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APEC Returns to California – See You in Anaheim, March 17-21, 2019

W hen most people think of "March Madness," it's the NCAA, but for engineers in the Power Electronics Industry it is spelled A-P-E-C. The Applied Power Electronics Conference was a much smaller conference when it was last held in Anaheim back in 2007. The 2019 edition which will convene March 17-21 at the Anaheim Convention Center is expected to draw well over 5,000 attendees.  The Conference Committee for APEC 2019 has put together an expansive program that covers the key technology developments that are driving power electronics innovation:

  • The Plenary Session on Monday, March 18 will feature world-class presentations to keynote our week-long conference. The lineup is still being established but the list of potential speakers is exciting, indeed. Please check back soon for the complete schedule.
  • Eighteen Professional Development Seminars will be offered on Sunday, March 17 and Monday, March 18. The seminars are presented by world-class experts and are designed to bring you up to speed on critical power electronics design technologies and techniques. Each year, the attendance at these exceptional seminars continues to grow and many are sold-out in advance. 
  • A Technical Program from Tuesday, March 18 through Thursday, March 20 comprising 592 quality, peer-reviewed papers: 312 papers will be presented in 12 lecture tracks (40 sessions); 281 papers will be presented on Thursday's poster session in 17 poster areas. All papers will be included in the USB Drive of the Conference.
  • The very popular Industry Session program will run concurrently with the Technical Program and consist of 25 sessions with 140 total presentations dealing with cutting-edge development from the manufacturing community. All presentations will be included in the USB Drive of the Conference.
  • Three current controversial topics will be covered in the annual Rap Sessions on Tuesday evening. The Rap Sessions are designed to present alternative points of view and generate discussion. Grab a cool beverage and bring your questions for the panelists.
  • Fifty-six Exhibitor Seminars will be conducted on the show floor and will again allow attendees to hear presentations about the latest products on display.
  • The crowded exhibition hall with a record 300 exhibitors will be packed with the latest power electronics products.  There are currently over 40 potential exhibitors still on the waiting list!
  • The always popular annual MicroMouse competition, pitting teams from around the world to solve the maze the fastest with their intelligent motorized mice, will be held on Monday evening after the exhibits close.
  • A terrific social event is in the planning stages that will bring us all together on Wednesday evening. This committee has its work cut out to match the great event we had last year in San Antonio.

Speaking for all of us on the APEC Conference Committee, I invite you to come to Anaheim to be part of our annual March Madness. You really don't want to miss it.  Check the APEC website for details (

If you haven't already made plans to attend, don't wait any longer. Be sure you have it in your 2019 budget to attend this exceptional event – truly The Premier Event in Applied Power Electronics™.

Also consider the two PSMA and IEEE/ PELS workshops scheduled on the Saturday prior to the start of APEC2019!

  • The fourth Magnetics Workshop "Power Magnetics @ High Frequency" and
  • The second Capacitor Workshop, "The Impact of Wideband Technologies on Application of Capacitors - A Deep Dive on Capacitor Technology".

For more information, see the articles on each workshop in this issue of the UPDATE.

Provided by Greg Evans,
APEC 2019 Publicity Chair

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