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State EE majors awarded national scholarships

IEEE Power and Energy Society Scholarship winners from South Dakota State University are, from left, Tyler Jorgenson, Grant Metzger and Matt Stoel. In addition, Metzger was one of six national winners of the Estey Award.
IEEE Power and Energy Society Scholarship winners from South Dakota State University are, from left, Tyler Jorgenson, Grant Metzger and Matt Stoel. In addition, Metzger was one of six national winners of the Estey Award.

Three electrical engineering majors at South Dakota State University have been selected for national scholarships from a leading professional organization.

Senior Grant Metzger, of Rock Rapids, Iowa, junior Tyler Jorgenson, of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, and sophomore Matt Stoel, of Sioux Falls, each received Power and Energy Society Scholarships from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the world’s largest association of technical professionals. These scholarships aim to attract highly qualified engineering students to the field. They are among 174 recipients from 96 universities in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. There were 381 applicants.

Recipients are high achievers with strong GPAs, distinctive extracurricular commitments and are committed to exploring the power and energy field.

In addition, Metzger was the first SDSU student to be selected as one of six regional winners of the John W. Estey Outstanding Scholar Award, which is selected from the 174 Power and Energy Society Scholarship recipients.

Reinaldo Tonkoski, an assistant professor in electrical engineering, said, “This award recognizes Grant’s leadership and devotion to power engineering that he demonstrates every day in our program, serving as IEEE student branch president and IEEE Eta Kappa Nu officer, among other roles in the Lohr College of Engineering.”

Tim Hansen, an assistant professor in electrical engineering, added, “Grant exemplifies excellence in leadership, having organized numerous events for fellow students as well the community including a tour by youth from the Boys and Girls Club to our microgrid energy laboratory in Daktronics Engineering Hall.”

Metzger is a three-time PES Scholarship recipient who will graduate in May 2019 with an interest in renewable energy. He has had summer internships at DGR engineering in Rock Rapids and Burns & McDonnell in Kansas City. He has held positions in the IEEE student chapter and IEEE Eta Kappa Nu, the electrical engineering honor society.

As a senior recipient, Metzger receives $3,000 as a Power and Energy Society Scholarship plus another $5,000 as the Estey Award winner in his region.

Stoel and Jorgenson were each $2,000 award winners. In addition, Stoel was one of 13 students selected as a Schweitzer Meritorious Scholar through the IEEE.

The award is funded by Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories to encourage engineers to focus on the power and energy industry, which is facing challenges such as making renewable energy sources cost effective and stepping into the shoes of retiring engineers. This scholarship celebrates recipients as among the most promising engineers in North America.

Steve Hietpas, a professor in electrical engineering, said, “What a pleasure it is to see both Tyler and Matt recognized with these prestigious scholarships.  This recognition is not only a testimony of their hard work, but also the excellent oportunties in power systems engineering offered here at SDSU.”