Special IEEE PES CSAC article (June 2020): “Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders”

Article by Thiago Alencar (IEEE PES CSAC chair)

"Today's students are tomorrow's leaders"

The IEEE PES trust that 'today's students are tomorrow's leaders". Since 2014, the IEEE PES Global Student Congress has guided and inspired the future IEEE PES leaders and energy workforce with strong leadership activities under +450 IEEE PES SB (Student Branch) Chapters across the world. This article will provide an overview about the 3rd IEEE PES Global Student Congress (2018). Also, we would like to invite all students and people interested in the energy field to make registration in next the 2020 IEEE PES Global Student Congress (August 1,2,8,9, 2020) with online edition free to all. In 3 days, +1,000 students and professionals made registrations across 63 countries according to the following map:

Date: 1,2,8,9 August 2020 (4 days)

Registration fee: Free

Deadline for registration: June 30, 2020 (11:59 PM / GMT-10)

Registration link:
https://ieee.checkboxonline.com/4th_pes_student_congress

More information about 4th PES Global Student Congress:
https://cmte.ieee.org/pes-csac/4th-pes-student-congress/

PES has provided a larger number of student opportunity with different backgrounds and goals in their careers according to the following information:

1) PES Global Student Congress
2) PES HPSBCP (High Performing Student Branch Chapter Program) reward
3) PES Day ambassador program
4) PES Zero Hunger Day ambassador program
5) PES RES (Renewable Energy in Schools) for kids
6) PES HAC (Humanitarian Activities Committee) ambassador program
7) PES HAC student project fund
8) First year PES free membership
9) PES MDI (Member-Drive Initiatives) funds
10) PES YP sponsorship in IEEE/PES student and YP conferences
11) PES student poster contest (PES T&D USA and PES GM - General Meeting)
12) PES student housing support program (PES T&D USA)
13) PES student housing support program (PES GM - General Meeting in the USA)
14) PES student Industry Faculty Luncheon and Job Fair (PES T&D USA)
15) PES student housing support program (NAPS - North American Power Symposium)
16) PES STA (Student Travel Award) to PES regional congresses in IEEE Regions 8
17) PES STA (Student Travel Award) to PES regional congresses in IEEE Regions 9
18) PES STA (Student Travel Award) to PES regional congresses in IEEE Regions 10
19) PES Outstanding Student Scholarship (IEEE Regions 1-10)
20) PES Scholarship Plus initiatives (USA, Canada and Puerto Rico)
21) PES India Scholarship Award
22) PES Italy Scholarship Award
23) PES G. Ray Ekenstam Memorial Scholarship (USA)
24) PES Erich Gunther Future Power Innovator Scholarship (USA)
25) IEEE International Future Energy Contest

 

The 3rd IEEE PES Global Student Congress was divided into the following 5 pillars:

  • PES volunteer training
  • PES Hard Tech Summit (IEEE N3XT event)
  • PES Green Entrepreneur Competition
  • IEEE HAC event (Humanitarian training focus on PES activities)
  • Networking without borders activities

Since 2014, PES Student Congresses (Turkey/2014, Malaysia/2016 and Brazil/2018) have been attracting the best talents and future global leaders based student’s activities. The PES Student Congress is an opportunity for student leaders from different PES student branch chapters to get together to discuss best practices, share experiences, listen, ideas, experience, knowledge, learn, make networking, work without borders, participate in technical talks and to interact with senior PES leaders and volunteers. In 2014, PES had 134 PES Student Branch Chapters across the world, however unfortunately, many of them were inactive. In 2014, former VP for PES Chapters, Meliha Selak, came up with the idea of organizing a PES Student Branch Chapters Congress. Nowadays, PES has 348 PES student chapters around the world.

The 1st PES Student Congress was held in Ankara (Turkey) on August 29-31, 2014. In the first edition, 45 students from 20 countries (Australia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Palestine, Panama, Spain, Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom and USA) attended in congress. The 2nd PES Student Congress was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on August 15-17, 2016. In the second edition, 68 students from 21 different countries (Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Hungary, India, Iraq, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Singapore, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey and USA) attended in congress.

