PES Webinar IEEE and PES History

IEEE Power & Energy Society Membership Webinar Series

A Condensed History of IEEE and PES

6 July 2015  2:00 pm eastern

Presented by Robert A. Dent, PES History Committee Chair


This webinar provides a brief exposition of the two founding institutes of IEEE: AIEE (American Institute of Electrical Engineers) and IRE (Institute of Radio Engineers). It will describe the formation of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) through the merger of AIEE and IRE. AIEE had a strong technical component in power engineering, however, after the merger there was a recognized need for a power group which eventually became PES (Power & Energy Society). The webinar concludes with a review of PES today and its success.

Anyone interested in the history of technology, especially electric power engineering, will find this webinar of interest.


The Presenter:


Mr. Robert Dent is the Chair of the PES History Committee since 2012. He is presently retired. During his working career he held technical and/or management positions at United Illuminating Co., Gibbs & Hill, Inc., New York Power Authority, and IEEE.   He served PES as the New York/Long Island PES Chapter Chair, chaired the PES Publications Department, vice president, and president. He served the IEEE as Division VII director and vice president, technical activities.  He is a former PES Executive Director. He received his engineering undergraduate degree from Stevens Institute of Technology. He has completed graduate degrees from Pratt Institute and Polytechnic University in computer science, electrical engineering and management. In 2001, he received the PES Meritorious Service Award.