Welcome from the Conference Chair

Welcome to you, colleagues and experts from all over the world, to the 2019 Conference on Electrical Insulation and Dielectric Phenomena (CEIDP) in Richland, Washington, USA. The CEIDP was established within the Division of Engineering and Industrial Research of the National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council in 1920 and is now in its 99th year. We look forward with excitement to special celebrations of the 100th year of CEIDP that will take place in New York City in October 2020. The conference continues to provide opportunity for specialists from around the world to meet annually for exchange of expertise relevant to the properties of insulation materials and is fully sponsored by the Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society of the IEEE.

The 2019 conference opens with the Whitehead Memorial Lecture, to be given this year by Prof. Erling Ildstad of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway (details below). Thereafter begins an extensive program that includes seven oral and two poster sessions (with nine topical areas across the two poster sessions) on topics ranging from nanodielectrics to material aging. New this year are two poster preview sessions designed to give selected poster authors the opportunity to introduce their work orally in one minute each! Also new this year is a ‘Gold’ oral session that will allow for extended discussion on the topics of four selected papers. Please come prepared to engage in lively discussion on the role of core-shell particles in epoxy, erosion of silicone rubber, electrical propulsion, and terahertz evaluation of oil-paper insulation. After that we look forward to relaxing at the conference banquet at Terra Blanca Winery and Estate Vineyard.

I am indebted to all members of the Technical Program Committee, to members of the CEIDP Board and to the Executive Committee who have worked diligently in preparing the conference venue and program. I also thank the session chairs and co-chairs for their work.

If you are new to CEIDP, I encourage you to introduce yourself to a Board member, attend Wednesday’s Board meeting, and look for a role in the organization of this prestigious conference as we look forward to celebrating the 100th year of CEIDP in 2020. We can be justly proud of the heritage of our conference and look forward to many more successful meetings to come.

Dr. Nicola Bowler

Chairperson, CEIDP 2019

Iowa State University, USA