In January 2018, the proposal from the PES South Brazil Section Chapter was accepted and the 3rd PES Student Branch Chapters Congress was held in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Sao Paulo (Brazil) on August 24-27, 2018. In total 133 IEEE PES volunteers (96 PES student chapters) from 33 countries (55 IEEE sections) attended in congress the 3rd PES student congress. In the 3rd edition of the congress, we had PES volunteers from Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom and United States.

The PES provided travel support to 96 PES students from different PES student chapters attend and represent their chapter activities in the 3rd PES student congress.

The 3rd PES student congress was sponsored by domestic electrical company (“Safira Energia”), IEEE HAC (Humanitarian Activities Committee), IEEE YP committee, PES YP committee and PES.

The congress agenda was divided in 4 pillars to bring More Power to the Future:

  • PES volunteer training
  • PES Hard Tech Summit (IEEE N3XT event)
  • IEEE HAC event (Humanitarian training focus on PES activities)
  • Networking without borders activities

1) IEEE PES volunteer training

The IEEE Power and Energy Society has long recognized that ‘’Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders.’’. So, we had special sessions for IEEE PES volunteer training as part of the 3rd PES student congress. The PES volunteer training was divided in 8 parts:

 

  1. IEEE PES overview. Speaker: Danijel Topic (PES student chapter coordinator) – 25 min
  2. IEEE YP (Young Professionals): The Force Awakens. Speaker: Rafael Sliz (IEEE YP committee chair) – 1h
  3. IEEE PES WiP (Women in Power) overview. Speaker: Guadalupe Gonzalez (IEEE WiP Region 9 representative) – 45 min
  4. PES poster presentation (Part 1) – 2h
  5. PES poster presentation (Part 2) – 1h
  6. Entrepreneurial Leadership. Speaker: Hasala Dharmawardena (Student Chapter Lead at IEEE Smart Village Program / IEEE Piedmont Section PES Chapter Chair) – 15 min
  7. PES student chapter chair training. Speaker: Thiago Alencar (PES YP committee Membership Development Coordinator) – 45 min
  8. Open discussion with PES volunteers – 1h

We had a great poster session divided in two days (August 25-26) with 99 posters from different PES student chapters. Students tasted a Brazilian dessert (“Açai”) from Amazonas as part of the first poster session (August 25).

2) IEEE HAC event

The 3rd PES student congress had Humanitarian Technology speakers to inspire students in humanitarian applications of engineering. We had Smart Village activity in the last 2nd PES student congress. PES had a great feedback of this first humanitarian session in 2nd PES student congress (Malaysia). So, we held the 1st IEEE HAC (Humanitarian Activities Committee) event focus on PES activities as part of the 3rd PES student congress.

This IEEE HAC event had gold to motivate PES students and PES YP volunteers make new humanitarian activities with PES SB chapters. We had 4 humanitarian sessions in the 3rd PES student congress:

 

  • IEEE HAC training: Background (Session 1) – 1 hour
  • IEEE HAC training: Humanitarian Projects (Session 2) – 1 hour
  • IEEE HAC training: Humanitarian Project Design (Session 3) – 2 hours
  • IEEE Smart Village program and PES SB projects (Session 4) – 45 min

 

In the 4 humanitarian sessions, we had 3 expert humanitarian speakers:

 

  • Frank Lambert (2019 PES president-elect);
  • Shaikh Fattah (2018 Education Chair at IEEE Humanitarian Activity Committee / PES eNews Update editor);
  • Anis Ben Arfi (chair at IEEE SIGHT Southern Alberta Section / vice-chair at IEEE MTT SIGHT committee / treasurer at Calgary University PES student chapter)

3) IEEE PES Hard Tech Summit (IEEE N3XT® Affiliate Event)

The IEEE PES Hard Tech Summit (IEEE N3XT® Affiliate Event) brought together the next generation young global leaders (PES student members and PES graduate student members (PES YP)) on energy sector and interactive talks from entrepreneurs, makers, leaders, community experts from different parts of the world on Energy Hardware Technology and Energy Entrepreneurship. This event was a great opportunity for students to interact, meet and share ideas with them.

