2017 ISA water/wastewater division Student Scholarship Winners Announced

WWID_LinkedIn_logoThe ISA Water & Wastewater Industries Division (WWID) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 WWID Student Scholarships. Open to college and university students and awarded in April, the WWID student scholarships are given out to promote higher learning and to encourage students to pursue technical careers in the municipal water/wastewater sector.

This year’s recipients are Benjamin Plucinski and Kevin Stewart. Each will receive a $1000 USD scholarship prize to help with their school costs. Please join us in congratulating this year’s winners!

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Student Scholarship winner

Kevin Stewart
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario, Canada

“I am deeply honored and gratified to have received the ISA’s 2017 WWID scholarship.  I extend my sincerest thanks to the members of the committee for choosing me as the recipient of this award.  Looking ahead, it is good to know that help exists for those working hard towards post-graduation goals.  I thank you again for this honor and the accompanying assistance to help me complete my undergraduate degree.”

Biography:  Kevin Stewart is a third-year Engineering Systems and Computing student at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada as well as an ISA student member. As part of he program, he is currently on a co-op work term working for the City of Guelph’s Water Services Department designing new High Performance HMI screens to be used with the City’s SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system. After graduating, he hopes to carry on with a career in the automation field.  In his spare time, he enjoys playing music with a range of groups, from garage bands to concert bands. He also likes to take advantage of Ontario’s provincial parks, going on camping trips in the parks’ interior regions. During the school year, he serves as member of the Guelph Engineering Society, helping to voice students’ opinions at meetings and plan events.

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Student Scholarship winner

Benjamin Plucinski
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Thank you ISA WWID for your generous gift! This scholarship will help me pursue my passion for engineering and start my career. I am truly grateful for this award and would once again like to thank you for this amazing opportunity.”

Biography: Benjamin Plucinski is from Hudson, Massachusetts which is about 30 miles outside of Boston. He has always had a passion for taking things apart and tinkering. This is what led him to the engineering courses at his high school, where he has studied topics ranging from robotics, to electronic circuits, to 3D-printing. Ben also has worked at his local hardware store for two years where he services small engines.  His greatest accomplishment is designing a 3D-printed prosthetic hand that allowed a girl in his local community to play softball.

How to Apply for the next year’s 2018 Scholarship

2018 ISA WWID Student Scholarship: Applications are due January 31, 2018.

The 2018 Scholarship Application form will be available shortly.

ISA Water Wastewater Industries Division

For more information about the ISA water/wastewater division visit www.isa.org/wwid/

Details about the annual ISA water/wastewater symposium can be found at www.isawwsymposium.com

 

About Kevin Patel

2017 Water/Wastewater Industry Division Director ---- Kevin Patel, PE, MBA is an automation engineer and partner at Signature Automation, which is an automation engineering firm that focuses on instrumentation and control design, electrical design, system integration, data visualization, and SCADA planning. Signature Automation's core market is within water and wastewater. Contact Kevin Patel at: [email protected]