Suffolk’s first Power Engineering Day brought alumni, current Suffolk students, and Boston Public School students together to learn about the field of power engineering, a subfield of electrical engineering that focuses on the generation and distribution of electric power.
“It is an exciting time for a new engineer specializing in electric power,” said Lisa Shatz, professor of engineering. “New, renewable sources of electric power, such as wind and solar energy, are fast-growing technologies. The current system of large power stations delivering electricity over 100-mile long transmission lines is aging and needs to be replaced by cleaner, smaller, more-efficient power plants.”
Six companies with connections to Suffolk came to campus: NSTAR, OMICRON, Three-C, Electroswitch, Phoenix Electric, and NETA (InterNational Electrical Testing Association). Three-C, a leader in power testing, has a history of employing Suffolk student interns. NSTAR, OMICRON, and Phoenix Electric had at least one Suffolk graduate as their representative, while the CEO of Electroswitch is a Suffolk graduate. The Suffolk students had the opportunity to network with alumni and future employers, while also showcasing the benefits of their engineering program to prospective students from the Boston Public Schools.
The Next Generation
The visiting companies did interactive demos with students from three Boston high schools: TechBoston, Dorchester Academy, and the O’Bryant School of Math and Science. Over 50 high school students attended the event.
“The huge amount of planning and the attention to detail made Power Engineering Day a success,” said John Zinkowski, the school-to-career coordinator for Dorchester Academy.
Power Engineering Day took place as part of Suffolk’s Electrical Engineering Scholars program, a partnership with the Boston Public Schools that encourages students to study engineering at Suffolk. The program provides full four-year scholarships to select Boston Public Schools graduates enrolled in the Electrical Engineering major. The scholarship is partly funded by a highly competitive, five-year, $600,000+ grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).