2018 IEEE PES Erich Gunther Future Power Innovator Scholarship

Edvina Uzunovic, PES Vice President - Education Activities is proud to announce the selection of Sophia A. Tijani from Texas A&M University as the inaugural recipient of the IEEE PES Eric Gunther Future Power Innovator Scholarship.

Established in the memory of Erich Gunther, this scholarship recognizes a student in a power engineering discipline who is dedicating their education to the power engineering sector and pushing the bounds of current thought to make the power and energy industry better. This award recognizes the future of the power and energy industry through the people who will propel a vision beyond the one we can now see for ourselves and will help strive to drive the lifeblood of our current world, electricity, to a new, and even more brilliant, future.

Sophia expects to receive her Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering in May 2019. She is interested in power systems operational efficiency, policy and training. She hopes to gain more industry experience in power systems operations and use those experiences and insights to influence policy and to train future generations. Sophia applied her experience in power system operations and maintenance to guide the design and implementation of technical training contents for power system personnel in Ghana and Nigeria. She has championed continuous professional development of registered engineers in Ghana and promoted engineering through STEM outreach programs. Like Erich, Sophia has demonstrated her desire to serve humanity through engineering.

Sophia will receive the following in recognition of her selection as the Erich Gunther Future Power Innovator:

  • US $2,500 scholarship payable to the recipient’s school to assist with school expenses
  • A travel stipend of up to $750 to attend the presentation ceremony
  • Recognition plaque

A formal recognition ceremony was held during the 10th Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT 2019) conference in February 2019, in Washington, DC.

Award presentation


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