AusNet Services offers power engineering scholarships to women

8 August 2017

Women interested in becoming power engineers have the opportunity to apply for one of three university scholarships on offer from Victoria’s largest energy delivery company.

AusNet, in partnership with Deakin University, is offering three ‘Women in Power Engineering’Scholarships, each to the value of $10,000 annually.

The 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’ 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 ischanging 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 encouraged other women interested in engineering to apply.

“The scholarship, mentoring and the ongoing support that AusNet 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 withengineers at AusNet.”

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

Professor Karen Hapgood, Dean of Engineering in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and the Built Environment at Deakin University encouraged 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. 

Subject to criteria, up to three scholarships will be awarded to successful female applicants entering Deakin’s Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (Honours) degree. Each scholarship is valued at $10,000 peryear over the normal duration of the course and also includes vocation work and mentoring.

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Deakin University will also provide an opportunity for prospective students to visit the Burwood Campus on Sunday 27 August, 

For AusNet media enquiries, contact Joanne Treloar 03 9483 0989

For Deakin University media enquiries, contact Rebecca Tucker 03 9246 8058 

Pictures of Megan Bentvelzen are available on request. 

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