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