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IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative Update

May 2017

The 2017 Application period has opened – please encourage undergraduate students to apply if they meet the eligibility requirements.

PES Scholar Profile – Zachary Smith

 Zachary Smith – Auburn University – BSEE May 2018

Zachary will graduate from Auburn University in May 2018.  He loves  that the power engineering field provides him with the opportunity to give people a better life. His PES mentor has been on mission trips to provide third world communities with a power grid. A long-term goal of his is to lead trips like this one. A career that enables me to provide power to less fortunate communities is certainly exciting!   View his complete profile online – http://www.ee-scholarship.org/about-the-scholarship/scholar-profiles/zachary-smith

PES Supporter Profile – John McDonald

John D. McDonald joined IEEE and the Power & Energy Society (PES) in 1971 as a Purdue University student and has been involved since.  Since 2008, John has worked with GE Energy Management, Digital Energy in Atlanta, GA, USA, and serves as Director of Technical Strategy & Policy Development. Throughout his 38 years in the electric utility industry, John has pursued his passion for encouraging young people to become involved in power engineering. Since 2011, John has participated in the scholar selection process of the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative.

“I believe so strongly in this Initiative that I committed to personally donate, and 100% of my donations are matched by my employer, GE and the GE Foundation. In fact, the GE Foundation matches 100% of each employee’s contributions to qualified organizations up to $50,000 per year per employee,” he was very proud to share. “We need to do everything we can to persuade EE students to specialize in power engineering!” concluded John.

PES Scholarship Plus Regional Review Committees

The IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Regional Committees play a critical role in the initiative. The primary responsibility is to review the PES Scholar applications but we would also welcome assistance in helping the PES Scholars obtain career experiences and the identification of companies/organizations that would be willing to provide support to the PES Scholarship Plus Initiative.  Please contact Dan Toland if you are interested in serving on a committee in 2017.

2017 Student Industry Faculty Luncheon & Job Fair – PES General Meeting

Preparing students for power and energy engineering careers, and connecting top quality students with potential employers are driving objectives for the Student Industry Faculty Luncheon with Job Fair for Students at the IEEE PES General Meeting which will be held on 19 July at the in Chicago, IL. The job fair provides a forum for employers and students who share a common interest in the power and energy industry to meet and discuss career opportunities. The format of the job fair is designed to enable one-to-one conversations between students and company engineers.

Any company sponsoring a table at the luncheon may participate in the job fair. These sponsorships make this student program possible and show that the sponsoring companies care about students. The cost to sponsor a luncheon table is $1,000. Platinum, Gold, and Silver Supporters of the General Meeting also may have luncheon and literature tables at the job fair without additional cost.

To register for a luncheon table where company representatives can sit and talk with students, and then have a literature table during the job fair, contact Erik Henson at 352-333-3443. Companies are asked to commit to sponsoring a luncheon table by signing an agreement and submitting payment by 29th of June. For additional information about the luncheon and job fair please contact Maureen Dalton at 732-465-6622.

Visit the PES General Meeting Website for more information.

Support PES Scholars by contributing to the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative.