Two Suffolk University Electrical Engineering Students have been selected for the IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarship Plus Initiative™
The PES Scholarship Plus Initiative™ supports the most promising future engineers in power and energy. Recipients are high-achieving undergraduate students in electrical engineering programs who have committed to exploring the power and energy engineering field through both coursework and career experiences. PES regional volunteer leaders select recipients following the application submission period ending in June of each year. Within a few years, these promising students will graduate with the knowledge and career experience necessary to begin making an impact across the power and energy industry. The IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative provides multi-year scholarships and career experience opportunities to qualifying U.S. electrical engineering undergraduate students. As long as the scholar continues to meet renewal standards, he or she will receive up to three years of funding — US$2,000 the first year, $2,000 the second year and $3,000 the third year — interspersed with up to two years of valuable, hands-on career experience. “Executives across the power and energy industries share a concern for the pipeline of talent entering the power engineering workforce especially as more and more of the Baby Boomers who built today’s power system to its present strength prepare to retire,” stated Wanda Reder. Over the next decade, almost 62% of the industry has the potential to retire or leave for other reasons”, said Wanda Reder, Co-Chair of the scholarship. Suffolk University junior Norh Asmare who is an Ethiopian-American is seriously contemplating a PhD and is interested in emerging technologies, such as energy storage, energy efficiency, and alternative energy. Norh is an honors student at Suffolk and has had multiple simultaneous jobs this past summer, including leading Segway tours through Boston (he still does that on weekends); conference assistant for Suffolk’s summer guests; teaching assistant for a robotics class taught at Suffolk to Dorchester high school kids; and a research assistant at Suffolk who investigated the performance of the MOSFET devices that are part of the speed controller of the motor of a helicopter that he built. Suffolk University junior Steven Lui whose parents hail from China was born and raised in Boston. He has always been fascinated by electricity and understands how important its generation to our society is. He is very happy about the opportunity this scholarship gives him to work in the power engineering, not only because the job will be exciting but also because of its importance, which can be particularly seen in light of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.