UNC Charlotte’s Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) and Siemens have awarded the fall 2012 Siemens Energy Scholarships to three undergraduates and one graduate student in The William States Lee College of Engineering. The $15,000 undergraduate scholarships go to electrical engineering majors Walter Bomela, and mechanical engineering majors Brendon Almond and Stephen O’Flynn O’Brien. The $30,000 graduate scholarship goes to electrical engineering Ph.D. student Jason Anderson.
Siemens hosted a luncheon for the scholarship winners. Joined by a number of Siemens engineers, the students were able to discuss energy technology and issues with the industry professionals. They also got to take a tour of the Siemens turbine manufacturing plant.
The scholarships are funded by a portion of a $4.3-million gift that Siemens made to EPIC in January 2011. The gift is also being used to fund laboratory equipment for energy research, make available advanced machinery for large-scale parts manufacturing, and support a visiting scholars program.
“Siemens Energy is committed to supporting the energy education efforts at UNC Charlotte,” said Mark Pringle, vice president for Siemens Energy’s Charlotte generator and turbine manufacturing operation. “Higher education is vital to the future success of the energy industry. These students will be the leaders of tomorrow, and we’re honored to be able to assist them in getting their education.”
A senior from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bomela is majoring in electrical engineering with particular interest in controls and power systems. He plans a career in the power industry with the hope of contributing to the improvement of renewable energy production systems.
A senior at UNC Charlotte, Brendon Almond is majoring in mechanical engineering with a concentration in energy. Originally raised on a farm in Huntersville, North Carolina, Almond is considering attending graduate school to increase his knowledge in thermo science and fluid flow, and then a career developing gas turbine technology.
A junior at UNC Charlotte, O’Brien is majoring in mechanical engineering with a concentration in energy. Originally from Wilmington, Delaware, he is considering attending graduate school and a career with the U.S. Navy’s nuclear program.
A doctoral candidate in electrical engineering from Kings Mountain, North Carolina, Anderson's research focuses on condition monitoring of electric machines and power electronic drives. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from UNC Charlotte in 2007 and 2009. He plans to pursue a career in the energy industry.
About Siemens Energy:
The Siemens Energy Sector is the world's leading supplier of a complete spectrum of products, services and solutions for power generation in thermal power plants and using renewables, power transmission in grids and for the extraction, processing and transport of oil and gas.
The Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) at UNC Charlotte is a collaborative industry/education effort to produce the nation’s most qualified energy engineering workforce and be a partner in technology research for the global energy industry. This cross-discipline initiative in The William States Lee College of Engineering at UNC Charlotte includes mechanical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, civil and environmental engineering, systems engineering, and engineering technology.