The IEEE PES Hard Tech Summit had focus on new ideas, innovation and inspiration.

We had 5 main activities:

  • IEEE PES Green Entrepreneur competition: August 25, 2018 (1h30min)
  • IEEE Smart Village and PES SB projects: August 25, 2018 (45 min)
  • Entrepreneurship in the Energy Sector (Panel session): August 26, 2018 (1h30min)
  • Gala dinner and award ceremony (PES Green Entrepreneur competition award): August 26, 2018 (3h)
  • Technical visits on industrial companies: August 27, 2018 (5h)

 

3.1) IEEE PES Green Entrepreneur competition

This competition had main goal to open student’s mind for entrepreneurship in the energy sector. PES students had opportunity to made registration in the PES Green Entrepreneur competition 1 month before the IEEE PES Hard Tech Summit and 3rd PES student congress. The students were divided in teams with 4 and 5 people. The congress committee divided teams with students from different countries. These teams had the goal to motivate PES student and PES young professionals work without boards to make innovative projects and companies in the same way of globalization. These teams proposed new companies (product, technologies, services business or social entrepreneurship) based on the following topics:

 

  1. a) Renewable energy
  2. b) Energy efficiency
  3. c) Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions

 

All PES GEC (Green Entrepreneur Competition) teams had men and women PES volunteers. Each team was represented by women member following the IEEE PES WiP (Women in Power) vision. PES WiP fosters a more diverse leadership by supporting the career advancement, networking and education of women in the energy industry. The PES WiP goal is not to simply increase the number of women in the power industry but to promote women into leadership positions as well.

All teams submitted their business plan before the congress. Also, all teams made pitch presentation (5 min) at PES Green Entrepreneur competition (August 25, 2018). Before the congress, all teams had online training sessions with follow topics:

  • Business plan;
  • Business Model Canvas;
  • SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis;
  • Empathy Mapping;
  • Pitch techniques

 

In the PES GEC, we had 77 PES students divided in 16 teams. The PES GEC award ceremony had PES YP sponsorship with plaques and certificates at gala dinner.

The team 16 won PES GEC for their proposal to create a startup company that would use wheat straw, mushrooms and beans to produce natural gas. Their innovative method was designed to extract natural gas without producing harmful by-products and allow for local production that would eliminate the difficult task of transporting natural gas in developing countries. Additionally, the by-products created during production could be utilized as fertilizer, making their company both environmentally friendly and sustainable. The team 16 had PES students from Costa Rica, Jordan, India and the USA.

The 21st century has enormous challenges for humanity and the engineering field. The PES Green Entrepreneur competition have created a great environment to PES student and PES young professionals work without borders and learn about best entrepreneurship practices to make changes in the world and attend the next world’s energy needs.

 

3.2) IEEE Smart Village and PES SB projects

 

The IEEE PES Hard Tech Summit and IEEE HAC event had a track session with IEEE Smart Village program and PES SB projects. Frank Lambert (2019 IEEE PES president elect) made a presentation about his volunteer work with IEEE Smart Village projects at Haiti (2016-2018). Also, he shared all opportunities and best practices to inspire PES student and young professionals work in their countries with IEEE Smart Village projects.

3.3) Entrepreneurship in the Energy Sector

This panel brought energy entrepreneurs to share their experience, best practices and inspire student and young professionals. We provided an opportunity to students have contact with great entrepreneurs from different business in the energy fields:

  • Innovative and technological companies;
  • Services business;
  • Humanitarian entrepreneurship.

 

Speakers:

  • Mikio Kawai Junior – CEO at Safira Energia company
  • Ílio De Nardi Jr – CEO at Keppemotor company
  • Pedro Pintão – Founder at Neosolar company
  • Leonardo Keiti Toyama Uematsu - Vice president of operations and technology at “Litro de Luz Brasil”.

