IEEE Scholarship Program Helps Increase the Number of Newly Minted Power Engineers

Power & Energy Society initiative has helped 900 students since 2011

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Image: IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarship Plus Initiative
Image: IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarship Plus Initiative

THE INSTITUTEMore than 2,400 new power engineers have been added to the U.S. workforce in the past seven years, according to the IEEE Power & Energy Society education committee. That’s good news for an industry that in 2009 was found to be facing a severe shortage of workers for the next decade, with about half the estimated 7,000 U.S. engineers in the field expected to retire. That finding came from a survey by the Center for Energy Workforce Development, a nonprofit consortium of U.S. electric, natural gas, and nuclear utilities and their associations.

The influx of students entering the power field is due in part to the efforts of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Scholarship Plus Initiative. The anticipated labor shortage was one of the key factors that led to the initiative’s creation in 2011.

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