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01-08-2013

Clarkson University Student One of Six Nationwide Receiving Engineering Scholarship

Internships do more than prepare Clarkson University students for their careers; in Andrew Klem’s case, they helped lead to a $5,000 scholarship.

Left to right: Electrical & Computer Engineering professors Paul B. McGrath and Thomas H. Ortmeyer, Klem, and interim vice provost for research and Electrical & Computer Engineering chair William D. Jemison.Klem, an electrical engineering senior from Dalton, Mass., was one of six recipients of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power & Energy Society (PES) John W. Estey Outstanding Scholar Award.

Klem was already one of 228 students who had won a $2,000 scholarship from IEEE. The “Outstanding Scholar” distinction provides him with an additional $5,000 and up to $1,000 to attend the July IEEE PES conference in Vancouver.

The scholarship is geared toward undergraduate students who are pursuing careers in the “power engineering”: those tasked with maintaining and updating the nation’s electrical grid. Klem, who will graduate in December with an emphasis in transmission and power delivery, said he wants to help solve the nation’s energy issues in his career.

“We’re going to draw more and more energy,” Klem said. “As long as there’s demand, we’re going to need the power engineers to keep doing their jobs.”

Klem received the scholarship based on his academics, extra-curricular activities and leadership, and for his potential for a successful career in the field. But it was his internship experience that set him apart for the Outstanding Scholar Award, according to Edvina Uzunovic of IEEE’s scholarship program.

Klem’s past work experience includes summer internships at TRC Companies in Liverpool and General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems in Pittsfield, Mass., as well as a summer and fall cooperative internship at General Electric in Schenectady.

“His academic achievements were impressive as well, but again, what separated him from the rest of the group, all high achievers with extremely good academia performances, were Andrew's meaningful internships and clear choice of power engineering as his future career,” Uzunovic said.

U.S. News & World Report recently ranked Clarkson University #1 for having the highest rate of graduating seniors with internship experience.

Clarkson topped other “national universities,” a U.S. News ranking of large research institutions, for the percentage of the class of 2011 with internship experience, at 86 percent. That’s more than double the average rate for graduating seniors with internship experience at other national universities (30.4 percent), and at the 331 ranked colleges and universities that reported internship data to U.S. News in 2012 (37 percent).

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

For information on the IEEE PES, visit http://www.ieee-pes.org . For more on Clarkson’s recent internship distinction, go to http://www.clarkson.edu/news/2012/news-release_2012-11-20-1.html .

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/aklem.jpg .]

Photo caption: Clarkson University senior Andrew Klem, an electrical engineering major from Dalton, Mass., was one of six recipients of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power & Energy Society (PES) John W. Estey Outstanding Scholar Award. Left to right: Electrical & Computer Engineering professors Paul B. McGrath and Thomas H. Ortmeyer, Klem, and interim vice provost for research and Electrical & Computer Engineering chair William D. Jemison.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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