annual face-to-face meeting in June 2017.


An ad hoc Strategic Planning Task Force chaired by Bruno Lequesne was established and worked with the Steering Committee by going through a comprehensive planning process for about six months. As a result, we developed a strategic plan document with four priority goals below:

q  Portal-Comprehensive, easy-to-navigate one-stop shop for any and all events in electrification within IEEE

q  Symposium series - Bring together technical leaders to learn about and discuss a specific topic and the outcome would be a white paper 

q  Standard coordination group – active Standard Committee to manage IEEE’s portfolio of transportation standards

q  TEC Magazine - bring together all aspects of transportation electrification in one magazine

I am happy to report that TEC has made very good progresses towards the four proposed goals. In particular, TEC has successfully become a partner for the iEEE Electrification Magazine in March this year. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Bruno and other members of the Task Force for their many hours of hard work on this strategic plan document which will soon be available on the TEC website.

In addition, TEC has continued to made progresses in many other areas, as described as follows.

Ø  Launch of the IEEE Talks Transportation Electrification, which can be found on the web at:

Ø  We had many articles featuring TEC members including the following:

o   EV World, Grant Covic – Cutting the Chord: How & Why Wireless Charging is the Future,

o   EE Times, Stacy Prowell – Vehicle Cybersecurity: Where Rubber Meets Code, 

o   ECN, Sheldon Williamson - Advances in Power-electronics R&D for Electric Transportation,

o   Smart City Dives, Kaushik Rajashekara, Why and How There’s a Flying Car in Your Future,

o   IT Security Central, Alan Mantooth, Cybersecurity Trends and Tie to the Vehicle Industry

o   Smart City Dives, LaMont McAliley, Preparing today for transportation in tomorrow's cities

o   These articles can be found on the TEC website at:

Ø  Cooperation and partnership with external organizations:

       AIAA (The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics): Coordinating the first 2018 AIAA/IEEE Electric Aircraft Technologies Symposium of which TEC will be a 40% financial co-sponsor. The event will take place 12-13 July 2018, in Cincinnati, Ohio at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

       American Center for Mobility (ACM): We have signed an MoU to partner with ACM in the area of Standards and other areas for connected and automated vehicles.  For additional information, read our most current IEEE Talks Transportation Electrification here:

I’d like to thank our partnering societies/council for their continued support and our members for their encouragement and participation. We strive for excellence to provide best service and high quality products for our community and members. Please let us know if you have any ideas and suggestions.

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