Ben Brooks of Mainmouth, a University of Maine senior majoring in electrical engineering technology with a concentration in power engineering, has received one of 75 scholarships awarded to graduate students nationwide from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
According to its website, the IEEE Power and Energy Society offers scholarships to graduate students majoring in electrical engineering who are high achievers with strong GPAs and distinguished extracurricular commitments who are committed to the exploration of the power and energy sector .
Scholarship recipients become members of the IEEE, which helps connect electrical engineers with a mission to advance technology for the benefit of humanity.
Brooks plans to graduate from Umen this spring, and will use the $2,000 scholarship to help pay for his final semester. He says that the Faculty of Electrical Engineering Technology has been formative to his success as an engineer at Umen, especially Associate Professors John Allen and Paul Villeneuve and Professor Jude Pearce, according to a news release from Sam Schipani with Umen.
Brooks’ senior design project is building a simulated hydroelectric generator facility using a small-scale hydro-electric generator to charge a 12V battery bank, with the voltage from the generator being measured and displayed on a screen . The DC voltage from the battery bank will be converted to AC voltage to power a small water pump.
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