IEEE Power And Energy Scholarship Plus Initiative
In 2017, 210 IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Scholarship Plus Initiative Scholars were selected from nearly 600 applicants. Forty-seven percent of the recipients are second and third-time awardees, ensuring that upon graduation each student has earned at least one career experience providing critical real-world application of classroom theory. PES Scholars also take advantage of IEEE PES membership, which provides them with access to a wide network of professionals who can offer assistance as mentors and with career direction. Recipients are engaged in many IEEE activities, including Young Professionals, Chapters, IEEE-HKN, Women in Engineering, and more.
PES Scholar Joins SEL’s Engineering Services
Matthew Cato, Associate protection engineer, shares his PES Scholarship story:
“Being named a PES Scholar and recognized as a Schweitzer Meritorious Scholar had a tremendous impact on my life, both financially and professionally. The scholarship greatly reduced my financial burden, allowing me to focus on my studies and take a leadership role within Washington State University’s IEEE Student Branch.
The exciting and most unique part of this scholarship is the mentorship. The scholarship provided me with access to mentors at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL). With my mentor’s help, I was able to network with employees throughout the company. With SEL being a leader in the power protection industry, I was able to gain insight into various aspects of power engineering from some of the best minds in the field. The connections I made from the networking opportunity were crucial in my obtaining an internship position with SEL in R&D as a research power engineer.
In May 2016, I was hired as an associate protection engineer in SEL’s Engineering Services group. I had been greatly impressed at the high level of engineering taking place at SEL, so I could not think of a better place to apply for full-time employment. It’s been almost 2 years since I graduated and I have a dream job with an outstanding company. I’ve been fortunate enough to speak about my journey to SEL interns and hopefully motivate young engineers to participate in mentorship programs such as those offered through the PES Scholarship Plus, and excite them about a future career in the power industry.
I am truly grateful for all of the benefits I gained through the PES Scholarship Plus Initiative and would like to thank all who support this amazing program!”
By The Numbers
- 210: Scholarships Awarded in 2017
- 444: PES Scholars working within the power and energy industry
- 30: Percent of female recipients (2017)
- 4: Scholars selected in Italy
- 1,382: Scholarships to PES Scholars to date
Five months after launching the IEEE Raising Engineering Awareness through the Conduit of History (REACH) website, the program received the Ayrton Prize for Digital Engagement in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine. In addition, more than 250 teachers subscribed to REACH in 2017 and educate more than 20,000 students, who now have an opportunity to be exposed to the history of technology in its social context. Understanding the role of technology in society advances students’ technological and cultural literacy skills and enhances their ability to be better decision-makers in both political and civil matters. IEEE REACH provides a new lens through which students may view engineering and technology as relevant to their lives and their future.
REACH Realizes Significant Growth
Over the past year, the IEEE History Center’s newest program, IEEE REACH has experienced significant growth and garnered an overwhelmingly positive response from teachers, administrators and other education-related professionals and organizations. Besides the Ayrton Prize, REACH is listed by the Smithsonian Libraries as a History of Technology and Engineering Resource within their History of Science and Technology Research Guide.
The free, online REACH Program provides teachers and students with educational resources that explore the relationship of technology and engineering history to society, politics, economics and culture, both past and present. In a Social Studies resource, Social Studies teacher Katherine Senecal states, “This program is bringing technology, engineering, and society to life in the classroom. They excite and engage students with inquiry units that explore the history of technology and address its social, political, economic and cultural effects. While these lesson plans are designed for secondary school, they can easily be scaled back. The link leads to inquiry units, multimedia units, hands-on units, and primary sources. One example is a lesson on navigation for early explorers. Students work through the trouble the explorers would face without being able to see the stars. In the end, the students design compasses!”
Claudio Leon, a Librarian who attended a one-day REACH Professional Development workshop on Drones, held at the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum in New York City, NY, US said, “REACH resources can help students think about real-world applications for designing new technologies and the impact of such technology on humanity.”
By The Numbers
- 340: Total subscribers (representing 300% growth YTD)
- 265: Teacher subscribers (of those teachers, 35% are secondary school, 25% are middle school, 21% represent university education & engineering programs, 11% are administrators, 6% are elementary school teachers, and 2% are home school teachers)
- 23: Different countries represented by subscribers
Students and Young Professionals
The process of inspiring bright minds includes creating opportunities and cultivating a generation of socially responsible technology professionals. IEEE is uniquely positioned to help design and execute transformational scholarship programs, fellowship opportunities, career experiences and travel grants. Thanks to donations and positive investment growth in 2017, we can now present two IEEE Daniel J. Senese Memorial Scholarships. New donor-designated funds were added to this program area including: IEEE Region 4 Science Kits for Public Libraries Fund, IEEE Power Electronics Society Education & Future Workforce Fund, IEEE Robotics & Automation Society Award – Student Grant and Outreach Fund and the IEEE Ulrich L. Rohde Humanitarian Technical Field Project Award Fund. To educate IEEE volunteer leaders at IEEE Sections Congress 2017: Brilliant Minds, Bright Futures, $90K was awarded.
Scholarship Established in Memoriam
Professor Glenn Knoll was a man of vision, accomplishment and impact. Hearing his students and colleagues speak of him gives the listener insight into a man whose life was full of purpose, whose affirmation was a highly-valued commodity, and whose influence was felt throughout his field – both in academia and industry.
In 2016 Professor Knoll’s beloved wife, Gladys, decided to honor the memory of her husband by providing opportunities to a new generation of students intent on finding their own path. The Glenn Frederick Knoll Fund was established by a generous gift from Mrs. Knoll through the IEEE Foundation.
The gift was still in the process of being finalized when people whose lives he impacted reacted with passion and purpose. Valentin Jordanov, one of Professor Knoll’s former students, responded with a major commitment of his own to enhance the Knoll Fund. “To know Glenn Knoll was to know a giant of a man,” Jordanov said of his friend and mentor. “His impact was significant and continues to be felt to this day.”
Likewise, many of Professor Knoll’s friends who were heavily involved in the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS) petitioned that the organization to which he had given so much to step forward with support. The NPSS responded by matching a portion of the funds provided to honor Professor Knoll.
In 2017, the inaugural awards were presented in Professor Knoll’s name. One recipient of the Glenn F. Knoll Postdoctoral Educational Grant, Dr. Patricia Schuster, hails from Dr. Knoll’s beloved University of Michigan, where she’s in the Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences Department.
By The Numbers
- $790,506: Awarded to empower bright minds
- 348: Recipients
- 57: Unique educational funds held by the IEEE Foundation
- 39: Scholarships, Fellowships and Travel Grants provided