IEEE PES SB Chapter University of Massachusetts Lowell celebrated PES day on April 27, 2018, with guidance and support from ECE department and under the supervision of Dr. Mufeed Mah’D in UMass Lowell. The event aimed at providing undergraduate and graduate students a platform to meet professional engineers in Power and Energy firms and to make them aware about the opportunities and scope in these fields. We were fortunate to have two guest speakers for this event who are profound in the field of power engineering and have a strong experience related to electrical engineering in utilities.
We had our first guest speaker Mr. Nazih Yezbeck, a Senior Electrical Engineer at National Grid with seven years of experience in electric utility system planning and design engineering projects and consulting services, gave an insight of all the concepts used at the root level of real time planning of a system in a substation and what challenges they have to face while as the project grows from incipient stage till commissioning of the plant. Also, we had another guest speaker from Leidos Engineering Mr. Enri Cobani who worked as a physical substation engineer for 4 years. His presentation was more based on the future opportunities as a substation engineer for the university students and what higher qualification and exams they should take to be a strong candidate in this field. He also shared few hilarious experiences of his work place which created an entire scenario of how joyful but challenging projects are being handled.
The entire event was a big success with a large attendance of elite students having an interest in Power and Energy field where they were able to communicate and get there doubts cleared from the professional engineers and hoping to be as successful as these engineers. Many students were excited to know about the scholarship program and internship opportunities provided by the IEEE PES chapters and are willing to apply for them as well.
As a SB Chapter we are motivated and encouraged by the student’s response and guest lectures and we are planning on conducting events like this more often. Finally, we would like to thank IEEE PES Boston Chapter for all their support and encouragement.
IEEE PES Student Chapter