September 8, 2011

Amelia Simpson, electrical engineering senior, traveled to Detroit, Mich., in July to accept the inaugural G. Ray Ekenstam Memorial Scholarship from the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Simpson accepted the award at this year’s IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting Student Luncheon.

Established in memory of G. Ray Ekenstam and his professional career in the fields of power engineering and industry applications, the scholarship is awarded to a qualified undergraduate student who seeks an electrical engineering degree in the field of power or a related discipline.

“It is a great honor to be able to represent LSU on such a national level,” Simpson said. “When I attended the luncheon in Detroit, there were students from all across the country who study power engineering, and I felt very proud to give LSU engineering recognition among such top scholars and academic programs.”

Simpson is currently the secretary for the LSU Chapter of IEEE, an LSU diversity ambassador, a member of the LSU Triathlon Club, and a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma.

“Being chosen as the inaugural recipient means a lot to me because I have now set the bar for future recipients,” Simpson added.

“We are extremely proud of Amelia for winning this scholarship and representing LSU at the national level. Amelia has brought increased visibility not only to the College of Engineering but also to the value of the LSU engineer,” said Kelly Rusch, associate dean for research and diversity programs, CoE. “The College is steadfast in becoming a national leader in energy and environmental sustainability and natural and built infrastructure. For one of our students to win a scholarship related to the field of power illustrates the positive strides the students, faculty and staff in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering are making toward that goal. ”  


For more information, contact Cassie Arceneaux, College of Engineering, or (225) 578-0092.

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