Noah Mitchell-Ward, undergraduate electrical engineering student, has been named a future power and energy leader by the IEEE Power & Energy Society, which recently awarded him a Power & Energy Society (PES) Scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year. This $2000 scholarship recognizes outstanding students committed to exploring the power and energy field.
Noah is interested in renewable energy sources, and hopes to work with solar or wind generation and battery energy storage. "I think it would be amazing to manage a solar or wind facility," he says.
After exploring different ways he could get involved in this space, Noah started working with Jeremiah Johnson's research group on the environmental impacts of energy storage integration. This kicked off his interest in power transmission and energy storage, and he's pursued more work in that field since.
In the summer of 2016, Noah worked for DTE Energy as a distribution operations engineering intern. This role had him designing upgrades to the power grid, analyzing data from power outages, and working to improve the resiliency of the system.
Noah is project lead for BLUElab Woven Wind, a student design team works on sustainable energy technologies. The team had 50 students design, build, and implement functional wind turbines, and use them to educate children and the public about sustainable design and renewable energy. In doing so, Noah and Woven Wind installed a permanent turbine at an Ann Arbor elementary school.
He also designed and built a successful solar-powered UV-C sterilization unit for medical devices with a team of students.
Noah plans to graduate with his BSE in EE in December of 2017.
About the PES Scholarship
The PES Scholarship, sponsored by the IEEE Power & Energy Society, "supports the most promising future engineers in power and energy." The initiative recognizes undergraduate students who have declared a major in electrical and computer engineering, are high achievers with strong GPAs and extracurricular commitments, and are committed to exploring the power and energy field. The P&E Society awarded 230 students from 110 U.S., Canadian, and Puerto Rican universities for the 2016-17 academic year.
January 4, 2017