IEEE PES 2014 T&D Expo
A Resounding Success
The IEEE Power & Energy (PES) Transmission and Distribution (T&D) Conference and Exposition is not only known for the largest gathering of exhibitors and its very informative technical program but for being a world-class party every two years! Chicago was the setting for the 2014 expo, which was held 14–17 April and attracted attendees from 86 countries and every U.S. state. The opening reception at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry set the tone for the next four days. It was the perfect setting for engineers to mingle over awesome “science projects” while meeting old and new friends.
The conference electrified its opening session with General Cochairs Ronald Donovan and Joe Svachula showing the audience the highlights of Chicago through the eyes of electrical engineers, complete with “safety first” hard hats. Who said engineers aren’t funny?
Carl Segneri, the PES North American director for the T&D Conference, invited us to celebrate the conference’s anniversary by taking a look back at 50 years of firsts in a video that exemplified T&D and those who have “kept the lights on” (take a look here). It was quite moving and the perfect gateway to Session Speaker Daniel Burrus, a futurist who not only predicts but urges you to step up to your biggest challenge and be to ready for your next opportunity.
Tommy Mayne, the PES vice president of Meetings, thanked all of the T&D past chairs (going back to 1989) who had come for the anniversary reunion and the 2014 Organizing Committee who brought together a group to put on the best show ever before announcing the “next 50 starts now!”
Announcing the official opening, Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO, ComEd, invited attendees to enter the exhibit halls to visit the 778 exhibiting companies from around the world. That afternoon kicked off three days of technical panel sessions, forum sessions, the first of three super sessions, a new hot topic session, and the poster sessions, which were all well attended and applauded for their comprehensive content.
Thursday afternoon’s closing reception was the final notch in raising the bar and setting the challenge for the folks from Dallas, who will host the 2016 T&D Conference, 2–5 May. But before moving on, one last shout of congratulations to all involved in this record-breaking 50th anniversary event.