Catherine Ambrose, North Carolina State University (Region 3)

Catherine is expected to graduate in December 2017 with a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering with a focus on Renewable Electric Energy Systems.   She had a co-op at Duke Energy where she was able to see the benefits of her work on those in her community and the potential she has to impact a more widespread area in her future work. She is excited to be in the field of Electrical Engineering because it opens the door to a large number of work opportunities that allow her to use her skills to make a difference in the world.    Catherine has been inducted as a member of the IEEE Eta Kappa Nu Society.

Kennedy Caisley, University of Idaho (Region 6)

Kennedy is expected to graduate in May 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with a focus in Power Engineering.  He shadowed an engineer at the  National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO.  Additionally, he worked as a full-time research assistant to help design a microgrid for Avista Utilities in downtown Spokane, WA. He is currently working as a student Technical Project Specialist for the Sustainability Center.  He is currently leading the planning and fundraising for a $80,000 40kW rooftop solar array on campus   This is part of a larger project to create the first Zero Net Energy building at the UI and spur continued future investment in solar.   He wants to help in the efforts to minimize the reliance on non-renewable energy by guiding America's energy and transportation sector toward the efficient use of electric power generated from renewable and/or distributed sources.  Kennedy is extremely interested in energy systems integration, microgrids, developments in nuclear and solar power, and grid storage technology.

Kelly Higinbotham, University of Connecticut (Region 1)

Kelly is expected to graduate in May 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.  She has had an internship where she was involved  in power quality studies, partial discharge analysis, and protection and control standards.   Her internship opened doors that she never knew were available to her and showed her how technically advanced and exciting Power Systems engineering can be.  Kelly is the Secretary of the IEEE Eta Kappa Nu chapter at her university.

Zachariah Lakel, University of Colorado @ Boulder (Region 5)

Zachariah received a JD from New York University and a BA in economics from Dartmouth College. He expects to complete a BS in electrical engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder in May 2017 and has been inducted as a member of the IEEE Eta Kappa Nu Society.   Zach works in the electric distribution area engineering department of Public Service Company of Colorado, a subsidiary of Xcel Energy, where he contributes to feeder and tap-level system reliability in the Denver metro area by investigating system elements experiencing frequent outages and coordinating with field departments to have repairs affected.  His exposure to the power engineering industry while working as an associate attorney led him on the path to go back to school and pursue his EE degree.

Gabrielle Madden, Drexel University (Region 2)

Gabrielle is expected to graduate in June 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. Gabrielle is currently working as a Hardware Engineering Co-Op at Woodward McCoach Inc. She uses Cadence tools to design printed circuit board layouts and schematics. Additionally, she tests pre-production PCBs as well as products that are ready to ship to customers. Last year she had an electrical engineering Co-Op at AKF Engineers where she designed power distribution, lighting, communications, and security systems, utilized AutoCAD to create construction documents for commercial buildings and performed electrical load calculations for electrical and lighting systems.  She has also been a research assistant a VLSI Lab where she draws circuit schematics and layouts in Cadence Virtuoso, design CMOS logic gates & adders and planar & 3D inductors, and analyze power, voltage, current, and delay time efficiency. Gabrielle is active in the IEEE Student Branch at her university, currently holding the position of secretary, and has been inducted as a member of the IEEE Eta Kappa Nu Society.

Abigail Wild, University of Saint Thomas (Region 4)

Abigail is expected to graduate in May 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with a power emphasis and a minor in Physics.   She interned with three different groups at Xcel Energy over the past couple of years including Distribution System Planning and Strategy, Distribution Area Engineers, and Substation Field Engineering.  Her experience as an intern at Xcel Energy and her education have inspired her to set career goals that will positively impact the community. Through a career in power engineering she will have the ability to impact everyone because energy is essential to our society.

Yilin (Linda) Zhao, University of Calgary (Region 7)

Linda is expected to graduate in June 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in energy and environment. She worked as a protection engineering intern at Hydro One Networks and she is active in the IEEE Student Branch executive committee at her university. Linda decided to study electrical engineering when she made a wind-powered generator using recycled materials for a science competition in high school. The potentials of renewable energy mesmerized her, and she hopes to use her electrical engineering knowledge to make power more sustainable, accessible and reliable for everyone.