Students win scholarships from Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Power and Energy Society

December 20, 2013
IEEE scholarship winners

PLATTEVILLE, Wis.­­­ — Four students attending the University of Wisconsin-Platteville have recently won scholarships from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Power and Energy Society. The IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative encourages undergraduate students in the United States and Canada to pursue a career in the power and energy field by providing multi-year scholarships and career experience opportunities. A main focus of the scholarship is to increase the number of well-qualified, entry-level engineers to the power and energy industry. Recipients of the scholarship demonstrate leadership skills, high academic success and an interest in the power and energy industry.

Alex Astley is a senior electrical engineering major from Pueblo West, Colo. He plans to work in the field of engineering with a power distribution utility. “It feels great to know that a national organization has looked at the education we're getting at UW-Platteville and the career goals that we have as power engineers, and decided that they are valuable enough to warrant this award,” said Astley. “I'm very happy with the staff and students in the electrical engineering department, all of whom have contributed to a great environment in which we can not only learn, but have fun while doing it.”

Jacob Bluem is a junior electrical engineering major from Eau Claire, Wis., who plans to pursue a career as an electrical power engineer. “It is great to receive a national scholarship for my internship experience in the power industry and academic achievements at UW-Platteville,” said Bluem. “Attending UW-Platteville has provided me with numerous opportunities to network with other students in my classes and gain valuable leadership skills in campus groups including the Society of Automotive Engineers baja team. My education at UW-Platteville coupled with my internship experience has proved to be a potent combination in the pursuit of my future career goals.” 

Logan Brecklin is a senior engineering major from Ashwaubenon, Wis., who has accepted a position as an associate system protection engineer with American Transmission Company in De Pere, Wis. His future plans include returning to school for a masters in business administration or electrical engineering. In addition to receiving the IEEE PES scholarship, Brecklin also received the John W. Estey Outstanding Scholar PES Scholarship. “You never feel that you'd be deserving of such a reputable award, but it's nice to know that the hard work, long nights, and extreme dedication put into school is recognized by others,” said Brecklin. “Without my classmates, professors that provided help, and a supporting cast of friends and family who were always there, I would never have the ability to be recognized at this level. For this scholarship, I’m grateful to have the opportunity to work with mentors from the IEEE PES program and the capability to network with companies in the power and energy industry.”

William Michels is sophomore electrical engineering major with an emphasis in power and energy and a minor in renewable energies from Oshkosh, Wis. After graduating, Michels plans to become an electrical engineer working in the field of renewable technologies. “Being recognized at this level assures me that I am making strong steps in my career path,” said Michels. “It is exciting to be part of a program that offers educational, pre-professional, and financial support and I plan to use these resources as I continue my college education. One of the positive aspects of my experience at UW-Platteville has been the friendships I have created through clubs and activities. Due to these connections, I have been able to build a network of people who have helped me improve personally. As I strive to help others reach their full potentials, I have also been able to grow as a person.”

Written by: Ethan Giebel, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194,


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