The European Union’s energy policies are driven by three main objectives: to ensure the reliable provision of energy whenever and wherever needed, to ensure that energy providers operate in a competitive environment and to achieve sustainable energy consumption.
Within this framework, a priority for Italy is to reinforce sustainable growth and the power and energy sector has a fundamental role to play: achieving a more competitive and sustainable energy is indeed one of the most significant challenges for Italy’s future .
Electrical engineers are called to assess the feasibility of different solutions, to design plants ensuring maximum efficiency, to design algorithms and control logic so that the energy produced is used to the best and to make electricity networks smart. Their role is important also with regards to the e-mobility that is growing fast since electric transportation can be the solution to reduce pollution and increase efficiency and to meet EU targets. Finally, electrical engineers are expected to play a fundamental also in the improvement of industrial automation where industrial processes benefit from the use of motors and electric actuators, due their high efficiency and their reliability and accuracy.
In the light of the above, students capable of bridging the gap between academic formation and modern power industry needs represent a clear asset for modern societies having sustainability, eco-friendly power supply and circular economy as key pillars.
Within this context, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Italy PES Chapter has instituted the “IEEE PES Italy Scholarship Award (IPISA) Fund” with the aim of attracting bright & meritorious students to the Electrical Engineering, and in particular the power engineering, stream.
The student Scholarship Program has the following objectives:
- To attract the best talented and meritorious students to the electrical engineering stream by extending the scholarship to toppers in the pre-engineering qualifying examination and in the Laurea Degree.
- To give adequate opportunities to the selected students to do their internship in the core engineering companies and create an interest, so that the top ranked students graduating from the engineering colleges will opt for job opportunities in the core engineering companies.
- To give required exposure to the selected students by giving opportunities to participate in seminars, workshops and conferences organized by the IEEE.
- To provide to the most important companies of the power and energy field a privileged channel to skilled and brilliant students in a perspective of future job cooperation.
The IEEE PES Italy Scholarship Award initiative aims also to facilitate the link between Industry and Academia. It is financially supported by IEEE Power & Energy Society, Italian power and energy companies and IEEE Italy PES Chapter; moreover it is supported for technical, publicity, and administrative issues by IEEE Italy Section.