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IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative Update

The IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative recognizes highly qualified electrical engineering undergraduate students with multi-year scholarships and assists in connecting them with relevant and meaningful career experiences. Since the program launched in 2011, 587 students received 942 scholarships have from more than 150 universities, including Ivy League colleges, flagship state universities and prestigious engineering colleges.

PES Scholar Profile – Benjamin Franco – Wentworth Institute of Technology (PES Scholar 2013 – 15)

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Ben loves the power engineering field because of how it has such a deep history and is rooted in tradition. While we struggle with new changes in technology such as electric vehicles, battery storage systems, and renewable energy, there is a need for a new generation of power engineers to work alongside the veterans to learn how to combine the new and the old. This duality is what helps drives his interest in the PE field.

Since he was selected to be a PES scholar his young career in engineering has truly taken off. Due to the scholarship he was able to go out of state to have intern at experience at Duke Energy and the Eaton Corporation.

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

Schools with a PES Scholar for the first time in 2015

  • Auburn University – 2
  • Bucknell University
  • City College of New York – 2
  • Louisiana State University
  • Montana Tech of the University of Montana
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology – 2
  • San Diego State University
  • San Francisco State University
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, San Diego – 2
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Missouri – Columbia – 2
  • University of Missouri – St. Louis
  • University of Nebraska – Omaha
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus – 2
  • University of Vermont – 2
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Virginia Commonwealth University

PES Careers

PES-Careers (www.pes-careers.org) is a complimentary online resource that connects students seeking career experiences with industry for up to one year after graduation. Its mission is to connect Power and Energy Engineering Students with their future employers.

There are over 2,200 students and 340 employers registered.   It’s a great tool for a student to use to connect with employers and for employers to identify potential employees.

Santiago Lisboa is one of two PES Scholars from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus. 2015 is the first time that we are able to distribute scholarships to students in IEEE Region 9.

Santiago Lisboa is one of two PES Scholars from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus. 2015 is the first time that we are able to distribute scholarships to students in IEEE Region 9.

Jamie Padilla from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is expected to graduate in May 2016 before she begins a full time position at San Diego Gas & Electric in San Diego, CA.

Jamie Padilla from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is expected to graduate in May 2016 before she begins a full time position at San Diego Gas & Electric in San Diego, CA.

Be a Mentor: Inspire the Future of the Power and Energy Engineering Field

WANTED: successful leaders in the power and energy field to serve as mentors to one or more PES Scholars.

Enthusiastic IEEE Members have the opportunity to inspire the next generation of leaders in the power and energy industry by serving as mentors to one or more of the PES Scholars. Mentors can communicate directly with PES Scholars via email, telephone or in-person. If you are interested, please sign up via the PES Careers website

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