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Scope: The Electric Machinery Committee is concerned with all matters related to the requirements, research, development, application, design, construction, operation, or supervision of electrical machinery associated with generation of electric energy; its conversion into other forms of electric energy or mechanical energy. The scope includes treatment of the following:

Synchronous machines
Induction machines
DC and Permanent Magnet machines
Motor generator sets
Rotating frequency changers
Electric couplings, brakes and dynamometers
Magneto-hydrodynamic energy conversion ducts
Insulation, magnetic, conductor, and super conductor materials as used in electrical machinery
Linear Electric Machinery
Power Electronic controls for electric machinery
Effects of power electronic controls on electric machine components.


Kiruba Haran, Chair

Kay Chen, Vice-Chair

John Yagielski, Secretary

Innocent Kamwa, Standards Coordinator


Members of the Electric Machines Committee (EMC) and its subcommittees and working groups are candidates for EMC Awards, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Power and Energy Society (PES) Awards and IEEE Technical Field Awards.  The EMC Awards include the EMC Service Award, EMC Prize Paper and EMC Prize Working Group (Standard or Committee Report) which are awarded annually at the IEEE PES Annual Meeting; usually convened in July.  The EMC is especially interested in nominations for prize paper consideration.  The nomination should include the citation in the Transactions and a description of what sets this paper apart from all others receiving Transactions status. Contact with nominations.

IEEE PES Awards and IEEE Technical Field Awards are not nominated by the EMC but rather by IEEE members.  EMC members make good candidates for these awards and as can be seen below have been the honorees on many occasions.  For nomination forms, contact or  A brief description of these awards is summarized below in order of applicability to the EMC:

IEEE Nikola Tesla Award:  Major EMC participants who have received it include Tom Nehl, Shep Salon, Jim Kirtley, Nabeel Demerdash, Paul Dandeno, Tom Lipo, Carl Flick and Jay White.  The award was established in 1975 by the IEEE Board of Directors and it is presented for outstanding contributions to the generation and utilization of electric power.  Nikola Telsa, whom this awards honors, was a pioneer in many electrical areas but is probably best known as the inventor of the AC induction motor.

IEEE PES Cyril Veinott Award:  Major EMC participants who have received it include Osama Mohammed, Oleg Wasynczuk, Aziz Rahman and Paul Nippes.  This award recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of electromechanical energy conversion.  Cyril Veinott, whom this award honors, was responsible for numerous practical improvements in the design and application of electric motors over a fifty year time span.

IEEE Charles Proteus Steinmetz Award:  This award recognizes exceptional contributions to the development and advancement of standards in electrical and electronics engineering.  While no EMC member has been an honoree, other standards recognition has been given to EMC members such as Jim Michalec.

IEEE Richard Harold Kaufmann Award:  The major EMC participant who has received this award is Jim Oliver.  The award was established in 1986 by the IEEE Board of Directors and it is presented for outstanding contributions in industrial systems engineering.  Richard Kaufmann, whom this award honors, made many contributions to industrial systems engineering.  Rotating machines are a major part of industrial systems.

Nominators should also contact IEEE about the PES Meritorious Service Award, PES Power Engineering Educator Award and PES Young Engineer Award among others.  Also, don’t forget to nominate an EMC colleague for Fellow status.


This posting lists Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power and Energy Society (PES) Electric Machinery Committee (EMC) winners of the EMC Distinguished Service Award, EMC Prize Paper Award and EMC Working Group Recognition Award by year for the last several years.  These data were previously tracked by the IEEE Power Engineering Society Organization and Committee Directory in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s and can be located in library copies of these directories.


Year         Winner                                                                                                                                                                             
2017         Robert Thornton-Jones
2016         Aleksandra Jeremic
2015         Kevin Mayor
2014         Michael Sedlak
2013         Stefano Bomben
2012         Mohamed El-Sharkawi
2011         Michael Brimsek
2010         Chuck Wilson
2009         Om Malik
2008         Azizur Rahman
2007         Isidor Kerszenbaum
2006         Osama Mohammed
2005         Lon Montgomery

