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SF Bay-Area Power Electronics Chapter is Best

The SFBAC (combined Santa Clara Valley, San Francisco, and Oakland/East Bay) Chapter of the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) is pleased to announce that it has been named a winner of the IEEE PELS Global Best Chapter Award, the IEEE Region 6 (Western US) Best Chapter Award, and the IEEE Santa Clara Valley Section Best Chapter Award.

The IEEE Power Electronics Society Best Chapter Award was established in 2000 to recognize excellent service by a PELS Chapter – also joint with other societies – to its members and to the power electronics community. Criteria are substantial chapter accomplishments in fields such as: local service to PELS members; chapter meetings with technical, educational or networking contents, including meetings with invited distinguished lecturers from PELS;

Offering networking opportunities between local industry and academia, between students, young and senior engineers; power electronics related contribution to IEEE activities, such as establishment and promotion of IEEE milestones; essential local support of international IEEE PELS power electronics conferences; visibility e. g. related to high numbers of members and participants in chapter meetings, gain of new PELS members, public relations including website and publications; networking with local societies with a similar scope.

“We are delighted to win the unprecedented ‘triple crown'”, said Brian Zahnstecher, chair of the SFBAC-PELS chapter and Principal of the consulting firm PowerRox ( “The awards are recognition of the effort by the team of passionate power electronic professionals who revitalized the Bay Area chapter. In slightly more than a year since reestablishment of the chapter, we have organized and conducted 12 technical seminars, 2 workshops, and a webinar attended by hundreds of Bay Area power electronics professionals and students. We would like to thank IEEE and PELS for the awards and look forward to building on our success in the future.”

The IEEE SFBAC-PELS is focused on the development of power electronics technology. This technology encompasses the effective use of electronic components, the application of circuit theory and design techniques, and the development of analytical tools toward efficient electronic conversion, control, and conditioning of electric power.

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