PES Chapters – Frank Lambert

Feb-GovBdThere’s one near you, Get Involved!

PES Chapters are the foundation of the society. The majority of our PES members never attend technical conferences or publish technical papers. PES members are, however, much more likely to be involved in their local Chapter activities.

The PES membership decline of recent years has been reversed with an all time record of over 31,000 members at the end of 2013. Special thanks are due to Meliha Selak, VP of Chapters from 2009-2013, for her efforts in forming 49 new chapters since 2008.


The growth is attributed to a confluence of factors: rebranding of the Society to be more inclusive of professionals involved in the area of focus; increased worldwide interest in energy and new energy technologies—renewable energy, Smart Grid, and electric vehicles—as well as changing workforce demographics. It’s a great time to get involved in YOUR local Chapter!

Get Involved in YOUR Local Chapter or Start a New One

There are 234 PES Chapters and 112 Student Branch PES Chapters around the world; chances are one is near you.  A new Chapter Locator Tool was recently added to the PES website to help find your local chapter, Contact the Chapter Chair to volunteer to get involved!


PES Chapters

PES has a goal over the next five years to add 50 new Chapters. If there’s not a PES Chapter near you, contact your Region Representative to find out how to start one.

PES Student Branch Chapters

PES has a goal over the next five years to add 63 new Student Branch Chapters. Contact Kenan Hadzimahovic, our new Student Branch Coordinator,, to find out how to start one in your University.

The first PES Student Congress is being planned in late August in Region 8 at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey. Additional details about the congress will be provided as soon as they become available.

Energize Your Chapter

PES has a goal over the next five years to increase the number of High Performing Chapters from 64 to 130. Our High Performing Chapters Program is intended to recognize the success of your Chapter and provide from $200 to $1000 funding per year. Make plans now for YOUR Chapter to participate in 2014!

The minimum criteria to be a High Performing Chapter are:

a) Timely updates of chapter leadership contact data,

b) Hold a minimum of four meetings per year,

c) Utilize the Chapter Outstanding Engineer Award,

d) Provide Chapter information via the web,

e) Complete the Annual Report of chapter activities.

Additional funding up to $1000 is provided for the following:

f) Young Professionals (formerly GOLD) Program,

g) Women in Engineering Program,

h) Membership Growth / Retention Program,

i) Membership Advancement Program,

j) Membership recognition activities,

k) Student Activities,

l) Chapter Educational Activities,

m) Conference Activities,

n) Other Activities.

Details of the HPCP can be found at

Chapter Leadership Training

Leadership training will be provided for a member of your local Chapter leadership team. This training is ideal for the incoming Chapter Chair.  Videos from the R1-7 2013 Training can be found at

Training sessions for 2014 are planned as follows:

  • Region 1-7: Sunday, July 27, at the PES General Meeting, Washington, D.C. (Metro Area)
  • Region 8: October at the ISGT Europe, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Region 9: November at the IEEE Concapan, Panama
  • Region 10: May at the ISGT Asia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Details of the 2014 training sessions will be provided by your Region Representative as the plans are finalized. Make plans now to send a representative from YOUR Chapter.

Outstanding Chapter Award

Each year, the PES Outstanding Chapter Award is given to the large (>100 members) chapter and small chapter that is judged to provide the greatest overall contribution and service to its members in the Technical and Societal activities, Membership Advancement, Fellow Nominations and Awards and Enlistment of new PES Members.  The 2012 Outstanding Chapter awards were presented to Delhi (large Chapter) and Kerala (small Chapter).

Presentation of the award is made at each PES General Meeting by the President of the PES, VP Chapters and Award Committee Chair to the winning large Chapter and small Chapter at the Awards Dinner.

febvgb3Distinguished Lecturer Program

This program provides lectures worldwide to present topics of current interest for your chapter meeting. The lecturers are well-known engineers who are experts in their field. Details of the program can be found at

Make plans to invite a DL to one of YOUR Chapter meetings this year!