APEC Comes to the Sunshine State – Tampa, March 26-30, 2017


Greg Evans, Special Correspondent at Bodo’s Power Systems

Greg Evans

The Applied Power Electronics Conference, which will convene March 26-30, 2017 at the Tampa, Florida Convention Center, continues the longstanding tradition of addressing issues of immediate and long-term interest to the practicing power electronics engineer. This annual event is jointly sponsored by the IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS), IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS), and Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA). The event seems to set records every year for the number of papers, the size of the exhibit and the number of attendees. And APEC continues to be an exceptional bargain with full registration for as little as $825. Check the APEC website for details (www.apec-conf.org).

 “APEC allows power electronics professionals from all sectors to gather annually and participate in a rewarding exchange of technical knowledge and gaining valuable industry connections,” said APEC 2017 General Chairman, Jonathan Kimball. “I look forward to APEC every year as a time to meet colleagues, see what new directions are emerging in our field, and find new solutions to the problems or sometimes find new problems to solve.”

APEC 2017 has put together the best-ever program and one you that you really don’t want to miss.

  • A Plenary Session on Monday, March 27 that will feature world-class presentations to keynote our week-long conference. You’ll not want to miss these talks from technology visionaries from Google, Texas Instruments, GE Global Research, Jet Propulsion Labs and ELMG Digital Power. In addition, the Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Power Technology Roadmap Committee will present highlights of the latest edition of the roadmap.
  • Eighteen Professional Development Seminars on Sunday, March 26 and Monday, March 27 taught by world-class experts that are designed to bring you up to speed on critical power electronics design technologies and techniques.
  • A Technical Program from Tuesday, March 28 through Thursday, March 30 comprising 593 top-quality, peer-reviewed papers to choose from.
  • An Industry Session program running concurrently with the Technical Program with 20 topical areas and 124 timely presentations.
  • Three controversial topics will be covered in the annual “Rap Sessions” on Tuesday evening. These sessions present pro vs. con arguments about important issues. Topics this year will do power electronics architectures, GHz switching in high power applications and Power Supply on Chip (PSoC)/Power Supply in Package (PSiP) vs. discrete designs.  Plan to get there early to be sure to get a seat.
  • A crowded exhibit hall packed with the latest power electronics products.
  • The annual MicroMouse contest pitting teams from around the world to solve the maze the fastest with their intelligent motorized mice.
  • A terrific social event that brings us all together on Wednesday evening.

When asked about this year’s venue, Dr. Kimball had this to say, “Tampa is a stunning location which I’m sure you will enjoy as you experience all the city has to offer. I hope you take advantage of this by visiting Busch Gardens, the New York Yankees spring training facility, or one of the nearby world class beaches. Your families will have endless options to explore, including the Florida Aquarium, Lowry Park Zoo, SS American Victory, Henry B. Plant Museum, and Glazer Children’s Museum. In addition, there are extensive dining destinations and entertainment venues for you to visit with old friends and new colleagues at the conclusion of the day’s programming.”

Source: Bodo's Power Systems, January 2017