In 2008, The former IEEE PES President Wanda Reder announced at the IEEE PES Transmission and Distribution Conference in Chicago, Illinois the new name of PES- Power and Energy Society. This day has been officially commemorated as “PES Day” for the past three years. Every year, a theme is selected, and celebrations, including educational and humanitarian activities, youth programs, and technical contests, are organized for our members. Usually, all chapters unit and organize activities during the Month of April to celebrate this event. PES Day goal is to engage the PES volunteers with PES history and “5” PES pillars of the “More Power to the Future” vision:
Established in 1963, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer (IEEE) is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. The IEEE traces its founding to 1884 and the American Institute of Electrical Engineers and it currently consists of about 360,000 members. Distinguished IEEE members have included luminaries such as Thomas Alva Edison and Nikola Tesla. IEEE members have been the driving force behind some of the greatest achievements of mankind, like direct and alternate current, microchips, computers, the Internet, and cellphones. The Power and Energy (PES) is one of the oldest and largest societies under the IEEE umbrella. PES provides one of the largest and prestigious forums to share the latest developments in the electric power industry and the benefits that they may provide to society in general, as well as discuss how our members can contribute to addressing existing and emerging technology challenges.