ECE Students Win IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarships

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By Rebecca Jahnke, COM ’17

The IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) selected three ECE undergraduates – Zachary Lasiuk, Nathaniel Michener and Ami Vyas – to receive scholarships through the Scholarship Plus Initiative. The scholarships recognize students majoring in electrical and computer engineering who have achieved high GPAs and distinctive extracurricular involvement, and have demonstrated commitment to exploring the power and energy field.

The students join 210 fellow 2015-16 scholarship recipients hand-selected by PES regional volunteers. The application period ended last June. Each winner will receive a $2,000 scholarship.

Michener received further recognition as the Northeast region’s John W. Estey Outstanding Scholar. Michener is one of six top PES Scholars – one from each U.S. and Canadian region – chosen for the honor. He will receive an additional $5,000 scholarship and a yearlong IEEE and IEEE PES Student Membership.

Michener was also offered $1,000 in travel honorarium to attend the IEEE PES Annual Meeting in Denver this July featuring conferences, panels and tutorials under the theme “Powering Up the Next Generation.” However, he will be unable to attend on account of his new job in the Edison Engineering Development Program at Pittsburgh’s General Electric Power Conversion.

PES, a volunteer based, non-profit organization, bills itself as directly addressing the power and energy workforce shortage by bringing together government and industry forces, educators and students. The international society – comprised of over 26,000 engineers and scientists worldwide – intends for its scholarship program to attract the highest qualified students to the field.

According to Michener, PES is meeting that goal.

“The IEEE PES has been a great resource for exploring an education and career in power and energy, a field I am passionate about.  Their presence fosters a growing community in an increasingly important area of today’s society,” Michener said. “With the support they have expressed towards me, I am now more determined than ever to pursue an impactful career that will have meaningful, tangible benefits for society through improved energy sources.”

Lasiuk stays up-to-date with IEEE through his professor who heads the BU chapter, Professor Min-Chang Lee.

“I take Electromagnetic Systems with Professor Lee,” say Lasiuk. “He integrates concepts from IEEE such as power transmission, reflection, total transmission and EM wave propagation in different modes to give a holistic view of electromagnetics as applied to real life applications.”

BU’s triple recognition this year follows one BU student’s recognition last fall, when Marissa Petersile (EE ’15) was named a PES Scholar.