Grainger Power Engineering Awards

Rationale: Electric power and energy systems are of great importance to the economic well being and competitiveness of the United States. The power engineering area at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of the leading programs in the nation, with extensive education and research activities. These awards were created through a gift from the Grainger Foundation to recognize the importance of the field and the performance of the graduates of the University of Illinois College of Engineering.

Purpose: To reward highly qualified and well-motivated undergraduate and graduate students who have chosen to pursue a field of study in electric power engineering.

Undergraduate awards: A student completing a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree is eligible for consideration if all the following criteria are met:

To meet the requirements of a field of specialization in electric power engineering, the graduating senior must have successfully completed ECE 430 and a minimum of either all three courses in list A below, or two courses from list A and one course from list B below. Students who have additional involvement in electric power engineering activities such as independent research or student team projects will be given special consideration in the selection of awardees.

List A: ECE 431, ECE 464, ECE 476
List B: ECE 307, ECE 333, ECE 432, ECE 469, ENGR 491FEC, ECE 486

Graduate student awards: A student completing a Master of Science (MS) degree is eligible for consideration if all the following criteria are met:

To meet the requirements of a field of specialization in electric power engineering, the student must have successfully completed a minimum of two of the courses in list C below, plus a thesis on a power engineering topic.

List C: ECE 530, ECE 554, ECE 568, ECE 573, ECE 576, ECE 588, ECE 598 (in the power area)

A student completing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree is eligible for consideration if all the following criteria are met:

To meet the requirements of a field of specialization in electric power engineering, the student must have successfully completed a minimum of four of the 500 level courses in list C above plus a thesis on a power engineering topic.

Application, Selection and Award: Graduating students who meet the eligibility requirements should complete an application, which can be obtained in Room 335 Everitt Laboratory or on the power and energy systems web site http://energy.ece.uiuc.edu/. The selection process will begin in the Fall. All applications for one award cycle will be due by November 1. All selections will be made by December 1. Selected students who will be graduating in December will receive the entire award stipend upon selection. These awardees will be asked to return in the following Spring for the awards recognition banquet. Selected students who will be graduating in May, August, or October will receive their entire award stipend during the Spring awards recognition banquet. Awardees will be selected by the members of the Power Engineering faculty. The Committee will give major consideration to the quality and significance of the each student’s performance in their academic work including projects and theses. The presentation of awards will take place at an April meeting which will include technical presentations by selected awardees. Approximately 25 awards of $6,000 each will be given during each annual cycle. It is anticipated that at least three fourths of the awards will be made to undergraduate students.

Power Engineering Faculty Members: Subhonmesh Bose, Alejandro Dominguez-Garcia, George Gross, Kiruba Haran, Philip T. Krein, Thomas J. Overbye, Robert Pilawa, Peter W. Sauer and Hao Zhu.

Application Forms:

•Undergraduate application: PDF Format or Word format
•Graduate application:  PDF format or Word format