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Committee Chair Reports at PSMA 2023 Annual Meeting

E ach of the PSMA Technical Committees provided updates on their committee's recent activities at the Annual Meeting that was held at APEC 2023 in Orlando, FL. In addition, each Committee also held individual face-to-face meetings during the week of APEC 2023.

Stephen Menzel, Capacitor Committee Co-Chair, announced that he is stepping down as a co-chair of the committee due to a change in his work position and that they are looking for a new co-chair. He reported that they have revived the Capacitor Basics webinar series with a successful Capacitor 101 session that drew over 160 attendees, plans are underway for Capacitor 201 and 301. They did not hold their annual pre-APEC Capacitor Workshop due to scheduling conflicts and also had to cancel their Industry Session. They hope to revive both in the next year as well as continue to present webinars every 3-4 months.

Mike Hayes and Brian Zahnstecher, Energy Harvesting Committee Co-Chairs, reported that the committee is focused on building an ecosystem of collaborators. They see energy harvesting becoming a bigger issue to meet the challenge of over 1 trillion sensors in the field by 2025. The committee also held their biennial EnerHarv Workshop in 2022 at NC State University which was very well received and brought some new members to PSMA. Although the committee was disappointed with the Thursday slot for their Industry Session in 2023 they appreciate the support of the PSMA Executive Team in raising their issue with the APEC organizers. In addition to EnerHarv and their PTR contributions the committee also delivered a keynote address at 3D-PEIM and contributed 2 feature publications.

Brian Zahnstecher and Mike Hayes, PSMA Energy Harvesting Committee Co-Chairs
Brian Zahnstecher and Mike Hayes, PSMA Energy Harvesting Committee Co-Chairs

David Chen, Energy Management Committee Chair, introduced Lincoln Xiu as the new Energy Management Committee co-chair. He reported that the committee has 36 members, about 12 of which regularly attend meetings. They were excited to get a Tuesday Industry Session Slot after having had Thursday sessions in the past. They also introduced a Regulatory Roadmap webinar series with 2 webinars conducted and three more scheduled. The committee continues to manage the EEDB and the SCDB for PSMA.

Mike Hayes of the Energy Storage Committee presented on behalf of committee chair Victor  Boyadzhan who could not attend in APEC this year.  Mike reported they have a Thursday Industry Session on the universal need for energy storage. They welcome collaboration with other committees and continue to work with outside organizations such PELS TC-5.

Ada Cheng of the Industry Education Committee presented for co-chairs Greg Evans and Chris Whaling who were unable to attend the meeting due to schedule conflicts.  Ada said the objective of the committee is to promote interaction between industry and students. In addition to the traditional support of the APEC Student Attendance Support Program (with IAS and PELS) they also introduced a student mentorship program for APEC 2023 and are excited to watch it grow.

Ed Herber, Magnetics Committee Co-Chair, reported that the committee has been focused on the annual pre-APEC Magnetics @ High Frequency Workshop, their Industry Session and contributing to the Power Technology Roadmap. The workshop this year had 124 attendees and the survey responses were very favorable. The committee plans to submit a couple of special project proposals for the coming year. 

Greg Evans, PSMA Marketing Committee Co-Chair
Greg Evans, PSMA Marketing Committee Co-Chair

Greg Evans, Marketing Committee Co-Chair, said a main focus of the committee was increasing PSMA membership. There will be a focused effort at APEC 2023 to recruit exhibitors who are not PSMA members into the PSMA fold with a special APEC-only promotional discount. In addition, the Marketing Committee has made significant efforts to improve PSMA's social media presence using the new slogan "Empowering the Global Energy Transformation." Greg complemented co-chair Chris Whaling for shaking things up and looking at new ways to approach expanding PSMA's reach.

Renee Yawger, Semiconductor Committee Semiconductor Committee Co-Chair, reported that the committee has three Industry Sessions at APEC 2023. Going forward, they are looking at holding a workshop before APEC 2024 and want to actively help PSMA in recruiting Young Professionals to become contributors to PSMA.

John Bultitude, Power Packaging and Manufacturing Committee Co-Chair, reported that the committee has about 25 active members, with 10-15 attending each monthly meeting. The committee members serve as chairs and speakers for numerous conferences and workshops. He reported that 3D-PEIM was held in February of 2023 in Miami with a record 95 registered participants and planning has begun for 3D-PEIM 2025. Other projects include their Industry Session, PwrSoC 2023 and IWIPP 2024. They have been collaborating with both IPC and iNEMI on industry initiatives and are considering submitting a Special Project request for the coming year.

Crystal Yanarella, Reliability Committee Chair
Crystal Yanarella, Reliability Committee Chair

Dhaval Dalal and Connor Quinn, Power Technology Roadmap Committee Co-Chairs, reported that the 12th edition of the PSMA Power Technology Roadmap was released in 2022 and they are currently looking for speakers for the webinar series for 2023 and 2024. They said they need some new section leaders as some existing leaders are retiring from the team. The next Power Technology Roadmap is planned to be released in 2025.

Crystal Yanarella, Reliability Committee Chair, introduced herself as the new Reliability Committee Chair and said she is looking for a co-chair to help her lead the committee.  They have a six speaker plus panel discussion Industry Session scheduled for APEC 2023. They have contributed webinars and content to the Power Technology Roadmap.

Fred Weber, Transportation Electronics Committee Co-Chair, reported the mission of the Transportation Electronics Committee is to share and educate people on the electrification and automation of the vehicle space. They are targeting 2024 to participate in ITEC to help expand the range of PSMA. They held a virtual workshop in 2022 that had lower than desired attendance but delivered excellent content that was very well received. Some of that content will be expanded and used for PTR webinars going forward. They have a 7 speaker Industry Session scheduled for APEC 2024.

More information about the PSMA committees was made available during the week at the individual committee meetings. PSMA members and guests were encouraged to attend these meetings to learn more about the committees and to help plan activities for the coming year.

All PSMA Technical Committee meetings are held via a monthly one hour webconference and are open to individuals interested in learning about and participating in the work of the committees. You can see the schedule of upcoming meetings at This is an excellent way to network with others and to influence the technical direction of the committees.


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