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APEC Returns from Cyberspace—See You in June!

Feb. 9, 2021
With the hopes the brunt of the pandemic will be behind us all as the warmer weather arrives, the APEC committee announced its intent to bring back the show as a live event in June.

Despite the prevailing wisdom that professional conferences would be one of the many victims that succumbed to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) will once again be holding its annual gathering as a live, in-person event from June 9-12, 2021 in Phoenix, Ariz. It's great to welcome back the power electronics industry's premier event back after the pandemic forced it to move its 2020 conference from colorful New Orleans to the sterile void of cyberspace. 

The APEC committee is moving forward with the clear understanding that although the June dates should be past the time that the worst of the pandemic is behind us, they’re prepared to update their plans if necessary. For now, however, event registration will open on February 25, with housing registration going live around the same time. The conference program hasn’t been posted yet, but the organizers are promising it will offer the usual wide range of professional education seminars, technical sessions, industry sessions, and other activities, as well as a large, lively exhibit hall.

If APEC can successfully rise from the ashes in Phoenix, it may mark the beginning of a new, more hopeful time for our industry and, hopefully, the world. 

I certainly hope so. After attending many conferences a year for most of my career, I'd begun to approach them with a bit of reluctance at the inconvenience of travel, the crowds and lines, and the crazy pace it took to get to all of the people, products, and events I had to cover. Now, after a year of working via Zoom from my COVID bunker, I can't wait for the chance to attend seminars in person, walk the aisles of a real exhibit hall,  meet face-to-face with old friends and colleagues, and savor the contents of their hotel mini-bars again.

Speaking of old friends, I hope to see you at APEC where I'll be holding a reader meetup where you and others from the ED reader community can swap news, ideas, and industry gossip over a comforting beverage. Heck, you won't have to be a reader to join us, so you might find a few exhibitors, speakers, or other surprise guests there. I'll find a quiet spot where we can all catch up on what we've been doing, how things have been going and where we think the industry is headed—and, depending on what I can arrange, the coffee, beer, or other adult beverage will be on me. Details to follow, so stay tuned! 

Comments? Questions? Suggestions for a good beer to talk tech over? 

Write me at lgoldberg(at)green-electronics(dot)com.

About the Author

Lee Goldberg | Contributing Editor

Lee Goldberg is a self-identified “Recovering Engineer,” Maker/Hacker, Green-Tech Maven, Aviator, Gadfly, and Geek Dad. He spent the first 18 years of his career helping design microprocessors, embedded systems, renewable energy applications, and the occasional interplanetary spacecraft. After trading his ‘scope and soldering iron for a keyboard and a second career as a tech journalist, he’s spent the next two decades at several print and online engineering publications.

Lee’s current focus is power electronics, especially the technologies involved with energy efficiency, energy management, and renewable energy. This dovetails with his coverage of sustainable technologies and various environmental and social issues within the engineering community that he began in 1996. Lee also covers 3D printers, open-source hardware, and other Maker/Hacker technologies.

Lee holds a BSEE in Electrical Engineering from Thomas Edison College, and participated in a colloquium on technology, society, and the environment at Goddard College’s Institute for Social Ecology. His book, “Green Electronics/Green Bottom Line - A Commonsense Guide To Environmentally Responsible Engineering and Management,” was published by Newnes Press.

Lee, his wife Catherine, and his daughter Anwyn currently reside in the outskirts of Princeton N.J., where they masquerade as a typical suburban family.

Lee also writes the regular PowerBites series

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