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Power engineering scholarships for women

AusNet Services, in partnership with Deakin University, is offering three scholarships to women interested in becoming power engineers, each to the value of $10,000 annually.

The ‘Women in Power Engineering’ Scholarships aim to encourage and support women gain tertiary qualifications in power engineering, preparing them for diverse and rewarding careers in the energy industry.

AusNet Services’ Managing Director, Nino Ficca, said the company was committed to increasing gender diversity in the energy industry, especially in the under-represented power engineering profession.

“It’s an exciting time to be part of the energy sector. How energy is generated and how we transport electricity is changing rapidly, and engineers are at the forefront of this transformation,” Mr Ficca said.

“The three successful scholarship recipients may be part of the new world of power generation, management and distribution.”

It is the third year the scholarships have been on offer.

Previous scholarship recipient Megan Bentvelzen encourages other women interested in engineering to apply.

“The scholarship, mentoring and the ongoing support that AusNet Services offers has provided me with invaluable knowledge and experiences,” Megan said.

“The scholarship provides more than just money – it’s given me the chance to meet and learn from working with engineers at AusNet Services.”

Women interested in engineering or the scholarship can visit the AusNet Services stand at Deakin University’s Open Day at the Waurn Ponds campus on Sunday, 20 August 2017.

Professor Karen Hapgood, Dean of Engineering in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and the Built Environment at Deakin University, encourages people to attend the open day to learn more about engineering.

“Visitors will be able to see the modern facilities and meet some of the current scholarship students who will be able to provide firsthand insights about studying power engineering at Deakin,” Professor Hapgood said.

“Scholarship recipients will benefit from studying at our Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET) at Waurn Ponds, where they will have access to some of the best future-focused engineering and design facilities in Australia.”

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