Graduate Students

PowerAmerica affiliate universities offer numerous programs in power electronics and power systems that have concentrations in wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductor technologies and WBG-enabled systems. PowerAmerica affiliate universities have some of the top researchers in the field of WBG power electronics. If you’re thinking about graduate school, then please navigate to our Graduate Student to learn how to get involved.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students form the core of both the next generation of scientists for academia and industry, but also the future technology leaders needed by U.S. industry to bring new technologies and products to market. Whether an undergraduate chooses an academic career and pursues graduate education, or an industrial career that can run the gamut from design, to manufacturing, to technical sales or to management, having an engineering degree that is ground in the fundamentals of engineering and the business of engineering is critical to success.

Community College & Precollege

PowerAmerica works almost exclusively with community colleges through its collaborations with both NSF ATE and NIST MEP Centers. In addition, PowerAmerica offers a two-day Summer Institute for community college instructors. At the Summer Institute, the instructors are exposed to the latest research in power electronics, attend seminars, tour companies and facilities, and perform hands-on activities. The Summer Institute is free of charge and a stipend is provided.

In addition to meeting the immediate and near-term workforce needs of PowerAmerica’s industry members, PowerAmerica has established a Precollege Educational Program that will serve both teachers and youths in order to meet industry’s long-term workforce needs. We are also working to provide career information about the growing opportunities in power electronics and advanced innovative manufacturing.

Over the next five years, almost half of engineers [and technicians] in electric utilities will be eligible for retirement or could leave engineering for other reasons. If they are replaced, then there would be a need for over 21,000 power engineers to satisfy needs of the entire economy (US Power and Energy Engineering Workforce Collaborative).