A Celebration of 50 Years
IEEE PES T&D Conference and Expo
During the 2014 Power & Energy Society (PES) T&D Conference and Exposition in Chicago this past April, the conference’s 50th anniversary was celebrated. Although the theme was “The Next 50,” throughout the convention center there were glimpses back at some fun facts.
The inaugural conference was launched in 1964 in St. Louis with over 600 attendees and 58 exhibiting companies occupying 5,700 net ft^2 of exhibit space. Over the next 50 years, there were 22 shows in 12 different cities. The meeting has shown steady growth, evidenced by the 2014 conference setting new records with 234,480 net ft^2 of space utilized by 762 exhibiting companies and 14,201 attendees.
There have been changes in the Technical Program as well, not only with the number of sessions presented, resulting from the growing number of responses to the call for papers and the addition of different types of sessions. Super sessions were introduced to address current topics sharing situations and solutions that were of interest to the entire PES community. The exhibitors presented info sessions to highlight their new products and the technical advances their companies are making. The education tracks and tutorials have been added to enhance the panel and paper/poster presentations.
The student program has steadily grown, giving young engineers the opportunity to learn by attending sessions and to interact with the exhibitors for a hands-on demonstration. But more importantly, they can talk face to face with the seasoned engineers who are willing to share their life experiences and practical applications.
The heart of the T&D Conference has always been the thousands of volunteers who have provided endless hours of their time to make this the first-class event it has grown to be. The anniversary celebration would not have been complete without the presence of 18 returning past T&D Executive Board members and Local Organizing Committee chairs representing conferences from 1984 to the present. Also honored that evening was Elham Makram of Clemson University for many years of support in arranging for the comprehensive education track that is offered at the conference.