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Jackrabbits earn national scholarships

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

Senior Tyler Jorgenson, of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, and juniors Jesse Kreutzfeldt, of Wentworth, and Matt Stoel and Kyle Weier, 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 135 recipients from 96 universities in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. There were 326 applicants.

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

In addition, Stoel became the second SDSU student to be selected as one of six regional winners of the John W. Estey Outstanding Scholar Award, which is selected from the 135 Power and Energy Society Scholarship recipients. Last year, Grant Metzger became SDSU’s first recipient of the Estey Outstanding Scholar Award.

Tim Hansen
Tim Hansen

“I am extremely proud of our continued success within the IEEE Power and Energy Society. Our students are competing against regional powerhouses in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa State, and have been routinely outperforming them,” said Tim Hansen, an assistant professor in SDSU’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. “I push hard for students to apply to the scholarship if they are interested in power, and I think our small class sizes allow me to write stronger, more personal letters of recommendation.

“Our regional Center for Power Systems Studies is a strong proponent of our department and university, providing internships and full-time power system engineering jobs upon graduation, which is one of the requirements of the scholarship,” he continued. “To win the John W. Estey award in back-to-back years is a testament to the strength of our students, and the recipients are definitely deserving of the award. I expect them to be leaders of the field in power systems for decades to come, shaping the future U.S. power industry.”

Stoel, who was one of 13 students selected as a 2018-19 Schweitzer Meritorious Scholar through the IEEE, and Jorgenson are both two-time PES Scholarship recipients.

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.