2015 IEEE PES G. Ray Ekenstam Memorial Scholarship Recipient Announced

The IEEE Power & Energy Society is proud to announce the selection of Zachary Hadsell from the University of Nevada - Reno as the recipient of the 2015 IEEE PES G. Ray Ekenstam Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship recognizes an undergraduate student who is an honorably discharged US Veteran seeking an electrical engineering degree in the field of power or a related discipline.

This scholarship was established in memory of G. Ray Ekenstam and his professional career in the fields of power engineering and industry applications. The Scholarship Fund awards, on an annual basis, a scholarship to a qualified undergraduate student who seeks an electrical engineering degree in the field of power or a related discipline, from an accredited US university or college.

Zachary is a US Air Force veteran who is scheduled to graduate with a BS in Electrical Engineering in May 2017. Zachary has had an internship at NV Energy in Reno. The G. Ray Ekenstam Memorial Scholarship committee feels Zachary is taking the appropriate action to obtain the knowledge and skills necessary which will result in him making an impact across the power and energy industry. As a recipient for this scholarship he will receive the following:

  • US$5,000 (to be paid to the University of Nevada-Reno) which will be used for school expenses (tuition, books, student fees)
  • an additional year of IEEE Student Membership
  • A travel stipend of up to US$500 to travel to and participate in the IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting.

Zachary will be formally recognized as the recipient of this award during the IEEE PES Student Luncheon that will be held during the IEEE PES General Meeting in Boston, MA (17 – 21 July 2016). The G. Ray Ekenstam Memorial Scholarship Committee selected Zachary after reviewing the applications submitted by US Veterans for the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative. Past recipients of this award include the following:

  • 2011 - Amelia Simpson, Louisiana State University
  • 2012 - Jimmy Higgins, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
  • 2013 - Hai Van Lu, University of South Alabama
  • 2014 – Nial Khodra, University of Alaska-Anchorage

Applications for this award are accepted via the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative. The application period for submitting an application is 3 March to 30 June 2016.

The scholarship fund is administered by the IEEE Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation established in 1973 in the State of New York exclusively to support the scientific and educational purposes of IEEE. Visit www.ieeefoundation.org for more information.

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About IEEE Power & Energy Society

The IEEE Power & Energy Society is a technical society of IEEE with of more than 29,000 individuals engaged in the electric power energy industry. Our mission is to be the leading provider of scientific information on electric power and energy for the betterment of society and the preferred professional development source for our members.