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Boise State Students Receive International Engineering Scholarships

Three engineering student scholars

Left to Right: Dr. Ahmed-Zaid, Nathan King, Robert Martin, and Chris Calderwood.

Three electrical and computer engineering undergraduates have been chosen as IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Scholars for 2017-2018. Christopher Calderwood (‘18), Robert Martin (‘19), and Nathan King (‘20) were chosen for their academic performance and demonstrated commitment to the power and energy field. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is proud to have these outstanding students representing Boise State.  

Robert Martin

This is Martin’s third year as a PES scholar. He enjoys his undergraduate studies and is glad to be earning a degree that lets him do what he loves. His interest emerged, he says, while working on aircraft electrical and environmental systems for the Air Force. That experience drew him to the electrical engineering field, and he is looking forward to the professional opportunities waiting for him after graduation next year. Martin is currently interning as a hydropower field engineer under the US Bureau of Reclamation’s (BOR) Pathways program, which provides federal internship opportunities.

Christopher Calderwood

Calderwood has been a PES scholar a few times as well. He’s also receiving the 2017 IEEE PES G. Ray Ekenstam Memorial Scholarship, an award which recognizes him as an honorably discharged United States Veteran earning an electrical engineering degree in the field of power and energy systems. The Ekenstam scholarship provides Calderwood with an additional $5,000 towards educational expenses, an annual IEEE membership, and a $500 travel stipend.

Calderwood says he loves that power engineering is an evolving field. “I am interested in finding ways to meet the ever-increasing need for renewable sources of power and being able to integrate them into our existing infrastructures.” His passion for the field is one reason he says he is grateful to have been selected for these scholarships. They allow him to keep his focus on his studies, not on the cost of school.

Nathan King

Another repeat PES scholar, King says his dad helped develop his interest in engineering, and he’s grateful for that positive influence. The continued support of the IEEE PES has also made a real difference to him as an undergrad. Currently working at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, King is looking forward to graduating soon and taking on new challenges as an application engineer.

This year 201 engineering students from accredited universities in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada were selected as PES scholars. Each will receive up to $3,000 toward their education in power and energy systems.

The IEEE PES is a nonprofit organization of more than 26,000 engineers and scientists worldwide. It’s the world’s largest forum for sharing technological developments in the electric power industry. The PES Scholarship Plus Initiative supports the most promising future engineers in power and energy.

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