Year Author(s)Title
2017X. Chen, J. Wang,A Nine-Phase, 18-Slot, 14-Pole Interior Permanent Magnet
V. Patel, andMachine with Low Space Harmonics for Electric Vehicle
P. LazariApplications, Transactions on Energy Conversion, Vol. 31, No. 3,
September 2016, pp. 860-871.
J. Bayless,Acoustic Noise Reduction of Switched Reluctance Motor with
N. Kurihara,Reduced RMS Current and Enhanced Efficiency, IEEE Transactions
H. Sugimoto,on Energy Conversion, Vol. 31, No. 2, June 2016, pp. 627-636.
and A. Chiba
R. Wang, S. Pekarek,Incorporating Dynamics in a Mesh-Based Magnetic Equivalent
M. Bash, A. Larson,Circuit Model of Synchronous Machines, IEEE Transactions on
and R. Van MaarenEnergy Conversion, Vol. 30, No. 3, September 2015, pp. 821-832.
2016V. Nasirian, A.Adaptive Droop Control for DC Distribution Systems, Transactions
Davoudi, F. Lewis,on Energy Conversion, Vol. 29, No. 4, December 2014, pp. 944-
and J. Guerrero956.
E. Prieto-Araujo,Decentralized Control of a Nine-Phase Permanent Magnet Gen-
A. Junyent-Ferré,erator for Offshore Wind Turbines, Transactions on Energy Con-
D. Lavèrnia-Ferrer,version, Vol. 30, No 3, September 2015, pp. 1103-1112.
and O. Gomis-Bellmunt
A. Chiba, K. Kiyota, N.Development of a Rare-Earth-Free SR Motor with High Torque
Hoshi, M. Takemoto,Density for Hybrid Vehicles, Transactions on Energy Conversion,
and S. OgasawaraVol. 30, No. 1, March 2015, pp. 175-182.
2015H. N. Villegas PicoVoltage Ride-Through Capability Verification of Wind Turbines
and D. C. Aliprantiswith Fully-Rated Converters Using Reachability Analysis, Transactions on
Energy Conversion, Vol. 29, No. 2, June 2014, pp. 392-405.
K. Yamazaki,Circuit Parameters Determination Involving Stray Load Loss and
A. Suzuki, M. Ohto,Harmonic Torques for High-Speed Induction Motors Fed by Inverters,
and T. TakakuraTransactions on Energy Conversion, Vol. 28, No. 1, March 2013,
pp. 154-163.
G. M. Shane andDesign Paradigm for Permanent-Magnet Inductor-Based Power
S. D. SudhoffConverters, Transactions on Energy Conversion, Vol. 28, No. 4,
December 2013, pp. 880-893.
2014Alberto TessaroloAccurate Computation of Multiphase Synchronous Machine
Inductances Based on Winding Function Theory, Transactions on
Energy Conversion, Vol. 27, No. 4, December 2012, pp. 895-904.
W. V. NuwanthaElectromagnetic Energy Conversion Efficiency Enhancement of
Fernando andSwitched Reluctance Motors with Zero-Voltage Loop Current
Mike BarnesCommutation, Transactions on Energy Conversion, Vol. 28,
No. 3, September 2013, pp. 482-492.
Mladen Sasic, BlakeFinite Element Analysis of Turbine Generator Rotor Winding
Lloyd and Ante Elez Shorted Turns, Transactions on Energy Conversion, Vol. 27,
No. 4, December 2012, pp. 930-937.
2013Michelle Bash and Modeling of Salient-Pole Wound-Rotor Synchronous Machines
Steve Pekarekfor Population-Based Design, Transactions on Energy Conversion,
Vol. 26, No. 2, June 2011, pp. 381-392.
O. A. Mohammed,A Wavelet Filtering Scheme for Noise and Vibration Reduction in
A. A. Khan, A. M.High-Frequency Signal Injection Based Sensorless Control of PMSM
El-Tallawy, Low Speed, Transactions on Energy Conversion, Vol. 27, No. 2,
Nejadpak and M. J. June 2012, pp. 250-260.
X. Jannot, J. Vannier, Multiphysic Modeling of a High-Speed Interior Permanent-Magnet
C. Marchand, M. Synchronous Machine for a Multiobjective Optimal Design,
Gabsi, J. Saint-Michel Transactions on Energy Conversion, Vol. 26, No. 2, June 2011,
And D. Sadarnacpp. 457-467.
2012 Ahmed Sayed-Ahmed, Fault-Tolerant Technique for D-Connected AC-Motor Drives,
Behrooz Mirafzal and Transactions on Energy Conversion, Vol. 26, No. 2, June 2011,
Nabeel Demerdashpp.646-652.
2011 Steve Pekarek, Incorporating Motion in Mesh-Based Magnetic Equivalent Circuits,
Michelle Bash and Transactions on Energy Conversion, Vol. 25, No. 2, June 2010,
Joshua Williamspp. 329-338.
2010Ray Bartnikas andAnalysis of Multistress-Accelerated Aged Stator Bars Using a Three-
Richard Morin Phase Test Arrangement, Transactions on Energy Conversion,
Vol. 21, No. 1, March 2006, pp. 162-170.
2009 Rene Wamkeue, Hybrid-State Model-Based Time-Domain Identification of
Fred Baetscher andSynchronous Parameters from Saturated Load Rejection Test
Innocent Kamwa Records, Transactions on Energy Conversion, Vol. 23, No. 1, March
2008, pp. 68-77.
2008Haran Karmaker Investigation and Simulation of Fields in Large Salient-Pole
and Andrew Knight Synchronous Machines with Skewed Stator Slots, Transactions on
Energy Conversion, Vol. 20, No. 3, September 2005, pp. 604-610.
2007 Subhasis Nandi, Condition Monitoring and Fault Diagnosis of Electric Motors –A
Hamid Toliyat Review, Transactions on Energy Conversion, Vol. 20, No. 4,
And Xiaodong Li December 2005, pp. 719-729.
2006Johann Haldemann Transpositions in Stator Bars of Large Turbogenerators, Trans. on
Energy Conversion, Vol. 19, No. 3, September 2004, pp. 553-560.
2005 G. Kliman, S. Lee, A New Method for Synchronous Generator Core Quality Evaluation,
M. Shah, M. Lusted Transactions on Energy Conversion, Vol. 19, No. 3, September
and K. Nair 2004, pp. 576-582.

