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Three EE Students Receive PES Scholarships

Three UW EE students received IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Scholarships. Congratulations to Joshua Monson, Phillippe Phanivong and Taylor VanderKley!

From an initial pool of 590 applicants, 184 PES Scholarships recipients were selected. The undergraduate students were selected based on their GPAs, commitment to the power and energy field and extracurricular activities. The $2,000 helps fund tuition and other school expenses.

Joshua MonsonPhillippe PhanivongTaylor VanderKley

Post baccalaureate student Joshua Monson, who graduated last spring with a degree in political science, is a junior in the EE curriculum. Monson is working on an undergraduate research project with the Renewable Energy Analysis Lab and after graduation plans to work on integrating renewable energy sources into the electric grid, with graduate school in the distant future.

“I was glad to hear I received the scholarship and I am excited to now be involved with IEEE,” said Monson, who also received an EEIC Fellowship Scholarship.

Senior Phillippe Phanivong is interested in distributed generation, renewable integration and microgrids. Following graduation in fall 2015, he plans to continue on to graduate school to study power systems. Phanivong also received the Neil E. Eney Jr. Veteran's Endowed Fund for Undergraduate Student Support through the Electrical Energy Industrial Consortium (EEIC).

“I was very excited about receiving the PES Scholarship,” Phanivong said.

For EE Senior Taylor VanderKley, the scholarship is going toward his last quarter at UW this winter. VanderKley plans to get a job working for an electrical consulting firm that specializes in sports/recreation facility design. Last year VanderKley worked in the Renewable Energy Analysis Lab for two quarters analyzing dynamic retail rates in residential applications. VanderKley also recently received an EEIC Fellowship Scholarship.

“I was confident in my application, but more so it was a very satisfying achievement,” VanderKley said. “I applied as a sophomore and did not receive the scholarship, so my effort to improve my candidacy was evident.” 

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