Young WiP Member Shares Her Motivation for PES and WiP

PES Women in Power (WiP) fosters a more diverse leadership by supporting the career advancement, networking and education of women in the energy industry. IEEE PES WiP is impacting the lives of young engineers throughout the world. Parmida Maleki, a WiP member from Iran shares her motivation for PES and WiP:

My name is Parmida Maleki. I’m a NODET alumni, currently studying to receive my bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering, minoring in Power. In high school, I was a member of the robotic club where we achieved multiple awards in Iran Open and RoboCup Competitions mainly in Junior Soccer leagues. I applied for Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic) and was accepted for the EE B.Sc. program without having to take the national entrance test.

I have always been mesmerized by machines, generators, turbines, Solar cells, transmission lines, and overall everything and anything that had to do with energy, and knowing Amirkabir was one of the best in the field, I knew it was my place. I also knew by experience, I had to gear up and fight my way through, as it is not common for girls to choose the field. I spent my first two years of university working as a volunteer in AIESEC and one of the founders of the Amirkabir LC. I became an IEEE member, where I’ve been working in the student branch, as a member, the Chair and Vice Chair for two years and working in Iran Section in the MD, SAC, WiE and YP committees.

After years of doing work and research in the Robotics field, I started working in PES fields at the beginning of 2017, where I published a paper in Smart Grids, and have two others on the way. My current field of research is Electrical Vehicles and their effect on the Power Network. I’m hoping to apply and get into schools abroad, where I can learn and do more work in my field of interest.

I learned about the Women in PES (WiP) a few months ago, and instantly I was motivated to make contact and begin a chapter in Iran.

Sainab Ninalowo