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I am Devoted

I grew up with a strong sense of
giving back.

I grew up with a strong sense of giving back. Power engineering is one of the ways you can do that. The 2012 power outage in India really struck me. 620 million people lost power because of poor infrastructure. That's almost twice the population of the United States! I want to be able to contribute to solving those kinds of global problems.

I first became interested in engineering in my senior year of high school. My physics class was learning about electromagnetics. I found it fascinating. In fact, of the 14 students in that class, ten of us ended up pursuing engineering degrees.

I knew I was on the right path when I took intro to engineering during my very first semester at the University of Maryland. I really enjoyed being able to make something useful from just wires and basic components. That opened my eyes to what I could potentially innovate. Outside of class, I found myself doing personal research, just for the fun of it.

When I heard about the PES Scholarship Plus Initiative, it sounded interesting, so I applied. Obviously, the money has been helpful but I think the biggest benefit has been the IEEE PES membership. That has allowed me to see what other students are doing and has given me a lot of perspective on what I can do with my own career. As part of my membership, I also receive magazines with a huge wealth of information.

The IEEE PES membership has given me a lot of perspective on what I can do with my own career.

The IEEE PES
membership
has given me
a lot of
perspective on
what I can do with
my own career.

The PES Careers site offers a network that I can see will be really beneficial. I haven't taken any power engineering courses yet, so I'm interning at the Army research lab where I interned last summer, building a radio transceiver that will comprise Gallium Nitride, Indium Phosphide, and CMOS technologies. It's an especially unique project because it utilizes technologies that haven't been designed for such high radio-frequency speeds. In the meantime, my PES subscriptions are helping me learn more about the power engineering field. In fact, I'll also soon be doing research with a P&E professor.

The potential discoveries and innovations, along with the disciplines of science, math and business, all combine into a subject that I know will never tire me.

I am...

Emmeline Zhu

Emmeline Zhu

PES Scholarship Plus Recipient, 2012-2014

University of Maryland
Class of 2015

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