The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) is the world’s leading professional association for the advancement of technology. Today, the organization’s scope of interest has expanded into so many related fields that it is simply referred to by the letters I-E-E-E (pronounced eye-triple-E).

IEEE is organized into 39 societies and 5 technical councils representing the wide range of technical interests.

DEIS is the Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society whose field of interest includes the study and application of dielectrics from the molecular level, through nano-structured materials, to insulation systems in industrial, commercial, and power system equipment, to emerging applications such as those at high power levels and in biological and other small-scale systems. DEIS supports the entire scope of this field from advancing the basic science, to enhancing the ability of practicing engineers to use emerging dielectric materials, to the development of standards for the prudent application of existing and new insulation systems.

Mission & Vision

DEIS is known as the Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE).

The objectives of the Society are technical, scientific, literary, and educational. DEIS strives for the advancement of the theory and practice of electrical and electronics engineering and the related arts and sciences, in consonance with the Constitution and Bylaws of the IEEE. DEIS provides special attention to the technical areas within its field of interest as follows:

The field of interest of the IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society shall be the study and application of dielectric phenomena and behavior and the development, characterization and application of all gaseous, liquid and solid electrical insulating materials and systems utilized in electrical and electronic equipment. DEIS is also involved in the creation of voluntary engineering standards and the recommended practices related thereto.

DEIS promotes the close cooperation and exchange of technical information among its members and to this end holds meetings for the presentation of papers and their discussion. Through committees DEIS stimulates research, develops appropriate studies and standards, and sponsor periodic and special publications in the field of dielectrics and electrical insulation.

President’s Welcome!

Dear fellow dielectricians,

It will be an honor and a pleasure to serve as your DEIS president during 2018. My special thanks go to the DEIS Administrative Committee for entrusting me with this office; to the former presidents Simon Rowland, Frank Hegeler, and Paul Lewin and to the outgoing Standing-Committee chairs for their support and advice; and to the new administrative and technical vice presidents, Paul Gaberson and Brian Stewart, as well as the new secretary, Axel Mellinger, and the newly appointed or reappointed Standing-Committee chairs for kindly agreeing to dedicate valuable time as DEIS volunteers. I very much look forward to working with all of you. Together, we will make a difference.

Our main task will be to maintain and to further develop the DEIS as a lively and attractive community for dielectricians of all ages from all over the world, and from all the relevant areas of engineering and science. In order to survive and to prosper, our society needs to keep its good traditions, but also to change continuously within a complex and sometimes restrictive environment. Our creativity and our persistence are constantly required to keep the DEIS responsive to new people, new ideas, new fields, new applications, etc. At the same time, in the interest of all of us, we have to adhere to our proven ethical and quality standards.

As dielectricians, we define our field on the basis of dielectric and electrical-insulation materials, their properties, and their applications. The society we live in is, however, mainly interested in commercial products, engineering solutions, and new technologies. Therefore, we constantly have to try to bridge the gap between these different approaches that are both valid and necessary. To this end, we need to improve and modify our publications and our conferences to better serve our community, in spite of an accelerating race for higher commercial profits. Changes are unavoidable if a collapse of publication and conference systems is to be prevented, and we may want to be at the forefront of sustainable improvements in these and related areas.

Furthermore, we have to attract more members and to find more volunteers from the worldwide dielectrics community. If necessary we have to join forces with other technical and scientific learned societies, in order to offer the opportunities and services that new generations of dielectricians expect. The summer schools with active student participation that DEIS has been able to offer, due to the great enthusiasm and creativity of some of its volunteers, must be continued and increased both in number and accessibility. Furthermore, their organization and funding must be facilitated, irrespective of where they are being held. We should also try to develop other new formats to encourage the active participation of our young members in the development of the field of dielectrics, and its applications in electrical insulation and well beyond.

At the beginning of 2018, I wish you a prosperous year, good health, happiness, and fulfillment. I look forward to hearing from you and to working with you.

Reimund Gerhard