The Research Subcommittee monitors and promotes research activities in electric power engineering. Opportunities for members are publicized and discussed in an open forum to encourage maximum participation. Capabilities and resources of the members are publicized to industry and government agencies to inform them of available talent. The subcommittee also promotes the dissemination of research results through conferences and workshops. With regard to the latter, the Research Subcommittee is responsible for the organization and operation of the North American Power Symposium (NAPS).


Advocate research and researchers. Promote programs for power engineering research at government and private entities. Promote forums for the dissemination of university research.


This subcommittee meets at each general meeting of PES. The subcommittee typically organizes and chairs at least one panel session related to research opportunities, capabilities, or dissemination of results. The subcommittee monitors and reports on the status and activities of funding agencies including the U.S. National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, and the Electric Power Research Institute. The subcommittee promotes the interaction of researchers between universities, and between universities and industry. The subcommittee invites program directors of funding agencies to its meetings and stimulates discussion of new research directions and opportunities.

The subcommittee promotes and monitors the annual North American Power Symposium (NAPS). The subcommittee offers historical advice and information on obtaining IEEE/PES advertising and co-sponsorship. Through its members, the subcommittee participates in the planning and organization of the annual meetings.

The subcommittee acts as a forum for electric power engineering researchers to discuss their activities and the broad goals and directions of future research. It stimulates the exchange of ideas and potential collaboration among researchers.


Sara Eftekharnejad
Department of Electrical & Computer Science,
Syracuse University,
Syracuse, NY 13244-4100, USA
Vice Chair
Meng Wu
School of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering,
Arizona State University,
Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
Tim Hansen
Electrical Engineering  and Computer Science,
South Dakota State University,
Brookings, SD 57007, USA
Past Chair
Le Xie
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering,
Texas A&M University,
College Station, TX 77843, USA

Working Groups: 

Currently, the following working groups are active under the supervision of PEEC University Education Activities subcommittee:

  • WG on the North American Power Symposium (NAPS):

Scope: Promote interest in the North American Power Symposium and assist in its promotion through PES publications. Maintain historical records of the symposium and provide liaison with the NAPS steering committee.

  • WG on University Research Capabilities:

Scope: Maintain a World-Wide-Web database of university research capabilities. 

Past Meetings: