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women are still very much underrepresented in our general
membership.
Wip events are often organized at pEs conferences.
these events are almost always well attended, by both
genders, and sometimes provide memorable moments
and inspiration to the participants. Cheri Warren recalls
one of those events: "i had the extreme honor of visiting
abu Dhabi with meliha (selak) and the pEs Board of
Directors. meliha took it upon herself to arrange a day
with the women engineers of abu Dhabi. two hundred
women came to hear the pEs women leaders (Wanda
reder, meliha selak, noel shultz, and myself) speak
about our life stories. it was a magical day that touched
the lives of many."
in addition to social events, Wip will also develop a
mentorship program to assist participants in career building,
present features on women professionals in the pEs enews
Updates, and establish a new award to reward and acknowledge the success of women at the highest level in pEs.
one of the initiatives pEs started a few years ago, pEs
scholarship plus, is designed as a public imperative to
promote higher education in power and energy engineering and the wider participation of younger members in
the industry. the popularity and growth of the number of
applications, final number of applicants, and pEs scholars indicates that fund-raising efforts should continue to
provide a pipeline for future power engineers with strong
pEs and industrial support. in 2011, Us$1.4 million was
raised in support of the scholarship plus initiative, and in
2012 Us$1.9 million was raised.
feedback on the program can be found in a note from
a scholar from new mexico state University (nmsU) who
participated in all three years of the program and secured
a job before graduation: "thank you for the opportunity to
participate in this program. not only has it helped me fund
my education and change my path from the life i lived prior,
it opened up so many career paths. this past week i signed
an offer from ErCot in taylor, texas, contingent upon my
graduation from nmsU. i found out about this job opening and applied for it through the pEs career notifications.
i seriously cannot say thank you enough for all your hard
work and help because i could not have done this without
your support."
pEs member age demographics in large reflect those in
our industry-a considerable number of power engineers
are past or nearing retirement age. pEs member surveys
also indicate that a number of members, who have not
attained life member status in iEEE and pEs, cite retirement or loss of employer support as a reason for ending
pEs membership or otherwise becoming less engaged and
active in the society. this subset of our members-those
within their last ten years of their professional career or
retired-have sometimes been referred to as platinum
members, a natural analog to young professional members.
these members are typically 55 years or older and have the


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