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.

Diversity & Inclusion

The IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society (DEIS) is committed to providing equal opportunity to students, scientists, engineers, and professionals, regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. Diversity is fundamentally about valuing human differences and recognizing diverse talents, and inclusion is embracing and welcoming these differences. Our policy is to continually improve our practices in order to build and maintain an environment that reflects the rich diversity of the community in the field of dielectrics and insulation. In support of these ideals, this society will not tolerate harassment of any kind, including sexual harassment or bullying behavior.

President’s Welcome

Greetings fellow DEIS members. It will be my honor to serve as your president during 2020. I want to thank the members of the Administrative Committee for putting their trust in me and I would also like to thank our past president Reimund Gerhard for his help and guidance over the last 2 years of my apprenticeship.

I want to take this opportunity to share with you the results of the recent revision to our Society’s strategic goals. All IEEE Societies are reviewed by the IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB) every 5 years and our last review was completed in 2018. As part of that review we promised to update our existing strategy statement and, after considerable discussion, a revised set of goals was agreed to and approved by AdCom last year. The revised Strategic Goals statement is as follows:

DEIS Strategic Goals

(I)      Within the Society’s Field of Interest, DEIS will be the prime source for dielectricians worldwide and will be internationally recognized as the world’s leading learned/technical authority.

(II)     Within the IEEE, DEIS will be seen as the primary center of excellence for all activities directly related to our Field of Interest.

(III)    DEIS will respond rapidly and effectively to the latest developments in areas encompassed in our Field of Interest.

(IV)    DEIS will continually improve the quality of services and offers to our members and to the world-wide community of dielectricians.

(V)     DEIS will maintain its commitment to diversity and inclusion with all its aspects, and to professional ethics standards of the highest level.

Actions Supporting Our Strategic Goals

  • We will seek relationships with technical groups and learned societies all over the world with similar fields of interest.
  • We will offer conferences, workshops, schools, discussion sessions, and other events worldwide within our Field of Interest.
  • We will publish peer-reviewed original papers and survey articles of high quality and of significant interest to our worldwide community.
  • We will remain embedded in the IEEE with a unique identity and will interact with other IEEE Organizational Units for mutual benefit.
  • We will acknowledge and reward volunteers who actively participate in ensuring that the Society achieves its goals, as well as dielectricians who made seminal and significant contributions to our Field of Interest.

The previous version of our strategic goal statement was considered unfocused because it contained 11 vision statements, 6 overall aim statements, and 9 measure-of-success statements. We now have a simplified list of 5 goals and 5 actions to support those goals. Each administrative committee of the Society also has a list of recommended action items that directly support the overall plan, but I will spare you that level of detail. So, where do we want to go in the future and how does this goal statement guide us? What can you do to help the Society achieve these goals? Let’s examine each point separately.

(I) Becoming “internationally recognized as the world’s leading learned/technical authority” in the field of dielectrics is an admirable goal but it can only be achieved by supporting our members who do the work, publish the results in our Transactions, and present at our conferences. By serving the next generation of technical experts, we ensure our survival and relevance. We need to be inclusive and reach out to anyone who can be considered a dielectrician (engineers, physicists, chemists, etc.). You help us achieve this goal by actively participating in Society activities so I encourage you to take an active role. Please feel free to reach out to me directly if you are looking for volunteer opportunities.

(II) Being seen as a center of excellence within IEEE can be accomplished by actively interacting with other Societies and Councils to address their needs related to our field of interest. We already do much of this work through participation in our Sister Society group and membership in several Councils (Nanotechnology, Sensors, and Superconductivity). We are always looking for volunteers who want to more actively participate in Council activities. Let me know if you are interested.

(III) Keeping up-to-date on “the latest developments in areas encompassed in our Field of Interest” is a job that requires constant vigilance by everyone. Our Technical Committees have the primary responsibility to follow new work, but we do not have committees covering all aspects of dielectrics. We need to be made aware when something new comes to light that requires our attention. Then we can form new Technical Committees as needed. If you discover a topic within our Field of Interest that is not being adequately addressed, please let me or our VP-Technical, Davide Fabiani, ( know so that we can take action.

(IV) Our society exists to serve our membership and humanity in general. Therefore, continually improving “the quality of services and offers to our members and to the worldwide community” is an obvious goal. We include this in the Strategic Goal statement because we want to be constantly reminded that providing these services is an ongoing process. We need to evolve because our constituents’ needs are constantly changing. Methods of communication and dissemination of information available today were unheard of only a few decades ago. What we do today may be totally inadequate tomorrow. When we are not meeting the needs of our members, we need you to let us know.

(V) The final goal item relates to diversity, inclusion, and ethics. These are areas where the IEEE has insisted that its organizational units adhere to a high set of standards that are posted on the IEEE website. Our Society will fully support these standards and I expect all of our members to enthusiastically support them. It is simply the right thing to do.

That is a brief overview of my thoughts relating to our Strategic Goals. I encourage all members to do their part in helping the society meet these goals. If you have any comments (or complaints) please do not hesitate to contact me directly. We are one of the smallest societies in the IEEE but our field of interest covers a vast technical area that is critical to the success of many other societies. I believe we can do great things when we all work together, so please consider taking an active part in the operations of the DEIS.

Paul Gaberson
President, DEIS