Anne-Marie Sahazizian Scholars

A devoted member of IEEE since 1980, Anne-Marie Sahazizian, P.Eng., Life Senior Member, enjoyed a renowned career as an electrical engineer at Ontario Hydro and Hydro One in Canada; she was also an active member of IEEE’s Toronto Section as well as the IEEE Standards Association, Standards Board, and Charles Proteus Steinmetz Award Committee and received the IEEE Standards Medallion “for major contributions to the development of standards” in 2012. Though she passed in September 2019, her proud legacy will live on thanks to her family’s creation of the “Anne-Marie Sahazizian Scholarship Fund.”

Established by Sahazizian’s children through their generous donation to IEEE’s Power & Energy Society (PES) Scholarship Plus Initiative, the Anne-Marie Sahazizian Scholarship Fund aims to celebrate Anne-Marie’s outstanding contributions to the field and passion for supporting the next generation by increasing the number of well-qualified, entry-level engineers in the power and energy industry. Beginning with the 2020/21 cycle, six Sahazizian Scholars will be selected -- four from IEEE Regions 1 or 2 (Northeast USA) and two from Region 7 (Canada) – with preference given to qualified female applicants. Only Scholars who have already been selected as recipients of the IEEE PES Scholarship are eligible to be considered for this recognition; recipients have the opportunity to receive up to three years of funding to help develop their careers and augment their ability to lead in Anne-Marie’s name.

The 2020 Recipients include the following:

  • Sabrina Helbig - University of Pittsburgh
  • Gillian Holman - Miami University
  • Sharon Lin - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Maisha Nasim - University of Saskatchewan
  • Samia Sami - University of Saskatchewan
  • Joseph Villani - Stevens Institute of Technology