IEEE PES University Volunteers
IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) University invites you to join us as we lead, influence, and engage with fellow power and engineering professionals.
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About IEEE PES University
The IEEE PES University is a leader in the field of power engineering, providing access to knowledge and educational products that have credit earning potential for Power & Energy Society members and non-members. PES University is led by a network of professionals with extensive experience in the power and energy industry providing their skills and time on a voluntary basis.
The volunteers work closely with IEEE staff to gather and publish industry related education in the form of webinars, in-person and virtual tutorials, and other learning programs from power and energy professionals around the world.
The PES University volunteers have organized themselves into committees. Each committee contributes to the success of the university by recruiting topic presenters, developing and executing learning programs, coordinating events, marketing online resources through the website and print publications, and encouraging young people to become power and energy professionals.
The diverse group of volunteers located in various countries around the world spend up to 8 hours a month on their respective committee, and collaborate through email and regular video conference check-ins using Webex.
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PES University’s oversight is governed by the VP of Education who appoints a chairperson. The PES University chairperson works with PES staff and volunteers in each of the committees to set direction and coordinate university activities.
- Accreditation Task Force
- Corporate Engagement Educational Program Committee
- High School Scholarship Committee
- Selection & Quality Control Committee
- Tutorials Committee
- Webinar Committee
- Website Committee
The Accreditation Task Force is responsible for revamping PES’s programming accreditation to reflect internationally recognized standards. The goal is to attract more interest in PES University offerings by having the high quality of the programming, and awarded CEUs/PDHs that are recognized globally.
The Corporate Engagement Educational Program Committee coordinates educational activities for organizations that are members of the PES Corporate Engagement Program (CEP). The committee leads activities, as the Industry Technical Support Leadership Committee (ITS LC) liaison, to develop additional educational materials required by corporate engagement program members.
Members of this committee are employed by the companies and organizations who have formal corporate partnerships with the PES Corporate Engagement Program. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact your employer’s IEEE PES representative.
The IEEE PES High School Scholarship Committee aims to increase STEM interest at the high school level. The committee oversees a program designed to provide high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to learn new skills, network, and interact with active power and energy engineers, scientists, and other ancillary professionals.
The program consists of five teams of up to five students per team working together on “energy” related projects. Each team submits a project proposal and upon approval then participates in a Poster Session at the upcoming IEEE PES T&D Show. The winning team members will each receive a $1,000 award for full-time STEM study at an accredited two-or-four-year college or university of their choice.
Members of the IEEE PES High School Scholarship Committee are individuals who have:
- Excellent organizational skills
- A good understanding of the IEEE community
- A high comfort level in navigating the IEEE landscape
- Connections in the industry and with vendors who exhibit at the IEEE T&D events
- Excellent communication skills and feel comfortable asking for help and following up on requests
Depending on the time of year or tasks allocated, individuals could spend 2-8 hours per week focused on committee work. Responsibilities range from recruiting schools, coordinating student information sessions, identifying industry mentors, coordinating conference-day logistics, and disbursing scholarship funds.
The Selection and Quality Control Committee is responsible for the selection and quality assurance of all PES webinars, web-based and in-person tutorials, and Plain Talks.
Selection and Quality Control Committee members are individuals who have power engineering or industry experience, subject matter experts in power and energy systems, members with content design and delivery experience, and/or have an interest in promoting power and engineering education.
Committee members meet monthly to discuss ongoing initiatives. Depending on the individual’s role and current initiatives, members may spend an additional 1 – 8 hours per month focused on committee work. These efforts range from the selection of products to performing quality checks on products.
The Tutorials Committee is responsible for designing, recording, and marketing in-person and web-based tutorials, Plain Talk, and certification operations. The committee also collects and analyzes University readership metadata, which are considered when determining topics and designing future tutorials.
Members of the Tutorials Committee are qualified by extensive (i.e. over a decade) technical experience in the Power Industry. They are expected to be able to review proposed tutorials to provide input about both expected IEEE PES member interest and validity of the content. The Committee conducts its business via emails so the time commitment is low (e.g. maximum of 2 hours per month).
The Webinar Committee:
- Recruits new webinar content
- Manages webinar categories, organization, and promotion
- Establishes and implements webinar recruitment and onboarding processes
- Reviews instructional design of webinar materials in partnership with the Selection & Quality Control Committee
- Manages affinity group partnerships and other content streams
Webinar committee members are individuals who have power engineering or industry experience, instructional design experience, and/or an interest in promoting power and engineering education. Committee members meet monthly to discuss ongoing initiatives. Depending on the individual’s role and current initiatives, members may spend an additional 1 – 8 hours per month focused on committee work. These efforts range from content recruitment to instructional review of submitted webinars.
The Website Committee is responsible for ensuring the PES University website provides intuitive access to online educational products and supporting resources produced by members of the Power & Energy Society and other members of IEE PES University.
Responsibilities of the committee include:
- Providing overall user experience and intuitive usability guidance
- Quality assurance
- Administration of publishing procedures (writing, updating, monitoring)
- Coordination of page layout, content, and image updates with all PES University committees and IEEE PES staff
- Coordination of marketing efforts with the Marketing department and Resource Center personnel
- Coordination of global website procedures and redesigns with IEEE website personnel
- Search engine optimization (SEO)
Members of the Website Committee are individuals who have experience in graphic design, user experience research, website management and communications, e-commerce marketing, SEO, or are general Internet power users. Committee members meet monthly with IEEE PES staff to discuss website maintenance or upcoming design considerations. Depending on the individual’s role, members may spend up to 8 hours per month assisting PES website personnel or planning website initiatives.
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