During my presidency, I started the IEEE Power & Energy Society Corporate Engagement Program. This program allows employers to pay dues of their employees and engage the organization more closely with IEEE, resulting in robust IEEE membership growth. During the two years of my PES presidency, PES industry membership in China grew by over 100%.
In order to provide a direct link between our chapter leaders – who are our foot soldiers at the local level – and the PES governing board, I set up PES Chapters’ Councils in China, India, Africa and Latin America with budget to support local programs. These councils are empowering local PES leaders to initiate local programs for member development and offer a platform for industry engagement.
I led the efforts to set up the online PES University. This “university” is a leader in the field of power engineering, providing access to knowledge and educational products that have credit-earning potential for PES members and non-members. This “university” offers tutorials, webinars, plain-talk courses – some online, some face-to-face – in the field of interest of PES.