On behalf of the Executive Board of the IEEE Industry Applications Society, it is our pleasure to invite you to attend our 51st Annual Meeting in Portland, OR. As well as an exceptional technical program, we can promise you a venue second to none for you and your family. The Annual Meeting has a long tradition of providing an international forum for experts to present and discuss the latest developments in the application of electrical technology to industry. At the same time, this conference is specifically designed for the practicing engineer interested in this field. It therefore emphasizes professional development, learning from experts, sharing of experiences, and networking with peers. This meeting has a full complement of tutorials, as well as technical presentations about both new research and practical solutions developed in the field.