3.4) Award ceremony (Gala dinner)

 We had award ceremony at gala dinner. Every year, Young Professionals Hall of Fame award have recognized the most active and inspiring Young Professional Affinity Groups worldwide based on their activities. In 2018, YP committee add new category to recognize Young Professionals Society Groups worldwide too. In the last July 21, IEEE Power & Energy Society Young Professionals Group has been selected as a winner of the 2018 IEEE Young Professionals Hall of Fame Award. PES YP Group has demonstrated outstanding performance in the following areas: i) Vitality of the group measured in the amount and quality of organized activities; ii) Collaboration with other IEEE units in order to facilitate engagement of members of all grades; iii) Collaboration with industry and academia; iv) New inspiring ideas that help grow the local Young Professionals community. The IEEE YP committee chair (Rafal Sliz) provided Young Professionals Hall of Fame award certificates for the following YP groups:

  • IEEE YP Bahia Section Affinity Group;
  • IEEE PES YP Group;

Thiago Ribeiro de Alencar (PES YP committee Membership Development Coordinator) received YP award certificate in name of the PES YP committee. Amanda Forte received YP award certificate in name of IEEE YP Bahia Affinity Group.

Later, Waldir Filho (Communication and Publicity Chair, 3rd PES student congress) announced the three first positions in the PES Green Entrepreneur Competition.

 

3.5) Technical visits

 

The technical visits happened in the morning period on August 27, 2018. We had 4 technical visits. The PES students had to choose only one visit to attend because each visit happened faraway of the congress venue. Also, each technical visit token 3 hours. These was the 4 technical visits that we held as part of the 3rd PES student congress:

  • Henry Borden hydroelectric plant (40 PES members)
  • Unipar Carbocloro company (40 PES members)
  • Masipack company (30 PES members)
  • Zurich thermoplastics company (20 PES members)

 

The Henry Borden hydroelectric plant is located on the foot of the “Serra do Mar” in Cubatão city. This hydroelectric plant encompasses two high (720 m) fall power plants called External and Underground with 14 groups of generators (Pelton turbines) totalling an installed capacity of 889 MW and a flow rate of 157 cubic m³/s. In total, 40 PES members attended in this technical visit.

The Unipar Carbocloro company is a Brazilian chemical company. This company was founded originally in 1969 under the name “União Participações Industriais Ltda.”. The company was born as an industrial complex for the production of chemical products, polyolefins and other petroleum products. This company was one of the pioneers in the installation of the São Paulo petrochemical complex. In total, 40 PES members attended in this technical visit.

Masipack was founded in October 1987. It was established as a technical support company to help customers in Brazil with repairs and maintenance on their existing equipment from other manufacturers. Due to a special request from a customer to have a custom-built bagger machine (V.F.F.S.) to package his products, Masipack built its first bagger (MX 160 SL). As a result, Masipack became specialized in packaging equipment for a wide range of needs, customizing its machines according to the individual needs of the customers and their products. Strategically located in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Orlando, FL, USA, with representatives around the world, Masipack continues to offer the best packaging solutions for multiple industries by relying on a highly qualified and experienced team and state-of-the-art machines to meet client demands. In total, 30 PES members attended in this technical visit.

The Zurich thermoplastics company is specialized in the development of projects and high-quality plastic products with the capacity to process up to 2,000 tons of thermoplastics per month. In total, 20 PES members attended in this technical visit.

4) Networking without borders events

4.1) Multicultural night

On August 26, we had the multicultural night with 33 different countries represented in the last 3rd PES student congress. The multicultural night is the moment when PES students showed a part of the cultures and traditions (food, dance and clothes) from their countries. Also, we had special moment to celebrate PES history and 10 years of PES name change. PES volunteers celebrated PES history with 2 different Brazilian cakes with PES logo. Also, PES members sang the music “Happy birthday to you (PES)” before eat PES cakes.

4.2) Gala dinner

 

On August 26, we had gala dinner as part of the 3rd PES student congress. In this moment, we award ceremony to 3 best teams of the PES Green Entrepreneur Competition and IEEE YP Hall of the Fame award.

Thiago Ribeiro de Alencar

IEEE PES CSAC (Chapters Student Activities Committee) chair

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