Welcome to the fourth IEEE Electric Ship
Technologies Symposium, ESTS 2011. ESTS 2011
continues the tradition set by the first conference in 2005
of bringing together the Navy, industry, and university
researchers from around the world to discuss technical
challenges for making future electric ships more capable
and less costly. The range of technology options is
impressive ranging from propulsion hardware to controls
software with much in between. With the needs for
increasing capability and fuel economy, this is an
exciting time to be developing electric ship technology.

ESTS 2011 is co-sponsored by six IEEE societies
(Power & Energy, Power Electronics, Industry
Applications, Ocean Engineering, Dielectrics and
Electrical Insulation, and Vehicular Technology), and
two IEEE inter-societies councils (Systems & Sensors).

Additionally we are again honored to have the technical
sponsor participation from ASNE (American Society of
Naval Engineers) and IMarEST (Institute of Marine
Engineering, Science and Technology). At the time of
this letter, sponsorships from the U.S. Office of Naval
Research and several industrial companies are pending.

In the 2011 Symposium we are continuing to focusing
on the progress and future of electric ship technologies
through a mix of oral paper presentations and invited
special and panel discussions. We are also welcoming
standards working group activities. Through this
process, we have worked to establish a forum for the
exchange of a broad spectrum of viewpoints (end users,
designers, manufacturers, researchers, etc.) by bringing
together the knowledge of the entire scientific and
technical community working in the field.

The organizers have worked to structure this meeting so
it can be valuable to all participants. We hope that you
will use the breaks and social events for informal
interactions with your colleagues. We appreciate your
participation to help make this a seminal event in the
development of electric ships.

Steinar J. Dale Ph.D. FIEEE
ESTS General Chair, 2011
Director, Center for Advanced Power Systems
Florida State University


ESTS11 Welcomes Our Sponsors, Technical Sponsors and Patrons