Peter Magyar
IAS Chapters and Membership Department (CMD) Chair

Peter Magyar received the Dipl. eng. and the Dr. tech. degrees from the Budapest University of Technology, Hungary, in 1967 and 1975, respectively. From 1967 to 1991, he was with the Department of Automation of the same university as an assistant professor and a research associate. He led the Laboratory of Microprocessor Controlled Drives 1981-1990 of the same department. He was research fellow of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation 1980-81, Bonn, Germany. From 1991 to 2009, he worked for industrial companies in Germany. He retired from Hella KGaA Hueck & Co., Germany in 2009. Dr. Magyar has been IEEE volunteer in various positions. He was secretary, vice chair and chair of the IAS/PELS/IES German Chapter (1998-2004). He was the chapter coordinator of the Germany Section 2005-09 and member 2007-09 as well as chair of the R8 Chapter Coordination Subcommittee 2009-11. He has served the IA Society as Chapter Area Chair R8 2004-08, as member-at-large 2005, as chairman of the Inter-Society Cooperation Committee 2006-07 as well as chair of the Chapters and Membership Department since 2009. Dr. Magyar is recipient of the IAS Distinguished Service Award 2006 and has been elevated to IEEE fellow 2007.

IAS supports students and YPs

Abstract: The presentation gives a short overview about the chapter and membership activities of the IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS). Membership statistics demonstrate the actual status and the membership and chapter development trends. The higher grade and student membership development as well as its regional characteristics will be introduced, especially the young member activity and the student chapter development. The member promoted programs and services of the Society, as well as the awards, contests, travel programs, technical supporting services will be introduced in details.

Career development - post graduate education

Abstract: The presentation gives an overview about the career development of engineers as a part of the education in general. What is an engineer? What kind of education is useful and what kind of education is provided for engineers? What is the value of webinars and tutorials? How non-professional organizations, i.e. IEEE IAS support post graduate education? The presentation will be closed by some examples of successful engineer careers.

The electric car and the renewable energy sources - Hype or solution?

Abstract: The development of transportation vehicles is one of the greatest achievements of modern technology. Especially the automobile has become an important part of everyday life because of providing individual mobility for the public. However, the large number of automobiles in use has caused serious problems for the society and has been considered responsible for air pollution, global warming and intensive use of the limited oil resources. The interaction of developers, manufacturers, energy authorities, politics, media and customers is increasing the interest and the pressure on the development of new, green solutions, among others electric cars hoping to solve all of the above listed problems by using electrical drive train technologies. Does the electric car really save energy, decrease the carbon dioxide emission and the environmental pollution? Is it really a green solution? What kind of technical, economical, political and customer aspects affect that the recent development does not obtain broad acceptance? Is it possible to change this trend by using renewable energy sources? To answer these questions, the lecture gives an overview about the automotive structure, energy and electricity generation issues and the impact of the increasing use of renewable energy sources. Attributes of some newly developed electric cars will be demonstrated and the political and economical issues of the conventional and renewable energy sources will be critically discussed from the point of view of an electrical engineer. The general answer to the addressed questions is that the electric car doesn´t save either energy or the environment. It is more a political hype than an economical solution