Three Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky (PEIK) and electrical engineering undergraduate students have been awarded a 2020-2021 national Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Power and Energy Society (PES) Plus Initiative Scholarship. The students are Rosemary Alden, Hope Anderson and Donovin Lewis.
Alden (lower right) and Lewis (upper left), also received this yearly scholarship in 2019-2020. Both are University Scholars Program (USP) students in their senior year and will remain at UK for Ph.D. studies. Their research this year is supported through a Nation Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) and a NASA REU, respectively. Anderson (lower left), a sophomore, is one of the youngest IEEE PES awardees. Her research this year is supported by the L. Stanley Pigman endowment. Each IEEE PES Scholarship recipient receives $2,000 and membership to IEEE PES.
These awards continue the success enjoyed in recent years by UK and PEIK students. Also included in the photo is Stewart Evan Jones (upper right), who received the IEEE PES national scholarship in 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 as an undergraduate USP student and is now a Ph.D. student and Graduate Assistants in Areas of National Need (GAANN) fellow at UK, where he workes on research projects sponsored by large utilities TVA and LG&E-KU. All four students are part of the SPARK Lab affiliated with PEIK and are advised by Dr. Dan M. Ionel, IEEE Fellow, electrical and computer engineering professor, L. Stanley Pigman Chair in Power and SPARK and PEIK director.
IEEE is headquartered in New York City and is the world's largest association of technical professionals, with more than 400,000 members. PES is the oldest and one of the largest societies within the IEEE, with approximately 40,000 members. Earlier this year, electrical engineering and PEIK students established a new chapter of IEEE PES at UK.