Year        WG Chair                Title 

2015         Haran Karmaker      IEEE Std. 1812, Trial Use Guide for Testing Permanent Magnet

2014         Remi Tremblay        IEEE Std. 1799, Recommended Practice for Quality Control Testing
                                                 of External Discharges on Stator Coils, Bars and Windings.

2013         Greg Stone             IEEE Std. 1310, Recommended Practice for Thermal Cycle Testing
                                                 of Form-Wound Stator Bars and Coils for Large Rotating Machines.

2011         Haran Karmaker      IEEE Std. 115, Guide for Test Procedures for
                                                Synchronous Machines.

2010         William Bartley        IEEE Std. 1665, Guide for the Rewind of Synchro-
                                                nous Generators 50 Hz and 60 Hz, Rated 1 MVA
                                                and Above.

2008         Geoff Klempner      IEEE Std. 67-2005, Guide for the Operation and
                                                Maintenance of Turbine Generators.

2007         Jim Michalec          IEEE Std. C50.13-2005, IEEE Standard for Cylin-
                                                drical Rotor 50 Hz and 60 Hz Synchronous Mach-
                                                ines Rated 10 MVA and Above.

2006         Paul Dandeno        IEEE Std. 1110-2002, Guide for Synchronous Gen-
                                                erator Modeling Practices and Applications in
                                                Power System Stability Analysis.

Updated October 28, 2016
N. E. Nilsson


Older EMC photographs are archived here.

Robert Thornton-Jones

Robert Thornton-Jones (center) being recognized at the 2017 EMC Annual Meeting in Chicago for winning The Distinguished Service Award, for his work on the Grid Code Task force.

2017 1st prize paper award

Kiruba Haran and Nils Nilsson congratulate the 2017 first place prize paper winners. The paper is entitled "A Nine-Phase, 18-slot, 14-pole Interior Permanent Magnet Machine with Low Space Harmonics for Electric Vehicle Applications". The authors are X. Chen, J. Wang, V. Patel, and P. Lazari.

2017 2nd prize paper award

The EMC 2017 second place prize paper award was presented to the authors by Nils Nilsson and Kiruba Haran at the EMC Annual Meeting. It should be noted that all three prize paper winners made a five minute summary presentation of their paper at the EMC Annual Meeting. This paper was entitled "Acoustic Noise Reduction of Switched Reluctance Motors with Reduced RMS Current and Enhanced Efficiency". The authors are J. Bayless, N. Kurihara, H. Sugimoto, and A. Chiba.

2017 3rd prize paper award

Kiruba Haran and Nils Nilsson congratulate authors on the third place 2017 EMC prize paper at the EMC Annual Meeting. The paper was entitled "Incorporating Dynamics in Mesh-Based Magnetic Equivalent Circuit Model of Synchronous Machines". The complete list of authors is R. Wang, S. Pekarek, M. Bash, A. Larson, and R. Van Maaren.

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